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.
While we’re waiting for BBC America to begin running the new season of Doctor Who, here’s a bit of mind-boggling, wibbly-wobbly, timey-whimey prestidigitation to hold us all over. The senses-staggering conclusion follows the jump. Enjoy!
When we last saw The Doctor, he was having a spot of bother – what with his rocky regeneration and the TARDIS aflame around him. When Doctor Who [BBC America, Saturday, 9/8C] returns, the TARDIS is spinning out of control over London – The Doctor dangling from the doors like a misplaced participle. So, yeah. Danger from the get-go.
A little girl kneels beside her bed, praying for someone to help her by fixing a crack in her wall. She can hear voices from the other side of the crack and they scare her. The TARDIS crashes to earth – with a barely safe Doctor – in the backyard of an old house. On its side, doors facing up. It’s the house where the little girl lives and it’s just her luck that a Doctor who’s not yet fully formed has appeared – but he seems up to the job… barely.