Jodie Whittaker to Return as ‘Doctor Who’ in 2020 Amid Strong U.S. Ratings

“Doctor Who” will be back on global screens in early 2020, with Jodie Whittaker returning in her groundbreaking role as the show’s first regular female timelord. The show was renewed by the BBC amid mixed overnight but strong consolidated numbers…

“Doctor Who” will be back on global screens in early 2020, with Jodie Whittaker returning in her groundbreaking role as the show’s first regular female timelord. The show was renewed by the BBC amid mixed overnight but strong consolidated numbers in the U.K., and strong ratings in the U.S. British viewers tuned in in droves to […]

‘Doctor Who’ Special Trailer: DNA of ‘Most Dangerous Creature in the Universe’ Unearthed (Video)

BBC has good news and bad news for “Doctor Who” fans.

The good news: Jodie Whitaker’s first season as the Thirteenth Doctor will finish with a New Year’s Day special, which you can get a peek at in the new trailer released Sunday. The bad news: After that, there won’t be any more “Doctor Who” until 2020.

In the trailer for the special episode, “Resolution,” a very serious Doctor tells her companions that they have stumbled upon “the DNA of the most dangerous creature in the universe” that has been buried on Earth for over a millennium. Although the identity of the “creature” isn’t revealed, fans already have an idea of what it is: the Doctor’s most infamous arch-enemies, the Daleks.

Watch the trailer below.

This New Year’s Day, the most dangerous creature in the universe is stirring…

The #DoctorWho New Year’s Day special premieres January 1 at 8pm on @BBCAMERICA. pic.twitter.com/WordprxRdb

— Doctor Who on BBC America (@DoctorWho_BBCA) December 9, 2018

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After that airs on Jan. 1, production will begin on Series 12 of “Doctor Who” in spring 2019. However, the series won’t be ready to broadcast until early 2020 because, according to the BBC, the next batch of episodes will require “uniquely complex filming requirements and a lengthy post-production period.”

Series 12 is on its way and will be returning to BBC One in early 2020. https://t.co/Kd1cS98j9U #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/ysEOP6MlRu

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) December 9, 2018

Series 12 will see Whitaker return with co-stars Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, as well as showrunner Chris Chibnall.

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BBC has good news and bad news for “Doctor Who” fans.

The good news: Jodie Whitaker’s first season as the Thirteenth Doctor will finish with a New Year’s Day special, which you can get a peek at in the new trailer released Sunday. The bad news: After that, there won’t be any more “Doctor Who” until 2020.

In the trailer for the special episode, “Resolution,” a very serious Doctor tells her companions that they have stumbled upon “the DNA of the most dangerous creature in the universe” that has been buried on Earth for over a millennium. Although the identity of the “creature” isn’t revealed, fans already have an idea of what it is: the Doctor’s most infamous arch-enemies, the Daleks.

Watch the trailer below.

After that airs on Jan. 1, production will begin on Series 12 of “Doctor Who” in spring 2019. However, the series won’t be ready to broadcast until early 2020 because, according to the BBC, the next batch of episodes will require “uniquely complex filming requirements and a lengthy post-production period.”

Series 12 will see Whitaker return with co-stars Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, as well as showrunner Chris Chibnall.

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‘Doctor Who’ New Year’s Special Trailer Unleashed Via BBC America – Show Renewed For 2020

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Something very bad is coming in this teaser for Doctor Who’s New Year’s Day special

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Jodie Whittaker won’t be regenerating for a while on Doctor Who 

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Jodie Whittaker Regenerates ‘Doctor Who’ With 47 Percent Viewer-Growth From Last Year

When Jodie Whittaker regenerated into “Doctor Who’s” 13th Time Lord, she brought a surge in Nielsen ratings for the 55-year television franchise with her.

Heading into its Season 11 finale this Sunday, the BBC America drama has seen a significant rise in total viewers, the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and the 25-54 age range for Whittaker’s first season over the 2017 installment (which was the final year for the series’ 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi), according to “Live + Same Day” data from Nielsen.

