Doctor Who News Doctor Who Hits the Cover of Entertainment Weekly!

Published on July 25th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Hits Entertainment Weekly!

Doctor Who once again makes history this week when on Friday 27th July the world’s longest running sci-fi television show features on the cover of influential US entertainment magazine, Entertainment Weekly!

Incredibly, it is the first time a British TV show has commanded a spot on the cover, further highlighting Doctor Who’s growing U.S. fan-base. Entertainment Weekly was granted behind the scenes access to the cast of the upcoming series, and the cover story features interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Executive Producer Steven Moffat. This fantastic coup for the brand follows on from other notable shout-outs on The Late Late Show, Greys Anatomy and Criminal Minds.

Not only was Doctor Who Series 6 the most watched series ever on BBC America, and the most downloaded show on U.S. iTunes last year, (eclipsing celebrated shows such as Mad Men and Glee) but it’s about to be thrust into the faces of pretty much everyone in the USA who doesn’t already know about it!

Entertainment Weekly have sent us this preview of their Doctor Who coverage (also available on their website)…

Entertainment Weekly’s Cover: Inside the Cult of ‘Doctor Who’

Doctor Who Hits the Cover of Entertainment Weekly!

How do you know when a TV show has become a cult phenomenon? When its (often comparatively small) ratings are eclipsed by the wild ardor of its fans. Take the case of the British science fiction show Doctor Who, whose current lead, Matt Smith, is this week’s cover star of Entertainment Weekly. The now 49-year-old time Who is hugely popular in its homeland but has always enjoyed a more select appeal here — not that you know that from the devotion of U.S.-based “Whovians.” In 1983, 7,000 people attended a Doctor Who convention in Chicago and over the past couple of years the time-traveling “Doctor” has received a bordering-on-the-absurd number of onscreen shout-outs from Community, Criminal Minds, Craig Ferguson’s The Late Late Show, Supernatural, and Grey’s Anatomy, whose creator, Shonda Rhimes, describes herself as a “psychotic” follower of Matt Smith’s time travel adventures in this week’s cover story.

It’s not an obscure show anymore,” says executive producer Steven Moffat. “It’s not even a ‘British import.’ It’s just Doctor Who.”

Has the time finally come for the so-called “Time Lord” to break big in America? Could be. The Doctor Who team has assiduously courted fans here with a succession of publicity appearances, including a panel at this year’s Comic-Con where Whovians paid homage to Smith’s red-haired costar Karen Gillan by donning ginger wigs. (No. 2 way you know  a TV show has become a cult favorite? When fans start dressing as characters.) In June 2011, the show’s U.S. broadcaster BBC America enjoyed its best ever ratings with the premiere episode of the sixth season since Doctor Who was revived in 2005, following a 16 year hiatus. The new season, which debuts later this summer, may well be the most eagerly anticipated ever as the Doctor prepares to say goodbye to his two trusty and beloved-by-fans “companions,” Gillan’s Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill’s Rory Williams. In the cover story we track the ups and downs of the show’s remarkable half-century history and preview the new episodes with help from Smith, Gillan, Darvill, and  exec producer, Steven Moffat.

Fans – including those in the UK – can buy the new issue online, which is available on newsstands this Friday.

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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+.




3 Responses to Doctor Who Hits Entertainment Weekly!

  1. stlshawn says:

    It’s going to be odd to see Doctor Who in the checkout line of my local mid-sized semi-rural grocery store. Normally, references to Who are limited to the comic shops, the books & music store, and some other small independent shops in the area in which i live (A small town of 1500 fifteen miles from a small city with 40,000 population, and a fairly large regional university).

    This publication will be seen by so many who have no clue the incredible quality of entertainment that is out there. Maybe some will be curious enough to look. If only they knew there’s so much more to being entertained than endless commercials, fake reality shows, and musings directed at the lowest common denominator.

    I don’t really know how to explain this, but Entertainment Weekly is a publication that is on the border of “hype and fluff” and real entertainment news. It is the biggest exposure that Doctor Who will have had in the US that i can remember.

    Advertisements on BBC America, interviews on NPR, and merchandising that only makes it to the specialty shops seems to be “preaching to the choir”. Even Sherlock being such a huge hit on PBS was a cult hit among those of us who watch PBS, not the public at large. Even the friends of mine that i have introduced Dr Who to are predisposed to the program by the simple fact that they are strange enough to be my friends.

    This may very well be the first time that many people have ever seen the logo, heard the name, or basked in the green glow of the sonic screwdriver. I do hope this is a first step, to a much larger world.

    I think this is,,,,,, in a word,,,, fantastic!

  2. Gazza says:

    Hi,
    I live in the UK and have tried phoning the Entertainment Magazine ordering line to get the cost of postage and packing to England.The telephone number required beginning 1…..doesnt seen to work,I’ve tried putting an 0 before the 1 and leaving the 1 off altogether but no sucess.Any advice out there.
    Cheers Gaz

  3. stlshawn says:

    I would try an online order. Or post here and someone will send you a copy i’m sure. I would volunteer, but then i’d have to remember to check the site.

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