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BBC Releases Surprise 2018 Doctor Who Christmas Special – on Twitter

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 19/12/2018 - 7:35am in

For those of you bemoaning the lack of a Doctor Who Christmas Special this year, the BBC has relented and released one, because you’ve all been very, very good. Who says you can’t have nice things?

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But there’s a catch: it’s in the form of a minute-long illustrated short on Twitter. Ta-da!

Narrated by Doctor Who’s Graham, Bradley Walsh, the special is about Santa having trouble with his sleigh and unable to deliver presents to everyone this year. Who should step in and help out but – you guessed it – The Doctor!

Because the Doctor.

Of course Jodie Whittaker shows up (voice only, fans) as The Doctor – because this wouldn’t be a Doctor Who Christmas Special without the Doctor.

Now you can open your presents, eat your mince pies and puddings, and wait till New Year’s Day when the proper live action annual special shows up. It’ll probably have Daleks in it. Because again, nice things

What? Still not satisfied? Honestly, there’s just no pleasing some people… All right, all right! If you really want a proper Christmas special, go no further than Netflix and watch The Christmas Chronicles. 

This is the closest you’re going to get to a Doctor Who Christmas Special this year.

I’m not kidding.

Kurt Russell plays Santa Claus here. Two kids mess up his well-honed routine of delivering presents all over the world – and now he has to make up for lost time or the world will get dark and mean because nobody got their presents. The greatest enemy Santa faces is disbelief and the loss of faith. The Spirit of Christmas is in jeopardy! Nobody but these kids believe he’s Santa.

Santa has to rely on two kids as his companions for help. He has a vast array of technology beyond the ken of Humanity. He has a secret base. His sack is bigger on the inside. He has to depend on his wits and improvise a plan from scratch. He manipulates the Laws of Physics and Time like a boss. He appeals to people’s better nature and eventually brings them around. The kids have their own sadness to get through. Of course Santa helps them learn a lesson at Christmas. You know the drill.

Look, even the elves look like aliens! 

Doesn’t that sound like The Doctor to you? And doesn’t that sound strangely close to a Doctor Who Christmas Special? It’s almost like Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat snuck off to America without anyone noticing to make one of those unauthorised Doctor Who episodes with the serial numbers shaved off. Who’s to argue that Russell’s Santa is not a Time Lord in disguise? Let a thousand nerd arguments commence! God knows he’s already launched a thousand Sexy Santa memes.

Just squint… or get really drunk (If you’re a child, please do not get drunk! That’s not good.) and you will swear you’re watching a new Doctor Who Christmas Special. 

Then go to sleep until New Year’s Day and watch the Doctor Who New Year’s Day Special. 

Sorted.

So don’t be a Grinch. Go watch all these nice things for free on the internet this Christmas.

This has been a Bleeding Cool Christmas Public Service Announcement. Normal service will resume after the holidays. 

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Doctor Who’s Susan Foreman: The Story of The Doctor’s Granddaughter and First Companion

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The BBC‘s official Doctor Who Channel on YouTube just released “The Story of Susan Foreman”, a fun video telling the story of Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter and his first companion on his travels in the TARDIS.

Originally portrayed by Carole Ann Ford, Susan appeared in the original series of Doctor Who when it premiered back in 1963. You could say she was the original “genius teenager” on a British TV series: an alien who was much smarter than anyone she met on Earth, including her secondary school teachers Ian and Barbara.

Susan is actually the reason the whole premise of the show got its start. Shocked and puzzled by her deep knowledge of history and science–even more than their own–Ian and Barbara decided to find out how she could be so smart and also check to see if she was all right.

When they followed her home to the I.M. Foreman junkyard and suspected a mysterious old man of holding her prisoner (which would have been what we now call child abuse), they would have been obligated to alert the law and social services. That mysterious old man, of course, turned out to be her grandfather and The Doctor. He takes them prisoner and whisks them all off through Space and Time for the next few seasons where they had all kinds of adventures, forming the entire format of the show that has lasted over 50 years to this day.

In fact, you could say that new showrunner Chris Chibnall has brought series 11 back to the original version of the show: the Doctor travels with two or three companions and working as team, instead of emphasizing the romantic tension between the male Doctor and his younger female companion. Chibnall is also moving closer to the show’s original brief to educate young viewers about major historical events.

Even though it’s been decades since Susan showed up in the show–the last time being the Five Doctors crossover special back in 1983–she is still an extremely popular companion. Many fans have been hoping she would make an appearance on the show, preferably played by Ford again. Her presence is still felt on the show, with the Doctor often mentioning her in passing and the 12th Doctor keeping a photo of her on his desk at the university where he was teaching. In the TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time, which told the story of first Doctor William Hartnell,  Ford was played by Claudia Grant, who has since gone on to play the role in Big Finish Production’s new audio dramas featuring the First Doctor and his companions.

