Confirmation has finally been made that the Sci Fi Channel will show Doctor Who Series 2 this year.
According to Sci Fi:
Sci-Fi Channel and BBC Worldwide Americas announced a major licensing agreement for SCI FI to air the second season of the hit British SF series Doctor Who in the United States.
The series will return to SCI FI on Sept. 29, kicking off with a two-hour premiere that will include the “Christmas Invasion” special in which David Tennant is introduced as the 10th Time Lord.
Billie Piper returns as the Doctor’s feisty young companion, Rose Tyler, and together they will travel through time and space battling new and returning aliens and monsters.
Chris Regina, vice president of programming, SCI FI Channel, said in a statement: “Our audience has clearly embraced Doctor Who, and it has delivered a significant increase in viewers in the time period. We are looking forward to keeping the momentum going with David Tennant as the new Doctor.”
Executive producer and lead writer Russell T Davies said in a separate statement: “We were delighted by the first season’s success in the U.S. and can promise new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak and some terrifying new aliens in season two.”
And no, we didn’t think they would opt for fitting The Christmas Invasion into 120 minutes…
This news has been reported in several outlets, by the way, including TV Squad who have a good review of Series 2. Meanwhile Joel Keller says of the announcement:
Considering how popular Series One was on these shores, this announcement seemed like it would be a foregone conclusion. I guess the Beeb could have shown the program on their little-seen BBC America network (Cablevision doesn’t even offer it on their digital package in NJ, for crissakes), but they probably would have had a revolt on their hands if they did.
And Animation Magazine has also reported this news, using it as a a reminder for its readers that:
BBC Interactive Drama and Entertainment tapped U.K. toon house Cosgrove Hall to recreate two lost episodes from the 1968 Cyberman story thread titled “The Invasion.” Lead actor Patrick Troughton and the rest of the cast were animated in black and white using the original soundtracks.
I haven’t looked forward to a cartoon this much in years! (Transformers: The Movie, 1986, if you must know…)