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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Year - big party or damp squib?


View Poll Results: Is the BBC doing enough for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary
I'm really happy and excited with what the BBC has in store 11 12.50%
I'm mostly happy but I think the BBC should have done more 27 30.68%
Iím not really excited or disappointed. Iíll wait and see what happens. 18 20.45%
Iím mostly disappointed but what is on offer looks good. 16 18.18%
Iím very disappointed. The BBC has let down Doctor Who big time! 16 18.18%
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Old 22-07-2013, 09:18
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There has been a lot of debate on this forum as to whether the BBC has lived up to its promise of Doctor Who 'taking over TV' during its 50th anniversary year.

In particular, there has been disappointed that there's no new season of Who this year, with only two new episodes being filmed in 2013 (the 50th anniversary special and the Christmas Day episode) rather than the usual 14 episodes.

There are lots of good things though, including the 50th special on 23 November and the drama based around the early years of Who.

So, over all, how do you feel about what's currently on the cards - big party or damp squib?
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Old 22-07-2013, 09:20
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Middle ground.

A suitable level of exposure, higher than non-anniversary years. I haven't seen so many Who actors popping up on TV in my brief lifetime.

& while many complain that non-TV tributes aren't good enough, it's all part of the package. Doctor Who has a presence, as it should. It's too early for any of us to say what the landscape will look like come November. Regardless of PR, there's only so many hours Who-related content can fill across the schedules in the other 11 months of the year.
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Old 22-07-2013, 09:58
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It's July. The anniversary is in November. And technically, it's one day in November at that.

You're asking if people are happy with something that hasn't happened yet. And whilst that might seem appropriate for a show that deals with time travel, back in the real world, the anniversary is still four months away.
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Old 22-07-2013, 10:01
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It's July. The anniversary is in November. And technically, it's one day in November at that.

You're asking if people are happy with something that hasn't happened yet. And whilst that might seem appropriate for a show that deals with time travel, back in the real world, the anniversary is still four months away.
No, I'm asking people if they're happy with what the BBC has planned. Hence the question "how do you feel about what's currently on the cards".

I'm sure someone else can do a retrospective thread after November 23.
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Old 22-07-2013, 10:09
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No, I'm asking people if they're happy with what the BBC has planned. Hence the question "how do you feel about what's currently on the cards".

I'm sure someone else can do a retrospective thread after November 23.
But that's still like asking "What do you think about this cake that I haven't made yet?"

And yes. Asking the question after the event would definitely make a lot more sense.
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Old 22-07-2013, 10:13
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I'm happy with what the BBC have planned, alongside everything else that everyone else is doing to promote the anniversary (stamp collections, comic books, etc.) I feel that it's getting an appropriate level of attention. Of course I would like to see the BBC's full drama budget devoted to having new Who-related programming on all day every day through November, but I think that realistically what they have planned is respectful and interesting. Anything new they announce is a bonus.
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Old 22-07-2013, 10:27
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Who cares about stamps or comics? Seriously?

The BBC should at least have had a full series this year, even if part of it was shown around anniversary time. Half a series this year and one episode and a documentary for the 50th is pathetic*. Even without the "more Who than ever" comment I would have been surprised at how little DW there is; given what was said I am very disappointed.

That's not to say I'm not happy, delighted, totally ecstatic, about the 50th episode itself, because I am!

*It may turn out that there's more than this - but I'm not hopeful.
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Old 22-07-2013, 10:38
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squib at the minuite,but i'll hold judgement until november
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Old 22-07-2013, 11:06
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But that's still like asking "What do you think about this cake that I haven't made yet?" And yes. Asking the question after the event would definitely make a lot more sense.
Well, perhaps if I use your cake analogy it might help you understand.

It's your best mate's 50th birthday and his boss promises to buy him a massive cake to celebrate. In fact, the boss says there will be more cake than anyone has ever seen before.

You then find out that all his boss has actually bought is a box of Mr Kipling's Cherry Bakewells.

It might be you're quite happy with the Cherry Bakewells because you know his boss is a bit tight and, by his standards, and box of cherry bakewells is actually very generous.

