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All right class, it’s time for the next installment of Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited and this time we’re on to Peter Davidson, the fifth Doctor. Peter Davidson’s Doctor was completely enable to resist a cricket game and kept a piece of celery in his lapel to test chemicals in the air.
Take an in-depth look at the fifth incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, played by the youngest actor in the part until current Doctor Matt Smith debuted in 2010. With exclusive interviews with lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, Tenth Doctor David Tennant, Season Six guest star Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Fifth Doctor companions Sarah Sutton and Mark Strickson, and Davison himself, examining one of the most dramatic departures from the series to date and discussing the return of the two popular foes, the emotionless Cybermen and the ever-deceitful Master.
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- Jess Orso
Crossing one’s own timeline is a cardinal sin for a time traveler. Walking over one’s grave even worse. So when The Doctor is forced to do that…
The Name Of The Doctor
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Re-appearing after its defeat a year previous, The Great Intelligence forces The Doctor to the location of his grave, wherein is hidden the physical manifestation of his timeline, a map of his life, which in the hands of the wrong people could be used to re-write his life. The Intelligence chooses to do so, at the cost of its own existence. The only way to save The Doctor, and all the good works he did, is with another sacrifice.
Emotionally, the episode worked exceedingly well. We got a solid River Song story, one where we finally see The Doctor admit his feeling for her. But narratively, we’re very »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
De Caestecker, who played Adam Barlow in the ITV soap from 2001 to 2003, is to appear as Bones in the upcoming fantasy film. The Scottish actor was spotted on location in Detroit filming the movie over the weekend.
How to Catch a Monster is centred around a dream-like landscape of a disappearing city, and follows a »
"What I did, I did without choice - in the name of peace and sanity."
"But not in the name of the Doctor!"
Umm... what? So Doctor Who's finale on Saturday night climaxed with a stunning final sequence so top-secret that even The Great British Press (we're a bit like The Great Intelligence, only marginally less evil) weren't allowed to see it pre-broadcast.
Deep inside the Doctor's own timestream, viewers apparently met a version of the Time Lord we'd never before encountered in the show's 50-year run. But, despite what the on-screen billing would have you believe, is acting legend John Hurt *really* playing the Doctor? Or is the truth behind his character's identity more complex than that?
Join the Week in Geek for a journey of discovery - and rampant speculation - as we attempt to answer the question... Doctor Who The Hell Was That?!
> Week in Geek - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., »
Psych star James Roday says that the show is planning to remake an episode from an early season, something that no show has done before. I have to admit, it’s an unusual idea (are they retelling the story from a different perspective? is it a Gus Van Sant-style remake meant to cause meltdowns?
The BBC has ordered an eighth season of Doctor Who. In case you thought there was a chance they wouldn’t.
Looking at the disastrous ratings for American Idol‘s finale (down 40% from the previous finale) The Hollywood Reporter asks where things went wrong. One problem was that Idol‘s finale came a week earlier this year, making it compete against the season finales of The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy as well as The Office‘s swan song. However, elements like The X-Factor-prompted exhaustion, the chemistry among this season’s judges »
- Lyle Masaki
Feature Simon Brew 20 May 2013 - 09:29
Spoilers: we pick up the threads left behind by the bombshell ending to Doctor Who series 7, The Name Of The Doctor...
Big, massive, episode-ruining spoilers in this article!
Do not read until you've seen Doctor Who series 7: The Name Of The Doctor
We should reiterate from the start - you do not want to read this unless you have seen The Name Of The Doctor, the Doctor Who series 7 finale. Really. Because what we're going to do here is - with the help of some of the fine commenters on this site (we've credited people at the bottom, do shout if we've left you off by accident) - uncover some of the remaining questions, and, where possible, speculate about some answers.
This is your last spoiler warning.
Without further ado...
Who is John Hurt?
Or should that be Who is John Hurt, without the question mark. »
For a "Doctor Who" finale that accomplishes quite a lot in a rather brief amount of time, "The Name of the Doctor" is an incredibly smooth ride.
Just think of everything on Steven Moffat's "to-do list" here: revealing the Doctor's greatest secret, explaining the mystery of Clara the Impossible Girl, bringing back River Song and the Great Intelligence, closing out the season and setting up the 50th anniversary special. And he pulls it all off with wit, verve and quite a bit of nerve -- topped off by a final scene that immediately goes down in "Who" history.
To put it more succinctly: Yowza, what a finale.
