We get asked this question a lot and we always answer it privately but today we thought we’d make this one public.
The reason why we don’t do international giveaways isn’t because we don’t want to but because we’re not allowed to.
Personal Tumblrs do international giveaways all the time. That’s because they’re, well, personal. They can do whatever they want (including not following through on their promise of giving something away) and they will most likely not get into legal trouble for doing so.
The Doctor Who Tumblr is an official blog which means that we’re bound to the rules of the BBC. In turn, the BBC is bound to the laws of the territories that it operates in. As a result, coming up with a set of rules for contests and giveaways that doesn’t fall foul of the laws and regulations of every single participating country can be near impossible.
That is why we spend more time doing things like Sonic Sunday, Fan Art Friday, 30 Days of DW memes, and the current Poster Project. These are things that anyone and everyone can participate in because it doesn’t involve “prizes.” And to be honest, we prefer doing these things anyway because they involve and honor Whovians from around the world and that’s a lot more fun.
But this doesn’t mean that we’re not going to try to do a multi-country giveaway. The folks behind the Doctor Who Facebook Page, BBC America, Anglophenia, and this blog have all gotten together to try to solve this problem. While it won’t be tomorrow, please know that we know why international giveaways would be cool and that we we’re actively trying to make this a reality.