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The "BrownScarves" post...

Well, there was plenty of brown in Tom Baker's scarf.

But that's not the point.

In one of the "Black Scrolls of Rassillon" (the Gallifrey One newsletter), Lee Whiteside wrote an article about SciFi's acquisition of the new Doctor Who series.

For those of you who need to be caught up, SciFi only picked up Doctor Who in mid-January.

That's months after the season completed its run in Canada, Australia and Great Britain. It's after the Christmas special aired. It's practically after the new season went into production.

That's not what Lee's article was about, though.

Lee got some inside information. SciFi is only planning minimal promotion and marketing for the show. Sure, it's filling the slot that Battlestar Galactica will vacate until its next season, and that's a good slot. On the other hand, they haven't budgeted for the heavy promotion that their big in-house productions (regardless of whether they're good or crappy, personally I think the higher the crap-factor, the more promotion) get.

SciFi doesn't even have a Doctor Who web page up yet, and they start airing in 4 weeks.

That's pretty sad for a show that just ate up the awards at this year's [British] National Television Awards. It isn't promising in terms of acquisition of the next season or Torchwood.

Doctor Who has to be big if we don't want to spend next season in limbo, waiting for SciFi to exercise their option until they've got dead space to fill.

If the Browncoats can muster up enough support to make a movie based on a dead show saleable, surely we can muster enough support to convince SciFi that Doctor Who is a hot property that deserves more (like, perhaps, a run concurrent with the UK and Canada) next season.

What can you do?
  • Watch the show. OK, that one was simple. Pretend you haven't downloaded it on Bittorrent, or bought foreign release DVDs. It starts Friday nights at 9:00 on March 17
  • Record the show. Even if you've seen the episode already. If you've got TiVo or some other DVR, it reports back what you use it for (don't complain about spying, it's good) and this information is valuable ratings data
  • Watch your recording. Even if you've seen the episode already. Same as above
  • Buy the USA release DVDs. Well, if you haven't bought the UK release or the Canada release. DVD sales are what did it for Firefly
  • Oh, and the important one. Tell your friends.


It's not like it's impossible to get the episodes by illicit means, but I know I'd rather be watching the show at home in the USA on basic cable at the same time it's airing everywhere else.

Do you want to see Doctor Who to get more attention next season? Spread the word.

Comments

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trystbat
Feb. 23rd, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
I'm down w/all that bec. I'm prob. the only Dr. Who fan in America who *hasn't* downloaded it (hate watching TV on computer) & won't buy the Canadian DVDs (also PITA, IMO). I *need* Dr. Who on SciFi, dammit! I'll spread the word, esp. as it gets closer.
bovil
Feb. 23rd, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
I didn't download it. I've got friends in Canada and the UK who DVR'd it and offered me VCDs or DVDs, but I never took them up on it. I've seen less than half the episodes, and most of those at the con.

If you've already got an account with Amazon, it's good at any Amazon webpage. The only difference between buying Amazon.com and Amazon.ca (or Amazon.co.uk) is the time it takes to get your stuff. I buy foreign-release stuff (books, mostly) on a regular basis through Amazon.
trystbat
Feb. 23rd, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I'd also prefer to see the show before buying it on DVD. If I love it & want to watch it again, I'd jump thru lots of hoops to buy it. But sight-unseen + lengthy order time = not my bag.

I really thot BBC America would get the rights to show the new Dr. Who here, & some time ago too. But I'll settle for SciFi if necy!
bovil
Feb. 23rd, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Ahh, BBCAmerica, the all-commercial network. It was bad enough when they had the huge commercial breaks creating a 45-minute time slot for a show that was only a half-hour (commercial free) to start, but when they started chopping shows to fit them in a half-hour slot with all those commercials I just quit watching.
trystbat
Feb. 23rd, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
(a) TiVo makes commercials irrelevant to me & (b) BBC America has tons more shows I dig than SciFi, so I'm a bigger fan of it than than the other :-)
bovil
Feb. 23rd, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
I used to watch Changing Rooms, GroundForce, WNTW and a bunch of other Endemol "how-to" reality shows all the time. DVRs are great for killing commercials, but the 10 minutes missing from Graham Norton is what made me stop watching.

The only thing I know of that they're still running in 45 minute slots is Monty Python, and that's because Python Pictures successfully sued the US network that originally showed the series cut down to fit in their desired time slot with commercials. Nobody wants to screw with them now.
lferion
Feb. 24th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Preach it Brother!

I have seen all the episodes -- 2nd generation tape by way of a friend in Canada -- and hope to buy the DVD as soon as I can scare up the $$, and I'm still going to watch and tape it off SciFi. (No dvr, so can't do that, though.)

I so hope we get to see Torchwood and 2nd Season, and 3rd season without having to go by way of bitorrent or nth generation tapes.

I will go forth and spread the word!
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