HBO and the BBC have teamed up with Rowling to turn her 2012 novel into a three-hour miniseries to be aired at an undisclosed date. There’s a joke to be made about a vacancy on HBO’s schedule being casually taken by this miniseries, but it’s not up to Rowling’s standards.
It’s been a very busy few days for the folks over at BBC America. The network has made announcements regarding two of its biggest properties in the past 24 hours. Namely, that a new clone of Tatiana Maslany was set to arrive to Orphan Black, and the addition of a new baddie to wibble-wobble through time and space on Doctor Who alongside new Doctor Peter Capaldi.
Exciting news, Whovians! Turns out the TARDIS will be built for three in its upcoming eighth season, as actor Samuel Anderson (he of The History Boys and Gavin & Stacey fame) has been tapped to join the cast of Doctor Who. Is this a new companion for the Doctor? A potential love interest for Clara Oswald? So many questions!
Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh Steven Moffat, how you toy with the emotions of the fans that love you and Sherlock. Despite previous rumblings, the showrunner revealed it might just take another 2 years for the esteemed Mr. Holmes and his good buddy Watson to appear on screen together again. You're tearing us apart, Moffat!
When there’s a mystery afoot, who better to solve it than the real-life counterpart of Sherlock Holmes himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, eh? That’s exactly what happened when Sesame Street put the Sherlock star on the case of Murray (oh, sorry, Murray-arty)’s apples and oranges. And with a little help from Count Von Count, The Sign of Four has turned into the most adorable video of the day.
Tonight’s third season ender for Sherlock was everything you loved about the series amped up by a billion. A nonstop, twisty-turny, action-packed, and clever as hell little jaunt, "His Last Vow" took us out the insular world of Watson and Holmes and into the reality of the situation. It exposed — at last — not only our big baddie, but a new character we’re dying to see more of (Bill Wiggins), a side of Mary Morstan we’d previously not seen, and a heck of a lot of slapping. Being trapped in a bunch of mind palaces never felt so good.
Steve Thompson's return to Sherlock has proven that he may currently be my favorite writer the series has utilized thus far. The series soars when the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective has some incredibly intricate work at play. And there was no shortage of such thanks to the wedding of John and Mary, wherein we saw the most human — and mature! — side of Sherlock Holmes we'd yet to encounter. In fact, this may have been my favorite episode of the series thus far.
It’s been a long two years waiting for Sherlock to return — an even longer wait for us viewing it [legally] stateside. But the series' season three opener, “The Empty Hearse” was not, it seems, a return to form. Eschewing the traditional format of the show's previous two turns in order to deal with the ramifications of last season’s fake-out death sequence, the Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted series sat squarely in the emotional aftermath of Holmes’ trickery and deception in the name of tying up loose ends.
Hey Sherlock fans: turns out that the requisite years of waiting between seasons may not come to pass in 2014. The BBC is reportedly in talks to fast track new episodes of the highly successful series, meaning we may well get a Holmesian miracle this Christmas. Joy to the world, indeed! Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have come to save us all. How many days is it until December 25th, 2014?
Though stateside the premiere is still a few days out, the BBC’s Sherlock is set to close out its third season on Sunday across the pond. But that doesn’t mean the wheels haven’t been turning for a confirmed fourth and hypothetical fifth season of the international megahit. In fact, the series’ showrunner Steven Moffat revealed that stories have been set for both seasons. Rejoice, nerds of the world: your favorite hyper-brilliant misanthrope has been given an extended gameplan.
Suited up in Matt Smith’s finest, Peter Capaldi took to the stages of the BBC in Cardiff on Tuesday to begin filming the eighth season (or series for all you Brits out there) of Doctor Who. And it's quite exciting! Because time waits for no man — not even a Time Lord — plus, oh yeah: there’s a show to create. It is finally, officially, the era of the Twelfth Doctor.
It’s so hard to let go of the past, especially when it’s happening in the present (oh that timey-wimey business). Fortunately, Doctor Who fans needn’t look too far to soothe their raw souls at the exit of Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, as a deleted scene from "The Time of The Doctor" has been released. It’s a Christmas miracle on Boxing Day! Prepare yourselves accordingly with a couple extra Jammy Dodgers for the eating of feelings.
What a bittersweet Christmas. The holiday send-off for Matt Smith was both a reflection on his time — the fondest of farewells for one of the most beloved Doctors — and a rule-breaking send-off into a whole new world of Doctor Who. With a new face and a few ill-colored kidneys, Peter Capaldi capped off an episode that said goodbye to the old Who the way we all come into the world: naked and screaming. We're going to miss you Matt, but wow — what a road set out ahead of us.
When it comes to television, no show is more obsessed with rules and order than BBC’s iconic space-and-time traveling series, Doctor Who. The humanoid Timelord alien cheats death every so often thanks to a process called regeneration. But like all things that outlive the rules that govern them, sometimes things have to change, and for Doctor Who, we are upon its hour of justification: because there’s a new Doctor coming to town during the Christmas Special, “The Time of The Doctor,” but that shouldn’t be possible.
'Twas "The Time of The Doctor," and all through the house, not a Whovian was stirring — not even a mouse! Sonic screwdrivers were placed in the stockings with care, in hopes that Peter Capaldi soon would be there. And in this extended trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas special, Matt Smith's impending regeneration is the ominous highlight, pointing to yet another game-changing episode of the beloved BBC sci-fi series. If there's coal to be had, it will be found only in the hearts of those unaffected by the changing of the Time Lord guard.