BBC Slashes Doctor Who’s Budget; Show Expected to Revert to ‘Classic’ Look

fliptopthumbThe BBC had some difficult news for the worlds longest running Science Fiction franchise.

It wasn’t too long ago when the skies looked limitless for the reboot of Doctor Who. Since relaunching in 2005 the show has received critical acclaim and a fast-growing fan base. When the show’s star writer Stephen Moffat took over as executive producer a few years back, it seemed like the dawning of a new golden age.

Unfortunately things haven’t quite worked out that way. The show has struggled in the last few seasons. Viewership has diminished. Many critics now look the other way at any mention of the series, pretending they didn’t hear.

The BBC announced Monday it will drastically cut the budget for the upcoming season. But they hope this will ultimately save the show. It is a two pronged effort. The budget cuts will allow the show to continue for now, executives will be less inclined to see it as a money pit and call for cancellation. It will also mean the end of the high-tech big-budget production the show has enjoyed since returning to television.

Sneak Peak! Billie Piper on set filming  'The Tardis Ate Rose Tyler'

Sneak Peak! Billie Piper on set, filming ‘The Tardis That Ate Rose Tyler’

Some BBC insiders are looking forward to the new series, anticipating a return to the classic look from the 1960s and ’70s. The original show has long been infamous for it’s cheap and cheesy special effects and unconvincing costumes.

Also returning this season is Billie Piper as Rose Tyler. A BBC producer who wishes to remain anonymous informed us of her return, “She just showed up on set every bloody morning, begging to be back on the show.”

Apparently Ms. Piper offered to work for free, and the network could hardly refuse. Rose will be in six of the twelve stories planned for the upcoming season. But Billie Piper will also appear in the rest of the episodes playing a variety of roles. She will play a space-ghost in one episode, with a bed sheet draped over her and holes cut out for eyes. In another she will portray a time-mummy, wrapped up tight in toilet paper. And in one episode the Doctor reverses her polarity and she becomes Evil Rose Tyler, sporting a black goatee.

In Response to the Meeping Angels

Doctor Whoneydew.
“Meeping Angels!” he shouts, “Whatever you do, Don’t Blink!”
Easy for you to say, Doc, you don’t have any eyes…

Doctor Whoneydew

Doctor Whoneydew

A Nation Comes Together Against SPOILERS

fliptopthumbIn light of some television networks and news agencies publishing Olympic
updates from Sochi before they have been officially aired in prime time, The
President, Congress and the FCC are dropping all other matters to address the national outrage over ‘Spoilers.’

Most citizens agree there should be a Standard National Spoiler Disclosure
Protocol in place, regulated by the FCC, which would force broadcasters to use a ‘SPOILER’ tag or similar disclaimer when revealing sensitive information, or face fines and penalties and possibly have their license revoked for repeated infractions.

Americans are outraged, not only for the irresponsible handling of medal counts
at the Olympics, but for other recent infractions including the Game of Thrones
season ending cliff-hanger, the Breaking Bad finale, and the almost instant
reporting of ‘more trite nonsense’ that accompanies any new Twilight movie
release.

After years of being splintered by national debates on political matters such as
the economy, national security, employee rights, voter rights, civil rights,
entitlements and government spending, it seems the American people finally have
an issue we can all come together on, and rally as one voice for some real,
substantial change.

The Director of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander, addressed the press today, saying, “After reading countless personal emails and private messages, we are aware that the Spoiler issue is the number one priority in the agenda of the average American household, and it should be ours as well.”

Congress announced it is pulling manpower and money away from immigration, the
drug war, maintaining Guantanamo bay with an eye toward its decommission, and
the crumbling infrastructure of the nation, to focus our minds and our finances
on how to properly identify and warn about Spoilers, and other related
matters such as how long is the statute of spoiler limitations? Is giving away
the plot-lines of Firefly, now ten years in the public eye, still a
prosecutable offense? How soon is too soon?

The President, Congress, Senate and other government VIPs are said to be forming
an expert committee to deal with this emergency, and promises to put all other
matters aside until this is dealt with to mutual satisfaction.

Joe Krumpnall, an out of work auto mechanic and ex-vet we interviewed today
seemed to reflect the Government’s and the people’s beliefs. “I have no job and
no money and I’m sick but I can’t go to the doctor because I have no insurance.
And I’m currently playing a sort of roulette game; will my electricity be cut
off before my television and phone service, or will my landlord beat them both with his
ten-day notice to evict? I tell you what, the only thing that keeps me sane recently after a long day of hunting for work and begging for
help is to come home and watch some young girls sliding a rock across the ice
and sweeping it home. Now that’s ruined, since they announced all the curling results and medal winners already on the five o’clock news.”

American officials are consulting with the British Government and the BBC. They specifically want to find out how the Doctor Who Fiftieth Anniversary Special was handled so adeptly. For the better part of a year secrets were kept under lock and key, even from cast and crew. There were denials and rumors and denial of rumors, but in the end it was kept mostly a secret on a level with most matters of National
Security, until Tom Baker made his return to the show for the first time since
the 1980s.

Oh, have I said too much? There’s a helicopter overhead and a black van in the
driveway. Someone is pounding on the door. I’ll be right back…