Rumors are flying that the new Doctor Who , Matt Smith, will be traveling in a completely redesigned TARDIS. “It will be the most hi-tech, intricate TARDIS ever,” an unnamed source reported to the Daily Mirror on Tuesday. It has also been rumored that Steven Moffat, the show’s new writer and executive producer, wants to separate himself from the way previous writer/producer Russell T Davies did things. A new Doctor, a new companion, a new writer/producer and a new TARDIS…so what’s next?
The past week has been a wild time for Doctor Who fans in Great Britain. Following a week of frenzied publicity and rumors, a record breaking number of viewers tuned in for the season finale on Saturday night. The highly anticipated episode, Journey’s End, was the end of a two parter that is reported to be both exciting and shocking. The unofficial numbers ranked this episode as one of the highest rated ever on the BBC Saturday nights. Drawing in over 9 million viewers, it’s estimated that this episode attracted 45.9% of the total British television audience. That means that nearly half of the people watching television on Saturday, were watching the season finale of Doctor Who. Further figures indicate that after the episode ended, BBC 1 lost 5 million viewers These impressive numbers will hopefully help ensure the series continued production for quite some time.
The question is will star David Tennant be along for the ride? Rumors are also running rampant that David Tennant intends to retire from the role of the Doctor and that the BBC has already approached Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle as a possible replacement. Nothing has been confirmed as Tennant continues to remain vague on whether he will return to the role of The Doctor beyond 2009. But the controversy raises an interesting question. How many times can the role be recast? How many times can the Doctor be regenerated?
It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve got a lot back-end tweaks done and I’m working on even more. Once I get things done I might release a couple of ‘em as plug-ins. We’ll see how useful they are to everyone here at FanaticSpace first. I got some comment formatting done too. Finally found a way to check and see if the commentator is a crew member here without having to hard code anything. That’s easier on me because that means I can add to the Crew without changing code.
Speaking of adding to the FanaticSpace Crew, there are two new authors. That means more cool stuff to look forward to.
“Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. Outside those doors, we might see anything. We could find new worlds; terrifying monsters; impossible things. And if you come with me… nothing will ever be the same again!” – The Doctor
Doctor Who…a man of many faces, spanning decades, and uniting fans of all ages. You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of the Doctor. Most who have seen the series either are fans or soon become fans. It’s hard to resist. A delightful combination of science fiction, fantasy, humor, horror and a charismatic central character that carries viewers on a trip through time and space each week.