I really am loath to admit this, and I hope I’m proven wrong, but the new Doctor Who‘s tenure on the CBC is likely over with the recent (mangled) airing of “Journey’s End”. It’s a parting of the ways as ig-”noble” as Donna’s fate (please forgive the pun). DWIN should soon have has the list of what was cut – but if you can, buy, borrow, or beg for the Series 4 DVD set featuring the uncut episodes; disc 1 (“Voyage of the Damned”) and disc 5 (episodes 11-13) must be re-watched again for full effect. And supposedly the full version will stream on the CBC’s Doctor Who page. However you re-watch “Journey’s End”, re-watch all 63 minutes of it.
Cover of Doctor Who Magazine 399 (17 Sep 2008). Catherine Tate’s performance as Donna in Series 4 blew away all my expectations and Donna Noble can be considered one of, if not the best, companions of the Doctor. Full. Stop.
The CBC has started to air a 15-second promo for its season 4 showing of Doctor Who (available online). At the moment, it’s likely to be “Partners in Crime” on Friday, September 19, with “Voyage of the Damned” nowhere to be seen.
Unlike the previous two seasons, I couldn’t wait any longer for the CBC to air it. I won’t say anything about the content, but the two excellent BBC trailers below should be adequate for anyone who is patiently waiting.
The CBC could try to adapt the first trailer, squeezing it to 30 seconds (end with Donna’s line that I used as my post title then have the CBC announcer for five seconds). If they want to push it, they could air the whole thing, and add clips to bring it to 60 seconds.
Or if you really haven’t seen or heard anything, the second video is a good teaser, incorporating clips from the first seven episodes:
(Second trailer also updated in my other pre-S4 post.)
You bet I’m going to watch it again, and I urge everyone else to do so, if only to show the CBC that Doctor Who is still going strong.
Image: BBC Doctor Who site
The date’s not exactly confirmed but UK viewers should see Doctor Who series 4 starting in April, so it’s not that far away. Viewers in the USA will get their fix through SciFi later in April.
Realistically, the CBC could show this in the fall, and if they are paying any attention, will pair it up with Torchwood series 2 for a double-bill. But then again, I’m not holding my breath for that to happen.
UPDATE, 03-22-2008, 2240 PDT: The trailer aired on TV for the first time (on BBC One), but apparently had been played in movie houses long before that. And it uses “All the Strange, Strange Creatures”, the best piece of orchestral music in my head this month!