A shock withdrawal by Russell T Davies from the Edinburgh Festival has lead to speculation that the Doctor Who Executive Producer has pulled out to prevent fans from flooding the event – or being vastly overcharged for entry.
A £500 ticket would have got you in to see the writer and producer give a "masterclass" on August 23rd, as well as three full days entry. The planned appearance had spurred the festival to announce it would open the event to the public.
A festival spokeswoman said: "We have had a look at the delegate list and as far as we can tell only members of the industry have bought tickets.
"As with all festivals, the line-up is subject to change."
Meanwhile, Alexandra Looseley-Saul owns The Who Shop in London, and she said:
"Whatever the reason for him pulling out, I am certain a man of his integrity wouldn’t really want to see Dr Who fans charged this much to go to an event.
"Whoever came up with that idea was a little short-sighted."
"He’s just finished one major project, he’s recently been in America, and he perhaps has come back to immediately find himself a much sought-after individual."
Thankfully, no one has been persuaded to stump up 500 knicker. And why would they when they can see Tennant in Hamlet!
However Ms Looseley-Saul said it was unlikely many people had paid to see him in Edinburgh.
"It didn’t hit any of the Dr Who websites," she said. "I don’t think people got to hear of it, which was a good thing. It was not widely circulated."
Eh? This was in fact the only news item on July 16th. Which Doctor Who site has she been reading…?