Doctor Who coming to US after all

January 12, 2006

Well, it looks like there’s a little Doctor Who love for American viewers after all.

Russell T Davies, Head Writer and Executive Producer told us: “The Doctor’s made all sorts of journeys in Time and Space, but this is one of his most exciting yet! I’m a huge fan of the SCI FI Channel, and I’m delighted that Doctor Who is appearing on a channel that supports and enhances the entire genre.”

“With its rich history of imaginative storytelling, Doctor Who is a true sci-fi classic,” stated Thomas P. Vitale, SCI FI’s Senior Vice President, Programming & Original Movies. “We’re excited to add the show to our lineup.”

Commenting on the deal Candace Carlisle, Senior Vice President, BBC Worldwide Americas, said: “The new production has fantastic storylines and production values and has already gained an iconic status around the world. SCI FI Channel is the perfect home for the show and will introduce Doctor Who to a whole new generation of fans in the US.”

In addition, BBC Video has moved the US release date of the DVD from February 2006 to July 4, 2006 to capitalize on the exposure from the TV broadcast. As part of the deal, BBC Video and SCI FI Channel have agreed to work together on joint marketing promotions to support the brand launch.

Of course, that’ll put us seeing last year’s series just about the same time as this year’s launches in the UK. With a little luck, maybe they won’t make us wait until March 2007 to watch this year’s episodes.

There’s also no mention of whether the deal includes the “Doctor Who Confidential” episodes that ran on BBC 3 after each episode aired on BBC 1. Hopefully it does; not only were they well done and interesting, but they give you a little bit of the historical background of some things that may not be obvious had you not been watching back 20 years or so ago…

(via WHEDONesque — who also has some interesting comments on the influence of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the new Doctor Who, as well as giving away a tidbit that was revealed as part of the “Coming Soon” after the BBC Christmas episode — that Tony Head will be on the show next season)

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