Sunday, 22 June 1997
Sadly, the answer now appears to be a definitive no. In an e-mail to a fan in late November, a spokesperson for FOX scheduling confirmed that FOX had declined to exercise its option on Doctor Who.
According to Ceefax, the BBC has also decided not to proceed with a new series, given the end of its American co-production partnership. A spokesperson suggested that a second movie was not out of the question, however. All this is particularly unfortunate as, in a phone-in poll conducted in late May and early June, 96% of 6000 voters indicated they would like to see Doctor Who return as an ongoing series.
At the Conservative Party Conference on October 9th. Will Wyatt, Head of BBC Television, confirmed that he felt Doctor Who was simply too expensive to make without American support. Wyatt also argued that the movie had been "too dark" and bemoaned what he perceived as a lack of quality in 1980s Who. He was, however, complimentary toward the enthusiasm of executive producer Phil Segal.
So what happens now?
It's hard to say. FOX's "first choice" option expired at the end of 1996, and Universal's will do the same in December if there is no positive activity (certain reports, and indeed Phil Segal himself, had suggested the option would terminate in April, but this does not appear to have been the case). Some reports suggest that BBC Worldwide is looking to countries where the film was a success for a new co-producer. Other sources, including BBC engineer Steve Roberts, claim BBC Worldwide may be interested in making a new series themselves. Roberts was quoted as saying on the CompuServe SF/Fantasy Media Forum in late March that BBC Worldwide "can't wait for the Universal option to expire so they can do something with it next year" (ie possibly make a new series). However, Philip Segal and others have pointed out in the past that BBC Worldwide likely lack the resources to make Doctor Who themselves, and would still require a co-production deal. Furthermore, it appears that BBC television is becoming increasingly less enthusiastic about Doctor Who, though the return of former BBC-1 Controller (and known Who supporter Alan Yentob as head of BBC Television (and official deputy of Will Wyatt, chief executive of BBC Broadcast) could potentially mean a change in this attitude. On March 17th, Segal was quoted on ITV Teletext urging the BBC to keep Doctor Who alive.
What were the US and UK ratings like? How about video and merchandise sales?
In the US, the movie netted a disappointing 5.5 rating and a 9 share, placing it joint 75th out of 98 network programmes for the week; this is far below the 15 share FOX was apparently hoping for. The half-hour breakdown in terms of rating/share was 5.3/9, 5.5/9, 5.4/8 and 5.7/9. Reportedly, the movie netted a 14 share amongst teenagers, a 12 share amongst men aged 18 to 49, and an 8 share amongst women aged 18 to 49. The 9 share is a little below the average for the FOX Tuesday Night movie, which stands at around an 11 share. The movie did do quite well in some regions, though, netting as high as a 15 share in the Washington, DC area. It was also the most-taped programme of the week.
The show faced tough competition, including programmes like Roseanne which ended up with a crushing 25 share.
Final UK Ratings are now in, and are significantly better than the early estimates predicted. Doctor Who finished with 9.08 million viewers, placing it 15th overall (9th when only counting once those programmes with multiple episodes that week) in the BARB charts for the week ending June 2nd (which was topped by an episode of Coronation Street at 16.02 million viewers), and at 10th place (5th place counting EastEnders and Neighbours only once) in the BBC's Top Ten. Doctor Who also finished 2nd amongst dramas, beaten only by ITV's The Knock with 9.92 million viewers. According to DreamWatch, its Audience Appreciation figure was very high at 75, a mark previously reached only by The Five Doctors. It is also important to note that Doctor Who's ratings may have been affected by its being aired on a Bank Holiday Monday -- that night's episode of Eastenders, for instance, was down 18% on the previous week.
The video, meanwhile, entered the CIN sales charts at 3rd place. The following week, it slipped to 6th and then disappeared off the Top Thirty in its third week of sales. While this is below expectations, it is nevertheless second amongst Doctor Who videos to Tomb Of The Cybermen.
The money lost to BBC Worldwide on video sales has apparently been recouped by stellar sales of movie-related merchandise, specifically that offered in Radio Times.
If Doctor Who returns, will Segal, McGann, Roberts and Ashbrook all be back?
With FOX having now passed on Doctor Who, it is unclear whether Paul McGann -- who had been contracted for five years if FOX had gone ahead with the programme -- is still bound to Doctor Who in any way. McGann, however, has suggested to Sylvester McCoy that he would like to play the role again (contrary to popular fan rumor), and even suggested the possibility of attending a convention if McCoy was there "to hold his hand".
