One of my renders to give an idea of scale for the spacecraft in “Waltzing to Elysium”
Initial posting giving an overview of the project history here.
Looking through some of the emails last night, just goes to show that I’m glad I kept them because looks like I’d heard a rumour that the Doctor Who series was being produced a few days before it was announced. I had completely forgotten about this.
Found an email from Cliff referring to it and him being surprised I hadn’t said anything to him, with me replying that I wanted to wait until I heard something more concrete before mentioning it. There had been so many, “Doctor Who is coming back!” rumours that had never panned out, and even though this came from a fabulous source, I’d always rather be cautious.
Plus, from what I’d heard, formal announcement wasn’t going to be until Jan 2004, so there was meant to be plenty of time. Obviously it got pushed forward, probably because the BBC knew otherwise it would get leaked and they wanted to make sure they controlled the release. I mean hell, I’d heard about it!
The thing that surprises me is this was in late September of 2003, and we weren’t killed off until November, and even then, the main reason seems to have been the previously mentioned budget stuff that killed the BBC Wales R&D Department. I’m surprised it took that long, and that we were collateral damage rather than an actual target.
Not that I think we were all big and important, but that I would have thought anyone developing something that could potentially damage the new brand would have been dealt with immediately. Then again, it’s a bureaucracy. We had a drama meeting in October 2003 to decide whether or not we’d go ahead.
I was thinking that, as I go through emails, I’ll go back and re-edit posts where appropriate to correct errors and omissions. Would people prefer that, or would you rather I left the original inaccurate text and instead added footnotes and/or an errata sheet at the end of all this? Let me know.
You will be able to find all the posts on this topic here.
Anyway, here is part 2 of the bible. In this bit I discussed the possible formats, weighing up the pros and cons.