Exciting news from the industry trade magazine Broadcast today.
Thanks to the Outpost Gallifrey forum members for spotting it
Right after each Doctor Who episode premieres on BBC One, BBC Three
will run a companion series called "Doctor Who Confidential".
Produced by Gillane Seabourne, co-produced by Julie Gardner and main
series writer Russell T. Davies, the series will have behind the
scenes footage, interviews with cast members, and "archives of
previous Time Lords". Each episode will have a theme. The 13 episodes
of 30 minutes each are being aimed at the general public, not just
Doctor Who fans.
BBC Three is a digital channel available in the UK on Freeview, any
Sky Digital package, and digital cable. At least some viewers in
Ireland should also be able to get the channel.
Since the most recent This Week In Doctor Who went out yesterday,
hints have been coming out about coming additional sales of the new
Outpost Gallifrey has a report from TFI Buyers' Briefing (information
service for TV executives) claiming that a US sale is being
finalized. No network is named, though it is expected the US buyer of
Doctor Who would be a cable/satellite chanel. They also report
further confirmation that the CBC http://www.cbc.ca
has bought the
Canadian Doctor Who rights.
On the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club forum
, Brad Phipps reported the following:
"Speaking with one of the channel managers here at Sky the topic of
Doctor Who was mentioned and my reply was the decision *could* be
made at a meeting that takes place sometime in the next three weeks
(I was having two conversations at once, so I didn't hear the exact
Brad also noted that UKTV http://www.uktv.co.nz
in New Zealand was
not interested in acquiring the old series at this time, though that
could be reconsidered when the new series happens.
With the Mipcom http://www.mipcom.com
trade convention occuring in
Frnace this week, many international broadcasters should now be aware
of the new Doctor Who series. As of this writing, I have not found
any reports of Doctor Who being specifically purchased at Mipcom.
Benjamin F. Elliott