Segal now has commitments to Lakeshore Productions, making it seem unlikely that he would return to Doctor Who. However, if the reports that Segal was influential in Universal's extension of their Doctor Who contract are true, it could be that Segal has reconsidered this position. Furthermore, he has hinted that, should nothing pan out for the programme in the near future, he may be interested in spearheading another revival as a cinematic venture.
As for the others, Ashbrook's involvement would presumably be contingent on the actress' schedules and on the willingness of any future production team to involve her. Roberts was essentially a one-shot guest star and would probably not return to Doctor Who again.
UPDATED! When will Doctor Who air in my country?
Doctor Who was aired on the French station France2 on Tuesday, March 18th at 11pm under the title Le Seigneur du Temps ("The Time Lord"). According to ITV's Teletext, Spain, Portugal, Greece and South Africa are also interested in purchasing the movie.
FOX still has the rights to repeat the movie one more time (and a video release in North America cannot occur before this happens). Although rumors had suggested this would take place this summer, FOX Scheduling now preports that Doctor Who will most likely not appear amongst their summer movies.
Where can I find more information about the movie?
A brief synopsis, as well as a cast/crew list and production history are available on my Eighth Doctor Page.
Is it true the BBC is being sued over the TV movie?
Yes. A consortium called Daltenreys, headed up by George Dugdale, John Humphreys and Peter Litten but also including two members of the band Dire Straits amongst others, had obtained the right in 1987 to make a cinematic version of Doctor Who. After several failed attempts, Daltenreys entered into a deal with Lumiere Pictures in 1993. Things appeared to begin to turn around then, with a new script written by Star Trek scribe Denny Martin Flynn, Leonard Nimoy on tap to direct, and Alan Rickman reportedly on the verge of signing to play the Doctor. Then, in 1994, the BBC seized back the rights, claiming Daltenreys had run out of time; the principals, however, claim that the BBC obstructed their attempts to move the production along, and made the deal with Phil Segal (which ultimately led to the production of Enemy Within) before their rights had actually expired. The Daltenreys principals -- who claim the BBC's actions financially bankrupted them -- are seeking about 14 million pounds in compensation and lost profits.
Is there anyone else interested in making Doctor Who?
A report in Doctor Who Magazine #252 suggests that an Atlanta-based company (which had previously tried to instigate a Doctor Who animated series in the Eighties) has entered into discussions with a British company with regard to a new series of Doctor Who. The Atlanta company is developing a format for two full 22-episode seasons of the new programme and hope to conclude talks this summer. However, BBC Worldwide is not yet involved and, given how many other such rumors have been bandied about in the past eight years, fans would be well advised not to get their hopes up at this stage.
Will there be a new K-9 TV show?
Doctor Who Magazine reports that a four-part programme featuring K-9 -- intended as a precursor to a full-fledged new series -- is now in development. Produced by Bob Baker (who created K-9 along with Dave Martin) and Paul Tams, K-9 will be redesigned and updated from his original appearance by Steve Mansbridge, who worked on several late Eighties Who episodes. The programme (which has not been picked up by a network yet, but has garnered interest from the BBC) will be targetted at a family audience -- featuring a variety of child sidekicks for K-9 -- and will demonstrate no obvious links to Doctor Who. The new K-9 episodes will begin filming later this year, allegedly with a seven-figure budget.
Compiled by:Is it true that the NAs and MAs are ending? Will BBC Books be doing any?
Shannon Patrick Sullivan
Shannon Patrick Sullivan
Yes. The BBC and Virgin Publishing had been engaged in negotiations for several months over the renewal of Virgin's license to produce Doctor Who fiction, namely the New and Missing Adventures and the Decalog books. These negotiations were unsuccessful. Beginning in June 1997, BBC Books will be publishing two series of novels, continuing the NAs (now featuring the Eighth Doctor) and MAs (now also including the Seventh Doctor as well as his six predecessors). The BBC novels will appear once a month, as per normal, and will just be called "Doctor Who", as opposed to NAs, MAs or anything similar. BBC Books is also said to be interested in producing a third monthly series, and a line concerning the Doctor's adventures in Earth's past has been mooted; however, there are no firm plans for a third series yet. BBC Books will also publish volumes of themed short stories along the lines of the Decalog books, plus their own non-fiction. Both writers of the NAs/MAs and newcomers will be writing for the range.
