It's "Doctor Who" Day At The New York Times
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The Gray Lady ran two articles with a Doctor Who connection.
The big one, currently #7 on the Most E-Mailed list, is a Sunday profile of Doctor Who executive producer Russell T Davies, the man behind the program's revival.
-- This season's opening broadcast was watched by one-seventh of the population of Great Britain.
-- Davies will leave as executive producer after the 2009 season, which will consist of four specials rather than the usual twelve episodes.
-- His middle initial T has no meaning; it was added to avoid confusion with another Russell Davies.
-- The new executive producer will be Steven Moffat who wrote the show's best episodes ("The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances," "Blink"). For my money, Moffat has a stronger story sense than Davies, and Moffat is the best person for the top job.
Bad bit: The article refers to the character as "Doctor Who." As fans know, the character is always called "The Doctor." "Doctor Who" is the name of the program, in the same way that Blondie was the name of the band, not the lead singer.
The other Who-related item was an article this morning about Showtime's U.S. broadcast of Secret Diary of A Call Girl, starring DW fan favorite Billie Piper. Parents of young Who fans might have a difficult time explaining why the kids can't watch Piper on her new show.
Pictured: Davies (seated) with Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper.
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