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The video is a promo for the upcoming Doctor Who companion book The Women Who Lived: Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords, about all the women the Doctor has ever traveled with and met, from Susan to Queen Elizabeth to Tegan to Romana to Rose to Missy to Amy Pond to River Song. You name them, they’re all here in this book.

There’s another good reason to draw attention to this video–it gives us an opportunity to give credit to the artists who drew the illustrations for this video and whose work is featured in the book. Some of them are known comics artists, but they all deserve more mainstream attention:

Artists: 1. Lara Pickle (0:00) 2. Dani Jones (0:33) 3. Caz Zhu (1:01) 4. Mogamoka (1:26) 5. Rachael Smith (1:48) 6. Kate Holden (2:18) 7. Sonia Leong (2:43) 8. Gwen Burns (3:10)

Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived: Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords is now available at bookshops and online.

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Doctor Who Series 11: The 13th Doctor’s Theme and The Sound of “New Who”

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 14/12/2018 - 2:05am in

As the latest series of Doctor Who draws to a close – it’s not over yet, we still the New Year’s Special to cap it off – the BBC has released the full theme for the 13th Doctor, composed by new series composer Segun Akinola.

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When the show was brought back in 2005, Russell T. Davies and producer Julie Gardner wanted to signal that it wasn’t the cheap-looking show of the 1970’s, with its cardboard sets, creature make-up that looked like it cost 50p. One way to do that was to have a full-on orchestral score instead of the synthesizer music cues. Murray Gold became the composer for the show over its next ten series, creating not just music cues but also entire orchestral suites and symphonies the way composers like John Williams and Howard Shore composed for big Hollywood epics like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Gold’s music often did the emotional heavy-lifting for the show, linking moments and motifs together as part of the story.

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The BBC also used the music of Doctor Who as a “gateway drug” to interest kids and young people in Classical Musical by having the soundtrack performed at the Proms every year. The music of Doctor Who has become as crucial a character on the show as the Doctor and her companions. It has become a tradition on the show for each new Doctor to have their own theme tune, one that sums up the many layers and colours of the Doctor’s personality. It’s fascinating to listen to them on their own.

The 9th Doctor’s Theme

The first new Doctor of the show’s new era might be the saddest. Christopher Eccleston was many people’s introduction to the Doctor and his theme is the most low-key, mournful, like a requiem. He dresses in black to keep people at arm’s length. He looks like an angry social worker who has no time for nonsense when you go see him at his office. He’s lost his world and his people, and he has survivor’s guilt. His theme is a lament for everything he lost and wishes he could get back.

The 10th Doctor’s Theme

The 10th Doctor, played by David Tennent, is more extravagant than the 9th. Covering up his angst with an exuberance and a smart-alecky Mockney hipster persona. His theme tune is an evolution of the 9th Doctor’s, the choral lament is elaborated upon and layer with more orchestration to show his more outsized personality but with the darkness and mournfulness still lurking underneath.

“I am the Doctor” – the 11th Doctor’s Theme

Matt Smith’s Doctor is a geeky oddball given to silly diversions and flights of fancy. Gold created a brash, bombastic, grandiose rollercoaster of a theme to take us through the peaks and troughs of this Doctor’s personality, a madman with a box, an old man in a young man’s body. This theme sums up the crazy, over-the-top whimsy and eccentric bombast of the 11th Doctor. You can almost imagine this is the theme playing in his head whenever he does anything. For him, everything must be EPIC because he’s trying to be cool.

“A Good Man?” – the 12th Doctor’s Theme

The 12th Doctor’s theme might be the most complex and layered suite Gold ever composed for the show. Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is a man of doubts and an endless pit of history and regrets, quizzical, alien, increasingly tumultuous like an emotional rollercoaster. Unlike the declarative nature of the 11th Doctor, this Doctor questions himself, asking if he is a good man, and his arc through Capaldi’s three series was about the Doctor deciding on the need to be a good man. His theme takes us through his arc of initial questioning, mystery, then increasing rage – and finally, conviction.

“Thirteen” – The 13th Doctor’s Theme

Segun Akinola took over from Gold as the show’s composer this season. His approach is less classical than Gold’s, more modern, low-key and subtle. Instead of the operatic bombast of Gold’s compositions, Akinola’s score for the show relies more on strings and electric keyboard to slip into the mood of the story. Gone is the sadness and melancholy of the past Doctor’s themes and a warmer, more intimate feel before it opens up to a sense of vastness and endless promise, the dawning of something new, just like the personality of this new Doctor herself.

