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By RD Heldenfels Published: August 10, 2006

I'm an old-school ''Doctor Who'' fan (as should have been obvious when I brought up its TV longevity recently) but I liked the recent BBC revival -- and so was pleased by the following announcement. The official return date, by the way, is Sept. 29, with the show airing on Fridays in tandem with ''Battlestar Galactica'' once that returns in October.


SCI FI Channel and BBC Worldwide Americas today announced a major licensing agreement for the second season of Doctor Who.  The series will return to SCI FI in September 2006, kicking off with a two-hour premiere that will include the "Christmas Invasion" special in which David Tennant (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) was introduced as the tenth Time Lord.

Billie Piper returns as the Doctor's feisty young companion, Rose Tyler, and together they will travel through time and space battling new and returning aliens and monsters.

Chris Regina, Vice President of Programming, SCI FI Channel, said "Our audience has clearly embraced 'Doctor Who' and it has delivered a significant increase in viewers in the time period.  We are looking forward to keeping the momentum going with David Tennant as the new Doctor."

Executive Producer and Lead Writer Russell T Davies says, "We were delighted by the first season's success in the US, and can promise new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak, and some terrifying new aliens in Season Two."

The deal, brokered by Lisa Hofer, Director Co-Production & Sales, BBC Worldwide Americas, with the SCI FI Channel, grants SCI FI the exclusive first-run rights for Season Two.  The first season of the new Doctor Who proved a huge success for SCI FI Channel, delivering an average of 1.5 million viewers each week.


Candace Carlisle, Senior Vice President, BBC Worldwide Americas, commented, "We're pleased to be able to build on the great relationship we have with the SCI FI Channel.  The SCI FI Channel is the perfect broadcast partner to introduce audiences to the new Doctor, David Tennant, and the second season of 'Doctor Who.'"

BBC Video and SCI FI Channel will continue to work together on joint marketing promotions to support the Doctor Who brand in the US, building on the highly successful Season One marketing campaign. 

Burton Cromer, Senior Vice President, Consumer Products, BBC Worldwide Americas said: "'Doctor Who: The Complete First Series' has become our best-selling 'Doctor Who' title ever, thanks to Russell T Davies for his brilliant reinvention of 'Doctor Who' for the 21st century and to the SCI FI Channel for the incredible on and off-air support they gave the season one DVD release.  We look forward to working with them again on Season Two."

Of course, I'll probably wait for the DVD to watch...

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