The new Doctor Who series (new here, last year in the UK) is absolutely brilliant. For those of you who are fans of the old series, the new one deftly mixes more high tech effects without being too slick with the irreverent humor that fans of the old series will love. Christopher Eccleston plays The Doctor in the 2005 series that’s airing starting tonight on the Sci Fi Channel and Billie Piper plays his companion, Rose. For all you old school Dr. Who fans, don’t worry, the Tardis (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) is still here, The Doctor is still gleefully irreverent, sometimes infuriatingly so (to Rose, upon entering the Tardis under pursuit: “Don’t worry, the assembled hoards of Genghis Kahn couldn’t get through that door…and believe me, they’ve tried. Now shut up a minute.”) and there are still hops through time and strange new life forms to meet.
[NOTE: The original version of the following was originally published at TV Squad]
MI-5 is, bar none, the greatest spy show in the history of television. Think I’m joking? I dare you to go out and rent the first season and tell me it’s crap. No. Scrap that. Buy it. When you get to the bottom of this piece, click on one of the links and order the DVDs. If you don’t agree with me, I’ll wash your car. I’ll windex the top of your kitchen cabinets and clean out your vegetable bins that haven’t seen the light of day since the Johnson administration. I’ll spay your cat for free. Oh, you silly, silly person! I won’t do any of those things for you. But if you think 24 is sharp, well-paced and clever, this will knock your socks off.