Sci-Fi Fodder

"Doctor Who" Makes A House Call

Dr. WhoThe BBC has announced that its hit "Doctor Who" series will debut this March on the SciFi Channel.

The 13-episode first season will air Fridays at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific starting in March -- taking over the "Stargate Atlantis" regular timeslot. The series drew big ratings when it premiered on BBC ONE in the U.K. last spring.

The first season of "Doctor Who" stars Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose. The duo risk their lives in new adventures battling monsters and aliens and traveling in time and space via the famous TARDIS.

Russell T. Davies, Head Writer and Executive Producer said, "The Doctor's made all sorts of journeys in Time and Space, but this is one of his most exciting yet! I'm a huge fan of the SciFi Channel, and I'm delighted that "Doctor Who" is appearing on a channel that supports and enhances the entire genre."

The deal also includes an option for the upcoming second season of the new series, which stars David Tennant as the Doctor's latest reincarnation and begins airing in the U.K. this spring.

The BBC also announced that it has moved the proposed U.S. release date of the "Doctor Who" first season DVD set from its originally planned February launch, to July 4th to capitalize on the television debut. --Shannon Nolley