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See ya 2019, hey there 2020

As a self-imposed tradition, I wanted to throw some love to all of our listeners and readers with a big thank you for all your support in 2019 and what’s coming in 2020.

Overall, 2019 was a great year for us albeit with a couple of niggles along the way. It always amazes me year after year the appetite for Doctor Who content both audio and the written word. When I started this podcast back in March 2014, I expected it to be around for a year, maybe two, then fade away but alas, we’re still going strong.

The Podcast

As I mentioned, it amazes me just how much Doctor Who fans want to consume additional content when there’s no new Who on the telly box. I listen to a bunch of Doctor Who podcats every week and some of them have been going for years. I never compare our show to others but I often reflect on just how long we’ve been podcasting for. This year will be our sixth year. Six years podcasting about Doctor Who! That’s crazy to me and whenever I mention it to Adam his reaction is the same: “blimey, has it been that long?”.

The reason we’ve been going this long is due to the amazing listeners we have. You lot. You guys that download and listen to our show every week. We love doing the show of course but what drives us to keep going are our listeners. We love and appreciate every single one of you who take the time to listen but also interact with us by sending us a review for the story we’re doing that week, posting a review on Apple Podcasts (or whatever podcast app/network you listen on) or just tweeting us to say hi.

Since we started in 2014 our listener numbers have gone up significantly each year and last year was no different. 2019 was our best year to date which I was surprised at, seeing as we went for roughly a year with no new Who. With nothing coming from the BBC the general awareness of Who tends to drop (unless you consume plenty of stuff from Big Finish) which is why, I guess, lots of you tend to seek our podcasts, YouTubers etc.

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It wasn’t all smooth sailing, however. Adam and I hit a couple of road bumps in the last half of 2019 due to life changes and commitments: Adam was away from home for a couple of months, I moved house, Adam found new employment which changed our recording schedule, I was travelling a bit and work as also busy. These things combined threw some challenges and we couldn’t put out the podcast in our normal schedule.

You guys came through though. Not only did you not mind when we missed weeks (well, you did a little bit 😉) but you supported us and stood by us. Our listeners/downloads/subscriber numbers didn’t drop. You kept us going which we’ll always be grateful for. Thank you all so much for that.

Moving into 2020 we’ll carry on our weekly schedule (we’ll miss the odd one, that’s bound to happen) of reviewing Classic, Modern, SJA and Torchwood. We’ve still got tonnes of Classic Who left to review along with the new series starting today(!), more 10th and 11th Doctor stories and the rest of SJA and Torchwood.

Outside of the podcast, we’ll also be out and about at various comic cons, events and screenings as always and will enjoy having a good ol’ natter over a pint with you lot. You never know, we may even start that “Big Blue Box TV” YouTube channel this year!

The Articles

At the end of 2017, I opened the doors of the TARDIS to you and took on a bunch of writers to contribute reviews, editorials and general articles. To say that they have put out plenty of awesome content is an understatement. We’ve had loads of Big Finish reviews, books and events. Editorials on Who collecting and general various subjects.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to those guys. With nothing more than their love of Doctor Who and in their own time (they’ve also had their own life challenges which is even more remarkable), they put out articles regularly. Maria, Jordan and Mark (and some of our earlier writers who were with us briefly) – thank you all so much. Love ya! We’ve had great feedback and comments and I can’t wait to read your articles this year.

Early this year I’ll be opening our doors once again on the lookout for a couple of contributors so keep your eyes peeled for that.

In summary

In closing, thank you all so much for listening to our show and/or reading our blog this year. You guys are awesome and really do make what we all do worth it. 2019 has been a blast and I can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring. With the new series kicking off today it’s an exciting time and for the rest of the year, we’ll be here, bringing you Doctor Who content as always.

From Adam, our writers and I, here’s to a great New Year and once again thank you. Thank you all so much ❤️

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