Or it might be that you are very cross and think his boss has massively exaggerated what he was going to do to celebrate your mate's 50th.

You don't have to have actually eaten the cherry bakewells to form an opinion.

I hope that helps you understand the point of this thread, Ed
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Old 22-07-2013, 11:13
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A bit uneventful to be honest at the moment. I like that the internet is paying homage to one of the past Doctors each month with highlight clips on Youtube, but it would be nice if the BBC actually showed some Classic Doctor Who on BBC4 to tie in with this "Doctor of the month" theme. BBC America do it, so why can't BBC4?
At the end of the day though, it will be the anniversary special which makes or breaks it for me. If it's anything between a celebratory bit of fun like The Five Doctors or a Moffat written masterpiece, I'll be happy.
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Old 22-07-2013, 11:19
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I don't yet know the full plans for November so can't really comment.

If anything it's these pesky internet rumours that are spoiling things and leaving me disappointed though... news that doesn't get announced, missing episodes that don't appear, trailers that don't get released...
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Old 22-07-2013, 11:27
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It's your best mate's 50th birthday and his boss promises to buy him a massive cake to celebrate. In fact, the boss says there will be more cake than anyone has ever seen before.
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I hope that helps you understand the point of this thread, Ed
It's more like the boss promising plenty of cake for everyone, and then revealing that what he's done is bought two huge chocolate cakes. Then everyone starts complaining that it's not two dozen cupcakes...
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Old 22-07-2013, 11:30
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A bit uneventful to be honest at the moment. I like that the internet is paying homage to one of the past Doctors each month with highlight clips on Youtube, but it would be nice if the BBC actually showed some Classic Doctor Who on BBC4 to tie in with this "Doctor of the month" theme. BBC America do it, so why can't BBC4?
Oz/New Zealand channels have been showing a Doctor a month as well.


You would have thought it would be a no brainer for the BBC, 11 Doctors, 11 months.


I did think the BBC were going to show the Doctors Revisited shows (followed by an Episode) but if they are it looks like they are going to jam them all into November.
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Old 22-07-2013, 11:42
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Well, perhaps if I use your cake analogy it might help you understand.

It's your best mate's 50th birthday and his boss promises to buy him a massive cake to celebrate. In fact, the boss says there will be more cake than anyone has ever seen before.

You then find out that all his boss has actually bought is a box of Mr Kipling's Cherry Bakewells.
How about...

All you find when rooting through your bosses desk is a receipt for a box of Mr Kipling's Cherry Bakewells - so you assume that those are the cakes he was talking about.

Meanwhile, there's a cake shop in Cardiff working double shifts to produce the world's biggest Victoria sponge in secret - so as not to spoil the surprise.

And throughout all of that, it never crosses your mind that maybe the boss eats cake more than once every 50 years and just happened to have bought some Mr Kipling's Cherry Bakewells to have with his cup of tea.
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Old 22-07-2013, 12:02
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And if your boss brought you cake every week then by the time the Mega-Bakewell was ready you might well find people thinking "What, more cake? I'll pass if it's all the same to you, try some fresh fruit for change".
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Old 22-07-2013, 12:19
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The point, from my perspective, is that the BBC axed this year's season of Doctor and replaced it with a single episode (the 50th anniversary special).

So I find it hard to get excited about the 50th anniversary plans when the truth is we've lost 12 whole episodes this year and will have to wait until Autumn 2014 for a new season. And even then, it may only be five episodes with the rest held over (again) to the following year.
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Old 22-07-2013, 13:01
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The point, from my perspective, is that the BBC axed this year's season of Doctor and replaced it with a single episode (the 50th anniversary special).

So I find it hard to get excited about the 50th anniversary plans when the truth is we've lost 12 whole episodes this year and will have to wait until Autumn 2014 for a new season. And even then, it may only be five episodes with the rest held over (again) to the following year.
The lack of Doctor Who this year is of course a shame, and I didn't appreciate the misleading PR but given what we now know about certain casting decisions I'm not sure what else the BBC could have done?
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Old 22-07-2013, 13:25
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The point, from my perspective, is that the BBC axed this year's season of Doctor and replaced it with a single episode (the 50th anniversary special).

