In a shock turn of events, the BBC announced today that they will be launching a new Doctor Who spin-off. The show will focus on the eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann.
The eight-part series will consist of 45 minute episodes and, is from Twilight author Stephanie Meyer. The series will be exec produced by Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi, and Brian Minchin and is a co-production between BBC America, BBC Cymru Wales, Netflix and, Fox. Production will begin in Cardiff, late 2016.
Stephanie Meyer said:
“I am thrilled and honoured to be part of the Doctor Who universe. I can’t wait for people to be re-introduced to Paul’s magnificent Doctor. I’m confident the audience will love the all-new villains and aliens. Who knows? Some classic friends and foes may also appear.”
Steven Moffat said:
“No one has ever captured the written word quite like Stephanie Meyer, and now we’re bringing her brilliant story-telling into the Doctor Who universe.”
Paul McGann added:
“They’ve [BBC worldwide] been trying to get me back since 2013, but things are only as good as the person running them. So, I cancelled everything else-when I heard Stephanie was involved.”
Production is thought to begin in September.
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?
Here is the trailer for Episode 4 of The minister of chance. The series stars Julian Wadham, Jed Brophy, Jenny Agutter, Lauren Crace, Paul Darrow, Beth Goddard, Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig, Peter Guinness, Sylvester McCoy & Paul McGann.
Minister of Chance will be attending its first convention in March – Brit Sci Fi on the weekend of 9 and 10 March 2013 at the Space Centre in Leicester, UK
Paul McGann, Paul Darrow, Julian Wadham, Lauren Crace and Sophie Aldred from the cast, with Dan Freeman (writer/director/producer), Clare Eden (Exec Producer) & Lee Sullivan (illustrator)