Thursday, September 29, 2011

Doctor Who Confidential Cancellation - Can YOU complain?

So most Doctor Who fans have heard the news that they are canceling Doctor Who Confidential. After next week it will be done and won't be released anymore. They're citing budgetary reasons.

I'm not entirely sure I believe this, because it seems like the cost of producing DWC would be a lot lower than any other show. Possibly they just haven't had very good viewing numbers. I don't know.

What's bothering me is the number of fans protesting this and demanding it be brought back. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing, but I want to make a point.

Producing a TV show isn't free. It takes money, and the money has to come from somewhere.

The BBC gets no money when you watch any of their shows illegally.

If you don't get BBC America, you can buy the season pretty inexpensively on iTunes or Amazon.

I get that a lot of you are broke. I totally am to. This isn't a post about illegal downloads.

My point is simply this. If you're going to protest the cancellation of DWC, first check and see whether you're giving the BBC any source of revenue. If you're not, then you're not a customer and you can't complain about the cancellation of one of their shows.

If you are? By all means. Write the BBC and let them know your wrath. It's totally your prerogative to do so.

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