Day By Day

Monday, September 17, 2007

The New Who

In case you hadn't noticed Doctor Who is back and better than ever. The long-running series began in 1963 and starred William Hartwell in the title role. Most people of my generation have fond memories of Tom Baker who played the Doctor from 1974-1981. "She Who Must Not Be Named" favored Peter Davison in the role from 1981-1984. In 2005 the series was revived with Christopher Eccleston in the title role. After one season he was replaced by David Tennant who is currently playing the "Tenth Doctor".

The new, revived, series started well. Eccleston and Billie Piper were a fresh take on the old Doctor/female companion formula, but the current season, starring Tennant and Freema Agyeman, leaves all others in the dust. There have been good episodes before, notably last season's "The Empty Child" and the "The Girl In the Fireplace", both scripted by Steven Moffat, but the three most recent episodes, "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood" (scripted by Paul Cornell), and "Blink" (written by Moffat) have been superb. "Blink" may well be the best SF episode on any show ever.

The season finale "Utopia" will be this weekend on SciFi channel. Check it out, and by all means see the Cornell and Moffat scripted episodes during reruns. They are well worth your time.

Ross Reudiger reviews "Blink" here and the "Family of Blood" here.