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Doctor Who fans can have a great weekend, thanks to the release of nine old episodes thought lost forever.

Most people probably know that huge chunks of film history have disappeared forever, but even more television has been lost. There wasn’t always the thought that TV should be preserved, and some shows were lost when tapes were reused in budget-saving measures.

Among the lost treasures are almost 100 episodes of the BBC series Doctor Who. Chunks of the show’s early seasons were taped over by the Beeb in the ’70s, or allowed to deteriorate in storage. Some episodes survived, and others have been pieced together from various sources: audio recorded by fans, 8mm footage of TV broadcasts, stage notes, and set photos. But there have been big parts of the Doctor’s history that no one has seen since the original broadcasts.

About a week ago the BBC started to confirm that some lost episodes had been found in Nigeria. (The best, if most unpredictable method for fully recovering lost episodes has been to trace tape or film transfers created to send the show to foreign territories.) Now we have confirmation that nine episodes are available for the first time in decades. Better yet, they can all be seen right now. Read More »

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Briefly: It’s elementary, dear streaming TV watcher. The more high quality, in-demand on-demand content you have on your platform, the better your market share will be. Hulu Plus has just signed a deal that should help them considerably. Users can now stream new and old popular BBC series, including Doctor Who, Sherlock, Luther, Top Gear, Torchwood as well as Fawlty Towers, BlackadderLife in the… and others. Read More »

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The long-running BBC series Doctor Who just named the twelfth person to play the title character: Peter Capaldi. The actor is a great many things: rakishly charming, savagely funny, frighteningly intense, and Scottish. He’s also white and male, which isn’t quite what some fans of the show hoped for.

Since the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, announced his departure, there were hopes among parts of the Who fandom that the show would turn towards an actor of color, or (gasp!) a woman to lead the show. After all, the actor changes are explained in-show through the Doctor’s ability to regenerate into a new body, and there’s no reason he has to be a white guy. The audience for the show has expanded exponentially in the last few years, and a non-white or female choice could both enrich the series and draw in even more viewers.

Maybe this won’t be great for Capaldi — no one wants to hear they weren’t first choice — but Neil Gaiman, who has written for the show, says a black actor was approached to be the Doctor, but turned down the role. Read More »

The New ‘Doctor Who’ Is…

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On an elaborate worldwide broadcast Sunday, actor Peter Capaldi was revealed to be the new Doctor Who. The role was vacated earlier this year when the 11th doctor, Matt Smith, decided to leave after three seasons. Doctor Who, which follows an alien Time Lord who has the ability to travel across space and time, has exploded in popularity over the past decade and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Capaldi is best known in the United States for his roles in In the Loop and this summer’s World War Z (as a “W.H.O Doctor,” oddly enough). He’ll next appear in The Fifth Estate, Disney’s Maleficent and is the 12th actor to play the iconic BBC role. Filming on the new Who episodes starts this Fall. Read the full press release below. Read More »

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Comic Con is too large of an event for celebrities to actually walk the show floor, but that doesn’t stop some of them from trying. Justin Timberlake once walked Comic-Con dressed as a ‘Sesame Street’ character years ago. Many other actors have famously thrown on a Stormtrooper helmet and walked the show floor with just a half-assed cosplay presentation — so if you ever see someone who just threw on a mask and it looks like they didn’t try hard enough, ask yourself which actor might possibly be hiding in plain sight. Michael Cera just threw on a fierce-looking Gorilla mask one year.

This year, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, Doctor Who‘s eleventh doctor Matt Smith and The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman are among the actors we know who donned a disguise and walked the show floor this year. After the jump you can see how they did it.

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Continuing the new tradition of San Diego Comic-Con, on the final day the movie studios move out and the TV shows move in. Even though 2013 sees several major TV shows with panels earlier in the convention, the Sunday schedule has the bulk of the TV panels. The big one is Breaking Bad, which will make its final appearance at the convention on the eve of the series finale. There’s also a 50th anniversary panel on Doctor Who, Community, Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy, Under the Dome, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and more.

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There’s been a lot of talk about Doctor Who in the past week. The eleventh actor to play the title role, Matt Smith, announced that he would be leaving the show after this year’s upcoming Christmas Special. Smith is the third actor to play the Doctor since the show was revived by the BBC in 2005. Christopher Eccleston played the Doctor for revival’s first season; he was followed by David Tennant. Eccleston was well-established before taking the role, while both Tennant and Smith found the Doctor to be a career-making gig.

But who’ll follow Smith? Hopes have been aired that a female or black actor would become the next incarnation of the time lord. Now, however, it looks like the BBC might stick to tradition. The Guardian reports that Rory Kinnear, recently seen in Skyfall, has been offered the role.  Read More »

Community Season 4 Intro to Felt Surrogacy

Sony is apparently eager to hear what Dan Harmon has to say about Community‘s fourth season. Also after the jump:

  • Peek at a DVD-only scene from Breaking Bad
  • NBC renews Hannibal
  • USA doesn’t want Happy Endings
  • Revenge and Suburgatory lose stars
  • Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who
  • Dominic West and Judy Greer book new roles
  • Girls adds a boy
  • Peek at Falling Skies‘ new poster
  • The Newsroom gets another trailer

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