This weekend brings us "Night Terrors" - the ninth episode in DOCTOR WHO's sixth Season/Series. This comes to us from writer Mark Gatiss (who previously scripted who eps "Victory of the Daleks," "The Unquiet Dead," and "The Idiot's Lantern"), and is directed by Richard Clark. Clark's past helming credits for DOCTOR WHO include "Gridlock" - an episode I truly love, as well as "The Lazarus Experiment" and "The Doctor's Wife." An intriguing pedigree to say the least.
It'll be interesting to see how BBC America fares over the next few days. This is a "long weekend" in the U.S. (Monday is Labor Day here, a day dedicated to women who are in the process of delivering babies). The last time a similar Holiday intersected with a new episode of DW , which was Memorial Day earlier this year, BBCA famously/controversially delayed the airing of "The Almost People" - effectively shattering the series' U.K. / U.S. broadcast concurrence for several weeks, and pushing back the U.S. airing of the much-anticipated "A Good Man Goes To War" (the last episode before the show's Summer break). There are no such scheduling tweaks this time around - BBCA is airing "Night Terrors" this weekend without consideration of Monday's holiday, so let's make this decision pay off for them here in the U.S.
"Night Terrors" airs Saturday September 3. 7pm on BBC One, and on BBC America at 9pm, 8 Central.
OTHER ORDERS OF BUSINESS...
SYLVESTER McCOY READS MATT SMITH'S PANDORICA SPEECH AT DRAGONCON
As I mentioned my small piece yesterday, my friend Ken Plume interviewed seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy Friday morning before a live audience at DragonCon in Atlanta.
During their discussion, Ken asked Sylvester to preform his interpretation of Matt Smith's epic speech from "The Pandorica Opens." This is what McCoy came up with - what do you think?
Per discussions in other Talkbacks over the last week, we'll be launching "Lockbacks" next year - when Series 2 of SHERLOCK arrives. We warmly invite any Dockbackers to join us in the Lockbacks - which'll be approached and managed in exactly the same way as our current Docbacks.
How long the Lockbacks endure (only three Lockbacks for Series 2's three installments? Or, will they continue beyond?) will be determined by how the initial set of 3 unfold. But there will be AT LEAST three...for the three new SHERLOCKs we'll be getting in 2012...I'm tired and maybe not making sense...but you know what I'm saying...I guess...
Weekly Friday Docbacks will continue as previously stated.
If you've been thinking about checking out SHERLOCK but haven't yet do so, this might be the perfect time to give it a look. It's availabe HERE in the U.S. (where it's also streamable), HERE in the U.K., and is also streaming in standard and HD via Netflix. Great stuff...
I've always been curious about this show, but know very, very little about it. I could identify the ship and would recognize the series' theme music, but that's about it. I stumbled across some clips the other day, which got me thinking...is this something I should watch? Does it deliver? I'm very interested in Dockbackers' assessment of the show.
As far as British TV SF goes, I've had experience with a number of Gerry Anderson shows (loved the first Season/Series of SPACE: 1999 - can't stand what happened to the second...and think U.F.O. could be re-tooled into one helluva contemporary series if put into the right hands). I've seen some of RED DWARF, a few odds & ends (like INVASION EARTH), I watched HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE, the obligatory TORCHWOOD stuff, etc. but...somehow...I've not seen a single moment of BLAKE'S 7 (save for one spoilery sequence on one of the DOCTOR WHO DVD extras). Thoughts, opinions, and insight would be most appreciated and quite welcome...
AN IMPORTANT WARNING ABOUT SPOILERS
The AICN DOCTOR WHO Talkback below - aka "Docback" - is comprised of, and warmly welcomes, participants from across the globe.
Alas, please remember that DOCTOR WHO airs in the U.K. a few hours before it's seen on BBC America here in the States, for example.
While the Docback Code of Conduct (posted below) strongly encourages SPOILER SENSITIVITY at all times, it is quite likely that this Docback will become a SPOILER INTENSIVE ZONElate tomorrow morning U.S. time (Saturday September 3) - when "Night Terrors" airs in the U.K.
If you wish to remain free and clear of "NIght Terrors" spoilers until after you've seen the show for yourself, you should tread cautiously if visiting this page after late tomorrow morning U.S. time.
U.S. VIEWERS (AND VIEWERS FROM OTHER REGIONS): please consider this ample notice and fair warning.
See DOCTOR WHO Season/Series Six Episode 1 - "The Impossible Astronaut" - in HD HERE and standard def HERE.
See "Day of The Moon" - the second installment of the season premiere linked above - in HD HERE and standard def HERE.
Episode 3 - "The Curse Of The Black Spot" - can be found in HD HERE or standard def HERE.
Episode 4 - "The Doctor's Wife" - is available HERE in HD, while standard def is availabe HERE.
Episode 5 - "The Rebel Flesh" - can be seen HERE in HD, or viewed in standard def HERE.
Episode 6 - "The Almost People" - can be found HERE in HD and HERE in standard def.
Episode 7 - "A Good Man Goes To War" is HERE in HD and is in standard def HERE.
Episode 8 - "Let's Kill Hitler" - in HD HERE and standard def HERE.
Episode 9 -"Night Terrors" - HD HERE, standard def HERE.
DOCBACK CODE OF CONDUCT
AICN's Friday DOCTOR WHO Talkbacks - aka "Docbacks" - operate on a different set of standards than other AICN Talkbacks. These standards developed quickly and naturally, and we intend to preserve them. Accordingly, please take a moment to note a few guidelines which should help proceedings move along smoothly and pleasantly:
1) a Docback should be about completely open and free discourse regarding all things WHO (with, obviously, some variation on subject matter from time to time - the real world intervenes, discussions of other shows are inevitable, etc.)...
2) matters of SPOILAGE should be handled with thoughtful consideration and sensitivity. Posts containing SPOILERS should clearly state that a SPOILER exists in its topic/headline and should never state the spoiler itself . "** SPOILER ** Regarding Rory" is OK, for example. "** SPOILER ** Battle of Zarathustra" is fine as well. "**SPOILER** Why did everyone die?" Is NOT good.
And, above all...
3) converse, agree, disagree, and question as much as you want - but the freedom to do so is NOT a license to be rude, crass, disrespectful, or uncivilized in any way. Not remaining courteous and civil, as well as TROLLING or undertaking sensational efforts to ignite controversy, will result in banning. Lack of courtesy may receive one (1) warning before a ban is instigated. Obvious Trolling or Spamming will result in summary banning with no warning.
In short, it's easy. Be excellent to each other. Now party on...