A bit of an old roundup

22nd March 2010 • Blog Post by Jonathan Capps •

Well, if talking about two different things actually classes as a ’roundup’, that is.

First, let’s mop up the last bit of big news that came out of of last Thursday’s press launch that we’ve not mentioned yet, which is the commissioning of a 2010 Christmas Special and series 6 in 2011.  I remember back in 2005 when series 2, 3 and two Christmas specials were commissioned just a few weeks into the airing of series 1.  It was massive, massive news.  Now, however, we’ve fallen into this cosy and slightly dangerous mode of simply assuming, and I think this is why this confirmation hasn’t been met with similar enthusiasm as back in 2005.  This is still a new Doctor with a new team, so it’s lovely to know the absolute minimum we’ve got to look forward to Quite A Lot, because Christ knows what’s going to happen to big budget drama when the Tories get their slimy claws into the BBC’s pocket.As we get closer and closer to transmission, we’re going to be absolutely swamped with interviews and the like and it would be a hopeless effort to try and keep up with them all, but this Guardian interview with The Moff is definitely worth a gander.  So, to kick off, and speaking of the fucking Tory/Murdoch trist:

As for the Murdochs, Moffat is mordant. “Are we really going to put James Murdoch in place of [the BBC]? Can you imagine how shit everything would be? Never mind the fine and glorious things that the BBC does, imagine how shit everything would be! Stuff would be shit! Let’s not have really good restaurants, let’s have Kentucky Fried Chicken!”

Eloquently put, sir.  Meanwhile, the big gay spectre of John Barrowman looms:

“Old favourites can return, provided you can do something new and exciting with them. There are no past characters coming back in this series, but I imagine that kids would love to see Captain Jack meet the new Doctor.”

Err, no past characters?  Even taking a very strict definitely of the term “character” (discounting Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels etc.), isn’t there that small matter of River Song?  Nit picking aside, I find his comment about Captain jack interesting.  While it’s certainly a throwaway thought, it’s got me thinking exactly how much I want Captain Jack to come anywhere near the new show.  When he first turned up, he was rooted in my mind as Moff’s character, and I was dying for him to write that episode about those elusive two years.  But it never came, and since then RTD has wrestled back his creation and he’s moved off in his own direction.  At this point, Captain Jack coming back to Doctor Who would be mistake, I think.  There’s nothing left for him to do, because he now belongs to his own continuity, in his own show (provided of course the rumours about Fox throwing their toys out of the pram over having an openly gay main character don’t get in the way of Torchwood‘s next chapter..)

Although he’s been able to fund a rearrangement of the theme tune, new titles and a new Tardis interior, Doctor Who is “subject to efficiency savings like everyone else. [But] no one is going to say that it looks cheaper because it doesn’t.” And despite the fact that “all we writers really want to do is write a script, toss it over a wall and go out with strippers”, Moffat is in charge, in his element. He may be known for the clever, darker episodes of Doctor Who but he has mischief in mind now. “I want to do more fun. I hadn’t done an episode one, which is a very different kind of episode, and I hadn’t done a finale either – and that was a hoot.”

And what happens in that? “Practically everything,” Moffat smirks. “And some of it twice.”

Blimey, can this man do one liners or what.

Jonathan Capps‘ name translates in the old Draconian tongue as “The Oncoming Storm”. Curiously enough, when spelled out backwards, it translates in Kaled as “Gobby Northerner Who Likes Sandwiches”.


5 Responses

  1. Hendiadys

    Can I put this here, please? I know that sharing this with people who agree with me isn’t going to change anything, but it’s really worth a read anyway if you care about the BBC, even if you already know the situation. I do wonder what we can do at this stage, either to keep the Tories out, or to save the BBC if they get in.


  2. VS

    To keep them out? Vote for Labour and encourage others to do the same. It is the only party realistically that has a chance of winning at this stage. I would normally vote Lib Dem, but I am in such strong disagreement with current conservative policy that I feel there’s no other choice but to vote Labour if I want to do my did to keep the Tories out. If they get in then the BBC has to firm up fast, but I fear that moves such as the axing of 6 music etc will make them more of an easy target. I think RTD is right, if the licence fee goes it will never come back, and that will be terrible for quality broadcasting.

  3. Hendiadys

    I am with VS entirely. I normally would vote Lib Dem, but will be voting Labour this time. I don’t know what chances my area has of ending up Labour though – I still need to check but I’m pretty certain it’s been stuck as Tory for a while. Unfathomably.

    I fear that moves such as the axing of 6 music etc will make them more of an easy target.

    Plus little popular moves on the horizon like using the license fee to pay for wonderful fast internet for everyone. Once they’ve done this, it’ll be very easy for them to diverting the license fee elsewhere, and reduce the BBC by stealth. Fuckers, seriously.

  4. VS

    I do wonder how many people will be thinking this way. It really could be a deciding factor if it can be harnessed. Unfortunately, I believe the main issue will be likely be the economy, and sadly the man for that job is probably Vince Cable. I really do fear for the country should a Tory government under Cameron comes in, not only because I’m an ardent supporter of things like the BBC and the grammar school system, but because that party seems to have filled itself in recent years with some of the worst political candidates I have ever seen in any party, all in a desperate attempt to shed the image it carried from Major to Howard in favour of one that appears ‘modern’. Unfortunately they appear to have confused modern with a load of old bollocks.

  5. Hendiadys

    And of course any unpopular “blue” changes the Tories make over the next few years they’ll be able to pass off as being the inevitable result of them dealing with some mess they’ll claim they inherited from Labour.

    Sadly I think this election will be decided by the Daily Mail and Sun readers, as per usual. My Dad and older brother will both be voting Tory, despite what I’ve said to them. My Dad is a Telegraph reader, and my brother is just bored, I think, with the saggy-faced Brown compared to the shiny-faced Cameron. I really think it comes down to that for a lot of people. “Oh, bored now with the government – want a new one.” Idiots.

    I’m sorry to have hijacked this discussion with a political rant, everyone. I’ll stop now.

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