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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! You’d be hard pressed to find a fandom more dedicated than that of BBC sci-fi drama Doctor Who. Collectively known as Whovians, thousands of devotees to the Doctor show their love for the franchise through creating “fan fiction” (or fanfic) – their own stories, written, filmed or recorded, inspired by the original series.But recently a number of fanfic creators have received worrying demands from the BBC to remove their work from the public domain, arguing that they are infringing on copyright. Under the question “Can I create Doctor Who fan fiction?” on the show’s online FAQ page, the BBC advises that while anyone is “welcome to write Doctor Who fiction for your own enjoyment, but we should remind you that it is not permitted for you to publish this work either in print or online.” Read More Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith on Inside No 9: ‘We don’t live in each other’s pockets’Your guide to what to watch next - no spoilers, we promiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. The rules – which were published in 2014 – were unknown to the majority of creators but were widely shared on Twitter this week in response to the BBC’s demands. In response, 21-year-old student Jamie Cowan has started a petition calling for the BBC Studios, the production company behind Doctor Who to offer the fans a seat at the table in these decisions.“It’s a way to express our love for the show within its own realm and also makes for a good springboard in developing ourselves,” he explains. “The show is a canvas upon which we can paint. If you’re looking to explore some deep philosophical question, raise a point about an aspect of society, or just do something very surreal or silly no other show has a starting point that allows for that quite like Doctor Who.
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. “I’ve even seen one of my friends go on to write for an official Doctor Who audiobook,” he adds.Steven Moffat used to create fan fiction before writing on the series (Photo: Getty Images North America/Albert L Ortega)The crackdown extends to dramatic performances written by fans, with the BBC encouraging artists to get in touch before going ahead with any productions “though we don’t generally encourage this”. Curiously, the Doctor and her time-travelling machine the TARDIS are fine to use in the context of a school play: “We’d like to encourage children to use their imaginations with their own story ideas and characters by creating new friends to help the Doctor and new monsters for her to battle.” Mr Cowan says he has also heard from video essayists and documentary makers who have been approached by the BBC to take down their work.“A lot of the younger fans are feeling rather demonised,” he says. It’s as though they’re being lumbered in with piracy and other such unacceptable actions, when their purpose is simply to amuse, to connect and to discuss the shared love we have of Doctor Who.”
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