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Class to face the axe?
The Mirror are reporting that Doctor Who’s latest spin-off Class has been axed by the BBC after just one series.
Their article states:
The eight-parter, starring ex-Coronation Street favourite Katherine Kelly as alien teacher Miss Quill, was the BBC’s most high-profile attempt at a teen show in years.
But ratings were so low, both online and for the BBC1 repeat, it now looks like school’s out forever.
Class launched on BBC iPlayer in October, but despite Peter Capaldi appearing as the Time Lord in the first episode, got just 660,000 views.
Not one of the eight episodes made it into the top 50 weekly shows viewed on-demand. The series also fared badly in the late-night BBC1 repeats, where it was aired in four double bills.
The first episode got one million viewers, but by the end, that had dropped to 300,000 – way down on the slot average of 800,000.
Class is the fourth TV spin-off from Doctor Who, following K9 and Company in 1981, and more recently Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Class was created by youth novelist Patrick Ness and featured a group of teens at Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) was a teacher.
But it failed to grip its target audience, who gave it a low appreciation rate of 70, compared to 82 for the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
While the Mirror are accurate in stating the show had far lower ratings and less audience appreciation than Doctor Who, it’s important to note that they also add at the end “The BBC said no decision on a recommission had been made.”
So until we hear officially from the BBC, this is still a rumour. One that seems increasingly likely, but a rumour nonetheless.
Source/Doctor Who TV
Doctor Who experience petition signed by many
A petition to try to prevent the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff from closing, has received over 11,000 signatures.
The petition was launched after it was announced that the exhibition on Cardiff Bay is due to close this summer, when the five year lease expires.
The petition was the idea of Bex Ferriday, who lives in Cardiff. She told Wales Online
I set it up just expecting friends and family to sign it. I was pretty shocked and terrified by the popularity it garnered pretty quickly. I know the land was only leased for five years but surely anyone can see that... to knock this on the head, when we have got Doctor Who being filmed here and the studios here, seems like a really stupid thing to do.
The Doctor Experience opened in London in 2011, before moving to a purpose-built building in the Welsh capital. It is currently situated at Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, near the BBC studios where Doctor Who is made.
The site is owned by Cardiff City Council, who issues a five-year lease to BBC Worldwide to host the Experience.
A spokesman for Cardiff council said:
The land currently occupied by the Doctor Who Experience is owned by the Welsh Government and their development partner, Igloo Regeneration. It was leased to the city council for five years to enable the relocation of the Doctor Who Experience from Olympia to Cardiff on a temporary basis. It has always been the intention for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing Porth Teigr regeneration project. The agreement was always intended to be for five years only, reflecting the nature of the attraction. The decision to close the Experience at the end of the lease next summer has been mutually agreed by all parties involved, including the operators BBC Worldwide.
The petition will be presented to the Doctor Who Experience next Saturday.
Source/Doctor Who news
The Jon Pertwee years DVD
Koch Media are to release a collection of interviews with stars from Jon Pertwee's era of Doctor Who from Reeltime Pictures on 6th March 2017:
The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years
Produced by Keith Barnfather (pre-order from Amazon)
This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who to life.
These six hour-long documentaries feature in-depth interviews with Jon Pertwee (the Third Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates) and John Levene (Sergeant Benton). Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather
Source/Doctor Who News
Wartime chronicles announced
Koch Media are to re-release the Reeltime Pictures spin-off feature Wartime on DVD on 6th March 2016:
Starring John Levene and Michael Wisher
Written by Andy Lane and Helen Stirling
Produced and directed by Keith Barnfather (pre-order from Amazon)
During all his years working for the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT), steadfast Benton failed in his duty only once. Long ago, while on a seemingly routine delivery run for The Brigadier, he finds himself close to his childhood home where ghosts from his past have never rested easily... Trapped in a nightmare world, where past and present seem as one, will he be lost forever or can he fight his way back to reality? A reality where he is desperately needed!
Wartime has the unique distinction of being the very first independent spin-off from Doctor Who, with John Levene reprising his role from the series as Sergeant John Benton.
This 2 disc special collector’s edition also includes:
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