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April 25th, 2010 38 comments

Thousands Complain Over Rainbow Trailer

Doctor Who fans angered by trailer for Over the Rainbow

From The BBC…
Thousands of Doctor Who fans have contacted the BBC to complain that the ending of Saturday night’s episode was ruined by a trailer for the next show.

A formal apology as now been given which you can see Here

The on-screen caption featured an animated cartoon of presenter Graham Norton, host of Over the Rainbow.

It appeared as The Doctor, played by Matt Smith, was making an emotional speech during the story’s cliffhanger ending for The Time of Angels.

The trailer was seen by millions of viewers watching on BBC One in England.

A BBC spokesman said: “We apologise for the timing of Saturday night’s trail.”

The full news report can be seen Here



  • sylar sec

    April 30th, 2010 - 3:54pm

    Just to say firstly, it did annoy me as well but I don’t get it. A couple thousand people out of millions complain and they send a promise it won’t happen again and a formal apology but they ignore the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of doctor who fans complaining about the new lollipop daleks. All I can say is I hope Davros is still alive then they may one day use that as an excuse to bring back the proper daleks and I CAN wait for the cybermen episode(s) ,if they have changed everything else you can bet they will change them too ๐Ÿ™

  • whoknows

    April 28th, 2010 - 7:02pm

    Terrible! Complained, with no prompting. Glad it won’t happen over The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.

  • Kelvin

    April 28th, 2010 - 6:38pm

    Didn’t affect me because i was watching it on BBC HD but i would have been annoyed if i was watching it on BBC One.

  • Stephen Leadbetter

    April 28th, 2010 - 7:58am

    It Didn’t disterb me, infact I didn’t notice, BUT I STILL HATE ADS!!!!!!

  • Dr When

    April 26th, 2010 - 11:07pm

    I was already frustrated with this episode because there was something wrong with my TV so the music was so loud you could not hear them talking at all and then I saw they trail and thought they where seriously taking the piss, ruining the suspense to an epic cliff hanger that thousands watch, and complained

  • burnsy1967

    April 26th, 2010 - 10:22pm

    We didnt have this problem on BBC scotland, the best episode this series so far. It certainly made my 3 children hide behind the cushions and jump with frightwhen the angels came out of the dark. Seeing them scared watching dr who takes me back to when i watched the late Jon Pertwee. FANTASTIC !

  • Pete Alan

    April 26th, 2010 - 8:59pm

    I was immersed in the episode and the trail really irritated me, coming on at the moment it did. I appreciate the Beeb wants to keep as many viewers watching as possible on a Saturday evening but, please, put it on over the end-credits, not during the exciting part of, what to many is, a sacred programme!

    It was almost as annoying as the huge continuity error during last week’s episode with the daleks, which spoilt my involvement with the story.

    On a positive note however, there is a very nice partnership developing between the new doctor and his assistant and I enjoy the moments of humour they share.

  • Andrewson30

    April 26th, 2010 - 4:51pm

    Well, I did notice the thing, but I didn’t may much attention to it, it was a bit annoying though.

  • Alfie

    April 26th, 2010 - 8:07am

    Yeah but Doctor Who’s a show no-one watches or cares about APPARANTLY. In my school, I’m among LIKE 5 people in my school who watch the show.
    So the BBC have full right to put an advert in and ruin the cliffhanger of an unimportant little sci-fi drama which is currently showing Its THIRTY-FIRST season. (yes, sarcasm intended)

    • Intergalactic

      August 1st, 2011 - 12:03pm

      Shut up.

    • Intergalactic

      August 1st, 2011 - 12:04pm

      You aren’t a Doctor Who fan at all by saying that. You’re a disgrace.

    • Intergalactic

      August 1st, 2011 - 12:07pm

      I recommend for this video to be deleted, Booboo. It is very vulgar and offensive.