The show’s current season — which premiered Oct. 7 with its first-ever female Doctor — is up 47 percent in total viewers, 46 percent in adults 18-49 and 32 percent in adults 25-54, over Season 10.

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“Doctor Who’s” eleventh season has also cracked the Top 15 cable drama list in the women 18-34 demo, with the viewership in that group doubling since Capaldi’s farewell installment.

The BBC drama is averaging 1.6 million viewers per episode (through the first eight episodes of the current season), which is a 20 percent rise over the last Doc (1.3 million viewers) when counting a week’s worth of delayed viewing data from Nielsen.

These numbers also put Whittaker’s first season ahead of that of previous Doctors Matt Smith, David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston.

The “Doctor Who” Season 11 finale airs Sunday at 8/7c on BBC America.

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When Jodie Whittaker regenerated into “Doctor Who’s” 13th Time Lord, she brought a surge in Nielsen ratings for the 55-year television franchise with her.

Heading into its Season 11 finale this Sunday, the BBC America drama has seen a significant rise in total viewers, the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and the 25-54 age range for Whittaker’s first season over the 2017 installment (which was the final year for the series’ 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi), according to “Live + Same Day” data from Nielsen.

The show’s current season — which premiered Oct. 7 with its first-ever female Doctor — is up 47 percent in total viewers, 46 percent in adults 18-49 and 32 percent in adults 25-54, over Season 10.

“Doctor Who’s” eleventh season has also cracked the Top 15 cable drama list in the women 18-34 demo, with the viewership in that group doubling since Capaldi’s farewell installment.

The BBC drama is averaging 1.6 million viewers per episode (through the first eight episodes of the current season), which is a 20 percent rise over the last Doc (1.3 million viewers) when counting a week’s worth of delayed viewing data from Nielsen.

These numbers also put Whittaker’s first season ahead of that of previous Doctors Matt Smith, David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston.

The “Doctor Who” Season 11 finale airs Sunday at 8/7c on BBC America.

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‘Doctor Who’: The First Female Doctor Is Fine Enough — But She Needs To Get Scary

After 50-plus years, TV’s favorite time traveler is at his/her best when she worries us.

The Doctor is one of pop culture’s most long-lasting characters, and always a deliberate enigma. Over the last 50-plus years the time-traveling alien hero of Britain’s longest-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who” has had an increasingly complex backstory, but he (or as of this year, she) has always been a creature that’s somewhat above us humans. Smarter, wiser, tougher.

However, now that we’re halfway through the first season of Jodie Whittaker taking on the role of the Doctor, the first woman to man the controls of the TARDIS, there’s something missing. This Doctor hasn’t displayed the heavy mettle we know and love, and without that the character can’t give us her full potential.

Through its many iterations, many of the show’s best moments come from times in which The Doctor proves to be flat-out terrifying. His/her power is immense, and that power can be used to celebrate the best in those he/she encounters — or, it could just as well be otherwise. But so far, Whittaker is still missing the moment afforded every other modern-era Doctor, when the audience was forced to reckon with just how destructive The Doctor could be.

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For Christopher Eccleston’s introduction as the ninth Doctor, he bellowed at living plastic evil invading London shopping malls. When David Tennant proved his place, he used a satsuma to drop an alien warlord to his death. Matt Smith put on a bow-tie as he flat-out told another invader “Basically… run.” And Peter Capaldi… well, he was scary from the beginning.

Moments like these define “Doctor Who.” Classic superheroes stay firmly on the side of good, but the Doctor is fully capable of harsh choices and rough decisions. While the character is often capable of mercy, that’s not a given, and that’s what makes him/her unique.

And yes, it feels gendered, that the first female Doctor has yet to go truly baller on screen. Whittaker has definitely found her own perspective in moments that require the Doctor to step up and be authoritative — there’s no denying that the 13th Doctor is a boss. In last Sunday’s episode, “The Witchfinders,” the Doctor, as played by Whittaker, rages beautifully against the machine that lead to the witch trials in 17th century Lancashire.

