What Can We Expect From the Upcoming 6th Season of Doctor Who?
The popular British science-fiction show Doctor Who will be returning to television this winter.
Kicking off the season with a Christmas special, the 6th season of the ever popular British television series Doctor Who is highly anticipated by science-fiction fans everywhere. Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor, will be returning for this season, accompanied by his sassy sidekick Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillian).
For those of you who aren't already fans, Doctor Who chronicles the adventures of a time traveling humanoid alien called the Doctor, who strives to protect the human race from various extraterrestrial dangers. He travels through space and time in his ship called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), almost always accompanied by a human companion. Generally, he spends most of his time being baffled by mundane human antics, running from his adversaries, saving the world/galaxy/universe, and delivering delightfully witty and sarcastic dialogue. Overall, it's just about the most fantastic thing ever to have existed.
Doctor Who holds two Guiness
World Records, the first being for the longest running science fiction
television show to ever have been on TV. Seeing as it has been running
since 1963, has a total of 769 episodes (as of June 2010), and has
given rise to two feature films and multiple spin off shows, I think we
can all agree that's a well earned title. The second record it holds is
for being the most successful sci-fi series of all time, in terms of
its views, sales, iTunes traffic, and illegal downloads.
Well that's all fine and dandy, but I want to know about the new season!!!
And quite right you are!
Season 6 will begin in Spring of 2011, although we do have a Christmas special this Yule. The Christmas special will, of course, feature Matt Smith and Karen Gillian as the Doctor and Amy, but will also guest star Michael Gambon.
On a side note, this makes me very happy because Michael Gambon plays Dumbledore in the latter Harry Potter films, and his guest appearance in Doctor Who makes this the second Harry Potter/Doctor Who crossover. David Tennant, the predecessor to Matt Smith as the Doctor, played Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Isn't it awesome when two things you love join forces?
Anyway, back to the December special: The Christmas special is going to be based off Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and it is rumored that the Doctor will pose as the Ghost of Christmas Past. This seems to be accurate, as during a trailer for the episode the Doctor's voice is heard saying "I am the Ghost of Christmas Past." There has also been a rumor that the main villain of the special will by a flying shark. Again, this rumor seems to be accurate, as picture of filming show a door with a giant bite mark in it, and what appears to be the model of a shark's head.
As for the rest of the series, there are still quite a few things to look froward to. The 13-episode season is going to be split into two segments: episodes 1-7 airing in the Spring, a break, and then episodes 8-12 airing the next Autumn. The first two episodes of the season will be a two-parter, and will be the first Doctor Who episodes ever filmed on American soil (though multiple episodes have been set there). Other than that, very little is know about the new season apart from the fact that various "loose threads" from season 5 will be followed up, like the "silence" that caused the TARDIS to explode, and the identity of the enigmatic River Song.
Many more rumors, however are flying around all over the place. An article in The Sun announced that Matt Smith would be leaving the show after this season, but BBC employee has stated that Smith will be staying on the show at least until 2013. It has been rumored that Amy Pond is to be killed off at the end of the Spring half of the season, but Matt Smith has denied that Amy will be killed or that Karen Gillian is leaving the show. It has also been rumored that River Song is to die this season, but no BBC insider has yet confirmed or denied these remarks.
Bringing the article to a close - I feel that Matt Smith is a fantastic Doctor, possibly my new favorite. Although he has so far only has one season to prove himself, I think he performed astoundingly in his previous season, and I expect great things from him with this one. I am extremely anxious to find out more about Dr. Song, and whether or not Amy and Rory get their happily ever after. For now, there's nothing more we can do except wait and see what next Spring has in store for one of the greatest science fiction shows ever made.