Doctor Who executive producer Russell T Davies has accused BBC1 ofcocking upthe scheduling of the show, claiming it will lose 1.5m viewers in its new timeslot.
He then goes on to whine and stamp his feet a lot. More so than I think JNT ever did when they buggered about with the scheduling on his watch, but possibly less than Toby Hadoke did. In any case it's somewhat unbecoming—isn't it?—for the BBC's darling to throw a tantrum in a trade journal instead of maybe doing something about it or getting on with his job.
And frankly, Auntie's new attempt to recapture the glory of
Britain's Got Talentless Media Whores needs all the help it can get. Didn't everyone get sick of back-to-back talent shows about three years ago?
Bitching about a scheduling conflict is, like, so 2007, dude. The viewers don't care any more. In times gone past, the announcement of a new season would launch a flurry of panicked complaints about:
shit! I'm at work then or
but I have to go to a paaaarty that night. This year, the entire Internet has proffered a collective shrug and said:
I'll catch it on iPlayer.
The most common thing I hear about BBC iPlayer, in every case is almost exactly the same words:
It has totally revolutionized the way I watch television. I don't make a habit of asking people their opinion of iPlayer, but it often comes up in conversation regardless, because it is a Remarkably Cool Thing.
I still don't own a television set or have TV reception in my flat. (We do pay the licence fee, though.) Over the last two months I have watched infinity per cent more television than ever before. Much of it has been good television, which has forced me to reassess my attitude towards the medium. And my BitTorrent usage has dropped right off.
This is LiveJournal, so everyone reading this is acutely aware that the Internet has made it a million times easier to whinge and prate. Sometimes, when done right, the Internet also removes the reasons for such grousery in the first place.
(Although, now I come to think about it, it would make much more sense than it really should for Auntie to continue to determine ratings figures the old way even when everyone in the country is using the newer, more convenient, niftier 21st-century system. As a result, the entire next commissioning round would be decided on the basis of the five people left in the country who think that Satan invented the Internet.)
Oh, one more thing:
...is by far the smartest thing I've ever heard him say. And it shows, Russell, oh how it shows.I'll rewrite [scripts] 100% if I have to,[Rusty] said.With Steven Moffat's scripts, I don't touch a word, but anyone else's I do.