But she never presents any real threat against the enemies she faces, just one of many moments where she pulls back. She brings authority to the role, but in escaping accusations of witchcraft, she doesn’t really suffer or inflict suffering upon others.

It’s the one thing truly holding back Whittaker in this role, because she’s been a stellar performer by every other metric. Whittaker has brought a beautiful earnestness that sells the Doctor’s innate love of the unusual and strange — but she has yet to have the opportunity to tear apart the monsters she’s encountered.

Picture shows: Yaz (MANDIP GILL), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER)

“Doctor Who.”

BBC Studios 2018

As the Doctor’s long-established archnemesis the Master said in the Season 3 episode, “The Sound of Drums” the Doctor chose his/her own name, and it refers to “the man who makes people better.” But at the same time, the Doctor is also someone who’s totally comfortable sending a foe to his death: “No second chances. I’m that sort of a man,” the 10th Doctor (Tennant) says in “The Christmas Invasion.”

There’s no denying that Whittaker has found her grasp on an incredibly challenging role. In her hands, the Doctor is smart, intuitive, and compassionate. But the scripts still need to give her the moment that her predecessors have had before: the moment which makes us realize that the Doctor’s face may change, but she is always the boss of us.

‘Doctor Who’ New Year’s Day Special Set On BBC America

BBC America is going to ring in 2019 with Doctor Who. Breaking away from the traditional Christmas Day timeslot, the popular series will have its first-ever “Who Year’s Day” which will include a marathon of all the Christmas specials …

BBC America is going to ring in 2019 with Doctor Who. Breaking away from the traditional Christmas Day timeslot, the popular series will have its first-ever “Who Year’s Day” which will include a marathon of all the Christmas specials that will pave the way to the aforementioned New Year’s Day special The marathon will begin 12pm ET/PT on December 24 and lead into Christmas Day. After that, it will be a celebratory marathon of all the Doctors tarting with Peter Capaldi…

‘Doctor Who’ Annual Christmas Special Moves From Christmas to New Year’s Day

Hold on to your sonic screwdrivers, “Doctor Who” fans, because we have some Earth-shattering news: The annual Christmas special is being moved from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day. So, a New Year’s Day special — or “Who Year’s Day” special, if you will.

Yes, the long-running BBC America series is shifting the highly-anticipated installment from its traditional Dec. 25 slot to Jan. 1. The all-new episode — which is going by the moniker “Who Year’s Day,” by the way — is written by series showrunner Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip (“Preacher,” “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”).

Here’s the logline for the special, which will be the first featuring the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker: As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor, Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?

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While fans await the episode they can spend their time binging seasons past, with BBC America airing a “Doctor Who” marathon, starting with all the Christmas specials at 12 p.m. ET/PT on Monday, Dec. 24 going through Dec. 25.

But wait, there’s more! The network will also air a marathon of all the previous Doctors, starting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading up to the Whittaker-led New Year’s special.

“Jodie Whittaker and the dynamic new team have propelled ‘Doctor Who’ to become TV’s fastest growing scripted series of the year,” said Courtney Thomasma, executive director of BBC America. “We can’t think of a better holiday gift to the fans than a week-long marathon of Doctor Who Christmas specials and fan-favorite episodes leading into 2019 with new traditions and our first-ever ‘Who Year’s Day’ special.”

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“We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang, as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends face a terrifying alien threat in an action-packed, hour-long special adventure for all the family,” Chibnall added.

The finale of the current season will air on Sunday, December 9th at 8pm/7c on BBC AMERICA.

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Hold on to your sonic screwdrivers, “Doctor Who” fans, because we have some Earth-shattering news: The annual Christmas special is being moved from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day. So, a New Year’s Day special — or “Who Year’s Day” special, if you will.

Yes, the long-running BBC America series is shifting the highly-anticipated installment from its traditional Dec. 25 slot to Jan. 1. The all-new episode — which is going by the moniker “Who Year’s Day,” by the way — is written by series showrunner Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip (“Preacher,” “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”).

Here’s the logline for the special, which will be the first featuring the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker: As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor, Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?

