Is This the End?

The BBC have issued a formal response to the interruption that took place in the closing minutes of the Doctor Who episode The Time of Angels on Saturday, 24th April.

Doctor Who versus Graham NortonIt seems that the broadcaster has finally recognised (3 days later) that this sort of trail is unacceptable. However the statement falls short of an apology.

Complaint

Many viewers were unhappy that an on-screen banner for Over the Rainbow appeared during the climax to the Doctor Who episode on 24 April.

The BBC’s response

The Over the Rainbow trail in Doctor Who should not have played out on Saturday and we apologise to all Doctor Who fans whose enjoyment of the show was disrupted. We recognise the strength of feeling that has been expressed and are taking steps to ensure that this mistake will not happen again.

Beyond the several thousand complaints lodged formally, the Newsround website was also soliciting comments from younger readers. Interesting to see that on the whole they were pretty annoyed by the animated Graham Norton during the super speech by the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith).
Mark from London said:

“I thought it ruined it because it was coming to the big part and then a cartoon popped up and it ruined the whole thing!”

Hopefully, the BBC’s response represents the end of this issue, not to mention the end of in programme promotions (IPPs).



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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