Saturday, 9 February 2013

BBC On Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary: 'Fans Won't Be Disappointed'

Ever since a BBC poster at a toy fair seemingly confirmed that November's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special was 60 minutes long, there's been a fair amount of ire from fans, with complaints ranging from the reduced number (compared to the usual 14 episodes a year, there'll presumably be 10 this year) of episodes to the short length of the special. Well, the BBC have heard fans' complaints, and have responded:
“Thanks for your contact regarding ‘Doctor Who’ broadcast on BBC One. 
I understand that you are feel there are insufficient programmes planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the series. I also note that you are unhappy with the way in which series 7 has been split into two parts. 
Whilst I appreciate your concerns, we haven’t announced what we have planned to mark the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ yet, but we would like to assure you that fans won’t be disappointed. 
Additionally, please note that the decision to schedule series 7 in two parts was a creative one and we’re sorry you are unhappy about this. 
Nevertheless, please be assured that I've registered your comments regarding this issue to our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback made available throughout the BBC, including to the producers of ‘Doctor Who’, as well as members of senior management. 
The audience logs help to shape future decisions regarding BBC programming and output. 
Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.
Don't be too sure that the special will just be 60 minutes - it looks like Steven Moffat might just be delivering on his promise to make this the biggest year of Doctor Who yet...