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Doctor Who’s Lucky Number Thirteen: U.S. Ratings Rise 20% Over Previous Series

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/12/2018 - 2:05am in

The only thing in Doctor Who news more controversial than the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor are opinions on the quality of the show’s Series 11. While the press has been busy writing reviews and opinion pieces, the fans have let their viewing habits do the talking – and the news is really positive for BBC America and Whittaker’s Doctor.

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Based on figures reported on by VultureDoctor Who Series 11 averaged 1.6 million U.S viewers per episode over the first eight episodes of this season (including recorded and on-demand replays), a 20% increase over the same period for Series 10 with Peter Capaldi‘s Twelfth Doctor. These excellent U.S ratings rank Whittaker’s Doctor ahead of previous Doctors Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Christopher Eccleston‘s debut seasons.

Part of this ratings rise can be attributed to BBC America’s decision to move Doctor Who from Saturday to Sunday nights, as the overnight ratings skyrocketed to an almost fifty percent increse while same-day viewing numbers have doubled for millennial women. The rise in female viewers is also likely a result of both the draw of the first female Doctor and women-centric historical stories such as ‘Rosa’ and ‘The Witchfinders.’ Despite a fall in viewers after the first episode (that initial curiosity people have to see what all the fuss was about), ratings have remained stable over the course of the season: indicating that not only is Doctor Who bringing in more viewers, it’s also keeping them once it has them.

All of this is great news for BBC America and BBC Studios, who officially confirmed over the weekend that Whittaker was on board for Series 12. That same weekend, there came the “fine print”: BBC also officially announced that the new series of Doctor Who episodes won’t get to fans until 2020 (though Bleeding Cool’s own Rich Johnston had the scoop prior).

The question now is: will these new viewers still be interested after a year of no new Who? Without a TARDIS, only time will tell…

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Doctor Who Series 11: A Darker Season Than You First Thought

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/12/2018 - 6:15am in

Doctor Who Series 11 feels different from the previous seasons because it feels more like a social drama, there’s less continuity-heavy lore, the stories aren’t high in the “cosmic universe-in-danger sense” and sometimes feels slighter than before.

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But there are moments from this season that are loads darker than they first appear – here’s a look at some moments you might have missed:

‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ – How did so many people miss that the Doctor straight-up killed Tzim Sha, or “Tim Shaw”? I keep seeing people write that he got off easy because he teleported back to his home planet. Five DNA bombs detonated inside his body. Do people not understand that his DNA was destroyed in his body and all his organs basically underway catastrophic failure? The “Tim Shaw” that ends up back on his home planet is either a very messy corpse or a puddle of goo.

‘The Ghost Monument’ – The Doctor and her friends help Angstrom and Ipso survive and win the race but still get abandoned. This is the first sign the universe in series 11 is harsher and more unfair and the Doctor is less in control than before. It’s a universe of class divide and the strong preying on the weak, even more than previous seasons. Steven Moffat liked to write the Doctor as a god-like hero who has thought of everything. This Doctor is at the universe’s mercy as everyone else.

‘Rosa’ – Some viewers keep thinking Krasko would come back as a villain again in a future episode. I have my doubts. He’s not interesting enough to come back. He was just there as a plot device to give the gang a reason to interact with Rosa Parks and make sure she gets on the bus. He has no personality beyond ‘racist jerk’, a representation of the Alt-Right creeps out there who are complaining about this show now.

And it looks like Ryan killed him. Ryan sent him as far back in time as possible without any technology on him. He’s been reliant on his time tech and he has none. He might also have ended up so far back in time that the air isn’t breathable and the land is still lava. He could have died the moment he materialized. I could be totally wrong and he might come back in the finale. We’ll find out soon enough.

‘Arachnids in the UK’ – The Doctor locks the giant spider’s brood in Trump-alike tycoon Robertson’s safe room so they’ll eat up the rations until they run out and starve to death. Robertson shoots the giant mother spider not because he wanted to put it out of its misery – he wanted to put it out of his misery because he hates spiders. What is the more humane way of killing spiders here? To let them slowly starve to death when they run out of food in a room or to shoot a dying spider before it dies a slow death from suffocation?

‘The Tsuranga Conundrum’ – It’s implied that General Eve’s robot partner Ronan was also her lover. After she dies, Ronan and her brother Durkas bond and mourn, and Ronan declares that his term of service is over. For a robot companion, that means termination. Durkas doesn’t ask Ronan to become his robot partner. It’s implied that robot partners are bonded to pilots for life and are expected to be destroyed when their human partners die.