While fans await the episode they can spend their time binging seasons past, with BBC America airing a “Doctor Who” marathon, starting with all the Christmas specials at 12 p.m. ET/PT on Monday, Dec. 24 going through Dec. 25.

But wait, there’s more! The network will also air a marathon of all the previous Doctors, starting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading up to the Whittaker-led New Year’s special.

“Jodie Whittaker and the dynamic new team have propelled ‘Doctor Who’ to become TV’s fastest growing scripted series of the year,” said Courtney Thomasma, executive director of BBC America. “We can’t think of a better holiday gift to the fans than a week-long marathon of Doctor Who Christmas specials and fan-favorite episodes leading into 2019 with new traditions and our first-ever ‘Who Year’s Day’ special.”

“We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang, as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends face a terrifying alien threat in an action-packed, hour-long special adventure for all the family,” Chibnall added.

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Why AMC Networks Chose Sarah Barnett to Be Entertainment President: ‘Killing Eve’ Didn’t Hurt

BBC America boss Sarah Barnett has been named entertainment president of AMC Networks. Her promotion comes as part of an overall company reorg, one which we discussed Monday with both Barnett and her boss, AMC COO Ed Carroll.

“The ability to think across the four networks [AMC, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV] is truly the motivation behind this,” Barnett said of the consolidation of resources. “And it’s the right one and the proper one and a smart one. It allows us to retain the individual brands of each of these four different businesses, and yet play to our collective strength. That’s the opportunity here.”

Unfortunately, the cost will be about 40 employees losing their job, an individual with knowledge of the restructuring tells TheWrap.

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Focusing on the positives, Carroll also likes the leveraging opportunities here. And in terms of choosing Barnett to steer the ship, it certainly didn’t hurt that “Killing Eve” on her BBC America was a big hit, he told us.

“Obviously, it’s a nice set of facts that ‘Killing Eve’ was one of the hottest and most successful shows on television [this] year,” Carrol said.

Barnett and her team developed the Sandra Oh drama.

“Sarah has demonstrated at a couple of our networks — at SundanceTV and at BBC America — that she has a keen eye for quality and creating value,” Carroll said. “And that manifested itself in shows like ‘Rectify’ and ‘Top of the Lake’ and ‘Orphan Black’ and ‘Killing Eve.’”

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Barnett used the word “fandom” a bunch of times at this point in our interview, which segued us perfectly to the “Better Call Saul”/”Breaking Bad” Universe. We asked Barnett to give us her outsider-insider opinion on how many seasons the prequel has left in the tank, since showrunner Peter Gould has previously told us we’re “getting closer to the end than we are to the beginning.”

“I actually think my husband would leave me if it doesn’t go on forever,” Barnett said.

We’re good with that.

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BBC America boss Sarah Barnett has been named entertainment president of AMC Networks. Her promotion comes as part of an overall company reorg, one which we discussed Monday with both Barnett and her boss, AMC COO Ed Carroll.

“The ability to think across the four networks [AMC, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV] is truly the motivation behind this,” Barnett said of the consolidation of resources. “And it’s the right one and the proper one and a smart one. It allows us to retain the individual brands of each of these four different businesses, and yet play to our collective strength. That’s the opportunity here.”

Unfortunately, the cost will be about 40 employees losing their job, an individual with knowledge of the restructuring tells TheWrap.

Focusing on the positives, Carroll also likes the leveraging opportunities here. And in terms of choosing Barnett to steer the ship, it certainly didn’t hurt that “Killing Eve” on her BBC America was a big hit, he told us.

“Obviously, it’s a nice set of facts that ‘Killing Eve’ was one of the hottest and most successful shows on television [this] year,” Carrol said.

Barnett and her team developed the Sandra Oh drama.

“Sarah has demonstrated at a couple of our networks — at SundanceTV and at BBC America — that she has a keen eye for quality and creating value,” Carroll said. “And that manifested itself in shows like ‘Rectify’ and ‘Top of the Lake’ and ‘Orphan Black’ and ‘Killing Eve.'”

