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> It's really easy to grab on DVD/BD for cheap
Not OP, but I just looked on Amazon to see how cheap it is (I've not seen it yet either) and it's actually pretty expensive, at least on Amazon. I think it must be out of print.
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>And they've never had an American write anything for this series despite its being in existence for more than half a century at this point?
As a lead writer, no.
>Then why do they hire American actors?
For the same reason they use American film cameras. They're equipment.
The BBC's stated job is to promote British culture. What matters is the creative direction, which comes from the producers (now called "showrunners") and management. They're the ones who matter. Everything else is either props or tradespeople.
>And what was with the whole attempt to revive it via the Fox Network back in the 90s with Paul McGann and Eric Roberts?
That's a huge saga on its' own. The short answer is that Doctor Who had been cancelled years earlier. It was still a British institution, but was no longer an active concern, it was now a legacy, like Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood.
The 8th Doctor movie wasn't a continuation of the show, as it is today. It was an attempt to revive what was at the time a dead and discontinued series. If you get the DVD, there's a huge "making of" documentary with it that goes into detail about the politics involved in getting the BBC to sign off on it.
>No Americans were involved with the writing of that intended Pilot TV movie either?
Not on the BBC end. It was a co-production. On things where the BBC had control, like the filming location, it was filmed in Vancouver specifically so that it was not done in the US.
>If not, maybe it's no wonder they weren't able to go to series back then. I remember Fox not being enthusiastic about that project at all at the time.
It didn't go to series because it had poor ratings in the US, and it was critically panned in the UK. Any Doctor Who revival attempt was going to be watched in the UK, if only out of curiousity. But the critical reviews panned it. It still might have gone to series even then, but in the US, it didn't do well at all.
To the BBC, that reinforced the point the point that Americans aren't the target audience, nor good on the creative side, either.
You should put this on your wish list. It might just show up.
So far, this is all I have found.
Is there a cheaper version available anywhere that anyone knows of?