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01/09/2012 10:20 PM

Edmonton Journal - Doctor Who fans poised (spoilers )

I Found this in the local newspaper

Writer Alex Strachan of Postmedia News


Doctor Who is the very definition of a cult hit - which means, as one
veteran industry insider wryly told a group of TV critics recently,
that hardly anyone watches. Under normal circumstances, that is. Nothing
about Doctor Who is normal. And when the reimagined, reinvented reboot
returns tonight for its seventh season with Matt Smith once again at the
helm of the TARDIS, a potentially vast worldwide audience will be waiting
with bated breath, in both the U.K. and across North America.

In an unusual move - and a sign of just how big this supposed "cult hit" has
become - parent company BBC Worldwide has decided to show the first episode
on the same day, virtually at the same time, on two continents. The decision
was hastened in part by the explosion in social media and the hard truth
that spoilers are now a fact of 21st-century existence. If Doctor Who were
to air even a day earlier in either the U.K. or North America, its secrets
would be out and the story would be ruined for a legion of fans.

And there are plenty of secrets in the coming season, showrunner
and Doctor Who guru Steven Moffat teased at last weekend's
Edinburgh International Television Festival. The coming season will mark
the end of the Amy Pond era, the Doctor's most recent companion as played
by Inverness ingenue Karen Gillan. Gillan is poised to take on a
feature-film career, and Who devotees are already teary-eyed over the
prospect of her inevitable goodbye - said to be a "blockbuster chase"
through the streets of Manhattan at the season's end.


The entire season is poised to be a blockbuster, Moffat promised. BBC
spared little expense, despite budget cutbacks, in backing what has
become the U.K. public broadcaster's most-watched, highest-rated
and most profitable export program. Doctor Who is one of those cable
dramas that produces only a handful of new episodes per season. Last season
was split in two, with seven episodes at the beginning, six episodes
at the end and a two-month break in between. The pattern is likely to repeat
itself this season. That means each episode counts for a lot with Who
devotees, and Moffat has said his ambition this season is to make every
episode a standout, stand-alone blockbuster in its own right.

Tonight's season opener finds the Doctor (Smith) kidnapped by an old foe
and compelled to venture inside "the asylum," an interplanetary prison that
harbours only the insane and the universe's most desperate. To say
more would spoil the surprise. And as Doctor Who devotees know, Who is
all about surprises. The program has survived as long as it has, Moffat
reasons, because each season it takes a different turn. (Space -7 p.m. MDT)


Copyright Edmonton Journal 2012
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Member - Liberal International This is [email protected] Ici [email protected]
God,Queen and country!Never Satan President Republic!Beware AntiChrist rising!
http://www.fullyfollow.me/rootnl2k
Quebec le 4 Sept 2012 ne votez pas pour le PQ!