The story of a time traveling doctor with two hearts who battles evil through the ages is coming to life again and it won’t be airing on the Fox network. The BBC is currently producing another incarnation of the British cult television show “Doctor Who” with Christopher Eccleston stepping in as the lead. “Doctor Who” mania has surged again since the announcement that BBC Wales will begin filming the revival this summer.
Executive producer, Mal Young was quoted as saying, 'Doctor Who is a much-loved, truly iconic piece of television history. It's time to crank up the TARDIS and find out what lies in store for the Doctor.”
Pleas for a new “Doctor Who” series from show devotees have been littering BBC.com message boards for sometime.
One fan from Brooklyn, NY wrote, “It is high time the Doctor returns to TV either with re-runs, or a brand new series. The series will never be forgotten and we must show all future generations how possible it is for a great, intelligent show like Doctor Who to last.”
“Doctor Who” follows the many lives of a Time Lord, simply called the “Doctor”, who travels back and forth in time in his TARDIS (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space) or time machine that’s shaped like an English phone box. With its hardcore fan base in the UK and US and quirky and mysterious characters, “Doctor Who” is the science fiction ancestor to the “X-files” phenomenon.
Fans of the classic show are waiting to see a fresh cast take on the task of recreating one of Britain’s favorite stories. However, changes to the show and its characters are inevitable. The new version will have an edgier, more emotional Doctor and a sexy new assistant. Unfortunately for fans, the Daleks, Doctor Who’s most feared enemies and voted the most evil villains on television by British TV viewers, won’t be returning for the new show. Negotiations over issues of creative control between the BBC and the estate of creator Terry Nation have resulted in a Dalekless series. Nevertheless, the writers are confident they can provide Doctor Who aficionados with new foes to feast on.
'We are disappointed that the Daleks will not be included but we have a number of new and exciting monsters. And I can confirm we have created a new enemy for the Doctor which will keep viewers on the edge of their seats”, quotes series writer Russell T. Davies who also penned the original “Queer as Folk” series in Britain.
There is one thing that many Doctor Who fans can agree on. Series supporters are applauding the casting of British actor Christopher Eccleston who will be playing the ninth Doctor. With his intense glares and angular features, Eccleston, who starred in the films “28 Days Later” and “The Others”, is expected to make the Doctor edgier and sexier than past reincarnations.
“Christoper Eccleston will bring back the gritty, hard-edged darkness that it had with Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee,' said John Smith from Manchester in a BBC article.
'Weh-hey! A Doctor Who with sex appeal. I'll be watching!' added Sandi Chaitram from London.
Created in 1963 by the BBC, “Doctor Who” ran for 26 seasons ending in 1989 and later spawned a TV movie in 1996 that aired in the US. According to insiders, BBC Worldwide has been talking to several cable networks to bring the revamped series to the US, Canada and Australia.