In a new trailer for Season 9, It looks like we need saving. Lucky for us, we have the Doctor.
Orphan Black to air on AMC, SundanceTV, IFC and WeTV, as well as BBC America.
Sad news for fans of Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, the fez-and-bowtie-wearing, fish-fingers-and-custard-eating, proclaimer of what is cool. Smith, the current star of the long-running British TV show Doctor Who, has announced he will be exiting the show.
If you’ve seen Orphan Black, the BBC America TV show whose season 1 finale airs June 1, you’d know that our antihero, Sarah, is a clone. Now someone is going clone hunting, and it’s up to Sarah and her new-found clone sisters to learn who is behind their deaths—and their lives—before it’s too late. In a phone interview with the creators of Orphan Black, co-creator John Fawcett said, “We saw an amazing chance in concept of cloning to create a character-driven series.”
Neil Gaiman, the author of the famed Sandman comic book, as well as such novels as Coraline, American Gods, and many, many others, became a writer of Doctor Who last year, with the episode “The Doctor’s Wife.” His second time around the TARDIS, the fabulously titled “Nightmare in Silver,” will be airing this Saturday on BBC/BBC America. In a conference call, Gaiman spoke about his love for the long-running British show…and how he put his own particular twist on the Doctor’s old enemy, the Cybermen.
It’s surprising how good BBC Worldwide’s new show Orphan Black is, especially when you consider the premise: Sarah, a tough woman with a troubled past, meets her clone, Beth, just as Beth is committing suicide. Sarah assumes Beth’s life in order to raid her bank account, then learns that there are other clones—fewer now that they’re being killed off. And it seems that Beth was a cop with a past of her own. Why did Beth commit suicide? How will Sarah escape with Beth’s money? Who’s killing the clones? What does “Orphan Black” mean, anyway? Orphan Black is a puzzle box of a show, one that the audience and the main character are trying to open.
Egads, I disliked last week’s episode of Doctor Who, “The Rings of Akhaten.” There was an overlong musical number in an incomprehensible alien language. There was a planet-sized jack-o-lantern who shrivels under the power of infinite potential (seriously). There was a…nope, I can’t think of anything worse than a planet that sucks emotions. Fortunately, this week’s episode, “Cold War,” is markedly better. Although it’s not the best episode, it brings enough Who-ishness to blot out the pumpkin-faced planet from my mind.
This is only the second time in Doctor Who history that the phone on the police callbox-shaped TARDIS has rung. The first time was in “The Doctor Dances,” a season 1 (or season 27/28, depending on how you count it) episode, but that was an effect of electricity and nanogenes and whatnot. “The Bells of St. John” marks the first time that the phone box has actually been used to receive a telephone call.
Doctor Who has brought sci-fi adventure to each and every episode of its Timelord-like lifespan, but the BBC has promised an even more spectacular broadcast for the 50-year anniversary. And it’s starting to look as if the BBC is making good on that promise: David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor, and Billie Piper, who played his companion Rose Tyler, will be returning for a one-episode stand.
As we know from season 6 of Doctor Who, the oldest question in the universe, the one that can never be answered, is…“Doctor who?” But the second half of season 7 has a different question that needs answering, and this question remains something of a mystery to the famously curious Doctor: Who is Clara Oswald?