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Published on August 11th, 2011 | by Philip Bates

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The Invisible Time Lord?

As the BBC reveal their listings for ‘Week 35’ (or 27th August- 2nd September, as normal people may call it), there’s something missing.

While there’s promises of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the ‘Comedy Prom’ and a new crime drama called The Field of Blood, there’s something old, new, borrowed and blue missing… Even searching for ‘Hitler’ doesn’t help, thanks to a drama and accompanying documentary about the Nazi leader on BBC Two.

Yes, the BBC is still keeping its lips sealed over when Doctor Who will return. ‘This might mean America gets it before us!’ ‘Maybe it won’t return to British telly ever again!’ ‘Who just mentioned Michael Grade?!’ But before you start a protest by doing something crazy like organising a riot of some kind using Facebook… Don’t panic!

Even though it’s not listed, it doesn’t mean Doctor Who won’t be back on 27th August. It just means that the BBC is tapping its nose, giving us a cheeky wink and running away, while its American cousin calls it a jerk behind its back.

The Beeb have to ‘lock in’ schedules 10 days before broadcast, so there’s still plenty of time for them to reveal the worst-kept secret in history (perhaps apart from the ‘Saxon-is-The-Master’ thing). Torchwood: Miracle Day was also missing from the initial listings for Week 28, before being added just days later.

So, y’see, all is well.

And if that didn’t still your palpitations, it’s also been confirmed that Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show is coming back. Now you can really sleep well.

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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.




4 Responses to The Invisible Time Lord?


  1. I think the Saxon thing would’ve worked better if we’d actually seen him before Utopia, perhaps on a television broadcast or something.
    That way when he was revealed, hopefully there would’ve been more of a surprise.

  2. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    Perhaps the USA is getting it before us? Wouldn’t be the first time. Remember the Five Doctors?
    If they did fans would be livid.

  3. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Well if we did get the first episode before you, it would probably be the only one—if the BBCA pre-empts it during Labor day, we’d probably get it same day from episode two on but who knows?

  4. avatar Bobbygaga says:

    That’s why people are rioting. No one knows when it starts but everyone is stocking up on new TVs for the big day, they’re even getting new trainers (sneakers for my American friends) so they can run home in time to catch it.

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