The episode zips right along, driven by everything we learn about both Clara and the Doctor. It gets off to a thrilling start on the Doctor's home planet of Gallifrey and immediately introduces a dazzling bit of 50th anniversary magic as Clara »
Before you make a B-line for the comments section to tell me just how terrible/stupid/crazy of an idea it is to have a woman portray the historically male Doctor, please, don’t do that. For three reasons.
Firstly, because this isn’t the first time the idea has been brought up, nor will it be the last. Secondly, because while it is definitely a different concept, different does not always mean bad. Thirdly, I’m not saying they should or shouldn’t make the next Doctor a woman, I’m simply saying that if they did or when they do, these five actresses are, in my opinion, prime candidates for the role.
Show of hands as to how many people immediately pictured Mary Poppins with a Sonic Screwdriver? How about now? You can’t see it, but my hand is raised. All we’d need to »
- James Ramos
This wasn't just the best episode of the season, but possibly the best finale we've seen
Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching the new series of Doctor Who. Don't read ahead if you haven't seen episode 13 – The Name of the Doctor.
Catch up with Dan Martin's episode 12 blog.
"The Doctor does not discuss his secrets with anyone, my dear. If you are still entertaining the idea that you are the exception to this rule, ask yourself one question: what is his name?"
There's a timey wimey element to the blog this week. Such is the secrecy surrounding the Doctor's greatest secret that the final scene was left off preview copies. So I'm writing this on Thursday, still unaware of the final revelations, but as you read this I'll be down there below the line, not really concentrating on Eurovision while I try to make »
- Dan Martin
Review Simon Brew 18 May 2013 - 20:05
Spoilers! Here are our thoughts on the Doctor Who series 7 finale, The Name Of The Doctor...
This review contains spoilers. Lots and lots of spoilers. Our spoiler-free thoughts are here.
The Name Of The Doctor
"Run you clever boy"
When the episode title, The Name Of The Doctor, was first announced, it can't just have been us that seemed to pick up on a fairly sizeable 'so what' emanating from the show's fanbase. For in truth, the Doctor's actual name is a poser that few Doctor Who followers have ever seemed inclined to seriously wrestle with. After all, Star Trek fans know to their cost that asking a question of someone's moniker is likely to be far more interesting than getting the actual answer. Tiberius indeed.
That said, we've mentioned once or twice that we felt Steven Moffat was unlikely to play »
Karen Gillan has undergone a Hollywood makeover as she attends Cannes Film Festival.
The former Doctor Who star appeared in a number of shots showcasing a chic and mature style as she prepares to appear in the city for the screening of her latest project.
Gillan's feature film Not Another Happy Ending will be shown at the festival. The movie, shot late last year in Glasgow, sees the Scottish actress in the role of Jane Lockhart, a writer who is struggling to pen a second novel following the success of her first.
The film also stars Stanley Weber, BAFTA-nominated actor Iain De Caestecker, Kate Dickie and Skins star Freya Mavor. It will premiere at the 67th Edinburgh Film Festival in June, following its screenings at Cannes.
Actor Matt Smith, the current incarnation of the Doctor on -of course- Doctor Who, has confirmed he’ll return for the series 8th season in 2014 (or, depending on your point of view, the 34th season). While it’s been known for a while that Jenna-Louise Coleman was already set to continue playing current companion Clara for season 8, speculation on Smith’s future as the Doctor was in question.
While he enjoys playing the role, much like David Tennant, other roles beckon -Smith is currently filming his first Us based movie in Detroit called How to Catch A Monster, which is the directorial debut of actor Ryan Gosling. And for some actors, especially ones in science fiction cult series like Doctor Who, there is always the sense that staying too long can damage the career. Even Tom Baker, who played the traveling Time Lord the longest, seven years, has now said he stayed too long. »
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Good morning, Brewbies! How's your heart after last night's Grey's Anatomy finale? It was pretty damn brutal, huh? Well, the always wonderful Jessica Capshaw just wants to remind you that she and Arizona Robbins are not the same person, so maybe don't be mean to Capshaw, Ok, because she's not the one who — spoiler alert! — offered to chop off Callie's leg as an explanation for why she cheated on her.
A couple of you all are tweeting me your crazy. Please stop. Or tweet crazy to the fictional character of @azrobbinsgsm She can handle it.
— Jessica Capshaw (@JessicaCapshaw) May 17, 2013
Hey, guess who wants to hang out with you? Zoie Palmer, that's who! The Lost Girl star is teaming up with some of her Canadian celebrity buddies to raise funds for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Watch her being adorable here:
And find »
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection. Eleven Classic Adventures. Eleven Brilliant Writers. One Incredible Doctor.
