Occasionally, you stumble upon news that will just make your day. With Christmas just two days away, I was reading up on Doctor Who‘s Christmas special when an article from CNN caught my eye. The piece noted that the same-day airing for Doctor Who‘s “A Christmas Carol”Â for the U.S. and the U.K. was a move intended to capitalize on the growing American fanbase.
Since 2005, American fans of the franchise had to wait days, even weeks to see re-broadcasts of episodes and special events, first on Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy) and now on BBC America. Bloggers immediately assumed this unprecedented programming was an attempt to stamp out fan-related internet piracy.
“We’re not waiting for it to air over here, we’re watching it online. We’re downloading it ahead of time. And not only that, we’re watching the unedited versions. It wasn’t until recently that (BBC America) started to … air them unedited for time,” said Aaron Cistrelli, president of the “Doctor Who” fan-clubÂ Time Meddlers of Los Angeles, based in Southern California, which has been around for 20 years.
All that downloading “means (American fans) love the shows so much they can’t wait to see them,” Richard de Croce, senior vice president of programming at BBC America said.
“And that’s the world we live in, in terms of technology, quite honestly. So let’s air these shows as quickly as we can post the UK’s transmission,” he said.
Oh, and then there was this little tidbit at the end to warm fans’ hearts even more.
And plans are in the works for season six of “Doctor Who” to be broadcast the same day in the United States as well, said de Croce.
I think all the stateside Doctor Who fans will join with me in a giant cheer. Saturdays this spring just got a little better.