New ‘Doctor Who’ Series Arrives In April

I will admit I’m not as big a fan of Doctor Who as I am of Torchwood. I guess I just like my TV shows with more snogging, shagging and swearing. Still, you can’t deny the enduring popularity of Doctor Who, even as it goes through many actors playing the title character. Audiences love it and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Good news then for fans in the U.S. then as the BBC has announced the new season, featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Karen Gillan as his sidekick Amy Pond, will make its U.S. television debut on Saturday, April 17 on BBC America. This will come soon after the show’s UK. debut, which won’t really be soon enough for the show’s U.S. fans I’m sure.

After seeing the trailers and all the other bits and pieces about this new series and the new Doctor, I may have to give this show another chance. It looks like they make be trying to take the show in a slightly more mature direction, which might help it reach an even broader audience — and convert on-the-fence¬†Torchwood fans like myself. Hey, it could happen.


  • Reginald Perrin
    March 19, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Wow another white doctor is this the manifestation of the divine ? Or just the BBC emphasising only white people can become incarnations of the universal architect and other skin pigmented people are sidelined as his servants. This is the last bastion of an outdated and institutionally racist dogma, when will we see an Indian, African or Chinese doctor …….. it seems never.

    Heaven forbid the next incarnate be disabled, blind, deaf or immobile… its the BBC no pc or equal ops here. I wonder if someone complained that the Dr Who post failed equality and opportunity standards set by the laws of the land. How many people did they interview for this particular role, the genders, ethnicity etc, i guess he was hand picked by the nepotistic narcissistic claque within the BBC, nvm its nice to see where our license fee aka tax is going to pay more egotistical and banal actors.

  • dave press
    March 2, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Torchwood was a Doctor Who spinoff geared toward the adult crowd, but I’d say 90% of Torchwood fans were already watching Doctor Who. Doctor Who is the broad audience and Torchwood is the more specific one so I’m more concerned about the new actors. I’m staying hopeful with regards to Matt Smith but quite frankly he looks like a Gossip Girl extra and that’s not a good thing.

    • Chris Ullrich
      March 2, 2010 at 10:32 am

      Guess I’m in that 10%.

  • MattyBatty
    February 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    The original series went through a more “mature” direction in the mid-70s under Phillip Hinchcliffe as producer and Robert Holmes as head writer & script editor. The stories were darker and the series went into almost a gothic horror direction. It’s widely regarded as the best era of the series.

    In contrast Russell T. Davies brought the series back as more of a fast-paced but less intelligent series and focused more on the relationships between the Doctor and his companions than he did on good plots and storytelling. He attempted to recapture the “cheesiness” of the original series but didn’t seem to grasp the fact that much of the cheese factor originally came from the terrible special effects and production values, not from any self conscious attempt to make things deliberately awful. The result has been a version of Doctor Who that’s more of a bad soap opera than a science fiction series, filled with nauseatingly heart warming relationship drama and villains that are about as threatening as your average Scooby Doo monster.

    Many of the good episodes from the new Doctor Who series were written by Steven Moffat, who just happens to be the dude who’s taken the reins for the new season. With Moffat as producer and head writer, I am quite hopeful that the series will be closer to the spirit of Doctor Who during the 1970s.

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