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Published on June 4th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who and the Schedulers of Doom

…or so icwales would have us believe.

Yes, the Welsh news site has gone one step further than all those other organs ranting on about Doctor Who’s “declining” figures and actually spoken to a lecturer in TV and Film Studies at the University of Wales on the matter of shifting thge show around in the schedule…

“There are people who will schedule their Saturday nights around something like Doctor Who and perhaps they go out after that. When you start messing around with the schedule it creates bad feeling.

There could be other factors like people not taking to the new Doctor. In my opinion David Tennant is more comic, more flippant, more glib.

Then there’s seasonal factors – it could be as we get into the summer schedules and the nights get longer, we’re not huddled round the TV of an evening.”

On the other hand, icwales’ Rin Simpson has also spoken with Linda Gibson, TV editor at TV Choice:

“I don’t think the BBC is going to lose people – viewers might miss an episode but they can catch up. It is repeated on BBC3 so people are catching up in different ways – they tape it or watch it on BBC3 or someone else will watch it.”

However she also commented that “messing around” with the time that people expect a show to be aired is “always going to have repercussions”.

And rest assured, the BBC say there are no plans to move Doctor Who to accomodate World Cup matches – in fact as the football matches are scheduled there should be no need.

On a totally unrelated note, Eclipse Magazine reported from the London MCM Expo which took place last weekend. One of the Dalek Builders’ Guild, David James, was in attendance along with Barney the Purple Dalek. If you don’t know, the Dalek Builders’ Guild is a group of Dalek enthusiasts who, well, build Daleks. Barney the Purple Dalek is of course, purple, and David James explains why:

“I was lucky enough to find the details of a chap who runs a classic car restoration company but he also does Daleks. He has painted and primed it exactly how he would have done a car, which is why it has got this lovely finish.”

Mr James also reveals that he spoke to the Dalek operators about the controls used in the machines:

“They always were fairly low-tech,” David agrees. “I’ve spoken to a couple of the actors who operate the BBC Daleks, and they don’t even have seat-belts in theirs. They went, ‘Seat belts? That’s a good idea!’”

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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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