‘Demons of the Punjab’ – Something is underplayed in this story, which is that Yaz’ desire to find out her grandmother’s secret is what causes the creation of her family all along. If Moffat or Russell T. Davies was scripting this episode, they would have hammered that point more. If the Doctor hadn’t taken her back to 1947, her grandmother would have died without ever marrying her second husband or immigrating to Britain, and Yaz’ family would never have come into being. The Doctor becomes a plot device in Yaz and her grandmother’s story here. They closed a loop. They weren’t going to prevent Partition or the massacre of thousands in sectarian violence, but the Doctor and Yaz make sure Yaz’ grandmother’s first husband dies in order for the history of Yaz’ family to happen.

‘Kerblam!’ – Not enough fuss was made that the Kerblam AI murdered an innocent woman. Sure, it did it to try to shock the luddite terrorist into not committing mass murder and failed, but no one really mentioned it again… except at the end when the senior executives announced that the AI had been temporarily suspended pending new policy to bring in more humans to work at Kerblam. What was glossed over was that an AI made a moral calculation to sacrifice one life to try to save millions of lives. I wonder why the writers didn’t have the executives declare that new policy to bring in more humans to the company was because the company AI murdered someone!

‘The Witchhunters’ – The Doctor and her fam saved the planet from woody aliens but did not end the witch trials. King James emerged from his encounter with the Doctor even more convinced of the existence of witchcraft than ever. Witch hunts continued in England for more than another 100 years. That means hundreds more people die after they left.

‘It Takes You Away’ – Several viewers asked why the Solitract didn’t take on the form of a lost loved one from the Doctor’s past to appear before her. It picked a frog because it saw in Graham’s memories that Grace was delighted by the frog pendant he bought her. To the Solitract, the frog is a symbol of love. It chose to appear as a frog to the Doctor as an expression of its love and their new friendship. Jodie Whittaker played the scene as a break-up. The Doctor leaves the Solitract with the memory of their short friendship to sustain it for eternity. A human goes insane from being alone for too long. How do we know an eternity of solitude wouldn’t drive a sentient universe insane and it might implode as an act of self-destruction and suicide? And when it happens, no one will be there to see it. The implications are pretty dark when you stop and think about it, folks.

Too bad I haven’t seen the finale ‘The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos’ yet. I’m curious about what downbeat and pessimistic bits Chris Chibnall puts into the background of the story to cap off his first season as showrunner.

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Doctor Who Series 11, Episode 9 ‘It Takes You Away,’ When The 13th Doctor Found Her Voice

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Series 11 of Doctor Who finally found its defining moments in the 9th episode ‘It Takes You Away,’ when The Doctor finds herself talking to a sentient universe that’s taken on the form of a talking frog.

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Grief and loss are themes throughout this season, with Graham and Ryan mourning the loss of Grace (revisited and brought to a head in this episode) Yaz’ grandmother mourning the husband who died in the Partition, the man trying to solve his sister’s disappearance from Sheffield, Hanne and her father mourning her mother, the starship pilot’s brother, and android mourning her sacrifice. The monster turns out not to be monstrous after all, which previously happened in ‘Demons of the Punjab’ where the aliens weren’t assassins but mourners out to honour the people through Time and Space who die alone, and now the Solitract, a sentient universe that isn’t luring people to their doom but just wants a friend. It chooses the form of a frog with Grace’s voice to greet the Doctor with because the frog pendant Graham bought Grace was a symbol of love.

We get a whole scene of The Doctor matching minds with a talking frog while promising to be BFFs with it forever. There is no doubt she is being sincere in her love for this new crazy phenomenon in her life that she has to lose almost immediately. This is everything I want to see in Doctor Who. It’s bonkers, sad and funny at the same time.

For a show with a long history – over 50 years’ worth – of bonkers moments, this was in the Top 10. It’s very Douglas Adams in its whimsy and silliness, a combination of the cosmic and the ordinary. That scene carried a whole series’ worth of themes, ideas and emotions in just a few minutes. It was also the moment when the character of the 13th Doctor came into focus at last.

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The Doctor talks the Solitract into letting her go before the reality collapses and kills them both. She doesn’t make a poetic, eloquent speech that Steven Moffat used to write. She has no clever turns of phrases, only direct, emotional, empathetic honesty. She promises the Solitract that she will always be its friend, and the two of them promise to remember each other always. It’s a poignant moment where friends have to say goodbye. For the Doctor, it’s bittersweet. She’s found something so vast and strange and beautiful that she could be happily lost in it forever but has to leave it. Like her previous selves, she has to bear another loss.

I also thought about how the scene was specifically written to the 13th Doctor’s personality. Yes, any other Doctor could enact that script, but I can imagine the previous Doctors handling the Solitract differently. The 9th Doctor  Christopher Eccleston might have agreed to just die with the Solitract in a bout of self-loathing and despair. The 10th Doctor David Tennent might have argued with the Solitract and fought to defeat it. The 11th Doctor Matt Smith might have manipulated and conned the Solitract before pulling off an escape. The 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi might have scolded and shamed the Solitract into letting him go.

