Just how many ways can the Sci Fi Channel get it wrong?

Here’s the Sci Fi Channel’s reason why Stargate SG-1 (running for 10 years and 200 episodes) is the world’s longest running science-fiction show, not Doctor Who (running for 40 years on and off and approximately a billion episodes):

Guinness awarded the title of longest-running sci-fi series in tv history to Stargate, which took the title away from X-Files (at the 203rd episode, technically). Both shows overshadow Doctor Who in that they had consecutive episodes. Doctor Who while it ran several hundred episodes, had long gaps of not being in production, far longer than a regular hiatus. The show was revived several times and I’m told one of the gaps between production was over ten years.

All they had to do was say “longest running US sci-fi series” and they’d have been off the hook, but no, they just had to start making stuff up…

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Preview: Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

In the US: NBC, Tuesdays, 8/7c. Starts October 3rd.

In the UK: Not acquired (and probably won’t be cos it’s about American football)

Ah, the TV series of the film of the book. Always a heady combination. And it’s all about sport: (American) football, to be exact. Who can resist?

Okay. I’m being sarcastic. Plus ça change, and all that. But actually, despite being a notorious (any) football hater, I really kind of enjoyed Friday Night Lights. It wasn’t totally captivating, but it had ‘qualities’.

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Footballer’s wife to play Rani in Doctor Who?

Zoe LuckerSeeing as The Sun seems to have some kind of direct line to Russell T Davies these days, I guess we have to at least consider the possibility that Zoe Lucker from Footballers’ Wives is going to play The Rani in the next series of Doctor Who.

Is this likely? Well (bearing in mind that all my theories always turn out to be wrong), I think it could be. Well, maybe not Zoe Lucker, but certainly The Rani turning up.

We already have the hint that at least one other Time Lord (for indeed The Rani is a Time Lord/Lady) survived the Time War, thanks to Russell T Davies’ story in last year’s Doctor Who Annual. Then there’s the inherent soapiness of it all that I’ve already pointed out (yes, there’s one Time Lord and one Time Lady remaining in the universe. Think of the possibilities for soapy love triangles). And then there’s Stu’s comments about how the villain next year needs to be someone who can time travel as well – someone who’s The Doctor’s equal, effectively.

Then there’s RTD’s disdain for villains without motivations. The Master – previous number one favourite Time Lord to return – didn’t really have one. The Rani, on the other hand, was a scientist, albeit one with zero ethics. In the new Who, she could therefore be the Doctor’s mirror image: he’s the face of “good” science, she’s the face of “bad” science; she explores the universe, just like him, looking for knowledge. It’s just what she does with it that’s bad.

Can’t say I’d be entirely happy with Zoe Lucker as The Rani, but I can see how it makes sense. What do you all think?