April 07, 2005

FIRST RATE!

The premiere of Doctor Who destroyed in the ratings on April the 5th.  Doctor Who did extremely well on the CBC with over 986 000 viewers.  Compared to the 9.9 million in UK this number might seem small…but for Canadian television numbers, and for the CBC this is HUGE, and exactly where we wanted the show to come in at. 

Doctor Who did not win the evenings rating’s war across the board…it did, however, win for the network.  Four shows on other major Canadian networks beat Doctor Who.  They were American Idol (2 508 000) which was in the same time slot, The Amazing Race (3 140 000), LAW AND ORDER:SVU (1 294 000) and CTV National News (1 428 000).  Three of those shows are big US productions, with an established following while the news is…THE NEWS!  smile

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Put it another way Doctor Who DESTROYED House, Judging Amy, CBC’s News, Jag, The Outer Limits, Blue Jays baseball, and a host of other programs in and around that time slot. 

So this fan is very happy indeed, and I’m sure the CBC is as well.  Doctor Who won CBC’s night, and reportedly did more than double what programming that slot normally gets on a Tuesday evening.  On any day 986 000+ viewing the CBC is amazing… I can only think of Hockey getting better numbers than Doctor Who.  And this number only reflects what the industry can measure…so I’m sure the numbers are even higher here in Canada, as well as in the UK.

It’s this fan’s opinion that Doctor Who will have a nice run on the Mother Corp, and that we’ll be seeing Series two on the Ceeb before too long.

Woo-Who!

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April 06, 2005

“It’s Gold Jerry.  GOLD!”

New Series.
New Banner.

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April 05, 2005

The Fifth of April, Two Thousand and Five

Sweet Mother, I thought this day would never come.

Doctor Who airs…heck it PREMIERE’s TODAY on our national broadcaster at 8pm

North America has long been awaiting the return of Doctor Who…and it’s finally here.  Canadians from coast to coast , and those lucky American’s in nearby boarder towns will finally get to see what 9.9 million confirmed (and joyful) U.K. viewers saw 2 Saturday evenings ago. 

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Also don’t forget to check out the CBC’s special six part documentary serial on the subject called: The Planet of the Doctor

Information about that and Doctor Who on the Ceeb can be found at:

www.cbc.ca/doctorwho

Enjoy.

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April 04, 2005

Misspeaking

When I am not busy being a Doctor Who fan and a Doctor Who Blogger, I work as a Communications Manager for a grad school in Toronto. One of the things I do in that capacity is prepare press releases from time to time.

When I produce a press release on anything, it is standard operating procedure that I need to have the permission of anyone I am quoting—regardless of whether the quote is something they’ve said or something I’ve ghostwritten for them. If I did not do that, there would be grounds for a serious reprimand, and depending on the seriousness of the matter, outright dismissal.

Which makes the BBC’s admission that they had not consulted Christopher Eccleston in writing a press release on his departure from the series all the more mystifying to me. This was a major press release. Whatever the situation, whatever the ticking clock, if you don’t have the signoff of the major parties in the release, it borders on either incompetence or negligence or both to put something out in their name.

This is made even worse by the admission that “the BBC ... did not consult [Eccleston] about that statement and also broke its agreement not to reveal he planned to film just one series” This means that even more sign-offs weren’t done: with the drama department, with the series producers, even their legal department.

A gaffe like this is incredibly serious. Because it will come to bite you on the ass. And this time it did.

That press release provoked a shitstorm in the press and online like nothing else. Eccleston was horsewhipped from pillar to post in the media for leaving because of typecasting, even though a number of people over the past week have tried to point out that the “typecasting” reason for leaving was an unattributed remark—it wasn’t even provided as a quote—and that Christopher Eccleston has made no comment whatsoever on leaving the role.

They had good reason to point this out. Because Eccleston didn’t say it. Nor has he given any reason for leaving even still, though we now know it was on the cards since at least January.

In the days that follow, there’s going to be a great deal of sober reflection, but none more sober than the person in the BBC Press Office who started this in the first place.

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April 02, 2005

Alien Slayer, time traveller, lady killer

Open the Toronto Star’s Starweek magazine today and this is the first thing you’ll see.

