All Change…


So then. Season Five is on – but not until 2010, and it’s unconfirmed whether David Tennant will be returning. In the mean-time we’ve a full year of the Tenth Doctor plus three one-off TV movies (well, two and the now traditional Christmas Special). What form those movies will take is yet to be revealed, and we may well expect it to be some time before anything concrete emerges. Perhaps they’ll be self-contained, perhaps they’ll be linked, perhaps these movies will way-lay any concerns over flagging audience figures by featuring ‘big gun’ monsters and villains? Perhaps it’s too early for predictions. But the reactions are coming in thick and fast, as you’d expect.

Kasterborous don’t like it.

BehindtheSofa are a little more balanced

And the NZDWFC Message Board is buzzing. As it should be.

It all comes down to how you interpret the news and the BBC spin. There’s cause for concern – a possible loss of momentum, fewer stories, the Doctor a little less outside of centre stage (although in a fifth year the show would be doing well to be still occupying that spot, surely?) On the other hand, it’s very encouraging to see the BBC display such faith in the show’s lead character that they will seemingly give him leave to pursue some work with the RSC. Maybe that’s a sign of a healthy franchise. And who knows – we may still have Torchwood and Sarah Jane to bide us over in the mean-time (that’s a BIG may!)

The series has changed before, and the new series was a change in itself. Telly ain’t what it was when the Doctor last took a hiatus. Here’s hoping the signs will be right for a happy return for season five.


4 Responses to “All Change…”

  1. Thad Ritchards Says:

    Series Five. SERIES FIVE!!! We must speak of series (apparantly), we must, we must…

  2. Peter A Says:

    Alright alright… keep your pants on.

    Anyway, shouldn’t you be off dissecting last night’s Sensing Murder or something?

  3. the_other_dave Says:

    Heaven forbid we have to wait more than a year for new episodes… and returning with less episodes than before… all sounds eerily familiar….

    Seeing as fandom boomed creatively during the wilderness years last time will this force break be a cure for “fan fatigue?”

  4. Peter A Says:

    It’d be a shame if we didn’t get ANYTHING other than the TV movies for 2009. There’s a recent interview with RTd whose origin eludes me that says Torchwood won’t go past a second season (sorry Jamas – series…), and for myself SJSA just has no appeal. I might have to become a Primeval fan!

    fandom’s going to eb interesting, but I wonder now whether it’ll just hibernate rather than coming up with anythign tremendously creative and engaging. There seems to be aweird niverse relationship between available resouces and drive to produce out there now, where the 90s saw us with paper zines and VHS home movies. Today it’s blogs and YouTube but they’re not half as engaging. Oops…

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