Saturday, April 10, 2010
Meanwhile, Davies and Gardner are in L.A., partly to expand the BBC brand to America. There was talk of moving Torchwood to the U.S., although that appears not to be happening. (And David Tennant’s U.S. pilot didn’t get picked up.) Still, BBC America is going All Who next weekend to introduce the Matt Smith season. Doctor Who never quite caught on in the U.S., though it does have its devoted fans, and perhaps this very youthful orientation is an attempt to do better in the U.S. and elsewhere, as well as get more action-oriented for the gaming and on-line market.
I think it was David Tennant who said that for most fans, their first Doctor remained their favorite—their definitive—Doctor. I didn’t watch Doctor Who as a child—I was a so-called adult when a tiny Pittsburgh public TV station (WQEX, Sweet Little Sixteen) began running the Tom Baker episodes in the late 80s, and they proved so popular that the station ran all the Doctors available, before Baker and after. But it’s still true that my first Doctor remains somewhat definitive, although in my personal pantheon, it’s kind of a tie between Tennant and Tom Baker, with Chris Eccleston and then Peter Davison, and the others are, sorry, inconsequential.
So I hope in the brave new international media world of the new new Doctor that the continuity admirably maintained by fan Tennant and fan Davies, as well as the characteristics and character they sharpened and augmented, will continue in some fashion. I won’t get to see Tennant become an older and wiser Doctor (even if Smith can open the TARDIS by snapping his fingers, it’s not the same.) But I can hope the character won’t veer too extremely.
For example, from this description by Julie Gardner: “It was always about the consequences of your actions. I think Doctor Who is a really moral show. You have to choose your responsibilities and where you stand, and the things you sacrifice.”