BBC Director General Mark Thompson, responding to the Government ‘Green Paper’ on the future of the BBC, made several references to the new series of Doctor Who and the leaking of ‘Rose’ on the internet.
Speaking about the process of charter renewal Thompson said:
“An alarming number of people seem very eager to start debating the next but one Charter right away.
Now as luck would have it, we’ve become rather adept at time travel at the BBC in recent weeks. We’ve travelled with the good Doctor to a point in the future when all the television in the galaxy is controlled by a single gigantic slug in a space station � the slug itself is perhaps not news, but the space station at least represents a departure.
A week later, the Doctor found himself pitting his public service values against the very last Dalek in the universe � who would believe it?
The message is simple: Charter renewal is dangerous. No wonder Christopher Eccleston is leaving.”
Talking of future methods of distribution of BBC shows Mr Thompson said:
“This revolution is already happening � and it poses interesting questions for rights holders.
The first episode of Doctor Who was available in the UK illegally on the website Bit Torrent weeks before we broadcast it on BBC ONE.”
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