Will the BBC Books line be similar in style to the Virgin line?
Yes and no. The main difference between the BBC novels and the Virgin novels will apparently be the tightness of the continuity between novels. Unlike Virgin, BBC Books wants their novels to largely stand alone, without very many links tying one novel to its predecessors. The intention is to allow new readers to get into the series at any point. Furthermore, the BBC novels wil not feature characters from the New and Missing Adventures, including the adult Ace. The BBC books will be just a shade shorter than the standard Virgin novels, at around 75,000 to 80,000 words. Stylistically, on the other hand, it would appear that BBC Books wants to rock the boat as little as possible, and none of the elements which have made the NAs controversial -- sex, swearing, violence and complex storylines -- are being banned outright, although unlike the companions in the NAs, the companion(s) in the BBC novels will not themselves be allowed to have a sex life. Writers will be asked to bear in mind that BBC Books is generally regarded as a publisher of "safe" novels, but original editor Nuala Buffini suggested she did not want to alienate the current New Adventures readership by sanitizing the novels or talking down to the audience.
Will BBC Books be accepting unsolicited manuscripts like Virgin did?
Yes, and began doing so on September 9th. At that point, then-editor Nuala Buffini was already swamped with submissions, and so a reply may take some time. The Writers' Guidelines are now available, and should be read before sending in any material (they differ wildly from Virgin's Writers Guidelines, for instance, so prospective writers should beware).
What's the address for BBC Books?
All correspondence related to Doctor Who novels should be directed to Doctor Who Books, A3008, Woodlands, 80 Wood Lane, London, UK W12 0TT. You can also e-mail BBC Books at email@example.com.
UPDATED! Will the BBC novels be available outside the UK?
Yes! It can now be confirmed that the US distribution situation is in the process of being resolved. BBC Books is currently looking for an American company to publish the books themselves (effectively creating an American edition of the novels). Once this is accomplished, the novels should be available as per usual. Unfortunately, the most recent reports indicate that this is being held up while the BBC looks for the most lucrative deal possible. The books may not be available until late summer or fall at the earliest. Several popular science-fiction/fantasy retailers have turned to importing the novels directly from the UK in the meantime. It was previously reported that McLelland and Stewart would be distributing the novel in Canada. In fact, McLelland and Stewart holds the rights to distribute all BBC Books in Canada, but have reportedly declined to pick up the Doctor Who books. New Zealand appears no better off, as BBC Books has yet to locate a distributor/publisher in that country, either, and unlike North America, does not apparently intend to rectify the situation in the near future, do to the perceived lack of sales of the Virgin novels in that part of the world. The situation in other countries such as Australia is presently unknown. As for the post-Doctor New Adventures, although it did appear for a time that their continued distribution in North America was up in the air, it would now appear that they will continue to be available as before.
Who will the new companion be?
In the first BBC Eighth Doctor book, Terrance Dicks' The Eight Doctors, the Doctor will be joined by Samantha "Sam" Jones, a 17 year-old student at Coal Hill High School. According to the BBC Writers' Guidelines, Sam is "an idealist and a crusaer... bossy, brave to the point of recklessness [who] tends to make snap judgements and acts on them. Sam always knows what's right, and what's best for everyone." Sam sees herself as a rebel, but because her middle class parents are so liberal and understanding, she has had very little to actually rebel against. It seems Sam's introduction in The Eight Doctors will be relatively fleeting; much of her initial development will come in the subsequent few novels, particularly Vampire Science by Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum. Jon has admitted that the character's "role model" will be Lisa Simpson from TV's The Simpsons.
So that's it for the NAs and MAs?
Not exactly. While the NAs and MAs will no longer be featuring the ongoing adventures of the Doctor, a so-called "mini-series" of novels will take up the gauntlet, without the Doctor Who logo but still under the NA banner. This mini-series will feature the ongoing adventures of Bernice Summerfield. Initially, they will be written only by established authors but new authors will be considered further down the line. Although characters and monsters from the Doctor Who TV series will presumably be off-limits, anything created in the NAs and MAs will probably be fair game, meaning characters such as Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart, the Chelonians and Irving Braxiatel could all potentially appear.
Now that the movie has aired, what will happen in the New Adventures?