The 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, is unique in her emotional transparency and sincerity.

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I try not to watch Doctor Who with preconceptions or what I think the show should be. I like to look at it from the showrunner’s intentions and whether the execution works for me. We’ve already watched ten seasons of “big, cosmic, universe-threatening events” at every turn during Steven Moffat’s run, so Chris Chibnall‘s approach this season is a welcome change with smaller, more intimate stories that homed in on more relatable situations and people.

‘It Takes You Away’ felt like the episode where all the themes and ideas of the season came together more fully than the other episodes in the season so far. It finally stopped to give the Doctor her moment and let us see her core. She’s more low-key than the previous Doctors and doesn’t lord it over the room like they did. She doesn’t present herself as a god-like authoritarian like the previous ones did. She downplays how powerful and dangerous she really can be while the previous ones don’t hesitate to become dark and scary at the drop of a hat. She’s more sensitive to people’s feelings and reassures them whenever she can, which the previous Doctors might not bother doing.

It’s easy for me to see why they chose Jodie Whittaker. When her costume was unveiled, I thought she looked like that nice lady who teaches kindergarten and buys her organic muesli from the local co-op. She’s someone that children and little girls fall in love with and trust – and that’s all on purpose.

Series 11 is not what the show was like in the past ten seasons. It’s practically a new show with a new showrunner, a new cast, a new composer, a new tone that plays on and subverts our expectations of the conventions of the show from the past seasons. Change can be scary for some people – while some of us just go along with it to see where it takes us.

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Watership Down: Peter Capaldi, Rosamund Pike, 2 More Join BBC/Netflix Series (IMAGES)

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BBC and Netflix’s Watership Down added four big names to what’s already proven to be an A-list cast, with  Rosamund Pike (A Private War), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) joining the voice cast of the series adaptation. Pike will play The Black Rabbit Of Inlé, Capaldi plays seagull Kehaar, Egerton is set as El-Ahrairah and Chan plays Dewdrop.

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Adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary) and co-directed by Alan Short and Seamus Malone, the series also features James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega and Gemma Arterton. Rounding out the all-star cast are Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer, and Daniel Rigby.

Watership Down premieres as two special feature length episodes on BBC One at Christmas, and will run globally on Netflix.

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Based on Richard Adams’ bestselling novel but with a new interpretation, Watership Down is set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, as a tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.

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British pop singer Sam Smith and Steve Mac have written the original song ‘Fire on Fire’ as the series theme. Smith recorded the song with the BBC Concert Orchestra at London’s Abbey Road Studios in September 2018.

“It’s a real testament to the calibre of this adaptation of Watership Down that it has attracted such an exciting roll call of names to bring these much loved characters to life. Now – in Sam Smith – we have one of the world’s most successful recording artists, with the perfect new song to serve as the series’ theme. BBC One viewers are in for a treat this Christmas.”

– Ben Irving, Executive Producer, BBC One

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Serving as executive producers on the series are Rory Aitken, Josh Varney, Ben Pugh, and Eleanor Moran for 42; Noam Murro for Biscuit Entertainment; Martin Rosen; and Ben Irving for BBC One.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Sam – his stunning track resonates deeply with the themes of the show. We’re bowled over by the talent involved in the mini series, both on screen and off; it’s a labour of love to adapt such a deeply moving and important book, and we’re incredibly excited to be bringing the show to television audiences this Christmas.”

– Rory Aitken and Josh Varney, Executive Producers, 42

Deadline Hollywood

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The Walking Dead, Outlander, David Tennant Highlight PaleyFest NY 2018 Schedule

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PaleyFest NY 2018 has released its official session schedule for the annual two-week celebration of the television series format. This year’s selection includes popular scripted series such as The Walking Dead, Outlander, and The Good Fight; as well as “reality” competition series Shark Tank and Top Chef. Doctor Who‘s David Tennant will also be holding court for one session, updating fans on Amazon’s Good Omens series adaptation. Attendees looking to break into television can also attend a four-hour workshop session on October 13, presented in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment.

“The PaleyFest 2018 lineup is a testament to why PaleyFest NY is the premier television festival of the fall. We’re proud to feature this incredible schedule of events that represent the best of television across all genres.”

– Maureen J. Reidy, President-CEO, Paley Center for Media

Here’s a look at the PaleyFest NY 2018 line-up:

Outlander: Friday, October 5 @ 7 p.m.

Featuring: Cast and creative team; full lineup of participants to be announced

The Walking Dead: Saturday, October 6 @ 3 p.m.

