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Old 29-10-2013, 15:35
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I Cant Help feel for Doctors Whos 50th year its been very quite and disappointing yes we still have the biopic and Day of the Doctor but surely they could of done more things across the year rather then have it all in the last 2 months
Would it not have made more sense to have the biopic in march/april followed by a spin off episode featuring old characters in august maybe a doctor who revisited showing old companions drawn together for something then some documentary leading up to the special in November

i just feel like the BBC could of done alot more Tbh and im sure many of the old actors from the past would of jumped to come back in some way

Any thoughts?
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Old 29-10-2013, 15:48
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There's a thread on this already, lots of comments for and against. I pretty much agree that there could have been more.
http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1903943
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Old 29-10-2013, 15:58
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To be fair, there is a whole hell of a lot of stuff airing around the aniversary itself, which is IMO the proper place to do it. And showing TDOTD worldwide at the same time, and in cinemas, is a huge show of faith in the show.

7b was also pretty good once it got going, we've had a live TV unveiling of the new Doctor (making much more of an event around it than the Confidential episode that announced Matt), a five Doctor Big Finish, and we've had nine missing episodes returned to the Beeb.

If DotD, AAISAT, the Chrimbo episode and the extra shows are all crap then I'll be disappointed, sure, but as it stands I think fans are getting their knickers in a twist about a celebration that hasn't - and shouldn't have - happened yet.
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Old 29-10-2013, 16:08
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As someone who has been able to enjoy the wider experience, I can't complain. What better time to meet four Doctors and a handful of companions - especially the wonderful Carole Ann Ford. The 12th Doctor & Missing Episodes saga have helped to keep things moving. Looking forward to November's offerings.

Plus, I enjoyed the rest of Series 7, of course.

For the rest, see threads 1 through 1000
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Old 29-10-2013, 16:10
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Do we really need another thread on this topic?
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Old 29-10-2013, 16:31
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I am content with what we've got. To shove this special occasion down the throats of the rest of the country throughout the year would suck all the impact & excitement out of the BIG DAY itself. A full proper series this year would have been nice though!

As a fan I celebrate and watch Doctor Who everyday
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Old 29-10-2013, 16:33
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I'd like to see a "Doctor Who Roast" like the Americans do where celebs get to say nasty (but funny) things about Doctor Who.
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Old 29-10-2013, 16:35
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I'm not really disappointed at the content of the anniversary year, but I am really quite annoyed that we have less Doctor Who this year than usual (2009 and last year being the only exceptions).
I would have expected at least a full series on the show's Golden Anniversary year.

But as I said, I'm happy enough with what we have got and I very much look forward to The Day of the Doctor and the Christmas special.
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Old 29-10-2013, 17:21
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So hang on do you judge the quality of your 18th birthday year while you're 17? Doctor Who isn't 50 yet..
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Old 29-10-2013, 17:21
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Why couldnt the Beeb of showed some very old DW series from say 63 onwards? that I think woulve been enough to get fans in the mood and keep them satisfied for minimal cost from the Beeb.
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Old 29-10-2013, 17:37
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So hang on do you judge the quality of your 18th birthday year while you're 17? Doctor Who isn't 50 yet..
We're in it's 50th year.
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Old 29-10-2013, 17:43
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So hang on do you judge the quality of your 18th birthday year while you're 17? Doctor Who isn't 50 yet..
Are you sure that Doctor Who isn't 50 yet? When do you count from? The first episode was recorded on 18th October 63 and the Pilot was recorded on the 27th September! Is the broadcast date the equivalent of birth?
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Old 29-10-2013, 17:57
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Are you sure that Doctor Who isn't 50 yet? When do you count from? The first episode was recorded on 18th October 63 and the Pilot was recorded on the 27th September! Is the broadcast date the equivalent of birth?
Yes, I'd say so.
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Old 29-10-2013, 18:11
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To be honest, its been a disappointing couple of years. A handful of episodes here and then a six month gap followed by a handful of episodes there and then a nine month gap.

