Oh yes it does!
After months of speculation, the Sci-Fi Channel has scheduled the 2005 series of Doctor Who for March 2006. Announced yesterday evening at both scifi.com and the BBC’s Official Site, the news has been heralded by quite a few whoops and cheers, but even more sighs of relief…
According to the BBC website:
The deal, brokered by Lisa Hofer, Director Co-Production & Sales, BBC Worldwide Americas, grants SCI FI Channel the first run rights for series one with an option for series two. The award-winning series will premiere on SCI FI beginning in March, airing Friday nights at 9.00pm.
There isn’t at this point any mention of The Christmas Invasion, however it has been confirmed that the Series 1 DVD Boxset has been postponed as reported earlier in the week – to July 4, 2006. On this matter, Burton Cromer, Vice President of Consumer Products, BBC Worldwide Americas said:
“We are delighted to be working with SCI FI Channel on the launch of this exciting new take on Doctor Who. The additional marketing support from SCI FI, as well their ability to reach such a broad audience base, made moving the release date an easy decision.”
So after all this time, it looks not only that Doctor Who has a massive new audience, the show’s going to have at the very least a presence on the scifi.com website.
Meanwhile, Russell T Davies is is usual, ebullient self:
“The Doctor’s made all sorts of journeys in Time and Space, but this is one of his most exciting yet! I’m a huge fan of the SCI FI Channel, and I’m delighted that Doctor Who is appearing on a channel that supports and enhances the entire genre.
It really is great news, and for the first time Americans can enjoy Doctor Who first hand. They may not have a “Final Score” or “Strictly Come Dancing” on the Sci-Fi Channel for fans to sit through before the show goes on air, but a new generation of fans in the world’s biggest television market will finally get to see Doctor Who their way, in a totally new context.
I’m almost jealous.