Oct. 15, 2013 | 6:11 p.m.
The first photos for “The Day of the Doctor” are out, offering a glimpse of the highly anticipated “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special. The images (check them out in the gallery above) feature outgoing “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith (who plays the 11th incarnation of the Doctor), along with his popular predecessor David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) and newcomer John Hurt. Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in May’s season finale, though fan speculation abounds as to whether Hurt’s character is a previous iteration, a future iteration or an alternate-timeline version of the time traveler, or else another character altogether. The special also stars Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s current traveling companion Clara Oswald, and Billie Piper, who portrayed fan-favorite traveling companion Rose Tyler, the first female lead after the show’s 2005 reboot. The newly released images from the […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
NEW YORK — At the Javits Center in Manhattan this past weekend, the Frodos and Jokers were easily outnumbered by the Heisenbergs and Khalesis. Reflecting television’s place on top of the pop-culture food chain, the lineup at New York Comic Con was dominated by the small screen, with panels about shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” proving a major draw among the estimated 130,000 attendees. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books and anime, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture — particularly television. “I definitely have seen a really strong increase in the TV presence over the past couple of years,” said Kim Mueller, content and talent director at ReedPOP, the company that produces the 7-year-old […]
Oct. 11, 2013 | 4:32 p.m.
“The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. The lead story in the issue takes a look at the new wave of empowered young women in genre films — not just “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, who returns to the arena in November’s anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but also “Divergent’s” Shailene Woodley and “Ender’s Game” actress Hailee Steinfeld. The issue also features new interviews with “Carrie” star Chloe Grace Moretz, discussing her take on the Stephen King-inspired horror classic, helmed by indie film icon Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Evangeline Lilly describing her role in Peter Jackson’s second installment in his planned J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” due in December. We also caught up with fan […]
Sept. 10, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.
A newly unveiled poster for the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special reveals its title – ”The Day of the Doctor” — and offers a glimpse of the much-anticipated episode. “The Day of the Doctor” will be a feature-length episode, clocking in at 75 minutes, and is slated to air Nov. 23. In an effort to avoid spoilers and plot leaks, BBC Worldwide is orchestrating a worldwide simulcast in 200 countries, including the U.S. The special stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and newcomer John Hurt. GRAPHIC: Meet the 11 Doctors Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in May’s season finale. Fan speculation abounds on whether Hurt’s character is a previous iteration, a future iteration or an alternate-timeline version of the time traveler, or else another character altogether. Smith and Tennant, of course, played the 11th and 10th incarnations […]
Aug. 15, 2013 | 6:04 p.m.
It seems there are Whovians embedded in Google’s ranks. A newly discovered Easter egg on Google Maps lets “Doctor Who” fans peek into the TARDIS — the Doctor’s time-traveling spaceship — and it is indeed bigger on the inside. Google Maps users who search for “police telephone box, england” are transported to the iconic blue police box. The TARDIS appears to be parked on Earl’s Court Road in London, and users can virtually explore the inside, or at least the main room (no sign of River Song’s swimming pool or the Doctor’s library). When viewing the TARDIS from outside, click the double-white arrows directly in front of the police box to be transported inside the TARDIS. Google Street View’s 360 viewing tool provides a close-up view of the TARDIS console and its various controls. First reported by Jalopnik, the Easter […]
Aug. 05, 2013 | 2:47 p.m.
PERSPECTIVE And as the world (or one obsessed subset thereof) watched, the name of the person to play the Twelfth Doctor — though not, of course, the name of the Doctor, which shall remain unspoken — was revealed. Peter Capaldi, the bookmakers’ choice by a wide margin, will take over for the retiring Matt Smith, the Doctor since 2010. Smith’s Doctor will regenerate into Capaldi’s — same character, just a different body — this Christmas. The new star of “Doctor Who” is best known to Americans, which is not to say well known, as the F-bombing spin doctor in Armando Iannucci’s political comedies “The Thick of It” (BBC series) and “In the Loop” (film spinoff) and, reaching back through the foggy mists of time, for Bill Forsyth’s gentle comedy of Scotland, “Local Hero.” He is, at any rate, better known […]
Aug. 04, 2013 | 12:45 p.m.
It’s official: Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new Doctor. The 55-year-old Scottish actor is by no means a “Doctor Who” discovery along the lines of the most recent Time Lord, Matt Smith. In fact, the new Doctor already has his own following from the British political satire “The Thick of It” and the big-screen spinoff “In the Loop.” In both the series and the film, Capaldi played a foul-mouthed political spin doctor named Malcolm Tucker. But fans worrying that this casting means the Doctor is about to go down an adults-only path should relax. As Capaldi reassured fans just moments after the announcement of his casting: “Malcolm has been banished from the mirror by this new Doctor, who wouldn’t put up with Malcolm’s language.” The big reveal was made during a live telecast on Sunday hosted by British […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 11:05 a.m.
“Doctor Who” lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat excels at keeping secrets. Case in point: The identity of the next actor to portray the Doctor, the perpetually regenerating time traveler hero in the long-running BBC show. When Matt Smith, who plays the current incarnation of the Doctor, announced in June that he would be leaving the sci-fi adventure series at the end of this year, Moffat began fending off questions about who would replace the “Doctor Who” star. “I have lied my arse off for months,” Moffat admitted during the show’s Comic-Con International presentation in San Diego last month. Now, with the casting announcement slated for Sunday, the only thing fans can expect is the unexpected. “You want people to be shocked when the name comes out,” Moffat said, sipping a cup of coffee in a San Diego hotel lounge. […]
Aug. 01, 2013 | 4:27 p.m.
BBC will unveil the new star of “Doctor Who” on Sunday during ”Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor,” a live television program on BBC America and BBC One. The half-hour program, which will air at 11 a.m. PDT, will feature interviews with outgoing “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith, executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat, as well as special guests, including previous Doctors and companions. The show will also spotlight moments from the “Doctor Who’s” 50-year history. The identity of Smith’s replacement has been a closely guarded secret, and Moffat has admitted to lying outright in order to keep it. “Amongst all the speculation and betting, there has been lots of fun and intrigue at work as we’ve been using the codename Houdini as a decoy,” said Ben Stephenson, controller for BBC Drama Commissioning, in a news release. “It’s the biggest […]
July 29, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.
American Whovians won’t have to wait to see the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special. The highly anticipated special is set to air at the same time across the globe. In an effort to avoid spoilers and plot leaks, BBC Worldwide is orchestrating a worldwide simulcast in 200 countries, with an expected 100 million viewers. “It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international ‘Doctor Who fans’ can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the U.K.,” BBC Worldwide said in a statement. Outgoing star Matt Smith and companion Jenna Coleman are joining forces with “Doctor Who” alumni David Tennant and Billie Piper, as well as newcomer John Hurt, introduced in the Season 7 finale as a previously unseen incarnation of the Doctor. The special is slated to air Saturday, Nov. 23. If […]