Tennant Ad Axed After BBC Complain Of Dr Who Rip-Off

As they frequently say: “Once a time lord, always a time lordâ€?. But a Virgin Media advert featuring former Doctor Who star David Tennant has been pulled following allegations from BBC bosses that the advert was encroaching upon their Doctor Who brand.

The BBC argued that the ad, which features the Doctor Who Logo on full display, breached its guidelines governing the commercial endorsement of third parties. It was also felt that David Tennant appeared too similar to the excitable character he stopped playing more than two years ago.

Subsequently, Virgin executives pulled the commercial and a joint statement from the two companies was issued. It reads: “Virgin Media has listened to concerns raised by BBC Worldwide about perceived commercial endorsement by a BBC brand relating to the recent Virgin Media ad.

“As a gesture of goodwill, Virgin Media has agreed to withdraw the ad and BBC Worldwide is satisfied that the issue has been addressed.â€?

For those of you who have trouble distinguishing between Tennant and a character that he used to play: he’s the one who doesn’t, and possible never will, travel through time. Possibly.