It Doesn’t Do Turkey… Who Knew?

In this adorable exchange from Wednesday’s DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” the Doctor (Matt Smith) discovers that Clara (Jenna Coleman) is having some trouble cooking a turkey for Christmas dinner.

Too bad she can’t call on “Souffle Girl” for some cooking tips…

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The Naked Truth About DOCTOR WHO’s Matt Smith

It appears that DOCTOR WHO’s Matt Smith could not resist getting his kit off one last time before his Doctor dies in this week’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor” — as these photos attest.

Since show-runner Steven Moffat has been promising that there will be callbacks to all of Matt’s seasons as the Doctor, this is obviously a reference to the Doctor’s shower scene in “The Lodger” from series five. What is Clara (Jenna Coleman) pointing at?

First Trailer for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Not sure how thrilled I am about this teaser trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the surprise hit of 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This seems to hint that the story will be something like a reimagining of 1973’s Battle for the Planet of the Apes — definitely not one of the better installments of the old series. http://youtu.be/h_9-3Fj3ZdI I do like the primative, rain-soaked look of this film, and the long, slow pullback from Caesar’s face (it actually takes 25 seconds) is full of tension. DotPotA is directed by Matt Reeves, who helmed 2010’s Let Me In, the competent but somewhat underwhelming remake of Let the Right One In, and 2008’s Cloverfield. The official synopsis describes the movie like this:

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 11, 2014.

Capaldi Completes First Script Reading

tardisThe BBC Tweeted this week that the new star of DOCTOR WHO, Peter Capaldi, has completed the read-through of his first episode he will record as the 12th Doctor. (This may or may not be the first episode of the season; stories often film out of order.)

Yes, I called him the 12th Doctor; I’ll believe he’s No. 14 when I see it on the air.

Auntie Beeb Tweeted:

“Peter Capaldi has just completed his first read through as the Doctor! A new era of Doctor Who is coming…”

For those of who may not know, a read-through is when the entire cast assembles around a table with the director, producers and the writer to read the script through from start to finish, with everyone reciting his/her lines. It’s the first time the cast gets to work together, and the first time the director hears what the ensemble sounds like.

DW read-throughs usually happen very close to the start of filming, so it won’t be long before Capaldi goes in front of the cameras to kick off his era. I’m better production starts right after the New Year.