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"Doctor Who" New Year’s Day Special Set On BBC America

  • Deadline
BBC America is going to ring in 2019 with "Doctor Who." Breaking away from the traditional Christmas Day time slot, the popular series will have its first-ever “Who Year’s Day” which will include a marathon of all the Christmas specials that will pave the way to the aforementioned New Year’s Day special

The marathon will begin 12pm ET/PT on December 24 and lead into Christmas Day. After that, it will be a celebratory marathon of all the Doctors tarting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading straight into the New Year’s special on January 1.

The all-new episode is written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip. As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh
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‘Doctor Who’ Annual Christmas Special Moves From Christmas to New Year’s Day

‘Doctor Who’ Annual Christmas Special Moves From Christmas to New Year’s Day
Hold on to your sonic screwdrivers, “Doctor Who” fans, because we have some Earth-shattering news: The annual Christmas special is being moved from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day. So, a New Year’s Day special — or “Who Year’s Day” special, if you will.

Yes, the long-running BBC America series is shifting the highly-anticipated installment from its traditional Dec. 25 slot to Jan. 1. The all-new episode — which is going by the moniker “Who Year’s Day,” by the way — is written by series showrunner Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip.

Here’s the logline for the special, which will be the first featuring the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker: As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor, Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?
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Last Night’s Doctor Who Episode Was Similar To One Of Christopher Eccleston’s

Yesterday’s episode of Doctor Who season 11, titled “Demons of the Punjab,” was another heavyweight emotional trip into the past as the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends visited the turbulent, tragic period of the Partition of India in 1947. Though this was fresh ground for the sci-fi show, some fans who are long-in-the-tooth found that it had a lot of similarities with an episode from back in 2005 titled “Father’s Day,” starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper.

The two episodes certainly start much the same. In “Father’s Day,” Rose Tyler talks the Ninth Doctor into taking her back to the 1980s so that she can meet her father just before he died when she was a baby. Likewise, in “Demons,” Yaz (Mandip Gill) twists Jodie Whittaker’s arm into letting her visit her grandmother when she was a young woman, as she’s always wanted to know what her past was like.
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Watch An Exclusive Clip From The Upcoming ‘Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back)

To celebrate the upcoming November release of Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back), which stars Aneurin Barnard, Freya Mavor, Tom Wilkinson and Christopher Eccleston, we have an exclusive clip to share.

Credit: Republic Film

The film follows a young man who, after a ninth unsuccessful attempt on his own life, outsources his suicide to an ageing assassin.

Our exclusive clip features Aneurin Barnard’s character, William, hiring Tom Wilkinson’s Leslie to be that personal assassin.

Check it out below.

Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back) is in cinemas from 16th November.

The post Watch An Exclusive Clip From The Upcoming <em>‘Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back)</em> appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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John Barrowman Hopes New Doctor Who Showrunner Brings Back Torchwood

Torchwood, the fan favorite Doctor Who spinoff, has been off the air for 7 years now. But star John Barrowman still hopes that it could return somehow now that its former showrunner, Chris Chibnall, holds the top spot on the flagship BBC sci-fi series.

While speaking to Radio Times, the actor who played the immortal Captain Jack Harkness opposite both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant and on his own show, revealed that he’d attempted to get a reboot of Torchwood off the ground a while back, taking the idea to different U.S. networks – including The CW, the home of Barrowman’s other big series, Arrow.

“I was doing meetings with different production companies all around the Us including the CW, and the one things out of everyone’s mouth was ‘How would we get a hold of Torchwood? To do it?’ And I thought ‘That’s an interesting question,
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Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series

  • Variety
Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series
The opening episode of the new season of “Doctor Who,” starring Jodie Whittaker as the first regular female time lord, scored a new audience high in the U.K. for the modern iteration of the long-running show. New 4-screen measurements by British TV ratings organization Barb, which include non-tv online viewing, showed that the total audience for the Oct. 7 season opener reached 10.9 million across all devices.

