On this day back in 1963 The Doctor first graced television screens. It would be years before I’d first see him, but fortunately he hung around for quite awhile. He disappeared for a bit in 1989, but he’s back now and better than ever.
What’s really amazing is that he doesn’t look a day over 30*:
*Current actor Matt Smith is 30.
Can’t wait for this to get underway. I mean, just look at this:
Oh my! The Dalek episode alone looks like it’s going to be amazing. Every single Dalek ever created for a past episode through the original series will be present and accounted for. It’s also the last hurrah for the Ponds and word has it they don’t have a happy ending.
Gonna be a long wait:
If you’re a fan of the revived Doctor Who series then you probably know that the show has a long history — this November with be its 50th anniversary — but may not have seen much, if any, of the originals series. If you’ve got 9 minutes to spare then you can get a taste via the this tribute video that counts the stories from 1963 through the 2011 Christmas special plus various spin-offs and specials:
Probably one of the more comprehensive overviews I’ve seen considering that there’s still 106 episodes missing from the BBC archives. Spotted many of my favorites from both the old and new series. Will have to make a point of hunting some of them down.
This is awesomesauce!
Well my afternoon just took a major downturn:
Elisabeth Sladen has passed away at the age of 63.
The actress is best known for portraying Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures. The cause of death is not yet clear.
Just as Tom Baker was the Doctor that got me started on watching Doctor Who all those years ago, Sarah Jane Smith was the first companion I got to know. When she returned to reprise the role in the new series with David Tennant as The Doctor, it finally made the show feel like a real continuation for me. Not to mention it was great to see her take on the role in the Sarah Jane Adventures spin-off that was developed for her after her new series appearance.
I don’t normally get upset over the death of a celebrity, but I have a lot of fond memories from my childhood of watching The Doctor and Sarah as they traveled through time and space. So I’m feeling this one a bit more than usual.
Thanks for the great memories Sarah Jane.
Ooooo! I can’t wait!
Get ready to program your DVRs. The new season of Doctor Who will hit BBC America on April 23rd and rumor has it that it’s the same day and date as the U.K. premier. No more waiting two weeks after the British airing? Yes please!
Here’s some more background on the premiere: “Doctor Who is coming to America in a spectacular two-part season premiere on BBC AMERICA. Part One premieres Saturday, April 23 at 9/8c. The mysterious time traveler, the Doctor (Matt Smith), and his companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah – right to the Oval Office in1969. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks about this two-parter penned by ‘Who supremo’ Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and featuring guest star Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica). Also set to return this season, Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward), as the irrepressible River Song.”
The Utah episode was actually filmed in Utah marking the first time an episode of DW has been filmed in the States. Yes, that’s even taking into account the American made TV movie as that was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. There were plans to film one of Colin Baker’s episodes in America — The Two Doctors — set in New Orleans which was rewritten for Spain when funding didn’t come through.
Alas, I’ll still be grabbing these episodes off the Intertubes as AT&T U-Verse doesn’t offer BBC America HD yet and I just can’t bring myself to watch it in standard definition.
Oooo. The next season looks good. Including the episode filmed here in America.
Yep, looking forward to it.