The one-two punch of the third season of the 12th Doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who plus the new spin-off Class is the two-hour TV block sci-fi fans won’t want to miss this season. Last week witnessed the first episode of Peter Capaldi’s final season on Doctor Who, with Pearl Mackie as the new companion, a vibrant and refreshing character named Bill Potts. It also saw the premiere of Class, full of intrigue, exceptional actors, and great characterization for an introductory episode. Aliens and time travel fans should take note, as a fun ride is ahead this season.
It’s the 36th season for Doctor Who and tenth season since the 2005 reboot. Whovians who have fallen in love with Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman and their predecessors will find how easily Mackie slips into her role. After the sweetness and syrupy music over the past few seasons that supported Clara Oswald, the series was due for some fun and a break from the weight of emotion that Oswald’s plight brought to the Doctor. And Mackie’s Bill looks great, with a cool jean jacket full of flair and a wild shirts that fit in with the past styles of Doctor Who garb. And that hair! Bill provides a full character study in her first episode, “Pilot,” where an alien race of space oil beings seek out a star pilot in a woman who is the eye of Bill’s affection. The result is another creepy and brilliant Doctor Who villain that will hopefully surface again. Matt Lucas–who is hard to forget as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland–returns as Nardole, a part that is also quickly folding nicely into the show.
In the United States we had been offered up only the briefest teaser preview for the new Doctor Who spinoff TV series Class. With two stars of the Jeremy Piven star vehicle Mr. Selfridge in lead roles–the brilliant actress Katherine Kelly and the up-and-coming actor Greg Austin–the series was primed to be good, and episode one, “For Tonight We Might Die,” did not disappoint. As we had speculated earlier this year, the series seemed to be revealing what Doctor Who would look like with a woman playing the lead role. Katherine Kelly went head-to-head with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and proved she has the right stuff for the part. She’s perfect as a headstrong leader, and the younger leader played by Austin fills the niche that the companion would serve in the Who-niverse.
What if your planet was massacred and you were the sole survivor? What if a legendary figure out of space and time found you a place to hide?
In the United States we have been offered up only the briefest teaser preview for the new Doctor Who spinoff TV series Class. With two stars of the Jeremy Piven star vehicle Mr. Selfridge in lead roles–the brilliant actress Katherine Kelly and the up-and-coming actor Greg Austin–the series was built for success. We are hard pressed to come up with an actress who might make a better first female Doctor than Kelly. Maybe Sherlock’s Lara Pulver? So getting Kelly into this universe is great for Whovians everywhere.
Class is the second spinoff series of Doctor Who, following the successful Torchwood, which sparked new phases of the careers of John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Burn Gorman. Class is steeped in good British and Doctor Who tradition: For 54 years viewers have heard of the school at Coal Hill. So who are the students attending classes there these days? Class is going to show us just that, including one student who is an alien. Class is a teen-centric series, not aimed at the typical young end of the Doctor Who audience. So this series is for a wider audience and is to explore broader themes. The several BBC trailers that so far have only aired in the UK are exciting and fun, dotted with fun characters, and even a fan favorite villain from Doctor Who.
Class, written by A Monsters Calls’ Patrick Ness and executive producer Steven Moffatt, follows Katherine Kelly’s Miss Quill and four students, played by Austin and newcomers Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, and Fady Elsayed. Even Peter Capaldi’s Doctor makes an appearance at the beginning of the first season. Moffat called the series dark and sexy and has labeled it a British Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ness agreed, saying, “Adults watch Buffy because it’s a great show, but the POV and the agency are all teenage, and that’s what we want to do with Class.
Unfortunately, Class may not make it to the States before being cancelled back home.
It has been a Christmas tradition in the UK on and off again for more than fifty years. The Doctor Who Christmas Special returns for another episode this Christmas Day, available in the states on BBC America. This year Fathom Events has teamed up with BBC to bring the show to movie theaters, for two days only. So you can watch it in television in traditional style and/or see it a few days later on the big screen. One of several Doctor Who screenings held by Fathom Events over the past three years, it’s as close as Doctor Who fans can get to experiencing a full-fledged Doctor Who movie.
Superheroes is the theme of this year’s entry, as revealed in the trailer below. “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” features the 12th Doctor played by Peter Capaldi, but without his normal companion Jenna-Louise Coleman. The good Doctor teams up instead with a journalist played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, Sense & Sensibility, Jane Eyre), and the duo teams up with a new superhero to defend Earth from another alien threat. The show co-stars Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, War of the Worlds), Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Doctor Who, Galavant, Community), Adetomiwa Edun (The Hour, Bates Motel, Law & Order UK), and Aleksandar Jovanovic.
The theater screenings will take place at 7 p.m. local time December 27 and 29, 2016. Check out the Fathom Events website here for theater locations and to purchase tickets.
Here is a preview of “The Return of Doctor Mysterio:”
So are you a big fan of the BBC America’s sci-fi series Orphan Black? Do you consider yourself a card-carrying member of the Clone Club? Have you ever wanted to see how they film Tatiana Maslany playing several characters in the same scene? Now BBC America is giving Orphan Black fans a chance to win a walk-on role in next year’s Season 5–the final season of the series.
All you need to do is film yourself conveying how much you love the series in 30 seconds or less. The Grand Prize winner will be randomly chosen–so don’t worry too much about the video quality. The winner will receive a four day-three night trip for two to the set of Orphan Black in Toronto, Canada, including airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and $500 spending money.
But you must act quickly to be considered–you must submit your video by November 29, 2016, at 11:59:59 a.m. Eastern.
