Ex-‘ER’ surgeon scrubs in for ‘Doctor Who’ as the shadows close in

Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Television

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Always the wanderer, the last surviving Time Lord known as the Doctor (David Tennant, above with Kylie Minogue) has traveled through time and space for hundreds of years, battling alien warmongers and showing us the wonders of the universe in his trusty TARDIS — a ship stuck in the disguise of a British police call box.

Yes, it’s crazy. And yes, it’s confusing. But that’s all part of the fun.

Doctor Who is now in its fourth season since its rebirth, airing 9 p.m. Fridays on the Sci Fi Channel. (The original series ran from 1963-89, and its loony legacy is very much a part of the new show.) At the season’s halfway point, there are ominous hints of a long-awaited reunion and a bitter showdown in the Doctor’s near future.

Spoilers after the jump!

“Silence in the Library”

Alex Kingston (right), who was a regular on ER a few years back, appears in tonight’s episode, “Silence in the Library,” as an archaeologist investigating a haunted library. She runs into the Doctor (David Tennant) — whom apparently she has met before, though he has no memory of the event. Could it be that she met him in his future? This two-parter continues next Friday with “Forest of the Dead.” Look for more curious clues as to the fate of the Doctor’s newest companion, Donna (comedian Catherine Tate).

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WHO is this woman? And why does she have her own sonic screwdriver? Find out when Alex Kingston guest stars as Professor River Song in “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead,” starting tonight on the Sci Fi Channel.

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THE DOCTOR is no longer alone in the universe: Jenny (Georgia Moffett) joins the ranks of the Time Lords in “The Doctor’s Daughter.” Will we see her again?
“The Doctor’s Daughter”

Georgia Moffett (left), the real daughter of a Doctor (Peter Davison, the fifth incarnation) stole the show a few weeks back in this episode. Arriving on war-torn planet, the Doctor is forced to provide DNA for a genetically engineered offspring. The result is Jenny, who, like Dad, has two hearts and a boundless sense of wonder. She was killed off in dramatic fashion, but after the TARDIS leaves she wakes up and heads off to parts unknown. This screams spinoff (or at least return appearance).

What’s ahead

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The Doctor’s old nemesis Davros, creator of the evil cybernetic Daleks, will return in the two-part season finale. Davros has been portrayed by many actors over the years, but this time he will be played by Shakespearean actor Julian Bleach (pictured in costume).

Rumors abound that the Doctor will need the help of all his friends to defeat this cunning foe, including: Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman of spinoff Torchwood), former companions Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen, star of the spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures) and her robotic dog K-9.

And maybe even his own little girl, Jenny?

If you have no idea what any of this nonsense means, give it a try. It’s always a great adventure!