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TV on DVD: 'Luther,' 'Margaret Thatcher' & 'Robotech'

10/27/2011 4:15pm EDT
This week in TV on DVD, check out Luther: Series 2 and The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher (BBC Home Entertainment), as well as Robotech: The Complete Series (A&E Home Entertainment). Read on for my looks at all three new titles!

Luther: Series 2 (BBC Home Entertainment)

Just days after Luther's second series finished airing on BBC America, you can now bring it home. DCI John Luther (Emmy nominee Idris Elba) returns after the disastrous ending of the previous series to tackle two more violent cases. You can check out my episode reviews of Luther, though be advised they do contain...

'Supernatural' Recap: Sam Lets His Freak Flag Fly

10/8/2011 8:37am EDT
When we last left the “Supernatural” universe, Sam and Dean were careening towards the Leviathan-infested hospital via ambulance—Sam was seizing with a head injury, Dean with bloodily broken leg, and Bobby presumed dead.

Slickly directed by series’ star Jensen Ackles, “The Girl Next Door” was thankfully easier on my fangirl heart. It began mere minutes after last week’s cliffhanger with the brothers arriving at Sioux Falls General. Dean, a fighter to the end, tried to climb off the gurney and find his brother. His doctor explained that Sam had “bashed his head quite seriously.” Forge...

Doctor Who - Season 6 Episode 9 - Night Terrors

9/6/2011 9:56pm EDT
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After last week’s River Song/Melody Pond reveal, the Powers That Be have allowed us all a breath. Thank Heavens! The roller coaster ride of the “Let’s Kill Hitler” episode nearly did me in! I’m glad to say that this week’s episode is much less all encompassing. Although if you were afraid of puppets before, you won’t be attending any Punch and Judy fairs in the near future!

In a dark, but nevertheless, rather ordinary, row of council apartments, a bunch of very ordinary tenants prepare for the evening. In one apartment, however, a young boy named George balks at going to sleep. He’s fright...

Doctor Who Season 6 Episode 8 – ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’

9/6/2011 6:55pm EDT
After a summer off, while the producers of Doctor Who apparently awaited the growing of corn, the Doctor has returned. And what a return it is! Finally, we learn how Melody Pond became River Song … and it’s a heck of a story!

“Let’s see, you’ve got a time machine, I’ve got a gun. What the hell, let’s kill Hitler.”

We begin with Rory and Amy barreling through a lush corn field, with Amy shouting coordinates. With a flourish, they pull into a clearing, and before you can say, “Doctor Who?” the blue box has appeared. A petulant Doctor demands to know why they have been signaling him with cro...

Hugh Jackman Beats Johnny Depp In Sexiest Sci-Fi Star Poll

9/2/2011 10:13am EDT
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Hugh Jackman has beaten competition from Johnny Depp and David Tennant to be named the sexiest actor in science fiction.

Jackman plays mutant superhero Wolverine in the "X-Men" franchise, and fans have voted him their favourite sci-fi star in a poll by TV network Syfy.

Former "Doctor Who" star Tennant came second, while British actor John Barrowman lands third place for his role in "Torchwood."

Depp came fourth for his movie "Edward Scissorhands," while Harrison Ford rounded out the top five for his portrayal of Han Solo in the "Star Wars" films.

In the female category, Sarah Michelle G...

TV on DVD: 'Doctor Who: Series Six, Part 1'

7/30/2011 6:00pm EDT
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If you're still missing Doctor Who, and BBC Books' dozen recently-released novels aren't enough, BBC Home Entertainment has sent home Doctor Who: Series Six, Part 1 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Here's my review of the DVD version.

The Show

This is the second series of Doctor Who under the stewardship of Steven Moffat, and I have to say that I've enjoyed it. To be fair, I've liked Moffat's work since Coupling, but I don't see what's apparently got some Whovians up in arms about this series. That doesn't mean that they're wrong, but I didn't feel as major a sea change as others did when Moffat t...

'Doctor Who' Takes Print By Storm With 12 Titles

7/13/2011 3:00pm EDT
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Missing Doctor Who as we wait for the second part of series six? BBC Books has given you some solace as Who novels are arriving on bookstore shelves...twelve of them, in fact.

Six new print adventures featuring Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor are headed your way. They are Touched By An Angel (written by Jonathan Morris), Paradise Lost (by George Mann), Borrowed Time (by Naomi Alderman), Hunter's Moon (by Paul Finch), Dead of Winter (by frequent Who/Torchwood novelist James Goss), and The Way Through The Woods (by Una McCormick). The new slate of adventures also features companions Amy Pond ...

