I, along with many other Who fans have been disappointed with the lack of Classic Doctor Who episodes being shown in the 50th anniversary year. With BBC America airing them as well as broadcasters in New Zealand and Australia doing the same, it seemed that BBC Worldwide were only concerned with fleecing the UK fan-base.
But, could the absence of classic who be financial? Christopher Biggins once stated in an interview that every time the BBC repeated an episode of Porridge, he, along with the other actors in the episode were paid £1,000. But, if UK gold played it, or it aired overseas they didn’t get a penny. I guess paying every actor involved in a classic story £1,000 per episode, just isn’t a viable option for them.
What do you think? Is the lack of Classic Who, down to the BBC’s financial constraints or, are BBC worldwide just interested in fleecing the fans?
BBC4’s showing of Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear, had 203,000 watching part one, with 276,000 watching part two, according to the overnight figures..
Episode Three, had 168,000 watching, with the audience soaring to 294,000 for part four.
The show, was broadcast as a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen, who sadly passed away last month.
Unfortunately the episodes are not available on the iPlayer due to copyright issues.
A facebook campaign, attempting to get BBC4 to repeat more classic Doctor Who, was joined by over 600 people, within a few hours of episode four airing. You can join the facebook page here:
Sarah Jane dead? No, impossible! Impossible. Only last week I agreed to do six new audio adventures with her for Big Finish Productions. She can’t be dead. But she is: she died yesterday morning. Cancer. I had no idea she was ill; she was so private, never wanted any fuss, and now, gone. A terrible blow to her friends and a shattering blow for all those fans of the programme whose lives were touched every Saturday evening by her lovely heroic character, Sarah-Jane Smith. … Those sweet memories of happy days with Lis Sladen, the lovely, witty, kind and so talented Lis Sladen. I am consoled by the memories. I was there, I knew her, she was good to me and I shall always be grateful, and I shall miss her.