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Lessons British TV Needs to Learn from US TV

British television viewers are hungry for cutting edge programs -- most only available legally in the United States. But will the BBC listen?

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Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-‘Doctor Who’ Life of Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.

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The World’s Favourite Parlour Game: The Quite Interesting Brilliance of ‘QI’

We rarely equate television game shows with admirable life philosophies, but the BBC's QI with host Stephen Fry pulls it off by making us think as well as laugh.

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It’s a Very Complicated Thing, Time: ‘Doctor Who: Day of The Daleks’

Not only does this address the global political climate with plot lines that mirror actual events of the early '70s, it's also the first time a Doctor Who story really explored the idea of a time paradox.

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‘Diana Rigg at the BBC’: A Worthy, Albeit Partial, Tribute to a Worthy Actor

Beyond Emma Peel: A new BBC collection highlights Diana Rigg's performances in everything from sketch comedy to the plays of Henrik Ibsen.

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BBC Radio: Tune in for a Grin

The BBC has recognised that its mission statement "to inform, educate and entertain" must, simply must, include radio comedy.

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Getting ‘Spacey-Wacey’ Has Never Been Scarier—or More Fun: ‘Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1’

Looking for a cool way to spend a few hours while waiting for the Doctor to return this August? Borrow a TARDIS, see where and why Demons Run, and meet the Doctor’s wife.

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TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011… Number 9

PopMatters continues its 10-day countdown of some of the high and lowpoints of the 2010 to 2011 TV season. This time up... the superlative BBC drama Being Human and the oh-so-sad, watered down SyFy version of the show.

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Sherlockians, Whovians, Woodies: Summer is the Season for Cinematic Tourists

Each summer they descend upon London en masse. Who are these cinematic tourists, and why do they travel thousands of miles to see where real or fictitious people enacted the stories that captured fans’ imagination?

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Have You Seen This Man? Or Perhaps This Dalek? John Jenner and the Face of BBC Sci-Fi

Whether audiences see his face or that of a Dalek hybrid or robot, Cardiff-based actor John Jenner has a job to die for.

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Moral Ambiguity, Greyness and Imperfection in the Classic, ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’

This is, literally and figuratively, a movie about the dirt under the fingernails of its characters, and how everyone has some of that dirt, no matter how they might appear on the outside or to those in society at large.

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David Tennant Will Be the Breakout from ‘Fright Night’

Apart from a pint-sized but pivotal role as Barty Crouch Jr. in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and some voice work for

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Elisabeth Sladen Was Who I Wanted to be When I Grew Up

A memorial for a groovy time traveller's assistant.

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New season of UK’s “Doctor Who” starts in America on April 23

If you’re waiting with bated breath for the royal wedding, you may want to tune into another eagerly awaited British event coming a week

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Wonders of the Universe: Music to Watch Stars By

The key to the success of pop-star turned physicist Professor Brian Cox's shows is in their titles: Wonder. Each episode is replete with stunning nature photography shot in some of the grandest locations on Earth.

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‘The Alan Bennett Collection’: A Treat of Bennett’s Style Combined with Eminent Actors

'The Alan Bennett Collection' brings together 11 works written for the BBC by the author of The History Boys.

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‘Episodes’: The Transnational Televisual Extravaganza

As with so many trends, the increasing prevalence of transnational television is either a building block in a utopian post-national society enabled by the democratising power of new media, or the inevitable by-product of the audience fragmentation and personal atomisation occasioned by new media.

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Dear Gods, the Quarks Have Arrived: ‘Doctor Who: The Dominators’

One of the special features on the DVD for Doctor Who: The Dominators is a piece called “Tomorrow’s Times—The Second Doctor”, wherein we’

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‘Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol’ Is the Must See Episode of the Year

Guest stars Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins join Matt Smith as the Doctor tries to save a miserly old soul who may be beyond redemption in this 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special.

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‘Doctor Who: The Movie’ Gives Viewers the All-American TARDIS

If you've ever wondered what an American version of Doctor Who would look like, well, here it is.

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