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BBC Announces Fourth Season of "Doctor Who," Trailers Online for Season Three

While those of us in the States still don't know when we'll get to see the third season of Doctor Who (paging Sci Fi!), the good news is that whenever the cabler gets their act together, we're eventually guaranteed a fourth season of the time traveling series, which currently stars David Tennant as the Doctor (more on that in a bit).

BBC has announced that Doctor Who will return for a fourth season of alien mischief sometime in 2008. Writer/executive producer Russell T. Davies acknowledged the additional season order by saying, "Series four is officially existing. I'm very excited, but we have known for ages."

What is under debate, however, is who will be playing the Doctor. Tennant has already filmed Season Three as the Doctor, his second time around in the role (he replaced Christopher Eccleston, who left after the first season and who has turned up as Claude the invisible man on Heroes). Tennant himself has not answered reporters' questions about whether he would return for Doctor Who's fourth season while other, sometimes implausible, names have been bandied about in the media.

(Personally, I'm hoping that Tennant, my favorite Doctor to date, does turn up again in the TARDIS for at least another season.)

What is certain, however, is that Billie Piper who played the Doctor's companion, Rose Tyler, is definitely gone. She was written out of the series and replaced in Season Three by Freema Agyeman, who plays medical student Martha Jones.

Season Three is set to launch on BBC One on March 31st, but our neighbors across the pond have just put up two new Season Three teaser trailers to sate your appetite while we await news of just when we'll get to see what looks like a pretty fantastic season.

Or, if you're looking for a little more info (and a bit more oomph), here's the season-long preview that ran with the Doctor Who Christmas Special, "The Runaway Bride," (starring the fabulous Catherine Tate), see below:



Fingers crossed that we get an official launch date from Sci Fi sooner rather than later.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: College Basketball (CBS); Identity (NBC); WWE Friday Night SmackDown (CW; 8-10 pm); Grey's Anatomy (ABC); House (FOX)

9 pm: Miss USA 2007 (NBC; 9-11 pm); Six Degrees (ABC); The Wedding Bells (FOX)

10 pm: 20/20 (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: Spoons on BBC America (11 pm ET).

It's another episode of British sketch comedy series Spoons, in which the cast transform themselves into a series of character based on "fabulous young urbanites" in their most painful situations.

9 pm: Six Degrees.

I can't even remember what happened the last time I saw this series, but it returns to the schedule tonight. On tonight's episode ("Slings and Arrows"), Laura goes on her first date since her husband's death and finds the photo Caseman took of her sobbing, while Carlos learns Damian's secret.

10 pm: Clatterford on BBC America (9 pm ET)

It's the third episode of Jennifer Saunders' new series Clatterford. On tonight's episode, while the vicar seems to be taking the "Beating of the Bounds'' very seriously, it's an excuse to drink for everyone else in the village.

10:40 pm: Little Britain on BBC America (9:40 pm ET)

Another chance to catch the antics of David Walliams and Matt Lucas as they skewer stereotypes in this hilarious sketch comedy show. In tonight's episode, Roman gets more than he bargained for at the health spa. Ah, Bubbles de Vere, will you never learn?

Comments

I'm happy that they announced Season 4 but I want to see Season 3! I really hope that Tennant stays around as the Doctor. He brings extra excellence to an already fabulous show.
Anonymous said…
I can't wait for Doctor Who to show up again on Sci Fi. Thanks for the promo... I have to see if I can download the xmas special as SCI FI probably won't air it until Christmas here. Which means the earliest we'll get season 3 is Jan.
Anonymous said…
Even though I think Six Degrees is a highly flawed show, I am actually looking forward to its return.
The CineManiac said…
I for one am all for more of the good Doctor, especially if he's played by David Tennant.
As for Season 3 I will likely be d/ling it come March 31, because even show runner Davies has told those stateside to d/l it, so I fell vindicated in doing it. (although even once I d/l I still purchase it on DVD, so it makes me feel better about it.) I just can't wait to see each new episode!

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