Who are you kidding? Celebrity worship is the modern version of old biddies leaning over their fences discussing whether the town's unwed mother is going to get shipped off to a Magdalene laundry. If people had such an interest in their neighbours goings on, they'd be weirdo stalkers. These people who feel like they intimately known celebrities, are disappointed when said celebrities do something they don't consider right, and take a secret pleasure in their downfall are perverse. Like it or not, Dr Who is a form of art that creates communities of people who love to nerd out over their love...geek fandom does cosplaying, fanfic, deep discussion of stories and themes and lots of other positive, fun stuff that give them something to bond over. Statistics are useful, so is organisation so long as these don't become unhealthily obsessive. Celebrity gossip is nothing like that at all, it's peering through the net curtains at other people's lives, dragging their innocent children into being chased around by paps, and quite often ruining lives. If people weren't interested paps wouldn't exist, and they do so much damage to people.