Barnett used the word “fandom” a bunch of times at this point in our interview, which segued us perfectly to the “Better Call Saul”/”Breaking Bad” Universe. We asked Barnett to give us her outsider-insider opinion on how many seasons the prequel has left in the tank, since showrunner Peter Gould has previously told us we’re “getting closer to the end than we are to the beginning.”

“I actually think my husband would leave me if it doesn’t go on forever,” Barnett said.

We’re good with that.

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AMC Networks Names BBC America’s Sarah Barnett as President, 40 Laid Off in Restructuring

AMC Networks has promoted BBC America boss Sarah Barnett to president of its whole portfolio of entertainment networks, which includes AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC. She will also oversee streaming service AMC Premiere.

Barnett (pictured above) is not the only one updating her business cards. David Madden, currently the president of programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, will add BBC America and IFC to his docket. Linda Schupack will now be the president of marketing across all of the national networks. She will report to Barnett. Madden and Barnett both report to company COO Ed Carroll.

These moves are the result of ongoing restructuring. Roughly 40 employees are expected to lose their jobs as part of the organization shift, a person with knowledge of the restructuring told TheWrap. The repositioning of assets was overseen by Jen Caserta, former president and general manager of IFC.

Charlie Collier left AMC last month to become entertainment CEO of “New Fox.”

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“Sarah is an incredibly talented executive who has distinguished herself leading BBC America and, prior to that, SundanceTV, to new heights with acclaimed shows that have redefined each brand,” Carroll said Monday in a statement. “She stands out for being an inspired thinker and innovator who brings a deep knowledge of the business, strong creative instincts and excellent leadership skills to this new role, and she’s well-positioned to make even more significant contributions to our success as we strategically shift to an enterprise-wide structure across our scripted entertainment networks.”

“With his breadth of experience and track record of success, David is as good as it gets when it comes to making compelling content people care about,” Carroll added of Madden. “I look forward to working with him and his team even more closely in this new role as he leverages his expertise across all four of our scripted entertainment networks and AMC Studios.”

“I’m privileged to work closely with David, whose creative chops and deep experience and relationships are going to fuel our forward momentum,” Barnett said of him. “David is a singular talent and I can’t wait to work more closely with him.”

“Linda is a clear leader in entertainment marketing, having engaged fans over many years across some of the most iconic and well-known series in television history,” she added of Schupack. “Her innovation in blending performance marketing with consistent creative excellence is exactly what is needed for the changing landscape of entertainment.”

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Here are some more key Barnett reports, a list that includes some more new promotions:

  • Blake Callaway, executive director, who will continue to oversee IFC.
  • Jan Diedrichsen, executive director, who will continue to oversee SundanceTV and the Sundance Now streaming service.
  • Courtney Thomasma, who will be promoted to executive director, overseeing BBC America.
  • Marnie Black, executive vice president, public relations, who will continue to oversee all consumer public relations functions for AMC, SundanceTV and Sundance Now, and expand her responsibility to now include BBC America and IFC.
  • Tom Halleen, executive vice president, programming strategy, acquisitions and scheduling, will continue to oversee scheduling, acquisitions, and promo planning & strategy functions across AMC and SundanceTV, and expand his responsibility to now include BBC America, IFC and WE tv.
  • Mac McKean, executive vice president, Innovation, who will continue to oversee AMC Premiere and expand his responsibility for digital, gaming and new products across AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC.
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AMC Networks has promoted BBC America boss Sarah Barnett to president of its whole portfolio of entertainment networks, which includes AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC. She will also oversee streaming service AMC Premiere.

Barnett (pictured above) is not the only one updating her business cards. David Madden, currently the president of programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, will add BBC America and IFC to his docket. Linda Schupack will now be the president of marketing across all of the national networks. She will report to Barnett. Madden and Barnett both report to company COO Ed Carroll.

These moves are the result of ongoing restructuring. Roughly 40 employees are expected to lose their jobs as part of the organization shift, a person with knowledge of the restructuring told TheWrap. The repositioning of assets was overseen by Jen Caserta, former president and general manager of IFC.

