Saturday, April 17, 2010

Doctor Who Series 5 Debuts Tonight on BBC America

"He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And...he's wonderful."
Doctor Who Series 3, 'The Family of Blood'

I don't watch a lot of TV, but since I'm so selective with my TV time, I tend to be very passionate about the shows that I watch. After The X-Files ended in 2001, I didn't have an appointment show, one that I never miss and will drop everything to watch. The X-Files was "My Show" and I didn't think I'd ever love another television series that much. That changed in 2007 when a friend recommended the new series of Doctor Who. I requested the first two seasons from Netflix and promptly fell in love. I had a show that I could call "My Show" again.

Doctor Who
has a bit of everything: It's quirky, witty, and fun but the show balances light and dark with quite a bit of dramatic and emotional storytelling. It would be easier for me to list off the few episodes that I didn't absolutely love than it would be to narrow down a single favorite episode. Since this is a book blog, I feel obligated to mention "The Unquiet Dead", in which Charles Dickens figures prominently; "The Unicorn and the Wasp", a sheer delight for Agatha Christie fans; and "Silence in the Library" / "Forest of the Dead", a two-parter that takes place in a planet-sized library. ("The Library. So big it doesn't need a name; just a great big 'the'", the Doctor notes.)

Tonight marks the US premiere of Series 5, which introduces Matt Smith as the new Doctor. I loved David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, but I can't wait to see what Matt Smith brings to the role. I am beyond excited for new adventures with the Doctor. If you've never seen an episode of Doctor Who, I'd encourage you to tune in. Even though this will be the fifth season since the series re-launched in 2005, it's said to be an accessible starting point to the show.

Doctor Who airs on Saturdays at 9/8 Central on BBC America. If, like me, you don't have BBC America but subscribe to Comcast, you can watch new episodes of Doctor Who the day after they originally air from the On Demand menu. Press the On Demand button, select TV Entertainment > BBC America > Doctor Who and you're good to go. (Thanks to Ruth Anderson, a dear friend, fellow book blogger and Doctor Who fan for that tip!)


  1. Very well said, my friend. And thanks for the shout-out! :) This makes me wish with every thing in me that I was more organized, as I really wanted to have more DW posts up this week in honor of the new season...but the stupid allergies knocked me flat. Boo! Anyway, I am so freaking excited about the show tonight, and I can not WAIT to dissect the episode with you!!! It's gonna be awesome. :)

  2. You will love Matt Smith. I wasn't so sure about it when they first cast him, but my husband kept telling me to have faith in Steven Moffat! And, he absolutely nails it. What's so cool about it, is he is now the Doctor. Totally and completely. Tennant will always be Doctor #10, but right now, Matt IS the Doctor. You won't even think about the ones you're missing. If that makes sense?

    The Eleventh Hour rocked. And, Karen Gillan is great too. She's even better in Episode 2...

  3. Goodness I love Doctor Who! I think I will sorely miss David Tenant though, he was my favorite time lord. Can't wait to get myself caught up on the series.

  4. I love Doctor Who! I think they've done a great job with the entire new series, and it looks like the new Doctor is going to be terrific.

  5. WE watched it last night too,the premiere was up here in Canada also! And - Matt Smith is very good. I love Karen Gillan. I am really happy this was as good as previous premieres in the earlier seasons. WE love Dr Who at our house. My daughter is a complete David Tennant fan, and wasn't too sure about Matt Smith, and I expect we'll go back and forth a bit, but I'm impressed and really enjoyed this. My son - the youngest - age 5, laughed all through the beginning part as was sad when it wasn't little Amelia but grown up Amelia we met next!

    what a really good job - I will say, no one will ever quite the same as David Tennant, but Matt has done a solid job of being his own kind of Doctor. Hallelujah, I say!! *sigh of relief*

  6. Horray for Doctor Who! I had non-Doctor-loving houseguests this weekend, so I DVRed the first episode and plan to watch it tonight. I can't wait!

  7. I had never seen Doctor Who until I flipped to BBC America last week. It was a total fluke because I didn't even know if this was a new series and a new season, just kind of Serendipity. Now my husband and I are Netflixing the earlier seasons. I'm loving them so far.

  8. doctor who is incredible.
    every revision gets better, though none will ever beat Tom Baker

  9. I love Doctor Who. Watch it religiously as well. Am missing DT but I have enjoyed the new episodes with Matt Smith.