Doctor Who: Smile geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 22, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 remains in fine form with Smile - and we've been hunting for nerdy Easter eggs and spots in the episode. Spoilers!

This article contains lots of spoilers.

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Smile, folks - it’s that time of the week again where we take tonight’s episode of Doctor Who and shake it repeatedly until all of its hidden secrets fall out of its pockets - as well as callbacks and generally interesting observations. And if you think we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments below!

Happiness Will Prevail

If you’re reading this, you’re likely to fit into one of two categories – those of you who love and understand emojis and those of you (myself included) who have resigned
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Doctor Who: The Best Episode from each NuWho Doctor

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Doctor Who. Love it or hate it, it’s a massive part of British culture. There can’t really a person in England who doesn’t know the terms Tardis, Dalek, or Sonic Screwdriver.

As the Doctor and Ace walked into the sunset in 1989’s Survival, little did anyone know that the series was soon to be cancelled, possibly gone forever.

Luckily, in 2005, much loved writer Russell T Davies revived the show for the 21st century. This separated Who into two categories – Classic Who, and NuWho.

So, to count down to the Christmas special, here is my review of each NuWho Doctor’s best episodes.

Christopher Eccleston (2005)Best Episode: Dalek – By Robert Sherman

This fantastic episode revived The Daleks, not seen on screen for seventeen years. Big Finish writer Robert Sherman wrote this fantastic tale explaining the Time War and how The Time Lords and The Daleks were both destroyed,
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Magnificent Seven In St. Louis

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia PicturesThe Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

The Magnificent Seven is in theaters September 23rd.

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Berlin: Universal Picks Up U.K. and Oz Rights to ‘ID2: Shadwell Army’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Universal Picks Up U.K. and Oz Rights to ‘ID2: Shadwell Army’ (Exclusive)
Universal has picked up U.K. and Australian rights to “ID2: Shadwell Army,” the sequel to 1995 soccer hooliganism cult movie “I.D.” by Philip Davis. Venezuelan Joel Novoa (“God’s Slave”) helmed the pic from a screenplay by Vincent O’Connell. The drama is co-produced by Sally Hibbin, the long-time producer of Ken Loach, along with Patrick Cassavetti. Moviehouse Entertainment has kicked off rights sales to the rest of the world at the Berlinale’s European Film Market.

The pic tracks a police officer who goes undercover to infiltrate Shadwell’s revitalized hooligan element, and gets caught up in the political turmoil sparked by plans to build a mosque in the East London district.

Parallax East, Screen Yorkshire and Germany’s Post Republic co-produce.

Some cast members of the original pic have joined the cast in the sequel. These include Lee Ross, who played Gumbo, the most famous character from “I.D.
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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in Sleep No More




Spoilers! We dig a little deeper into Mark Gatiss' Sleep No More, with our latest geeky spots and viewing notes...

When you’ve got a renowned Doctor Who fan like Mark Gatiss writing an episode, there’s bound to be a few nods to the shows past. Take them, throw in some cultural references and add a sprinkling of very tenuous similarities and you’ve got yourself this week’s geeky spots article. And if you’ve spotted things we’ve missed, or just have some tenuous theories of your own, please add them to the comments below!

Callback No More

This isn’t the Doctor’s first visit to a space station; the first on-screen trip came in 1968’s The Wheel In Space, when the second Doctor battled Cybermen aboard Space Station W3. Other memorable stations have included Nerva Beacon, from fourth Doctor tales The
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Win Boy Meets Girl On DVD


To celebrate the release of Boy Meets Girl, available on DVD from 12th October 2015, we have an amazing chance for 2 readers to take home a copy of the DVD signed by Rebecca Root.

Leo (Harry HeppleHolby City) has just been fired and his mum (Denise WelchWaterloo Road) is giving him a hard time.

Playing gooseberry on a night out with his younger brother, he bumps into Judy (Rebecca RootThe Danish Girl) and finds himself deeply attracted to her.

They bond over drinks and, unfazed by the age gap and the fact that Judy is transgender, they agree to meet up the following day.

Written by Elliott Kerrigan, Boy Meets Girl is the first ever transgender rom-com and is one of the most talked about TV series of 2015.

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Win A BBC DVD Bundle

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To celebrate the release of The Englishman’s Castle, Chandler and Co., A Picture of Katherine Mansfield, The Locksmith and Lazarus & Dingwall on DVD, we are giving 1 lucky WhatCulture reader the chance to win a bundle containing all five!

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An Englishman’s Castle (1978) starring Kenneth More (Father Brown), Isla Blair (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Anthony Bate (Tinker, Tailor, Solider Spy), is set in an alternate 1970s on an Earth where Germany won the Second World War and is now occupying England. Peter Ingram (More) is the lead writer of a popular soap opera set in Blitz-era London, and knowingly turns a blind eye to the local Nazi rule, opting for the easy life. But when faced with the stark reality of the situation Peter has a difficult decision to make.