Charlie Collier left AMC last month to become entertainment CEO of “New Fox.”

“Sarah is an incredibly talented executive who has distinguished herself leading BBC America and, prior to that, SundanceTV, to new heights with acclaimed shows that have redefined each brand,” Carroll said Monday in a statement. “She stands out for being an inspired thinker and innovator who brings a deep knowledge of the business, strong creative instincts and excellent leadership skills to this new role, and she’s well-positioned to make even more significant contributions to our success as we strategically shift to an enterprise-wide structure across our scripted entertainment networks.”

“With his breadth of experience and track record of success, David is as good as it gets when it comes to making compelling content people care about,” Carroll added of Madden. “I look forward to working with him and his team even more closely in this new role as he leverages his expertise across all four of our scripted entertainment networks and AMC Studios.”

“I’m privileged to work closely with David, whose creative chops and deep experience and relationships are going to fuel our forward momentum,” Barnett said of him. “David is a singular talent and I can’t wait to work more closely with him.”

“Linda is a clear leader in entertainment marketing, having engaged fans over many years across some of the most iconic and well-known series in television history,” she added of Schupack. “Her innovation in blending performance marketing with consistent creative excellence is exactly what is needed for the changing landscape of entertainment.”

Here are some more key Barnett reports, a list that includes some more new promotions:

  • Blake Callaway, executive director, who will continue to oversee IFC.
  • Jan Diedrichsen, executive director, who will continue to oversee SundanceTV and the Sundance Now streaming service.
  • Courtney Thomasma, who will be promoted to executive director, overseeing BBC America.
  • Marnie Black, executive vice president, public relations, who will continue to oversee all consumer public relations functions for AMC, SundanceTV and Sundance Now, and expand her responsibility to now include BBC America and IFC.
  • Tom Halleen, executive vice president, programming strategy, acquisitions and scheduling, will continue to oversee scheduling, acquisitions, and promo planning & strategy functions across AMC and SundanceTV, and expand his responsibility to now include BBC America, IFC and WE tv.
  • Mac McKean, executive vice president, Innovation, who will continue to oversee AMC Premiere and expand his responsibility for digital, gaming and new products across AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC.
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BBC America Orders ‘The Watch’ Based on Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ Novels

BBC America has given the green light to “The Watch,” an unscripted series based on Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” novels.

Specifically, “The Watch” is inspired by the “City Watch” subset of the “Discworld” novels, and centers on the misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness, from both the past and future in a perilous quest. The eight-episode thriller will feature several famous “Discworld” creations including City Watch Captain Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naïve but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious non-binary forensics expert Cheery together with Terry Pratchett’s iconic characterization of Death.

The series is produced by BBC Studios for BBC America, and is distributed by BBC Studios. It is co-produced with Narrativia. Simon Allen writes the series, Hilary Salmon executive produces, as does Ben Donald for BBC Studios and Rob Wilkins for Narrativia. Phil Collinson is also an executive producer.

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“‘The Watch’ has been startlingly reimagined for television by writer Simon Allen, while still cleaving to the humor, heart and ingenuity of Terry Pratchett’s incomparably original work,” said BBC America president Sarah Barnett. “BBC America embraces what’s fresh and exhilarating in TV; we believe ‘The Watch’ will astonish audiences.”

“With events in our own world making the insanity of ‘Discworld’ seem outrageously familiar, there couldn’t be a better time to bring Terry’s fun, fire and fury back to the small screen or a better place than BBC AMERICA. I’m grateful to them, BBC Studios and especially Rob Wilkins at Narrativia who has been a constant source of inspiration on this epic and emotional journey,” said Allen.

“‘The Watch’ is a distinctly British but defiantly global exhilarating thriller that is disruptive in its approach to the fantasy genre and also big on the themes of mortality, inclusion, alternative facts and justice,” added Hilary Salmon, executive producer and head of BBC Studios Drama Production London. “It’s a dizzying riot of hope, joy, suspense and audaciously dark humor. We can’t wait to work with BBC America to bring it all to life for existing fans and brand new audiences.”

