With just nine days to the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode The Day of The Doctor, the BBC has released the mini-episode The Night of The Doctor, which features the return of Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor.
It appears the battle between the Time Lords and Daleks is threatening to destroy the galaxy, but the Doctor appears not to be involved. He answers a mayday call only to discover the girl, Cass, he intends to rescue, does not want Time Lord help and is willing to die before she will. Her ship crashes on a planet, killing her and the Doctor.
But the Doctor has arrived on Karn, home to the Sisterhood and The Sacred Flame, which produces The Elixir of Life. The sisterhood is remnants of people from the old days of Gallifrey, long before the rise of Rassilon and have dealt with the Time Lords for eons (the fourth Doctor spent some time here during the TV adventure The Brain of Morbuis). The Sisterhood resurrects the Doctor, only to give him a grim choice: either remain dead or regenerate and fight in the Time War. The Doctor knows, of course, there is only one choice…
For a better part of a year now, I’ve been following a few people who Vlog over at Youtube. Some do it daily, some once a week, while others just do something every now and then.
Two in particular, R.J. Aguiar and Will Shepherd at Shep869 and Nick Foti and Ken at Stillsoundlywake, Vlog almost everyday. Nick and Ken from New Jersey while Will and RJ out of Florida (though this summer, they picked up and moved to Los Angeles). Through both of their daily Vlogs, we’ve seen the everyday life of two gay couples who’ve decided -for whatever reason- to film their lives. And for whatever reason, I’ve decided I like watching them. It’s reality TV, except without all the manufactured drama.
Now Will is a huge Harry Potter fan. HUGE. And so is RJ, but I think more the movies than the books. And through his involvement with Youtube and their sponsored Next Up, Will, RJ, Nick and Ken have met a bunch of other talented folks who like working together. Wren Weichman is one such talented guy and together, they and other Youtubers embarked on this brilliant project below.
Written by Aguiar and produced and directed by Weichman (who also edited and did all the visual effects), this nearly 13 minute short shows what a group of friends can do on a budget of nothing. It stars R.J., Will and Nick. Enjoy and share.
With just two weeks before it’s airing, the BBC has finally released an extended trailer for Day of The Doctor, the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who.
The plot: “The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.”
While this story line seems everyday, the trailer reveals that for the first time since the series returned in 2005 we’ll get a (detailed?) look at the Time War that cost the life of Gallifrey and the Doctor’s people. It will also explore how John Hurt’s Doctor figures within the personal timeline of the Doctor as well. David Tennant is back as the 10th Doctor -but since Rose is back as well (and in images seemly going all Bad Wolf again) is this the Meta-Crisis Doctor (thus human/Timelord) from Journey’s End or the tenth Doctor taken out of time to aide both Matt Smith’s Doctor and John Hurt’s Doctor?
The special will air on November 23, simultaneously around the globe, which means on the East Coast, it begins at 2:50 in the afternoon, 1:50 in the Midwest and 11:50 here on the West Coast. It runs 76 minutes.
In the lead-up to that debut, BBC America is planing a week long celebration of Doctor Who. While sadly they will not be airing older serials (beyond re-broadcasting the year-long Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited Marathon: The First through Tenth Doctor on November 18) they do plan marathon episodes of Doctor Who (Doctors 9 through 11) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Also debuting on November 18 is Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS (9:00 –10:00) which is “An all-new special that features the series’ actors and producers sharing their experiences and memories of the world’s longest-running sci-fi show. The special features exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history, including actors who have played the Doctor: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Tom Baker, and Peter Davison, actors who have played companions: Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman, and William Russell, as well as the current lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. The discussion includes how the actors got cast, how the roles changed their lives, how a ‘regeneration’ is recorded, and how filming the show in the 60′s compares to today.
And The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox (10:00–11:00). A former rock star and Britain’s popular TV physicist, Professor Brian Cox explores the universe of the world’s favorite Time Lord when he takes the audience on a journey into the wonderful universe of Doctor Who, with the help of celebrity guests. In this exclusively recorded special from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Who fans and anyone with a thirst for understanding.
Then on Friday, November 22 comes the special Doctor Who Explained (8:00pm-9pm) which explores the mysterious and two-hearted alien who is the Doctor. Through exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history, including actors who have played the Doctor: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Davison, and Tom Baker as well as actors who have played companions: Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, and Freema Agyeman, viewers get an insight to what happens behind-the-scenes of the award-winning sci-fi show.
