Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: The Barrowman cancellation has begun.
Posted: Thu May 13, 2021 at 02:41:51 am GMT (Viewed 71 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The Barrowman cancellation has begun.
Posted: Wed May 12, 2021 at 06:28:01 pm GMT (Viewed 95 times)

    If he really is in this series then I imagine there will be meetings... it's hard to predict, the reality is if he is in at least one episode then that is going to be hard to get around at this stage of the process. Rumour has it this series is behind schedule and over-budget, and given the slow filming rate of last season this rumour sounds very plausible.

In his last appearance, Jack said that he's be there when the Doctor 'neds me most', and everyone's taken that to mean at the regeneration. Now hopefully that's the only episode he's in, and as I don't think it's been filmed yet, there may be time to rewrite and save the day. But if he's in more than one, as his presence in Cardiff suggests, dropping episodes may be unavoidable.

    What a mess. I see some are defending him, arguing it is old news and no one complained at the time so that's alright... but the reality is he shouldn't have done it. It was a time-bomb waiting to go off, and go off it has, along with Noel Clarke's antics.
    The BBC are left with a double-problem of how to respond to this, and given the 2005-2009 era was such an enormous family-audience hit that still resonates they are left with the dilemma of how to deal with this taint to that success and what it means for Doctor Who today.

Julie Gardner has admitted there was at least one complaint at the time.

    With this news of Barrowman being removed from 'Immersive Everywhere' tipping the scales on the press reaction and negative publicity it sets the precedent, and the domino's start falling where Barrowman's ties to Doctor Who are concerned. \(coffee\)


    [My real interest is in whether Big Finish follow suit in removing any further ties to him, and amaze me in doing so...]

Once again, we don't know what's happening right now behind closed doors.

Both Immersive Everywhere and Big Finish are dependant on the good will of the BBC to keep their licenses running. If the Beeb put pressure on them to cut ties with Barrowman in an attempt at damage control, there's not a heck of a lot they could do about it.

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