On Sunday May 31st at 7.30pm ABC TV is showing the first of 4 special hour length Dr Who episodes “Planet of the Dead” where the Doctor joins forces with a new cute smart co-star Michelle Ryan (Eastenders, Bionic Women) when a London bus takes a detour to an alien world. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets, hidden in the sand. And time is running out, as the deadly Swarm gets closer…
The 2nd Doctor Who special “The Waters of Mars” will be BBC TV later in 2009. It is uncertain when Australia’s ABC TV will broadcast these Doctor Who special episodes.
Matt Smith – the 11th Dr Who
Fans had been speculating about who would be the 11th Dr Who since since David Tennant (10th Dr Who) announced he would quit after a series of 4 Doctor Who specials in 2009.
BBC TV has announced the identity of the 11th Doctor Who – relative unknown Matt Smith – at 26 he is the youngest actor to be given the the honour of playing the sonic screwdriver wielding, Dalek battling Timelord.
You’ll have to hold your breath to see Matt Smith as the new Dr Who because the 5th series of the timelord’s adventures won’t hit TV screens in the UK until 2010, and Australia’s until at least 6 months afterwards.
Doctor Who series 4 2008 returned to ABC1 TV Sunday June 29th in the Christmas special episode “Voyage of the Damned” (on the ill fated ship the Titanic) with a guest appearance by Kylie Minogue. You can watch an 8 minute story linking season 3 & 4 in the video at right.
In series 4 the Doctor and his new companion Donna Noble (Donna in the 2006 Christmas special) visit Pompeii on the eve of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, meet the Ood on their home planet, solve the mystery of Agatha Christie in an episode set in the 1920s and visit a library that’s eerily silent. John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood) and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler in Dr Who series 1 & 2) will returned as guests for several episodes.
Freema Agyeman, who played the doctor’s assistant Martha Jones in series three, returned mid-way through series four after a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood.
The final double episode of series 4 was spectacular and features many guest appearances by former acquaintances of the Doctor and Torchwood operatives
Fans can purchase new and classic old Doctor Who episodes on DVD from Chaos DVD’s for a competitive price …
Series 3 of Doctor Who ended with a thrilling 4 episodes. The 4th last episode “Blink” with the weeping angels was genuinely frightening and very well written and the last 3 episodes with a single continuous story were great as Captain Jack Harkness (Dr Who Series 2 + Torchwood) returned for a guest appearance.
According to rumours, Doctor Who Series 3 wasn’t shown until mid-2007 on ABC TV because that was the earliest the ABC could find the $$ to pay BBC for broadcast rights. This sounds true because I’m told by an insider that the only reason ABC didn’t buy Torchwood is because they don’t have enough money in their budget.
In series 3 The Doctor and his new assistant Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) visited Ellis Island in Manhattan (New York), were transported to the Moon, dealt with witches and William Shakespeare as well as a new kind of Dalek.
Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as “The Doctor”. It is also the title of a 1996 television movie featuring the same character. It is common to see the show’s title abbreviated as Dr. Who, even by the BBC, although purists consider this form incorrect.
The programme is a significant part of British popular culture, widely recognised for its creative storytelling and use of innovative music (originally produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop). It is also known for its innovative use of low-budget special effects for most of its history. Elements of the programme are extremely well known and identifiable even to non-fans. In Britain and elsewhere, the show has become a cult television favourite on a par with Star Trek and has influenced generations of British television writers, many of whom grew up watching the series. Doctor Who was ranked third in a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, produced by the British Film Institute in 2000 and voted on by industry professionals.
After a long period off screen, a new series of Doctor Who started on March 26, 2005, continuing the original 1963-1989 run and the 1996 television movie. Produced by BBC Wales in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the 2005 series has concluded in the United Kingdom, and the programme returned for a Christmas special later in the year where the new 9th Dr Who Christopher Eccleston was killed off and replaced by the 10th Doctor David Tennant (pictured at left).
If you have a Digital TV set top box you’ll enjoy it even more as it will be broadcast in full quality in the widescreen 16:9 format.