New Year News!

There’s a lot to get through, but we’ll start with some important news for our Stateside friends…

According to‘s Tom Jicha, there may still be time for Doctor Who to be televised in the USA:

Q. When can we expect to see the wonderfully updated BBC staple Doctor Who on American sets? It is a show that for years has been bashed for its production values but has been transformed into a top-notch sci-fi show, which exceeds anything even remotely sci-fi by current standards. — J.G., North Lauderdale

A. It might be a while before the new batch of Dr. Who episodes crosses the Atlantic. Both seasons, one starring Christopher Eccleston, the other David Tennant, are on the radar screens of BBC America, according to a network spokeswoman, but no deals have been struck. Despite common ownership with the BBC, BBC America has to bid for imports against other American networks, she said. This process has not yet begun.

So to learn that the bidding process has yet to begin is encouraging!

Meanwhile, we forgot to mention that a commentary of The Christmas Invasion is available on the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site. You can access it by clicking the link on the “New Series” splash page – the one with David Tennant on…

We mentioned a couple of weeks ago the plans for a concrete factory in Crouch End, London, which is home to Doctor Who David Tennant. you may be interested to know that the public enquiry will sit for a further 3 days, according to the Hamstead & Highgate Express. That’s a newspaper, by the way, not a train.

Meanwhile in the West Country, Sidmouth Regatta Committee organised a Boxing Day swim, so tells The 40 fancy dress entrants included a “DR WHO, complete with Tardis and Dalek…”‘s review of the year in Dek Hogan’s TV Diary features two mentions of Doctor Who, most notably in reference to the The Christmas Invasion:

The best fun over Christmas came in the shamelessly tongue in cheek Doctor Who in which we had to cope with killer Santas, a killer Christmas Tree and as it turned out a killer Prime Minister.

Russell T Davies raised his cap to Douglas Adams as the Doctor spent most of the episode in his jim-jams but the jury is still out as to whether David Tennant can live up to his predecessor.

And elsewhere in The Guardian, Mark Lawson decalres 2005 as the “year of the sequel, the remake and the revival – and no bad thing for all that

Equally, in television, what Russell T Davies did in bringing back Doctor Who went beyond the Hippocratic oath to Lazarus: here was a sci-fi show which had become a joke to all except aficionados, turned into a witty, clever and political series. Strictly Come Dancing is also an intelligent merger between the modern and traditional strains of TV.

Finally, The Sun‘s online incarnation is promoting the inflatable £29.95 Dalek, and ends the description in their own inimitable manner:

I’m still holding out for the next one in the series… a blow-up Billie Piper!

Hehehe… sides…. splitting….

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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