Published on June 18th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
BBC News Coverage
BBC coverage of Doctor Who has of course this week been totally unprecedented, beating the promotion seen at the series launch. In this news item we concentrate on what has happened – Doctor Who related – at bbc.co.uk since Wednesday.
On Friday it was announced that Doctor Who had been named the most popular cult show at www.cult.tv. (For reasons previously mentioned, there’s no hypertexting of this link. Suffice to say the BBC probably haven’t read much of that particular site…).
The best part of this is the fact that the new series has been recognised for what it is – excellent drama – but let’s not forget the fate of poor Star Trek, various versions of which once graced the top of this chart annually for the last 11 years.
Also on Friday, the Offical Doctor Who site posted an audio interview with Executive Producer, the lovely Julie Gardner. RealPlayer is required to listen to the interview, introduced here.
On Saturday morning, as the frankly massive build up to the final episode continued, the Newsround website ran an interview with Russell T Davies. The article concentrates mainly on phrase of the moment “Bad Wolf”, of which RUssell has this to say:
“I was the only person who knew what was going on because I’ve written eight episodes and am the executive producer. I dropped it into other writer’s scripts and didn’t tell them what was going on because I did think it might not work.”
Finally, just an hour before the show aired, Russell T Davies praised the excellent work by outgoing Doctor Christopher Eccleston and his massive contribution to the show.
“…Chris, as one of the country’s leading actors, by being willing to step up to the line and take on that part has proved himself to be magnificent and has turned it around.”
The article finished on what we as Doctor Who fans have known since we first clapped eyes on the show:
He said that the success of the show was down to imagination.
“It’s been everything we planned and more, and it’s very rarely in life you get the chance to have that happen,” he said
“I genuinely love the old series of Doctor Who and I especially went back in my mind to the 60s – you know their imagination back then was limitless,” explained the head writer and executive producer.
“It’s just now that we happen to have a chance that we have a nice budget and that we can actually show some of these things.
“In its heart Doctor Who was always this imaginative and it was always this big.”
More news to come.