Stewart Talks '11th Hour'By Michelle
October 18, 2005 - 7:57 PM
Patrick Stewart spoke about his new ITV series 11th Hour, saying that although the series has been compared to the BBC's extremely successful Doctor Who revival, 11th Hour is more of a contemporary drama than a genre show.
"It has nothing to do with science fiction whatsoever, and it certainly has nothing to do with Doctor Who. No aliens anywhere in sight," the Captain Picard actor told SFX (via Sci Fi Pulse). "It's all about the real world, very much the world of today."
11th Hour follows the adventures of Professor Hood, a British scientist dealing with issues such as public health and the environment. "One of our episodes deals with issues of climate change," explained Stewart. "A scientist has been making some very significant discoveries about the pattern of global warming...and his information is being suppressed." In another episode, a form of smallpox is released in an urban environment in what may be an act of terrorism.
"I was very, very, very pleased," said Stewart of the first episode. "It scared me witless, too...it also is a very good way of meeting my character for the first time." His character is an academic who has done university research but is now working for the government.