Matt Smith, David Tennant
Who knew? Few could have foreseen the enduring success of Doctor Who given its inauspicious origins a half-century ago — a fascinating story of pluck, luck and imagination delightfully rendered in An Adventure in Space and Time, a new TV movie (Friday, 9/8c) airing as part of BBC America's 50th-anniversary Who celebration this weekend.
You don't have to be a Whovian to appreciate this jaunty re-creation of a simpler, scrappier time in TV history. A "year-ometer" (cute touch) dials back to 1963, when the staid BBC's brash new head of drama, Canadian showman Sydney Newman (a marvelously uncouth Brian Cox), greenlights a new sci-fi serial to appeal to kids and fickle sports fans. With a miniscule budget, an overheated "broom cupboard" of a studio and an edict of "no tin robots or BEM (bug-eyed monsters)," Newman appoints an unorthodox team to realize his vision: Verity Lambert (Call the Midwife's Jessica Raine), an ambitious pioneering female producer, and Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan), a novice Indian director.
Matt Smith hasn't left Doctor Who just yet, but that hasn't stopped fans from dream-casting the next Doctor.
The BBC has renewed Doctor Who for an eighth season, the company announced in conjunction with Saturday's Season 7 finale.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers from the Season 7 finale of Doctor Who. If you haven't watched yet, read no further or we'll be forced to sic our memory worm on you.]
One mystery down, and an infinite number more to go on Doctor Who.
David Tennant, Billie Piper
The tenth Doctor David Tennant and his companion Billie Piper will return for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special, BBC announced Saturday.
Hordes of Whovians, as they're called, voted for the British sci-fi series to win our third Fan Favorites cover poll — galvanizing support through countless blog posts, message-board comments and tweets. The consensus was it's about time Doctor Who (beloved back home in the U.K.) got the props it deserves in the States. And that the fans love Matt Smith, who currently plays the show's titular time and space traveler known only as the Doctor ("Doctor who?" Get it?). "That's amazing!" Smith shouts on the road to a shoot in Wales, before turning serious. "Thank you to...
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan
Just because The Doctor's companions are saying farewell, that doesn't mean Doctor Who's titular character will be going through a regeneration anytime soon.
Doctor Who's Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill to exit series next season
Following the news that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, would exit the show after the upcoming season, 11th Doctor Matt Smith set the record straight on whether he'd be following them off the series...
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams on Doctor Who, will be leaving the series after the upcoming season, head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat announced Thursday.
"The Ponds will be rejoining us next series. But the final days of the Ponds are coming," Moffat said at a news conference for Doctor Who's upcoming Christmas special, according to the UK Mirror. "I am not telling you when and I won't...
Billie Piper, Laurence Fox
Billie Piper's first child will soon have a new companion. The former Doctor Who star is pregnant again, the Daily Mail reports.
Showtime has renewed Secret Diary of a Call Girl for a fourth and final season, the network announced Friday.
Showtime taps Cox, Whalley for two new series
The fourth season of the U.K.-based comedy series, which follows the adventures of high-end escort Belle (Billie Piper), will end with ...