They’re marathoning all of S5 and S6 of Doctor Who today and tomorrow on BBC America before the premiere of S7. :o
Just in case anybody’s not caught up and wants to watch them. c:
We will warn you and say that the episodes have been edited (we are trying to fit 26 episodes plus the specials in before the premiere Saturday night, mind you.) If you want to watch the episodes uninterrupted, check out Netflix or Amazon Video.
On the other hand, we’re running some of our favorite #newtoWHO stories on air all day tomorrow. We’ll be watching just for that.
“From the moment that Steven decided he wanted their final story to be a Weeping Angels story, it just always felt that New York was right. He’d been over here on a family holiday and started pacing the city, visualizing the existing statues turning into monsters. In terms of atmosphere and tone, and also in terms of the scale of the landscape, it feels as if it was absolutely the right decision to make. It’s such a city of dreams, and it needed to be somewhere that was huge and magical, that had that backdrop in every shot. It’s a script that’s going to break your heart, and there’s just nowhere better to set it.”—Doctor Who Executive Producer Caro Skinner on the setting for the departure of the Ponds
Great interview with Doctor Who Executive Producer Caro Skinner about the show’s connection to the U.S. and the “big” episodes of Series 7…
Q. In years past, “Doctor Who” attracted a devoted cult following in the United States, but now the show seems to be breaking into mainstream consciousness. What does success in America mean to the health and profile of the franchise back at home?
A. Well, it’s a thrill, for a start: Last year we were top of the U.S. iTunes, which Steven and I were so delighted by. “Doctor Who” is one of the most quintessentially British ideas; for anyone in the U.K., you’re kind of born with “Doctor Who” in your DNA, to a certain extent. Obviously we work very hard to reach out to the U.K. mainstream audience, but the fact that it’s cutting through in the U.S., where there isn’t that context, is just phenomenal.
One of the things that was so exciting about shooting over here was that you very much felt from the reaction that we were getting – and from the viewing figures and the download figures – that it’s not “‘Doctor Who,’ that quintessentially British show that we import”; it’s just “Doctor Who,” and everybody knows what it is as a show in its own right.
So, my dad and brother used to watch dvds of this tv show called “Doctor Who”. As far as I was aware, it was about this guy who travels in time called the Doctor, in a time machine called the TARDIS that looked like a blue telephone box, with a friend, fighting off bad guys- and it was a SCARY show. At least that was what I thought, as sounds of “Are you my mummy?!?” wafted through from the other room. I was never interested in watching it, I mean it was sci-fi, since when was I ever interested in sci-fi?
Fast forward a year or so, one saturday night my brother mentioned that a new series of Doctor Who was on, so I decided I’d watch it. Happens that it was up to “The Lodger”. Great episode to start on, right before the series finale, I know. Basically, I asked a billion questions, it was a bit weird, a bit scary, but very funny.
So I watched it again the next week. WHAT WAS HAPPENING?!?!??!
The doctor’s friend, Amy, who was flirty and seemed to like the doctor, had a fiancee who died…but then came back to life…but she didn’t remember him, and he had a gun inside his hand, and shot her involuntarily…but he was a Roman and guarded her for 2000 years? I had no idea what was going on, but I liked this Rory guy. And there was this woman who the Doctor knew, dressed up like Cleopatra… basically nothing made much sense- and I didn’t help it much by watching the ending of The Big Bang before I had seen the full episode.
BUT I stuck at it, because I liked the show in general, and could tell there was an amazing logical in-depthness that was there to love, should I work to understand.
So I think I got (got is a terrible word. I “acquired”) tumblr some time after series 6 started. The more I watched the more I understood, and the more I tumbled the more I understood.
Today I was packing up for school and there was this really nice-looking sophomore guy next to my locker and I wanted to engage in conversation with him because hey, I can actually be a social freshman but I didn’t want to seem rude or weird and he was watching something on his phone and I didn’t want to interrupt him.
But then I heard Matt Smith’s voice coming from the video. I can recognize that voice ANYWHERE.
And I realized that Pond Life was out and I hadn’t seen it yet and he was watching it.
So, again, working on the not-being-disruptive-thing I tried to peek over his shoulder to watch it. About halfway through, he must have gotten the gist of what I was doing because he lowered the phone down for me (I’m a midget).
It was brilliant. We were laughing and snorting at all the right parts, and all in all, it was amazingly fantastic.
And at the end he asked me if I watched Doctor Who.
To make a long story short, we are hoping to have a show marathon/Asylum of the Daleks screening party on Saturday. I think I’m really going to like high school this year…
The Ponds’ final run with the Doctor will include Daleks, dinosaurs on a spaceship, a visit to the Old West, and the return of the Weeping Angels. (God help you, Steven Moffat, if you freeze Amy and Rory for all eternity.) In preparation for what historically has been a heart-wrenching good-bye between the Doctor and his companions, Vulture sat down with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill to talk about where we’ll find the Ponds when Doctor Who returns (Saturday at 9 on BBC America), what they each stole from the TARDIS on their way out, and whether or not they’d be down to drop by that Inspector Spacetime convention Community is planning….
ABC TV is thrilled to announce that in true time-lord style, the first episode of Season 7 of Doctor Who, "Asylum of the Daleks", will now premiere on iview Sunday, 2 September from 5.10am EST immediately after its UK launch on 1 September.
The new series of Doctor Who, including “Asylum of the Daleks”, then starts on ABC1 the following Saturday, 8 September at 7.30pm EST, and is also repeated on ABC2 from Tuesday, 11 September at 9.30pm EST.
ABC1 Controller Brendan Dahill said, “For Doctor Who fans, it is a fantastic opportunity to see new episodes within hours of them premiering in the UK – each episode will be available on iview on Sundays.”