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Digital Spy presents Doctor Who Week - seven days of special features celebrating the return of the world's favourite sci-fi series, and the arrival of a brand new Doctor - on August 23.
We've known he was coming since August 2013 - and he's officially been our Doctor since Christmas - but in a mere three days, Doctor Who fans will finally get the chance to size up Peter Capaldi's debut as a new, "more mysterious" Time Lord.
Between 1963 and 2014, the show's had 11 stabs at introducing a new Doctor - so before Steven Moffat's 'Deep Breath' is unveiled to the general public, let's take a look back at those other attempts - from the awesome to the audacious to the seriously misjudged.
An Unearthly Child
Aired November 23-December 14, 1963
“And his name is The Doctor. He has saved your lives so many times and you never even knew he was there. He never stops. He never stays. He never asks to be thanked. But I’ve seen him, I know him… I love him… And I know what he can do.” – Freema Ageyman as companion Martha Jones
My geek is in overdrive.
Doctor Who’s premiere is on August 23rd on BBCAmerica this side of the pond (that’s the premiere date for much of the rest of the world, too) I’ve been hitting BBCAmerica’s website for news and sneak peeks. I’ve binge watched Matt Smith’s last seasons as the Time Lord. I’ve held off doing something else – like raiding the refrigerator or even going to the bathroom – during commercial breaks while watching the channel in case there’s a new teaser. And I »
- Mindy Newell
With the end of June we’ve come to the mid-point in the year, and so what better time to run down what 2014 in gaming has brought us so far? With the next-gen now undeniably in full swing, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have been eagerly trotting out their big-hitters, looking to blow us away with the latest in gaming tech.
We’ve had a flashy new IP looking to take a chunk out of Call of Duty’s market share, a classic franchise gloriously updated once again for a new platform, one of the most-hyped video games of the last two years, and the dastardly hilarity of South Park: The Stick of Truth.
Though not everything released this year quite lived up to our lofty expectations, we as gamers certainly haven’t wanted for “holy s***!” moments, be it awe-inspiring uses of next-gen tech, games that helped reinvent the genre, »
- Jack Pooley
The first true day of E3 2014 has wrapped and let me tell you, time does fly when you are having an insane time. With so many huge titles announced beforehand, and even more unveiled as the show goes on, playing -- or seeing -- games hands on takes up most of the time.
Today, I started my E3 with Activision and my first stop was 30 minutes playing Destiny, the hot new IP from Bungie. First off, the game sizzles in its smoothness. The textures are wonderful and it felt like 1080p, 60 fps, even on this early build.
My fire team took on the Old Russia map and we were able to run one mission. Our team lead was the artist who actually created the level, Rob Evans. Destiny has an Mmo feel with enemy respawns occurring all the time. We cleared out an old factory and took on a "wizard" which was the level boss. »
Talk about putting the “panting” in “painting,” the “More!” in “Benjamin Moore,” the “lime (green)” in “cliiiimax.”
Episode 2 of Mistresses‘ second season found bohemian artist Daniel dipping single mom/home-furnishings goddess April’s digits into a jelly jar of dye (not a euphemism, Btw), and creating one of the hottest carnal portraits (figurative and literal) that’s aired on primetime network television in the history of ever.
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Girlfiend went from “petting the pig” in the season premiere to getting covered in pigment and writhing »
If Jesus can’t save your show, nothing can.
The upcoming North American arena touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has been canceled. A statement on the show’s website confirmed the news that the production, which was to have started performances June 9 at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, was no longer going forward and that all ticket sales would be refunded.
The tour was announced back in April and was to have starred Ben Forster as Jesus, after he won a British reality-tv competition for the role, as well as »
- Jake Perlman
Do awards shows for advertising have “for your consideration” ads for their ads?
While your brain ponders that Russian nesting doll of a question, let’s take a look at the contenders for this year’s Golden Trailer Awards, the top honor for those clips that make you say, “Man, I’ve got to see that.”
The 15th annual competition doesn’t honor the best movie, just the most alluring promo. And it has a somewhat dubious special award known as the “Golden Fleece,” which honors the best trailer for the worst film.
