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Published on November 22nd, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

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More Private Eye Woe!

A few months ago a few words in Private Eye magazine caused a storm in Doctor Who fandom when it was suggested that various BBC issues had forced a delay to the seventh series.

We’ve had plenty of fan-placating rebuttals since then, but the magazine edited by Ian Hislop has more behind the scenes Doctor Who gossip this week, concerning the rumours of a movie with Harry Potter director David Yates involved and consternation about the official Doctor Who convention in 2012.

So, where do we start?

According to Private Eye, David Yates’ interview with Variety was the first The Grand Moff “had heard that negotiations had reached such a stage.” Apparently Moffat was concerned about the possibility of a movie when he was discussing taking over from Russell T Davies in 2008, and the scurrilous organ makes no bones about suggesting that Yates’ interview was done intentionally to get Moffat’s back up.

One would think that there is no need for elements at the BBC to do this, yet as we’ve seen it has happened if Moffat’s “tweet-as-response” last week is anything to go by.

(Is it just me, or is the whole idea of rebooting Doctor Who simply ridiculous? It reboots every time we get a new Doctor or producer!)

This isn’t all that you will find in Private Eye, however. BBC Worldwide’s Doctor Who convention in Cardiff next year has drawn criticism for being too expensive (£99 per day), charging £20 or £25 for a photograph and autograph with  Matt Smith and Steven Moffat (the latter now offered gratis) and for the organizers suggesting that “children do not attend.”

Come again?

Look, BBC, could you perhaps get your act together for the next couple of years, get behind the show and stop messing around with unnecessary movies/reboots/things for Jane Tranter to do?

(With thanks to Mike)

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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+.




9 Responses to More Private Eye Woe!

  1. avatar Edward says:

    “(Is it just me, or is the whole idea of rebooting Doctor Who simply ridiculous? It reboots every time we get a new Doctor or producer!)”

    But…that’s not what a reboot means. Not in the context of the film. Even though the series changes a lot between Doctors, it doesn’t suddenly jettison what came before when the Doctor regenerates. Old continuity stands.

    A reboot of Doctor Who would take place in a new continuity and ignore what came before. Think the new Battlestar Galactica. That’s what the Doctor Who film being a reboot means.


    • But… that’s not my point. The show has almost 50 years of continuity. There is no need to ignore this.

      A reboot as you describe would simply retread what has already gone before. Completely pointless. Few franchises have the rich history of Doctor Who, and rebooting this destroys this history. As the DOctor can go anywhere and any time in the universe it is simply not required.

      The only reason to reboot is because it is trendy in Hollywood right now. And being trendy is not the right reason to do anything.

      RTD proved that a reboot is not necessary by giving us a post-Time War universe. He took us to a parallel world to bring back the Cybermen.

      • avatar Alex says:

        Part of the problem is the term “reboot” is not understood by a lot of people. That goes for not only franchises but even what the Doctor did in The Big Bang. A reboot is giving the show a fresh new start – which is exactly as you say happens whenever we get a new Doctor or production team – but just as with rebooting a computer the hard drive still contains all the files that were there before and the operating system remains the same (i.e. we get a new Doctor in Matt Smith, but the events of The Macra Terror, for example, still happened, and the Doctor we see on telly now did still once travel with Sarah Jane). The Yates movie, and Ronald Moore’s BSG and Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes are “reimaginings” (I mention Burton because I believe the term was coined for his movie). A reimagining is not “rebooting the computer” and keeping everything in the past but just starting with a refreshed desktop file. A reimagining is turning off an XBox and turning it back on again and suddenly it’s a Wii and everything is different and those old files are no longer accessible. They may still be there, sure, but that Wii won’t suddenly be able to dig up an XBox file at will. Or, in other words, that great scene at the end of the Eleventh Hour where we see all 11 Doctors’ faces? Odds of something similar happening in the Yates movie are nil.

  2. avatar Spaceman says:

    I think there are “some elements” out there that need a reboot up the backside… It means restart switch it off Start!! It up again…. The only thing there’ll end up doing is a pastiche of Cushing films(Which I enjoy).

    My concern is that for more money income, the BBC are going to invest in a film with all the usual product merchandise placement that isn’t going to work, and for that, drop the series after Moffat’s tenure… The 2-3 years down the line sounds about right….

  3. avatar Krumstets says:

    There are some people at the BBC that seem unaware that the series continued success has come from people who know the show very well.
    RTD & Moffat are not only excellent writers they have an invaluable knowledge of the programme and what makes it work.
    If they see Moffat as the problem I dread to think what they see as an.

  4. avatar Krumstets says:

    There are some people at the BBC that seem unaware that the series continued success has come from people who know the show very well.
    RTD & Moffat are not only excellent writers they have an invaluable knowledge of the programme and what makes it work.
    If they see Moffat as the problem I dread to think what they see as the solution.
    This smacks of decision making made by marketing execs and not from any creative team.

  5. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    Why can’t they shut the **** up, let SM and co run the show and give him 100% support. While they are at it, scrap this movie nonsense.

  6. avatar Simon says:

    It sounds rather arrogant the studio are ignoring everybody’s opinions and flying off the handle to bring Doctor Who to a format that’s been there three times, and only once partly-succeeded. It’s no wonder shows get cancelled if the BBC can’t even control their own impulsiveness.

  7. avatar LBUNITHQ says:

    Now I have realized Super 8 is a Amblin & Bad Robot co-production with JJ Abrhams directing and with Mr Moffat writing Tin Tin for Spielberg this is the team that should get together, sink this travesty before it goes any further and make a Doctor Who film worthy of the name

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