Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Doctor Who’s Companions

The Doctor should never travel alone and, luckily for us, most of the time he doesn’t. Over the decades Doctor Who has been on television we’ve had a lot of different Doctors, and for each Doctor there’s a different group of companions. After awhile, it’s a lot to keep track of. We’re here to help.

Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about The Doctor’s companions, in a handy infographic. My favorite fun fact? 2% of them have been robots. Take a look…


Kickstart A Documentary About The Real Science Fiction Script Behind The Movie Argo

The real events behind Ben Affleck’s new movie, Argo, are the sort of thing the phrase “stranger than fiction” was invented for. If you’ve seen the trailers, you know the score: a CIA agent comes up with a crazy scheme to smuggle six Americans out of Iran by inventing a fake science fiction movie production and using it as a cover to sneak his targets out as “crew members.” It’s a plan that would probably be dismissed as ridiculous if you pitched it as a storyline, but it is nevertheless based on real events. And believe it or not, the story behind the “fake” movie script at the heart of Argo is nearly as bizarre and intriguing as all the CIA shenanigans. And now, to make things even more confusingly metafictional, a new documentary project has appeared on Kickstarter, promising to tell the story of the story behind the story of Argo. Wait, I may need to diagram that sentence…

So, the CIA needed a fake movie to establish their cover for the Iran rescue mission. Rather than having one of the interns at Langley cobble something together, they seized upon a failed science fiction script called Lord of Light. Based on Roger Zelazny’s award-winning 1967 novel of the same name, the Lord of Light script was the passion project of a dude named Barry Ira Geller. He bought the rights to Zelazny’s book and had big, big plans for it. Not only did Geller want to turn Lord of Light into a $50 million blockbuster, he wanted to build the world’s first science fiction theme park (dubbed, appropriately enough, “Science Fiction Land”).


Star Wars Mixed Up With The 30 Rock Credits

Over the years Star Wars fans have mashed up their favorite epic space opera with seemingly everything under the sun. One of the latest mixes is with Angry Birds, but there have been Jawas (Jaws), Look Who’s Tarkin (Look Who’s Talking), and Obi-Wan Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (that one should be obvious) posters; Star Wars detective noir book covers; and oh so many more.

Some of these pairings go together naturally, while other attempts are a definite stretch. This video, embedded below, falls into the latter category. Sound in theory, Star Wars and NBC sitcom 30 Rock may just be too incongruous to properly combine into some unholy new creature.


Spend Five Minutes Exploring The Seedy Robotic Underbelly Of Bangkok

How’s your day going so far? Really? Good to hear. You want to make it even better, check out this short film, True Skin. It’s about renegade cyborgs roaming the seedy underbelly of a futuristic Bangkok where body modification has been elevated to an entirely new level. If that’s not enough to pique your interest, the entire run time hovers around five minutes. What do you have to lose?


Could An Asteroid Dust Cloud Be The Solution To Reduce Global Warming?

Climate change is a global problem. Reacting to this problem has been slight, by either reducing carbon emissions or planting more trees to help absorb emissions. Scientists in Scotland have proposed a radical treatment to solve the Earth’s climate change problem, and it requires using a large dust cloud to create a shade around the Earth and filter out the Sun’s rays.

Researcher Russell Bewick, a space scientist at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, suggests that this geoengineering project could be the best possible way to counteract climate change and cool down the Earth. Bewick also suggests this project would only provide a slight decrease in temperature, but it’s significant enough to matter in the long run. Bewick explains:

“A 1.7 percent reduction is very small and will hardly be noticeable on Earth,” said researcher Russell Bewick, a space scientist at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. “People sometimes get the idea of giant screens blocking the entire sun. This is not the case … as [the device] is constantly between the sun and the Earth, it acts merely as a very light shade or filter.”


Be Good: Eight Family Friendly SF Flicks To Double-Feature With E.T.

Steven Spielberg’s classic film E.T. hit Blu-ray this week, so I got to thinking about something that’s one of my favorite things to do: a double-feature. Sure, sometimes the schedule is so hectic that you’re luck to be able to sit through one movie, much less two. But there’s just something enormously satisfying about the double feature, especially if you’ve put some thought into picking the perfect pair of films, whether they’re united by genre, theme, creative talent, or even some obscure joke only you and your friends understand.

I’m betting some of you will be picking up E.T. on Blu-ray and watching it for the first time in a while, or maybe ever showing it to your kids for the first time ever. Because GFR is a full-service kind of place, I’ve sifted through the heaps of cinematic history and pulled out eight family friendly science fiction movies that will pair quite nicely with E.T.. We hope the results will be something to phone home about (ahem).