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Old 04-04-2013, 11:11
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Concept art from the scrapped plans for an animated series of the show that was considered for this year, starring all incarnations of The Doctor :

http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/doctor-w...-art-unearthed

Whoever at the BBC decided against it, shame on them.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:19
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McGann... MCGANN WOULD HAVE... had a TV series.

Who scrapped this? I'll release the hounds on them straight away! Heathen!!
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Old 04-04-2013, 13:00
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The quote about the project being abandoned so as not to distract from the regular TV series sounds all too like Steven Moffat's rationale for vetoing the proposed movie.

Sigh. That's just so wrong.

Not only has DW benefited from exploring multiple media - books, comics, audios etc - arguably it is only around today because it was kept alive in the 1990s and early 2000s because of them.

Did Batman suffer from the fact that The Animated Series was around at the same time as the various movies? Anything but - the series was better than the 1990s movies, and the franchise was all the better for it.

Selfishness and power complexes are rarely pretty...
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Old 04-04-2013, 13:06
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The quote about the project being abandoned so as not to distract from the regular TV series sounds all too like Steven Moffat's rationale for vetoing the proposed movie.

Sigh. That's just so wrong.

Not only has DW benefited from exploring multiple media - books, comics, audios etc - arguably it is only around today because it was kept alive in the 1990s and early 2000s because of them.

Did Batman suffer from the fact that The Animated Series was around at the same time as the various movies? Anything but - the series was better than the 1990s movies, and the franchise was all the better for it.

Selfishness and power complexes are rarely pretty...
I think the rationale is perfectly sound. If I was producing a show I wouldn't want an animated version knocking about at the same time. As for "Selfishness and power complexes are rarely pretty" - well that's just daft.
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Old 04-04-2013, 13:12
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I think the rationale is perfectly sound. If I was producing a show I wouldn't want an animated version knocking about at the same time. As for "Selfishness and power complexes are rarely pretty" - well that's just daft.
Why? If Moffat didn't veto both the movie and the animated series, I happily withdraw my remarks. But if he did, saying in effect no-one else shall make visual Who however talented or original their ideas, then selfishness is a mild word for it...
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Old 04-04-2013, 13:21
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Why? If Moffat didn't veto both the movie and the animated series, I happily withdraw my remarks. But if he did, saying in effect no-one else shall make visual Who however talented or original their ideas, then selfishness is a mild word for it...
But that isn't even what happened in the case of the movie. Books, comics, animated series, these are all spin-offs, additional media. These are all officially sanctioned and support the main series.

The 'discussed' movie involved a complete reboot of the series, a different continuity, different Doctor, etc. It would run in direct opposition to the TV series, split and confuse the audience.

Secondly, you're assuming it's Moffat alone that has the power and will to make these business-level decisions. There's no basis for that. No doubt he has a strong influences, but it's the execs that hold the purse-strings.

Thirdly, those sketches look bloody brilliant. I have no idea how it would have worked as a series, but I love the style.
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Old 04-04-2013, 13:36
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Why? If Moffat didn't veto both the movie and the animated series, I happily withdraw my remarks. But if he did, saying in effect no-one else shall make visual Who however talented or original their ideas, then selfishness is a mild word for it...
To imagine that he personally made those decisions because he's "selfish" is simply ludicrous. Given that his main responsibility is to the regular TV series, ensuring that the TV series has the focus in that specific medium is entirely rational and sensible. In fact it's probably the only decision that could have made in the circumstances. A producer would be crazy to willingly dilute their product.

Regardless of whether you like him as a producer, he's just a bloke doing a job to the best of his abilities. Talking about selfishness and power complexes is fandom at its silliest.
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Old 04-04-2013, 13:38
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They could have filmed live action intro's and had Matt Smith's Doctor regaling Clara/Amy/Rory etc with tales about his previous adventures and incarnations ...and then switch to the cartoon with Matt narrating a bit here and there. They could have had it run in between series.

They wouldn't even have had to write or record new stories.....they could have converted a bunch of Big finish stories into cartoon form. A shame.
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Old 04-04-2013, 14:07
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Terrible decision. No reason why it couldn't have run in between series of Doctor Who proper and gathered its own following, particularly if it focused on the classic Doctors.
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Old 04-04-2013, 14:22
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As long as it concentrated on past Doctors, and maybe had someone from the TV 'team' sitting in to make sure nothing was going to contradict anything on the TV series. This WOULD have been great.

It could certainly have filled in the gaps in between series'. There have been rather large gaps lately.
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Old 04-04-2013, 20:03
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I wish the BBC would do something like this. It'd be great to have multiple series of Who on TV at once. Doesn't even have to be animated. A series focusing on an older Doctor while the current one runs would be amazing. I believe Star Trek had two different series running at one point, didn't it?
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Old 04-04-2013, 20:18
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They could have filmed live action intro's and had Matt Smith's Doctor regaling Clara/Amy/Rory etc with tales about his previous adventures and incarnations ...and then switch to the cartoon with Matt narrating a bit here and there. They could have had it run in between series.

They wouldn't even have had to write or record new stories.....they could have converted a bunch of Big finish stories into cartoon form. A shame.
That would seen awkward. Audio adventures are scripted and performed in such a way that the listener can create images in their mind. If you add animation, you then have a bunch of characters describing what the viewer can already see.
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Old 04-04-2013, 23:52
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Some of those drawings are quite remarkably bad.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:08
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New series cost money. I'm sure the BBC are constantly sending out feelers for new ways to exploit - sorry, capitalise on their successful properties, and very few of them come to fruition.
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