Hanky-Panky in the TARDIS… With Clara?

ClaraDoctorKissThe DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special (“The Snowmen”) is closing in fast, and with Amy and Rory dead and buried, it’s time for a (pretty) new face. And, apparently, time for some mistletoe, if the photos at left are anything to go by!

We know that come Yuletide, in the wake of the loss of his best friends, the Doctor (Matt Smith) will be all dark and mopey and sad and angsty and withdrawn from the universe. (Not even his friends Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax can entice him into playing the Great Detective with the promise of adventure.) However, into his life steps a new assistant (played by Jenna-Louise Coleman), one who shakes him out of his doldrums and convinces him to travel through space and time once more.  But how does she do it?

Matt hinted to Britain’s Radio Times that the Doctor’s motivations might just be a little risqué for a married man! Matt explained:

“What’s interesting with a new companion is that it changes the way he is and affects his personality. I think, in one way or another, the Doctor is always attracted to his companion and he’s certainly taken by this striking young lady…

The fall of the Ponds had a grave effect on the man. I think he’s quite lonely and removed from the universe and not really as engaged as he was, at his best with Amy and Rory.

Handily, he meets a jaunty new companion, a hot chick…”

Hmmm, what might River Song have to say about the Doctor gallivanting about the universe with a pretty young thing batting her eyelashes at him while he swoons? We’ll have to wait until the second half of the season, this spring.

What do you think? Is it too soon for the Doctor to have his head turned by another assistant? Should the ancient rule about “No hanky-panky in the TARDIS” be kept in place?

Karen Berger Leaves DC Comics

karenbergerThis is momentous – and momentously bad – news for DC Comics: Karen Berger, the editorial genius responsible for nurturing the talents and stories that became the Vertigo imprint, has stepped down from DC. Her tremendous influence will be missed.

If you love Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, or Jamie Delano‘s Hellblazer, or Grant Morrison‘s Preacher, or titles like Y – The Last Man, Fables and so many more, you owe thanks to Karen Berger. It was Berger who put Alan Moore on the struggling Swamp Thing title and let him completely revamp the character; she guided his growth from British wunderkind to comics phenomenon on the title that made his bones in the USA. And, along the way, she midwifed the rebirth of the horror comic in America. Swamp Thing became a phenomenon, and so did Moore, paving the way for Watchmen and more.
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THE WALKING DEAD 3.7: “When the Dead Coming Knocking”

TWD30702Imagine you’re Rick and you’d previously sent ace scavengers Glenn and Maggie to find formula for your newborn daughter, but hours later a living woman with a grimace that can kill at 50 yards arrives at the gates of your prison home carrying a katana and the mother lode of infant formula; you might justifiably have a few questions. Questions such as, What happened to Glenn? What happened to Maggie? Were all those phone calls from the Great Beyond covered by my calling plan?

Glenn (Steven Yeun) was at moment, duct-taped to a chair in Woodbury while being tortured/interrogated by Merle (Michael Rooker) the Backwoods Pirate with Knife Attachment. But no matter how much Merle beat and cut him, Glenn would not reveal the location of his camp. So Merle tosses a biter into the room to deal with Glenn. Except the tied-up Glenn fights back and brains the biter. Then the Governor (David Morrissey) goes to work on Maggie (Lauren Cohan), turning on the charm by forcing her to strip and then pretending he’s going to rape her. But she won’t crack either. It’s only when the Guv threatens to gut Glenn that Maggie gives up the prison.
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Report Back to Me About ‘Europa Report’ Trailer!

Today is Dec. 1, so I think it’s appropriate to look at something chilling: An excellent trailer for an upcoming sci-fi thriller. If this teaser doesn’t get you interested in a film you’ve never heard of, then nothing will…

The Europa Report is a science-fiction movie starring Sharlto Copley (of District 9 fame) that appears to be about a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. It is directed by a fellow from Ecuador named Sebastian Cordero.

The website mentioned at the end of the clip makes reference to life potentially lurking in the water underneath a crust of ice.

Damn it, Europa was the one place is the entire solar system that Arthur C. Clarke’s Monoliths warned Earthlings to leave alone in the book/movie 2010: The Year We Make Contact: “Attempt no landing there.” Why didn’t they listen? Why do scientists never listen…