We didn't even get a season of Doctor Who this year, just the episodes left over from 2012. In my book, the 2013 season of Doctor Who was axed and replaced with a single episode (the 50th anniversary special).

Even if you are willing to accept season 7b as the '2013' season, it will be 16 months between the final episode of season 7b (May 2013) and the first episode of season 8 (September 2014). 16 MONTHS.

For me the saddest thing is that 28 years ago, tens of thousands of Doctor Who fans wrote letters - yes LETTERS (not emails) - to the BBC to challenge the decision to put the show on an 18 month hiatus. We didn't have the internet back then to coordinate our efforts or mobilize us into action. We just did it, independently, because we cared.

If I am honest, I feel a little ashamed of the lacklustre fans on this forum (and elsewhere) who seem happy to gratefully scavenge for any scraps of Who the BBC has tossed their way since 2012.

Over the past year, I've done my bit. Frustrated and disappointed, I've submitted official complaints to the BBC and asked for (if nothing else) some clear and honest answers about what the hell they are doing with my favourite show - a show that is also one of their biggest and most profitable successes.

I've received nothing meaningful in return because I am a lone voice in an era when it is so much easier to be a chorus than it was back in 1985.

So, as I've said, all of you, shame on you all. Your 1985 counterparts did so much more than you.

2013 is an absolute joke of a 50th anniversary, and Doctor Who fans have no one to blame for that but themselves.
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Old 29-10-2013, 18:18
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For me the saddest thing is that 28 years ago, tens of thousands of Doctor Who fans wrote letters - yes LETTERS (not emails) - to the BBC to challenge the decision to put the show on an 18 month hiatus. We didn't have the internet back then to coordinate our efforts or mobilize us into action. We just did it, independently, because we cared.

If I am honest, I feel a little ashamed of the lacklustre fans on this forum (and elsewhere) who seem happy to gratefully scavenge for any scraps of Who the BBC has tossed their way since 2012.

Over the past year, I've done my bit. Frustrated and disappointed, I've submitted official complaints to the BBC and asked for (if nothing else) some clear and honest answers about what the hell they are doing with my favourite show - a show that is also one of their biggest and most profitable successes.

I've received nothing meaningful in return because I am a lone voice in an era when it is so much easier to be a chorus than it was back in 1985.

So, as I've said, all of you, shame on you all. Your 1985 counterparts did so much more than you.

2013 is an absolute joke of a 50th anniversary, and Doctor Who fans have no one to blame for that but themselves.
Er no.... they've got the BBC to blame. How on earth is it the fans' fault? What did the early 90s day of action by fans ever achieve - one episode in 15 years.
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Old 29-10-2013, 18:21
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Er no.... they've got the BBC to blame. How on earth is it the fan's fault? What did the early 90s day of action by fans ever achieve - one episode in 15 years.
We were fighting an uphill battle in the 90s - to bring back a show that had been axed at a time when the BBC didn't invest a penny in science fiction or fantasy shows.

NOW we are talking about a show that's on air, with great viewing figures, critically acclaimed, award winning and profitable. Its a campaign that's been handed to Who fans on a plate.

So where are you all?

What emails have you sent? What complaints have you lodged? Which Twitter campaigns have you supported or Facebook pages have you Liked?

No, nothing?

So don't complaint on here when - after waiting 16 months for Season 8 - you realise you've been conned again, and all you are getting is five episodes before another a six month gap until 'Season 8b'.
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Old 29-10-2013, 18:27
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It would be interesting to see what the average Doctor Who fans blood pressure was? Quite high I'd guess by judging some ot the comments around here
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Old 29-10-2013, 18:29
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It would be interesting to see what the average Doctor Who fans blood pressure was? Quite high I'd guess by judging some ot the comments around here
Oh, Lord Melbury, sometimes I could just EXPLODE.