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Finally, Rob Wilkins, executive producer and managing director of Narrativia, added: “Many years ago Terry made the brave decision to allow brand new ‘Watch’ stories to be told with his existing characters. It’s taken a long time for anything to happen because we guard these characters with our very lives! So many of Terry’s biggest ideas seem more vital and urgent now than ever before and I am thrilled to be working with Simon and such a talented team, who understand the unique genius of their creator. They have really keyed into the subversive qualities of Terry’s voice and they clearly adore ‘Discworld’ as much as I and millions of fans around the world do.”

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BBC America has given the green light to “The Watch,” an unscripted series based on Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” novels.

Specifically, “The Watch” is inspired by the “City Watch” subset of the “Discworld” novels, and centers on the misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness, from both the past and future in a perilous quest. The eight-episode thriller will feature several famous “Discworld” creations including City Watch Captain Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naïve but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious non-binary forensics expert Cheery together with Terry Pratchett’s iconic characterization of Death.

The series is produced by BBC Studios for BBC America, and is distributed by BBC Studios. It is co-produced with Narrativia. Simon Allen writes the series, Hilary Salmon executive produces, as does Ben Donald for BBC Studios and Rob Wilkins for Narrativia. Phil Collinson is also an executive producer.

“‘The Watch’ has been startlingly reimagined for television by writer Simon Allen, while still cleaving to the humor, heart and ingenuity of Terry Pratchett’s incomparably original work,” said BBC America president Sarah Barnett. “BBC America embraces what’s fresh and exhilarating in TV; we believe ‘The Watch’ will astonish audiences.”

“With events in our own world making the insanity of ‘Discworld’ seem outrageously familiar, there couldn’t be a better time to bring Terry’s fun, fire and fury back to the small screen or a better place than BBC AMERICA. I’m grateful to them, BBC Studios and especially Rob Wilkins at Narrativia who has been a constant source of inspiration on this epic and emotional journey,” said Allen.

“‘The Watch’ is a distinctly British but defiantly global exhilarating thriller that is disruptive in its approach to the fantasy genre and also big on the themes of mortality, inclusion, alternative facts and justice,” added Hilary Salmon, executive producer and head of BBC Studios Drama Production London. “It’s a dizzying riot of hope, joy, suspense and audaciously dark humor. We can’t wait to work with BBC America to bring it all to life for existing fans and brand new audiences.”

Finally, Rob Wilkins, executive producer and managing director of Narrativia, added: “Many years ago Terry made the brave decision to allow brand new ‘Watch’ stories to be told with his existing characters. It’s taken a long time for anything to happen because we guard these characters with our very lives! So many of Terry’s biggest ideas seem more vital and urgent now than ever before and I am thrilled to be working with Simon and such a talented team, who understand the unique genius of their creator. They have really keyed into the subversive qualities of Terry’s voice and they clearly adore ‘Discworld’ as much as I and millions of fans around the world do.”

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‘Doctor Who’ Delivers a ‘Proper Awesome’ Episode That Is Pacifist, Pro-Science, and Anti-Gun

Plus, viewers at long last discover what happened to the TARDIS, and it’s worth the wait.

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Doctor Who” Season 11, Episode 2, “The Ghost Monument.”]

“This is proper awesome,” Ryan (Tosin Cole) says upon stepping into the TARDIS for the first time on Sunday’s “Doctor Who.” This sentiment sums up the thrilling, action-packed episode, making up for the lackluster debut of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor last week.

Last seen floating in space, the Doctor and her three companions are saved but somehow get caught between the final two competitors in a cutthroat race called The Rally of the 12 Galaxies. The final challenge in the rally takes place on a planet called Desolation, where the first person to survive the planet’s dangers and reach a legendary landmark called The Ghost Monument — which appears briefly for every 1,000 turns of the planet — will win a lifetime of safety. The Doctor realizes that The Ghost Monument is, in fact, her TARDIS, phasing in and out of time and space from faulty engines. If she can stabilize it, then she can bring her companions back home to Sheffield.

