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New Private Eye Doctor Who ‘cock-up’ claims!

Private Eye logoIn this week’s Private Eye magazine (14-27 June 2013), the scheduling of the announcement of Matt Smith’s departure from Doctor Who is blamed on an internal BBC email ‘cock-up’ that was then leaked to fans on the internet.

The magazine says: ‘The manner of the 11th Doctor’s leaving was entirely characteristic of the way the show is currently being managed by the BBC. The news leaked courtesy of a cock-up in which an internal BBC Worldwide email… was accidentally sent to hundreds of staff at the corporation’s commercial arm and a number of external licensees. It then spread to fans and the internet, and the corporation was forced to cobble together a press release… and run a report on that evening’s news.’

Who Logo 7bAccording to Private Eye, the email discussed the scheduling of Doctor Who series eight between August and October 2014 and stated that ‘Editorially this will give the new doctor [sic] a chance to really develop with the audience (apologies for that spoiler if you didn’t know, but please treat this as confidential)…’

Private Eye connects the latest ‘cock-up’ with the early release of the series seven part 2 DVDs in the US before the broadcast of the finale, The Name of the Doctor, in the UK and John Hurt’s early revelation to his local paper the Eastern Daily Press that he was playing a version of the Doctor in this November’s 50th anniversary special. Private Eye‘s latest reports follows their earlier claims that the behind-the-scenes production of the show has been in a state of ‘chaos’ for some time.

The report concludes by pointing out an issue that has been increasingly troubling fans—the number of episodes currently in production. The magazine states that the delay of the next season to August to October 2014 transmission has been engineered to give ‘Steven [Moffat, showrunner] and the team more time to work on the scripts to ensure it’s as good as ever and really secure the future of the title for many years to come.’

Private Eye concludes by calculating that between January 2012 and June 2014, when under Doctor Who‘s previous schedule of 13 episodes per year there should have seen 41 episodes broadcast, but instead the BBC will actually only transmit 16 new episodes.

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