doctor who trailer Peter Capaldi

After a few teasing images and a couple teasing video bits, here’s the first full-length trailer for the new season of Doctor Who, featuring Peter Capaldi as the twelfth regeneration of the Doctor. The first two episodes of the new season are directed by Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Kill List), but most of what you’ll get from this trailer is a sense of unease on the part of the Doctor as he questions his own nature. Capaldi looks more clenched and intense than the last couple Doctors have been. Will he truly be a more introspective Doctor?

Oh, and there are Daleks, and also a T. rex trotting around in front of Parliament. So that’s interesting. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Sherlock Christmas special

UPDATE: Martin Freeman was right. Deadline is reporting Sherlock will be back in 2015, starting with a special that’ll film early in January. Later, they’ll get to work on season four for a probable 2016 premiere. Head there for more details. Original article follows.

Sherlock season three came and went all too fast. Each of the show’s tightly-scripted seasons is so easy to devour in a day or two. The 90-minute episodes merit multiple views, but the four and a half hours of story we saw in January of this year only made us want a fourth season even more.

Trouble is, scheduling a new season is difficult. It is essentially like shooting three films, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are wildly busy. (Due in no small part to the popularity of this very show.) So while a fourth season could happen, we don’t know when cameras could roll.

We’ve heard, however, that a one-off special was possible, to bridge the gap between seasons. Now Martin Freeman says a Sherlock Christmas special is looking likely… but not until 2015.  Read More »

Doctor Who season 8 premiere

Briefly: The new season of Doctor Who has been hotly hyped, as it will bring the world the Twelfth doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Now, we finally know exactly when fans will be able to learn more about him. The BBC, and BBC America, will air the Doctor Who Season 8 premiere on August 23. Below, watch a new teaser. Read More »

Doctor Who Season 8 Teaser

We’ve seen a shot or two of Peter Capaldi in costume as the new regeneration of Doctor Who, but we have yet to see any real footage of the new Doctor in action. Now there is a Doctor Who season 8 teaser trailer, if a very brief one. “Tease” is the name of the game here, as this footage only gives a silhouetted look at Capaldi’s new Doctor. But it’s enough to get our attention, especially since the first couple episodes of the new season were directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England, High Rise).

Check out the teaser below. Read More »

casual vacancy hbo

J.K. Rowling and Time Warner have a pretty good relationship. Together, they helped make one of the most successful and impressively coherent film franchises in history with Harry Potter. So it’s of little surprise Rowling turned in their direction when looking for a place to air her follow up novel, The Casual Vacancy, as a miniseries.

BBC and HBO will co-produce a three episode miniseries of The Casual Vacancy, which will air on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the US. Read more about The Casual Vacancy HBO below. Read More »

Sherlock season 3

You probably already know the good news: we’re getting a fourth season of Sherlock. And if you’ve finished the third season, that was all but settled in the final moments. The bad news, however, is the wait. Series co-creator Steven Moffat splits his time between Sherlock and another little show people might have heard of, Doctor Who. He has a lot of his plate. In a recent interview he said he won’t sacrifice any quality and that means we probably won’t see Sherlock return for a few years. Read More »

DOCTOR WHO SERIES 8

Briefly: A couple weeks ago the BBC teased us with a shot of the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, on the set of Doctor Who. But the photo offered up (above) didn’t actually show the actor in his primary costume. A new photo does, however, and you can see it below.  Read More »

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

Briefly: In years past, when a director had a film that was likely to be in contention for a Best Picture Oscar, you wouldn’t hear about him signing on to do a TV project. But the reputation of TV has changed and regardless, 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen isn’t your typical director.

And so, McQueen has announced development efforts to create a series for the BBC that will chronicle several decades of black experience in London. The director told the Daily Mail that he’s going to workshop the series with a set of actors, and that the drama will be set in West London. Calling it “epic in scope,” he explained that it will follow a set of people from 1968 to 2014. ”I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists,” he said. Speaking to Deadline, Ben Stephenson of the BBC called it a “major drama.”

There’s a lot of work to be done on this one yet, so we might not see it for a while. Will it incorporate any stories of the ’81 Brixton riots, which McQueen was said to be exploring for a film some time ago? That’s something we don’t know at this point.

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