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.”
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)