Twenty years after the 3D disaster of Dimensions in Time, the increasingly unfashionable stereoscopic video entertainment fad is once again staking a claim in Doctor Who, this time for the 50th anniversary!
As revealed by the BBC this evening, the episode will also be available to view in cinemas! Controller of drama, Ben Stephenson, has included this bold new approach in his recent speech, tying Doctor Who into a desire to apply “the Danny Boyle vision to our work – a bold, adventurous, authorial approach that exports because of its Britishness not despite it.”
We’re not entirely sure that is anything different to what the BBC already does, but the 50th anniversary news is certainly fascinating, regardless of your thoughts about 3D. Getting back to the point, Stephenson added:
There will be lots of aliens and daleks and things like that – or maybe there won’t. There are many different things to take into account and we will also have a Christmas special after that and it all connects. Or maybe it doesn’t. There’s lots to work out.
It’s that thing of, how do you make individual programmes more than the sum of their parts? The Doctor Who 50th is a bit like when we did EastEnders’ 25th; it is more than just a programme, we have all had a relationship to it.
Ninety per cent of the British public know about Doctor Who and have a personal connection to it. Most people have their own Doctor Who. It’s drawing on that nostalgia to say something bigger about the BBC and its values.
“Nostalgia” is a very loaded word, isn’t it. I wonder what he means…?
Meanwhile, The Grand Moff seems very happy with the second coming of Doctor Who 3D.
It’s about time. Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore.”
It’s a nationwide celebration of both Doctor Who and the BBC because I think they are so synonymous. We will be doing a big Doctor Who special in 3D which is very exciting and feels very innovative.
We will be doing it on cinema screens as well. We are working out the logistics of that at the moment because we need to make sure the main BBC1 experience remains absolute value for money for the audience.
What do you think? Does 3D deserve another chance? Does the use of the word “nostalgia” awaken something inside?
Will you be watching Doctor Who in a cinema, in 3D, for the 50th anniversary?
And isn’t this a much better idea than a “live” episode?!