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Doctor Who Anniversary prequel – “The Night of the Doctor”

14 November 2013 8:04 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Rule One: The Moffat Lies.

Rule One-a: So Does The McGann.

After nearly a year of what showrunner Steven Moffat described as “lying through my teeth”, the prequel to the Doctor Who anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor” reveals that the one fact that upset people the most is the one that was the biggest lie.

Watch, and squee with me.

Ok, so technically, Paul McGann isn’t in the Anniversary episode proper, so his year-long claim that he wasn’t asked to take part wasn’t quite a lie, but it’s close enough.

And it was released on his birthday, which is just a case of the universe rolling the right way on occasion.

The Sisterhood of Karn made their first appearance in the Tom Baker adventure The Brain of Morbius.  The Sisterhood have had a long history with the Time Lords, as described in numerous prose and audio adventures. »

- Vinnie Bartilucci

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Clip Released and Time Announced for Doctor Who: Day Of The Doctor Plus Full Week Takeover

8 November 2013 12:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

The good news? If you’re planning on traveling during Thanksgiving week, you won’t be missing any of the amazing Doctor Who programming that BBC America has announced for the 50th anniversary, including several new specials. The bad news? You’re going to need to take an extra week of vacation the week before Thanksgiving, in order to watch it all. Or maybe you feel some illness coming on?

We’ll have all of this on the calendar, but here it all is in one convenient place, along with descriptions of everything. Also included is a confirmation of the Dw:datd simulcast time: 2:50pm Eastern, November 23.

If you’re new to Doctor Who, Now Is The Time to join us. BBC America has included an excellent catch-up summary of the entire show, under “About Doctor Who” in the press release below, so you’ll be ready. You won’t really know, »

- Erin Willard

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Discovery, BBC Go Separate Ways in Amicable Split

9 October 2013 9:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Discovery and the BBC are splitting up, with the companies saying Wednesday that the decision to end their long co-production partnership is mutual. Together, the companies have produced shows like “Life,” “Frozen Planet” and “Wonders of the Solar System.” Despite the end of the pact, the companies said they still have a number of projects in the works such as “Hidden Kingdom,” “Survival” and “How to Build a Planet.” Both Discovery and BBC executives said they looked forward to continuing to collaborate on future projects. Also read: Discovery Networks International CEO Resigning in 2014 “We look forward to working with the many talented. »

- Brent Lang

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Is this a golden age for science on TV?

25 July 2013 7:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Michael Mosley's hugely influential Horizon report on the 5:2 diet last year proved that small-screen science can still have a huge impact. Are we being spoiled by what's on offer?

If anyone still needed convincing that television has a stupefying impact on the public at large, it's worth examining the case of doctor and BBC presenter Michael Mosley's episode of Horizon on the 5:2 diet, broadcast in August last year. Before he came along with a scientific take on the apparent health effects of fasting for two days out of every week, this was just another in a long list of fads.

Of course, it is now ubiquitous – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Benedict Cumberbatch and Beyoncé, among many others, are confirmed fans and this newspaper even tried to persuade readers to "5:2" their entire lives. In his programme, Mosley travelled across America, spoke to scientists and successfully tried the diet himself. »

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Brian Cox: TV shows inspire a new generation of children to study science

4 May 2013 4:14 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter cites television as major factor behind growth in popularity of school subjects

He conquered the pop charts with 1990s band D:Ream, explained the intricacies of gravity to a confused nation and even appeared in a magazine list of the sexiest men alive. Now Professor Brian Cox, one of the BBC's star turns, has laid claim to a new achievement: inspiring a generation of children to take up biology, chemistry and physics in school.

In an interview in the Observer Magazine, Cox – who has been a ubiquitous presence on the BBC in recent years – says he believes there can be little doubt that science on television has been a factor in an upward trend in the number of children taking up the subjects at Gcse and A-level.

Cox, a sometime keyboard player for the band behind the New Labour election anthem Things Can Only Get Better, said he believed that the series of science programmes, »

- Daniel Boffey

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Science Channel's Space Sunday lineup, Are We Alone?

25 March 2013 12:34 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Tune in alert for this Sunday, March 31, as Science Channel hosts Space Sunday, an entire day devoted to deep science programming featuring the world.s leading experts giving their insight on exploration beyond our planet beginning at 6:00Am (Et/Pt). The climax of Space Sunday includes specials from the ground-breaking 2012 and 2013 Are We Alone? month which asks viewers to join the search for extra-terrestrial life and the possibilities surrounding our first encounter. And don.t forget to tune into the gripping world premiere finale of Are We Alone? with Aliens: the Definitive Guide: Episode Two on Tuesday at 10 Pm (Et/Pt). Space Sunday Programming Schedule Wonders of the Solar System: Thin Blue Line . 6:00Am (Et/Pt) Wonders of the »

- April Neale

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Sir David Attenborough passes natural history crown to Brian Cox

30 January 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Veteran broadcaster says 'if I had a torch I would hand it' to former pop star turned particle physicist professor

Sir David Attenborough has anointed the BBC's favourite particle physicist, Professor Brian Cox, as his approved successor to take over fronting the corporation's landmark natural history documentaries.

Attenborough, who has just celebrated 60 years in broadcasting, offered a glimpse into his vision of the future after Cox paid tribute to him at an event hosted by the Radio Times on Tuesday night, said: "If I had a torch I would hand it to Brian Cox."

Cox, the former pop star who has become a household name on the back of his BBC2 series Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe, said Attenborough had "genuinely made a difference to the world in which we live".

Speaking afterwards, Cox told the listings magazine he had not expected Attenborough's comment. "Obviously I couldn't have expected that. »

- John Plunkett

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