The commercial for All Cheerleaders Die, featured above, »
- Anthony Breznican
We’re here in the final stretch of the “Saturday Night Live” season, with just three consecutive episodes separating us and wild speculation about the fortieth season of the program. I have a few thoughts on what to look for over these three weeks, but the promos this week suggest “SNL” might have an extremely fun and game host in Garfield. He has cameo’d in the past when real-life girlfriend Emma Stone has hosted (look for her to return the favor tonight), but this is his first chance to show the comedic touches he brings to Peter Parker in a sketch-comedy setting. Along for the ride is musical guest Coldplay, who ironically last appeared on “SNL” when Stone hosted. Maybe Spider-Man will fight them as two-thirds of The Sinister Six. Not an Extremely sinister six, I’d grant you. But hey, what do I know? As always, I’ll be liveblogging, »
- Ryan McGee
The 1970s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon.
It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and Jc Chasez of `N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U. »
- Associated Press
In “Sabotage”, Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.
To celebrate the release of Sabotage, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite kick-ass couples to ever light up the screen… like Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos in the film. Check it out below!
Han And Leia – Star Wars : The Original Trilogy
We can’t talk about badass couples without talking about Luke and Leia. These two fought across a galaxy far, far away… and found love. Plus, the dialogue between these two headstrong warriors is incredible!
Han Solo: Afraid I was gonna leave without giving you a goodbye kiss? »
- Melissa Howland
Exciting news for Doctor Who fans new and old as we’ve received news that the Horror Channel are set to screen a whole host of excellent episodes from the classic series! We’ve got full details just down the page but first, here’s some more info for you for the screenings that start on Friday 18th April. This specially curated season from the Classic series (1963-1989) give fans, old and new, a chance to get re-acquainted with the first seven Doctors, starting with Hartnell and concluding with Sylvester McCoy, plus their favourite companions and rogue Time Lords such as The Master, Omega and The Rani and all those iconic monsters including the Daleks, Cybermen, Sea Devils and Ice Warriors.
- Dan Bullock
Fans of Doctor Who will be able to relive some of the Time Lord's past adventures this April, with The Horror Channel set to air a selection of classic episodes from the long-running British sci-fi series this April with a specially curated season featuring the first seven Doctors. Here's the full schedule for 'Who on Horror'...
Fri 18 April, 19:00 to 21: 10 - An Unearthly Child (4 parts)
From the misty November nights of London 1963 to the arid caves of Earth 100,000Bc, this is our very first encounter with the mysterious time traveller (as played by William Hartnell), who kidnaps teachers Ian (William (Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill), and, along with his granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford), travels back in the distant past to confront caveman as they discover the power of fire. First broadcast on 23 November 1963.
Sat 19 April, 13.20 to 15:45 - The Mind Robber (5 parts)
Trapped in a world outside of space and time, »
- Gary Collinson
For whatever reason, awards show presenters often have a difficult time reading their lines off a teleprompter, but John Travolta may have just earned himself the superlative of Worst Introduction Ever thanks to his ridiculous, confusing mangling of performer Idina Menzel's name during the Oscars telecast Sunday night.
Travolta was onstage to introduce Menzel, who was performing Best Original Song nominee (and eventual winner) "Let It Go" from "Frozen." His statement started off fine enough -- he even got in a reference to Menzel's Tony-winning role in the musical "Wicked" -- but completely unraveled when faced with saying Menzel's name.
Travolta's interpretation of the unique moniker came out as "Adele Dazeem" or "Adele Dazim," depending on how you want to spell that fictional person's name. We understand that "Idina Menzel" isn't exactly "Jane Smith," but didn't Travolta rehearse saying it even once? (In this photo taken backstage at the Dolby Theatre, »
- Katie Roberts
“Check out this unearthed 1977 letter from Clint Eastwood to film critic Andrew Sarris, wherein Eastwood thanks Sarris for his Village Voice article on the “Dirty Harry” franchise, titled “Is Harry Too Dirty?” Eastwood gets to expound on the perceived messages in his films, complaining that ones with anti-capital punishment agendas like “Hang ‘Em High” got little media attention, while vigilante crime classic “Dirty Harry” and its sequels — which are about, in his words, “concern for the victim” — results in Pauline Kael calling fascism.”
