Published on November 13th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
RTD on Movie, Leaks and Licence Fees
Here’s a turn-up – the very man who stoked the flames of a Doctor Who movie pre-Planet of the Dead is now denying that there are any plans for a time travelling feature!
“There’s not enough money and I feel like I’ve made 60 movies already.”
Useful way of keeping the idea rumbling along though – stoke the fire early in the year with rumours and statements that “it will happen” and then later in the year say there isn’t enough money.
Perhaps I’m being a little cynical here, but given Mr Davies’ previous slight of hand with the truth, I think we can take the money issue with a pinch of salt.
Meanwhile, RTD has been expressing his anger about the various leaks that occurred over the course of his time in charge of Doctor Who.
“I don’t want to go to my deathbed without finding out who leaked stuff. They will be found.
“When I was inside the programme it really p*ssed me off but now I’m outside it and seeing stuff that they’re filming appear in the papers it excites me and doesn’t put me off watching it in the slightest.”
Of course there’s no way of knowing which leaks were intentional and which weren’t although I think we can guess that the departure of Christopher Eccleston comes under the category of “big secret, unintentional leak.”
Finally, Russell – who has been busy chatting with the press over the past few weeks and looks set to do so until Christmas at the earliest – has struck a blow for common sense.
“It makes me laugh that every politician in the land is queuing up to axe the licence fee, when right in front of their eyes a commercial channel can barely afford to broadcast.
“No-one is putting two and two together. We need a licence fee, you dumbos.”
In case you didn’t know, ITV is in serious trouble, and desperately needs shows like The X Factor (complete with ridiculous talent-free twins being kept in week by week) and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here more than it needs drama programming (beyond the soaps).
A long history of producing quality drama, comedy, radio, news and sports coverage would be lost if the BBC was forced to go commercial, not to mention one of the most vital web resources in the western world. Those of you out there in favour of scrapping the licence fee, have a good think about it. Do you really want to lose the quality that the BBC brings to television.
Do you even know what quality is?
Oh and just before I get down off my soap box, ITV (we’ll leave subscriber networks out of this) is paid for from advertising revenue. This means that every item you purchase in the supermarket has a portion of its cost streamed into an advertising budget, and the items you buy that have been on TV sees a fraction of the cost of each item contributing to ITV (and to a lesser extent Channels 4 and 5).
At around Â£20 per person per year, ITV might sound cheap – but without quality broadcasting on a regular basis, a largely redundant website and a frustrating playback service, you frankly get what you pay for.