You might now be at the point of wondering why you should care, so maybe this will grab your attention: According to Sriraman, Doctor Who has become the second most requested brand behind Star Wars, beating out science-fiction favorites like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. That’s big news for the sci-fi geeks in your life, and should be surprising to you, since those other franchises have resulted in blockbuster successes. Lisa Granshaw/TODAY.com / Three “Doctor Who” cosplayers at New York Comic-Con 2011 dressed as the tenth Doctor, a Dalek, and the eleventh Doctor. Her Universe , a company dedicated to creating clothing for the female science-fiction fan, ThinkGeek ,a website with products for “technophiles and geeks,” and Hot Topic have all seen more consumers asking for “Doctor Who” items. Actress Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe, has been surprised by the interest. I never thought I would see it grow this much, the 30-year-old entrepreneur told TODAY.com. Girls would come up to me saying they wanted Doctor Who shirts and I didnt know how I could make it work logistically with the BBC in London. Luckily, Eckstein didnt have to cross the pond to try to get the rights to make Doctor Who-themed T-shirts, because the BBC approached her. Ashley was a natural choice. She has a pulse on this demographic and on knowing what girls want, Sriraman said. We knew from our research that Doctor Who was drawing in a lot more women. Her Universe / This T-shirt was inspired by a painting that appears in the season 5 episode “The Pandorica Opens” ($28 at Her Universe). When Her Universe started selling Doctor Who-themed T-shirts, they completely sold out the first day. And theyre not the only ones seeing a huge response from fans: Doctor Who is one of ThinkGeeks top brands, and the only one where items are bought by just as many women as men, according to the website’s press manager, Steve Zimmerman. Zimmerman believes aBritish influence on U.S. pop culture and products is not new, citing examples like the The IT Crowd and The Office. ThinkGeek / The best-selling “Doctor Who” apparel items at ThinkGeek are their collection of bathrobes ($69.99). As it states on the site, “Because even a Time Lord needs a break.” Either we’re enjoying the British version of the shows or are remaking it in our own way; the influence is still there, he said. The fact that a show like Doctor Who, which has such a long legacy, is doing well here is great for helping to increase exposure to science-fiction as a whole. With the premiere of season 7 on BBC America this Saturday, Doctor Who fever is sweeping the nation. At the New York City premiere screening at the Ziegfeld Theater last week, many fans were dressed like the Doctor or his companions, and even more sported T-shirts with sayings from the show.
Doctor Who 50th anniversary schedule revealed by BBC
Smith said: “Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way.” Other highlights include a BBC Two lecture by Professor Brian Cox on the science behind the hit show and the drama An Adventure In Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss. The one-off programme stars David Bradley – known to millions for his role as Filch in the Harry Potter films – as William Hartnell, who played the first Doctor in 1963. BBC Four will introduce new audiences to Hartnell, with a re-run of the first ever story. The four episodes are being shown in a restored format, not previously broadcast in the UK. BBC Two’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show is to present Me, You and Doctor Who, with lifelong fan Matthew Sweet exploring the cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama. A 90-minute documentary on BBC Radio 2 will ask “Who Is The Doctor?” – using newly-recorded interviews and exclusive archive material to find an answer. For those less familiar with the show, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide will provide a handy primer. Danny Cohen, BBC director of television, said: “It’s an astonishing achievement for a drama to reach its 50th anniversary. “I’d like to thank every person – on both sides of the camera – who has been involved with its creative journey over so many years.” The anniversary episode, which also stars Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper, sees the return of the Daleks Smith has already started filming his final scenes as the Doctor, which are due to air in this year’s Christmas episode. His replacement, Scots actor Peter Capaldi, was announced in August. Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer on Doctor Who, said: “50 years has turned Doctor Who from a television show into a cultural landmark. Personally I can’t wait to see what it becomes after a hundred.” CBBC will broadcast a show, 12 Again, bringing together stars to share their memories of Doctor Who. They include the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, Tommy Knight, who played Luke Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures, Warwick Davis, who played Porridge in a Doctor Who episode and Louise Jameson, who was the fourth Doctor Tom Baker’s companion Leela. Blue Peter is launching a competition giving viewers aged between six and 14 the opportunity to design a new gadget that will become part of the series and Matt Smith will appear on the Blue Peter sofa to answer viewers’ questions.
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General Medical Council to test UK doctors’ English proficiency
8 (ANI): British medical council is being given new powers to check the English-language skills of all doctors working in the UK. The General Medical Council at present only makes language checks on doctors from outside Europe. The government is carrying out a 12-week consultation on the changes. According to the BBC, in April, the government created a national list of doctors who can treat NHS patients. The report said that it also appointed senior doctors who have a legal duty to ensure all doctors in their local area can speak the necessary level of English to perform their job in a safe and competent manner. Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said that overseas doctors make a hugely valuable contribution to the NHS, but it is clear that tougher checks are needed, the report said. He added that they have already strengthened the way doctors’ language skills are checked at a local level. He said that these new powers are an important step in making the system even stronger by allowing the GMC to carry out checks on a national level before they start work in the UK. Poulter said the move would prevent doctors who do not have the necessary knowledge of English from treating patients, the report added. (ANI)