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Old 19-09-2012, 00:35
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http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2012/09...ss-at-bbc.html

The new man in charge of the BBC has paid tribute to Doctor Who on his first day as Editor in Chief of the Corporation, the man ultimally responsible for everything broadcast.

George Entwistle took change of the Broadcaster today as the 15th Director General, taking over from Mark Thompson who has been in charge since 2004, and who now leaves to become Chief Executive Officer of The New York Times Company.

Entwistle told staff he wanted the BBC to be one of the major international media brands with a vibrant presence in many markets built around major pieces of BBC content such as Top Gear, Doctor Who and Dancing With The Stars. In an interview with Radio Times he recalled how he fell in love with Television Drama as a child while watching Doctor Who with his family. "Jon Pertwee was my Doctor", he said, "I was a bit sceptical about the Tom Baker regeneration".

Entwistle praised the way the BBC produced its Olympic coverage, which managed to bring the nation together. He looked ahead to events that will give the BBC the chance to take the Olympics formula and make it work again, including the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who next year.
So does this mean that throughout November 2013 there will be twenty plus digital channels all showing Doctor Who?
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Old 19-09-2012, 00:36
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Old 19-09-2012, 00:57
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I'd be nervous it's going to be hyped up beyond the point it can live up to. I'd assume at the least we're getting David Tennant, because not having him at this point would probably be too much of a disappointment, but multi doctor stories are hard to do.
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Old 19-09-2012, 01:00
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"...he wanted the BBC to be one of the major international media brands with a vibrant presence in many markets built around major pieces of BBC content..."

He sounds like a complete twonk.
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Old 19-09-2012, 03:56
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50% nostalgic enthusiasm and 50% dutiful promotion IMHO
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Old 19-09-2012, 15:52
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This is him just setting out his stall & vision.

How much of it he is able to do I guess will be highly dependent on the licence fee re-negotiation coming up in the next couple of years.
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Old 19-09-2012, 17:00
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Only on DS could two positive comments about the show and an admission of being a fan from the director general of the broadcaster in charge of deciding on the future of our favourite show get this sort of reaction .
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Old 19-09-2012, 17:03
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"...he wanted the BBC to be one of the major international media brands with a vibrant presence in many markets built around major pieces of BBC content..."

He sounds like a complete twonk.
If you read the speech properly, he sounds extremely smart and focused.

Unlike your post. BOOM!
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Old 19-09-2012, 17:10
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Only on DS could two positive comments about the show and an admission of being a fan from the director general of the broadcaster in charge of deciding on the future of our favourite show get this sort of reaction .
People have been very nice about it over on the Fans thread.

It's such a lovely change from some comments I've read in the past here worrying that the controller hates the show and they want to ditch it asap due to cost, etc etc.

A nice unequivocal statement of sincere support from someone who fondly remembers Pertwee and things.
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Old 19-09-2012, 17:17
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Old 19-09-2012, 17:23
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I'd prefer quality over quantity when it comes to Who's anniversary.
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Old 19-09-2012, 19:15
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If you read the speech properly, he sounds extremely smart and focused.

Unlike your post. BOOM!
Zing!
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Old 19-09-2012, 21:40
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If you read the speech properly, he sounds extremely smart and focused.

Unlike your post. BOOM!
2 of a kind.
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Old 20-09-2012, 18:24
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Only on DS could two positive comments about the show and an admission of being a fan from the director general of the broadcaster in charge of deciding on the future of our favourite show get this sort of reaction .
Remember why the show got cancelled in 1989? The DG didn't like the show.
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Old 20-09-2012, 18:27
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Remember why the show got cancelled in 1989? The DG didn't like the show.
There was a little more to it than that
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Old 20-09-2012, 20:47
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It's really great the DG likes Dr Who and remembers the Pertwee and Baker years fondly. That's the line Moffat's feeding that his Who is closer than RTD's to that era.Reminds me of the Golf advert -Lke a Golf, but not a Golf.The DG is going to be a little put out once he cottons on that the Moff is feeding him a line.
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Old 20-09-2012, 22:52
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That's the line Moffat's feeding that his Who is closer than RTD's to that era.
I'm sorry? I don't think I've ever heard Moffat say anything of the sort. Or even implied it.
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Old 20-09-2012, 23:10
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It's really great the DG likes Dr Who and remembers the Pertwee and Baker years fondly. That's the line Moffat's feeding that his Who is closer than RTD's to that era.Reminds me of the Golf advert -Lke a Golf, but not a Golf.The DG is going to be a little put out once he cottons on that the Moff is feeding him a line.
Moffat told the DG what to say about Doctor Who?
As a sort of heavily coded message about RTD?
And the DG decided to tell lies about his childhood viewing habits because Moffat told him to?

I don't think I've read quite so much balderdash on DS since ...erm ....yesterday.
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Old 20-09-2012, 23:13
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Remember why the show got cancelled in 1989? The DG didn't like the show.
This new one does, that's my point.
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Old 20-09-2012, 23:30
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It's really great the DG likes Dr Who and remembers the Pertwee and Baker years fondly. That's the line Moffat's feeding that his Who is closer than RTD's to that era.Reminds me of the Golf advert -Lke a Golf, but not a Golf.The DG is going to be a little put out once he cottons on that the Moff is feeding him a line.
What absolute rot. Seriously? Do you actually believe what you typed?

Because he has no eyes or ears, and cannot possibly have seen the newest series' of Doctor Who?

Sheesh. I suppose it really does take all sorts...
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Old 20-09-2012, 23:41
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What absolute rot. Seriously? Do you actually believe what you typed?

Because he has no eyes or ears, and cannot possibly have seen the newest series' of Doctor Who?

Sheesh. I suppose it really does take all sorts...
oh, I see. That's what they meant.. Because the DG likes Pertwee, Moffat is sending memos to the DG explaining that the show is currently just like that. And that nasty old RTD's show was nothing like it at all. The bastard. And the DG, never having seen the show is happy to believe Mofffat. But he's in for a shock if he ever watches it!

Well, that all makes sense now. I'm surprised you find it far fetched Sebbie.

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Old 20-09-2012, 23:58
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Remember why the show got cancelled in 1989? The DG didn't like the show.
The DG never, ever has anything to do with the programmes made. That's up to those who runs channels and genre departments.

Doctor Who was disliked by those who had the ability to dump it. Not by Michael Grade.
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Old 21-09-2012, 00:17
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oh, I see. That's what they meant.. Because the DG likes Pertwee, Moffat is sending memos to the DG explaining that the show is currently just like that. And that nasty old RTD's show was nothing like it at all. The bastard. And the DG, never having seen the show is happy to believe Mofffat. But he's in for a shock if he ever watches it!

Well, that all makes sense now. I'm surprised you find it far fetched Sebbie.

Haha... Well, now you've convinced me!!
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Old 21-09-2012, 00:17
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Remember why the show got cancelled in 1989? The DG didn't like the show.
Grade was at C4 in 1989. Peter Cregeen, BBC Head of Series in 1989, cancelled the show, as seen on the documentary on the Survival dvd.
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Old 21-09-2012, 01:02
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I'd be nervous it's going to be hyped up beyond the point it can live up to. I'd assume at the least we're getting David Tennant, because not having him at this point would probably be too much of a disappointment, but multi doctor stories are hard to do.
If we were limited to only one other Doctor coming back for the 50th Anniversary, I'd hope to God it's someone other than David Tennant. Not because I didn't like his Doctor, for I did, but because his Doctor was too recent.

I'd like to see Paul McGann come back, or failing that, Colin Baker.
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