Top Gear America's taking it on the chin, dare I say unfairly, from the purist fans of the original. And that helps me predict whether Doctor Who will follow in The Office's footsteps as another BBC property being remade for U.S. audiences.
Shall we take a moment to revel in, or even squee over, the news that we're getting accelerated and synchronized classic Doctor Who DVD releases in North America, Australia and New Zealand? Indeed we shall.
For about as long as I've been podcasting, I've been on the warpath seeking the international release of Doctor Who episodes as close to the BBC One airdate as possible. I'm forced to admit that may not be practical most of the time for smaller networks such as BBC America.
So here's my Modest Proposal [...]
The prospects for Doctor Who in the United States have never been greater, despite David Tennant and Russell T. Davies' accomplishments. Moffat and Smith are taking the reins at the most advantageous time possible, thanks to BBC America.
Never have expectations, only hopes. Here's a very fervent hope, though, that the good news about Part One of "The End of Time" airing on BBC America just one day after its U.K. premiere begins a new trend in Doctor Who's international presence.
Unauthorized downloads of TV shows are a fact of life today, as are efforts to curb them. If a chilling effect sets in, how might that affect how quickly international Doctor Who networks release the show? If the pressure to compete with file-sharers lessens, would that mean a longer lag time between the U.K. [...]
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