Adios, Fast-Track

We were so close… SO close to the end!  North American fans listen up – if you didn’t hear the news already by watching Doctor Who on BBC America or Space last night, we’ve got a fairly disappointing, albeit unsurprising, development…

The Almost People and A Good Man Goes to War will be broadcast in the New World one week later than the UK.

‘But why?’ you ask, ‘Everything was running so smoothly, with the last six episodes in a row including A Christmas Carol broadcast semi-simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic!’  We’ll answer that in three words: Memorial Day Weekend.

See, cable networks in general tend to believe that on holiday weekends at the beginning of summer such as this, more people will be traveling and/or enjoying the sun and fewer people will be watching TV.  And in most cases, doubtless this one too, they’re right.  If you recall, the same thing happened last year, but it wasn’t quite as big a blow because we R-rollers had already been two weeks out of sync anyway.  With two weeks to go before the 777 cliffhanger, we’re all going to have to avoid the internet like mad until June 11th.

To say they’re sorry, BBC America will be running an all-day marathon (click the link and select ’05/28/2011′ from the Date drop-down menu) this Saturday starting at 6am ET with every Matt Smith episode from The Eleventh Hour to The Rebel Flesh except The Vampires of Venice, Vincent and the Doctor, and The LodgerCanadians, meanwhile, will be treated to I, Robot.

Overall, this is just another reason that Doctor Who should be broadcast in the autumn/winter instead of the summer.  The American audience will be much less likely to hit the beach every weekend, and there are fewer holiday weekends like Memorial Day and the 4th of July to cause us to leave home for a few days.  Luckily we’ll have a chance to experiment with this in a few months, and assuming Labor Day doesn’t sneak up on us while Doctor Who’s running, we might even be able to make it through the entire second half of the season without any delays!

My fellow Americans and neighbor Canadians – we’re all in this together.  Only two more weeks till the next Doctor Who!

The Almost People airs this Saturday (UK only) at 6:45 PM on BBC One and next Saturday (US and Canada) at 9/8c on BBC America and 8/7c on Space.


Patrick Riley


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