Posts Tagged ‘Doctor Who’

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Joss Whedon’s past and the future of “Dollhouse”: Conclusion

April 30, 2009

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New “Farscape” comic hitting the shelves

April 29, 2009

FarscapeHot off the presses for release on April 29th is a new Farscape comic mini-series: D’Argo’s Lament. Set in Season 3 between the episodes “Revenging Angel” and “Fractures”, the four-part story focuses on the sword-wielding alien’s efforts to prevent interplanetary war. It also co-stars the troublemaker Jool, who eventually has a relationship with D’Argo (you’ll also remember Jool really did not get on with Chiana, who became D’Argo’s love interest by the end of the series).

D’Argo’s Lament is co-written by Rockne S. O’Bannon and Keith DeCandido. O’Bannon served as executive consultant for the Farscape sereies. Others may know him for his writing on Doctor Who, Andromeda, Buffy, Alien Nation (the movie), as well as 15 Star Trek novels. Keith DeCandido’s credits include books in the Buffy, Star Trek and Supernatural franchises and the film Done the Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of “Firefly” and “Serenity”. The comic is available in two covers by Michael DiPascale and Will Sliney.

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The return of the Rani

April 25, 2009

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The Doctor and the Dwarf comin’ at ya

April 1, 2009

What’s better than a teaser for a cool British SF TV special? Teasers for TWO cool British SF TV specials, of course!

For your viewing pleasure, here’s the trailer for the new Doctor Who special, Planet of the Dead. Good job on the part of harrysaxon and Steve for catching this.

Also, a very Transformers-esque teaser for the upcoming 3-part Red Dwarf special, Back to Earth. Thanks again to Steve, our intrepid reporter for all sorts of UK SF goodness – just don’t get him started on old Starfleet reruns. Please.

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Top 15 totally unexpected alternate endings for “Battlestar Galactica”

March 26, 2009

Ah, the post-mortem phase of a TV series. Everybody (us included) is weighing-in these days on BSG’s finale, offering their woulda/shoulda/coulda speculations about alternatives to the ending viewers were given. And some are pretty creative. We decided to take it into the realm of the absurd. Here are some of our suggestions for ways the final episode could have ended that would really have surprised viewers:

15) Starbuck turns out to be an angel, Baltar and Six are angels – kind of. And Apollo’s an angel. And Rosalin and Adama are angels. Yeah, yeah. Everyone’s an angel. Isn’t that what your preschool teacher told you?

14) A group of Colonial settlers comes over a rise to find several dozen Earthlings crouched around a mysterious black monolith, thoughtfully swinging the animal bones they’ve just learned can help them get meat.

13) Galactica jumps into the vicinity of the black hole ready for a fight, only to find Cavil’s already fallen victim to the recession and a force more powerful than a legion of centurions – mortgage bankers – has put a “foreclosure/repossessed” sign on the Cylon colony’s front gate.

12) The Fleet finds Earth – not during the early days of mankind, but during the era of the dinosaurs, which are too many and too dangerous to permit colonization… that is until Baltar looks out a porthole, spots a passing asteroid and says “Do you know, I think I have an idea…”

11) Things look grim for the Colonials as their marine boarding party seems overwhelmed by enemy centurions, when suddenly, lawyers for Warner Brothers appear armed with lawsuits ordering NBC to shut the Cylon colony down for looking too much like a Shadow vessel from Babylon 5.

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A grab-bag of “Doctor Who” stuff

March 17, 2009

A bunch of Doctor-related links to pass around…

This year’s UK Comic Relief featured a skit modeled on the new Sarah Jane spinoff series.

And the fundraiser wrapped with an appearance by the 10th Doctor himself, David Tennant, in the TARDIS.

And back on the spinoff scene, there’s word K-9 could be getting a series of his own.

Thanks to Steve, our eye on all things sci-fi out of Britain.

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The prescription for “Doctor Who” withdrawal

March 1, 2009

There’s a bit of a wait until the Doctor Who Easter special hits the air, so it’s perfect timing that IDW comics has released a stand-alone adventure of the Timelord to tide fans over. Set during the Martha Jones era, “The Whispering Gallery”, written by Leah Moore and John Reppion, is solid – on par with a typical good (but not great) series 3 episode –  and centres around a trip to the home planet of a friendly traveller the Doctor encountered once, and the menace that keeps residents clamping down on their emotions except for their last, heartfelt whispers in their funerary portraints. The artwork by Ben Templesmith is hit-and-miss, at times capturing the oh so easy-on-the-eyes likeness of Freema Agyeman and the facial acrobatics of David Tennant perfectly, while sometimes rendering them so crudely as to be unrecognizable (one frame in particular stands out in my mind for making the 10th Doctor look more like Fido Dido from the old 7-Up commercials). The empathic monster was also a little uninspired, looking a lot like the creature from Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” who gives away gold nuggets and tries to eat everything – and everyone, or like one of the family members from the old Barba Poppa cartoon might have if the animator was on acid. That being said, overall the art was well done and this comic book installment in the Doctor’s adventures was a pleasure to read.

Thanks to my friend and coworker Steve, afficionado of the best in British SF and comic collector extraordinaire, for the loaner.

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