Featuring: Screening of Season 9 premiere episode; Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), Angela Kang (Executive Producer), and additional participants to be announced

Drunk History: Monday, October 8 @ 6:30 p.m.

Featuring: Derek Waters (Host, Co-Creator, Director, and Executive Producer), and surprise guests

David Tennant Talks Doctor Who, Good Omens, and Much More: Tuesday, October 9 @ 6:30 p.m.

Featuring: David Tennant

Documentary Now!: Wednesday, October 10 @ 8 p.m.

Featuring: Seth Meyers (Executive Producer), John Mulaney, Rhys Thomas (Creator and Executive Producer), and Alexander Buono (Executive Producer)

Sunday Morning: Thursday, October 11 @ 6:30 p.m.

Featuring: Jane Pauley (Host), Rand Morrison (Executive Producer), and additional participants to be announced

Murphy Brown: A Conversation with Candice Bergen and Diane English: Saturday, October 13 @ 7 p.m.

Featuring: Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) and Diane English (Executive Producer)

Shark Tank: Sunday, October 14 @ 6 p.m.

Featuring: Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’ Leary, and additional participants to be announced

The Good Fight: Monday, October 15 @ 7 p.m.

Featuring: Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart), Rose Leslie (Maia Rindell), Audra McDonald (Liz Reddick-Lawrence), Cush Jumbo (Lucca Quinn), Michael Boatman (Julius Cain), Nyambi Nyambi (Jay Dipersia), Sarah Steele (Marissa Gold), Michelle King (Executive Producer), and Robert King (Executive Producer)

The Conners: Tuesday, October 16 @ 7:45 p.m.

Featuring: Live screening of premiere episode with cast/creative: John Goodman (Dan Conner), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner), Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner), Michael Fishman (DJ Conner), and additional guests to be announced

Top Chef: Thursday, October 18 @ 6:30 pm

Featuring: Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, Graham Elliot, and Season 15 winner Joe Flamm

Variety

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Our Look at 54 TV-Related Panels at New York Comic Con 2018 (NYCC)

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ReedPOP’s New York Comic Con (NYCC) is storming back to New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center this October for four days of pretty much anything and everything pop culture: films, comics, video games, collectibles, and so much more.

But we’re here to talk television — and so far, NYCC has 50+ panels/events based around the small screen running from Thursday, October 4th, to Sunday, October 7th. From Buffy‘s birthday and conversations with Kirkman to four Jokers and two Doctors, here’s a rundown on what television junkies (like us) can expect:

Jon Glaser Still Loves Gear

October 04, 2018, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 1A10 – Javits Center
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Jon Glaser

Science Channel Presents Mythical Beasts: Real or Imagined?

October 04, 2018, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 1A21 – Javits Center
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Speaker TBD

Anime Beyond TV

October 04, 2018, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM, Anime Fest @ NYCC – Mirai Stage
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Deb Aoki, , Marlan Moore, , Amanda Nanawa

Robert Kirkman: In Conversation

October 04, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St
Speaker
Robert Kirkman

Crunchyroll Industry Panel

October 04, 2018, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1A06 – Javits Center
Speaker
Speaker TBD

DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a Netflix Original Series

October 04, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St
Speaker
Noelle Stevenson Aimee Carrero Karen Fukuhara

When Earthlings Become Martians: National Geographic’s Mars, Season 2

October 04, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 1A10 – Javits Center
Speaker
Speaker TBD

Four Jokers, Seven Seasons, One Panel: truTV’s Impractical Jokers Return to NYCC

October 04, 2018, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM, Main Stage 1D – Javits Center
Speaker
Joe Gatto, , James Murray Brian Quinn Sal Vulcano

Get a Sneak Peek at Shudder’s Upcoming New Shows

October 04, 2018, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM, Room 1A10 – Javits Center
Speaker
Greg Nicotero Joe Bob Briggs Sam Zimmerman

ORIGIN: Get an Exclusive Preview of YouTube Premium’s New Sci-Fi Thriller Starring Tom Felton and Natalia Tena

October 04, 2018, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St
Speaker
Tom Felton Natalia Tena Sen Mitsuji Mika Watkins

Facebook Watch’s Animated Series: “Human Kind Of” and “Liverspots and Astronots”

October 04, 2018, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Room 1A10 – Javits Center
Speaker
Rob Bohn, , Diana McCorry, , Daniel Shepard, , Nate Milton

Sony Crackle Presents: SuperMansion

October 04, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Main Stage 1D – Javits Center
Speaker
Bryan Cranston Breckin Meyer Gary Anthony Williams Zeb Wells Matthew Senreich

Basic Unarmed Combat For The Screen with Jared Kirby

October 04, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Shop Studios, Level 3 – 528 W 39th St
Speaker
Jared Kirby

