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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

This teaser trailer is more epic on the inside. It feels huge, but it’s really only a minute long and doesn’t show us any new footage. Still, the frozen collage brilliance of this ad for Doctor Who‘s massive 50th anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor” takes us on a journey through time. Don’t forget to bring a towel! I realize that’s not a Doctor Who reference, but it’s still good advice. Check out the craziest family reunion in the history of the universe for yourself:

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peter capaldi in the loop 02

We don’t have to wait for the next Doctor Who Christmas Special to find out who will play the regenerated Twelfth Doctor, as Scottish actor Peter Capaldi was announced for the role live today during a special program on BBC (and in the U.S. on BBC America). He had been a rumored frontrunner this week, but some might have still seen him as a long shot due to his age (he’s 55). He’s also best known to a lot of us as the extremely foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker on the British TV show The Thick of It and the feature film spin-off, In the Loop. Capaldi is also an Oscar-winning filmmaker, for the 1995 short film Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life. (a Short Film of the Day pick two years ago). He was most recently seen as one of the World Health Organization (coincidentally known better as the acronym WHO) employees in the third act of World War Z.

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Will anyone ever be able to match the pluck, the humor, the passion, or the sheer adorableness of the Ponds? How do we go on without Amy and Rory? These are the questions looming over this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Snowmen,” questions that are, of course, at play for fans of the three-way best friendship initiated two years ago during the fifth series but even more so for the Doctor himself. (Spoilers ahead…)

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Two kids, a boy and a girl, play along a cold-looking stretch of beach on the English coast. The pre-teens grow close, but before they can reach the cusp of an awakening sexuality Rebecca and her family move overseas leaving Tommy with little more than memories and a dead snail in a matchbox. Rebecca (Eva Green) returns to the small seaside town two decades later and reunites with Tommy (Matt Smith), but he soon dies in an accident. Lost in grief and living in a world that has perfected the art of cloning, she takes the next obvious step. She has herself impregnated with his cloned embryo (?) and carries it to term. Unsurprisingly, things get complicated after she gives birth and raises him as her son. He passes through the childhood years as a mirror image of the boy she once crushed on, and he grows into a young man who looks identical to the man she loved intimately. Awkward…

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s all about movies, and television, and comics, and literature, and photos of hot women. Such as Miss Piggy, yo. We begin tonight with perhaps the most interesting twist of the fall movie season. In recent interviews, the likes of Frank Oz and other original puppeteers and writers from the Jim Henson school are speaking out about how The Muppets might not respect the characters they helped create. “I wasn’t happy with the script,” Oz told Metro. “I don’t think they respected the characters. But I don’t want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie.”

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Editor’s Note: The following recap discusses things that happen in the first act of “The Impossible Astronaut” that are played for surprise. While it’s not a spoiler per se, you are probably better off having seen the episode before reading any further. Over the course of their first season at the wheel of the TARDIS, new Doctor Matt Smith and wheelman Steven Moffat have presented us with one common theme: anything and everything is on the table for The Doctor and his faithful companions. Be it the explosion of the universe or the erasing (and subsequent reestablishment) of a character from the whole of human history, they are not afraid to take the adventure in unexpected and sometimes joyously mad directions. But the idea presented to us in the first ten minutes of “The Impossible Astronaut” is an even more interesting one. There in the middle of the picturesque American frontier, we see what might be the end of The Doctor’s journey. And while we know it’s only the beginning, there’s a bigger question looming: will he go through with it? Everything we know about the show up to this point — 48 years rich in history — tell us otherwise, but it does stand to reason that he’s been playing this game from the start. After all, he isn’t afraid to go where no Doctor Who showrunner has gone before.

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The Tardis will soon be landing in Utah. And no, we’re not talking about an American version of Doctor Who going into production. As you well know, that would be complete bollocks. This is the quirky Brit version of The Doctor, currently being personified through the very talented Matt Smith, coming to the United States to shoot much of the upcoming sixth season’s opening two-part episode. It will mark the first time ever that Who has actually shot on American soil. The United States, bastard child of the British Empire, has been the setting for many an episode in the long run of the series, but never have the Brits come to the ole’ red, white and blue to shoot on location.

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Lady Gaga

Where in the world of film and television does pop sensation Lady Gaga belong? With her extravagant style and futuristic daily-wear costumes, she has to fit somewhere. It’s painfully obvious that such a somewhere exists in the world of hyper-real science fiction. Perhaps some science fiction that is known for having extravagant and often unique characters. Something hip. I got it! Doctor Who.

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Doctor Who Amy

When we talk about The Doctor, we’re usually talking about the tawdry quirks and a personality that exists on the exterior. That’s one of the things we love about Doctor Who, it’s a decades-old tale built around a character who, even after said decades of narrative, remains a mysterious intergalactic gunslinger with excellent taste in suits. But with “Amy’s Choice” we are seeing something new.

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Doctor Who Matt Smith

It’s been two weeks since I reviewed an episode of Doctor Who. It’s the slacker inside me that has taken over. However, that hasn’t stopped me from watching several episodes right alongside the other Whovians among you. It’s time to catch up.

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Doctor Who

Everyone’s favorite Time Lord has come back. And he hasn’t just come back for the hell of it. He’s back with a sort of energy and with that will soon take Doctor Who to the next level.

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Exactly does Steven Moffat have planned for his take on Doctor Who? Sitting down with him yesterday, I tried to get an idea of what surprises he might have in store for us, as well as exactly what time period it is that new companion Amy Pond hails from.

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Doctor Who

I have a review in the works of the Doctor Who premiere which will hit BBC America later this month. It’s already debuted in the UK and fans have already begun reacting. They are saying it’s sexier, and they’re right. The question is: why is that a bad thing?

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Matt Smith Doctor Who

The countdown to the premiere of the fifth season of the contemporary Doctor Who here in the United States is on, and with it comes my growing excitement. To continue the build-up, BBC America has released a clip from the first thrilling minute of the upcoming season.

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Doctor Who Matt Smith

Here’s a magic trick. In 55-seconds, I will get any Doctor Who fan excited for the upcoming fifth series, starring Matt Smith as the new Doctor. This new extended trailer, released by BBC for audiences in the UK (note the date and time, which doesn’t apply to BBC America) is the most exciting spot we’ve seen yet.

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Matt Smith Doctor Who

Even though we’re still finishing up our coverage of this year’s SXSW film festival, it is nice to be back in the regular swing of things and on the hunt for the latest news. Exciting things are happening, all around the world of entertainment. One such exciting thing is the return of Doctor Who to BBC America.

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BBC America announced today that the new era of Doctor Who will make its U.S. premiere on Saturday, April 17, 2010, soon after the UK broadcast. This announcement comes much to the delight of American audiences, including yours truly. The upcoming new season, which will star Matt Smith as the eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord known simply as ‘The Doctor’ and Karen Gillan as his enigmatic travel companion, Amy Pond.

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There’s absolutely no reason for me to explain to you about how author Neil Gaiman is a great writer. His accolades are too numerous to count in one little news blurb. But lets say this: Gaiman is one of the most iconic and prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of the modern era. Also prolific is the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, for which Gaiman will be writing an upcoming episode.

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