Monday, April 17, 2006

"Dr. Who" Season Two In UK Off To Good Start

I've been enjoying the new "Doctor Who" revivial on SciFi. I'd seen bits and pieces in the UK, but enjoyed Christopher Eccleston's performance much more after seeing it in order. Last week's return of the Daleks was especially intriguing, a nice spin on the iconic villain. Back in the UK, they're already on to a NEW Doctor, since Eccleston refused to do a second batch (and the BBC stupidly didn't include that obligation in his contract -- how British). Season Two debuted Saturday night and while it didn't naturally hit the peak of the wildly anticipated first season, David Tennant scored 8.3 million viewers, handily beating "Harry Potter" and "Deal Or No Deal." Between this and a spinoff with John Barrowman as a bisexual time traveler, the good Doctor promises to be around for quite a while.

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