Can you keep a secret? Probably not as well as Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat's two sons, Joshua, 13, and Louis, 11. These days, nearly every television producer, director, writer, actor and caterer is apprehensive about revealing details and plot points from unaired episodes of their shows. But Moffat is the master. He even gave one of the series' characters the catchphrase "No spoilers." He purposely misleads the press. "I lied my arse off," Moffat told 6,500 attendees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con regarding the content of an upcoming episode. He also runs a tight spaceship: Nondisclosure agreements are as ubiquitous as silver alien masks on the British science-fiction show's set.
Joshua, however, is the first to...
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Hordes of Whovians, as they're called, voted for the British sci-fi series to win our third Fan Favorites cover poll — galvanizing support through countless blog posts, message-board comments and tweets. The consensus was it's about time Doctor Who (beloved back home in the U.K.) got the props it deserves in the States. And that the fans love Matt Smith, who currently plays the show's titular time and space traveler known only as the Doctor ("Doctor who?" Get it?). "That's amazing!" Smith shouts on the road to a shoot in Wales, before turning serious. "Thank you to...
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Fancy this! After a season of emotional and horrific turbulence for the Winchesters, finally a whimsical change of pace, courtesy of Ben (The Tick) Edlund, who wrote this episode that finds the boys running afoul of fairies, elves, gnomes and leprechauns. Oh my! It all begins when ...
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Christopher Eccleston Heroes Doctor Who has been tapped to be Hilary Swanks copilot in Amelia Fox Searchlights Amelia Earhart biopic According to Variety Eccleston who recently nabbed the role of the villain Destro in the upcoming GI Joe will play Earharts navigator Fred Noonan the havigator who flew with her on the plane that disappeared during the 1937 attempt to circumnavigate the globe Richard Gere Ewan McGregor and Virginia Madsen are also already on board for the flick Adam Bryant
Twentieth Century Fox's Fox Walden banner has set four films' release dates: The Dark Is Rising (Oct. 5), about a young man who learns he is the last in a line of mythical warriors. Stars Ian McShane, Frances Conroy, Christopher Eccleston and Jonathan Jackson. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (Nov. 16), a family fantasy starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman and Jason Bateman. Nim's Island (April 25, 2008), featuring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin. City of Ember (Columbus Day '08), a sci-fi adventure helmed by Monster House's Gil Kenan.
Question: You've recently had several questions regarding Heroes and how the characters feel about their powers, especially Niki. I completely agree with your assessment that the heroes are learning, and some are more comfortable than others with their abilities. I imagine that Christopher Eccleston's character will bring a new outlook. I've read on TVGuide.com that he has had his powers for a while and is comfortable with them and with who he is. Do you see his character influencing the characters he meets? Does he help them become more aware or more comfortable, possibly even proud? Also, are you looking forward to this amazing British actor joining the cast? I am.
Answer: All of your questions/theories are good ones, and I hope they come to pass as Claude makes his presence known to the other heroes, although I'm also hoping that there will always be some ambivalence among the heroes — that makes good drama. I enjoyed Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who (and in the sensational horror
Question: My wife and I are old sci-fi geeks, and it was a true pleasure to discover the Doctor Who episodes running on Sci Fi. Not only does the series look great — embarrassingly so, compared to the original cult show — but it is also wonderfully casted. I know that the first season is over, and that the amazing humor of Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor is now but a fond memory, but will the show keep Billie Piper as Rose Tyler in the second season? And is this a Sci Fi original, as my wife thinks, or an import from the BBC in England? And finally, when does the new season start? For all the comments that have been made in your column about science-fiction shows on television, I have to say that this is the best there is right now, except for Battlestar Galactica.
Answer: I guess a spoiler alert is called for here, but the news from abroad is that Billie Piper, who continues in the second season alongside new Doctor David Tennant, will not return in the third season. As for Sci F ...
Doctor WhoHaving gone into the future, our Geordie-or-somwhere-else-in-Northern-England-voiced doctor boogied into the past with Rose. Incidentally, I thank the folks who pointed out that the doctor does not have a Cockney. As John Lennon sang, I should've known better. My only defense is that my computer was giving me fits, causing my brain cells to click together like one of those swinging marble novelty items that sits on the desks of bored executives. (As much as I like the attention, please don't inundate me with pedantic e-mails about the history of swinging marble thingies.) The TARDIS was playing games of her own. Instead of going to 1860 Naples, like the doctor programmed her to, it deposited the Time Lord and Rose in 1869 Cardiff. Notice how the doctor made Rose change her clothes ("You'll start a riot, Barbarella!") wit
Doctor Who "Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!" So concludes the first exchange between feisty Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and her new acquaintance, the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). Although Rose doesn't know what this cockney dude has to do with the sudden rash of killer mannequins roving around the basement of a Harrods-type department store, at least she could take solace in knowing that this man saved her from their murderous clutches. Yep, Whovians, the Doctor is back on American TV after a 10-year hiatus, and he's sporting a leather jacket and plenty of 'tude. Say, can anyone remember the other Doctor who began his stint battling the Autons? (Answer later.) The ho-hum plot — the Autons want to wipe out the human race, again — served as salad dressing for the episode's real function, which was to reintrodu