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Instant Gratification

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 26, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 26, 2010 |

Until last year, “Torchwood” and “Doctor Who” fans on the westerly side of the pond have had to wait at least six months before DVDs might begin to wash up on our noreast shores, if not longer had the SyFy channel insisted on broadcasting before the DVDs could be released, sullying our airwaves with 45-minute episodes awkwardly cut down to fit into 42 minutes. It left us Yanks shuddering, cursing the skies until we could learn what happened in the scattered missing three minutes in each episode. It might not seem like much, but those 3 minutes added up to 39 over the course of a season, almost an entire missing episode when all was said and done.

But last summer, the BBC unveiled the unprecedented innovation of transatlantic shipping taking less than six months. Rather than relying on steamers, those cheeky Brits figured out how to squeeze audio and video recordings into the internet tubes that buzz far under the waves. And with the use of aeroplanes (or perhaps rocket propelled dirigibles), they managed to deliver piles and piles of DVDs to our squalid colonies as well. With a simultaneity approaching the sublime, Americans and Britishans alike could watch the adventures of both the Doctor and Captain Jack.

Well, that wasn’t just a one time tease, the fine folks at the BBC have confirmed that America will get series five of “Doctor Who” starting on April 17th. That’s metric for awesome.

Just to celebrate properly, here’s John Barrowman’s adaptation of “The Wizard and I” into “The Doctor and I.”

The Doctor & I - 1’30” by lucidonline

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.