Matt Smith as the Doctor

Shouldn’t You Know Better?

I awoke this Christmas Eve morning to find that Doctor Who is at risk of cancellation.

News to you too?

Apparently it’s not news to the denizens of Airlock Alpha, who have asked “Will It Be 50 Years And Done For ‘Doctor Who’?” an article in which “Online experts of the show share their feelings on Alpha Waves Radio”.

This may come as a surprise to you, but Airlock Alpha is a successful website, as is their podcast. Why, then, are they peddling such complete nonsense? And who are these “online experts”?

Fortunately they did get hold of someone who knows what he’s doing, Radio Free Skaro’s Steven Schapansky, who rightly asked:

“Why would you think they are trying to cancel their biggest money maker? It’s the flagship show of the No. 1 network in the United Kingdom. It makes so much money for them overseas.”

And that’s the point, isn’t it? Doctor Who in 2011 is not Doctor Who in 1986-1989. This is a successful show, so why on earth would the BBC cancel it, and where on earth did this rumour come from?

A quick read through the article reveals no sources for the rumour. A browse through the popular Doctor Who forums also reveals no sources for the rumour.

In fact, the whole sorry escapade is little more than trolling on an industrial scale, citing the thoughts of Airlock Alpha’s columnist Ann Morris that people can’t afford to buy DVDs. They can’t? Interesting then that BBC News are this morning reporting that yesterday was the busiest day on the High Street… EVER.

As you’ve no doubt guessed, this whole sorry matter is nothing but complete bull. I am loathe to criticise another website as I know how much work goes into managing everything that you see here, but seriously, Airlock Alpha, you need to have a serious word with yourselves. You’ve lost credibility and respect in just a few minutes. You’ve promoted a rumour that you might well have started yourselves, peddled inaccuracies and awoken ridiculous comments about Matt Smith from back when he was first unveiled… in short, given your standing and the length of time you’ve been online…

…Shouldn’t you know better?

Christian Cawley

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+.

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