UPDATED 16th September 2007
TARGET ONLINE was launched 1st September 2007 to
give people something new from the world of DOCTOR
WHO. That being novelisations of the Christopher
Eccleston and David Tennant episodes screened so far, and
to present them in the old TARGET style
However, within 10 days of the site going live, I was
e-mailed by someone from BBC Wales, instructing me that I
had infringed their script copyright and instructing me
to remove the books from the site; also I could expect a
further e-mail from BBC Worldwide and
their infamous 'Brand Protection Team'
shortly. I duly complied, hoping that this would be some
misunderstanding that could be sorted out. After all,
neither book admitted to being anything other than
unauthorised, both books acknowledged both script
copyrights and DOCTOR WHO copyright, and
most tellingly of all, neither was being made available
for money. Just for love.
I removed the books on the evening of 10th
September within hours of receiving their
e-mail, though it didn't stop a further e-mail appearing
the next morning. From the same person, and obviously
after he'd read my hopeful note posted when removing the
books that this could be sorted out and resume. He
informed me that he and the BBC would not be
shifting their position and I still had to remove them
and NEVER post them again. Shame
he didn't try and download them as he would have noticed
then they'd already been removed. So much for
This last e-mail was sent around noon on
Tuesday 11th September. As I had been
told to expect an e-mail from BBC Worldwide,
I had not initially replied, but after this second e-mail
from him - and as no Worldwide e-mail had been
forthcoming (or to date for that matter) - I
replied telling him I had complied and withdrawn them,
even though I was rather disappointed with the
Corporation's attitude. In my note on the site, I had
mentioned that while my novels were for FREE, there were plenty of
unauthorised pieces of merchandise being made available
on eBay, often using images downloaded from
the official BBC website and being sold for monetary
gain. I'm sure everyone reading this will be delighted to
know that, according to him in his second e-mail, they
have limited resources to deal with that, but endeavour
to do so as much as they can. Of course, if he'd asked me
for the item numbers, I could have given them to him, but
so far it seems his 'resources' are too limited to do
My e-mail to him asked three things. One, I have asked
for his permission to put the full text, minus contact
details, of his second e-mail on this site so that you,
the visitors, can see exactly why I have had to stop; a
perfectly reasonable request which only he can grant.
Until this is forthcoming I can't tell you who he is or
exactly what was said.
Two, I have asked for an explanation as to how he found TARGET
ONLINE so quickly.
A tiny FREE site, available for only 10 days,
gets found and pounced on, but other sites doing similar
or not unrelated things, some of them detrimental to the
reputation to the programme
and some of them doing it for financial gain, have been around for YEARS.
I have since tried Google and it doesn't appear within
the first 200 results under either 'Russell T. Davies' or
'Doctor Who novelisations'; therefore, how was I found -
or who shopped me?
And thirdly? Thirdly, I have asked for a postal address
for RUSSELL T. DAVIES c/o BBC WALES that
will actually reach him, or at least the Production
Office. This bloke tells me that the BBC and RTD own the
script copyright - fine. In that case, surely the only
person in the universe who should now legally have a copy
of these books is RUSSELL? As I told him, I would like to
thank RUSSELL and his crew for bringing the show back so
well and would like to send him a printed copy. In case
he thinks I could be sending a bomb in the post, I have
pointed out that a) he will have advance knowledge that I
would be sending them, b) that he has a contact e-mail
address for me and initiated contact with me himself
rather than the other way around, and c) that my
postal address is actually included in both books, making
me easily traceable! Surely more than enough
I suspect of course that this latter will not be
forthcoming, but my first two requests are certainly more
than reasonable. I can't see how this bloke has found me
so quickly and easily without help if he's pleading few
resources. If I have been 'stitched up' by
someone I know, I want to know who.
And you, the visitors, who are now
denied my posting THE UNQUIET DEAD, the
bumper ALIENS OF LONDON (including WORLD
WAR THREE) and DALEK, all of
which were finished before these e-mails arrived, deserve
the 'proper', official reason, 'from the horse's mouth'
without any angry embelishment from me. I will be being
more than fair to the BBC, allowing their representative
to speak for themselves.
deserve a proper explanation!
I replied to his second and so far last e-mail at
22:20 hrs on Tuesday 11th September.
To date I have not even had an acknowledgement that I
have complied e.g.
'Dear Martin, thank you for complying with our
request, yours sincerely.'
It seems to me, so far, that the attitude is
'We've got what we want, quick as we wanted it, and
that's it. What you want is immaterial.'
not good enough in my book, and I doubt in many people's
So, until it happens and I have something else to update
you all with, a clock will appear on this site measuring
the amount of time since my e-mail was sent informing
them of my compliance and of my wishes. The bloke in
question gave his full contact details in his e-mail,
including phone number and mobile number. I am giving him
14 days, long enough for him to have a nice holiday and
certainly long enough to reply, and then I will send a
polite e-mail asking for a reply to my original one
(and including it so he can't say he hasn't got it either
then or now.)
If after a further 7 days I still get no reply, I will be
phoning him on his BBC Wales number - I'm not nasty
enough to use the mobile unless I have to. And I
will do so every working day until I speak to him. I want to keep this polite, but
that doesn't mean I'm going to be soft or stood on.
I've complied and asked reasonably for some answers.
Courtesy dictates I get a reply in some fashion.
many other people, all I want is a fair deal and no
So far it seems profiteers can get away with making money
out of the series
while the poor little guy doing it for free and love gets
That's not fair - let's see if we can try and get some
justice or at least acknowledgement!
The guestbook will stay during this - please use it to
post messages of support or comments on what has
happened. My apologies to everyone for not being able to
give you what I promised, but as you can see I have no