Monday, October 6, 2008

Who's Heading to Albert Square!

Jane Tranter, BBC One Controller, BBC Fiction, today announced exiting news of a major change in format for the fifth season of Doctor Who which airs in 2010. Instead of being broadcast once a week as single forty five minute episodes the new series will premier as 'minisodes' within editions of popular soap opera Eastenders.

Each Doctor Who episode will be split into roughly six minute segments which will then be shown on television sets within the soap itself; see picture above for an artists impression of how this new format may look. In addition Eastenders' characters will discuss the episodes of Doctor Who as they watch them; speculating about future story arcs and their favorite characters and moments.

"If 360 degree commissioning has been the buzzword of recent years then we consider this to be a step forwards to the next level; 720 degree commissioning if you will," Jane Tranter told a Shouting into a Well correspondent at an exclusive restaurant interview. "Not only will we see cross-fertilisation between the audiences of Doctor Who and Eastenders but fans of both series will be able to use the web to initiate dialogues with Eastenders' characters to discuss Doctor Who, a whole new concept in interactive fiction."

BBC bosses are confident that Doctor Who fans will also appreciate the extra length this will add to each new series. Within the four times a week soap a single episode will now take two weeks to show effectively increasing the running time of season five to twenty six weeks, a figure not seen since the days of Tom Baker.

"We look forward to new fans joining the good Doctor on his travels when he returns from his gap year," said Jane Tranter."This can only be good news for audiences of two of the BBC's most popular series," she added before rolling her eyes at three BBC publicity representatives standing nearby and writing "help me" in salt spilled on the tabletop. At this point our reporter made his excuses and left.