I thought it was pretty cool when Roger Federer sported his fan-designed racket in Toronto’s Rogers Cup awhile back. You see that sort of thing in sports pretty often where Fan Appreciation Day’s get lots of creative exercise. I’m a moderate sports fan, and less so the older I get. But my love of geekdom is rampant. That’s why I’m halfway jealous of the awesome feeling one fan got when his opening credits design for the new Doctor Who season was made official. That’s right, Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor will get a brand-spanking-new intro when the season premieres in a few days. There was no contest held; no call to any effects designers to offer submissions. This is all the result of one dedicated fan who just loves the show. And the show’s head honcho loved him in return. (more…)
Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television show, ever. In 2013 it’ll be celebrating its 50th anniversary. To say fans are excited is an incredible understatement. And with Steven Moffat promising, “there will never be a better time to be a Doctor Who fan,” who can blame us?
io9 shared this awesome video from BabelColour today, in where they condensed every appearance of the Doctor, just about ever, into one giant Eurhythmics remix. See clips from every Doctor Who story, from “An Unearthly Child” in 1963 to “The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe” Christmas Special.
I find it fascinating to note when certain monsters appear in the Doctor’s timeline. The whole video is like flipping through one giant Doctor Who encyclopedia, I love it. Oh, and the speech heard over the last part of the video is Sylvestor McCoy, the Seventh Doctor, reciting the Pandorica speech from the Eleventh Doctor story, “The Pandorica Opens” at Dragon*Con last year. It’s mind-blowingly awesome, I know.
But this isn’t the only fan video out there celebrating the upcoming anniversary. LastWhovian has also been making tribute videos. And while his are not nearly as encyclopedic, they are engrossing cinematic trailers celebrating the Doctor’s long history.
While the big 5-0 is still a ways off, I can’t get enough of these epic celebrations of Doctor Who. If you know of any others please share.
Today Paramount released a teaser trailer for the upcoming film, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. It seems like only yesterday we were admiring the recently released domestic and international posters. Wait, we were? That was yesterday, Well damn, they’re hammering this film hard. I guess they have good reason to; they only have six months to get Americans interested in an animated movie about an adventuring boy and his dog based on a popular European caroton strip no one stateside has ever heard of.
This trailer is a step in the right direction. It’s exciting, intense and still the plot is a mystery. I’m a little worried because we don’t see any characters’ mouths moving. All the dialogue is provided by voice over and while it’s still early, you can’t help but wonder have they not fixed the ‘dead tongue’ issue which plagued all of Robert Zemeckis’ motion capture animated films. Again, it’s early and this is simply a teaser, hopefully they’ll work that out.
Where I am not concerned at all is the creative talent involved. The film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Wow. Written by Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. It’s like a British writer dream team! Plus, Tintin will feature voice work and motion-capture likeness of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Awesome balls.
These people have me really excited, the animation has me worried, but all in all the trailer is a treat. Check it out below and let us know, will you be excited about The Adventures of Tintin when it releases December 23rd this year?
Finally, finally, finally. You wouldn’t think it would have taken the BBC so long to figure out a way to stop people pirating episodes of their hit sci-fi show. Duh! Give the people what they want and premiere the show the same day in both countries. Doctor Who has always been a smash hit in Britain but in recent years it’s popularity in the States has skyrocketed. The newest season will premiere on April 23rd at 9pm E.T. on BBC America. Hooray!
Last season saw some changes for the show with writer Stephen Moffat becoming executive producer and Matt Smith becoming the 900+ year old Time Lord. This season has even more changes in store, the two-part opener was filmed in America and will take the Doctor and his companions on an adventure across the States,
The Doctor (Matt Smith), and his companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah — right to the Oval Office in 1969.
I really don’t know how they’re going to top last season. Smith’s predecessor, David Tennant‘s portayal of the Doctor is the reason the show became such a hit Stateside. You’d think that would have been a lot of pressure for the new Doctor and creative team but they rose to the challenge and produced what might be the best season of Doctor Who ever. I can’t think of a single episode last season that disappointed me, and the Christmas special? Phenomenal!
Tune in April 23rd to BBC America to begin a new adventure in space and time. And Netflix? If you’re listening, I’ve got a bunch of friends I need to catch up on last season so let’s get cracking and add those episodes to instant streaming.