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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

U.K. and U.S. airdates for ‘Doctor Who’: “The Waters of Mars”

So how much sense does this make? BBC One will air “The Waters of Mars” — watch the trailer here — on Sunday, November 15, according to Digital Spy. But BBC America won’t air “The Waters of Mars” until Saturday, December 19, more than a month later, or so says Sci Fi Wire.

All I know it, I ain’t waiting a month to see “The Waters of Mars” just because I happen to live on the other side of one of the big waters of Earth. Which wouldn’t work for me anyway, since my cable company does not carry BBC America.
I refuse to call it piracy. I can’t even call it civil disobedience. There’s just literally no way for me to see Doctor Who, now that even the SyFy Channel isn’t airing the new episodes, before it comes out on DVD, unless I download a copy of it from the Net. I’ve said it before: I would love another option. I would happily pay the BBC a fair price to be able to watch it on bbc.co.uk, or to be able to preorder a no-extras DVD of each story to arrive at my house on the same day it airs. I’m begging for such an option.

The best I can do, right now, is to preorder Doctor Who: The Complete Specials, which will, presumably, include all the last batch of David Tennant episodes: “The Next Doctor,” “Planet of the Dead,” “The Waters of Mars,” and the final two episodes, which will air in both the U.K. and the U.S. by the end of the year. It’ll be released on DVD in Region 2 on January 11, 2010. (It’s not available yet even to preorder in Region 1.)

Of course, some in the industry would say that my region-free DVD player is a subversion of the law, too, by allowing me to get around the region coding the industry has in place in order to maintain pricing and availability monopolies. Those people are idiots. You can’t even say they’re rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic — instead it’s as if they’re trying to convince everyone else on the ship that there was no iceberg, and they honestly can’t understand why we’re all wearing lifejackets.

Like I said: idiots.



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