This year, Doctor Who will celebrate its fifty-year anniversary. That’s fifty years of regenerations, companions, time and space travel, Daleks, Cybermen, and a few years with K-9 (minus a sixteen-year hiatus from 1989 to 2005). But many Americans only jumped aboard the TARDIS a little less than eight years ago, thanks to the reboot that gave Christopher Eccleston a year in the title role. So how do you bring this poor, under-entertained audience up to speed? With a series of specials, of course.
For the next few months, BBC America will be releasing specials on every Doctor to have hit the airwaves, starting with the first Doctor, William Hartnell. This first special will take a look at the oldest man to have played the youngest version of the Time Lord.
According to BBC America, this special will show us an “in-depth look at the first incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord – and don’t miss the first glimpses of the TARDIS and the classic foe, the Daleks. Complete with exclusive interviews with Lead Writer and Executive Producer STEVEN MOFFAT & more!”
The trailer for the episode, below, does have one puzzling point: The special will be followed by a “classic 1964 Doctor Who.” Does that mean we’ll be getting an entire story, many of which contained multiple episodes? Will we be seeing one episode of a multi-part story? Considering how many Doctor Who episodes are missing, I’m curious to see what BBC America will have in store for us.
Of course, I expect my curiosity to be sated soon enough:
UPDATE: According to Doctor Who News, “The channel will screen one story each month, starting with the 1964 story “The Aztecs…’” (Thanks to Robert Ropars for the head’s-up.)
The William Hartnell episode will air on BBC America on January 27, 9pm EST
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