The Invisible Time Lord?

As the BBC reveal their listings for ‘Week 35’ (or 27th August- 2nd September, as normal people may call it), there’s something missing.

While there’s promises of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the ‘Comedy Prom’ and a new crime drama called The Field of Blood, there’s something old, new, borrowed and blue missing… Even searching for ‘Hitler’ doesn’t help, thanks to a drama and accompanying documentary about the Nazi leader on BBC Two.

Yes, the BBC is still keeping its lips sealed over when Doctor Who will return. ‘This might mean America gets it before us!’ ‘Maybe it won’t return to British telly ever again!’ ‘Who just mentioned Michael Grade?!’ But before you start a protest by doing something crazy like organising a riot of some kind using Facebook… Don’t panic!

Even though it’s not listed, it doesn’t mean Doctor Who won’t be back on 27th August. It just means that the BBC is tapping its nose, giving us a cheeky wink and running away, while its American cousin calls it a jerk behind its back.

The Beeb have to ‘lock in’ schedules 10 days before broadcast, so there’s still plenty of time for them to reveal the worst-kept secret in history (perhaps apart from the ‘Saxon-is-The-Master’ thing). Torchwood: Miracle Day was also missing from the initial listings for Week 28, before being added just days later.

So, y’see, all is well.

And if that didn’t still your palpitations, it’s also been confirmed that Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show is coming back. Now you can really sleep well.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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