Question: My wife and I are old sci-fi geeks, and it was a true pleasure to discover the Doctor Who episodes running on Sci Fi. Not only does the series look great — embarrassingly so, compared to the original cult show — but it is also wonderfully casted. I know that the first season is over, and that the amazing humor of Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor is now but a fond memory, but will the show keep Billie Piper as Rose Tyler in the second season? And is this a Sci Fi original, as my wife thinks, or an import from the BBC in England? And finally, when does the new season start? For all the comments that have been made in your column about science-fiction shows on television, I have to say that this is the best there is right now, except for Battlestar Galactica.
Answer: I guess a spoiler alert is called for here, but the news from abroad is that Billie Piper, who continues in the second season alongside new Doctor David Tennant, will not return in the third season. As for Sci Fi picking up the second season (this is an acquisition, not an original), last time I checked, a deal had not yet been signed. Can't say why, and can't imagine it won't eventually happen. The show's pretty much a perfect fit on Sci Fi.