At the turn of the Millennium there were some very short lived sci-fi shows broadcasted on the newer baby networks. There were two on UPN, one was on the WB, and the last one was on the Showtime Cable network. They lasted for less than one season and had less than 20 episodes produced. I watched all four shows back in the day and generally enjoyed all of them. They weren't the best but not the worst shows out there, they just didn't have enough ratings.
The Doctor has been flying around our television screens for more than five decades now. Starting with William Hartnell as the First Doctor, the show has adapted to modern times all throughout its episodes. After 12 male Doctors, 2018 introduced the show’s first ever female Doctor: Jodie Whittaker.
* Series 12 spoilers feature in this article *
Nowhere is the disconnect between ambition and execution in television drama more apparent than science-fiction. What made Space: 1999 different from its 1970s peers is that at least in its first season this disconnect had little to do with budgetary constraints and was more a function of story and character - areas where more modestly budgeted programs frequently outshined it. Dubious science aside, Space: 1999 often posed intriguing ethical and philosophical questions (at least in its first season). Unfortunately, the drama all too often hinged on characters acting out of character, leaving even many who enjoyed it wondering if a bit more time and money should have been spent on the scripts.
2017 was the year of sadness and excitement for Doctor Who fans. In early 2017, current Doctor at the time Peter Capaldi announced he would be stepping down as the Doctor and Series 10 (ending in July 2017) would be his final series. Capaldi, [Pearl] Mackie and [Matt] Lucas all bowed out in the Christmas Special “Twice Upon a Time,” which saw David Bradley portray the First Doctor.
Heading into the back half of Series 11, Doctor Who's new cast and crew seemed to be finding their feet rather nicely. The cast gelling together more with every passing episode, while the writers seemed to be getting more confident in writing for a new, more crowded, Team TARDIS. The seventh episode, Pete McTighe's "Kerblam!" offers up a prime example of the new format, telling a story very much in keeping with the series.
2005 saw the highly anticipated return of Doctor Who when writer, Russell T Davies, revived the show after it was cancelled in the 80s. Actor, Christopher Eccleston, was cast as the Ninth Doctor, who was accompanied by Billie Piper, actress of Rose Tyler.
Peter Capaldi played the Twelfth Doctor from August 2013 until December 2017, when he bowed out in the Christmas Special "Twice Upon a Time." For his final series as the Doctor, Capaldi was joined by Pearl Mackie, who played Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas, who played cyborg Nardole. The trio travelled far into the future and the past, battling many monsters, including the fan favourite Ice Warriors, the Monks, the Master and, of course, the (Mondasian) Cybermen.
It has been 20 years since Big Finish Productions released The Sirens of Time, the very first of their long-running range of Doctor Who audio dramas. Since then, they have released audio adventures every month, featuring one of the actors to have played the Doctor on TV. In this special list, I'm taking a look back at some of the strongest audio adventures to feature the Sixth Doctor, as played on TV by Colin Baker. We begin with:
During the turn of the millennium, I enjoyed a brand new sci-fi series on the Fox TV Network created by James Cameron. It was his first foray into sci-fi TV after his successes in making blockbuster movies. The series was also co-produced by Charles H. Eglee and was the only TV show they produced together. The series is a dystopian cyberpunk science fiction show set in Seattle, WA, nearly twenty years in what was then the future. The plot centers around a young woman named Max who works as a bike messenger while trying to survive the chaotic world the US has become after a terrorist attack rendered American society into the status of a Third World country. The show premiered on Fox TV on October 3, 2000, and ended on May 3, 2002. The series consisted of 43 episodes which included a pilot episode. The show was shot entirely at Lionsgate Studios in Vancouver BC, Canada.
Last Friday, Netflix released the second season of 3Below, the second show in Guillermo del Toro's Tales of Arcadia trilogy. While the first show, Trollhunters (which is required viewing before watching this show), had three seasons, 3Below has two seasons, the second of which ended in a way that feels like a series finale. No spoilers (yet), but 3Below Part 2 was better than Part 1. The series as a whole has felt like a natural continuation from Trollhunters, utilizing some familiar characters and providing little updates on others. Below are broad comments regarding the show overall, followed by a spoiler section
'Futurama' is the only show that I know of to get cancelled and come back for what seemed to be an endless cycle, until the last season was so quickly put together that fans were a little more ready to finally let it go for good. This animated sitcom has managed to become a TV classic that based on the future, that alone is impressive enough for me. It's made by the very famous Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. The same creators of The Simpsons.