BBC America Plans Trio Of ‘Doctor Who’ Best Of Specials

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bbc doctor who specials monsters companions BBC America Plans Trio Of Doctor Who Best Of Specials

Doctor Who is returning to our timeline on August 27th for the remaining half of season 6 and BBC America wants everyone to know about it. To that end, they’ve planned three separate Doctor Who specials for August, with a bevvy of celebrity fans helping out.

The first special, Doctor Who: Best of the Doctor, will focus on the Time Lord himself and will air two Saturdays before the premiere on August 13th 9PM. Doctor Who: Best of the Monsters airs one week later in the same timeslot, and lastly, Doctor Who: Best of the Companions will directly follow the 9PM premiere on August 27th.

To help commemorate the Doctor’s return, BBC America has collected some high-profile Doctor Who fans on this side of the pond. According to the press release, the specials will feature Alison Haislip of The Voice, celebrity blogger Chris Hardwick, 30 Rock‘s straight man Scott Adsit, Natalie Morales of Parks and Recreation, musician and voice actor Eugene Mirman, WIRED editor Adam Rogers, singer Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, comedian/musician Reggie Watts, Danielle Harris of various Halloween movies, comedian Paul F. Tompkins, former NFL player Hugh Douglas, and Athrax guitarist Scott Ian.

Mark Sheppard, a fan favorite from Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13 and a TARDIS-full of other sci-fi shows, will be the only Doctor Who cast member in attendance. Sheppard played an aid to President Nixon in the two-part Doctor Who season premiere.

You can catch a sneak peak of Doctor Who: Best of the Monsters below, featuring the creepy villains from the season opener, the Silence.


Doctor Who begins the second half of the season on August 27th, with the ambitiously-titled episode “Let’s Kill Hitler“. You can check out a sneak peek of this and other upcoming episodes in the Comic-Con preview video.

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Alison Haislip (The Voice, G4 correspondent), Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation), Eugene Mirman (Flight of the Conchords, Bob’s Burgers), WIRED Magazine senior editor Adam Rogers, singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), comedian/musician Reggie Watts, Danielle Harris (the Halloween franchise), comedian Paul F. Tompkins, former NFL player Hugh Douglas, and guitar hero Scott Ian (Anthrax). And Who fan fave Mark Sheppard
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  1. Just to be clear, Mark Sheppard didnt play an aide to Nixon, he was a former FBI agent brought back into to service by The Doctor and Nixon.

  2. And still no official confirmation of the UK airdate, I find that very odd. If it is shown in the US first, there will be hell to pay.

    • Don’t worry if it doesn’t air in the U.K -it’s garbage. They only talk about thr 11th Doctor series, as if the show never existed before Smith/Moffat (both of whom I like a lot) askings questions such as “Who is your favorite monster from Doctor Who” and limiting the answers to The Silents/Silence, The Weeping Angels, The (new) Daleks, and the Big Eyeball thing, etc.

      While a few of the people commenting are quite smart and intuitive, at least half don’t seem to understand the show at all. Also with the exception of Mark Sheppard, they are all American (and the really clueless ones just feed the stereotype of “Stupid Americans”.

      There is no new information about the show, no behind-the-scenes, and I don’t understand what the point of re-capping the past season and a half. As an American who didn’t grow up with the show and just this year finally watched all of the episodes make since ’05, I would rather hear from British (or American, if they have watched the show for years) “Whovians” who really know the show and can shed insight into it as a whole. Waste of time and production money. They should just air “Confidential” instead. I wish they would.

      • Oh, I agree! They defenitely should’ve had more choices in that survey! My father absolutely loves the Sontarans (soldiers with a code) my mom kind of likes Daleks (I guess they’re kind of fun to watch and interesting) and my personal favorite villain is The Master (I love an intelligent villain.

        “Stupid Americans”? Weeell, sometimes, yes. In fact, I am sometimes disgusted by how foolish we can actually be and to what violent lows we would stoop to in certain situations, especially when emotions cloud our thoughts and the foggiess of it blinds us into creating storms of anger. We are indeed “stupid apes” (Hah! You see!? Now you lot on the internet stop complaining about us “forgetting 9″ He’s my mom and dad’s favorite, of the new series at least!).
        However, there are some of us, some brilliant, obsessive people, who care about who wrote which episode(I don’t know, but they do)or what errors of continuity should have been corrected (Why is Kazran Sardick able to hug himself when Rose Tyler couldn’t hold herself as a baby!?) or have a strong preference for a certain incarnation of The Doctor and can explain why in detail (If I’m forced to choose one, then I suppose 10 but I do like them all). Those people probably hate being lumped in with the idiots who think “Slitheen” is just a shorter way of saying “Raxacoricofallapatorian” but they are still, admittedly, the minority.

        Yeah, there’s really no need to recap. People who want to can just go seethe other episodes before it like you and I did. (I tried to watch some of the older stuff but there’s not much in my local library. I’m still waiting for them to get “Torchwood: Miracle Day” and series 3-5 of “The Sarah Jane Adventures” They also have too few episodes from before ’05 and no specials from between series 4 and 5)