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Thursday, March 03, 2005
If it's true...
New Doctor Who episodes return to the airwaves in the UK later his month. It's the first, new Doctor Who episodes since we got the two hour FOX movie in 96 and the first regular season of the series since 1989. Needless to say, as a life-long fan of Doctor Who, I am really, really excited to see the new episodes air in the United States as soon as possible.

Well, it looked like for a while that SciFi was going to get back into my good graces. They've done a nice job with the whole picking up Battlestar Galactica for a second season, but really I've yet to forgive them entirely for cancelling Farscape.

But rumors were flying that SciFi was going to do the smart thing and pick up Doctor Who and run it. What more perfect home for the new series could there possibly be? To make things even better, SciFi was interested in not only the new series but all the available complete Doctor Who stories from the original 26 year run. So, when the new series wins over new fans they can expereince the greatness of the entire series.

How can this not be perfect?

Well, rumors are flying about today that SciFi has passed on the series, saying it doesn't "fit" their network. To which I say--WTF?!? Seriously, guys....half the programming on your network doesn't fit the label of sci-fi. I seriously doubt that the Beyond Belief and Ripley's Believe It Or Not count as sci-fi. And I love the endless repeats of the Indiana Jones trilogy, but they are technically not sci-fi.

No, I think the issue here is probably the price tag. I bet the cost was a bit more prohibative and so SciFi isn't going to take a chance on it. But I ask again--why not? You picked up Stargate and the built in cult audience. Doctor Who has the same built-in audience. And with the right amount of promotion, you could get new fans and good numbers.

But apparently not. So, that leaves us wondering--where will the new Doctor Who air stateside and when?

And while I'd be all for a new season of Enterprise to air on SciFi, I'd far rather see the new Doctor Who get the nod over Enterprise. Any day of the week...

posted by Michael Hickerson at 3/03/2005 11:00:00 AM | |
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