March 14, 2005
Dear Mr Gary Rusell T Davis of BBC Whales,
I am a consnerned long times fan of DOCTRO WHO and I feel I must protest rite now about what you have done to my favorit programm. Sum people have engajed in crimnial activites like danloding the first epissode from the Inter-net. They have also watched the first epissode and are now puttting revews on many web sights of the first epissode. I myself me have not danloded the first epissode as I thinkthis is illeagle and the people that are danloding should be put in prison or be made to watch Ant and Dec for a month. Sumtimes i wish I live in America so we could put danloders in the eclectic chair and pull the swidch.
What really consnerns me is that the revews of the first epissode of DOTCOR WHO are talking aobut how much aimed at childern the new first epissode of ODCTOR WHO is and how there is lots of stuff for kids like burping bins and farting parlymentry people. i find this deaply shoking and unequibakokably evil and bad. DOCTOR HOW is a fantasy sirees of unparleld depf and inteligents for truly disserning vewersand peeple who like scarfs and jelly babees. Making DOCOTR% WHO for childern is like making sesamy street for adolts: JUST NOT RITE.
Four exampul, when John Pertwee, Peter Davidson or Colon Baker were DOCTOW RHO there was no childish stuff in at all. Everything was very sereos and it shoold be kept that way. No jokes or lauffing bits please. The new DCOTOR WHO is Chrstpher Ecclestone and he is funny and I laughed at him even tho I have not wached the first epissode becos danloding is bad. Pleese stop him being funny.
(Captain) Mark (Jean-Luc) Pilchard
PS Billy is hot, pleese send me picturs.
Posted by John on Monday, March 14 at 1:41 pm
March 13, 2005
I’ve been reading a number of articles about the return of the series which not only mention the dreaded word “Whovian”, but also unfairly blame JNT for the demise of the original series in the 1980’s. I say unfairly because I firmly believe the blame rests with BBC (mis)management of the series, chiefly by the deadly combination of Michael Grade and Jonathan Powell.
It’s got me thinking. I didn’t like everything JNT did as Producer - I think Season 24 in particular is the nadir of the original series - but I can’t help but wish that he, perhaps more than any other key figure from the original series that is no longer with us, was still with us to watch the new series. Perhaps he will be able to in that better place that I’m sure he’s in. I say this because he was always concerned, after 1989, that he wasn’t seen as the man that killed Doctor Who. He got his wish in 1996, but I think he would have been happier to see it coming back as a full series again in 2005, proving that Doctor Who wasn’t killed in 1989, despite the best efforts of Grade & Powell to destroy it.
Additionally, we should remember that JNT wanted to leave the show a lot earlier than he did. When Powell became controller in 1988 he told JNT that if he left the show (and his employers, the BBC), the show would stop. JNT stayed for two more years and gave us Season 25 and 26, and with it such great stories as Remembrance, Greatest Show, Curse of Fenric & Survival - almost despite the BBC and their mis-management.
As such, I think JNT deserves a bit more respect than some fans (particularly the ones that continue to hurl abuse and personal insults about him on the internet, even on the eve of a new series where we should all be rejoicing instead) give him. I intend to give him the respect he deserves, and will be thinking about him, along with other key figures from the show’s past who have passed away, such as Graham Williams, Terry Nation, Jacqueline Hill and of course William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, when the new series begins.
Posted by John on Sunday, March 13 at 7:21 am
March 12, 2005
I hope you’ve all seen the neat Japanese Target novel illustrations, set in an alternate universe where Doctor Who looks cool. My favourites are the armless auton girl, the Earth Reptiles, and this wicked three-wheeler.
I’ve been reading the annuals recently, and they have a similar groovy sensibility, especially illustrations like this one.
There’s a larger version so you can see what they saying. This is the Doctor and Jo I remember!
Posted by John on Saturday, March 12 at 11:41 am
March 11, 2005
...Doctor Who fans do NOT prefer to call ourselves “Whovians”. The only name we’ve had for ourselves has always been, and remains to be, “Doctor Who Fans”.
