The beginning of May gave us some heart-wrenching news. Some of our favorite shows faced cancellation, some of which had been written into cliffhangers or were going to leave story lines left unresolved. But like winged angels from on-high, three networks swooped in and saved three shows and left fans rejoicing and singing their praises. But that’s only part of the story. Fans and crew alike took to social media to campaign for the survival of their shows. Which shows found their second chance?
Today we have proof that internet rumors and the tracking of London gambling establishments are nothing to go by, as the BBC has announced the identity of the actor who will play the Doctor in the legendary sci-fi series Doctor Who going forward. And in news that will surely be painful to the ears of men’s rights activists everywhere, the 13th Doctor will have to cope with not just not being a ginger, but being a woman. For the first time in franchise history, the Doctor will be played by a lady, Jodie Whittaker.
First serialised in 1897, The War of the Worlds by legendary science fiction writer H G Wells is a crucial part of the genre’s foundation. In the twelve decades since it was first read by an avid Victorian audience, the story has been retold and remade in many formats and has always had audiencs flocking to read, listen and watch the story of how aliens first tore apart our planet. As much as it played on the common superstitions and prejudices of the Victorian era, the themes and inherent humanity within the novel resonate just as profoundly to this day. (more…)
Later this year we will say goodbye to the twelfth Doctor. Sometime around Christmas, in a blinding golden flash the combat eyebrows and Scottish brogue will be gone and replaced with someone new. Our guitar wielding punk rock alien savior dressed as a rock and roll magician will move on to his next regeneration (possibly ginger we don’t know yet, but I mean he could be ginger next, right?) But let’s not focus on that just yet because with series 10 really just begining we have a lot of Peter Capaldi‘s tenure as Doctor Who to enjoy.
This weekend, the good Doctor is visiting the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and if I do say so myself he’s in fine form and shows no signs of slowing down just yet. However, as the hundreds that attended his panel made clear, we are already starting to prepare for his 4 years of saving the universe to draw to a close. Here’s a few highlights. (more…)
It seems to happen every few years (mostly because, it does). It’s time for the BBC to cast a new actor or actress to take on the role of The Doctor. Peter Capaldi’s run as the titular hero is coming to an end this season and fans have been going mad trying to figure out who will play the character next. Every time this happens, discussions about potential actors, possible gingers, and yes, women are thrown into the mix. It seems that one of these aspects has been declined by the folks behind the BBC’s longest-running science fiction series and a good number of fans will be upset.
The trailer for series ten of the BBC‘s Doctor Who has made its way onto the Internet for your enjoyment. This new season finds Peter Capaldi with a new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in tow as he saves our little corner of the universe. There’s plenty of stuff to see in this packed trailer including the return of more than a few memorable villains… one in particular, Missy. (more…)
After almost three decades of waiting, the first collaborative novel between Sir Terry Pratchett (Discworld novels) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Stardust, and Coraline) is finally being made for television! Development for an adaptation of Good Omens began in 2002 as a film, but the project remained somewhat mired in development hell for years. By 2008, the project appeared dead in the water. Fortunately, for fans and pretty much everyone else who appreciates amazing fantasy fiction, Amazon greenlit the series, which is set to premiere sometime in 2018.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Doctor Who special. Screened every Christmas Day on BBC One since the show’s revival in 2005, it offers something that all the family can enjoy while they’re too full of dinner to move about much. And it’s usually a fair bit more interesting than the Queen’s speech. This year’s festive episode, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, marks the start of the tenth series, continuing with the adventures of the twelfth Doctor and following on from the events of last year’s episode, The Husbands of River Song. It was screened in cinemas across the world starting from Boxing Day for fans outside of the UK. (more…)
Sherlock says it himself, “Something’s coming.” Sherlock doesn’t know what yet, but it’s easy to see the strain he’s put himself under. Could Sherlock be cracking? There’s still a long time to wait until the 2017 return of the BBC series Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are joined this season by Toby Jones, who will be another villainous Arthur Conan Doyle character. Check out the new trailer below. (more…)
The BBC has just announced the new companion to Peter Capaldi‘s Doctor in the upcoming tenth season of Doctor Who. Don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize her, she’s a relative new comer to television with only appearances on Doctors and Svengali. Doctor Who will mark her first major role on television and her character’s introduction will take place during this year’s Christmas Special. (more…)