Tuesday, March 23, 2010

If you haven't been watching Doctor Who for the last 5 seasons, you've been missing one of the best series on television. The British series follows the adventures of a Timelord (an alien race), known simply as The Doctor, as he travels through time and space. The series is a unique blend of science fiction, comedy, heartbreaking drama, and just about every other genre known to man. Because the Doctor can travel to anywhere in the universe at any time, the possibilities are limitless. The Doctor has meet up with everyone from strange alien races to Shakespeare.

The show is unique in that it can change genres so completely depending on what The Doctor stumbles onto. The show can go from a heartbreaking romance in one episode ('The Girl in the Fireplace') to one of the most frightening episodes of television I've ever seen ('Blink'), and always feel like the same show.

For most Americans the show is most well known for the past 4 seasons starring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor. But across the pond the show has been a much loved classic since it began in 1963. The genius of the show is that Timelords can regenerate when their body is about to die. Which basically means that when one actor gets to old, gets tired of the role, or wants to leave for any other reason, the show simply "kills" him off, and brings in another actor to play the newly regenerated Doctor.

The much beloved 10th Doctor, portrayed by David Tennant

David Tennant, beloved by many as the best Doctor to date, ended his run in January as his 10th Doctor died slowly and painfully from radiation poisoning. That episode ended with a tearful and angry goodbye that brought this TV viewer to tears. The episode also introduced the new 11th Doctor played by Matt Smith, the youngest actor to take on the role, and left audiences wondering what the new Doctor would be like.

The 11th Doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith

Well that wait is finally nearing an end. Matt Smith's Doctor will debut on the BBC in Britain on Easter Weekend, but us Americans will have to wait a couple of weeks until it airs on BBC America on April 17th. The new series is being run by Steven Moffat, a brilliant writer who just happens to have written several of my favorite episodes, including the two mentioned above. Needless to say I'm very excited to see where the series goes, and from the previews one place it goes is back to some of the classic characters Moffat created in the episodes he previously wrote.

If you can't wait until April 17th, you can check out the Brand New Preview below, read BBC America's description of the new series, and keep checking back here for more videos, and info on the New Who.

On April 17, 2010, a new era of the BAFTA-winning series, Doctor Who, premieres on BBC AMERICA. From new lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the series follows the adventures of The Doctor, the mysterious traveler who, with his human companions, journeys throughout all of time and space, facing a variety of foes and righting wrongs. This latest series sees Matt Smith’s debut as the Doctor alongside a new travelling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). Together they explore sixteenth century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space.


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