Category: Featured

David Tennant’s Own Journey’s End

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Chris got here before I did… so in that regard I’m not going to offer much in the way of news… but more some immediate thoughts on the announcement.

Perfect Ten will be sincerely missed.

I think the last series proved how completely David Tennant encapsulated his version of the Doctor. How thoroughly he understood what the role was.

And frankly, for myself, how much of a sheer joy he was to behold. His enthusiasm was nothing short of infectious.

If Tennant was a drug on the market, I’d be on it.

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David Tennant Quits Doctor Who

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tennant-dr-who David Tennant has stated that he will stand down from the role of Doctor Who in BBC’s hit sci-fi series.

Tennant will remain in the role in the four special episodes which are broadcast next year, but in Tennant’s own words, "When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me".

"Now don’t make me cry," he added. "I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don’t take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you’ll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair."

Tennant took up the role three years ago in 2005, becoming one the most popular Time Lords in the history of the long-running series.

No word, as of yet, on his replacement.  Expect the ever-linked-to-everything Johnny Depp to crop up at least once, since every male role in the Northern Hemisphere seems to be his next.

For further coverage, please visit the BBC article.

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Shameful lack of recent activity

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Durham_castle I’d like to apologise for the absolute drought of updates plaguing SFH in the last fortnight.  This is in no small part due to my moving house (indeed, actually moving country).

The process is now complete, and for the most part I’m now opening hailing frequencies from sunny Durham, in the north of England (see picture).

Now that the transition is smoothly complete, I’m hoping to get back into the groove here with regular updates and often unwanted opinions.

This is just the kind of clear-the-air update I really, really want Guns N’ Roses to make re: the supposed upcoming release of Chinese Democracy late-November.  Please, Axl, if you’re reading: follow my example.

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Fringe Gets Full Season Pickup From Fox

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fringe51 Following some reasonably impressive ratings (this week’s episode scoring a 18-49 demographic-winning 6.2/9), JJ Abrams sci-fi show Fringe has received a full season pickup from FOX.

Originally comissioned for thirteen episodes, the move will see the drama starring Lord of the Rings’ John Noble run for a full twenty-two instalments.

This makes it the first new series from the big four American television networks to receive such a pick-up; surely a show of confidence given the show’s performance.

Also: ‘Fringe’ cow extra subject to repaint?

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Stargate Atlantis: Season Five: Ghost in the Machine

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normal_505_ghostinthemachine_05In brief:

Decent, yet confusing.

In detail:

The absence of Tori Higginson (Elizabeth Weir) certainly screwed over the Replicator story line they had set up for her.  “Ghost in the Machine” is a valiant attempt to continue that story without her.  And, for the most part, it does a good job.

Michelle Morgan, who plays the consciousness of Weir in Fran’s body, does a reasonably good job of imitating the mannerisms and vocal expressions that Higginson brought to Weir’s character.  Her performance is strong, and in the quieter scenes with Teyla/Sheppard/Fran I found myself truly believing this was still Weir.  That’s an achievement of performance on Morgan’s part.

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Stargate Atlantis: Season Five: The Daedalus Variations

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normal_504_thedaedalusvariations_03In-brief:

Better…

In-detail:

Thank goodness.  A glimmer of hope.  Nothing outsanding, nothing overly memorable; but it was better.  A nice sci-fi concept nicely realised with minimal garbage.  Atlantis should try this more often.

It’s been a few weeks since viewing the episode unfortunately – busy times have afflicted me, so I’m writing a few weeks later with only a hurried re-watch for guidance.  Here are my thoughts, anyway.

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Competition: Masters of Science Fiction

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We have TEN Region 1 copies of this exciting title to give away!

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On August 5th, the critically acclaimed Masters of Science Fiction anthology series will be released on DVD as a 2-disc set. The Masters of Science Fiction DVD contains the entire series – including the world premiere of two episodes never-before-aired!

Originally broadcast last year on ABC, Masters of Science Fiction adapted short stories from some of the genre’s greatest practitioners, including Robert Heinlein, Harlan Ellison, Robert Sheckley and John Kessel.

Mark Dawidziak of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote: “I’ve seen what may be the best futuristic anthology series since the glory days of ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘The Outer Limits.’

It’s called ‘Masters of Science Fiction.”

Please head over to our competitions page to enter.

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Stargate Atlantis: Season Five: Broken Ties

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normal_atl_brokenties_09In brief:

Continued mediocrity.

In detail:

Jason Momoa (Ronon) can act, at least a bit.  This episode proved that.  He had some truly nifty scenes throughout here, and there were indeed strong moments from Sheppard, Teyla and Woolsey.

That’s all that redeems this episode in any way.  The plot is truly awful.  Barely existent.  “Broken Ties” follows on from last season’s “Reunion” (which was average) and manages to further cloud and confuse Tyre’s character.

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