Published on June 20th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
Praise from all areas has continued to pour in for the culmination of this series of Doctor Who – none more so than Greg Dyke, former Director General of the BBC who discusses the length of time it has taken the BBC to bring the series back, how Lorraine Heggessey should be applauded, and the success of the revival in general – in todays edition of The Independent.
He also draws attentions to flaws – the fact that the TARDIS visits Earth of a satellite in each episode, the chances of arriving in Cardiff twice, before hitting upon two reasons why the show has been a success:
The reason Doctor Who was a triumph is that, for the first time for some years, we had a new (at least, it felt new) early-evening drama that could be watched by the whole family, something that many in television thought was close to impossible to achieve in the multi-channel age. Just listening to Jonathan Ross raving about the series on his Saturday morning show on Radio Two tells you why it was so special; it gave him the opportunity to sit with his children and watch a programme that they all enjoyed, but on a range of different levels.
It could be that Doctor Who is unique, that its long history – which guaranteed an audience – combined with a big budget and an outstanding production team gave it advantages that the average new show is never going to get. Or it could be that commissioners just need to be willing to take more risks, and back them up with big money.
And in The Times, Rhys Blakely’s “The Week on the Web” draws the spotlight on the wonderful BBC websites, whoisdoctorwho.co.uk, badwolf.org.uk and unit.org.uk – attention well deserved.