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Doctor Who - What's With the Commentary Track on Season 3 Being Replaced?


There's the BBC's Official Statement...and then Fans take it From There

Posted by David Lambert
11/18/2007
 
Doctor Who - The Complete 3rd Series, released on DVD earlier this month in North America, was quickly noticed to have an issue with the final episode on the set, "Last of the Time Lords" (the last part of a 3-part story) having a "wrong commentary track." The booklet and the pre-release materials indicated that David Tennant ("The Doctor"), Freema Agyeman ("Martha Jones") and John Barrowman ("Capt. Jack Harkness") recorded a commentary track for the DVD release of this episode. However, fans only found a re-run of the internet podcast by the show's Producers. We've been trying to dig into this with the BBC, and the only on-the-record response given was this statement by a BBC Worldwide spokesperson:
    From BBC Worldwide
    "Unfortunately, though we make every effort to offer identical content in our Doctor Who releases to every territory, the original commentary track for Series 3, Episode 13 featuring David Tennant, Freema Agyeman and John Barrowman could not be cleared for the North American DVD. We acknowledge that the booklet accompanying it has the incorrect credits and they should read Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson. The booklet will be corrected as soon as possible."
"Could not be cleared"...the message boards all over the 'net are speculating on what this means. The consensus is...singing. Folks who have access to the U.K. release know that there is singing on the commentary track, led by Barrowman, and everyone figures that the rights to the different songs (there are more than one) were unable to be cleared for use outside of the United Kingdom. Is that accurate? The BBC won't say for sure on the record, so we'll just have to leave you hanging right there...sorry. If true, though, I think we can expect a "no singing" policy to be instituted pronto for future commentary track recordings!

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