This is a story of our times.
A Dr Who fan and uber-knitter decides to publish patterns online for other fans to create knitted versions of the Ood and the programme’s other monsters.
A bit of fun? Undoubtedly.
Does the BBC share the joke? Absolutely not.
The patterns of Ood and Adipose have now been removed from her website after the BBC’s commercial arm complained that they breached its trademark.
I’m tending to side with Mazzmatazz on this, although I understand the Beeb’s need to protect the lucrative merchandising opportunities.
Let’s face it, with the quality of programmes not exactly scaling the heights these days the BBC needs to capitalise on making money anyway it can.
But my sympathy for the BBC’s stance is hugely diminished by the dismal start to the new series of Dr Who. Lifted only by the reappearance of Martha Jones and most recently by the prospect of the Doctor’s feisty and foxy “daughter” joining the fray, the decision to cast Catherine Tate as the regular assistant this series has backfired.
It is in the BBC’s interests to quickly reach a compromise with Mazzmatazz that doesn’t just smack of it being too heavy-handed or money-grubbing.