After the first official trailer for the much-anticipated 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who was shown to the fans at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, fans everywhere have complained at the unfairness.
As we reported last week, during the popular cult event, a private screening of the trailer was shown with strict warnings to all not to let it be leaked on to the internet, with show runner Steven Moffat stating beforehand:
“One thing is very important, this is a Comic-Con exclusive. It is only being seen here at this time on this day. If this goes online, if the sound goes online, there will be no more Comic-Con exclusives from ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Sherlock.'”
But, luckily for us blog.zap2it.com has described some of what they saw, stating on their website:
“It opens with the Eleventh Doctor’s line ‘I’ve had many faces, many lives. There’s one life I’ve tried very hard to forget…’ and launches into a frenzy of ecstatic “Who” action involving Daleks, Rose, Clara, the Tenth Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor, an all new creature and John Hurt’s mysterious new Doctor (i.e. that life the Doctor has tried so hard to forget).
“Ten and Eleven have a sonic screwdriver-off, Rose warning “the moment is coming,” and an awe-inspiring scene of Ten, Eleven and Hurt’s Doctor all walking together to face down… something.
“You’ve redecorated,” the Tenth Doctor tells Eleven inside the new TARDIS. “I don’t like it.”
“The trailer closes with the ominous warning that the Doctor will face “his greatest threat … himself.”
But, whilst Comic-Con attendee’s couldn’t believe their luck, many fans who couldn’t make it have been left with a very bitter taste in their mouths after the apparent favouritism, despite those at Comic-Con having spent a lot of time and money getting tickets to the elite event.
Social networking sites have been inundated with angry rants about the situation, so much so that Mark Jefferies, Deputy Showbiz and Tv Editor at the Daily Mirror has released an article in Radio Times explaining his thoughts on why this was.
The article was an opinion based piece, but included the following information at the bottom:
“I do have some sympathy with UK fans wanting to now see it. I am one of them. Our licence fee makes the show. And what harm would it do putting it up on a BBC website now? Comic Con have had their exclusive.
“From what I am told and have read it was a brief clip, not a proper trailer, and the BBC want their first trailer of the film to be a more polished and slick affair.
“They are also promising that UK fans will get lots of treats about the anniversary in the coming weeks and months. One member of production told me I just “have to be patient”. So I expect them to rush something out soonish to calm the current fury.
“Ultimately though, all those people most angry will still watch the feature-length episode when it comes out.
“And if the Comic Con stunt attracts a few more Americans to get hooked on Who, they’ll probably think it was worth all the hassle.”
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