Doctor Who ’A Good Man Goes To War’ Episode 7 Recap June 4

6/5/2011 10:41am EDT
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Mea Culpa. I honestly thought that I could get away without recapping Episodes 5 and 6 “The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People” while I wrestled with the larger philosophical implications of the ‘Gangers.’ I was terribly wrong. You do need to know a bit about the Gangers before we can go on.

In a nutshell, in the future, people are using bio-engineered, sentient duplicates, made from a compound called The Flesh. These duplicates, called ‘Gangers’ (as in doppelganger,) are exact clones of the original person, right down to having the same heart, soul and mind. These clones are used to go into d...

Doctor Who ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ Or 'It's Bigger On The Inside'

5/15/2011 12:34pm EDT
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Years ago, I was in a band with a drummer who lived, ate, and breathed Sci-fi. On one of those long journeys to a gig, I asked him what his ideal woman would look like, and he said, “She’d be covered in soft blue fur, from head to toe.” He had no real reason, he just liked the idea.

Well, this week, the Doctor gets to live out a Sci-Fi geek dream, when the , standing before him in the body of a beautiful woman. And to add even more geek-cred, the writer of this particular episode is none other than Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman, the film “Coraline,” and other Sci-Fi/Fantasy classics....

Doctor Who 'Curse of the Black Spot' Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of ?

5/7/2011 9:54pm EDT
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You can’t help but love the Doctor. Never one to miss a party, or to put a glum face on things, the Doctor loves to be in the middle of an impossible situation. This week, the Doctor pops up on a 17th century pirate ship, Amy and Rory in tow. And apparently, real pirates don’t say ‘Yo Ho Ho,’ much to the Doctor’s chagrin. Prepare to enjoy every cliché on the bounding sea – walking the plank, a child stowaway, treasure, mutiny, and a storm at sea, a ghost ship, a babe with a cutlass, and a curse. But no parrot!

With guest stars Hugh Bonneville (Captain Henry Avery) and Lily Cole (Sea Sir...

'Doctor Who' 6.01 'The Impossible Astronaut' Review

4/24/2011 4:58pm EDT
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It's not hard for me to see why Doctor Who has become such a beloved franchise. I think there's always going to be a place on TV for an epic, fun adventure series that can be watched with the whole family. There's no other show that has quite that combination of qualities.

After a cute but perhaps too cute opening, The Doctor gathers Amy, Rory and River Song (ER's Alex Kingston, who is starting to grow on me) in Southeastern Utah, plotting something involving space in 1969. (Yes, there really is a San Juan School District.) They're all there when he is shot and killed - before he ...

Elisabeth Sladen, 'Doctor Who's' Sarah Jane Smith, Dies at 63

4/20/2011 8:47am EDT
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Elisabeth Sladen, who played one of the most popular Doctor Who companions in the franchise's history, has died. She was 63.

"It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning," a BBC spokesman said Tuesday.

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Brit Catherine Tate To Replace Steve Carell On 'The Office'?

4/8/2011 8:37am EDT
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British comedienne Catherine Tate has been tipped to take over from Steve Carell when he departs The Office later this month.

The former "Doctor Who" star will appear on the current season finale of the sitcom and insiders suggest she'll be the replacement for Carell's Michael Scott.

The funnyman is departing the show after six years.

In the final episode of this season, Tate will reportedly compete for Scott's vacant job alongside Ray Romano, Will Arnett, James Spader and Will Ferrell, according to

TV on DVD: 'Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol'

3/2/2011 7:00pm EST
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As is customary with the Doctor Who specials, BBC Home Entertainment has released Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol as a standalone title, just a few months after its December 25 airdate. Is it worth picking up on its own? Here's a look at what you get with the single-disc release.

The Show

As I mentioned in my review of A Christmas Carol in December, this is one heck of a holiday special. If you by some chance missed it when it aired, this is something you really do need to see. Without repeating the entire text of that review, I'll just say that Michael Gambon is as amazing as he alway...

Lily Cole Lands Monster Role On 'Doctor Who'

2/12/2011 10:06am EST
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British beauty Lily Cole has bagged another acting job - she's set to play a sea monster on cult sci-fi show Doctor Who.

