I am quite gladdened by this quote from Russell T. Davies, the producer of the new Doctor Who show:
Fans spend hours logging what’s right – and what’s wrong – with Davies’s doctor. He just ignores them. ‘In the community of sci-fi shows, I think we’re the only one that actively ignores its online fanbase. American shows seem to court them, or pretend that they do. That way lies madness. I can’t think of a show that’s improved its quality, or its ratings, by doing it. It’s like going in search of a massively biased focus group – why would anyone do that?’
(It’s from this interview.)
This is the correct attitude to have. As I have said before, one of the worst things a show (or comic or whatever) can ever do is put its fate in the hands of fans, because their combined will is a hulking moron who will inevitably pet the bunnies to death. The fans do not want what is best for the show, they want what is best for the fans, which — almost by definition — will never be what’s best for the show.
Remember: Doctor Who season three starts on March 31!