  • dave

    April 25th, 2010 - 9:53pm

    i agree with dr what i never saw norton thing

  • A Ghost in N space

    April 25th, 2010 - 9:38pm

    I was really annoying and unnecessary at that time. that’s why thousands have complained

  • Tommy

    April 25th, 2010 - 9:37pm

    A Men (Dr What)just what I was think when I first wrote on this mater…


  • dr what

    April 25th, 2010 - 9:31pm

    u gus r moaning because of this i didnt even notice it O M G does everything have to be perfect in DW

  • CG

    April 25th, 2010 - 9:17pm

    Well the BBC strike again. In the first of the new series that at long last felt like a Doctor Who episode the good old beeb thought lets P everyone off.

    So they apologie for the stupid indent over the dramtic climax of part one, but have they said they will not do it again?

  • Weng Chiang

    April 25th, 2010 - 6:42pm

    I must admit i found it very distracting at it took the edge of the scene.

    just very unfortunate timing.

    Hopefully it wont happen again

  • davros

    April 25th, 2010 - 6:33pm

    i didnt know because i watch it on bbc hd, but i no what you mean

  • louis

    April 25th, 2010 - 5:58pm

    its stupid of bbc to put over the rainbow on while it was the cliffhanger part ๐Ÿ™

  • McGann is The Doctor.

    April 25th, 2010 - 5:50pm

    Well, it may have been shockingly, infact unbelievabley, foolish and downright THICK for this to have been a huamn beings decision at such a crucial moment in that episode. I didnt find out about it until one hundred and twenty seconds ago, because I watched the episode on
    BBC HD! ๐Ÿ˜€

    But still, very very disturbing, the inteligence of the human race is now in question. Not uncommon for someone who hates some of thethings forbidden planet do. The Planet of Evil set? Atleast get the tie right and then Ill cut them some slack!

    LA! Lalalalalala, La! Lah!

  • Dalek Icecream

    April 25th, 2010 - 5:21pm

    I enjoyed the trailer more than the episode i don’t know what this fuss is all about.

  • SL

    April 25th, 2010 - 5:10pm

    Well I think it ruins the intensity and suspense of the episode on its original airing.. And what would be the point of viewing it on iplayer afterwards for the cliffhanger, the moment was ruined…

  • Last of the Timelords

    April 25th, 2010 - 5:03pm

    I was really annoyed when they did this. Doctor Who should not have a crappy advert for a crappy show put in the most dramatic part of the episode. Stupid BBC.

    • Intergalactic

      August 1st, 2011 - 12:05pm


  • AlphaOmega

    April 25th, 2010 - 4:59pm

    They got angry OVER THIS???? It’s tiny! And it’s at the bottom of the screen. They’d have hardly missed anything. It didn’t affect the speech in any way at all!

  • Tommy

    April 25th, 2010 - 4:42pm

    I four one don’t get what people are moaing about. If you were watching Total Wipeout they had one of a Dalek doing the very same and if you are so very bothered about it then play it again on iplayer as I can see you most have PC to do this…

    Sorry if this is harsch but some people just need to think on before…


  • Joe

    April 25th, 2010 - 4:36pm

    Too big, too distracting and ruined the the intensity of the episode.
    Very POOR planning by someone at BBC. Trampled over Doctor Who for a much lesser show.

  • Ray

    April 25th, 2010 - 4:24pm

    I suppose there is a time and place for these things but not in a Drama programme and certainly not when they did it.

  • AJ

    April 25th, 2010 - 4:20pm

    I hate these ads in general — so annoying! We have software to block pop-up ads on computers, but we’re stuck with them on TV!

  • Kristoff

    April 25th, 2010 - 4:19pm

    Interesting to note that The BBC only said “We apologise for the timing of Saturday night’s trail.”, and not that it won’t happen again

  • booboo

    April 25th, 2010 - 4:10pm

    It was the timing, right in the middle of the cliffhanger speech, very distracting, some people were ok with it but its got an awful lot annoyed,

  • Charlie

    April 25th, 2010 - 4:07pm

    it was a bit stupid of them, didn’t people know that it was on next? or even, wasn’t it stupid to have these trails in the first place?!

  • Keith

    April 25th, 2010 - 4:05pm

    I thought it was annoying, but it didn’t annoy me as much as the crappy new Daleks last week.


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