Available to own on DVD from 5th October 2015.

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Chandler and Co.
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Doctor Who: The Magician's Apprentice Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin Q&A

After a fan screening of The Magician's Apprentice at this year's Edinburgh TV festival, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin gave a Q&A...

It's not long until Doctor Who takes its place again as a staple of Saturday night television. Peter Capaldi is back to helm the Tardis into his second run with Jenna Coleman's Clara by his side and in the two-part opener, Michelle Gomez makes her comeback as the Master's female incarnation, Missy.

At this year's Edinburgh television festival, an audience of fans were screened The Magician's Apprentice, the premiere episode written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald. Following that there was a Q&A session hosted by journalist Andrew Collins with Moffat himself and fellow executive producer Brian Minchin in attendance. We nipped along with our trusty recorder and scarlet-lined Crombie coat to see what went down.

As for the episode itself? Well, we
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Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Updated List

Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Updated List
The Teen Choice Awards are kicking off Sunday night, gathering some of the biggest stars in music, movie, TV and the Web world to let teenagers decide who wins.

The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Furious 7” head up the nominations, nabbing five each. Also strong contenders, “Insurgent,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” “Avengers” and “Empire” received four nominations each.

Josh Peck, Gina Rodriguez and Ludacris are hosting the show. The Teen Choice Awards take place at 8p.m., airing live on Fox.

See a full list of nominees below, updated live as winners are announced.

Choice Movie Actor: Action

Paul Walker, Furious 7 (Winner)

Vin Diesel, Furious 7

Ansel Elgort, The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Theo James, The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Taylor Lautner, Tracers

Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner

Choice Movie: Action

Furious 7 (Winner)

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Kingsman: The Secret Service

San Andreas
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Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List

Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List
The Teen Choice Awards are kicked off Sunday night, gathering some of the biggest stars in music, movie, TV and the Web world to let teenagers decide who wins.

In music, One Direction and Fifth Harmony took home an impressive bounty, winning such awards as choice selfie taker and choice summer song, respectively. “Empire” unsurprisingly won the prize for best breakout TV show, and “The Vampire Diaries'” Nina Dobrev won her final award for the drama.

As for movies, “Furious 7” won for action movie, and Paul Walker was awarded choice actor in an action posthumously.

In the Web sector, Bethany Mota and Cameron Dallas won choice Web stars. Mota also took home the same prize last year.

Josh Peck, Gina Rodriguez and Ludacris hosted the show. The Teen Choice Awards aired live on Fox.

See a full list of winners below.

Choice Web Star: Female

Bethany Mota (Winner
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Modern Doctor Who: an episode roadmap for beginners

Want to catch up with post-2005 Doctor Who but don’t have 85 spare hours to watch the whole thing? We’ve some tips for you…

Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do
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Svensk closes deals on nine Cannes titles

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Svensk closes deals on nine Cannes titles
Films include Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, biopic Callas starring Noomi Rapace and Nick Park animation Early Man.

Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri has closed deals on nine films following discussions at Cannes’ Marché du Film for Scandinavian release.

From Cornerstone, head of acquisitions Robert Enmark signed for Swiss director Vincent Pérez’s Alone in Berlin, based on German author Hans Fallada’s 1947 classic, with Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl and Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt in the leads.

Set in 1940, the film follows a working class couple taking action against the Nazi regime, after their son is killed in the war.

From Lakeshore, Svensk picked up Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, American Pastoral, adapted from Us author Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning 1998 novel.

McGregor will also star alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the story of a successful businessman, married to a former beauty queen, whose life falls apart when his daughter becomes a revolutionary.

Svensk closed
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Screen Yorkshire backs hooligan sequel ‘ID2’

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Screen Yorkshire backs hooligan sequel ‘ID2’
Exclusive: First images released as UK funding body backs sequel to 1995 football hooligan film.

Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund has invested in the sequel to 1995 football hooligan drama I.D.

Vincent O´Connell, who wrote the first film centred on a policemen who goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of football hooligans, has returned to write the sequel.

Directed by Joel Novoa (God’s Slave), filming is underway in Hull.

Producers are Sally Hibbin for Parallax (I.D.) and Patrick Cassavetti (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).

Linus Roache, Simon Rivers and Neil Pearson star alongside Lee Ross, Richard Graham and Perry Fenwick, who all appeared in the original.

The plot centres on a young British Muslim undercover cop (Rivers) who is given the task of shadowing a football gang on their European tours.

Rivers is best known for his three-year stint on BBC1’s Doctors, appearing in more than 400 episodes of the medical soap.

