First of all, the biggest news for DOCTOR WHO in America since… well, probably since the show was first imported here: DOCTOR WHO is the cover story on the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, a big, glossy mainstream pop-culture magazine!
The feature goes “Inside the Cult of Doctor Who,” and features interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, as well as the Grand Moff, who says, “It’s not an obscure show anymore,” says executive producer Steven Moffat. “It’s not even a ‘British import.’ It’s just Doctor Who.”
I don’t think the importance of this (long-overdue) honor can be overstated; this is a powerful acknowledgment of the influence of DOCTOR WHO on pop culture in America. We devotees have long known that fans of the Doctor are legion, and now a mass-market magazine is validating it. (Not that we geeks ever need validation, but it’s nice to have.)
The next step is crucial: You must get out there and buy this magazine! Buy a few copies. I subscribe, but I’m going to hit the newsstand and pick up more. This issue must sell. And sell and sell. Trust me, the only language magazine publishers understand is money. If putting the Doctor on the cover results in a huge spike in sales, you can bet that the Time Lord will find himself back on the cover faster than you can say, “Fish fingers and custard!”
In other Doctor-y developments, no less an authority than Matt himself confirms that there will be multiple specials next year to commemorate the series’ 50th anniversary. And he also hinted that there may not be another full series until 2014!
In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Matt makes reference to Moffat’s “first” anniversary special (which hasn’t been written yet) as being “as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven.” And that’s not all. When Moffat pitched season eight (which may not come until 2014) to him, he asked Matt, “Are you ready to cry?” Ever cagey, Matt added, “I know absolutely nothing that I can tell you.”
The good news: Moffat is writing Series 8 with Matt Smith in mind. The bad: Series 8 could be the end for this incarnation of the Time Lord – hence the crying reference. I hope this isn’t true, but if it is, then I hope 11 lasts until the final episode of the season.