With ratings dwindling on the current season of Doctor Who, rumors are flying that the BBC is looking at all methods to increase viewership. Mirror is reporting that in addition to the young adult series recently announced, Doctor Who producers are also considering a Sherlock-esque makeover for the show to increase viewers.
For those that don't know what that means, they would be moving away from the 12 episode seasons in place of two or three 90-minute specials a year. Right now it's all a rumor, but Mirror claims they have a reliable source on the inside. It's also worth noting that Steven Moffat is the showrunner for both series.
I'll likely not be the first nor last to say this, but this would be a terrible idea. Sherlock's style works for it because its mysteries are intricate and generally set in the same locale. It doesn't make sense for a series like Doctor Who, which visits not just different locations, but different times altogether to switch to that format. Having the Doctor travel through multiple timelines in an episode would be too chaotic, and having him remain in one spot would ruin some of the show's charm.
I would argue with BBC that now is NOT the time for change if they are considering it. The honeymoon period where it was ultra trendy to be into Doctor Who was nice, but now that the kids are gone, they are sinking into what can be considered their true viewership. The last thing you want to do is piss off your core fans by drastically changing the show's format. Anyone feel differently?