The Seventh Doctor's final appearance in the NAs was in March's Lungbarrow by Marc Platt (although the much-delayed So Vile A Sin by Ben Aaronovitch and Kate Orman will appear in April, making that book the Seventh Doctor's actual final NA appearance). After Lungbarrow, the April NA will feature the Eighth Doctor and will be written by Lance Parkin.
Is it true there is a new editor for the BBC Books Doctor Who range?
Yes. Original editor Nuala Buffini has been replaced by Stephen Cole. Cole also takes over Buffini's responsibilities handing other area of Doctor Who merchandising, such as the video releases.
Will BBC Books be using McGann's likeness on their covers?
It appears not, although the reasons for this have not been made known. Certainly, Virgin Books utilized McGann's likeness on the cover of their Eighth Doctor New Adventure, The Dying Days.
Will old NAs/MAs continue to be available beyond June?
Yes, but not for very long. It seems Virgin Doctor Who fiction titles will be pulped in October, meaning that only those novels already in-stock in bookstores will survive. This does not apply to Virgin's non-fiction titles, however, as the company still has a license to produce these (such as the Handbooks).
UPDATED! What Doctor Who books are forthcoming?
NA: The Dying Days by Lance Parkin (ISBN: 0 426 20504 9), So Vile A Sin by Ben Aaronovitch and Kate Orman (ISBN: 0 426 20484 0) MA: The Well-Mannered War by Gareth Roberts (Fourth Doctor, Romana II, K-9 Mark II; ISBN: 0 426 20506 5)
Oh No It Isn't! by Paul Cornell (Benny Adventure; ISBN: 0 426 20507 3) Decalog 4: Re:Generations edited by Andy Lane and Justin Richards (ISBN: 0 426 20505 7)
The Eight Doctors by Terrance Dicks (Eighth Doctor; ISBN: 0 563 40563 5) The Devil Goblins From Neptune by Keith Topping and Martin Day (Third Doctor, Liz Shaw, UNIT; ISBN: 0 563 40564 3) Dragons' Wrath by Justin Richards (Benny Adventure; ISBN: 0 426 20508 1) Postcard Book (ISBN: 0 563 40561 9)
Vampire Science by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman (Eighth Doctor; ISBN: 0 563 40566 X) The Murder Game by Steve Lyons (Second Doctor, Ben, Polly; ISBN: 0 563 40565 1) Beyond The Sun by Matthew Jones (Benny Adventure; ISBN: 0 426 20511 1)
The Bodysnatchers by Mark Morris (Eighth Doctor; ISBN: 0 563 40568 6) Business Unusual by Gary Russell (Sixth Doctor, Mel; ISBN: 0 563 40575 9) Ship Of Fools by Dave Stone (Benny Adventure; ISBN: 0 426 20510 3 )
Genocide by Paul Leonard (Eighth Doctor; ISBN: 0 563 40572 4) The Ultimate Treasure by Christopher Bulis (Fifth Doctor, Peri; ISBN: 0 563 40571 6) Down by Lawrence Miles (Benny Adventure; ISBN: 0 426 20512 X) Decalog 5: Wonders edited by Paul Leonard and Jim Mortimore (ISBN: 0 426 20515 4) A Book Of Monsters by David J Howe (ISBN: 0 563 40562 7)
War Of The Daleks by John Peel (Eighth Doctor; ISBN: 0 563 40573 2) Illegal Alien by Robert Perry and Mike Tucker (Seventh Doctor, Ace; ISBN: 0 563 40570 8) Deadfall by Gary Russell (Benny Adventure) Book Of Lists by Justin Richards and Andrew Martin (ISBN: 0 563 40573 2)
Alien Bodies by Lawrence Miles (Eighth Doctor) Eye Of Heaven by Jim Mortimore (Fourth Doctor, Leela; ISBN: 0 563 40567 8) Ghost Devices by Simon Bucher-Jones (Benny Adventure) The Second Doctor Handbook by David J Howe and Stephen James Walker (non-fiction)
Mean Streets by Terrance Dicks (Benny Adventure)
Kursaal by Peter Anghelides (Eighth Doctor) The Roundheads by Marc Gatiss (Second Doctor, Ben, Polly, Jamie) Tempest by Christopher Bulis (Benny Adventure)
Option Lock by Justin Richards (Eighth Doctor) The Face Of The Enemy by David A McIntee (UNIT) Walking To Babylon by Kate Orman (Benny Adventure)
The Longest Day by Mike Collier (Eighth Doctor) The Witch Hunters by Steve Lyons (First Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara) Short Trips edited by Stephen Cole
UPDATED! What's coming up in the books?
