We shared a fun prequel to Asylum of the Daleks a couple of days ago, one that featured Matt Smith as the Doctor and a man in a hooded gown. It was fun – but it wasn’t intended for UK consumption.
This is something that has upset a few fans. For example, Alasdair Shaw:
I’m downright mad.
I’m a BBC licence payer, have been ever since I left my parents house. I was a tad miffed when I found out I’d have to buy a freeview box (there’s a misnomer straight off, they get upset if you try to leave the shop without paying for it) to watch BBC 3 and upwards and I was downright huffy to learn that the analogue signal was about to vanish and I’d have to keep the freeview box to keep watching channels that I’d already paid for.
But this is the last straw. The BBC have taken my money and used part of it to film a prelude that they won’t let me see. It’s only available in the States.
Well that’s not entirely true; YouTube has shown me the prelude albeit after the episode in question.
Where is this going to stop? Are we heading towards a day where our colonial cousins get the Doctor before us?
Or am I just ranting?
Given that we don’t know the nature of the funding for the short Asylum of the Daleks prelude – BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America? – it’s a tricky one to call. But the fact remains that as Doctor Who becomes increasingly popular, we’re going to find that our overseas brothers and sisters are going to demand more attention.
After all, remember The Five Doctors…?