When Karen Gillan [Amy Pond] and Arthur Darvill [Rory Williams] leave the TARDIS for the last time, Doctor Who’s Timelord will be joined by Jenna-Louise Coleman, a twenty-five year old from Blackpool who will, according to showrunner, Steven Moffat, ‘can talk even faster than he does.’
Coleman’s first appearance will be in the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special – and she joins the show during a dramatic turn of events. The change in companions in just one in a series of events as the show builds to its 50th anniversary year.
TRUST YOUR DOCTOR. Doctor Who, the longest-running TV sci-fi series, is coming to America tonight! And I’m not just referring to the premiere episode that will be airing at 9pm on BBC. The team is actually coming to America… as in Utah.
The spectacular two-part season premiere kicks off tonight with Part one, “The Impossible Astronaut.” The mysterious time traveler, the Doctor [Matt Smith], and his companions Amy [Karen Gillan] and Rory [Arthur Darvill], find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah – right to the Oval Office in 1969. The two-parter is penned by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Jekyll). It will also feature guest star Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Leverage, Battlestar Galactica) and Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward) returns as the irrepressible River Song and the new season features an episode written by Neil Gaiman.
Earlier this month, fans were gathered bright and early outside of the Moscone Center in San Francisco in order to ensure their entrance, and were eagerly awaiting the presentation of the Doctor Who panel at WonderCon. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and bring you these highlights.
I had the opportunity to chat with Mark Sheppard, the ubiquitous actor, as part of the press event during this past weekend’s WonderCon. Although he was attending in conjunction with his upcoming appearance on Doctor Who, I tried my best to divert his attention to Supernatural. Of course, this was no easy task considering that Mark prefers to keep a shroud of mystery surrounding all his appearances. After all, this is the man who insists that his name not be used in the opening credits for fear that viewers reading it will then know in advance that his character will be making an appearance! Getting a straight answer from Mark is almost as challenging as getting a straight answer out of Misha Collins, who appears as the angel Castiel on Supernatural and entertains followers with a hilarious Twitter account (@MishaCollins). Unfortunately due to time constraints, we had less than five minutes to present questions to this personable, funny, and engaging actor.
While we’re waiting for BBC America to begin running the new season of Doctor Who, here’s a bit of mind-boggling, wibbly-wobbly, timey-whimey prestidigitation to hold us all over. The senses-staggering conclusion follows the jump. Enjoy!
There are now so many television channels – and so much programming – that Sturgeon’s Law [‘90% of everything is crap’] may apply, but it’s no longer relevant! Now, with hundreds of channels to choose from, it’s virtually impossible to not find at least thirty or forty really good programs. I know because I watch about that many on a semi-regular to regular basis – and there are many more that I check in on from time to time.
Tonight, SMALLVILLE will reach a television milestone and continue on a course to science fiction history! The very special episode #200, which finished filming in September, will air this evening at 8pm on The CW. The cast and crew were celebrating this momentous milestone with a party at the end of September in Vancouver, at about the same time when the tenth season was premiering on our screens. In terms of number of episodes, every set of ‘100’ represents approximately five years of imagination, dedication, and hard work. And all the people involved with the series for the past nine years have definitely earned the right to celebrate.
This tenth season will also be the final one, despite the series continuing to show ongoing viewer support and creative growth. From an artistic standpoint, having a specific end-date in sight will allow the creative team the opportunity to bring the storylines to a natural close as Clark Kent continues on his path to becoming The Man of Steel. Ever since the first season in 2001, the producers have declared ‘no tights, no flights!’ referring to their desire to explore the early years of Clark Kent before he becomes the iconic hero known as Superman. Despite several story directions, which found small loopholes around this decree, even earning the eye-rolling frustration of fans waiting for Clark to don the red and blue suit – or at least to jump a tall building in a single bound – the creative team stayed true to its word. Until now. This will be the season that Clark Kent makes the full transformation into Superman and the series is ready to pull out all the stops!
SMALLVILLE is also now set to make sci-fi history. Up until this year, STARGATE SG1 has been the longest consecutively running live-action Sci-Fi series in North America, having aired 213 episodes. This accomplishment has earned it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, and makes it second only to the British DOCTOR WHO in the worldwide standings. At the point that SMALLVILLE will almost be reaching the end of this tenth and final season, it will air episode #214 and thereby earn its place as the new record-holder. And that is quite an accomplishment for a science fiction show that has fought against great odds to reach this point.
Episode #200 is titled ‘Homecoming’ and it will contain something for everyone, whether you have watched it faithfully for nine years or tuned out after three. For viewers who may have lost track of the series, returning to watch this episode will be like a homecoming of their own. Highlights and pictures, after the jump.
Timothy Dalton – the Bond who was cool enough to play Rassilon on Doctor Who – makes his first American TV appearance in over thirty years on… Chuck! Dalton has just signed to play a mysterious stranger who has a history with Chuck’s heretofore unseen mom [the previously cast Linda Hamilton]!