BBC Plans Teary Treat for Stricken Pond Fans

Assuming one can still see through the tears after “The Angels Take Manhattan” has brought the first half of the DOCTOR WHO season — and the tale of Amy and Rory — to a close, visit the official BBC Doctor Who page for The Last Days of the Ponds, an official tribute video.

Here is what the BBC is promising:

The Last Days of the Ponds is a touching 12-minute video that features Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, head writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and Executive Producer Caro Skinner. Poignant and insightful, it tells their story, from the very start to the teary goodbyes.

With exclusive backstage material from their early days together right up to behind-the-scenes footage of their final shots, The Last Days of the Ponds gives you unprecedented access to an era of Doctor Who, but more than this, it reveals how the people involved feel about their characters and their friends, their time on the show, what they’ll miss and remember, and how Amy and Rory’s swansong moved them all.

Karen, Arthur and Matt recall meeting each other for the first time and share anecdotes about their friendship. What did they think of each other at first, and what did Arthur consider to be a nightmare? Which days does Karen call the craziest of all, and how was Matt feeling when it came to shooting the Ponds’ departure?

The laughter, tears, heartbreak and joy are all captured forever in The Last Days of the Ponds.

Can you believe the Doctor’s journeys with the Ponds have come to an end? What will you miss most about Amy and Rory?

The Avengers (2012)

It’s not hyperbole to call The Avengers the greatest superhero movie of all time — better than Captain America: The First Avenger, better than The Dark Knight, and better than Spider-Man 2. And the best superhero movie is available on Blu-ray and DVD starting today.

The cardinal sin of most superhero movies is that producers change too much from the page and the screen, and then crowd the story with too many characters (especially villains) that all have to be introduced. So how does Avengers — a movie featuring six heroes, a villain, a host of supporting characters and an entire top-secret international organization — manage to not only avoiding becoming an overstuffed muddle, but pull it all off brilliantly?

One name: Joss Whedon.
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The Wolverine: All Claws and Abs and Veins

Look, I enjoy a good comic book movie (say, Captain America: The First Avenger) as much as the next guy — and X-Men Origins: Wolverine was not a good comic book movie. It was such a bungled mess that I couldn’t stand it.

However, despite the odds, it made enough money to warrant a sequel, dubbed simply The Wolverine. What we have here is the first official photo of Hugh Jackman in character as… the Wolverine. It is unusual in that he isn’t screaming at the camera, but I think that’s because it takes so much concentration to make all your veins bulge like that!

Jackman looks skinnier than ever before, so I wonder about the timing of this sequel. Does it follow directly from XO:W, or is it set at a later date? And, as long as this solo series is apparently rebooting the character, how about using some of that Lord of the Rings shrinking technology to cut Jackman down to Wolverine size?

And hey, director James Mangold, how about giving the fans something that would really get them excited: a glimpse of the Silver Samurai?!?!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Trailer

After all the intriguing photos and an excellent teaser clip, we finally get a full-length trailer of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and it looks totally epic!

In addition to old favorites like Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan) and Elrond (Hugo Weaving), we get glimpses of some new characters, like Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy).

The first of the three Hobbit-based films opens Dec. 14.

Moffat Sets Up “The Power of Three”

Tonight, we get to watch Amy and Rory’s penultimate adventure with the Doctor, and it will be heavy on mystery and — domesticity. Considering how much I loved “The Lodger” and “Closing Time,” I’m anticipating really enjoying “The Power of Three.”

Here’s Steven Moffat‘s own introduction the episode:

“The day the Earth got cubed. The year of the slow invasion. The time the Doctor came to stay.”

There have been many ways to invade the Earth, and the Doctor has seen them all. Or so he always thought – and then the human race wakes up one morning and discovers the world has been overrun by… small black cubes. Which then proceed to… do nothing much at all. A plan is afoot, humanity is endangered – but by what and how and, above all, when? For the first time in his world-saving career the Doctor has to call upon the least of his virtues: patience. And the Ponds face something possibly more terrifying than any world-ending apocalypse – the Doctor is moving in!

Not just a tale of alien intervention, this is also the story of a nice young couple who happen to have a bow-tied lunatic from space staying in their spare room. It’s halfway between an alien invasion movie and The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

And here’s the BBC One “Next Time” trailer, which is pretty similar to the BBC America version:

I hope Amy and Rory have a memorable time…

Moffat Promises More Blockbusters in 2013

With the lockdown on information about the new companion to be played by Jenna-Louise Coleman and the storylines for the second half of series seven, many fans have been worried about the remaining episodes and wondering if the series will abandon the “weekly movie blockbuster” format that brought us “Asylum of the Daleks” in favor of smaller-scale stories.

Well, if you like the cinema style so far, you can relax; show-runner Steven Moffat promises that the big episodes will keep coming in the new year. Moffat makes his promise in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#452), which is not available here the USA yet.

Moffat said:

“The movie-of-the-week approach does not stop with the Ponds. It carries on. We keep going. This year – I mean, these 14 episodes, continuing into 2013 – my brief was constantly, ‘Plot from the movie poster outwards. What’s your big visual idea? What’s the log-line of the movie?’ I thought that was a reasonably clever thing to say, but the response from the writers and the crew has been far cleverer than what I said in the first place.”

“Everyone has really taken it to heart. The design work, the locations, the music, everything this year has been astonishing. I keep wondering when we’re going to fall off our perch, but each episode, even once the Ponds have left us, is looking absolutely amazing.”

We know the Christmas episode will air at Xmas, but when the series resumes with episode seven is anyone’s guess at this point. The early spring is most likely.

Behold “The Power of Three” teasers

Tomorrow night is the night for the much-ballyhooed premiere of the fourth episode of series seven, “The Power of Three,” which not only gives a hefty portion of the spotlight to Amy and Rory, but also features the return of U.N.I.T. I can’t wait!

Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill introduce the story:

Brian gets back into action…

This looks like it’s going to be a classic…