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Starting a new thread for this, since I read some news tonight.. and there doesn't appear to be a thread yet for the new series this year.

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Doctor Who Premieres April 17th

In U.S.

Published: 02/26/2010 12:20am

BBC America has announced that the fifth season of Doctor Who will premiere in the U.S. on April 17th, two weeks after its UK premiere.

There's a tad more at the Web site here , and no doubt countless other sites by now spreading the news...
 

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Canadian viewers are still in search of an HD carrier for DW Series 5. After the CBC declined to pick up Series 4, it was picked up CTV's sister channel Space, which does not have HD.


In my opinion, DW is mainstream enough it should be shown on CTV which is in HD. Hope CTV can find a spot in it's lineup for it -- even if it's latenight or weekends.
 

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Many Americans are also still in search of an HD carrier for Doctor Who S5, since there are still many providers who do not carry BBC America HD!
 

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Many Americans are also still in search of an HD carrier for Doctor Who S5, since there are still many providers who do not carry BBC America HD!


Come on DirecTV? Make use of that new bird that you launched that we are paying for!
 

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If the BBC really starts on or around April 3rd, I probably won't wait the 2 weeks. (Sorry, but I am a die-hard fan.) Having said that, I will also probably rewatch them 2 weeks later so I get the full HD experience. (Or TWC's approximation of it.)


I am incredibly excited to see the new series under the control of Steven Moffat.
 

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So, is this the first one with the new Doctor?

So no one nitpicks this question on you...


The answer is technically yes and no



Series 5 (or whatever they decide to call it, as last word was they were still mucking with that)... will be the first series to star Matt Smith as the new Doctor... but technically speaking, we got a minute or so of him at the very end of "The End of Time" Part 2 post-regeneration.
 

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If the BBC really starts on or around April 3rd, I probably won't wait the 2 weeks. (Sorry, but I am a die-hard fan.) Having said that, I will also probably rewatch them 2 weeks later so I get the full HD experience. (Or TWC's approximation of it.)


I am incredibly excited to see the new series under the control of Steven Moffat.

Not a big fan of downloading and viewing on the computer. The only time I've done that is a couple of times when my DVR hiccuped and I missed a show, so I then went and bought it on iTunes to catch up what I'd missed.


As a rule I really prefer watching on my main HDTV big TV... so I don't mind at all just a 2 week delay in airing. Compared to the olden days when it could be a year or more delay, 2 weeks is like no wait at all once you've waited for that first new episode.
 

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So no one nitpicks this question on you...


The answer is technically yes and no



Series 5 (or whatever they decide to call it, as last word was they were still mucking with that)... will be the first series to star Matt Smith as the new Doctor... but technically speaking, we got a minute or so of him at the very end of "The End of Time" Part 2 post-regeneration.

Ah yes. Same doctor, new look. Although to be fair, wouldn't every Doctor have to act and speak the same since it's technically the same guy? I saw a lot of similarities in Eggleston (prob spelled that wrong) and Tenent's (him too) broad acting style. Maybe that was deliberate...?
 

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Although to be fair, wouldn't every Doctor have to act and speak the same since it's technically the same guy?

Nope.
The memories are saved but the body and personality are brand new.
The name's the same but almost everything else is different.
 

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Ah yes. Same doctor, new look. Although to be fair, wouldn't every Doctor have to act and speak the same since it's technically the same guy? I saw a lot of similarities in Eggleston (prob spelled that wrong) and Tenent's (him too) broad acting style. Maybe that was deliberate...?

If you watch The End of Time, The Doctor explains that the old Doctor really dies when he regenerates - his personality is gone, and the new guy has his own style and personality. Each new Doctor appears to be younger than the last - that's probably due to an effort to connect with the younger generation. You will miss the old Doctor(s) because they will never come back, except in those rare crossover episodes. Of course, we thought once a companion left the show, we never saw them again, either, but RTD kept bringing them back incessantly.
 

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Just watched 'City of Death' with Tom Baker last night. What fun.
 

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Yeah, the show has the built-in explanation from years ago that the new personality/actor can be as different as he wants to be.


That said, some of the actors have been fans of the show and other previous Doctors... and as such they might choose to incorporate mannerisms or other aspects of that into their incarnation... which is a nice tribute but also helps add to the acceptance that it is the "same" person.
 

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Not a big fan of downloading and viewing on the computer.

Who said anything about not watching it on my main TV?



I just don't understand why a 2 week delay (again I am assuming it will be a 2 week delay, the BBC still hasn't given an official date) is needed. If *I* can get it the day it airs in the UK, surely BBC America should be able to air it on the same day. If they choose not to, then I choose not to wait two weeks.
 

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Each new Doctor appears to be younger than the last - that's probably due to an effort to connect with the younger generation.

While this has been the case so far with Doc's 9-11 in the "new" series, this was definitely not always the case in the classic series. In fact, new head honcho Moffat had plans to cast someone older than Matt Smith (mid 30s - mid 40s was the age Moffat thought he wanted), but apparently Smith blew him away at his audition.
 

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I just don't understand why a 2 week delay (again I am assuming it will be a 2 week delay, the BBC still hasn't given an official date) is needed. If *I* can get it the day it airs in the UK, surely BBC America should be able to air it on the same day. If they choose not to, then I choose not to wait two weeks.

I don't know that it is "needed"... but that's what they are doing. Last year they showed Torchwood: Children of earth only 1 week after it debuted in the UK... and the last couple of Who specials aired only 1 day after they aired in the UK.


I won't speak on the topic of how illegal/unauthorized downloads spread so fast too much, because I don't want to sound like I'm bashing you or others who do it... but suffice to say that any bootleg process is fairly easy to go viral, especially in today's digital age... because the bootlegger bypasses most of the normal distribution system that sometimes bogs things down.
 

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BBC America is not a co-producer of Doctor Who, as CBC (in Canada) was for the first few seasons of the new Doctor Who (2005-7), so it has to buy this program from the UK. It does not get BBC content free.


BBC America was a co-producer of Torchwood just like BBC and HBO were co-producers of the Rome series.
 
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