Even though we’re still finishing up our coverage of this year’s SXSW film festival, it is nice to be back in the regular swing of things and on the hunt for the latest news. Exciting things are happening, all around the world of entertainment. One such exciting thing is the return of Doctor Who to BBC America. While the Brits will get an earlier look at Matt Smith as the new Doctor, those of us on this side of the pond don’t have to wait too long, as the new series debuts on Saturday, April 17th at 9/8c.
Personally, I’ve been excited ever since my recent Doctor Who marathon ended with the close of the David Tennant specials. Today, the folks at BBC America aren’t helping, as they’ve sent over the official trailer for the upcoming series. It features Matt Smith, as you might expect, as well as his new companion, played by the lovely Karen Gillan. The visuals appear to be amped up and the spectacle of Doctor Who appears to be at an all-time high. It makes me more than a little excited to see how the Stephen Moffat-led era will get started. The trailer and official synopsis are below.
From new lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the series follows the adventures of The Doctor, the mysterious traveler who, with his human companions, journeys throughout all of time and space, facing a variety of foes and righting wrongs. This latest series sees Matt Smith’s debut as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new travelling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). Together they explore sixteenth century Venice, France during the 1890s, and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space.
An American Remake?
Also on my Tardis radar this morning is a little rumor that may not sit well with British or American Who fans. The folks over at Genre Addict, a site I’ve recently begun reading daily, claim to have seen word of an American Doctor Who series being in the works. The report allegedly comes from Mirror UK, but they don’t provide a link — and I can’t find it anywhere on Mirror UK’s site. They do have the following excerpt:
The BBC are keen to squeeze yet more cash from the format following the show’s success on BBC America. But the British background will be lost. US TV executives are poring over scripts for a series being planned by the team behind hit paranormal drama Supernatural.
A source told the Sunday Mirror: “The countdown is on for an American Time Lord to take over the Tardis. Doctor Who is as British as tea and toast or fish and chips. So there will be a few ruffled feathers at the thought of such a British institution being given a Hollywood makeover.
“This is going to be an all-American Doctor. Think Uncle Sam with a Sonic Screwdriver.”
There are a few things to consider here. One is that if this report did come from the Mirror, it can be instantly discredited. The Mirror is one of the dirtier gossip rags this side of the Laurenchian System, and they are notorious for starting unnecessary rumors. However, if the rumor turns out to be true in any way, you can count me among the unsurprised. No matter how much I would like for it to not be the way of the world, it is likely that Hollywood will eventually Americanize Doctor Who. I would much rather see the British series continue to catch on with American mainstream audiences, but I’m not sure that will happen. Rest assured though, fans of the real Doctor, as there will always be the British series — in its many volumes — for us to enjoy.