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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.

The American Indian, at least in the Iroquois Confederation, always discussed every important issue twice, once straight and once stoned. I write my columns using that same philosophy, which I highly recommend. My personal drug of choice is bourbon. Let me know, at, what yours is.

Doctor Who Doctor Who returns April 23. I missed listing it in the April issue, so here is a list of the episodes announced so far in the new season.

April 23
Doctor Who, "The Impossible Astronaut (I)" by three time Hugo Award winning author Steven Moffat

April 24
Doctor Who, "Day of the Moon (II)" by Steven Moffat

April 30
Doctor Who, "The Curse of the Black Spot" by Hugo Award winning author Neil Gaiman

May 7
Doctor Who Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife" by Mark Gatiss and Neil Gaiman

May 14
Doctor Who, "The Rebel Flesh (I)" by Matthew Graham

May 21
Doctor Who, "The Almost People (II)" by Matthew Graham

May 28
Doctor Who, "A Good Man Goes to War (I)" by Steven Moffat

The next half season begins in September.

Shown in Britain on March 18, 2011, as part of the Comic Relief fund raiser, was a Doctor Who spoof, "Space/Time," by Steven Moffat. It was not shown in the US, as far as I know, but should be on the DVD.

An earlier Comic Relief special featured one of the greatest Doctor Who episodes of all time, "The Curse of the Fatal Death," with Rowen Atkinson playing the Doctor. "The Curse of the Fatal Death" is available on VHS but not on DVD. It is worth digging out your old VHS player to watch. There have also been short Doctor Who episodes for the Children in Need charity specials, and these are available on the Doctor Who DVDs for their respective years, 2005, "Children in Need" (7 minutes) by Russell T. Davies, and 2007, the very favorably reviewed "Time Crash" (8 minutes) by Steven Moffat.

Copyright © 2011 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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