The result gives Whittaker, the 13th Doctor, the best introduction for any Doctor since the show returned after a long hiatus in 2005, when Christopher Eccleston’s debut scored a consolidated audience of 10.8 million. The figures also make “Doctor Who” the No. 1 drama launch of 2018 in the U.K. and the BBC’s biggest in more than a decade, surpassing its recent smash hit “Bodyguard,” which bowed in August.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see the audience responding to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor in such huge numbers,
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Doctor Who Season 11 Scored The Show’s Biggest Launch Ever

The Doctor is back, and in record-breaking style, it seems.

We already knew that the Doctor Who season 11 premiere was a huge hit with viewers and critics, but today we’ve received confirmation that it scored the highest viewing figures for a season premiere in the history of the show. “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” clocked up an impressive 10.9 million viewers, making it the biggest drama launch of the year for the BBC.

Impressively, it just squeezed out the 2005 revival premiere, “Rose,” which scored 10.8 million viewers and was the first appearance of Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor (and the first appearance of the Doctor since the show was cancelled in 1989). That was hyped up enormously, so Jodie Whittaker’s debut beating it is no mean feat.

In a statement released this week, here’s what showrunner Chris Chibnall had to share about the achievement:

“On behalf of the entire Doctor Who team,
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Aneurin Barnard hires assassin to take himself out in trailer for Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)

  • HeyUGuys
After being officially selected at Edinburgh International Film Festival and screened at Galway Film Fleadh, Emden Film Festival and Dinard Film Festival, a trailer has arrived for British comedy, Dead in A Week (Or Your Money Back).

Written & directed by Tom Edmunds, the film stars Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard, Freya Mavor, Marion Bailey & Christopher Eccleston.

Also in trailers – Zombies invade Christmas in trailer for Anna and the Apocalypse

The film is released in the UK from 16 November, exclusively in Odeon Cinemas nationwide.

Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) Official Synopsis

William (Aneurin Barnard) has failed to kill himself seven times, ten, if you count the cries for help. He’s tried everything but nothing seems to work. It’s got so bad he’s begun to think he might be immortal.

Ageing hitman Leslie (Tom Wilkinson) is a one-man euthanasia clinic with a good heart but an increasingly shaky hand.
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‘Doctor Who’: The First Female Doctor Is a Gamechanger

‘Doctor Who’: The First Female Doctor Is a Gamechanger
In its five decades careening through the cosmos and the popular imagination, Doctor Who has given us plenty of philosophies to choose from: “Go forward in all your beliefs.” “There is no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes.” “We’re all stories in the end.” “Bananas are good.” But on yesterday’s Season 11 premiere, the latest incarnation of the time-traveling, galaxy-hopping, species-saving, face-changing Time Lord gave voice to what is perhaps the show’s most enduring philosophy: “We’re all capable of the most incredible change.
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October Horrors 2018 Day 6 – 28 Days Later (2002)

28 Days Later, 2002.

Directed by Danny Boyle.

Starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston and Brendan Gleeson.


Jim awakens from a coma to find London decimated by a deadly virus that has reduced its remaining inhabitants into a horde of rabid violent creatures.

It’s safe to say that we’re entering the late stages of the ‘Golden Age of the Zombie’ with the shuffling flesh munchers having enjoyed an unprecedented period of popularity for the last few years, albeit one that is now in the midst of a decline thanks in part to a market oversaturated with bargain bin rubbish and a certain TV show overstaying its welcome by about 4 seasons.

It wasn’t always like this. In fact, there was a time when the zombie genre was, well, dead. A genre dismissed by the mainstream and really only enjoyed by the few die-hard fans. While we often credit
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Kate Winslet movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Titanic,’ ‘Eternal Sunshine’

  • Gold Derby
Kate Winslet movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Titanic,’ ‘Eternal Sunshine’
Kate Winslet represents the third generation of actors in her family. Her grandparents ran a repertory theater in England and her father struggled for many years as an actor himself while working other jobs to support his family. Winslet however found incredible success quite early in her career and by the time she turned 30, she had already received four Oscar nominations and played the female lead in the biggest box office blockbuster Hollywood had ever seen, “Titanic.”