Stan Against Evil

October 04, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Room 1A06 – Javits Center
Speaker
Janet Varney Dana Gould John C. McGinley

StarTalk @ New York Comic Con, Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson

October 04, 2018, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM, Main Stage 1D – Javits Center
Speaker
Neil deGrasse Tyson Brian Greene Chuck Nice

A Supernatural Panel with Mark Sheppard

October 05, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 1A06 – Javits Center
Speaker
Mark Sheppard

American Gods

October 05, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St
Speaker
Neil Gaiman

The Dragon Prince

October 05, 2018, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM, Room 1A21 – Javits Center
Speaker
Aaron Ehasz Justin Richmond Giancarlo Volpe Jack De Sena Paula Burrows

Marvel’s Runaways

October 05, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Speaker
Jeph Loeb

Boy Meets World 25th Anniversary Reunion

October 05, 2018, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Main Stage 1D – Javits Center
Speaker
Ben Savage Will Friedle Danielle Fishel

Trailer Park 2.0

October 05, 2018, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1A02 – Javits Center
Speaker
Mary Anne Butler, Ray Flook, Aaron Sagers, Dana Han-Klein

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

October 05, 2018, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM, Main Stage 1D – Javits Center
Speaker
Andy Suriano Ant Ward Omar Miller Ben Schwartz Josh Brener Brandon Smith Kat Graham

Doctor Who Comics: The Doctor Is In!

October 05, 2018, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM, Room 1B03 – Javits Center
Speaker
Chris Thompson, , Richard Dinnick, , Giorgia Sposito, , Claudia Ianniciello, , Jody Houser, , Mariano Laclaustra Andrew James

Collegehumor’s DROPOUT presents Um, Actually Live

October 05, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Room 1A24 – Javits Center
Speaker
Mike Trapp Jeff Rubin Mike Drucker

Titmouse, Inc. — We Make Cartoons!

October 05, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Room 1B03 – Javits Center
Speaker
Chris Prynoski, , Christy Karacas, , Ben Kalina, , Tony Cupo Antonio Canobbio Meredith Kecskemety

Writers Panel with Ben Blacker

October 05, 2018, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Room 1A10 – Javits Center
Speaker
Clint McElroy, , Travis McElroy Ben Blacker

Tardis Time: Matt Smith, David Tennant, & Alex Kingston Live

October 05, 2018, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St
Speaker
Alex Kingston Matt Smith David Tennant

Legacies World Premiere Pilot Screening and Q&A

October 06, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Room 1A06 – Javits Center
Speaker
Danielle Rose Russell Matt Davis Jenny Boyd Kaylee Bryant Quincy Fouse Aria Shahghasemi Peyton Alex Smith Julie Plec Brett Matthews

Official Shonen Jump Panel

October 06, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 1A10 – Javits Center
Speaker
Speaker TBD

Roswell, New Mexico World Premiere Pilot Screening and Q&A

October 06, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 1A06 – Javits Center
Speaker
Speaker TBD

The Dragon Prince

October 06, 2018, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, Anime Fest @ NYCC – Main Stage
Speaker
Aaron Ehasz Justin Richmond Giancarlo Volpe Jack De Sena Paula Burrows

VRV Industry Panel

October 06, 2018, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 1A21 – Javits Center
Speaker
Speaker TBD

Paranormal Power Hour presented by Travel Channel!

October 06, 2018, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM, Room 1A21 – Javits Center
Speaker
Speaker TBD

Headlocked: Wrestling and Comics Collide

October 06, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Room 1A02 – Javits Center
Speaker
Mike Kingston, , Mike Johnson, , Jill Thompson, , Jerry Lawler

HISTORY’s Project Blue Book

October 06, 2018, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM, Room 1A10 – Javits Center
Speaker
Aidan Gillen, , Michael Malarkey, , Neal McDonough, , Laura Mennell

WBTV Panel Block: Blindspot, Manifest, and The 100

October 06, 2018, 4:45 PM – 6:30 PM, Room 1A06 – Javits Center
Speaker
Speaker TBD, , Josh Dallas Melissa Roxburgh Jeff Rake Eliza Taylor Bob Morley Jason Rothenberg

Outlander

October 06, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Speaker
Ronald D. Moore Maril Davis Caitriona Balfe Sam Heughan Sophie Skelton Richard Rankin

Harnessing Internet Fandom for Good

October 06, 2018, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM, Room 1C03 – Javits Center
Speaker
Amanda Brennan, , Zack Rosenberg, , Marlene Bonnelly

New York TimesOUT presents LGBTQ in Pop Culture

October 06, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Room 1A02 – Javits Center
Speaker
Jude Biersdorfer

