So here's the latest trailer from the BBC to promote the upcoming season of Doctor Who in the UK....
And here's the BBC America version...
Watching both has left me wondering, what does this say about the way that the relative intelligence of the two audiences are perceived by the broadcasters involved.
Is it a cultural difference? Do US audiences really need to be spoon feed every thing, or is there a perception that playing up the US connection in this season will draw higher ratings?
Frankly as a loyal supporter of BBC America, (one of the only two reasons I still have cable TV rather than watching everything online), I feel a little insulted.
Yesterday marked the 47th Anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who, easily the most influential TV show of my life. Who has been a constant companion, even when it was off the TV I was still immersing myself in its mythos through novels, comics, and audio dramas.
Like most Who fans, I posted a couple of things on my Facebook page yesterday linking either to videos or the relevant BBC archive pages.
When I switched on my laptop this morning the You Tube page was still on a Who video - but what caught my eye was a link to something I had not seen since it's first broadcast in 1989; the final moments of the final story in the "classic" Dr. Who era.
There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there’s injustice, and somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace — we’ve got work to do!
What great words with which to both end an era, and sow seeds for a unknown future.
Whenever I'm in New York and have any time to spare, I usually make a small personal pilgrimage down to the Strawberry Fields area of Central Park and pause for a moment with my thoughts and memories at the IMAGINE circle dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. - It's always been a special place for me.
I happen to be in New York at the moment for the New York Comic-Con and a speaking engagement. By coincidence this also meant I was in town on October 9th, the day that would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. No matter what else was happening I was determined to pay my respects at Strawberry Filed.
I am glad I made the effort, because yesterday evening turned out to be an evening I'll never forget.
It was a long walk from my hotel down to 72nd street (about 43 blocks). When I arrived at the Dakota building, Lennon's old home and the site of his assassination, there were just a few small groups of people standing around in quite contemplation, some laying floral tributes. But mainly an atmosphere of sadness and respect. There was a surreal moment when a car drove past and the sound of a Lennon song drifted across from its stereo system. Hearing John's voice while stood at that infamous spot seemed almost ghostly.
After a few minutes I crossed the street and headed into Strawberry Fields. The next two hours were amazing. The crowd around the IMAGINE circle was around 15 to 20 people deep. Everyone was singing. I stayed for two hours as we all sang Lennon songs, or laughed when people cracked jokes. It was a joyous, magical and moving celebration of John Lennon's legacy. The crowd kept getting bigger and bigger until the whole of the Strawberry Fields area was a solid mass of people. There was every age group from 7 year olds to 70 year-olds, along with a cornucopia of accents and languages - including the lady next to me who was using her cell phone to transmit the proceedings back to her family in Russia.
Here's a short video clip I shot from my cell phone of the crowd singing "IMAGINE". - It gives just a small hint of what the event was like.
As a friend wrote on Facebook after seeing that clip: Wherever John is now, he must think this is amazing.
Personally I just feel blessed that I happened to be in new York on this particular weekend and had the once in a life-time opportunity to be involved in something to mark the life and works of a man who had such a great impact on me personally and on society in general.
OK, this isn't much - but it gave me the geek-shivers when I first saw it...
It appears that I had a surprising large gap in my Batman trivia knowledge base!!
How come I knew about this...
..but was totally unaware of this?