In terms of minutes of total airtime, is there now more Doctor Who since the 2005 revival, compared to episodes (and films) made before 2005?

  • These numbers would be easy to approximate, but nearly impossible to get truly accurately. Also, there are a lot of edge cases; do you include the 1960s Dr. Who films? The Scream of the Shalka? Torchwood? The original Shada never aired, but was later released at least twice on video, DVD, webisode, and audio dramas of varying length. Modern webisodes, mini-episode intros, Red Nose Day productions? The Curse of Fatal Death? What about "Previously on" recaps? Both old and new Who make use of them, and in Old Who it was often gratuitous when they needed to pad the episodes...
    – BESW
    May 22, 2013 at 13:20
  • I'd like to include films - I suspect spin-offs don't count....
    – Joe
    May 22, 2013 at 14:19
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    If spin-offs don't count for you, I'm not sure you'd consider the Dr. Who films to count either; I'm not using "Dr." as shorthand, look them up. My point is that "airtime" is hard to define: simply counting the episode minutes will get you a lot of duplicate footage, and will ignore a wealth of footage that is definitely Doctor Who but not necessarily episodes or canon, while saying things like "all films" will get you hours of definitively non-canon footage. This franchise is... messy.
    – BESW
    May 22, 2013 at 14:40

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No, not even close. By my calculation (using the list on Wikipedia) there were 695 episodes of the original incarnation, all but 13 of which were 25 minutes long (those 13 were 45 minutes long). This makes 17050+585=17,635 minutes of original.

By contrast, the new series has 102 episodes of between 45-70 minutes, which makes about (I can't be bothered to work it out exactly) 5,000 minutes: less than a third as much.

  • Beat me to it - using the same list I had an approximation of 347½ hours vs 103¾ hours. May 22, 2013 at 13:29
  • There isn't a way to calculate original airtime, is there? That is, ignoring the repeat footage from the (often several minutes long) "previously on" recaps?
    – BESW
    May 22, 2013 at 13:34
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    @BESW I don't see how you could do it other than re-watching every episode armed with a sonic stopwatch... May 22, 2013 at 14:12
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    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey...Stuff :-)
    – oɔɯǝɹ
    May 22, 2013 at 20:11
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    @PhilPursglove: two months have gone by, and no-one’s done this yet!? I know some old episodes are still lost, but come on people. Work for those rep points! Jul 26, 2013 at 14:39

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