Just like the vampires on True Blood. Seriously, it would be that messy.
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Old 29-10-2013, 18:29
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We have lost a season of episodes either in 2012 or 2013. I would have liked to have seen a season of 90 minute movies featuring Paul McGann as the Doctor and show run by someone else possibly by Mark Gattis. Or else a series of 6 90 minute movies featuring some characters from the classic Who universe again done by another showrunner.
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Old 29-10-2013, 18:51
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Regardless of my opinions (I'm on the fence regarding the quality of 2013 for the show) I think the real complaints will really kick in next year.

Following The Day of the Doctor, we're only going to get one episode (the Christmas special) in the following ten months or so, what with Series 8 being held back until later in 2014.

If we think we've seen people complaining before the show turns 50, just wait until it has turned 50 and they realise that we'll only be getting two episodes in six months either side of the anniversary date itself.
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Old 29-10-2013, 19:20
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Regardless of my opinions (I'm on the fence regarding the quality of 2013 for the show) I think the real complaints will really kick in next year.

Following The Day of the Doctor, we're only going to get one episode (the Christmas special) in the following ten months or so, what with Series 8 being held back until later in 2014.

If we think we've seen people complaining before the show turns 50, just wait until it has turned 50 and they realise that we'll only be getting two episodes in six months either side of the anniversary date itself.
I won't be complaining next year, although I'm a bit fed up (though not about to explode or implode) with having to wait until autumn to see the next series, because

1 They've told us what's happening, and not fudged it with inane remarks about it taking over TV and the like.

2 Next year's just an ordinary year, when don't expect the BBC to show any special favouritism towards DW. (I did expect that this year, as a one-off and because I was led to expect it, as explained in point 1 above. Too late now).
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Old 29-10-2013, 19:28
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I won't be complaining next year, although I'm a bit fed up (though not about to explode or implode) with having to wait until autumn to see the next series, because

1 They've told us what's happening, and not fudged it with inane remarks about it taking over TV and the like.
As long as 2014 sees a return to full seasons, I'll be happier. Or, at least, less unhappy.

We've already had an average season reduced by an episode, from 13 to 12. I think that's enough cuts (particularly after losing an entire season during 2012/13).

I will however be very angry (explosively so, I'm afraid) if the BBC - yet again - offers up just five episodes in September 2014 and then holds the other seven back until April/May 2015.

The BBC press office team appear to have become masters of 'smoke and mirrors' over the past couple of years - publishing statements which are not technically inaccurate but which are clearly misleading.

We've only been told Season 8 starts in September 2014. I don't think they have yet confirmed the broadcast pattern.
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Old 29-10-2013, 19:29
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I am content with what we've got. To shove this special occasion down the throats of the rest of the country throughout the year would suck all the impact & excitement out of the BIG DAY itself. A full proper series this year would have been nice though!

As a fan I celebrate and watch Doctor Who everyday
Quoted for truth.
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Old 29-10-2013, 19:31
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I think the additional brouhaha for the 50th is pitched just about right. When you add it all up, and by the time November is out, that aspect'll be fine.

The one thing I would complain about is the low number of new episodes over two years. Budget, I imagine.

Lack of classic Doctor Who on the BBC itself is debatable. It's arguable they could have used BBC3 or 4, but then again classic Doctor Who doesn't fit with either channel's target audience. It is disappointing that it's not been on a terrestrial network.
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Old 29-10-2013, 19:33
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Regardless of my opinions (I'm on the fence regarding the quality of 2013 for the show) I think the real complaints will really kick in next year.

Following The Day of the Doctor, we're only going to get one episode (the Christmas special) in the following ten months or so, what with Series 8 being held back until later in 2014.

If we think we've seen people complaining before the show turns 50, just wait until it has turned 50 and they realise that we'll only be getting two episodes in six months either side of the anniversary date itself.
even one 90 minute episode featuring old companions would have fit nicely

thinking about it would of made more sense to have day of the doctor a two parter with the Christmas day episode being part of it too
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