“Alien Slayer. Time traveller. Lady killer. He’s unlike any doctor you’ve ever seen before.”

Awesome.

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April 01, 2005

The Long View

Something to consider here in the midst of all the craziness in the past week…

If you include Rose (which if you’re Canadian is easy to do since it doesn’t start til Tuesday) then between now and 2006 we will be getting 27 new episodes of Doctor Who. 27 new episodes made for TV. 27 forty-five minute episodes.

27 episodes is the the same length (more or less) as 54 ‘classic’ series episodes.

The loss of the lead actor has I think made many more obsessed with the trees than the forest, and it’s a very impressive forest indeed.

Think about it. 27 new episodes by the same production team over the next two years. That, as the Ninth Doctor might say, is “fantastic”.

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March 30, 2005

Eccleston: Saviour of Doctor Who?

eccles1.jpgBefore everyone gets ready to draw knives to use on themselves or Christopher Eccleston, consider this: this show would have never have been treated seriously by the BBC, the press and possibly the viewing public without an actor the calibre of Eccleston to bring the series out of the starting gates. And now that he has done that to thunderous applause, the show could be poised to go on for a long time.

Risks can be taken in casting the next Doctor and by leaving during the first season an audience can quickly identify that the show is bigger than the actor. Another year, lower ratings, Eccleston wants to leave…who’s to say it wouldn’t be cancelled when he wanted to give up. But by committing to the series and showing what can be done and leaving early, it’s in fact validated the next season that was greenlighted today and ensured a future for Doctor Who beyond him.

So maybe instead of looking for the end of the world, we should just look forward to The End of the World instead and marvel at how bloody talented this man is, and how lucky we are to have him as the Doctor.

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Season 2(8) Confirmed!

The return of Doctor Who to British screens Saturday was such an incredible success that the BBC have decided to commission a second new series of the show (the 28th season of Doctor Who overall) after just one episode, it was publicly announced today in Britain by The Stage newspaper.  And that’s not all.  In addition to another 13 45minute episodes for 2006, there will be, prior to that, a “Christmas special” for December 2005, which apparently will be 60 minutes long.

This is of course fantastic news, but entirely expected (even before the ratings were in). The only surprise is how quickly they announced it during the broadcast of the first new season. BBC Head of Drama Jane Tranter indicated that she hoped the new series got 6.5 million on its debut, so she was obviously blown away by the 10million viewers it got on Saturday night. She will also not confirm that Eccleston and Piper will be back (though I personally expect them to be), hinting that she didn’t want to spoil the next 12 episodes (which are still to be aired in the UK). We will have to wait and see what happens, but in the meantime…......celebrate and rejoice!

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March 29, 2005

Now in LIVING COLOUR!

While everyone here at the Doctor Who Blog are eagerly anticipating the North American Premiere of the New Series on the CBC (April 5 @ 8pm). I thought it would be nice to take a look at some 1960s Doctor Who, and how one fan has taken several classic black & white clips from the series and colourized them.  I’m not a fan of colourization in film…however these stills are just gorgeous!  This first one is a cool before and after image that gives you a sense of what he’s done. 
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The web site is: http://www.gmendias.com/babel_fish/  and on there you’ll find some great photos, images, screen captures, and motion picture clips that are a unique and colourful look back at the origins of Doctor Who.  Funny how different fans do different things. Here is yet another example of a talented Doctor Who fan doing something just for the fun of it and for the entertainment/enjoyment of other fans.

Right on, Stuart Humphryes!

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March 28, 2005

Countdown to the Canadian Invasion #2

20050402.jpgBack when word of Doctor Who being broadcast on the CBC began to get out, someone said to me, “Maybe it will make the cover of TV Guide”.

“Never,” I said, “will that happen. A couple of local listings magazines will cover it but it will never have a major article in TV Guide. Even the Canadian Version. And if it did it would never make the cover.”

Today I stand before you to say, I know not of what I speak. And aren’t we all glad? Because…

HOLY MOTHER OF THE MOXX OF BALHOON!!! DOCTOR WHO IS ON THE FRONT OF TV GUIDE!!!

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