Moffat Dismisses Any Doctor Who Movie

Very interesting clip of Steven Moffat and Caro Skinner at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 from the good folks at Airlock Alpha that touches on the immediate future of DOCTOR WHO and, hopefully, will finally put a stake through the heart of those false rumors about a big-budget movie with its own Doctor and continuity…

I’m very excited to hear Moffat say the show isn’t going anywhere after the 50th anniversary. There had been some worry in fandom that the series might be wrapped up by — or even negated by — the big story the Grand Moff has in mind. Thankfully, that isn’t happening.

Of course, just because DOCTOR WHO will go on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Moffat and Matt Smith (The Doctor) will continue along with it. The lead writer and executive producer of course has said nothing about his (or Matt’s) plans for the future, but who knows what will happen. But at least we know what won’t happen: a movie.

Who (Literally) Goes There?

It would that DOCTOR WHO head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat really does have big plans for the 50th anniversary of the series next year. Specifically, he wants to answer the biggest, longest-running and most important question in the history of the show: Doctor Who?

Just what is the Doctor’s name? We know the title/moniker he regularly goes by (The Doctor); we know several of his aliases (Dr. John Smith, Doktor von Wer, and plenty more); we know his nickname at university (Theta Sigma, or Thete); we know the Second Doctor once signed a note “Doctor W”; we know the 11th Doctor claimed his middle name was “Bad Penny” (in “The God Complex”), but he was almost certainly joking. We’ve even seen his name written down — in his native language. However, we do not know his birth name.
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Cool Art Teasers From Comic-Con

Here are some pretty cool pieces of art from Comic Con International: San Diego 2012, promoting upcoming projects that I am looking forward to…

Guardians of the Galaxy was an excellent recent comic book series that I really enjoyed. It told some really great, huge space-opera stories that had the cosmic heft necessary to be take seriously as epics. I was stunned when this was announced as an upcoming live-action film — but also happy. This concept art shows (from left) Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora.
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OK, But What’s It About?

Thanks to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012, we know have a couple of more episode titles from the seventh season of DOCTOR WHO, including the second one — which show-runner Steven Moffat had previously dubbed “the best name of anything, ever.” That moniker: “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” according to the BBC.

Moffat said:

“’Dinosaurs On A Spaceship’ — what more do you need! The Doctor will come face to face with some of the most monstrous creatures evolution has ever produced, on some of the most monstrous sets we’ve ever built. We took one look at Chris Chibnall‘s brilliant script and said to ourselves, ‘We’re going to need a bigger corridor.'”

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Walking Dead Clip is Killer!

Well, the Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 poster for THE WALKING DEAD events may have been weak, but the-powers-that-be bounced back strong with a four-minute clip that features lots of action and outlines the overall story arc for season three: Rick and friends take control of a prison and run afoul of a powerful man called the Governor, who runs a down that appears to be a safe haven from the walkers.

TWD is premiering early this year, returning to AMC’s schedule on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Neil Gaiman Will Revisit the Sandman

The best news to come out of the early days of Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 was, by far, the announcement that the legendary Neil Gaiman is returning to Sandman — the character that made Neil’s bones in the industry — with a brand-new story to be drawn by J.H. Williams III.

The tale — which will appear in November 2013 — will be a prequel that explains what happened just before the original Vertigo series The Sandman kicked off waaaaay back in November 1988. Neil himself said:

“When I finished writing The Sandman, there was one tale still untold. The story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in The Sandman #1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war.”

The picture here is the teaser bit of art J.H. did to promote the project. It’s offbeat, and I think I like it. (One thing about Morpheus: His appearance does tend to… well, morph…) BTW, November 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of The Sandman No. 1, so that’s auspicious timing.
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Pacific Rim

I’ve always looked at director Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim with a jaundiced eye; to me, it was the project Del Toro turned to after Universal got cold feet and pulled the plug on At the Mountains of Madness, his big-budget adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale of atmospheric horror at the bottom of the world. If he was working on PR, then he wasn’t available for ATMOM if the project were suddenly funded.

Back in 2011, Universal was frightened by the $150 million Del Toro needed to do ATMOM properly. Of course, ATMOM was only possible because Del Toro’s two years of hard work prepping to direct The Hobbit went down the drain when New Line Cinema and MGM couldn’t settle on a start date and forced him off that project in May 2010. And did I mention that ATMOM was supposed to star none other than Tom Cruise?
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Walking Dead Poster is a Horror

AMC’s horror hit THE WALKING DEAD is expected to have a big presence at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 later this week, and this poster is supposed to be part of it — unfortunately.

This poster is very disappointing on a couple of levels: First, and most obviously, this is one sad excuse for a Photoshopped image. As usual, it’s blatantly obvious that the heads are pasted on (they are different sizes and lighted differently than the bodies). And who is that poor chap on the right? Is that… the Governor? Wow, it doesn’t look like David Morrissey at all. It took me a few moments to figure out it’s supposed to be him. And then there’s Michonne: Apparently actress Danai Gurira has an incredibly short torso — or maybe just a ginormous head and superlong arms?

Secondly, the image gives no real sense of what the new season will be like, beyond featuring a couple of new characters. Granted, it’s main purpose is to inform con attendees of where to find panels and autograph sessions, but still — would it have killed AMC to include more of the prison than just a chain-link fence?

Don’t get me wrong, this poster is dampening my enthusiasm for the show; I just wish it had tried to do more to whip up excitement in other people.