‘Best director Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron did a Reddit Ama Thursday, promoting his film Gravity, which is still in theaters and hits Blu-ray February 25. As tends to be the case with these, topics were all over the map, »
In Contention Karen O to perform "The Moon Song" at the Oscars. So now all the songs will be represented including...
EW Idina Menzel doing "Let It Go" so we got our wish
The Wrap Drake is pissed that Psh's death robbed him of his Rolling Stone cover
Keyframe The fall of Roman Eye Candy in sword and sandal epics
BAFTA last day to vote on the Rising Star award. I chose Lea Seydoux though Lupita Nyong'o was tempting, only because Léa has been great several times already in short succession. Let's hope Lupita gets a fair shot at a big career!
La Times Gravity dominates the Visual Effects Society awards (as if anything else would have occurred!)
Variety on Disney's very smart hands-off approach to »
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It’s not going to come as a shock that in the circles of Doctor Who fandom certain companions tend to get discussed more than others. Sarah Jane Smith, for example, is pretty well universally loved and was still regularly discussed even before her return in the new series. Then there are the companions who get a lot of discussion specifically because there’s a contentious lack of consensus about them and their role in the series. Anyone looking for an example of this phenomenon might just try posting, ‘Rose Tyler was the best thing in Doctor Who ever!’ in any handy forum and watch the response.
Then there are the companions who are rarely discussed for good reason. Dodo, for example, rarely comes up in conversation and for good reason. There’s simply not anything in particular to say about her.
Outside of the much loved, much ignored, »
- Mikey Heinrich
Feature Alex Westthorp 4 Feb 2014 - 07:00
From washer women to harlequins via milkmen, Alex looks back over the Doctor's penchant for disguise over the decades...
So, we've finally had our first glimpse of Peter Capaldi in his new Doctor Who costume. My personal opinion for the record: It's functional yet stylish and could be the basis of something more elaborate over time. Importantly though, it is a bold statement of exactly who this new Doctor is. Identity is important to the Doctor, whether developing his own or assuming that of another to defeat his opponents in his continuing quest to bring his own brand of humanity to the universe.
With that in mind, let's revisit our favourite Time Lord's ability to disguise himself in order to outwit his opponents. I should state at the outset this isn't a definitive list of every disguise the character has worn. Every Doctor has »
Format: TV movie Network: ABC Runtime: 60 minutes Synopsis For the past two years Hawkeye has been sent on a mission by Shield to investigate and eliminate a super-soldier serum trade that has been going on all across Turkey. As Hawkeye gets closer to the main source of the trade he must first overcome a few challenges, both physically and mentally. Director Doug Liman I have chosen Doug Liman as the Director of this because I imagine this film having a somewhat similar tone to Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Hawkeye and Mockingbird have similar chemistry to the characters John and Jane Smith. Also Doug Liman has done some TV work before such as The O.C. and Heist. Cast and Characters Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye After the events of The Avengers Agent Barton was sent on a mission to Turkey to investigate and eliminate super-soldier serum trades that have »
The character she took a liking to in particular was second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) companion Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines). She had been looking for a time and place to set her book and when McCrimmon, from 18th century Scotland, made his first appearance on the show in a kilt, it stuck with Gabaldon.
"I thought that was kind of fetching, and I was still thinking about this the next day in church," Gabaldon explained at the TCA winter press tour.
She borrowed the name Jamie from the character and Fraser from the actor to pay tribute to her inspiration, and the rest is history. Who is Jamie McCrimmon, though?
Many modern "Doctor Who" fans might not know much about the show's early history. »
Those looking to get their hands on 2013′s Deadpool will have to act fast, as the comic book title was recently removed from Steam, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Marvel’s very own ‘Merc with a Mouth’ is not the only character to see his game removed, as various Spider-Man and X-Men titles have also been pulled from the digital platforms.
While Activision and Marvel have both remained quiet about the move, it’s likely that the issue revolves around a licensing agreement between the two studios. Nonetheless, the complete list of affected titles is as follows: Deadpool, Spider-Man: Edge Of Time, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Friend Or Foe, Spider-Man: Web Of Shadows, X-Men: Destiny, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Official Game. All of these Activision-published titles can still be found on retailer shelves for the time being, though.
Deadpool is obviously the most shocking title to be pulled here, »
- Eric Hall
20 items from 2014
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