K: Seven Stories – Lost Small World U.S. Premiere

October 06, 2018, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM, Room 1A10 – Javits Center
Speaker
Speaker TBD

Marvel Animation Presents: Marvel Rising

October 06, 2018, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM, Room 1A06 – Javits Center
Speaker
Cort Lane Sana Amanat

The StarTalk All-Stars Take on the Science of the Simpsons

October 06, 2018, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Room 1A21 – Javits Center
Speaker
Chuck Nice Emily Rice

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Riverdale Exclusive Sneak Peek and Q&A

October 07, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Speaker
KJ Apa Lili Reinhart Luke Perry Mädchen Amick Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Jon Goldwater

Talks Machina with the Cast of Critical Role

October 07, 2018, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM, Main Stage 1D – Javits Center
Speaker
Matthew Mercer Marisha Ray Liam O’Brien Laura Bailey Travis Willingham Sam Reigel Taleisin Jaffe Brian W. Foster

#BuffyAt20

October 07, 2018, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM, Room 1B03 – Javits Center
Speaker
Jessica Crouse, , Matthew Levine, , Nico Vasillo, , Kevo Risse Robby Carmack

Gotham Special Video Presentation and Q&A

October 07, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Speaker
Speaker TBD

Wax On, Wax Off with the Cast and Creators of COBRA KAI

October 07, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 1A06 – Javits Center
Speaker
Hayden Schlossberg, , William Zabka, , Josh Heald, , Jon Hurwitz, , Ralph Macchio

What We Do In The Shadows

October 07, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St
Speaker
Jemaine Clement Taika Waititi Paul Simms

From Page to Screen: Netflix’s Hilda

October 07, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Room 1A21 – Javits Center
Speaker
Luke Pearson Stephanie Simpson Dominique Bazay

Midnight, Texas Season Two Premiere Screening and Cast Q&A

October 07, 2018, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1A06 – Javits Center
Speaker
François Arnaud Dylan Bruce Parisa Fitz-Henley Jason Lewis Peter Mensah Arielle Kebbel

Cosmos: Possible Worlds

October 07, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St
Speaker
Speaker TBD

RWBY and gen:LOCK Mega Panel

October 07, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Speaker
Lindsay Jones Kara Eberle Arryn Zech Barbara Dunkelman Miles Luna Kerry Shawcross Gray G. Haddock

Danai Gurira Spotlight

October 07, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Main Stage 1D – Javits Center
Speaker
Danai Gurira

Archer: 1999 – Sneak Preview and Q&A

October 07, 2018, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St

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Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat Lands ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ Series Adaptation at HBO

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 01/08/2018 - 6:27am in

[Ed. Note: My bad, DOCTOR Who fans ;-) ]

While much of the attention over the past several months has been focused on the “original content smackdown” going on between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu (for example, check out the price tag on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series), HBO has quietly been securing deals with some major names for some major projects – and that streak continues with a straight-to-series order for UK writer-producer Steven Moffat‘s (Doctor Who, Sherlock) adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger‘s novel “The Time Traveler’s Wife”.

Steven MoffatCredit: Gage Skidmore

“I read Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife many years ago, and I fell in love with it. In fact, I wrote a Doctor Who episode called ‘The Girl In The Fireplace’ as a direct response to it. When, in her next novel, Audrey had a character watching that very episode, I realized she was probably on to me. All these years later, the chance to adapt the novel itself, is a dream come true. The brave new world of long form television is now ready for this kind of depth and complexity. It’s a story of happy ever after – but not necessarily in that order.” – Steven Moffat

time travelers wife series moffat hboCredit: MacAdam/Cage

Written by Moffat and based on Niffenegger’s best-selling 2003 novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife is described as an “intricate and magical love story about Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem: time travel.” Moffat, Sue Vertue, and Brian Minchin are set to executive produce through their Hartswood Films banner; with Warner Bros. Television co-producing.

“HBO is the perfect home to tell this incredible story with all the scale and space it needs, and we’re delighted to be working with Warner Bros to bring Steven’s thrilling vision of the novel to life.” – Hartswood Films (statement)

HBO‘s deal with Moffat is the third major competitive situation that the network has entered into and secured a series from this year. The cable giant peviously announced that they would be the home for JJ AbramsDemimonde and Joss Whedon’s The Nevers. With Game of Thrones ending its run in 2019 and the prequels still some time off, HBO is looking for another “tent pole” series that could garner the level of succes that Game of Thones has brought.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Steven Moffat, Hartswood and WBTV on The Time Traveler’s Wife. Steven’s passion is evident in every project he’s written and we are certain that his love and respect for this mesmerizing and textured novel will make it a quintessential HBO series.” – Casey Bloys, President of Programming, HBO

This story was originally reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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