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Friday, 26 July 2013

BBC Issue Press Statement Regarding 50th Anniversary Trailer

Due to the number of complaints the BBC have received for the 50th Anniversary trailer being exclusively shown at San Diego Comic Con, they have issued a statement today, under their "Corrections & Clarifications" segment:
This was an exclusive Comic Con trailer made especially for the Doctor Who 50th panel, it has not been released in the US.
This world famous international event is an established platform used by all of the major producers. UK fans can look forward to exclusive content over the next few months.

Fans have been generally disappointed this year at the lack of the BBC's celebrations, with lots of small things building up, such as the lack of the 50th trailer, the Series 7 Boxset which is being released more than a month after America's with less content on it, or BBC America's The Doctors' Revisited specials not showing sign of a UK release.

What do you think? Is the issue of the 50th Anniversary trailer being shown at Comic Con important enough to complain? Is the response adequate? Will they follow up with their promise of exclusive content? Are the BBC doing enough to celebrate, or should they do more?

17 comments :

Joe Shelby said...

How about EVERYBODY stop with the *bleepity-bleep* "exclusives" and just put out a trailer we can ALL enjoy and ALL talk about and ALL share and spread around.

Exclusives don't build up excitement. They build up resentment.

Trailers you can share go viral (take ANY of the wonderfully assembled fan-made shorts out there). Trailers that get shared virally build up excitement and eyeballs and add to a show's eventual audience.

Geeze, BBC, you have it TOTALLY backwards and wrong.

Joe Shelby said...

In other words, I'm as pissed about the idea of UK exclusives as I am about ComicCon exclusives. Hello! ComicCon is not "America". ComicCon is 2,000 (in that room) out of 13,000 people that had free time and a crapload of money and nothing else to do with it than geek out. The show has *millions* of fans in America, so saying ComicCon got an "exclusive" is just as insulting to the rest of us millions with day jobs and alternate vacation ideas and 2 year old kids who aren't very crowd-ready. The BBC didn't give the Americans the exclusive. They gave 2000 rich geeks an exclusive and that is NOT the same thing.

linimalD said...

That's a very good point. I live in New Zealand, though, so I miss out on ALL the extra promo stuff ;)

Joe Shelby said...

yeah, but you've got Hobbiton practically in driving distance, so I don't wanna hear about it. ;-)

Mdomingo said...

I think about the decades of always being second in video & audio releases, 2nd hand imported merchandise available only by mail order or specialty shops, public television airdates near midnight on Sundays a really BAD attempt to launch the show in the US and all of this for about 48 of the show's 50 year history and I think you Brits sound like whining children. You're the owners and for 48 years we were the beggars and the show STILL barely has a good foothold here.

James said...

I live in the US and I haven't seen it. Showing it to a few people at Comicon is not the same as "releasing it in the US".

Shatterhand1701 said...

It strikes me as odd that British Whovians are complaining about this when I've heard that many of them have been jumping ship, unhappy about DW's direction. There seems to be less love in its home country while the US is seeing a surge of fandom for it. I've seen more Doctor Who stuff in US stores in the past three years than there's been for the past thirty. Anyway, I digress. This whole issue would've been a moot point if they'd just done like other studios had done and released the trailer worldwide right after it was shown at SDCC. That way, EVERYONE would've seen it within hours of one another and there'd be no cause for concern or upset.

The Knights Blog said...

I don't think the BBC is doing enough. Besides the rest of Series 7 and the 50th what have they done. Australia and New Zealand have been showing classic stories and the US is doing the same with The Doctors Revisited. The UK is getting nothing. Besides some merchandise that is available worldwide there isn't much coming from the BBC at all and that is pretty sad.

Geronimo! said...

FUCK OFF, BBC!

Muhammad Chang said...

you know, doctor who also has fans in countries other than the UK or USA. or anglophone countries, for that matter. and we've ALWAYS been years behind, when it comes to TV air dates, for every series imaginable. of course, there's pirating...

Liz Lowe said...

there are 2 reasons I pay my TV license - Doctor Who and Sherlock. I'm not impressed.

linimalD said...

Yeah, I guess that's true. For a while there you couldn't even walk down the street in Wellington without seeing someone from the LOTR movies or WETA, and practically any social function you went to you were guaranteed to hear the inside goss about the studio's projects. You still do, to an extent, but employees have been told to keep their mouths closed, so not so much now.

Patrick said...

But the Bbc are simulcasting the episode so everyone gets to see it at the same time... But they can't release the trailer they released at comic con, funny that all other producers and film companies released a lot of their exclusive trailers on the Internet after comic con had ended.

SWH said...

...and that's an argument for what exactly?

Ingold Inglorion said...

You mean we're actually allowed to criticize the BBC and Moffat here without being banned? Over on "that other fan site" we're all supposed to accept this is sunshine and roses and that we should be thankful for the odd breadcrumb thrown our way and don't you know the show was off the air since 1989 and you must be a fanboy zealot.

Patrick said...

I quit Doctor Who.... I actually quit it, I hope it gets cancelled, I hope it's moffets fault, oh wait it will be. He's a selfish human being, the fans are what make a show and he doesn't care, all he cares about is that fact he like it when he was a kid and he was a massive fan, well he must be a massive scorned fan to be like this. Anyway.... Ill tune in when the Mof has fucked off

sam vain said...

What harm would it be to just relise the trailer all over the world!?