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.
Season 2 of the Doctor Who spin-off series known as Torchwood got underway in England a week ago last Wednesday with episode two airing last night. I’ve downloaded and watched both shows already and had been meaning to mention it, but kept getting distracted by Call of Duty 4 (which is the same reason I missed the third episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Monday).
The good news for those of you who don’t want to be bothered with BitTorrenting the files is that the first season did well enough on BBC America that they’ve arranged to have season 2 air a mere two weeks after it does in the U.K.. That means the first episode of the new season will hit the airwaves Stateside at 9PM Saturday, January 26th. You can check the full schedule for repeats at the BBC America Torchwood homepage. If, for example, you miss it this Saturday one of the additional times you can possibly catch it will be right before episode two airs the following Saturday. There’s enough repeat airings to ensure that you should be able to time shift it without it conflicting with another show, assuming you have a DVR to time shift it with. I don’t, but then I’ve already admitted that I’m grabbing the files as soon as they hit the net.
So far the new series is fairly intriguing and I think the quality of the stories is improving over the first season, but we’re only two shows in so it’s a bit early to judge. If you’ve seen it, particularly you U.K. folks who drop by, what did you think of it?
Oh, did I mention that Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s James Marsters shows up as a fellow Time Agent that has a past history with Capt’n Jack in the first episode? Yeah, that was pretty cool.