The catwalk queen will appear as a mysterious ocean creature in an upcoming episode, in which the Time Lord visits a pirate ship in the 1600s. And Cole insists she can't wait to shoot her role.

She tells Britain's The Sun, "It is a great script and a fun character and I am glad to be involved."

The 22 year old made her acting debut in the 2007 comedy St. Trinian's, and she also worked with the late Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

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'Doctor Who' 'A Christmas Carol' Review

12/25/2010 10:23pm EST
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The Doctor Who Christmas specials are always a treat: fun escapism to share with friends and loved ones during the holiday season. It's a real pleasure that for the first time, BBC America is debuting the latest Christmas special actually on Christmas Day - and this one, like the ones before, is unique and delightful in its own way.

The legendary Michael Gambon does his best impression of Ebenezer Scrooge in space as Kazran Sardick, including keeping frozen people as collateral for the debts of the poor. It's sad for all of two minutes before The Doctor drops in through the chimney ...

Cate Blanchett Confirmed For 'The Hobbit'

12/8/2010 8:20am EST
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The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is "thrilled" after confirming Cate Blanchett as the latest star to join the highly-anticipated film.

Blanchett is set to play elven leader Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien - the part she played in the Lord of the Rings trilogy - and Jackson is ecstatic the Oscar-winning actress has agreed to be involved.

He says in a statement, "Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with, and I couldn't be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films."

British actor Martin Freeman and Northern Irish star Jame...

Cheryl Cole Named Most Idolized Star

11/23/2010 12:49pm EST
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British singer Cheryl Cole is the celebrity most idolized by kids - beating out competition from Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and David Beckham in a new poll.

The Girls Aloud star topped a survey by online video network to find the showbiz icon most children consider the perfect role model.

She polled almost a quarter of the votes, ahead of soccer ace Beckham in second with 14 per cent and Poker Face hit-maker Gaga, who was third with more than nine per cent.

Rapper Dizzee Rascal is fourth with 7.4 per cent, and Britney Spears comes in fifth with almost three per cent of the vo...

Captain Jack Isn’t Done With ‘Doctor Who’

11/19/2010 11:36pm EST
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Russel T. Davies recently revealed in an interview that Steven Moffat, the current “Doctor Who" showrunner, would like nothing more than to bring back everyone's favorite omnisexual immortal, Captain Jack Harkness: “Well, Steven said he'd love to see Jack in Doctor Who. So if Steven says that, Steven will make it happen, I would think. That's not inside information, but I bet one day it will happen. I'd love to see it. It would be marvellous."

What does this mean for “Doctor Who,” or “Torchwood” for that matter, the spinoff series that Jack has helmed for over two seasons? It means that we...

How Many Times Can 'Doctor Who' Really Regenerate?

11/4/2010 10:51am EDT
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On last week's episode of "The Sarah Jane Adventures", a much anticipated line was finally uttered. It was a line that confirmed once and for all how many times the Doctor, the greatest (and lately the only) Time Lord in history, could actually regenerate. Or did it?

In a 1970s episode of the long-running sci-fi hit, the Doctor claimed that his kind, the Time Lords, could regenerate -- essentially change their faces and begin another lifecycle -- just twelve times. This number was given only once in the show and yet it has seeped into fandom consciousness and grown tough roots. With the Do...

Katy Perry & Christina Hendricks Are Cosmo's 'Women Of The Year'

11/3/2010 9:00am EDT
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Newlywed Katy Perry, Christina Hendricks and Brit Alexandra Burke were honored at the annual Cosmopolitan magazine awards in London on Tuesday evening.

The "I Kissed A Girl" hitmaker, who married Russell Brand last month, was named top International Music Star at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year bash, while Burke took home the British equivalent.

Busty beauty Hendricks bagged the U.S. TV Actress trophy for her role in hit show "Mad Men." Gemma Arterton claimed the Film Actress honor, while "Doctor Who" star Karen Gillan won the U.K. TV Actress award.

"Glee" hunk Mark Salling l...

The (New) Doctor's Finest Hour

7/29/2010 12:34pm EDT
Well, the latest season of Doctor Who has come and gone, and we've now all met the eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), his Scottish hottie companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), and her boyfriend/ fiance/ husband/ 2,000 year old plastic man Rory (the brilliant but often overlooked Arthur Darvill). Together they've faced the revamped Daleks, saved 16th century Venice from vampire-alien-fish, and even used Amy's memories and the universe's greatest prison to restart all of creation and bring the Doctor out of the abyss of non-existence.

