A double Doctor Who update.
Hello there Doctor Who fans old and new alike, though any among you who are borrowed or blue may want to get that checked out (no prizes for guessing what I’ve just been watching to have come up with that line).
Those of you who followed this blog last year will know that I get very keen on my Doctor Who, and if you’re the same then I have some important news for you, some of it good and some of it bad.
Good news first, and if you’re a fan you can’t have failed to notice that the new series is just over the horizon. Dubbed series 6, it will be split into two halves with the first being shown this spring and the second later on in the year. Expect this new format to have more climactic episodes and less filler, and if this prequel is anything to go by then expect a few more high-budget settings and ambitious story-lines along the way too. I won’t give anything else away but if you are keen for newsy titbits then they’re all over the web.
Now we come to the bad news. Though Doctor Who is the original there have been several spin-off shows that have enjoyed varying levels of success. You may have heard of Torchwood, which is currently filming its latest instalment with a similarly ambitious and American feel to it, and you may not have heard of the K9 Adventures, the dubious looking kids TV show that was apparently on Disney 😄 as well as Channel Five. Although I’ve never see n this show I can’t say I’m tempted by it.
If you’ve been keeping up with your spin-offs then you’re probably also familiar with The Sarah Jane Adventures, another childrens’ TV show but one which I’ve watched several episodes of and which is really rather good, especially when Doctor Who is between series’ and you need your fix of wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey-ness. The Sarah Jane Adventures, as the name suggests, centred around Sarah Jane Smith, a former companion of the Doctor played by Elisabeth Sladen, who, after her reappearance in the School Reunion story in series 2 of Doctor Who, had gone on to establish her own investigation team dedicated to protecting Earth from aliens when the Doctor isn’t around. And in fact when he is. Both David Tenant’s Doctor and Matt Smith’s Doctor have made appearances in The Sarah Jane Adventures as have some of his other former companions. Altogether The Sarah Jane Adventures was a great kids TV show and went far in proving that you don’t have to dumb-down TV just because it’s aimed at children (let’s not forget that Doctor Who itself was originally aimed for such an audience).
My second piece of news, then, is that Elisabeth Sladen, according to news that broke on Twitter and the news websites this evening, has tragically passed away. One article outlining her condition is here, and although it does state that her passing is unconfirmed it appears that this has since been confirmed, and that she has in fact died (as now confirmed by the BBC). Many Doctor Who fans, old and new, will sorely miss Elisabeth and her excellent work as an actress, and as is evidenced by Twitter at this difficult time, peoples’ thoughts are going out to her family and friends.
Goodbye Sarah Jane. The Whoniverse won’t be the same without you. RIP