So I find it hard to get excited about the 50th anniversary plans when the truth is we've lost 12 whole episodes this year and will have to wait until Autumn 2014 for a new season. And even then, it may only be five episodes with the rest held over (again) to the following year.
i don't think the word axed is accurate as we'd need to know that a full series was planned and was then cancelled...I'm leaning more to the view that this was a long term plan to factor in a rest year in all but name.
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Old 22-07-2013, 13:55
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It is still early so I am not going to completely judge the 50th anniversary just yet.

However the lack of episodes this year, combined with how BBC America are treating the 50th by showing classic adventures to celebrate, we seem a bit behind on what the
50th should be. More episodes of the new series, and some showings of the classic series on BBC 4 would be nice.
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Old 22-07-2013, 14:33
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Who cares about stamps or comics? Seriously?

The BBC should at least have had a full series this year, even if part of it was shown around anniversary time. Half a series this year and one episode and a documentary for the 50th is pathetic*. Even without the "more Who than ever" comment I would have been surprised at how little DW there is; given what was said I am very disappointed.

That's not to say I'm not happy, delighted, totally ecstatic, about the 50th episode itself, because I am!

*It may turn out that there's more than this - but I'm not hopeful.
I Care,at the end of the day you have to be something pretty special to end up on a stamp
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Old 22-07-2013, 14:36
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A bit uneventful to be honest at the moment. I like that the internet is paying homage to one of the past Doctors each month with highlight clips on Youtube, but it would be nice if the BBC actually showed some Classic Doctor Who on BBC4 to tie in with this "Doctor of the month" theme. BBC America do it, so why can't BBC4?
At the end of the day though, it will be the anniversary special which makes or breaks it for me. If it's anything between a celebratory bit of fun like The Five Doctors or a Moffat written masterpiece, I'll be happy.
Maybe we'll get something in the Autumn, leading up to the anniversary proper. Summer is always a bit quiet
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Old 22-07-2013, 14:47
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I Care,at the end of the day you have to be something pretty special to end up on a stamp
Of course its great that the Doctors are all on stamps.

But you don't sit there for 45 minutes watching the stamps get chased by Daleks and finally defeating them with one superbly clever move, loads of witty banter, edge of seat moments and bags of pathos, do you?

So they don't really cut the mustard as far as what I want from DW goes.
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Old 22-07-2013, 14:54
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I am thrilled to the marrow at the thought of the "David Bradley as Bill Hartnell" movie. Ice Warriors and Moonbase DVDs too! Hooray!

As for the new stuff ... um ... am I right that the Doctor and Clara are now inside the Doctor's mind ... ? I've long since stopped giving a toss about the current show; while it's exciting to see the Zygons back, I'm sure they'll be involved in a story I don't understand.

The new Doctor revelation will be interesting, but I feel very detatched from it all.
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Old 22-07-2013, 15:38
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Of course its great that the Doctors are all on stamps.

But you don't sit there for 45 minutes watching the stamps get chased by Daleks and finally defeating them with one superbly clever move, loads of witty banter, edge of seat moments and bags of pathos, do you?

So they don't really cut the mustard as far as what I want from DW goes.
we all want different things from the anniversary,me im happy with the stamps,the Episode in 3D(which hopefully i will go and see in the cinema) and the Dramatization and the Convention,its a far more eventful november than the usual couple of minutes on CiN
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Old 22-07-2013, 15:49
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we all want different things from the anniversary,me im happy with the stamps,the Episode in 3D(which hopefully i will go and see in the cinema) and the Dramatization and the Convention,its a far more eventful november than the usual couple of minutes on CiN
I'm not bothered about 3D, would loathe the convention so would never go, (even if I could afford it, which I couldn't)and think stamps are something you put on letters.

So the only things for me (and, I suspect the majority of fans who aren't interested in conventions, comics, stamps or DW at the cinema) is one episode and one documentary.

And the episode isn't "extra", either - we've had less episodes than usual this year. (And I believe Conventions take place quite often, too, so it's hardly something special for this year).

So I feel quite aggrieved, yes.
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