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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Doctor Who Video Cover The Hugo nominees are out, and in the list for Best Dramatic Presentation (short form) there are three Doctor Who episodes, which is remarkable because those episodes have not even aired in the United States, where a majority of the members of the Worldcon usually reside. The fact that the 2005 Worldcon was held in Glasgow may have given the Doctor a boost.

I am not entirely happy with the new Doctor, and hope that the even newer new Doctor, already seen in the UK but not coming to the Sci Fi Channel until a later, will be more likable. But the scripts are full of Doctor Who silliness, and I'm told that the later scripts (including all of the Hugo nominees) are even better, especially the "Sympathy for the Daleks" story.

Filming begins in May on a Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood (read it sideways, starting from the end) about a 53rd Century bisexual con-man, who appeared in several Doctor Who episodes.

More info on the Hugo nominees can be found in the SF Site Discussion Forum (

I missed letting you know about a new Smallville episode at the very end of March. I mentioned it in the forum and list it below for completeness.

New SF on TV in April (and late March):

Smallville Thursday, March 30
Smallville, "Hypnotic"

Friday, March 31
Doctor Who, "Aliens of London" (Part I of II) by Russell T. Davies

Thursday, April 6
Smallville, "Void", by Holly Herold

Friday, April 7
Doctor Who, "World War Three" (Part II of II) by Russell T. Davies

Thursday, April 13
Smallville, "Fragile"

Friday, April 14
Doctor Who, "Dalek" by Rob Shearman (Hugo nominee)

Thursday, April 20
Smallville, "Mercy"

Friday, April 21
Doctor Who, "The Long Game", by Russell T. Davies

Thursday, April 27
Smallville, "Fade"

Friday, April 28
Doctor Who, "Father's Day" by Paul Cornell (Hugo nominee)

And in May, the season finale of Smallville.

Copyright © 2006 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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