TWIDW Update April 11 - Thomson Airways To Show Doctor Who
- BBC Worldwide has put out a press release revealing an interesting
new Doctor Who "broadcaster" and confirming that Jimmy in Italy
bought the series. - Benjamin Elliott, This Week In Doctor Who
BBC Worldwide Press Releases
Doctor Who takes to the skies with BBC Worldwide
On the eve of MIPTV, BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC,
has concluded two major deals for the brand new first series of
Doctor Who, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper.
Following a deal struck at this year's BBC Showcase, Thomsonfly
(formerly Britannia Airways Ltd) will broadcast episode one of the
new series to passengers from 1 May on each of its video-equipped
planes, on all routes around the world.
In Italy, the entertainment pay-TV channel Jimmy has added Doctor
Who to a number of programmes recently licensed from BBC Worldwide
including The Office , Little Britain and League Of Gentlemen.
Russell T Davies, who has reinvented television's favourite two-
hearted Time Lord for a new generation, said: "Doctor Who has a
remarkable 'fandom' but equally it's the new audience that I care
about. Someone who has never heard of a TARDIS or a Dalek, whether
in Toronto, Turin or Swansea, will be able to start with this new
series, climb on board with The Doctor and Rose, and travel the
whole of time and space."
Doctor Who is a co-production with CBC in Canada and has also been
sold to Prime TV in New Zealand. The first episode was a major
success for BBC ONE in the UK when 10.5 million viewers tuned into
watch The Doctor's return on 26 March. The 43% audience share
dominated the British television schedule.
Fans of the world's longest running sci-fi television series can
look forward to 13 brand new episodes in the first series, and the
welcome return of time-honoured favourites, Daleks and the Doctor's