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Published on January 6th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

BBC Committed to Doctor Who

The BBC revealed this week that they are “hugely committed” to Doctor Who, despite the departure of star David Tennant and former Executive Producer and “showrunner” Russell T Davies, reports WalesOnline.co.uk.

It is a strange time for many fans – those that have grown up with Doctor Who since 2005 and those that lived throughout the 1990s without it. While David Tennant fangirls and fanboys and Russell T Davies’ fanclub might all be weeping into their Casanova DVDs, one thing is certain – Doctor Who goes on.

Julian Payne, head of communications at BBC Vision, told the Western Mail it was a “fantastically exciting” time for fans.

“Doctor Who has regeneration at its very core, and it’s what provides the show with its longevity,” he said.

“We view it as a very exciting opportunity for the show. We remain hugely committed to the brand of Doctor Who in all its forms, and we have a wonderful new team in place who are very excited about taking the show on new adventures.”

It seems hard for a long term fan to understand that there are people out there that don’t see how Doctor Who can survive without David Tennant. Yet it did before. Matt Smith remains a great choice and whatever you think of his appearance in The End of Time, was it really any different to David Tennant’s “new teeth”?

As for those that don’t think the show can survive without Russell T Davies, you should go to IMBd and Wikipedia and just check Steven Moffat’s back catalogue of superb work. Then watch his Doctor Who episodes.

A small initial dip can be expected – but don’t write off Doctor Who, not under any circumstances!

Mr Payne added: “We can absolutely assure fans of the show that the investment in the new series, in terms of the money and talent that has gone into it, is unparalleled.

“Rather than seeing the regeneration as a negative thing, I think it’s quite the opposite and we fully expect Matt to deliver.

“There are many years of exciting viewing still to come, though we’re enormously grateful for the work Julie Gardner, David Tennant and Russell T Davies have brought to the series.”

With the big series launch potentially just 12 weeks away, we don’t have long to wait…

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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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