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Feature: Times Past

That Was the Year That Was

Cult Times takes a look back at 2005, the highs, the lows, the disappointments and the surprises

Cult Television has come a long way this year. When 2005 began, things were looking grim. Many favourites had been cancelled and were finishing up their final run, with even the Star Trek franchise finally biting the dust after several years clinging desperately to the cliff edge of entertainment. Now it seems to have come full circle, with creators old and new lining up to show their creativity in new series such as Surface, which look set to revive the fortunes of SF, especially given time to grow. Whether they’ll get that chance is anyone’s guess, but at the moment things are looking rosy.

What’s especially impressive (although readers of this magazine could claim to have known it would happen all along) is the success of Doctor Who, about which more later. Its main feat, though, is not in its creation of a spin-off mere months after its début but the way it’s proved that there is a market for British Sci-Fi that’s been untapped for years. As we await more Who, we’re also waiting for family fun with the BBC’s Robin Hood, a drama being developed by ITV which, if it hits the Saturday night slot, should by rights star Ant and Dec, and BBC2’s new Sci-Fi comedy Hyperdrive. The last of these should be looking to Red Dwarf as inspiration and warning as it attempts a notoriously tricky genre with only the writers of the first series of Black Books and Shaun of the Dead star Nick Frost to buoy it up. Is that enough? We’ll have to wait and see. Now, however, it’s time to take a look back at a year of Cult TV. The launching of TV shows tends to happen in seasons, so this year the reviews are being taken in three-month chunks…

Read how 2005 fared in
Cult Times Special #36

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