More Photos From the DOCTOR WHO Xmas Special

Here’s another group of photos — 21 of ’em — depicting a bit of what the 11th Doctor gets up to in Matt Smith‘s final story, “The Time of the Doctor.” The BIG shocker? The return — well, sort of  — of a totally and completely unexpected guest species!

The civilian costumes remind me of a Bavarian village; is this Earth or Trenzalore? And I must say Tasha Lem (Orla Brady) looks more Rani-like than ever. What could Silents, Weeping Angels, Cybermen and Daleks possibly have in common beyond a shared desire to destroy the Doctor? Why are they all in the same place? Have they been gathered by the (supposed) Rani?

And why is there a Monoid puppet and drawings? Is Trenzalore actually a renamed Refusis II? I doubt that, but how cool would it be if the 11th Doctor popped in to check on the Monoids he last saw in his first incarnation, back in “The Ark”?

DOCTOR WHO 2013 Christmas Trailer Bows

With Christmas Day creeping ever closer, it’s about time the BBC released an official trailer for this year’s special, “The Time of the Doctor.” So, without further ado, here it is!

Daleks, Weeping Angels, Silents, Cybermen and Trenzalore — it looks like Matt Smith is getting an action-packed send-off that includes a speech that sounds reminiscent of his signature challenge at Stonehenge from “The Pandorica Opens.” But what really captured my attention was the Dalek announcing, “The Doctor is regenerating!” How does it know? Wasn’t all knowledge of the Doctor erased by… er, Clara, in “Asylum of the Daleks”?

“The Time of the Doctor” will air on Christmas Day at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

New From the Wachowski Siblings: Jupiter Ascending

You have to admit that the trailer for the Wachowski siblings’ latest, Jupiter Ascending, looks really terrific and amazing and epic and all that — but then again, Cloud Atlas looked like it was going to be great, and look how that hideous, incomprehensible mess turned out. Or, better yet, don’t.

While I do like that the gorgeous Mila Kunis is in this movie, I don’t like her playing two different roles, á la Cloud Atlas; but at least not everyone is pulling double duty. And while the overrated Halle Berry isn’t in this, the overestimated Channing Tatum is — but it looks like he can let those pointy ears do all the acting for him here.

And, finally, points to Andy and Lana Wachowski for calling it Jupiter Ascending rather than Jupiter Rises or The Rise of Jupiter or Rising Jupiter