BBC America Shares Deleted DOCTOR WHO Scene

If you watched yesterday’s DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, you’re doubtless still recovering from all the feels, so why not take a look at this deleted scene, courtesy of our pals at BBC America. The clip is non-spoilery in terms of story if you haven’t seen the episode, however, the gag won’t quite make sense until you’ve seen it.

MINOR SPOILERISH COMMENT: Though typically charming, I can see why this scene was deleted (if, indeed, there was a reason beyond typical time constraints): It bankrupts the laugh line a few moments later when the Doctor (Matt Smith) tells Clara (Jenna Coleman) that her family cannot see his holographic clothes, so he appears naked to them!

Forget Xmas — What’s Gonna Happen on WALKING DEAD?

rickcarlChristmas is over — so instead of cleaning up stray bits of wrapping paper or that tinsel ball the cat coughed up, or even finishing off the last of the eggnog, why not read about something completely unrelated to the holiday? And what could be less Christmas-y than THE WALKING DEAD!

You will recall that the fall finale left the prison in ruins after the Governor’s attack; the survivors were scattered after the battle, with the fates of many — including infant Judith — left unknown. A wounded Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) stumbled into the woods together.

When TWD returns in February, executive producer Scott Gimple hints that the father and son could be on their own for quite a while, leaving Rick plenty of time to moon over the loss of his daughter.

“[ Judith’s possible death] is going to hit him in a way that we haven’t seen before. If it’s just the two of them, [Carl is] going to have to step up quite a bit because circumstances are wildly different and a lot will depend on him in terms of them just surviving. They don’t have an awesome, dual-layer fence and brick buildings to hide behind. They’re out in the world.”


Setting the Stage for ‘The Time of the Doctor’

DOCTOR WHO show-runner and lead writer Steven Moffat promises that our lingering questions about the 11th Doctor’s era will be answered in “The Time of the Doctor,” the final story for the Matt Smith Doctor, whom he created.

“The Time of the Doctor” airs in just a few hours here in the USA, at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America. Geronimo!

A Final Preview of ‘The Time of the Doctor’

Doctor WhoTomorrow is the big day: Matt Smith’s last adventure as the star of DOCTOR WHO. During tomorrow’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” the 11th Doctor will cede the show to the 12th incarnation of the Time Lord, to be played by Peter Capaldi.

So, just in case you need a little more convincing, here are the big guns of the series — Smith, executive producer Steven Moffat, and co-star Jenna Coleman — with some hints of what to expect from the story, which just happens to be the 800th episode in the history of the series.
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The Ninth Doctor Would Have Pushed the Button!

drecclesDOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat confirmed to Doctor Who Magazine that the original plan for the 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor,” had Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor wiping out Time Lords and the Daleks to end the Time War — a job that eventually went to the newly created War Doctor (John Hurt).

But even in the beginning, Moffat knew there was a good chance his plans would have to change due to Eccleston’s famous reluctance to revisit the role:

“I was pretty certain Chris wouldn’t do it, although he did agree to a couple of meetings. So, instead, we had the challenge and excitement of introducing a BBC audience to a brand-new Doctor.”

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Introducing… ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

I can’t think of a better antidote for a cold Monday morning in December than the first trailer for auteur Wes Anderson‘s new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel. This clip introduces some of the cast of wacky characters, and hints at what the story might involve…

The Grand Budapest Hotel will open the Berlin Film Festival in February, then go wide in the USA on March 7.

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. 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.