Also airing that night is the origin TV Movie An Adventure in Space and Time – 9:00pm ET. What do you get when you mix C.S. Lewis with H.G. Wells, and sprinkle in a bit of Father Christmas? An alien Time Lord exploring space and time in a Police Box spaceship called the “TARDIS” (Time And Relative Dimension in Space). Written by Mark Gatiss, the BBC AMERICA co-production, the film stars David Bradley (the First Doctor, William Hartnell), Brian Cox (BBC Head of Drama, Sydney Newman), Jessica Raine (Producer, Verity Lambert) and Sacha Dhawan (Director, Waris Hussein). An unlikely trio of misfits set out to create a genre series that all ages would love. William ‘Bill’ Hartnell, displeased with his career, was presented with a chance to break out of the hard-man roles he’d become known for. And with the instincts of first time producer, Verity Lambert and first time director, Waris Hussein, the Doctor was born. As the success of the show grew, William went from unhappy curmudgeon to beloved television star who relished his career resurgence and found a new lease on life. But all good things come to an end. How will Bill face leaving behind the part that has made him a hero to millions of children? And can the show survive without him? Journey back fifty years through space and time to witness the exciting beginning and untimely end of the First Doctor in this touching drama.
What was first hinted at a few weeks ago now comes to fruition as Marvel Television, Disney’s ABC Television Studios and the online streaming provider Netflix will team up and launch 4 brand new serialized TV shows that culminate in an epic miniseries event. The four Marvel properties will be Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Those four series of at least 13 episodes each will then lead into The Defenders, reimaging a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters who maintain order around New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.
The advantages of Netflix as a distribution hub will mean each series can expand its premise beyond broadcast TV scope and their limitations –such as what’s happening to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC which has failed to light up many folks interest. Which means the shows can –depending on showrunners –actually follow close to their comic book storylines without too much worry of demographics, censors and dictated set pieces that follow a same business model that TV has been churning out for 60 years.
This may give Daredevil a chance at redemption following 2003’s Ben Affleck led film, which suffered due the fact that 20th Century Fox wanted a family friendlier version of the character. Since then, there had been hope to reboot the franchise, but all things considered, TV may be the more viable option for it. And being on Netflix can make it better, where it can return to some of its darker roots.
Disney’s Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Miniseries Event Based on Renowned Marvel Characters
Landmark Deal Brings Marvel’s Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen, led by “Daredevil,”
to the World’s Leading Internet TV Network in 2015
Burbank, Calif. – Nov 7, 2013—The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to aminiseries programming event. Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.
“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”
“Marvel’s movies, such as Iron Man and Marvel’sThe Avengers, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With House of Cards and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”
This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios,
Just last month, when Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy announced that Oscar winning writer Michael Arndt was off Star Wars: Episode VII script after nearly a year of writing it and that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan -who penned both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi -were now scripting the movie, some began to worry that the film would need to be delayed from 2015 planned release. As a matter of fact, it’s been rumored for a while that Abrams was hoping to delay the film until 2016 due to the scripting issues, while Disney was still wanting –probably- a summer 2015 release date (the six previous films all launched in May).
Now, with Abrams –doing press for Bad Robot’s new FOX series Almost Human- he’s hinted that Arndt’s departure did have to do with when Disney wants to release the film. “It became clear that given the timeframe, and given the process, and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be.”
So it seemed that Abrams was vetoed on delaying the film until 2016. But with the hiring of Kasdan –who is known as a great and more importantly, a fast writer- this may have elevated Abrams worries a bit. And Disney may have compromised as well, as they’ve announced a a December 18, 2015 release date for the first film in the new trilogy.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
It’s not a bad move, per se. While the holiday season is generally known for more serious films -setting them up for award season -franchise hits like The Lord of the Rings and now it’s prequel series, The Hobbit do fare well against those more adult films. Plus, it’s Star Wars. And while some might bemoan the traditional May release of the previous six, we are in a new generation, a new era and maybe having Episode VII out for Christmas in two years is what it needs to rejuvenate a brand still tarnished by the prequel trilogy.
Meanwhile, pre-production on the film continues in London. While casting remains a mystery (beyond the obvious fact that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer and Mark Hamill will be back) the film is set to begin lensing in early spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.