The Story Behind The Story of The Doctor Who Magazine Puffer Fish Acrostic…

Last week, Bleeding Cool reported that the most recent Doctor Who Magazine contained a column A History Of Doctor Who In 100 Objects: The Pufferfish, credited to The Watcher, actually Dalek-operator Nicolas Pegg, in which anyone who took the first letter of each sentence could spell out the phrase "PANINI AND BBC WORLDWIDE ARE CUNTS".

Panini is the publisher of Doctor Who Magazine in the UK, inherited from the Marvel UK licence which they purchased decades ago.

This week's Private Eye reports that BBC Worldwide had been angered by Doctor Who Magazine's seeming editorial independence to criticise much of the Doctor Who spinoffs and merchandise they produce, indeed, to directly criticise BBC Worldwide decisions to the Doctor Who fanbase.

In an act of revenge, BBC Worldwide has targeted any anti-Brexit and anti-Trump comments made in the magazine. interpreting them as being politically biased and against BBC guidelines. As a result it has instigated a full inquiry and demanded writers go on a training course. Something Panini has had to go along with or lose the license. Cuts have also been demanded to the magazines, which is why the column in question, A History of Doctor Who In 100 Objects was cancelled with this final instalment, no 87, the Puffer Fish.

Hence the acrostic of choice.

The Story Behind The Story of The Doctor Who Magazine Puffer Fish Acrostic…

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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