Doctor Who gets some sci-fi company in new BBC hunted clone series

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Dec 17, 2012

After wrangling Doctor Who back in a few years ago, BBC America is trying harder than ever now to make a hard push into original sci-fi—and its new series Orphan Black sounds like it could be an awesome companion for the Doctor and company.

The series follows "the mysterious life of a street-wise chameleon, who makes the shocking discovery that she is a clone," and will join the popular Supernatural Saturdays lineup with Doctor Who and Being Human (UK).

"Orphan Black is a non-stop thrill ride that is a perfect fit for BBC America's Supernatural Saturday," BBC Worldwide America exec Perry Simon said. "In the talented hands of Graeme Manson, John Fawcett and Temple Street Productions, it promises to be a genre game changer. Move over zombies—send in the clones!"

Here's the official synopsis, via The Futon Critic:

Orphan Black follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah. After witnessing a woman's suicide, Sarah assumes the strangers identity - who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realizes the dizzying truth - she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers the chilling fact that there are more people like her out there - genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. With no idea who created the clones, she'll need to discover the reason in a hurry as an assassin is killing them one by one.

Will you be checking this one out, along with the new season of Doctor Who?

(The Futon Critic)

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