In the 1960s it was not unheard of that television stations like the BBC in the United Kingdom did not retain footage of television series. Film reels were thrown out instead of storing shows for archival purposes as we do today. The greatest volume from one series is probably from Doctor Who, where nearly 100 episodes were lost. But thanks to fans recording the audio of the shows at home, plus film stills and the odd found footage, the stories themselves remain. In the case of one legendary tale, The Power of the Daleks, the BBC decided to animate the tale and distribute it for a new generation of Doctor Who fans. Premiering in full this Saturday, November 19, and beginning November 20, on BBC America, viewers can stream the entire six-part series, and tomorrow night you have one chance to view the new animated version in theaters.
Thought to have been lost forever, The Power of the Daleks is the missing third serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who. No complete film recordings or master negatives of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived an archive purge in 1974. This brand new animation is recreated from original audio, photographs, and surviving film clips. The Power of the Daleks has never been shown in North America in any form.
An original clip of the lost Doctor Who serial “Power of the Daleks.”
Fans of any iteration of Doctor Who will want to see this series for two key reasons. First, it is the first rejuvenation of a Doctor, here showing Patrick Troughton transform into the Second Doctor. Second, fans first realized the true darkness behind the Daleks, who would remain the greatest foes of the Doctor and his companions to this day. Also featured are companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze).
Check out this quick preview:
Review by C.J. Bunce
Thirteen–a moody and creepy new suspense mystery series is now airing on BBC America. It’s become a strangely familiar, recurring trope among the modern mystery tale–especially among British television: The lost girl, and more to the point, the lost girl found. Think The Revenants (and the English version The Returned) but without the supernatural. But flip the gender of the victim and it’s another take on the Starz Brit import The Missing, BBC’s less than stellar Broadchurch, or BBC’s brilliant Marchlands.
Like Elizabeth Smart, Johnny Gosch (and all of those missing milk carton kids of the 1980s), Ivy Moxam (played hauntingly by Jodie Comer) was snatched from her neighborhood at age 13. She now finds herself walking out of the house she has been held hostage in, 13 years later at age 26. In her own neighborhood all these years. And the detective story begins as we meet Ivy and sympathize with her struggle to return to a world outside the walls of her captivity, an enormous gap of time lost. In episode one she tries–and fails–to take up life where she left off, calling her old boyfriend (now married thirteen years later) and doing anything to avoid what has happened to her. The series, which already aired in the UK, is only five episodes, so we learn the kidnapper midway through episode one and a manhunt begins.
Because of the serious nature of the subject matter these series are usually gut-wrenching. The closer you get to the truth, the closer the stories seem to mirror real-life crime horrors.
Hello, artist friends! (You know who you are). It’s time for your to bring it.
Whether or not you’re a member of Clone Club–the fans of BBC America’s Orphan Black–a new contest announced this weekend may be something for you. One artist’s work will be selected as the new season’s official poster for the show’s international release. It’s one way to get international fame fast.
Artwork submitted could become Orphan Black’s Season 4 advertising poster. It’s a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000 and a private screening of the Season 4 premiere for you and your friends.
The selected winning artwork will be featured as part of Orphan Black’s Season 4 marketing campaign, with a print ad in Entertainment Weekly, featured on billboards, and featured on-air and online.
Twenty finalists will also receive a custom print of their artwork signed by the Orphan Black cast.
Doctor Who fans get to catch 2-part finale of Doctor Who Season 8 in theaters across the country in RealD 3D plus a never-before-seen prequel to Season 9 in a special two-night event hosted by Fathom Events. It all happens Tuesday, September 15, and Wednesday, September 16, leading up to the Season 9 premiere Saturday, September 19, 2015, on BBC America.
You can check local listings or sign up here for an email reminder or text TVRADIO to FATHOM (328466) for updates.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 31.
Wil Wheaton will host an interview with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as part of the show.
It’s Comic Con weekend so why not release a clip from the next episode of the BBC’s Sherlock? That episode, featuring a throwback to Arthur Conan Doyle’s original incarnation of the world’s greatest detective and his trusty companion Dr. Watson, is going to air… well, someday. Like Doctor Who, the only thing unanimous that we all hate about these productions from Steven Moffat & Co. is the fact that we never know when they will air and they simply produce too few episodes for audience demand.
Yet we still can count of each new episode to be great fun, and from this new clip Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will again be in prime form.
Check out this first preview from the BBC of the next episode of Sherlock, followed by a message for attendees of San Diego Comic-Con from stars Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mark Gatiss:
The 2004 alternate history fantasy novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by British author Susanna Clarke is on its way to your TV set. Set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England in a fantasy world where magic once existed, two magicians meet: genre actor Eddie Marsan (The World’s End, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes, Gangs of New York) plays Mr. Norrell, opposite Bertie Carvel (Sherlock, Doctor Who) as Jonathan Strange. The novel is adapted by Peter Harness (Wallander, Doctor Who) and directed by Toby Haynes (Sherlock, Doctor Who).
The cast also includes Marc Warren (The Good Wife, Hustle) as The Gentleman, Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond) as Sir Walter Pole, Enzo Cilenti (Prisoners Wives, Rome) as Childermass, and Ariyon Bakare (The Dark Knight, Dancing on the Edge) as Stephen Black.
Here’s the description of the show from the BBC America press release:
1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation’s past. However, scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains – the reclusive and skillful Mr Norrell (Marsan). His displays of magic soon thrill the nation. In London, he raises the beautiful Lady Pole (Englert) from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French.