Published on March 9th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
The Media Blitz – Updated
A busy day for RTD, Eccleston and co! No longer is the world waiting to see what they have done with Doctor Who – the show is now just 18 days away, the show is on the news, the stars are on the news!
Theme tunes on the radio, trailers on BBC1, revamped websites – DOCTOR WHO IS ALMOST HERE! This isn’t like 1996 – this is real and happening here!
Back to the script now…trailers have begun, but we’ve received this trailer information (currently available on the excellent Cuttings Archive too)
* Trailer One – BBC1 at 19:29, 20:00, 20:58, 21:58
* Trailer Two – BBC2 at 22:30 (showing the new TARDIS console room)
* Trailer Three – BBC2 at 23:52
The 1st two BBC1 trailers have been shown of course, depicting the Doctor and Rose stood together in the TARDIS control room, facing the viewer.
The BBC Radio 2 Mini-Site has been launched – and it features information on the upcoming Project Who (it seems Anthony Stewart Head – “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Little Britain” – is the new voice of the show, to be broadcast Tuesday 22nd and Tuesday 29th of March). Chirstopher Eccleston will be appearing on the Steve Wright Show in Monday 21st March, meanwhile Mr Davies will be on the show tomorrow, Thursday 10th March.
Meanwhile the media launch event took place on Tuesday evening. In front of names such as Charlotte Church, Robson Green and Matt Lucas, the 1st episode of the new Doctor Who was screened. Reports of the event can be viewed on the BBC News pages and at icwales. Both reports are positive; the icwales item quotes Eccleston on the Doctor and Rose’s relationship:
“As far as I am concerned they love each other, it’s love at first sight,” he said. “But it’s not a conventional love.”
Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live and Chris Moyles on BBC Radio 1 this morning both played excerpts of the new theme tune – this is different to the theme tune on the Internet-distributed version! Nicky Campbell’s correspondent reported that the “Version downloaded was for evaluation”
Meanwhile, the BBC are hot on the trail of the source of the leak of Rose:
The BBC has launched an inquiry into how a new episode of cult British TV sci-fi series “Doctor Who” has been leaked on the Internet, the network said Tuesday.
The classic program, which has been off air since 1989, will make a much-anticipated return to the small screen later this month with Christopher Eccleston starring as the time-traveling hero. Former pop star Billie Piper will play his sidekick.
However, the BBC–which was due to trumpet the show’s regeneration at a celebration launch Tuesday–said that one of the 13 new 45-minute episodes had been posted on the Internet.
“This is a significant breach of copyright which is currently under investigation,” a BBC representative said.
“The source of it appears to be connected to our co-production partner,” she added, referring to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, the leaked clips show Piper’s character working in a London department store when it comes under attack by evil aliens, the Autons.
Enter the Doctor, who forces out the invaders, despite their sneaky trick of taking the form of plastic household objects.
“We would urge viewers not to spoil their enjoyment and to wait for the finished version, which airs at the end of the month,” the BBC representative added.
“Doctor Who” first appeared in 1963 and became a huge hit, despite its unconvincing monsters and wobbly sets.
The new series features Eccleston as the ninth reincarnation of the Timelord and will also see the return of the Doctor’s arch enemies, the Daleks.
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What this does tell us is that someone involved (at some point recently) with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is possibly the route of the leak. However, the story thankfully steers away from some of the downsides of this leak, such as the risible claims of jealous posters at AICN.com.
Why have non-fans downloaded an illegal copy of Doctor Who and then slated it? Who knows. Christopher Eccleston himself was asked about the opinions of some “fans” in light of the leak – just remember that our opinions as fans are not what is at stake here. The continued broadcast of Doctor Who relies on the viewing general public, who want to be thrilled and scared by television. The opinions of fans wanting a “classic” Who remake without the repetition are not what drive the production team. And nor should they.