# Scraping Dr. Who's IMDB ratings

Dr. Who is a hell of a good show, it matches the right amount of sci-fi with a young heart and an amazing production team.

I’ve been trying to watch season 9 since it came out, but somehow I don’t feel the show as I did before, so I thought, is it me or did the quality change? Let’s plot it and see!

**Season: ** **Episode: ** **Date: **

**Title: **

**Rating: **

So, first I did some bash-ing of the episodes by season:

Then, I wanted to try scalpel, a Haskell scraper. It is a really cool thing, for example:

matches an “a” tag with the “itemprop” attribute set to “name”, and the extracts the “title” attribute value. Here is the full gist.

Lastly I added some D3js pain (sorry JavaScript, you are awful) and I got the plot.

Now, a couple of things grab my attention:

### Linear regression is boring

I spent around an hour plotting the linear regression (it’s the light-gray line), but it turned out to be almost constant!

This kind-of-means that I was wrong, the show is neither “better” or “worse” (for whatever that means in the context of IMDB ratings).

Actually the slope of the regression is -0.008453710369452755 so yeah, not enough for my elitist palate.

### Jam the lines

The lines cross the mean (which is exactly 8, by the way) a lot of times. Episode ratings alternate a lot between almost-7★ and not-quite-9★. (If you are curious, the median gets crossed 40 times.)

For example, episode 9-9 (Sleep No More) rates at 6.2★, while the next one (Face The Raven) jumps all the way up to 8.8★! It’s a difference of 2.6 stars, the largest one in consecutive episodes. Even more, the previous one, episode 9-8 (The Zygon Inversion) is an 8.7★.

Make your own assumptions (because I won’t make a single one, seriously, it doesn’t mean anything).

### Season finales

Every season finale scores better than the first episode of the next season, which is kinda obvious considering Dr. Who usually ends seasons in a time-galatic war between pan-dimensional hamburgers and robo-bears.

But wait a minute, **except** for season 9!

There it is, I just made a hiatus on an exceptional low note.

Question answered.

Good bye.