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Who’s Next in the Tardis? Companion Revealed…

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On Friday 29th May 2009, the BBC announced that the fifth series’ companion will unfortunately not be Hannah Murray from Skins fame.

Instead, it’s the rather surprising choice of  relative unknown, and I hate to say that because it’s such a horrible term, Karen Gillan.

Karen Gillan

Some official snippets:

“Gillan said: "I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor’s new companion.

The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can’t quite believe I am going to be a part of it.

"Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him – I just can’t wait to get started!"

Lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, added: "We saw some amazing actresses for this part, but when Karen came through the door the game was up.

Funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy.

Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it.

A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too.""

BBC Official Press Release

What that article doesn’t say is that Karen has actually appeared in Doctor Who previously…. in series 4, no less. Don’t feel bad if you can’t remember her though… she appeared in “The Fires of Pompeii” (good episode, check my review ^_^)  as one of the Sybilline Sisterhood. A lot of makeup, and heavy headwear.

My thoughts?

She looks perfect. Not what I expected, and yet there’s something just quirky enough about how she looks to belong in Doctor Who.

It’s just another indication of how confident the BBC are in Doctor Who as a property and Steven Moffat as a programme producer. The emphasis here is on ability, not star names. I refuse to believe that Moffat would be casting these younger actors if he didn’t believe they were up to the job! He’s a self professed fan of the show. With some of the most critically acclaimed episodes of nuWho under his already ample belt.

All eyes are looking to him and fellow Producer Piers Wenger to keep the show going without RTD.  I’m feeling most especially confident they will do more than just fine.

The only thing I want now is to see Eleven in costume. C’mon cream coloured short style detective anorak coat…

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Star Trek surpasses box office estimations

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Star Trek continues to impress, this time at the box office.

The studio had estimated the movie’s weekend box office haul would be in the region of $50 million, but turned out to be a whopping $76.5 million.

What’s more, the movie haul improved from $26.8 million on Friday to $27.4 million on Saturday, which, according to analysts, suggests the film will have “legs” and hopefully a long successful run.  It should certainly benefit from word of mouth.

Experts are now confident the movie should take in $200 million in the United States this summer, and Star Trek is a show which should benefit from a strong international market as well.  Abrams’ Trek could be on its way to becoming the most successful Star Trek of all time.

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Poll: Joss Whedon’s Greatest Show

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joss11After last night’s rather wonderful episode of Dollhouse, I think it’s fair to say that Joss Whedon’s latest creation is quickly beginning to find its feet and hit its stride.  Let’s just hope that it’s not too late in the big bad world of television execs.

However, has Dollhouse reached the heights of Whedon’s previous, much-adored shows?

Only you can decide, so vote below and decide definitively which is his greatest creation to date.

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Why is there no pure Science-Fiction on television anymore?

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image It’s a question many people have been pondering for quite a few years.  Gone are the hey-days of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the subsequent Nineties sci-fi boom.  The arrival of multiple Star Trek spinoffs, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Stargate SG-1 and a plethora of dozens of other sci-fi shows seemed to herald the dawn of a new Golden Age of a more pure science-fiction.

Yet today, we’re left with a fraction of the science-fiction which used to grace our television screens.  Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Atlantis have both just finished, and other shows such as Firefly or Threshold were shot down before they really got going.

So why have these shows fallen into decline?  Twenty years ago, Star Trek was a guaranteed ratings winner, drawing in millions of viewers and a massive market share.  As the latest television incarnation of the franchise – Star Trek: Enterprise – came to an end, it was left with a fraction of the viewing numbers its predecessors had enjoyed.  Enterprise‘s decline has been written about in more than enough detail, and its death can be attributed to any number of factors: lack of advertisement, lacklustre plots or perhaps simply too many episodes of the same franchise without a break. 

Yet Enterprise is reflective of a much wider problem for the genre.  The few genre shows which have succeeded in recent years have attempted to blend their traditional sci-fi elements with elements of other genres.

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George Takei Interview

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On 14th April 2009, Sci-Fi Heaven.net spoke exclusively with George Takei on the subject of the new DVD releases for the Original Series.

George was a pleasure to chat to, and Sci-Fi Heaven thanks him for his time. In the interview, he discusses many aspects of the original show, including his desire to be made Captain, Star Trek’s endearing and timeless message, and his other acting experiences.

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