In all, it was a very good season: Matt Smith added a new energy ...

John Barrowman Wants To Be A Gay Dad On 'Glee'

7/14/2010 11:30am EDT
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Former Dr. Who star John Barrowman wants a gay old role on Glee - as one of character Rachel Berry's homosexual dads.

Neither dad has been seen on the show yet and Glee creator Ryan Murphy is considering keeping them away from the camera - but Scottish-born Barrowman has submitted his name as one of the fathers should he change his mind.

He says, "I have no idea if I'll be in it, I met with their casting people and I said I'd love to be in it - I'd be good as one of Rachel's gay dads."

Barrowman has already proved to be a hit with TV audiences - he played the ex-boyfriend of Drea DeMa...

Co-Star Got To Touch Eva Longoria Parker's 'Boobs And Bum'

7/13/2010 11:56am EDT
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John Barrowman got up close and personal with Eva Longoria Parker on the set of "Desperate Housewives."

He explained, "She's amazing. I gave her a good grope. We were doing some booty-dancing and I said, 'Show me some of that Latino a*s!' So she did. And then I was like, 'Your boobies are doing alright, too,' so I got to touch the boobs and the bum. She grabbed my goods, too."

Barrowman is best known for the BBC science fiction series "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood." He's gay.

See more photos of Eva here!

Everything Geeky: Sci-Fi Shows You May Have Missed

11/4/2009 2:50pm EST
After watching the premiere of "V" last night, I was starting to wonder if Sci-Fi is going to make a real comeback into the spotlight. Let's face it, the popularity of this genre has risen in the past few years. It is no longer just the diehard Trekkies that care about Spock and Kirk, but the newcomers swarming after J.J. Abrams' reboot.

With shows like "Lost" and "Heroes" gaining notice on major television networks and the critical acclaim of "Battlestar Galactica," the stereotypes of typical "sci-fi nerds" is starting to wear off. In its place are people who never cared about phasers ...

Q&A With Aldis Hodge Who Plays Computer Hacker Alec Hardison On TNT's 'Leverage'

8/26/2009 11:53am EDT
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Tonight's episode of Leverage (9pm ET on TNT) -- An episode we saw earlier this week and think it's the best episode of the season -- has the team going head-to-head with a rival gang of thieves that features Griffin Dunne and Wil Wheaton. Aldis Hodge -- who plays computer hacker Alec Hardison -- joins us to discuss the current season and to make sure you don't compare the show to "Oceans 11."

Mike: I'm curious, how much do you think you have in common with Hardison?

Aldis Hodge: Well, all the personality and humor's there; the sarcasm is there. As far as skills as a hacker, he's way ...

Happy Cinco De Cuatro! (Links & Stuff)

5/5/2009 7:00pm EDT
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TV Shows With The Craziest Fans

3/12/2009 10:23am EDT
If you've ever been to Comic-Con, the names on this list should come as no surprise. These are the truly dedicated, those who don't hesitate to dress up as their favorite characters, debate for hours on the Internet with faceless strangers over continuity issues, or mail random objects to studio heads when their shows are threatened with cancellation. There's something about sci-fi in particular that seems to encourage its followers to take action. Is it devotion or obsession? Does it matter? Below are just a few of televisions brightest that have inspired some intense fan followings:


The Twelve Episodes of Christmas Television Gave To Us

12/14/2008 12:00pm EST
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Every year around this time, holiday specials fall on network TV like snowflakes, a comforting blanket of tradition and familiarity. But while those classics may be festive enough for some, we prefer a more modern take on the holiday season. From the heart-warming to the hilarious to the possibly offensive, here are twelve holiday-themed episodes from some of my favorite contemporary shows that put me in the Christmas spirit:

"Forgiveness and Stuff" (Gilmore Girls, Season 1 Episode 10)

Though the foundation of Gilmore Girls is the inseparable mother-daughter duo, the ...

Spike TV Announces Nominees For 'Scream 2008'

9/15/2008 8:00pm EDT
It will be one "dark knight" this October as Spike TV presents the third annual "SCREAM," a celebration of the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic genres.

Taping on Saturday, October 18 from The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "SCREAM 2008" will premiere on Spike TV Tuesday, October 21 (9:00- 11:00 PM, ET/PT). Show host, presenters and musical performers to be announced shortly.

"We're incredibly honored to have the support of such luminaries in the creative community to help determine the nominees for 'SCREAM 2008,'" says Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event prod...