As a family show, “Doctor Who” is no stranger to embedding educational messages into its stories. During the Steven Moffat era, the value and power of love was the main lesson that was revisited over and over. From this episode, it appears that new showrunner Chris Chibnall will use the show as a platform to examine additional humanitarian themes.

In particular, the ruthlessness of the rally highlights the horrors that have been perpetrated across space. The final two competitors, Angstrom (Susan Lynch) and Epzo (Shaun Dooley), are literally fighting for their lives and others due to growing up in a universe where systematic cleansing by a brutal race: the Stenza. That’s right. The incredibly gross and tooth-obsessed Tim Shaw from the premiere is part of a race that is practicing atrocities on multiple planets, not just Earth. Social consciousness is seen on a far larger scale on “Doctor Who”; this is not just a global consciousness, but an intergalactic one that is decidedly anti-war and pacifist. The Doctor even busts out some “Venusian aikido” at one point to peacefully settle a dispute, because she is able to temporarily paralyze a person without causing harm.

Shaun Dooley, "Doctor Who"

Shaun Dooley, “Doctor Who”

BBC Studios 2018

The Doctor had already stated that she will always help those in need in the premiere, and here she continues to advocate for altruism. “Some of us feel a duty for others who are in trouble,” she tells Epzo, who doesn’t see the point in trying to figure out what had happened to the previous inhabitants of the now barren Desolation. Sadly, the Doctor discovered the secret from a final message etched onto the floor:

“We are scientists abducted, tortured, and made to work while our families are held hostage. We are forced to find new ways of destruction, poisons, weapons, creatures, we gave them our minds, and they made us the creators of death. This planet is left scorched and barren from our work. The atmosphere and water are toxic. Killing machines and creatures inhabit every corner. We had no choice but to obey the Stenza. We are trying to destroy all of our work before they use it against others. They’re coming.”

In the end, everyone is able to triumph through a combination of teamwork, ingenuity, and scientific know-how. These moments where practical information allows the Doctor to win the day shifts the show’s messaging from just championing those in need, to one of empowerment and finding solutions. Even better, the Doctor’s solutions — taking out an army of robot guards with an EMP and defeating alien “Remnants” by igniting an acetylene field — are incredibly cool to watch. This is what the Doctor ordered.

The episode also served to explore Ryan’s issues with his grandfather Graham (Bradley Walsh) and his dyspraxia a bit more after seeing him botch riding a bicycle in the premiere. His tenacity when it comes to climbing ladders under pressure prompts the Doctor to praise him. “Can I just say you are amazing?” she says. “Think of all you’ve gone through to be here and you’re still going. I’m proper impressed.”

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Ryan is also the means by which the show makes a very clear but rather unsubtle anti-gun declaration. Despite the Doctor’s protests that guns do no good, Ryan rushes the robot guards and blasts them with a gun he picks up. But he’s of course outnumbered, and the robots are able to revive within seconds, which makes his hotheaded run exacerbate the situation. “Now see what I don’t like about guns?” the Doctor asks before she implements her EMP plan. “See? Brains beat bullets!” The scene is played for laughs, but the message is clear.

Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, "Doctor Who"

Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, “Doctor Who”

BBC Studios 2018

Overall, the episode works as a fascinating, swashbuckling bit of sci-fi fun. Recalling the Stenza is the first tip-off of a greater story arc for the show, as is an enigmatic comment made by one of the talking Remnants about “The Timeless Child,” setting up a timey-wimey mystery.

Of course, the best capper is the Doctor finally being reunited with her TARDIS, which is a surprisingly emotional moment. Adding to that is the companions and viewers getting their first glimpse into the redecorated interior. Gone is the cold metal and strange flashing lights of its previous iteration. This interior has older, more vintage-looking iron walls, hexagonal-patterned dividers, and what appear to be natural stone or crystal structures lit from within. The overall effect is a more natural and warm, but no less awe-inspiring. Welcome to the new era, TARDIS.

Grade: A-

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