As if the BBC using the licence fee to provide free promotion to Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber and his latest musical wasn’t bad enough, Doctor Who continues its journey through the Saturday evening schedules next week to accommodate Over the Rainbow.
Threatened by the ITV juggernaut, Over the Rainbow producers have apparently pleaded with the BBC not to be aired opposite Britain’s Got Talent with the result that the Doctor Who episode Vampires of Venice will air at 6pm – the earliest timeslot since the late 1970s.
Featuring vampires, the sixth episode of Doctor Who starring Matt Smith seems likely to be pretty scary – are the BBC really treating the audience in the right manner by airing this type of content at such an early time?
Does the BBC still consider Doctor Who as its flagship show for Saturday nights follwoing the departure of Russell T Davies? Or is this a measured response based on the threat from the equally vacuous Britain’s Got Talent in a fight which Doctor Who can easily win thanks to its viewers readily and regularly watching via iPlayer, SKY+ or other on demand methods?