It would be a terrible shame were Terrance Dicks not represented in the 50th year of Doctor Who. Dicks is the granddaddy of Doctor Who novels, having scripted over a hundred of the Target novelisations. What is a shame, however, is that he was represented by the novel Players. This book is incredibly similar to Dicks’ co-scripted The War Games, which saw the second Doctor depart from our screens.
This is a novel unlike any of the sixth Doctor’s visual adventures, with little alien or sci-fi features reaching the front of the story apart from the Doctor and companion Peri. The main ‘threat’ behind the story is alien and yet it feels unexplored, meaning this book leaves the reader feeling unsatisfied. The titular ‘Players’ barely get a mention and the Doctor doesn’t even »
- Matt Holsman
Stars of television and the silver screen are among the cast line-up in a major new feature film set that began shooting in London last week. The ensemble cast, featuring some of the British Asian community’s most recognised celebrities alongside talented newcomers and familiar home-grown talent, will collaborate on the film, which celebrates multiculturalism within the UK.
Amar Akbar & Tony, is an independent production by writer and first-time film director Atul Malhotra, which embodies and celebrates the unique and vibrant landscape of the UK. A comedy drama with a highly original plotline and cleverly developed script, Amar, Akbar & Tony is scheduled for release later this year.
The title alludes to the 1970s Bollywood classic (Amar Akbar and Anthony) and revolves around the strong bond of friendship akin to brotherhood between the three main characters. But that is where the similarities with the Bollywood film ends. Amar, Akbar & Tony is »
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Police called to sci-fi fair after costumed characters from rival clubs turn to dark side
Police were called to a sci-fi convention after a confrontation between costumed characters from rival clubs.
Trouble flared when members of the Norwich Sci-Fi Club were refused entry to a fair hosted by the Norwich Star Wars Club at the University of East Anglia.
More than a dozen Star Wars and Doctor Who fans, including some in fancy dress, were involved in the confrontation on Sunday after a member of the Norwich Sci-Fi Club attempted to get an autograph from Doctor Who actor Graham Cole.
It is understood the two groups had been involved in a long-running dispute and the hosts had warned their rivals to stay away after comments were posted on Facebook.
Norfolk police confirmed they had been called to reports of an assault.
A force spokesman said: "After lengthy investigation, talking to »
Tonight on Movie News After Dark, we explore some of the unfriendly feelings that are had toward J.J. Abrams and his Star Trek films, we look at the real life Tony Stark (maybe), see a bit about Natalie Portman’s latest and as always, try to wedge in some Doctor Who. Why We Love, Hate and Love to Hate J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek – Over at Movies.com, Evan Saathoff writes an excellent piece about the mixed emotions the geekosphere seems to have around J.J. and his pair of Trek films. It’s tonight’s must-read. Hannibal and the consequences of violence – In an interview with Buzzfeed, Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller talks about violence and death on TV. The man’s handle on such things is the core reason why Hannibal is such a striking show. That and Mads Mikkleson. Jane doesn’t have traction – The eternally troubled production, Jane Got a Gun, starring »
- Neil Miller
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This weekend, Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters and the common consensus among reviewers seems to be that Jj Abrams' adaptation of the beloved series is even better this time around. The thing we're most excited about, of course, is Zoe Saldana's return as a young Nyota Uhura. Apparently Saldana's role is much bigger this time around, which means the Star Trek sequel is a can't miss for us!
Of course, lesbian and bisexual women are not strangers to the world of science fiction. In fact, we often find better representation in the fantasy realm than in any other genre. And even when we don't find queer women to swoon over, we find powerful women to root for. »
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- Andrew Reynolds
Graceful stage actor who stood out in Doctor Who on TV and the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
In a long and distinguished career, the actor Aubrey Woods, who has died aged 85, covered the waterfront, from West End revues and musicals to TV series and films, most notably, perhaps, singing The Candy Man in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), starring Gene Wilder, and playing the Controller in the Day of the Daleks storyline in Doctor Who (1972).
Tall and well-favoured in grace and authority on the stage, he played Fagin in the musical Oliver! for three years, succeeding Ron Moody in the original 1960 production. He was equally in demand on BBC radio, writing and appearing in many plays, including his own adaptations of the Mapp and Lucia novels by Ef Benson (he was a vice-president of the Ef Benson society).
In the early part of his career he »
- Michael Coveney
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