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Doctor Who: The End of Time.

So that disturbing image is from last week’s Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars. Did you watch it? What did you think? Other than giving me nightmares about drinking water for the rest of my life, I finally got to see the darkest side of Doctor Who that we first saw at the end of  “The Family of Blood” episode:

Tonight’s episode begins the two part goodbye to David Tennant as Doctor Who. Still a little bitter about that. He’s gone on to greener pastures…or a sure to be cancelled in a couple of weeks series in America. I’m not being mean I swear, you just name me the last series Jerry O’Connell was on that lasted more than a month. Go ahead. Think about it. I’ll give you a minute…see? You know I’m right.

Here are a few links about tonight’s episode:

SciFi Wire talks about David Tennant’s exit…warning there are spoilers.

The Boston Herald talks to executive producer, Julie Gardner, who is also exiting the show.

The Star-Ledger talks to David Tennant about filming his last scene.


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Primeval will be back!

Good news Primeval fans, BBC Worldwide has rescued it from extinction(sorry…that was bad I know). SciFi Wire reports:

“Under the new funding arrangements, BBC Worldwide, responsible for licensing the show to around 45 countries, replaces ITV as the program’s biggest investor.

Meanwhile, BBC America, which airs Primeval in the U.S., has joined Germany’s ProSieben as a co-production partner on the show.

As part of the deal, ITV will premiere the fourth season of the show in early 2011, while UKTV premieres the fifth season later the same year. It’s not clear when Primeval will cross the pond, but we expect it’ll be sometime the same year.”

I’m happy to hear this news because they really did leave us with a cliffhanger, those bastards.


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Get a grip.

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I was upset like everyone else about the death of a key character on Torchwood, but apparently some people are REALLY UPSET.

Here are a couple of related links:

Den of Geek makes the case of why the newly dead key character needs to stay dead.

Russell T. Davies isn’t helping things with comments like this.

WARNING: Spoilers contained in those links in case you haven’t finished watching Children of Earth yet, and honestly people, let’s get caught up so we can gossip about it.


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New Torchwood clip, Mistresses and more…

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Here’s some goodies for BBC America Fans:

Another clip from Torchwood: Children of Earth is up over at SciFi Wire. Click here to watch.

Mistresses will definitely be back for a final season which will wrap up all the loose ends. Unfortunately, the last season will consist of just 4 hour long episodes and won’t air until 2010.

Wired has a gallery of all the actors who have played Doctor Who here.

For those of you lucky bastards attending Comic Con, here’s when and where you’ll find David Tennant, Russell T. Davies and other BBC celebrities.


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Doctor Who returns tonight!

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I almost forgot that the the next Doctor Who special airs tonight on BBC America! This is the Christmas one, starring David Morrissey as a man claiming to be Doctor Who. From the picture it’s obvious that Cybermen play a role in the show, I wish the series would stop coming back to the same characters like the Cyberman and Daleks but I still think this episode will rock.

Speaking of time travel, I just spent the last few days reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I don’t know if you’ve read it, but the story is about a man who travels back and forth in time visiting his future wife at various stages in her life. I found so many things wrong with this book. For one thing, it was waaaaay too long, a little editing could have helped the pacing immensely. Another thing that really bothered me was that I was creeped out by the idea of a grown man visiting his future wife at age 6, age 15, etc. The writer tried to make it clear that he was separating his romantic feelings until she was 18, but does that make it any less creepy? Not really, especially when he comes to visit her at 43 and seduces his then 18 year old future wife! Ugh. I had so many problems with this book. I need to find something good to cleanse the ick factor from my brain. Any suggestions?

Here’s a clip from the film version of the book. It starts off with a much older Henry meeting his wife to be at age 6:


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BBC America announces air dates for Doctor Who.

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I love you BBC America. I thought all hope was lost with the end of 30 Rock and that damn AMC pushing Mad Men back to August, but now, thanks to you wonderful people, my summer tv viewing is really starting to look up. Here is the latest:

  • The new Doctor Who specials will begin airing starting with the Christmas special on June 27th. Entertainment Weekly has a short clip here.
  • The Doctor’s new assistant has also been announced. She is Karen Gillan, who you might remember from “The Fires of Pompeii” episode. Matt Smith is the new Doctor.
  • SciFi Wire has the newest Torchwood trailer, which starts airing this July.
  • SF Universe has the lowdown on what the hell Being Human is all about. It’s a strange premise, but from the reviews I’ve read from people who have already seen it in the UK, I will give it a chance. The series begins on July 28th.

Now if they would just bring back Mistresses for another season, all would be right in the world.


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Dinosaurs and Drug Dealers.

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Good news Primeval fans, Season 3 will be back on BBC America starting May 19th. I’m still ticked that they killed Stephen(James Murray) off. He’s the hot one, second from the left. Why are they always killing off the cute ones? Here’s a promo for the next season:

In completely unrelated news, Den of Geek has a theory why more people haven’t watched The Wire. Apparently it’s my fault, or I should say all Wire fan’s faults:

“Given that human nature invariably includes a dislike of being told what to do, it’s not much surprise that many recipients of what we could politely call ‘The Wire lecture’ decided not to act on it. And it’s created a segment of people who really suspect they’d like the show, who know that it’s something that’s supposed to be really good, but are disinclined to give it a try. Simply put: the sheer force of those who love the show is enough to put many people off it.”

I sorta agree. I didn’t watch it until the entire series was over, and only after being pestered non-stop by three people that it was one of the best shows EVER. I thought it was going to be too Sopranos violent, with constant and brutal violence in every episode. Instead I was drawn in by superb writing and actors who completely absorbed their characters. It is really an amazing series. I won’t demand you see it but I highly recommend that you do so. SOON.

Here’s a video of the Blind Boys of Alabama singing the theme song, Way Down in the Hole, at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival in 2007. The footage is a little shaky but worth listening to:



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Exterminate!

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Since I am not a patient person, the wait for the next season of Doctor Who has been killing me. I’m not too keen on the new Doctor but I’ll give him a chance to make the character his own before judging him. In the meantime, I think I need to take a trip to Scotland so I can see the coolest exhibit ever. Visitors to the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow have a chance to get up and close with the characters and creatures that have been a part of the amazing world of Doctor Who. Of course, being unemployed and broke means I will need to win the lottery or rob a bank before the exhibit ends in January 2010.

If you’ve never heard of Doctor Who, it’s British sci-fi series that centers around a time traveling alien. It orginally ran from 1963-1989  but was brought back in 2005. I think all four seasons have been fantastic but Season 3 is my favorite so far. You can go here to read an interview with the current Doctor Who, David Tennant and writer/producer, Russell T. Davies.


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Mistresses

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Is anyone watching this show? I turned it on one day when I was being a couch potato and was hooked. It’s like Sex in the City with less graphic sex and more story.  I’ve been a fan of Sharon Small from the Inspector Linley series on PBS’ Mystery and she is great in this.

Oh and for you Fringe watchers, Anna Torv plays a hot lesbian on the show.