While success in films came easy for Winslet, the one thing that did seem to elude her for a long time was recognition from the Academy. She would have to wait through five Oscar losses before the award would finally come her away for the 2008 movie “The Reader.” She would lampoon her Oscar troubles (and ironically receive an Emmy nomination) on an episode of the Ricky Gervais comedy “Extras.” On that show Winslet
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5 Obscure Doctor Who Villains Who Should Return in Series 11

George Chrysostomou with five obscure Doctor Who villains who should return in series 11…

Doctor Who series 11 is quickly approaching, with Jodie Whittaker’s take on the Time Lord set to launch on October 7th. With all the buzz surrounding the new series, there’s a lot of talk around some of the villains that will be emerging to plague the Doctor. With this in mind, let’s take a look back at some of the most obscure villains that have been put to screen since the 2005 revival of the BBC show who are due a return. This list will feature at least one villain for every regeneration of the modern incarnation of the Doctor.


We first look at one of the creepiest villains of the Ninth Doctor’s run, the Gelth. Featuring in the third episode of the rebooted Christopher Eccleston run, The Unquiet Dead, the Gelth previously held
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‘King Lear’ Amazon Review: Anthony Hopkins Enthralls, Chewing His Way Through a 21st-Century War Zone

“Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!” bellows King Lear into the blustering gusts on the heath. In the Shakespeare play, Lear is a pre-Roman Celtic king dressed in period robes; in the BBC update now streaming on Amazon, we have Anthony Hopkins in a heavy peacoat. And yet, it feels just as regal. Lear is always coveted by the finest actors, and Hopkins owns the role.

Any Shakespearean update must validate its existence, and Richard Eyre updates the story for a 21st-century, highly militarized London. The aging Lear calls together his family to divide his kingdom among his three daughters: Goneril (Emma Thompson), Regan (Emily Watson), and the youngest, Cordelia (Florence Pugh). The two eldest daughters profess their love and allegiance to their father in flowery terms, but Cordelia, put off by their transparent brown-nosing, refuses to follow suit. Angered by what he deems a betrayal by his favorite,
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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Worst to Best

Chris Cooper shares his ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after twenty films…

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) is now at twenty films. I’ve not spoken to one person who fully agrees on the order these films should be ranked in, and my wife is still giving me crap about where I’ve put Iron Man 3.

So it’s always a good topic for discussion.

20 – The Incredible Hulk

The 2003 Eric Bana Hulk was an odd beast. But with Iron Man doing well Marvel must have felt confident that with Ed Norton in the main role and a strong supporting cast they’d be onto another winner. Not quite unfortunately.

I liked Norton but the Hulk didn’t reflect him in appearance, plus they’d taken away his ability to get bigger as he got angrier, which was something I always thought was cool. Rather than fighting giant dogs
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BBC Changes The Time For Doctor Who Season 11 Premiere In The Us

Jodie Whittaker’s first episode of Doctor Who is one of the most hyped outings in the show’s history. Naturally, the star attraction will be getting a proper look at the first female Doctor in action, but we’ll also meet her new assistants and see what’s being described as a shift in the show’s direction. With this amount of excitement swirling around it, BBC America has used their mastery of time and space to bring the time of the premiere forward to 1:45pm Est on Sunday, October 7th.