Hugo Heppell, head of
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Dara – telling the story of the heirs to the Mughal Empire, opens at the National Theatre

Dara, adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play, originally performed by Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan, opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on 27 January, directed by Nadia Fall. The cast is Esh Alladi, Nathalie Armin, Rudi Dharmalingam, Emilio Doorgasingh, Vincent Ebrahim, Mariam Haque, Indira Joshi, Scott Karim, Nicholas Khan, Ranjit Krishnamma, Anjli Mohindra, Simon Nagra, Ronak Patani, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Anneika Rose, Chook Sibtain, Gurjeet Singh, Liya Tassisa, Zubin Varla, Anjana Vasan, Gary Wood and Sargon Yelda. Dara will be designed by Katrina Lindsay with lighting by Neil Austin, music by Niraj Chag, sound design by Carolyn Downing, movement by Liam Steel and fight direction by Kate Waters.

1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, eunuchs and harems. Two brothers, whose mother’s death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession. Dara, the crown prince, has the
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The Missing: 6 theories on what happened to Oliver Hughes

James Nesbitt, for the past few weeks, has been hauntingly conveying every parent's worst nightmare of losing a child; as he stars in BBC One's triumph of a thriller/drama The Missing.

There is a reason that The Missing has been billed as this year's Broadchurch; it is quite simply a masterpiece of storytelling which packs an emotional and memorable punch each week.

As we draw closer to the exhilarating climax, the detectives among us have already built up an array of theories on what has happened to young Oliver. Some of them are plausible, some inventive and some are just outright bizarre.

We've pulled together the most interesting of the theories below and look at which of these, if any, could be the truth behind the year's most intriguing mystery. As always, we'd love to hear your own theories too; let us know in the comments section below.
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MyFrenchFilmFestival line-up unveiled

Unifrance has announced the titles competing in this year’s online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had limited international exposure.

Unifrance has unveiled the line-up of the fifth edition of its, its online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had little international exposure as yet.

Running January 16 to February 16 2015, the festival will showcase 10 features and 10 shorts.

This year’s jury will be presided over by Michel Gondry and also feature Belgium director Joachim Lafosse, Israeli Nadav Lapid and Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako.

The winning film will be awarded €15,000 to be divided equally between the director, producer and sales agent.

The festival will be available on 25 partner platforms worldwide.

The Line-up

Feature-length Competition

How I Came to Hate Maths (Comment j’ai détesté les maths), dir. Olivier PeyonEastern Boys, dir. Robin CampilloThe Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, dir. Hélène Cattet and Bruno ForzaniGazelles, dir Mona AchacheHippocrate
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New Us sci-fi, fantasy and horror shows for 2015

Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…

Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.

All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.

12 Monkeys

You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.

A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers – An Exclusive Sneak Peek

Published in 2012, Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers is an eye opening work of non-fiction.

The book describes Annawadi, a present day Mumbai slum located on Mumbai airport land, a hustling-bustling hub transporting an estimated 32, 221, 395 passengers (2013-2014).

The interconnectedness of the slum dwellers is explored.

This includes the life of Kalu, a homeless thief who is murdered, his death brushed away under the carpet as tuberculosis; Fatima, a one legged woman whose suicide weighs heavy on the slum dwellers and Abdul, a garbage picker who is one of the accused for Fatima’s death.

These characters are soon to be brought to the London stage at the National Theatre in David Hare’s new play based on Boo’s prize winning book.

BollySpice attended an exclusive rehearsal and the sneak peek validates the upcoming stage production to be a powerful and emotive work of art.

It was striking to
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Director Joe Hahn Talks Mall, Why He Chose This Material as His First Feature, the Casting Process, His Music Video Background, and More

Mall, the feature directorial debut from Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, examines a group of disgruntled suburbanites – a man on a personal war campaign, a teenager whose favorite pastime is smoking pot, a housewife whose best days have been left behind, a greedy businessman whose only desire is to increase his wealth, and a depressed pervert – who find themselves at a shopping mall in the midst of a seemingly random shooting. From a script co-written and produced by Vincent D’Onofrio (who acts in it, as well), the film also stars Cameron Monaghan, Gina Gershon, Peter Stormare, James Frecheville, Gbenga Akinnagbe and India Menuez. During this exclusive interview with Collider, Joe Hahn talked about why he wanted to take on Mall as his first feature, staying artistically creative when you’re also handling the business side of things, how he found the casting process, his background directing music videos for the band,
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Vincent Ebrahim cast in Hollyoaks

Vincent Ebrahim has been cast as a villain in 'Hollyoaks'. 'The Kumars at No. 42' actor, famed for playing money-obsessed father Ashwin on the sitcom, has joined the Channel 4 soap as an antagonist called Big Bob. The character will be introduced as gangster Trevor Royle's (Greg Wood) former inmate, who helped him out by protecting fellow prison dweller John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) when he was locked up for assaulting Robbie Roscoe (Charlie Wernham). But now corrupt Big Bob is back in town and wants to claim a favour from Trevor in return. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Just when
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