The new ‘Doctor Who’ arrives in U.S. on April 17

Feb. 25, 2010 | 10:13 p.m.

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BBC America has circled April 17 as the U.S. air date for the new season of “Doctor Who,” which will star young Matt Smith, shown above with Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, the latest passenger aboard the TARDIS.

Like so many fans, I will give Smith a chance, but it will be very difficult to see anyone else in the role after David Tennant’s defining stint as the Time Lord. The show does have strong creative leadership, though, with the talented Steven Moffat as head writer, and as a lifelong “Who” fan himself, there’s no doubt he will handle the legacy with care.

Here’s a trailer that suggests the series will be pumping up the adrenaline . . .

Can Smith make everyone forget about Tennant? Time will tell.

— Geoff Boucher


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ELSEWHERE: The BBC’s official ‘Doctor Who’ site

Photo credit: BBC


4 Responses to The new ‘Doctor Who’ arrives in U.S. on April 17

  1. robert says:

    The new Doctor Who looks like Gumby.

  2. David Rubin says:

    So "The Doctor" is returning (to Canadian TV screens too, I hope). Can the Daleks be far behind? I think the new Doctor Who (Matt Smith) will do pretty good. It's the imagination and traveling to weird worlds & far away times that made me a fan. For me, the age of the actor playing Doctor Who is not important. The Doctor Who with the scarf (Tom Baker) was very popular with the viewing audience and had a long run. A marvelous actor and he was no teenager. I look forward to seeing the new season of Doctor Who.

  3. oakley says:

    Oh I don't know. Nobody is going to replace David Tennant in my heart.
    However, I am looking forward to the storyline with Dr. River Song. We finally find out how they met but I wonder if we'll also find out the WHOLE story.

  4. Brett says:

    Tennant will certainly be a hard act to follow, but many would debate whether he was the best Doctor in the long history of this series. The change that will have more of an effect on the series than Tennant's departure is the departure of Russell T. Davies, the man who revived the series and co-created "Torchwood."
    As for Mr. Smith, I only hope that he doesn't overuse the phrase "Geronimo!" in the series. We heard it in Tennant's last episode as the closing line by the new Doctor, and at least once during the trailer for the upcoming series. Just because Tennant said, "Allons-y!" several times during his run doesn't mean that the Doctor ALWAYS has to have a catch-phrase.

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