Appearing alongside the Eighth Doctor in The Dying Days are Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Bernice Summerfield; it is set on May 31st, 1997 and features the Ice Warriors ("updated" like the Master in the TV movie).
Kate Orman has completed Ben Aaronovitch's So Vile A Sin, which was originally scheduled for November but had to be postponed when a hard drive crash resulted in the loss of most of the material. The novel sees the departure of Roz and the conclusion of the Psi-Power arc which began in Warchild.
The May NA, Oh No It Isn't! (which has also gone by the title Behind You!), will feature Bernice rather than the Doctor, and starts off an ongoing series of Benny Adventures Decalog 4's short stories will all concern the family and ancestors of Roz Forrester. All eight Doctors appear in The Eight Doctors, which will also introduce the Eighth Doctor's new companion, Samantha (aka Sam); the Master's presence will also be felt. Irving Braxiatel returns in Dragon's Wrath.
Short Trips, the short story collection from BBC Books, has been postponed until March, contrary to previous reports that it would see print in 1997 Vampire Science was to have featured Dr Grace Holloway until the BBC nixed the idea at a late stage.
John Peel claims that War Of The Daleks will "do a number" on Remembrance Of The Daleks and reveal Skaro was not destroyed after all; Peel is also writing Legacy Of The Daleks, which stars either the Third or Eighth Doctor and features the Delgado Master. Jo Grant returns in Genocide, as do Professor Litefoot and the Zygons in The Bodysnatchers.
Business Unusual (formerly The Chains Of Command) forms the introductory Mel adventure; it will not feature the Master, but neither will it contradict Mel's origins as recounted in Millennial Rites
The Cybermen return in Illegal Alien; their use temporarily held up the book as the BBC tried to clear their appearance with the estates of their creators Decalog 5 concerns the Ten Wonders of the Universe
A second proposal has now been accepted by BBC Books from Martin Day and keith Topping entitled The Hollow Men. This was originally due to feature the Eighth Doctor, but has been rewritten for the Seventh Doctor and Ace. It is due out around April. Also, the BBC were so pleased with the Waro (from Devil Goblins From Neptune) that they've asked the pair to bring them back in a future novel.
Chris Cwej and Jason Kane return in Deadfall (though, despite previous reports, there do not appear to be firm plans to have them become series regulars); earlier, Jason pops up in Beyond The Sun.
Eye Of Heaven was originally touted as an NA about three years ago (it was the first of a two-book set with Conjunction, which would have been written by Paul Leonard). It now appears that, due to the pressures of deadlines, there will be no December novels from BBC Books.
Dave Stone's second Benny Adventure, Oblivion, will see the return of Chris, Roz(!), Jason and several characters from Sky Pirates!.
The Face Of The Enemy features UNIT versus the Master without the Doctor. According to David A McIntee, it will see the Master "at the height of his evilness, but forced into situations where he has to in effect be the hero." Ian and Barbara also appear, as will another companion, well before his or her first appearance in the televised series. The Longest Day sees the Eighth Doctor and Sam encountering a new race of monsters called the Kusks.
Future Decalogs beyond Decalog 5 are on hold at present, depending on the sales figures for the fourth and fifth volumes. Amonst those submitting a proposal for further installments of the series is Martin Day.
Compiled by:UPDATED! Is it true Julia Smith died?
Shannon Patrick Sullivan
Shannon Patrick Sullivan
Julia Smith, Doctor Who's second female director, passed away in mid-June. Smith worked on two Who stories -- The Smugglers and The Underwater Menace. She is better known for co-creating the soap operas EastEnders and Eldorado.
What video releases are forthcoming?
