That’s right – as revealed by unitnews.co.uk yesterday, the BBC are releasing a Series 1 DVD for North America directly into the Canadian market. The Press Release is as follows:
Other deals secured include a major licensing deal with CBC Television for the second series of the latest Doctor Who adventures following the critical success of the first series.
The deal includes a Christmas special, hosted by Billie Piper exclusively for CBC viewers that air on Boxing Day. The new 13 part adventure is currently filming in Wales and is due to air on CBC in 2006. BBC Video is planning to release series one on DVD in Canada on 14.02.2006.
BBC Worldwide has also recently appointed Buzzworthy as the merchandising agent for the Doctor Who brand in Canada. This is the first time an agent has been appointed solely for the territory.
As part of the three-year agreement, Buzzworthy will actively seek partner companies to produce and distribute new and existing Doctor Who products including toys, clothing and gift items from the second series.
Hilary Read, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Worldwide Canada Ltd, said: “We are thrilled to continue to develop and expand our relationships with our Canadian partners and to bring audiences the best of British content. The wealth of experience and knowledge the new team members bring to the Canadian operation will ensure that we are in a strong position to continue to build our business in the market.”
This is obviously excellent news for all fans on the other side of the Atlantic! Kasterborous’ American Envoy Brian A. Terranova has the following to say:
“â€¦ Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. … there we go.
Iâ€™m not in some fan boy state of lust over the region 1 DVDâ€™s, no, I am more so in a state of complete dumbfounded shock that the new series has actually found a way into our American homes, albeit a sly and second handed way.
Now the rest of America can find out, as I did not to long ago, just how much fun the revival of Doctor Who has been. What could be more brilliant than that? Series 2 maybe?”
I suspect he’s quite happy about it then…
On Monday, the MediaGuardian discussed the BBC’s attempts to get the licence fee raised… while they suspected a raise would be granted, it wouldn’t be as muh as the BBC is requesting:
Take for example the Â£1.6bn earmarked for “quality content”. Apart from playing to the gallery with a promise to reduce repeats on BBC 1 and 2 what does “quality” mean? And aren’t we getting it already? The BBC can’t surely mean that if it doesn’t get the the extra money – on top of the Â£3bn they already get from us – that they won’t be able to do “quality”? The BBC claimed that the previous inflation-plus settlement (the one that generated that “Jacuzzi” of cash) allowed it to make Doctor Who. Was Mark Thompson seriously suggesting that the BBC would not have done it anyway?
We suspect Doctor Who might well have cost a lot to make last year – but not that much…
Finally… according to BBC Radio Cornwall, Spencer Hawken has been cast in Doctor Who as a character that has described as a rival Timelord”. According to imdb.com, Hawken is a member of the cast of the BBC’s upcoming Dickens soap “Bleak House”.
Whether this means a specific “rival Timelord” or a brand new character who happens to have a TARDIS is yet to be revealed, and confirmation is still awaited from BBC Wales. The matter is also discussed at the Digital Spy forum.