Now kindly stop saying this in EVERY. BLOODY. NEWS REPORT! Argh!
Posted by Graeme on Friday, March 11 at 5:10 am
Outpost Gallifrey have news of what is probably the coolest pieces of new series tie in merchandising yet: The Doctor Who Sticker Book and the Doctor Who Intergalactic Activity Book. Both of these are pieces of tie-in marketing that take the series out of the aging over-25 ‘cult’ market and into the playgrounds and family rooms of children.
Back where it belongs, really
This is such a major shift. Back when the TV movie aired, the closest thing there was to any consideration of marketing to the little ‘uns was Gary Russell’s novelization, which was a pitch-perfect pastiche of Terrance Dicks. Now we have tie-in merchandise like we saw back in the 60s and 70s: stuff not intended for putting into mylar slipcases for collecting (although we know that will happen: David Howe is probably appraising the value of the Sticker Book even as we speak!) but for kids to read and play with. And that, to our minds, is really exciting.
Plus, The Doctor Who Blog freely admits they want a copy of Build Your Own Tardis, as they lost the version from the 1980s that they used to own.
Posted by Graeme on Friday, March 11 at 5:06 am
March 10, 2005
The newest addition to the Doctor Who Blog team is feeling a little overwhelmed right now. I’ve just spent half the day avoiding work by trawling through countless press releases, reviews, articles, photographs, trailers and interviews for the new series. I won’t attempt to list any of them here as the indispensable Outpost Gallifrey is doing that job more than adequately.
I am blown away by the sheer amount of coverage in Britain right now. It almost makes me wish I was still living there; it would be great to be a part of it. I’ve no right to complain though. Thanks to the CBC, fans in Canada will get to see new Doctor Who on TV just as God intended, a little bit later than the UK debut but thankfully confirmed. It seems that every TV news programme, every newspaper, every radio station and every entertainment website is talking about it. Huge viewing figures for episode one are pretty much assured. Let’s hope they come back for more…
From a teaser trailer and a few news spots on BBC Wales, to a breathless, mass publicity campaign in the space of just a few days, it’s truly exhilerating to be a part of. One of the most exciting is the report of the SFX launch party, with some tantalising glimpses of what’s to come. But I have to say, the thing that warms my fanboy heart more than anything else is seeing Eccleston and Piper on the cover of the latest issue. I can’t wait to read it.
Posted by John on Thursday, March 10 at 9:02 am
March 09, 2005
Countless words have been written about the new Doctor Who series before it even airs. In my opinion the truest most important words were spoken by writer Steven Moffat (Press Gang, Coupling) in an interview with The Scotsman published in June 2004: “If 10-year-olds aren’t talking about the show in the playground on Monday morning then we’ll have failed.”
Above all else this new series must capture the imagination of children. I am sure that people of all ages will watch and enjoy the new series for different reasons but the final judges will be the children. They won’t be looking for a show that is ironic, or camp or even the most flashy show on television. If the children watch and enjoy then others are guaranteed to follow.
Doctor Who is about fantasy, adventure and most of all fun. Doctor Who is supposed to a bit silly and the Doctor himself is supposed to be a bit childish. As viewers get older they might identify with the companions but the children identify with the Doctor. They share his sense of wonder, his amazement and at times his inability to take in the worlds around him. The companions might be about asking questions but the Doctor is about exploring and having fun.
What do I want from the new series of Doctor Who? I want to be 10 years old again. The old episodes of Doctor Who are one of the few things from my childhood that has stood the test of time. I still enjoy the episodes I watched more than twenty years ago but I don’t always enjoy them for the same reasons. My remit for Russell T. Davies and the new series is a tough one; take me back to how I felt watching Doctor Who episodes for the first time. It’s a really tough job and the right people have been hired to do it.
Russell, I want to be 10 years old again.
Posted by John on Wednesday, March 9 at 10:50 am
March 08, 2005
Hello readers! I though y’all would be interested in this CBC press release.
The more I read, the more I hear, the more I’m thrilled about this whole New Doctor Who “thang”. It’s quite a great time to be a fan.
