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Shattered Storyarcs

David Tennant’s departure has apparently lead to storyarcs being revised, guest actors told to look elsewhere for work and people claiming to be in the know when they are in fact being fed lines which they then repeat verbatim (and this is why Neil Wilkes of Digital Spy belatedly receives our Hack of the Week award for this).

The following has come from a chap called Rich Johnson, quoted on io9.com. Johnson incidentally was responsible for the Paterson Joseph story hitting the shelves.

Apparently, David Tennant had high expectations for the 5th and 6th series of Doctor Who – but also wanted more…

So was David Tennant’s leaving the show all down to his need to move on? A now or never thing? Not quite. He had been in negotiations with the BBC for a fifth, even a sixth full series, but wanted another 2009-lite Doctor Who break in 2011, a film pursued, and money above the current BBC wage cap. It didn’t happen.

The one bigger casualty, as well as casting for The Doctor sooner than expected, has been an arc in Series Five for the River Song character, revealed in Series 4 as the Doctor’s possible future wife. Arc plans are being rewritten, but the new team has plenty of time…

Interesting stuff – note that these are rumours published elsewhere and are repeated here in the course of our regular news gathering.


Christian Cawley

About

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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