Published on December 14th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
Doctor Who in the Third Dimension!
Recently, big 3D-TV advocate Panasonic (its VT20 series sets were one of the first to be available when sets were released in April) ran a poll annoucing that Doctor Who is the program most people would like to see flying into their faces.
And the deciding factor in having pollsters carte blance choice on HD screens and having anything on 3D-TV is money- and the flithy lucre is fading from the 3D fade.
Ticket sales have been declining since Avatar’s massive haul set a high benchmark. With a surplus of at least Â£3 added to ticket prices cinema-goers are unwilling to pay what could amount to Â£10 per person to watch a film through cumbersome glasses (for a laugh, its always fun to place a finger on the receptor in the centre of the glasses thus ruining another persons 3D experience) that add nothing to the experience other than gaudy distraction.
Not to mention the standard of films that have been converted to the third dimension; Cats & Dogs 2 anyone? G-Force? Hello? Step Up 3-D? (Why are all 3-D films kids films? Do parents have money to burn on films? )
Production costs are the reason for the hike in ticket prices which begs the question; who’s going to foot the bill for 3D-TV?
The extra time it takes to set up for 3-D photography means more expense in labour, technology and development. Think back to 2005 when you first saw the effects for Doctor Who compared to the state of the art movies released that year – War of the Worlds, King Kong, Star Wars-Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - now imagine that gulf in spending power/R & D in the third dimension?
Co-production is a possibility. The BBC are already developing a 3-D movie of Walking with Dinosaurs with US based Evergreen Films – but without a policy on 3D spending that won’t ruffle the Daily Mail’s feathers, how will the corporation justify it?
Kasterborous readers have already spoken loud and articulately on the issue of the Time Lord 3-D with 23Skiddoo pointing out that narrative cohesion and immersion are often forgotten when the specs are slid over audiences eyes.
Rick714 also agreed, though praised the experience of watching Avatar but again not the story.
So what do you think of 3D and would you like to see the TARDIS crashing into your face?