I was in London, England this past Thursday and I attended the London Tavern…and the buzz there was so thick you could scoop it up into a pint glass and down it in one gulp.
Tasty! I’ll have another please…
EXCLUSIVE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF DOCTOR WHO, A NEW 13-PART SERIES ON CBC TELEVISION, APRIL 5
Acclaimed British actor Christopher Eccleston stars as DOCTOR WHO in the new BBC series, making its North American debut on CBC Television, Tuesday, April 5 at 8 p.m. Billie Piper, who starred in the critically acclaimed Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale, plays the Doctor’s companion, Rose Tyler.
DOCTOR WHO is a smartly written, contemporary, full-blooded drama that embraces the original series’ heritage and introduces the characters to a modern audience.
Travelling through time and space, the Doctor and Rose come face to face with a variety of new and menacing monsters, as well as battling with the Doctor’s arch-enemy, the Daleks. The series features a number of high-profile guest stars including Penelope Wilton, Simon Callow, Richard Wilson, John Barrowman, Noel Clarke, Annette Badland, Camille Coduri and Simon Pegg.
Russell T. Davies, executive producer of DOCTOR WHO, said, “Eccleston’s Doctor is wise, funny and brave; an adventurer who travels through time and space. His detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world is in danger, but when it comes to relationships, he can be found wanting. That’s why he needs Rose. As they travel through history and across the universe, the Doctor shows Rose things beyond her imagination. She starts out an innocent girl, fettered by earthly concerns. But she ends up an adventurer who, by the end of the series, can never go home again.”
Slawko Klymkiw, executive director programming, CBC Television said, “Bringing back the hugely popular DOCTOR WHO series to fans-new and old alike-was an exciting opportunity for CBC. We are pleased to be working closely with the BBC to bring Canadians this exceptional new series.”
DOCTOR WHO is a BBC Wales Production for BBC One and is written by Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Paul Cornell and Robert Shearman. The executive producers are Russell T. Davies, head of drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner and Mal Young.
Posted by Rod on Tuesday, March 8 at 9:14 am
March 06, 2005
Back a couple of issues ago in DWM, Russell T Davies made an off-handed comment on how they can’t seem to cast enough little people for an upcoming story. “Bloody Gringot’s and Wonka’s got them all” is how producer Phil Collinson puts it, referring to the fact that those of diminuitive size are being used for Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The DWM anecdote gets reported as a story in one of the British papers, some of them featuring a more detailed quote from the parties involved. The story is then carried on the wire service, where it even gets put into the Toronto Star.
Now this story of small desire denied has become filler in this week’s Canadian edition of TV Guide, only by now the story has become enhanced to say that filming “was shut down” while they looked for actors of short stature (it wasn’t all according to all other reports) and the little people would be used to play the Daleks (they aren’t).
While it’s nice to see some coverage of the new series in TV Guide, one starts wondering if all reportage on the new series will be done by a game of broken telephone…
Posted by Graeme on Sunday, March 6 at 9:29 pm
March 05, 2005
One of the interesting things about the return of Doctor Who that we in North America might not appreciate is that going into the new series, the best known face to be associated isn’t the actor playing the Doctor this time, but the companion. At least in the UK, as in North American Christopher Eccleston is better known. In the UK, Billie Piper is a constant topic of British tabloids - the example shown here being a front page headline of the fact that she did a new photoshoot for a Men’s Magazine (which we mentioned in an earlier blog entry).
That’s not to say that Christoper Eccleston isn’t also a well-known actor in the UK - he is. But its arguable that his profile in the UK is going to increase because of his involvement in the new series of Doctor Who, whereas Billie Piper’s profile is set to continue at the torrid pace it has been at since she first had a #1 single 7 years ago at the tender age of 15.
Indications are that Rose will be more of an equal to the Doctor than any other companion in the show’s history, and rumours have it that for the first time either the name or face of Billie Piper is even in the title sequence for the new series, which, if true would be a first for a companion.
Posted by John on Saturday, March 5 at 10:21 am
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