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Review: 'Doctor Who: Day Of The Doctor' Is A Fitting & Hugely Enjoyable 50th Anniversary Tribute

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 24, 2013 1:23 PM
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Writing for a pop culture institution like long-running British sci-fi series "Doctor Who," you're bound to feel a certain degree of pressure. Generations of children (of any age) have grown up on the series, it's now bigger than ever, with a growing audience in the U.S, and capable of making headlines at home and abroad. But to write a special episode to mark the 50th anniversary of the series (making it by far the longest running science fiction show in the world)—one that would be broadcast simultaneously around the globe (including special 3D screenings in movie theaters), one that would satisfy fans both new and old, casual and hardcore, and one that would justify the acres of hype that have led up to the screening last night—requires even more delicacy.

Ben Wheatley Directing First Two Episodes Of 'Doctor Who' Season 8, Catherine Hardwicke Goes MTV & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 9:07 AM
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It looks like the BBC is giving "Doctor Who" fans lots of reasons to look forward to season eight. First, after runs by two fan favorites in Matt Smith and David Tennant, Peter Capaldi will be the next actor to roll with the TARDIS in the beloved show. And to get things off on on the right foot, one of the best genre filmmakers of the moment has been hired as well.

Peter Capaldi Is The New 'Doctor Who'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2013 2:44 PM
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Sort of the nerd version of the Royal Baby watch, "Doctor Who" fans waited breathlessly today for the announcement that would temporarily alter the universe of the long-running TV show. With Matt Smith stepping out of the TARDIS earlier this year, his replacement has now been officially named. And nope, it's a not a hot young bod, a woman or someone wildly unexpected.

10 Actors Who Could Replace Matt Smith On 'Doctor Who'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 3, 2013 11:01 AM
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For anyone with even a vaguely geeky bone in their body, this weekend brought big news. Yes, Dan Harmon is coming back to "Community," but in perhaps even bigger news, Matt Smith, the eleventh actor to play the seminal time-travelling hero of the BBC's long-running "Doctor Who," which is fifty years old today, will be hanging up his bowtie and tweed jacket, and leaving the series at the end of the year.

Nicolas Winding Refn Offered To Direct An Episode Of 'Doctor Who' But Was Turned Down

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2012 11:54 AM
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While Nicolas Winding Refn hasn't fall down the rabbit hole of working on premium cable like many of his Hollywood colleagues have, he's not exactly a stranger to television either. He penned the Danish series "The Chosen 7" and also wrote and directed the little seen (and pretty middling) "Miss Marple: Nemesis" for ITV. But it seems over at BBC, Refn's skills were less appreciated.

Showrunner Steven Moffat Says Any 'Doctor Who' Movie Won't Be 'A Hollywood Reboot,' Will Tie Into TV Series

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 2, 2011 10:47 AM
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One of the most surprising news stories of the year came a few weeks back, when it was announced that BBC Worldwide were teaming up with David Yates, director of the last four 'Harry Potter' films, to bring classic science-fiction character "Doctor Who" to the big-screen, in a version starting from scratch, and existing outside the continuity of the TV series, with a new actor in the lead role. More surprised than anyone? Steven Moffat, the head writer and executive producer of the current incarnation of the show.

Geronimo! Five Actors Who Could Lead A David Yates-Helmed 'Doctor Who' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 15, 2011 11:16 AM
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Given our reboot-happy culture, it was only a matter of time before long-running BBC science-fiction series "Doctor Who" got the movie treatment, despite the fact that it's still on the air, and gaining a bigger international audience than ever before. But this afternoon's news that David Yates (who directed half of the films in the mammoth "Harry Potter" franchise) is developing a big screen version still came as something of a surprise. And, with the announcement that it'll depart from established continuity, shunning recent stars like Matt Smith and David Tennant and starting afresh.

'Harry Potter' Director David Yates To Helm Big Screen Reboot Of 'Doctor Who'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 2:45 PM
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You might only be barely aware of his existence, but mathematically speaking, David Yates is the most successful film director in history. Sure, James Cameron might have made more successful films, but Yates has consistency on his side; his last four films have grossed a grand total of $1.032 billion. Of course, those four films are the final four in the gigantic "Harry Potter" franchise, but still, that's not a bad way to start your career (and to be fair, Yates has a string of tiny-grossing Britflicks in his past that bring the total average down).

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