'Doctor Who' Postponed For Eurovision Song Contest
- 'Doctor Who' Postponed For Eurovision Song Contest
PLUS: Spin-off shows go back into production
By ALAN STANLEY BLAIR
"Doctor Who" is only just approaching the half way point of its third
season, but that doesn't mean the series schedule is safe.
In an official announcement this week, the BBC has announced that Episode 7
of the long-running series' third season will be postponed a week to make
room for the annual Eurovision Song Contest presented by Terry Wogan.
The announcement comes only a few weeks after Episode Three of the new
season, "Gridlock," was tipped to be pushed back a week due to football,
but thankfully the game finished on time and the episode aired as
originally planned. It also comes just a couple weeks after "Daleks In
Manhattan" aired about 25 minutes early, producing what many fans say is
some of the series' lowest ratings.
Episode 7, entitled "42," was written by "Torchwood" executive Producer
Chris Chibnall, and has been re-scheduled for May 19. The Eurovision, which
starts at 8 p.m., is notorious for displacing serialized shows every year,
and now "Doctor Who" is among its casualties. According to sources, the BBC
considered bringing "Doctor Who" forward to an earlier timeslot for the
evening, however opted against it as episodes that have been shifted in the
past have tended to draw in a smaller audience.
The episode "42" sees the Doctor and Martha set off on a "24"-style
adventure that unfolds in as close to real time as the series can do. After
materializing in a crippled ship plummeting toward a sun, the dynamic duo
have 42 minutes to uncover why the ship is taking the plunge and who has
been taking control of its crew.
Former "East Enders" star Michelle Collins will be making her Whovian debut
as the captain of the doomed craft, McConnell.
In the following weeks, fans will see a more tender side to the Doctor as
he is forced to settle down and start a life in a two-part story that
started life as the series tie-in novel "Human Nature" by Paul Cornell.
In other Who-universe news, both "Doctor Who" spinoffs are back in full
swing with filming under way for the second series of the adult-themed
"Torchwood" and the children series "The Sarah Jane Adventures." According
to Outpost Gallifrey, the Welsh-centric "Torchwood" has already begun
filming its second season starting with scenes from Episodes 4 and 10.
Meanwhile, a little closer to the capital, the annoying and grossly
unpopular character of Kelsey (Porsha Lawrence-Mavour) has been removed
from "Sarah Jane Investigates," the spinoff aimed at a younger, "hipper"
audience. The actress was featured in the extended-length pilot that aired
at New Year, however it has been announced actor Daniel Anthony will be
stepping into the series to take her place.
"Doctor Who" is currently airing its third season in the United Kingdom on
BBC One, and is expected to air on the SciFi Channel in the United States
"Torchwood" will air its first season on BBC America within the next couple
months as well.
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