BBC Loses Creative Control of Doctor Who

BBC Loses Creative Control of Doctor Who

#thirteenth doctor from Up with this I will not put.

Despite the fact that the BBC are absolutely the owners of the IP, they are having to give up creative control of Doctor Who.

Russel T Davies is being brought back on board to try to… 

I was about to write “save a sinking ship,” but the sad truth of Doctor Who is that the only part of the ship still above the waterline is the top of the smokestack.  It would be more accurate to say that he’s been brought in to try and raise a sunken ship.

Honestly, I don’t see how he can do that without retconning Chibnall’s blunders away.  The Timeless Child and its related materials would need to be flushed.  From a narrative standpoint it wouldn’t be that hard at all.  Chinballs’ Who had so many plot holes and continuity errors that wouldn’t be hard to say the whole thing was a fever dream invented by the Master.

One example.  You are probably aware of this previous and unheard-of Doctor Who (played by Jo Martin) that predated all other Doctors, showing up last season:

But did you know that this was her Tardis?

It was buried. Digging it up gave it “shock value,” at the cost of “narrative integrity.”

Normally I’m not “that guy” but this is a major WTF in the show’s old and new lore.  The Tardis only looks like a Police Box and not grandfather clock because it used it’s “chameleon circuit” to use simulate a Police Box as camouflage in early 1960s London.  They were pretty common when William Hartnell’s Doctor first landed there at the very start of the show in 1963.  Also, the show needed a box that was big enough for all of the actors to fit into before they cut to an interior shot.  My point is this, Timelord time machines aren’t all built to look like Police Boxes, this was a one off because it got its “Chameleon Circuit” jammed.  And also, Jo Martin’s Tardis can’t be the same one Jody Whitaker is using because Hartnell’s Doctor stole the show’s Tardis when he first left Gallifrey.

It was clumsy, lazy mystery box storytelling, where the visual impact of one scene mattered more than trying to make it fit into the existing lore.  Or even the lore Chibnall was tying to invent.

The Chibnall years are full of goofs like that. So, yes retconning it all away is easy from a narrative standpoint. 

What would not be easy at all from Russel T. Davies point of view is explaining to outraged SJWs why he did it.  The fact that it’s illogical garbage and there is no way forward with it won’t interest them in the slightest. And they will demand an early commitment from him to follow this trail that leads off a cliff. 

A bigger problem would have been getting the BBC to go along with retconning Diverse Doctor Who out of the picture but that is no longer an issue.

Russel Davies’ Bad Wolf production company is being acquired by Sony. And Sony will NOT let any of its subsidiaries be dictated to by a rinky-dink outfit like the BBC.  Not if they are putting money into it and they are going to have to because the BBC doesn’t have any cash to spare.

Let me be clear, I am not optimistic about Doctor Who’s future, however, I can’t deny that one of Davies’ biggest obstacles has been removed.  From that perspective he can do what he wants. But does he want it badly enough to risk offending the hivemind?

Okay, I’m done here.

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  • EXALT Reply

    1)The best the Timeless Child can hope for is to be quietly ignored by each and every production team while becoming a joke for the fans: “Hey, remember that one time the Doctor was the Secret Origin for the Time Lords?” More probably, it will be retconned away, either by Davies or Chibnall himself.
    2)Going from the BBC to Sony doesn’t seem like an optimal solution for wokeness; and I’m still confused by the notion that Russell “everybody will be gay in the 51st century” Davies is an anti-woke writer.
    3)This seems relevant:

    November 4, 2021 at 9:11 pm
    • Joe S.Walker Reply

      Davies is at least a realist. He knew that the revival had to appeal to people who’d never watched Doctor Who before, and by and large avoided fandom-tickling, convoluted continuity and self-indulgence. If anyone else from the same clique (Moffat, Chibnall, Gatiss etc) had been in his place, I’m sure the new show wouldn’t have lasted more than a couple of years. And round about 2017 we’d probably have seen yet another revival, almost certainly with a female Doctor – perhaps even with Jo Martin. Or worse still, Jenna Coleman.

      November 5, 2021 at 5:14 pm
  • Star Tripper Reply

    There is always the “it was a dream” scam. Jodie Whittaker falls off a cliff/is sucked into a black hole/etc. and FLASH Peter Capaldi wakes up. Oh what a terrible dream he says.

    November 5, 2021 at 1:15 am
    • Dave W. Reply

      The next Doctor can be Bobby Ewing

      November 5, 2021 at 3:06 am
    • Joe S.Walker Reply

      Or they could have an actual “time bomb” which will annihilate a part of history when it goes off. The Doctor prevents the villains from using it in their plans, but is caught in its explosion. Suddenly he’s in the Tardis and has just changed from David Tennant into Matt Smith, looking about ten years older than he did first time round.

      Or they could have the new Doctor walk on to a deserted studio floor and say “Look, Jodie and Chris did their best. It just turned out bloody awful. Let’s forget about it,” and slam into the opening titles.

      November 5, 2021 at 5:31 pm
  • Christopher Lopes Reply

    The question isn’t “can Dr. Who be saved?” With enough money and talent you could probably turn pretty much any lame ass science fiction property into a watchable franchise. So yeah, if you are willing to burn through enough cash and tell the SJW’s to fuck off and die, you can Make Dr. Who Great Again.

    The real question is, “should Dr. Who be saved?” I mean is the money and mental effort required to save it really justified by the size of the audience? Does show really have a shot at becoming a billion dollar franchise? Or is it just an artifact of an early 1960’s BBC culture? I don’t know, but I have my doubts.

    November 5, 2021 at 2:54 am
    • Talos Valcoran Reply

      What else does the BBC have that they can claim as a uniquely British sci-fi series (that anyone else in the world cares about)? They have to try, otherwise they’d have to come up with something completely original.

      November 6, 2021 at 2:56 am
  • Herman Sheeple Reply

    “There’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm,” he continued. “I’m still a viewer for now.”- Russell T Davies

    Chibnall a “hero”… “There’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy”… Davies isn’t saving anything. I have news for you, Davies is “woke”. Don’t believe me go research what he has been up to these past few years.

    November 7, 2021 at 4:08 pm

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