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Published on June 26th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

Dyke Attacks Cardiff

No – it’s not RTD’s speculated “lesbian meme”…Just a few days ago, ex BBC Director General Greg Dyke was playing up to the media spotlight on the climax of Doctor Who with long words of praise (see news from 20 June). Today however, he’s gone on the attack, criticising the shows budget and reliance on the city of Cardiff.

He’s quoted in the icWales report as saying:

“As a lifelong Doctor Who viewer, I don’t believe the series was without flaws. Given that the Doctor is a time traveller, able to go anywhere at any time, he did end up on earth a disappointing number of times during the 13 episodes and, even worse, he kept turning up in Cardiff.

“I haven’t got anything against the capital of Wales, but if I could land anywhere in the universe at any time, would I really go to Cardiff more than once? Of course, any connection with the fact that the series was made by BBC Wales, and that for the production team, Cardiff was a cheaper location is purely coincidental.”

Now I’m no expert, but I would have thought that an ex Director General would be more familiar with the intricacies of budgeting, whatever the level of spending.

Or perhaps Mr Dyke feels that 6 days out of the news is 6 days too long?

Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph letters page carries opinion by Mr Don Minifig of Torquay, Devon:

Dr Who left too many loose ends

Your reviewer said that he did not think anyone of any age would feel short-changed from the last episode of Doctor Who (News, June 19). I felt very short-changed. So much time was devoted to extreme close-ups of Billie Piper’s face as she blasted the Daleks into oblivion that no explanation was given to the fates of the characters who had died or had been supposedly disintegrated. And what happened to the parts of the Earth destroyed by the Daleks?

This was a messy and inconclusive ending of a rather self-indulgent series. At least it got rid of that irritating bloke from Cracker who kept telling us he was the Doctor.

Obviously not a Billie & Chris fan, then.

Finally, new incarnation David Tennant has been seen at Glastonbury Festival this weekend and ionterviewed by Edith Bowman, who quizzed him on his accent. It seems there may be some amusingly novel explanation…

“There’s a little bit more to it than that. In the Christmas episode, there is a story behind it”

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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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