Well yesterday was April 1st, and what better way to spend your Saturday (if you’re in the UK) than by texting “TARDIS” to 81010 and request the first of the TARDISODES?
Well, you might have tried already, and you might have eventually got your TARDISODE, but I’m willing to bet you got it online via the BBC’s Official Doctor Who website… it seems that there have been one or two problems with the service, with otherwise compatible networks and phones being unable to download the content, and PC’s attempting to view the content in one format being forced to use another.
With the announcement of the TARDISODES has come a flurry of attention that while not as widespread as the news that Rose was leaked onto the Internet last year via the Bittorrent network, is capable of reaching a wider audience. The service has received coverage from sources as diverse asPC Pro, The Stage and the BBC’s Homepage.
The Stage says of the TARDISODES:
The shows will include footage that will not be seen on TV, as well as back story about the characters and adventures coming up in the next episode – from meeting the Cat Women who can cure all illnesses, joining Mickey as he discovers some alien activity in a local school, to witnessing the Cybermen upgrade process. The move could provide fresh opportunities for upcoming actors and writers to be involved in a high profile show
So what, exactly is a TARDISODE? Well, it seems that once you get your hardware sorted, its basically a 1 minute prologue to the next episode of Doctor Who. There might well be a certain amount of truth to the feeling that the TARDISODES are nothing more than a marketing tool, but they do have massive benefits. However having spoken to our Techie – you may remember him from Thursdays news – it looks as though issues earlier today with the download for the New Earth TARDISODE have since been resolved.
I’m still unable to downlaod it via the SMS link however. Luckily my phone can download it in the same way that my PC can. But my PC still can’t. And they’re both doing it on the same internet connection.
My head hurts…