Dec. 04, 2013 | 6:23 p.m.
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. 22, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.
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. […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 12:15 p.m.
PBS Masterpiece has revealed the long-awaited U.S. premiere date for “Sherlock” Season 3. The Golden Globe-nominated BBC series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will return Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET), following “Downton Abbey’s” time slot. Dates for the show’s U.K. premiere have not yet been announced. Based on the classic mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, the series stars Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as the brilliant, socially inept detective and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) as his long-suffering roommate and co-sleuth. PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch’s career in pictures The series has been on hiatus since January 2012, and fan anticipation has been growing after Season 2′s cliffhanger finale. In that episode, “The Reichenbach Fall,” Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The […]
Oct. 20, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
“The Walking Dead” returns Sunday after a record-breaking season premiere that attracted some 16.1 million viewers, making the AMC zombie drama one of the most watched shows on television. The second episode of season 4, titled “Infected,” picks up the action in the wake of the mysterious death of one of the residents of the prison, with the incident threatening the stability of life inside the prison sanctuary. In an interview with Hero Complex, “Walking Dead” executive producer Greg Nicotero said that event put “a ticking time bomb right in the middle of cell block C.” “We know we’re dealing with a whole other threat — the potential of a disease that can kill you before you even have an opportunity to tell anybody that you’re sick,” Nicotero said. To see what else he had to say, check out our […]
Sept. 25, 2013 | 2:09 p.m.
Step aside, Batman. Commissioner James Gordon is getting his turn in the spotlight in a new drama series set in Batman’s hometown. Fox has ordered a series — titled “Gotham” — based on the origins of Gotham P.D.’s Jim Gordon and the villains who made Batman’s hometown famous, the network confirmed Wednesday. The one-hour drama, from Warner Bros. Television, will be led by writer and executive producer Bruno Heller, the creative mind behind “The Mentalist” and “Rome.” Though it would appear that the events in the show take place before Batman’s introduction to Gotham, Fox has not confirmed whether the Dark Knight will be a part of the series. Commissioner Gordon won’t be the first DC Comics character to get the small-screen treatment. The CW is developing a series based on the Flash, with “Glee” star Grant Gustin playing the […]
Aug. 13, 2013 | 4:39 p.m.
Cosplayers are hoping that a new reality show will shine a light on their creative, if quirky, endeavors. “Heroes of Cosplay” — a sort of Comic-Con-meets-”Project Runway” docu-series — premieres on Syfy tonight, pitting cosplayers against each other in Wizard World Portland’s cosplay competition. Cosplay, short for “costume play,” is a hobby that blends costume-making and role-playing. Cosplayers portray their favorite characters from genre movies and television, video games, anime, comic books and more, wearing handmade costumes to comic conventions and sometimes competing for prizes. It’s that competitive element that “Heroes of Cosplay” aims to spotlight, with each episode featuring a different contest and the cosplayers who, with varying degrees of experience, prepare to compete. Although the show isn’t without the seemingly manufactured drama that’s a hallmark of reality TV, “Heroes of Cosplay” provides some context for a hobby that […]
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 30, 2013 | 1:53 p.m.
The Flash may be getting his own TV show, the CW announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Assn.’s summer press tour. The CW will introduce the Flash during the second season of “Arrow” before giving the scarlet speedster his own drama series, aptly named “Flash.” “We plan to introduce a recurring character [on "Arrow"] and an origin story for Dr. Barry Allen, who you know as The Flash,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully it will go well. We do want to expand upon the DC Universe. We think that there are rich characters that we can use and we thought this was a very organic way to get there.” The Flash, the lightning-quick DC hero, first appeared in comics in 1940 and became a member of the Justice League of America. (“Arrow” producers have hinted […]
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 […]