In the UK, The War Machines is due up in June (including the missing material newly recovered in Australia which, while not making the story complete, will mean it will be in its fullest form since the Seventies) and The Happiness Patrol in August. A boxed set of the E-Space Trilogy (Full Circle, State Of Decay, and Warriors' Gate) looks to be on tap for October with Timelash to follow in January, Battlefield in March and The Mind Of Evil (in black and white) in May. Colony In Space and Horror Of Fang Rock are also reported to be due up in 1998. Meanwhile, CBS/FOX in North America has scheduled The Sea Devils (two tapes), The Monster Of Peladon (two tapes), Destiny Of The Daleks, The Leisure Hive, Warriors Of The Deep and Paradise Towers for May. On the Australian front, it looks like The Monster Of Peladon and The Hand Of Fear will be coming out in May, with The King's Demon's/The Five Doctors Special Edition due out in July as a boxed set with Doctor Who playing card. The Leisure Hive is set for October and the restored The War Machines is due in January.
What's happening with the deleted videos?
In 1996, BBC Video deleted much of their Doctor Who catalogue after suspending new releases in February. This was to allow current stocks of the videos to run down so that they could be rereleased under a unified appearance. It was believed that this would finally begin in June, when BBC Worldwide is planning a massive relaunch of Doctor Who merchandise. Reports are now circulating, however, that some retailers are already offering select tapes.
Will there ever be any more audio releases from BBC Worldwide?
Yes! With BBC Worldwide's big relaunch of Doctor Who merchandise in June, it seems the Missing Stories Audio Collection will also receive a new lease on life. If successful, these may occur at a rate of one per month. Furthermore, the release of audio tapes of the old Target novelisations will definitely be resumed, with the novelisation of the TV movie read by Paul McGann up for June (ISBN 0 563 38148 5, catalogue number ZBBC 1998), Kinda read by Peter Davison appearing in August, and Vengeance On Varos narrated by Colin Baker slated for November. Audio versions of the original BBC Books Doctor Who novels are also under consideration.
Is it true there will finally be more laser disc releases soon?
Yes. Encore, a laser disc company which also has an outlet in Australia, began releasing Doctor Who laser discs in October. The Ark In Space is now available, with Day Of The Daleks due out on April 21st. Spearhead From Space and Terror Of The Zygons are finally scheduled again (after being postponed numerous times); they're both now on the slate for August. All the laser discs are prices at 21.99 pounds each; there is no word yet on whether these discs will be made available for the North American (NTSC) market.
Has even more lost footage been recovered?
Happily, yes. When ABC in Australia originally aired many Doctor Who stories, the censorship board excised a signficant number of scenes deemed unsuitable for young viewers. These cuts were safely stored on 16mm film, however, and were recently unearthed and returned to the BBC Archives. Particularly gratifying is that The Dominators, previously missing just a few scattered scenes, is now complete. The War Machines, which was previously thought to have similarly benefitted, is actually still missing a few segments. Known recovered material comes from: The Smugglers: 1, 2, 3 (including the scene where Cherub murders the Churchwarden); The War Machines: 3; The Highlanders: 1 (including a hanging scene); The Underwater Menace: 1, 2, 3; The Macra Terror: 2, 3 (including Polly being attacked by the Macra); Fury From The Deep: 2, 4, 5 (including Mr Quill and Mr Oak's attack on Mrs Harris); The Wheel In Space: 4; The Dominators: 4, 5; and black-and-white material from the Pertwee era, including The Ambassadors Of Death: 1 (none of which is new material, however) but reportedly extending at least up to The Mutants. (Note that, contrary to previous reports, no color Pertwee material has been found.)
Separately, it seems Jan Vincent-Rudzki will be returning a five-minute segment of Galaxy 4: 1 to the BBC Archives. Rudzki received the footage as thanks for his help on the Lively Arts: Whose Doctor Who? documentary in 1977. He had long been keeping it out of common circulation to use as trade for any newly-discovered footage (thereby trying to prevent the kind of "hoarding" with which he was consequently accused by many fans), but has apparently relented. This clip, along with other rare footage, may be included as part of a special BBC Video release in the near future. What's going on with the radio plays?
A third radio story, starring Tom Baker, written by Eric Saward and exploring the origins of the Cybermen, was proposed. Latterly, reports suggested that BBC Radio 2 had refused the project. More recent information, on the other hand, indicates that virtually all new proposals for BBC Radio programming have been put on hold until October due to the recent restructuring of the BBC. (In fact, the Writers' Guild of Great Britain has lodged a complaint over the length of this delay.) Indeed, a recent item in the Radio Times hinted that the radio plays were indeed still an ongoing concern. It must noted, though, that Tom Baker has reportedly stated that he would only be interested in doing the radio story if he were to play the Doctor in a totally new manner, as he does not want to simply retread old ground.