Clearly, Doctor Who fans have been very, very good this year.
First of all, Merry Christmas! Or, if you're Jewish, Happy Sixth Night of Hanukkah! I'm also going to say Happy Holidays to everyone else so that we can all feel great and enjoy the annual Doctor Who Christmas special tonight, regardless of religion or creed or lack thereof. The Doctor would want it that way, I think.
The Doctor is in, folks! After a mid-season break, all-new episodes of Doctor Who hit the airwaves again starting with tomorrow night's heavily-hyped (by series star Matt Smith, who calls it his best episode yet) hour "Let's Kill Hitler." Before then, get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the sci-fi serial with this series of 15-minute specials, which grant viewers up-close-and-personal face time with various members of the cast and crew.
I haven't regularly watched any of the Law & Order franchises in years, but this one, which is airing on BBC America, has my interest totally piqued. The main reason? One Mr. Lee Adama is the headliner of this import. That's right, Jamie Bamber of Battlestar Galactica fame (see, some BSG alums can get decent gigs) is on the law side of things as Det. Sergeant Matt Devlin.
The Time Lord and his companions are back for another season tonight. However, unlike in years past, the BBC has finally realized that the Americans willing to geek out over a British show targeted at children around the age of twelve are the same Americans who know how to use a torrent, so this season of Doctor Who is airing on BBC America within hours of it being broadcast on BBC One. This coup comes at a great time considering this season looks to be full of plot twists that would be difficult to spend months hiding from. Instead we just have to spend the day away from Twitter. Even this short wait might be hard, especially with Rory becoming a full time companion (in the opening titles and everything), River getting more screen time, and Neil Gaiman writing an episode.
Tired of spending the day with your family? Already had your fill of Chinese food and movies? Just dying to try out the new TV that Santa left under your tree? Why not watch Doctor Who's Christmas Special on BBC America? Usually they are among the most entertaining and fun episodes of the season, and better still, as long as you have a loose understanding of the show, you can jump in since they are most often stand alone. So jump on into the TARDIS with the Time Lord and see where this wild adventure takes you.
No, not Survivor. That airs Thursdays. This is Survivors, plural, as in "we need to stick together if we are going to be." This is a new version of a British sci-fi series that aired in the 1970s, about a virus that wipes out most of the world's population, leaving a small band of survivors to start over again in a broken, sparsely populated world (meaning England). Except that while the most of them are decent enough folks, one of them is a dangerous convict, who only walked out of prison after he killed the one remaining guard. So he's, like, a double secret survivor. With a gun.
Yeah! Bring on the dragons! Nothing like a good sword-and-sorcery series to get the blood-- what? That's Game of Thrones? And it comes out next year? Well, what's this, then? The story of the construction of a cathedral during the Anarchy period of British history, and the sex, war, scandal and political gamesmanship that go along with it? Really? And it's on Starz? Well, unless the Anarchy had a lot of slow-motion and spurting blood, I don't think it will keep the Spartacus fans quiet for long. However, it does sound like the perfect replacement for Party Down!
BBC America debuts Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, aka The Christmas Special, this weekend. As with most of the recent holiday specials, this one sounds awesome. I've been itching to find out what is going to happen with the Doctor now that Donna's lost her memories, Rose is back in alternate land with her own little Doctor clone and Martha's off dealing with Law & Order or whatever. So the Doctor is all lonely, but apparently he's keeping busy.