This will put it in line with its premiere on the BBC One in the UK at 6:45pm BST that same day, thus ensuring that Us viewers will get to experience it at precisely the same time as fans across the pond. It’s a smart move, too, as waiting even a couple of hours knowing
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Tuesday’s best TV: The Flu That Killed 50 Million

  • The Guardian - TV News
Christoper Ecclestone explores the hidden history of the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1919 – and reveals how experts believe it will return. Plus: the drama heats up in Bake Off

9pm, BBC Two

As if the enormous death toll inflicted during the first world war were not enough, in November 1918 a global flu pandemic broke out that claimed more than 50 million lives before it was declared over in July 1919. Christopher Eccleston narrates a thought-provoking docu-drama about the devastation wrought by the “Spanish flu” in which experts agree that another eruption of the disease is inevitable. Unseen memoirs, letters and diaries combine with dramatic reconstructions to bring these troubled times to life.
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‘Doctor Who': Here’s What Guests on Set Always Ask Jodie Whittaker to See

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‘Doctor Who': Here’s What Guests on Set Always Ask Jodie Whittaker to See
When guests visit the “Doctor Who” set, there’s one thing star Jodie Whittaker always gets asked about.

“Whenever we’ve had guest actors on, they always want to see” her sonic screwdriver, Whittaker told TheWrap in a recent interview. She added that guests usually gasp and ask, “please, can I hold the sonic?”

Whittaker added that while her sonic screwdriver might look very different from iterations in the past, it “still has all the powers and wonderful traits of the sonic. It hasn’t changed its function.”

Also Read: 'Doctor Who' Star Jodie Whittaker Tells Us Why the Doctor's Gender Is 'Irrelevant'

For those less versed in the “Who”-verse, the sonic screwdriver is a versatile piece of advanced Gallifreyan technology possessed by each iteration of the Doctor. And each Doctor has their own unique sonic screwdriver, meaning that the reveal of what the new tool will
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‘Doctor Who’ Star Jodie Whittaker Tells Us Why the Doctor’s Gender Is ‘Irrelevant’

  • The Wrap
‘Doctor Who’ Star Jodie Whittaker Tells Us Why the Doctor’s Gender Is ‘Irrelevant’
When Jodie Whittaker was cast as the first female Doctor on the longstanding sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” most saw her casting as breaking the glass ceiling on Time Lordship, but a few — including Peter Davison, who played the role from 1981 to 1984 — said they saw it as a “a loss of a role model for boys.”

Whittaker doesn’t see the problem, however.

“I’d be surprised by finding a boy who didn’t have a role model in their life that was female,” she told TheWrap in a recent interview.

Also Read: 'Doctor Who': First Female Doctor Was Condition of New Showrunner Deal for Season 11

“It’s someone’s opinion that boys can’t look up to women,” she said. “Role models and heroes come in all different shapes and sizes, and I’ve never needed to look like mine for me to be able to relate to them.
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Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston Plays The Doctor Again For Fan’s Wedding Video

Infamously, Christopher Eccleston has been keen to stay away from Doctor Who since he left the show behind after just one season as the Ninth Doctor in 2005. For instance, he was offered the chance to reprise his role for 2013’s 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor,” but turned it down, with the hitherto-unknown War Doctor played by John Hurt created in his place.

Though his problems with the leadership on the sci-fi series have stopped him from donning his leather jacket and picking up his sonic screwdriver again, you can’t accuse Eccleston of not caring for his fans. The actor recently made a rare convention appearance at this summer’s London Film and Comic-Con and now, he’s gone one better by filming a video for a fan’s wedding. And he did it in character as the Doctor!

“That’s just typical,” Eccleston jokes, as he kicks off the video.
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Tiff Review: ‘Where Hands Touch’ Conveys an Interracial Nazi Romance with Complexity

Now is not the time to make a film romanticizing Nazism or allowing anyone who donned the swastika during World Was II a modicum of sympathy. I’d argue there could never be such a time — at least not for those who say they felt bad but still did nothing to stop the nightmare they helped usher into creation. Their cooperation in a genocidal extermination cannot be given a footnote for remorse. They cannot skate by on some notion that they participated unwillingly so as not to cement their own deaths and therefore be unable to “fight back.” The people dying didn’t have that choice. To say you killed some to save others is meaningless when your own life proves the first and only one to be guaranteed survival.

So it’s not surprising there’s been backlash to the trailer for Amma Asante’s latest Where Hands Touch.
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