Published on November 14th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Doctor Who in America
Is it time for the USA to finally wake up to Doctor Who? That’s certainly the sentiment of Scott Brown, writing in Wired.com recently.
Despite a core group of very passionate fans, Doctor Who has failed to make any real impact in the USA as a whole (despite David Tennant appearing on one popular TV listings magazine earlier this year). It’s almost as if circumstances have been stacked against our favourite show ever making it – the TV Movie was scheduled against an inexplicably popular sitcom while the 2005 and 2006 runs aired on the Sci Fi Channel at 9pm on a Friday!
There’s a lot more to Scott Brown’s article, but the conclusion is the main gist of it:
But Iâ€™d highly recommend a field trip to Whoville. And Iâ€™m not the only one. Thanks to BBC America and Who spinoffs like Torchwood, the Doctorâ€™s growing popularity here in the States may signal a dawning recognition that size and might and flash arenâ€™t everything â€” that there are less bombastic futures to contemplate, that sci-fi can be elegiac without the boom and bust of dystopia.
Perhaps we can appreciate a complicated hero and some tricked-out trash cans instead of relying on gi-normous, eye-stabbing â€œset pieces.â€