“The ABC of course is fiercely independent. We’re funded by government, we deliver for the Australian people, but we are independent. But I must say that the only time I’ve ever felt any pressure on me was by our former Minister Stephen Conroy who was such a devoted Doctor Who fan,” he said.
“And the only calls that I ever calls I ever got from him were always around Doctor Who. It would be on the availability of Doctor Who merchandising in his local ABC Shop, it would be whether in fact we were fast-tracking the new series when it arrives, or to tell me that he was one of those people who would get up at 4 in the morning to watch it when it arrives.
“That’s just the kind of political interference that we could deal with.”
Mark Scott opened the Doctor Who exhibition in the ABC Atrium last night with BBC Australasia’s Jon Penn. In attendance were ABC1 Channel Controller, BBC Australasia Director of Content Deirdre Brennan and ABC Acting Communications Manager Lynne Shaw.
The exhibition includes the Tenth Doctor’s costume as played by David Tennant as well as Kylie Minogue’s costume from Voyage of the Damned, an Ood head, Cybermat, Tom Baker’s scarf, an original Dalek, an iconic TARDIS, sonic screwdriver and more.
The free exhibition is open until January.