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Published on May 16th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

Weekend News Update

To begin with – Doctor Who performed admirably on the overnight viewing figures for Saturday, attaining 7.4 million viewers, and once again helping the BBC to a Saturday night ratings win over the commercial channels.

Meanwhile, BBC Programme Information have released the following passage about episode 9,The Doctor Dances

Wartime London is in the grip of a zombie army in part two of Steven Moffat’s time-travelling adventure. The Child’s plague is spreading throughout the capital, and its zombie army is on the march.The Doctor and Rose form an alliance with intergalactic con-man Captain Jack, but find themselves trapped in the abandoned hospital.The answer lies at the bombsite, but time is running out…

Christopher Eccleston is The Doctor, Billie Piper is Rose, John Barrowman is Captain Jack Harkness and Richard Wilson is Doctor Constantine

Outgoing Ninth Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston has been announced as appearing in a romantic comedy by BBC News. Announced at the Cannes Film Festival the film will be set in budapest and be directed by new series director Joe Ahearn.

Bad news meanwhile for any youngsters wanting to buy the Series 1 Volume 2 DVD: Adam Sherwin reports in his article “Let’s not be beastly to Daleks” in The Times that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has refused a PG certificate for the release. Due to scenes featuring the torture of the Dalek, the DVD will be released with a 12 certificate.

This of course is not the first time that the BBFC have had a hand in altering the guidance rating of a BBC release – in 1996 they similarly upgraded the VHS release of the Paul McGann TVM from PG to 12 for reasons of violence, and the BBC were forced to cut sections. The Series 1 Volume 1 DVD is being released today, also with a 12 certificate.

This time, the BBC will not be making any cuts to the offending scenes, which centre around the torture of the Dalek by Van Statten and the Doctor’s own taunting of the creature in “the Cage”.

The Times has also provided a more light-hearted look at the above topic, in the article by Hugo Rifkind – “Expatiate! Expatiate!”

15.25 Update

The BBC have updated their news page with this item. They also quote a spokeswoman:

“We would have preferred a PG rating but we were not willing to re-edit the episodes to obtain that – we wanted to release the episodes exactly as they had been on seen on TV,” a spokeswoman said.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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