When Doctor Who premiered in 1963, the BBC probably didn’t anticipate it becoming a worldwide phenomenon and the longest-running science-fiction show in history. If they did, the network would have likely not purged their archives of Doctor Who episodes in the ’70s, resulting in many serials from the First and Second Doctor’s runs to become lost to oblivion.
By the time Tom Baker stepped into his iconic colorful scarf as the Fourth Doctor, this junking policy had been put to a stop. But that didn’t prevent his memorable run as the Doctor from being plagued by its own archiving or production problems. Namely, a famous unfinished 1979 episode written by sci-fi stalwart Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame, “Shada.” Adams would only write two other episodes for Doctor Who, but “Shada” was always the “what could’ve been?” after filming for the episode was interrupted by an engineering strike. But 38 years later, “Shada” will finally be finished, with none other than Tom Baker himself reprising his role as the most famous Doctor.
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Douglas Adams‘ comedic detective novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has already been given a TV series adaptation across the pond on BBC Four. But now BBC America is bringing us an American adaptation with just the right amount of British influence, this time created and written by Chronicle and American Ultra writer Max Landis.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency stars Elijah Wood as a directionless former rocker named Todd who finds himself caught up in a mystery involving the titular time-traveling detective (played by Samuel Barnett). While Todd wants nothing to do with Dirk Gently, the energetic private eye believes that the universe will make him an integral part of what happens next, whether he likes it or not.
Somehow we missed the first Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency trailer when it arrived a couple months ago, but we’ve included it below along with a new featurette that has plenty of Max Landis hyping the show, as well as the first scene from the series featuring Todd meeting Dirk Gently for the first time. Watch all of those videos below. Read More »
Douglas Adams is best known for his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio plays and novels, but he wrote a lot of other stuff over the course of his productive career. The two Dirk Gently novels are not as famous as the Hitchhiker’s books, but they may be even more pure distillations of Adams’ personality and interests. The books tell of Dirk Gently (one of the character’s pseudonyms) who works out cases based on the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things,” and whose cases can involve time travel, impossible physics, systems of divination and old gods.
Now a new Dirk Gently TV series is in development, from IDW and Dave Alpert (The Walking Dead) of Circle of Confusion.
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One of the killer features in Apple’s new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. The engineers at Apple have also included a bunch of cool Easter eggs in the results.
For example, when Siri is asked “What’s the best phone?” it says, “Wait… there are other phones?” or when a person says “I love you” to Siri, she responds, “I hope you don’t say that to those other mobile phones, [NAME]”. When you ask her what her name is, she responds “My name is Siri, but you already knew that.” If you ask who made Siri, she responds “Like it says on the box, I was designed by Apple in California.” And this is only the beginning of a list of funny responses that has been uncovered pre-release.
But best of all, Siri responds to, and references, Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Douglas Adams‘ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Details after the jump.
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