Welcome to our Weekly Who roundup! Every Friday morning (though less if we’ve just been crazy on the Who front) we collect random/cool Doctor Who-related news and things that we’ve found in our internet travels. Feel free to point out your own finds in the comments!
This week we’re arguing over whether the season 6 premiere, “The Impossible Astronaut” was a disaster for BBC or a triumph for BBC America. We’ve also found some Sarah Jane remembrances that will break your heart in an instant.
Oh, and the Silents are behind you even as you read this.
In Doctor Who news:
1.) Doctor Who delivers its lowest/highest ratings ever. The BBC broadcast of the season 6 premiere “The Impossible Astronaut” delivered the lowest debut episode ratings since the new series began in 2005, clocking in at 6.5 million viewers. (Previous season debuts have run 9 million viewers or higher.)
Ratings became a consistent problem for the show beginning in season 5, which started strong but soon dwindled as the episodes continued airing into the summer. Some speculation reasons that this is a contributing factor towards the decision to split season 6 into two parts.
The show’s British TV ratings lay in stark contrast to the ratings recorded in North America by both BBC America and Canadian channel Space, both of which saw record ratings numbers network-wide for the season premiere. This year also marks the first instance that a new season of Doctor Who has been broadcast simultaneously in the U.K. and North America.
It does make one wonder if the show is waning in the U.K. and waxing across the pond. Interest in Doctor Who certainly seems more prevalent here in the U.S.; is interest dropping in the U.K.?
On to the cool stuff!:
1.) The Daleks are really excited about this royal wedding. We’re not feeling it, ourselves, which makes us wonder if this Royal Wedding Dalek, designed by Chris Balcome, has some sort of plot afoot. One can only hope that the Doctor is aware and attempting to thwart it. Oh, and that he doesn’t piss off yet another Queen.
2.) They’ll get your money for your car accident before it actually happens. An enterprising soul in the Who publicity office whipped up this makeshift “Team TARDIS” poster depicting the main characters as space-time lawyers. We’d hire them any day, even as they’re late to our hearing, bearing only a mop and a mad grin.
4.) Elisabeth Sladen sadness parade. Fair warning, the two below images/cartoons from last week hit us right in the gut. The first is from the Dork Tower comic series strip by John Kovalic.
Man… Check out more of his comics at the link above.
This next inserts K-9 into the ending of Futurama episode “Jurassic Bark.”
He will wait for you, Mistress.
5.) We need some serious therapy after that. Luckily, Adam Koford has it covered.
Stubby the Rocket is the mascot and voice of Tor.com. It feels like it’s forgetting something, but it can’t place it’s finger on just what that might be….