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Starting at 6 a.m. this morning BBC America is once again having a marathon of Dr. Who.

They are advertising it as all of season five starting at 9 a.m. but they are actually starting with the last David Tennant Story The end of time to include the regeneration and the story behind it.

My review of the entire Series 5 starts with The Eleventh Hour and continues through The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks, The Time of Angels, Flesh and Stone, The Vampires of Venice, Amy’s Choice, The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, Vincent and the Doctor, The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens, and The Big Bang.

Of course if you want NEW stories there is always Big Finish as the Telegraph has reported:

The Tardis has landed in late-Sixties Soviet Russia. The Doctor and his companion are on the trail of an alien weapon that has fallen into the hands of the Soviets. They are in a speeding van being chased across a frozen lake. Just as they seem doomed the van is beamed aboard a space ship.

There is, however, no Matt Smith or Karen Gillan here. In fact, there is no frozen lake, no van and no spaceship, for I am in a recording studio and late-Eighties Dr Who Sylvester McCoy, and his companion Ace, played by Sophie Aldred, are conjuring the scene in a soundproofed booth.

Dr Who may have been successfully resurrected on television in 2005, but it had already reappeared six years earlier in the shape of audio plays released on CD, a format that has been thriving ever since. Big Finish Productions has created more than 180 plays featuring “classic doctors”, as the pre-2005 Doctors are known.

And if you want them in America you can get them mail order from Mike’s Comics along with figures, books and all the Doctor Who stuff you will ever want, just in time for Christmas!

Q: When will all those who screamed bloody murder at the firing of US attorneys under GWB make a fuss about this ruling?

And remember this is not the firing of US Attorneys that the White House has the right to fire at will. This is the firing of an inspector general who looks within.

At the very least Paul McGann will guest star with Matt Smith before that ever happens. With the 50th anniversary only a few years away that is actually not unlikely at all.

I’ve very happy that he’s been checking out the the revised Dr. Who series including the new season with Matt Smith this year. I totally approve both of him checking it out and the series in general.

I haven’t talked much about the Matt Smith episodes because there is a three week gap between England’s broadcasts (which I have watched using a proxy server) checked out the new season of Dr. Who that I think has been absolutely fantastic.

Matt Smith soars in the role. He reminds me of the best parts of Jon Pertwee & Tom Baker only younger. The Eleventh Hour ranks as one of the best re-generation episodes of the entire series. You have to go to Castrovalva to find one as good.

There has only been one episode (this week’s Vincent and the Doctor) that I would consider mediocre and one episode that was pretty much good but had a poor resolution (Vampire’s of Venice) but other than that is is really first rate.

He is also spending some time with the wife in Baltimore. It is unfortunately just as cheap to go to Baltimore to watch the Red Sox than it is to go to Fenway and pay the prices there.

Ah the joys of being a Red Sox fan.

As you might have expected rather than wait till the 17th for the US broadcast (which might be cut a bit) my son of course set up a proxy server and we watched the first adventure of the 11th doctor together.

Considering that you can find it online it seems odd to worry about spoilers but I will say the following The story was excellent. The characters were enjoyable, the plot-line really worked, there is a big bonus for us old timers.

The details (and spoilers) are after the jump (more…)