Are You There, Ponds? It’s Me, the Doctor…

Here it is, the fifth and final installment of the Pond Life web series and, as I expected, it packs the biggest punch. Don’t wait, watch it now…

So now we’ve seen Rory (Arthur Darvill) walking out on a tearful Amy (Karen Gillan), but we still don’t know exactly what pushed their marriage to the breaking point. I’m sure we’ll get an explanation in the regular series — WHICH BEGINS TOMORROW!!! (Excited much?)
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Pond Life Meets ‘Remains of the Day’

In the fourth episode of Pond Life, the threads of the previous installments start to come together: Yesterday’s Ood is back, and we’re getting the impression there’s something wrong with the TARDIS that is contributing to the Doctor not being able to sync his personal timeline properly with the Ponds’ relative “present day.” Or maybe I’m just reaching.

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The New Carrie Looks So Very…

Looking at these latest behind-the-scenes photos from the forthcoming remake of Carrie, I suddenly realized how attractive the powers-that-be are making Chloë Grace Moretz’s version of the character, in contrast to Brian DePalma’s 1976 film version and especially compared to the fat, acne-ridden character as written in Stephen King’s debut novel.

A few weeks back, we saw Chloë in her character’s wardrobe of an ill-fitting, dull-colored dress and sweater, and also a black one-piece swimsuit. Her hair is also drab, but it’s not a rat’s nest of tangles. Yes, those were not the clothes of a hip young woman, but they don’t make Carrie look like a misfit.
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Pond Life: Don’t Go in the Loo!

Today’s installment of Pond Life was built entirely around a rather juvenile joke, but it made me smile. It also addresses one of the big problems some people have been complaining about — namely, “too much Doctor.”

This “June” entry lets Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill shine by highlighting the unspoken chemistry the pair have developed to great comic effect.

DOCTOR WHO’s Matt Smith Doubts He’ll Regenerate…

…at least, not as part of some grand 50th-anniversary story next year, that is…. Matt Smith seems to be of the opinion that show-runner Steven Moffat is not about to do something as obvious as an anniversary regeneration story.

He told Britain’s Radio Times:

“We want to make [the anniversary] as big and bold and as brilliant as we can because, we hope, it can be one of the monumental bits of TV history,” Smith told us. “But I doubt there’ll be a regeneration … “

Which is good great news as far as I’m concerned, because I absolutely adore Matt’s portrayal of the Doctor, and I’m seriously sweating him being “forced out” of the role by a contrived regeneration shoehorned into a “50th anniversary” story just because fandom assembled assumes that would make the tale “special.”
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The Doctor Keeps Domesticity Fun in ‘Pond Life’

The first two episodes of the DOCTOR WHO online spin-off Pond Life have not been what I was expecting — but they are loopy, fast-moving and quite entertaining, if all-too-brief.

In case you’ve fallen behind because you’re perched in front of your TV screen, waiting breathlessly for the premiere of Series 7 on DW this Saturday evening, Pond Life fills in fans on what it’s like to be the Doctor’s pal. Even if you’re not traveling with him at the moment, he’s still getting into trouble and bringing it to your doorstep, either via phone message or personally appearing in your bedroom at night…

Part 1 (April)

Part 2 (May)

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Bill Nye Resists Holy War on Science

We’ve all heard the numbers — so often that it sometimes feels numbing: The United States ranked 25th in math and 17th in science in a ranking of 31 countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The U.S. led the world in high school and college graduation rates 25 years ago; today, the U.S. ranks 20th and 16th, respectively. At this point, it’s no longer about leading the global rankings; it’s about not slipping further behind.

So along comes Bill Nye, known to legions of children as “Bill Nye, the Science Guy,” and he makes a calm, reasonable, common-sense case for teaching children about science and reason, pointing out the challenges our country faces — and the advantages of having a scientifically literate populace to respond to those challenges.


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An American Horror Gallery

Mondays are always a horror story anyway, so let’s start the week by taking a look at four new creepy images from FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM.

The first image makes me think the Black Oil is crossing over from THE X-FILES, but that doesn’t seem very likely. I think my favorite image is the fourth one, with the woman clinging, spider-like, on the underside of the stairs. These still images certainly live up to the standard set by the series of creepy teaser clips that have already been released.

The second coming of AHS picks up with a new story and new characters and is set in an institution for the criminally insane apparently operated by nuns. And even though Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto are returning from last season, they are playing new characters. The new cast includes Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity), singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and NBC’s THE VOICE, James Cromwell (Babe), Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward), Chloë Sevigny (BIG LOVE) and Chris Zylka (still visible in some theaters as Flash Thompson in The Amazing Spider-Man).

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM premieres Wednesday, Oct. 17, on FX.

DOCTOR WHO Series 7 Episode Synopses

I’m the type of fan who doesn’t mind knowing a bit about upcoming episodes of my favorite shows; I just don’t want to know everything. Thanks to my previous job at Soap Opera Weekly, I got used to knowing what was coming more than two weeks ahead of time, and often I saw prime-time shows way before the rest of the home audience. I thought that was cool.

BCC America have posted official synopses of the first three episodes of Series 7, which kicks off on Saturday. These won’t ruin the episodes for you, but if you want to avoid knowing anything about what’s coming up, you should skip today’s post. (I won’t be offended. Promise.)

Last chance. !SPOILER WARNING! The good stuff comes after the jump…
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Chloë Covered in Blood as Carrie

I’m not thrilled about the remake of Carrie because I feel it’s just unnecessary; the Brian DePalma-directed original was well-done and sticks in the minds of anyone who has seen it. The only “justification” for filming the story again would be to stick closer to Stephen King‘s original novel — which is what I have been hearing about the reboot.

The other big plus for this version is the cast. I really think Chloë Grace Moretz is a talented young actress with a bright future ahead of her, and at age 15, she is perfect casting for the world’s most famous troubled teen, Carrie White. And no one can argue with Julianne Moore being in anything. Here, she will play Carrie’s religious-fanatic mother, Margaret. Moore is always a highlight of anything she is in, and her Oscar will be coming someday. (Er, I don’t expect it from this movie; but one never knows.)
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