Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we can safely say that Doctor Who has finally arrived in the US. This week it’s gracing the cover of one of the countries biggest entertainment magazines for the very first time. A major accomplishment that I’ll admit has me giddy with excitement!
In an issue chock full of Cult TV shows from Firefly to LOST, Doctor Who has taken center stage. As it rightly should really, considering in November of 2013 it’ll be celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary. It’s impact and importance have been slowly gaining recognition in the States over the 7 years since it came back from a 16 year hiatus. From a poorly publicized run on Syfy (which aired the first three series since it’s return) to a massive push from BBC America (which airs the show now). Doctor Who is even constantly referenced on Network fare such as Community, Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, Criminal Minds, The Simpsons, and of course Craig Ferguson even has a toy TARDIS sitting on his desk during The Late Late Show. As Executive Producer and Show Runner Steven Moffat says, “It’s not an obscure show anymore, It’s not even a ‘British import.’ It’s just Doctor Who.”
Of course, as a exciting as this achievement is for a Whovian like myself, the thing that really excites me is the reference to the fact that the show will be premiering at the end of the summer. Something that has been speculated as Moffat is due to be attending the Edinburgh Film Festival with an episode of the series, as he did in 2011, and the show premiered on the BBC the following day. But this is the BBC, and schedules don’t come out officially until about a week before. Now, however, we seem to have it all but guaranteed.
I can’t help but want to give the creative minds behind the show (both current, and Russel T. Davies era) a great big Congratulations on this feat! It’s truly inspiring to see a show that so many in the US ignored for so long getting a little bit of the recognition it deserves. Look for the issue to hit newstands on Friday, 27th July.
From Entertainment Weekly.