Reblogging to get all my writing easily accessible in one place! I wrote this for Funk’s House of Geekery some time ago.
2003 marked the 40th anniversary of Doctor Who, an event which came at a time when nobody, least of all most of the BBC, thought it would ever return to television. BBC Worldwide wanted to make a film, but offers were scarce. It was possibly the lowest point for Doctor Who since it was cancelled in 1989, or when the novel licences reverted to BBC Books in 1997, depending on who you ask. Anyway, the upshot was that it appeared no-one was going to do anything about the 40th anniversary of this icon of British pop culture.
In answer to this, a small band of fans within the BBC managed to secure the rights to produce an animated web series. Cosgrove Hall, producers of classic British animated series such as Noddy and Danger Mouse, plus pretty much every other animated show that was on the ABC in Australia during the…
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