If you expected witty, fast-paced writing, a cast with chemistry, great acting and direction, nifty plots, and an overarching, twisty plotline — in other words, if you expected Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly or a movie anything like The Avengers — there are a lot of other shows out there that can fulfill this need, including the original NCIS which has all of those things. AoS has none of them, however.
BBC America’s new original series Orphan Black kicked off Saturday evening, paired with Doctor Who as part of the channels Supernatural Saturdays. As a viewer, I admit I was intrigued to go from the more family-oriented sensibility of Doctor Who to the more adult sensibility (including a little language and equal-opportunity nudity) of Orphan Black.
Comparisons between classic Doctor Who writer Robert Holmes and current series runner Steven Moffat have been inevitable ever since Moffat’s first story “The Empty Child” and “The Doctor Dances.” But these comparisons were even more inevitable (at least for this fan) on a weekend in which BBC America aired both “The Bells of Saint John” and the classic third Doctor serial “Spearhead from Space.”
If you were to create a list of the most influential people in the 50 year run of Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton’s name would have to be near the top or at the top of that list. Fifty years on, the concept of regeneration and changing the lead actor is an integral part of the series’ longevity, but back in the day it was a huge risk for the show.
While there were science-fiction elements associated with the original vision of Doctor Who, the series wasn’t intended to be a heavily sci-fi driven series. As originally conceived, the time travel element was intended as a doorway to entertaining but educational stories that the entire family could enjoy viewing together on Saturday evenings.