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Doctor Who Fan Complains About 50th Anniversary Plans, BBC Responds Like A Rational Parent


Doctor Who fans are…how shall I say…passionate? With every new announcement, or rumor for that matter, we take to the internet to give our opinion on it and a lot of those times the opinions are quite unhappy. Take the decision to split Season 7 in two, or the hint of a 60-minute 50th anniversary special. Frankly, we all just want to know what’s going on and it seems one fan finally took the next step to find out – they complained to the BBC itself. 

Doctor Who TV posted a response someone sent them from Patrick McManus of BBC Complaints. (I do not envy his job.) While we don’t know what the original letter said exactly, here’s how he replied:

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.

So basically, the BBC would like us to calm the hell down. They’re doing a TV movie about Doctor Who, there’s also an audio drama from Big Finish, and a series of children’s books from Puffin but it seems there’s more to come. We just have to wait for them to announce it.

I can understand complaining about the split, I absolutely hate when series do that, but it’s probably too early to judge whether or not the BBC has done enough to celebrate the longest running sci-fi show ever. What are you hoping to see from the anniversary celebrations?

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  • Anonymous

    I just want to see the Doctor run into Ace as she is now…and I want her to hate the new Doctor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615281575 Bill Hedrick

    I bet Sophie would be down with that, she is still active in Who-dom

  • http://www.facebook.com/KozmikPariah Ryan Colson

    Everyone’s all about splitting seasons these days

  • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

    Ehhh, in this case it made sense to me – it really is more like two distinct seasons, because they felt they needed a few more episodes with the Ponds (although why the Doctor can’t go to say, one year later, or to New Jersey, (and just bring them back to 40s New York if there are further timey-wimey issues) is beyond me).

  • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

    They’re probably just happy they’ve managed to keep *something* a secret in the past 50 years…

  • Anonymous

    The 50th anniv. episode really should be two hours, or at least two episodes. I actually thought at first the entire season was going to be one huge arc and be filled with references and characters from the past 50 years- at least that’s how I would do it. I mean honestly, for a show this huge and a history this long, one 60 minute episode is pretty lame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.moe.37 Sarah Moe

    I don’t understand the complaints. Why would people assume the 50th would be more than one special? And I think the split was a good idea since the companions changed. What I *don’t* want, under any circumstance, is any former character to meet any current character and hate them. That doesn’t make sense and it doesn’t foster love among the occupants of the TARDIS. I hope it’s similar to “Time Crash” in that the Doctors poke fun at each other but also enjoy one another’s company.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tamara.Morriss Tamara Legen-Dairy Morriss

    Well, Clara’s birthday is the same day as the DW Anniversary – so that’s one link :)

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s cool:)

  • Anonymous

    In fairness, Firefly had a complete re-airing of their run, including several extended episodes and commentary AND a cast reunion for the ten year anniversary. Of course, with a show that ran for one season, something like that is far more do-able. However, I can’t blame fans for expecting something equally extravagant from Doctor Who than one one- or two-hour special.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a huge fan. I’m not mad. Just put it on….I’ll watch it. I used to watch the old ones with ACE on them, so what does that tell you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ikez.kelii Ikez Kelii

    I think they complaining cause Steven is directing it lol