Thursday, May 12, 2005


A Long Time Coming

The next episode of Doctor Who is one that I've wanted to see for a long time. About ten years ago, when I started to read the New Adventures, I very quickly discovered the books by Cornell, and when I wrote a review for Love and War I recommended to some future Doctor Who television producer to give Paul a job. (Obviously, I didn't really expect that said future producer would be someone who also wrote a New Adventure!)

But I'm quite happy and excited about Father's Day; this is an episode that I've wanted to see for a decade; before I had even heard of Russell T Davies or Christopher Eccleston. Paul's books helped bring me back into Doctor Who after I had wandered away from the series in the early 1990s, so I find it really fitting that he's a part of this first series.

I'm saddened that as yet, we haven't heard any positive word on how the new series will officially get to America. Thankfully, due to the wonders of region-free DVD players, DVDs will be flying their way across the ocean starting next week. And all of that said, I'd rather have a series that's a massive success in the UK and takes a while to find the right home in America than another false transatlantic start like the 1996 TV Movie for FOX television.

I'm old enough, however, to remember that when Doctor Who was last in production in the late 1980s, it would take even longer before a new series would arrive. My first experience of The Trial of a Time Lord was an audio cassette tape of the first episode -- and it wouldn't be for many months until I would actually see the episode.


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