Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Do Americans finally 'get' Doctor Who?

I'll admit it - my beloved Doctor Who is something of an acquired taste over here in America. The curiously British sci-fi show, which has been running on and off for 40-years (with 'off' lasting for over a decade in one instance) has never quite 'made it' on these shores.

But that could be changing.

Last weekend saw the latest of the 2009 Doctor Who 'specials' broadcast on BBC America - a channel only available on Direct TV or other similar cable or satellite service. The episode elevated BBC America's ratings to the highest ever, with over 1.1 million viewers tuning in to see 'The Waters of Mars.'

That put BBC America in 13th place overall - which isn't bad, considering that there are literally hundreds of channels available as part of a DirectTV or similar package.

Sadly, Mummy Militant and I don't have Directv
- which means we'll be missing the last two Doctor Who adventures being broadcast on concurrent weekends. Our cable package doesn't include BBC America.

'The End of Time' parts I and II wrap up David Tennant's run as the titular 'Doctor' - which is heartbreaking to many fans, as he owned the role after Christopher Eccleston hung up his leather jacket.

The final two End of Time specials premiere December 26th at 9 pm Eastern and January 2nd at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on BBC America.


paul mitchell said...

In case you are looking, search "Doctor Who" on http://www.tvtubex.com/ Every single episode is on there. For some reason it is down right now from a syntax error, but that is the first time I have seen it down.

Connecticut Yankee said...

One of the reasons I loved moving in with my boyfriend (besides the obvious) was that I got cable TV and could watch Dr. Who as it was boadcast instead of having to wait for the DVDs to come out. I am going to miss Tennant so much; this new guy better have the stuff. I will admit though, I didn't get into Dr. Who until they started up again with Eccleston (who I also loved)so maybe I don't have as much fan cred.