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September 20, 2009

Doctor Who Specials - I'm Getting Excited Again!

As some of you know, I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and I've really been enjoying the series since it came back five years ago (God, has it really been that long?).  This year, instead of a 13-episode season, we'll have 4 specials that will culminate in David Tennant (my favourite Doctor in a long time) leaving the show and regenerating into Matt Smith.  The first special, "Planet of the Dead", aired at Easter.

Sometimes, waiting for these specials, Doctor Who falls off the radar a little bit.  But then I get reading up on upcoming spoilers and I start getting really excited again.
It's articles like this one, from the News of the World, that really get my blood pumping, especially images like the one in the paper's slide show.  Reading a few set reports on the filming of these specials, as well as Matt Smith's first filming blocks, has really made me excited to finally see the new actors, as well as producer Stephen Moffat, in action.

This image is from the filming of the final Who special (from the News of the World), and it hopefully shows just how powerful this episode will be.

I've loved Tennant since he started Who, and he has brought a certain something to the Doctor that I've really loved.  Some say he goes over the top, and he does occasionally.  But it's obvious to me that his external zaniness is hiding an aspect of darkness that sometimes comes to the forefront.

The next special, "The Waters of Mars" will be shown sometime in November, and I'm so glad Space (the SF channel in Canada) has picked up Dr. Who.  The CBC really botched its handling of the show.  Space showed the last special within a few weeks of it airing in the UK, and it showed that last Torchwood series within days, I think.  It bodes well for the Canadian Who fan.  In the States, it's shown on the Sci-Fi Network (or whatever the hell it calls itself now).

I'm not saying the final two-part special that ends Tennant's era will be as super-awesome as Russell T. Davies claims it will be (he's made some real crap before after promising epic stuff), but we'll see when it gets here.

Anyway, while I've been watching football today, I've been reading spoilers and Who discussion and it's just got me going again.  Sorry for the rambling nature of this post, but any Who fan who reads this will understand.


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