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Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.

‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ Batfleck: 2013 in review

The year was a gift for fans of genre entertainment.  Click through the images for a detailed look at some of the most memorable moments of 2013. (Photos, clockwise from top left, by BBC; Warner Bros.; Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Lionsgate)
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Dec. 18, 2013 | 5:05 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special trailer teases Matt Smith’s goodbye

A new trailer for the “Doctor Who” Christmas special is out, teasing Matt Smith’s final episode as the show’s star. The trailer, released Wednesday, features Orla Brady as mysterious villainess Tasha Lem, a figure from the Doctor’s distant past. “The Time War will begin anew,” she declares. “The siege of Trenzalore has now begun!” Trenzalore was teased throughout Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor and eventually revealed in last season’s finale as the site of the Doctor’s grave. PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith The trailer also shows the Doctor crashing a Christmas dinner, presumably that of companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). The episode also brings together a plethora of classic “Doctor Who” aliens, including Daleks, Cybermen, the Silence and the Weeping Angels. Other guest stars include Rob Jarvis and Tessa Peake-Jones. “Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed […]
Dec. 14, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’: Matt Smith’s pals croon a repurposed ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

'Doctor Who' Regeneration Carol parody (featured image)
The 11th Doctor’s companions try to persuade “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith to stay just a little longer in a new take on Frank Loesser’s classic winter carol, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The “Regeneration Carol” fan video, from comedy and musical troupe Not Literally, features Smith look-alike Matt Elliott as the Time Lord while actresses dressed as Amy Pond, Clara Oswald and River Song serenade him, begging him not to regenerate. “It’s time to run and remember,” croons Clara. “How bittersweet this December,” the Doctor responds. “You’ll be the same Doctor inside,” River reassures him. “Maybe I’ll be ginger this time,” he says, perking up. The real-life Smith is wrapping up his time on the TARDIS, ending his “Doctor Who” tenure with this year’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor.” PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, best […]
Dec. 11, 2013 | 10:48 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special trailer, images show aliens galore

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A new trailer for the “The Time of the Doctor” is out, teasing a “Doctor Who” Christmas special jampacked with some of the Doctor’s most famous foes. The trailer, released Wednesday, and new still images (check them out in the gallery above) show a plethora of aliens, including Daleks, Cybermen, the Silence and Weeping Angels, not to mention a villainous-looking woman (Orla Brady) who declares to lined-up troops, “The siege of trenzalore has now begun!” Trenzalore was teased throughout Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor and eventually revealed in last season’s finale as the site of the Doctor’s grave. PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith The 30-second teaser begins with a voiceover by Clara (Jenna Coleman) — a little rhyme that hints at Smith’s impending departure from the show. “And now it’s time for one last bow, / like […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 3:44 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ exclusive: Tennant, Piper in anniversary bonus video

'Day of the Doctor' Billie Piper and David Tennant (featured image)
“Doctor Who” stars David Tennant and Billie Piper reflect on returning to the series in a bonus clip from the home video release of “The Day of the Doctor,” out Tuesday. The clip, which was screened in theaters after showings of the 50th anniversary special, features a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the actors on the “Day of the Doctor” set. Tennant, who reprises his 10th Doctor role in the special, confesses that he had harbored some hope to return to the series but never knew for sure whether he’d get the opportunity. PHOTOS: Sneak peek at ‘The Time of the Doctor’ Christmas special “It’s been vaguely talked about very casually for probably a couple of years now,” Tennant says in the video (watch it below). “So when people think I’ve been lying in every press interview I’ve done for the last […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 6:23 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special: New ‘Time of the Doctor’ images

Matt Smith in "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)
New images from this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special have been revealed, offering a glimpse of Matt Smith in his final episode as the show’s eponymous protagonist. The special, which airs on BBC America at 9 p.m. PST on Dec. 25, is titled “The Time of the Doctor” and follows the Time Lord and his latest traveling companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) in their last adventure together. “Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor,” reads the episode’s official description. “Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.” PHOTOS: Hero Complex Geek Gift Guide 2013 The […]
Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.

Holiday gift guide 2013: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Thrones’ and more

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You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Nov. 22, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary hype: Pre-show, Google Doodle, more

Matt Smith, left, David Tennant and John Hurt in "The Day of the Doctor," the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special. (BBC)
The “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special is out in theaters Saturday, and Whovians across the globe are celebrating the BBC series’ milestone. In addition to receiving a limited theatrical release, the feature-length special “The Day of the Doctor” will be simulcast worldwide on TV in more than 75 countries, including the U.S. The special is set to premiere on BBC America at 11:50 a.m. PST. The event is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the long-running science-fiction show’s anniversary, with a special panel at Comic-Con International this summer; the release of “An Adventure in Space and Time,” a film about the show’s inception and the first actor to play the Doctor, William Hartnell; a slate of commemorative TV specials about the show and the various actors who have played the time-traveling alien; and a series of live events in the U.S. […]
Nov. 21, 2013 | 12:50 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’: For Matt Smith, it’s been a ‘nutty and silly’ ride

"Doctor Who" star Matt Smith is leaving the show at the end of the year. Click through the gallery for Times photographer Al Seib's portraits of Smith in Beverly Hills on July 24, 2013. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
It’s difficult to separate “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith from the larger-than-life role he’s inhabited for the past 3-1/2 years. Even out of costume, the 30-year-old actor radiates the exuberance and twinkly eyed curiosity that are the hallmarks of his character, the ever-regenerating, time traveling alien protagonist in the world’s longest-running sci-fi TV series. But his time in the role is about to run out – Smith will leave the series this year to follow a new career path that will take him to Hollywood; he recently acted opposite Christina Hendricks in the Ryan Gosling-directed thriller “How to Catch a Monster,” due out in 2014. The 55-year-old Scottish actor Peter Capaldi will take his place as the BBC show’s leading man. “I’d have very happily done another year,” Smith said, propping his boots up on the coffee table in a […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 12:18 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ Blu-ray exclusive clip: Behind the scenes with Smith

"Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7" limited edition Blu-ray gift set. (BBC Home Entertainment)
A new “Doctor Who” Blu-ray set including all seven seasons of the rebooted series hits shelves Tuesday, featuring seasons 1 through 4 in high definition for the first time. Those seasons, featuring ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston (“Thor: The Dark World”) and 10th Doctor David Tennant (“Broadchurch”), have been remastered at 1080p; later seasons, featuring 11th Doctor Matt Smith, were created in high definition. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a clip from the collection’s 120 minutes of new bonus features. GRAPHIC: Meet the 11 Doctors In the video (watch it below), Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat and other “Doctor Who” notables offer a behind-the-scenes look at the “Doctor Who at the Proms.” The Blu-ray set includes the full 90-minute concert, hosted by Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) and performed by the London Philharmonic […]
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