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Published on March 29th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Trailer – Past Your Bedtime!

Get ready for tonight on BBC One, people, where between the end of Silk and the beginning of the BBC News at Ten you can catch a new 60 second trailer for the new series of Doctor Who!

A bit late you say? It’s a fair point, so usefully a short, less frightening trailer will be aired on the CBBC channel earlier in the evening.

So with lots of scenes of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston as the Doctor, Amy, Rory and the enigmatic River Song strung together with monsters, guest stars and great incidental music for the adults and a little bit less for the little people, there is one big question hanging over this.

Why the cut? Why air a trailer on CBBCs for a show the usual target viewers will want to watch (note that this is CBBC and not CBeebies) and cut out the scary bits? We can only surmise that as it is too scary for the wee ones at that time of day, this hints at the tone of the series as a whole.

Could this herald a change in scheduling for Doctor Who in 2011? In 2010 the series suffered from scheduling all over the shop between 6pm and 7pm – with this sort of control over the trailer could it be that Doctor Who will be returning to its 2005-2008 scheduling of 7pm?

(Via Doctor Who News Page)


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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+.

5 Responses to Doctor Who Trailer – Past Your Bedtime!

  1. avatar Carn says:

    um. All I saw was the usual one with the Doctor and alien thing seen in the astronaut’s helmet. I sat through that Silk show just so I wouldn’t forget and I saw no new trailer at all. Tsk

  2. avatar penfolduk01 says:

    Yes, that wasn’t 60 seconds.
    Unless the TV Licensing commercial had some hidden easter egg in it… :-)

  3. avatar Carn says:

    doh, the Doctor Who News Page bit in the link states ‘Update: the 60″ trailer was originally reported for Tuesday evening, but has been put back to Wednesday.’ I wish I’d seen that bit before…

  4. In fairness this does happen quite a lot, and good work to the DWNP for keeping in touch with BBC Publicity to get the information in the first place.

    However, I suspect Silk might have got its highest ratings yet tonight!

  5. avatar Leosw4 says:

    Boo hiss.

    Yeah I think you may be right Christian, lol.

    Still, it could be today……

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