March 30, 2005

Eccleston: Saviour of Doctor Who?

eccles1.jpgBefore everyone gets ready to draw knives to use on themselves or Christopher Eccleston, consider this: this show would have never have been treated seriously by the BBC, the press and possibly the viewing public without an actor the calibre of Eccleston to bring the series out of the starting gates. And now that he has done that to thunderous applause, the show could be poised to go on for a long time.

Risks can be taken in casting the next Doctor and by leaving during the first season an audience can quickly identify that the show is bigger than the actor. Another year, lower ratings, Eccleston wants to leave…who’s to say it wouldn’t be cancelled when he wanted to give up. But by committing to the series and showing what can be done and leaving early, it’s in fact validated the next season that was greenlighted today and ensured a future for Doctor Who beyond him.

So maybe instead of looking for the end of the world, we should just look forward to The End of the World instead and marvel at how bloody talented this man is, and how lucky we are to have him as the Doctor.

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Season 2(8) Confirmed!

The return of Doctor Who to British screens Saturday was such an incredible success that the BBC have decided to commission a second new series of the show (the 28th season of Doctor Who overall) after just one episode, it was publicly announced today in Britain by The Stage newspaper.  And that’s not all.  In addition to another 13 45minute episodes for 2006, there will be, prior to that, a “Christmas special” for December 2005, which apparently will be 60 minutes long.

This is of course fantastic news, but entirely expected (even before the ratings were in). The only surprise is how quickly they announced it during the broadcast of the first new season. BBC Head of Drama Jane Tranter indicated that she hoped the new series got 6.5 million on its debut, so she was obviously blown away by the 10million viewers it got on Saturday night. She will also not confirm that Eccleston and Piper will be back (though I personally expect them to be), hinting that she didn’t want to spoil the next 12 episodes (which are still to be aired in the UK). We will have to wait and see what happens, but in the meantime…......celebrate and rejoice!

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March 29, 2005


While everyone here at the Doctor Who Blog are eagerly anticipating the North American Premiere of the New Series on the CBC (April 5 @ 8pm). I thought it would be nice to take a look at some 1960s Doctor Who, and how one fan has taken several classic black & white clips from the series and colourized them.  I’m not a fan of colourization in film…however these stills are just gorgeous!  This first one is a cool before and after image that gives you a sense of what he’s done. 

The web site is:  and on there you’ll find some great photos, images, screen captures, and motion picture clips that are a unique and colourful look back at the origins of Doctor Who.  Funny how different fans do different things. Here is yet another example of a talented Doctor Who fan doing something just for the fun of it and for the entertainment/enjoyment of other fans.

Right on, Stuart Humphryes!


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March 28, 2005

Countdown to the Canadian Invasion #2

20050402.jpgBack when word of Doctor Who being broadcast on the CBC began to get out, someone said to me, “Maybe it will make the cover of TV Guide”.

“Never,” I said, “will that happen. A couple of local listings magazines will cover it but it will never have a major article in TV Guide. Even the Canadian Version. And if it did it would never make the cover.”

Today I stand before you to say, I know not of what I speak. And aren’t we all glad? Because…


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melodies from Mars

As pointed out by viewer Larry, the London News Review has a little article about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and its influence on modern artists. I don’t agree that the incidental music sounds like bad library CDs from the 90s - I really like the music in Rose - but I agree that without Delia Derbyshire and the rest of the Radiophonic Workshop crew we might not have Aphex Twin’s intimate and alien melodies from Mars.

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March 27, 2005

Doctor Who beats Ant & Dec!

According to the BBC, Doctor Who is a ratings success! Garnering an average of 9.9 million viewers with a peak of 10.5 million, the newest incarnation of our favourite show beat ITV’s offering, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeway, convincingly. The rival show pulled in an average of 7.2 million viewers, peaking at 8.5 million.

This is the extremely good news. Not only does it mean that the BBC have finally won the Saturday night ratings battle, it also means that Doctor Who will almost certainly be renewed for a second season.

Guess I was wrong to have any doubts about how well the new series would do. I should have had more faith in the Great British public smile

If you haven’t already been celebrating the return of the good Doctor, now’s a very good time to start.

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Countdown to the Canadian Invasion

sectionR-220.jpgNext to, of course, the really big news of the weekend, another exciting thing to happen was a massive write-up on the series in the Review section of The Globe and Mail. The article brings up a few of the hoary chestnuts (crappy props, wobbly sets, fans called Whovians, Daleks are robots that haven’t conquered stairs) but on the whole it’s an upbeat preview of the new series.

The presence of a giant write up in Canada’s most prestigious national newspaper demonstrates—as if we needed such proof—that the Doctor Who juggernaut is getting warmed up to conquer Canada like it has the UK. And with a TV Guide cover feature coming later this week, Canadians are going to get a taste of the excitement the Brits had in the days leading up to a new series…

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March 26, 2005

The Day Has Arrived

This is it.

This is the moment we have waited for so long.

There will never be another day like today. Never be another moment like now. Never be a time like this again as we watch 15 years of excitement finally reaching fulfilment.

This is our day.

Revel in it.

Doctor Who is back

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March 25, 2005

Doubts dispelled

On the eve of the big UK debut, I spoke to my two nephews (ages 8 and 5) this morning and to my delight they are really looking forward to the new Doctor Who. According to my exhausted sister, it’s pretty much all they’re talking about right now. And no they weren’t really very aware of the show before this.

Unfortunately for Russell Davies, kids won’t be talking about Doctor Who in the playground on Monday because they’re off on Easter holidays, but I’m still sure it’s going to be huge.

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March 24, 2005

Sweet Lorraine Let the Party Carry On!

BBC1 Controller Lorraine Heggessey, the individual who commissioned the new series of Doctor Who, is leaving the BBC at the end of May. It’s very likely that she will commission (or not) a second season of Doctor Who before she leaves (if she hasn’t done so already, as is rumoured) as by that time the ratings for most of the series will be in. Who fans worldwide are celebrating right now with the new series about to begin, so I certainly hope (and have every confidence) that Lorraine will let the party carry on into 2006 and beyond.

But what of the future and her successor? Is Doctor Who about to come face to face with another Michael Grade-type?

Fear not, as the new controller was announced yesterday as Peter Fincham, and earlier today he made a point of mentioning to the British press that he grew up watching Doctor Who behind the sofa.  If the new series does get cancelled in the near future, it seems doubtful after hearing such a statement that it will be because the BBC1 Controller doesn’t like Doctor Who, the way many will argue it was the case 20 years ago.

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