You’ve had a monster hit with a high-concept double album (Tommy), and your attempt at a follow up concept album had to be scrapped in favor of a more traditional (if highly successful) album (Who’s Next). What do you next? If you’re The Who, you create another high-concept double album about a bipolar, Mod kid with multiple personalities. The album, Quadrophenia, is your most mature and fully realised work – and the last truly great work you will ever create as a band.
Quadrophenia: Can You the Real Me? (BBC America, Friday,10/9C) is a one-hour documentary about the making of this ambitious, powerful work.
BBC Electric Proms is a concert series recorded at The Roundhouse in London. In October of 2006, The Who played there and BBC Electric Proms: The Who (BBC America, Friday, Midnight/11C) is the result.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing The Who live on two occasions – once in 1967 and once in 1972 – so I’ve seen the band’s original lineup in top form and I thought, for sure, that BBC Electric Proms: The Who would be more or less an evening of The Who’s greatest hits. I was wrong.
The new trailer for the 2012 Doctor Christmas Special – Doctor Who: The Snowmen (BBC America, December 25, 9/8C) – has all the usual ingredients: alien detective, Victorian England, running, hand-grabbing, snogging… Wait! What…?
Amy and Rory only have two episodes left in their run – but they have clearly been thinking of leaving the TARDIS, as the trailer for this week’s episode of Doctor Who (BBC America, Saturday, 9/8C) shows. Oh, and there’s another twisty menace to be dealt with, as well.
BBC America’s description really says it all: An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction — unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo … of dinosaurs. By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter, an Egyptian queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.
Doctor Who: Dinosaurs On a Spaceship airs on the aforementioned BBC America on Saturday at 9/8C.
The first trailer for the new season of Doctor Who, coming soon to BBC America, teased us with bits from upcoming episodes. The new trailer teases us with more (and different) bits – ‘dinosaurs on spaceships!!!’ Check it out.
In a unique international arrangement, BBC Worldwide and Hulu have worked out a deal to co-produce the fourth season of the acclaimed – and potty-mouthed – political satire series, The Thick of It. The series, created and written by Armando Iannucci (Veep and the Oscar®-nominated In The Loop), is a smart, scathing satire of the inner workings of the British government.
Hulu and Hulu Plus will also run the first three seasons of the show. Follow the jump for the official press release.
TRUST YOUR DOCTOR. Doctor Who, the longest-running TV sci-fi series, is coming to America tonight! And I’m not just referring to the premiere episode that will be airing at 9pm on BBC. The team is actually coming to America… as in Utah.
The spectacular two-part season premiere kicks off tonight with Part one, “The Impossible Astronaut.” The mysterious time traveler, the Doctor [Matt Smith], and his companions Amy [Karen Gillan] and Rory [Arthur Darvill], find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah – right to the Oval Office in 1969. The two-parter is penned by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Jekyll). It will also feature guest star Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Leverage, Battlestar Galactica) and Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward) returns as the irrepressible River Song and the new season features an episode written by Neil Gaiman.
Earlier this month, fans were gathered bright and early outside of the Moscone Center in San Francisco in order to ensure their entrance, and were eagerly awaiting the presentation of the Doctor Who panel at WonderCon. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and bring you these highlights.