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CD Review: DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 6 soundtrack

DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 6 soundtrack | ©2012 Silva Screen Records

The Doctors might change every season or other, but we can be thankful that Murray Gold has been riding the Time Lord’s T.A.R.D.I.S. since his first, revamped regeneration. In the process, the new “Who”’s music has constantly impressed with its sheer, giddy sense of invention and production value, qualities that quickly impressed even a non-acolyte like myself. DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 6 is no exception, especially with the dynamic playing of BBC’s Nation Orchestral of Wales under the enthusiastic baton of Ben Foster. If there’s any quality that makes this two-CD collection’s numerous suites sound of a piece, then it’s the […]Read On »

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TV News: Could TRUE BLOOD actress Lara Pulver be on DOCTOR WHO?

Lara Pulver in SHERLOCK - Series 2 | ©2012 BBC/PBS

Lara Pulver has just had the pleasure of working with writer and producer Steven Moffat for his new series of SHERLOCK, which will be airing in the U.S. in May. As so often happens, Mr. Moffat tends to use actors that he likes in other projects that he works on, so the question came to mind that maybe, just maybe, Ms. Pulver would find herself involved with a certain BBC long-running science fiction show called DOCTOR WHO. Here’s what the actress had to say to ASSIGNMENT X … “He may be calling me right now,” she jokes about Moffat calling […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 6 – “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe” – Christmas Special

Matt Smith and Holly Earl in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Christmas Special | ©2011 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir, Alexander Armstrong, Maurice Cole, Holly Earl, Paul Bazely, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill Writer: Steven Moffat Director:  Farren Blackburn Network: BBC America, airs Sunday night  Original Telecast: December 25, 2011 In the 2011 DOCTOR WHO Christmas special adventure, “The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe,” our favorite Time Lord (Matt Smith) has a debt to repay to a grieving war widow (Claire Skinner) and her children (Holly Earl, Maurice Cole). Posing as the caretaker of a substantially retrofitted mansion, the Doctor has to rescue the family from a sentient forest in another time […]Read On »

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Book Review: WHEDONISTAS! A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM

WHEDONISTAS! A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM

Editors: Lynne M. Thomas & Deborah Stanish Price: $14.95 Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press trade paperback (available in trade paperback and Kindle) It’s rare, though not as rare as it was, for a writer/director/producer to generate a fandom all his/her own. It’s inarguable that Joss Whedon resides at the pinnacle of this group. Should the title of WHEDONISTAS! A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM need explanation, it refers to female fans of the man and his released work so far: the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, FIREFLY and DOLLHOUSE, the FIREFLY […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Julie Gardner and the Future of TORCHWOOD – Part 2

BBC Worldwide's Julie Gardner | ©2011 BBC

Julie Gardner one of the executive producers on TORCHWOOD, has always been a fan of its parent series DOCTOR WHO. So when she and Russell T Davies brought WHO back in 2005, it was a dream come true. The pair then went on to create the successful spins of THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES and TORCHWOOD. TORCHWOOD MIRACLE DAY has finished airing now, but our exclusive interview with Gardner continues as she tells ASSIGNMENT X a bit about the future of the series, and responds to criticism the series has gotten for portraying homosexual relationships. ASSIGNMENT X: So at San Diego […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “The Girl Next Door”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "The Girl Next Door" | ©2011 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Colin Ford, Emma Grabanski, Jewel Staite, Benito Martinez, Cameron Bancroft Writers: Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Jensen Ackles Network: The CW Original Telecast: October 7, 2011 SUPERNATURAL lead characters Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) have been all over the map, not only literally and existentially (they’ve been to Hell, Heaven and other dimensions, as well as lots of random places on Earth), but also in terms of their personalities. Sam started out as the sensitive, “let’s hear them out” one and Dean was the […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 6 Finale – “The Wedding of River Song” – Review #2

Matt Smith and Ian McNeice in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 13 | ©2011 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, James Corden, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Frances Barber, Daisy Haggard, Seroca Davis, Holli Dempsey, Chris Obi, Lynda Baron, Paul Kasey, Nicholas Briggs Writer: Steven Moffat Director:  Jeremy Webb Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: October 1, 2011 “The Wedding of River Song” is the series finale for this latest round of DOCTOR WHO, it brings everything with the character of River Song (Alex Kingston) to full circle closure, deals with some dangling plot threads, and opens up new mysteries for future series. This is the inevitable episode where The Doctor (Matt Smith) is […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 6 – “The Wedding of River Song” – Review #1 – Season Finale

Matt Smith in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 13 | ©2011 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Frances Barber, Simon Fisher-Becker, Ian McNeice, Richard Hope, Marnix Van Den Broeke, Nicholas Briggs, Simon Callow, Sian Williams, Bill Turnbull, Meredith Viera, Niall Greig Fulton, Sean Buckley, Mark Gatiss, Emma Campbell-Jones, Katharine Burford, Richard Dillane, William Morgan Sheppard Writer: Steven Moffat Director:  Jeremy Webb Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: October 1, 2011 In the thirteenth episode of DOCTOR WHO Series 6, “The Wedding of River Song,” the Doctor (Matt Smith) is faced with an unavoidable fate: death on the shores of Lake Silencio, Utah, in 2011 (as seen […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DOCTOR WHO executive producer Steven Moffat on Series 6 and River’s Secrets – Part 2

Matt Smith in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 12 | ©2011 BBC

Steven Moffat, who was already on the DOCTOR WHO writing staff, took the reins as DOCTOR WHO show runner and producer in 2010. He brought in Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor and created the character of Amy Pond played by Karen Gillan. One of Moffat’s most convoluted contributions to WHO has been the character of River Song (Alex Kingston) who is the daughter of a companion and the future lover of The Doctor himself. As the sixth season continues more is uncovered about Rivers’ past and it all ends with a wedding (or at least the finale’s title implies […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 6 – “Closing Time” – Review #2

James Corden in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 12 | ©2011 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, James Corden, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Frances Barber, Daisy Haggard, Seroca Davis, Holli Dempsey, Chris Obi, Lynda Baron, Paul Kasey, Nicholas Briggs Writer: Gareth Roberts Director:  Steve Hughes Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: September 24, 2011 I will freely admit that I was less than enamored with the latest DOCTOR WHO offering, “Closing Time.” First of all this episode sees the return of Craig (James Corden) from last year’s “The Lodger” which was one of my LEAST favorite episode of that series. I seem to remember that Corden is friends with Matt […]Read On »

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