“She Said, He Said — A Prequel”… at Last

DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat created a prequel to the hotly anticipated series seven finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” but it was only available on the BBC’s official page, so not everyone saw it.

Now that it has been posted to YouTube, more people can see it — but I wish it had been available in advance of the episode, because watching it would certainly have tamped down any expectation of learning the Doctor’s true name. Instead, this vignette makes clear that the Doctor’s greatest secret is at stake. And we all know what a whopper that turned out to be!

Nevertheless, this is a nice character piece for the Doctor and Clara, and Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman really get a chance to shine, so enjoy…

DOCTOR WHO Earns a Prestigious Peabody

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The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication presented a Peabody to DOCTOR WHO this week, recognizing its ageless contribution to television — which seems particularly appropriate this year, as the show celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The citation read:

“Seemingly immortal, 50-years-old and still running, this engaging, imaginative sci-fi/fantasy series is awarded an Institutional Peabody for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.”

The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement in the broadcast arts and it is the most highbrow, distinguished and prestigious award in American media. It was accepted Monday night (May 20) on behalf of the program by executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat as well as stars Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara).

Europa Report Is On the Horizon at Last

Remember Europa Report? Back in December, when I first mentioned it, a 30-second teaser made it look like an srty, promising film that tries to treat travel within out solar system in a realistic manner. But now that we have a full-length trailer, the movie is looking more like a standard astronaut horror movie.

Yeah, despite featuring Sharlto Copley (District 9), Europa Report looks a lot more cheesy now, since it seems to be employing the ol’ “astronauts possessed by incorporeal aliens” gimmick.

I hope that someday humans land on a planet that is not occupied by strange lifeforms that just happen to be perfectly suited for taking over the minds of Homo sapiens. I hate it when that happens. And it serves a Luddite point of view.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll end up watching this, even if I wait for Blu-ray. It opens in theaters June 27.