Doctor Who Season 8 Has The Highest Rated Season Premiere Ever

Doctor-Who-Deep-Breath1It’s easy to get insulated in our own little worlds, where the things that seem like a big deal to us don’t necessarily translate to a wider audience. Often times we get really excited about a movie, TV show, book, comic, whatever, but it doesn’t perform well on the open market, so it’s always rather gratifying when one does. That way we can be like, “see, we were right, that was totally awesome,” and make ourselves feel good about the life choices we’ve made. Our latest opportunity to lord something over the non sci-fi believers out there is season 8 of Doctor Who, which, over the weekend, delivered its biggest season premiere ever.

When your show is popular enough to have been on the air for 50 years, you know that having the highest rated debut ever is something to crow about, and the BBC is crowing indeed. Not only did this latest episode, “Deep Breath,” kick off a new era for the venerable sci-fi adventure, properly introducing Peter Capaldi as the 12th Time Lord, but it also kicked his reign off in style.


Neil Gaiman And Paul Cornell Are Just Two Reasons To Kickstart Uncanny Magazine

uncanny magIf you write for a ‘zine such as GFR, you sometimes forget that not everyone out there appreciates science fiction. I’m always surprised when people don’t know what the TARDIS is, or aren’t well versed in Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. Despite sci-fi’s popularity among certain crowds, there is always room for more converts, and in order to win them over, authors have to keep writing and publishing awesome science fiction. Hugo award winner Lynne M. Thomas, who has worked on projects such as Apex Magazine, Chicks Dig Time Lords, and Glitter & Mayhem, is collaborating with Hugo Award nominee Michael Damian Thomas to launch a new science fiction and fantasy magazine called Uncanny.

Uncanny isn’t your run of the mill sci-fi publication. First of all, it’s been lovingly cultivated by a couple of tried-and-true geeks who know and love the genre and intend both to honor it and to push it in exciting new directions. They’ve carefully solicited contributors for the magazine’s first year, including Neil Gaiman, Catherine Valente, Paul Cornell, and many more. They’re also commissioning some pretty fantastic art. Even with the celebrated roll call, the magazine will accept unsolicited submissions by new sci-fi writers.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Concept Art Teases A More Hardcore Look For Nebula

guardians of the galaxyNow that we’ve all experienced the interstellar wonder that is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s been nice seeing and hearing about all the things that might have been. Case in point: a couple of alternate concept designs for Nebula were recently revealed, giving us a clue to what the evil baldy might have looked like had Gunn & Co. gone a different direction. And I gotta say, I think I like these versions more than the one that Karen Gillan sported in the final film. Though, admittedly, I would have been completely on board if Gillan had just worn a burlap sack with the words “blue skin” written on it; actually, I might have liked that one best of all.

The concept art comes courtesy of Marvel concept designer Andy Park, who released the images through his Twitter account. He’s the same guy who painted the previously seen concept art from a few weeks back. Apparently Marvel is letting him go wild on what he can show people, and it’s a wonder why he isn’t bringing his own original projects to the world at large.


The Walking Dead: The Game Relives Every Tragedy In Season 2 Finale Trailer

A video game is often only as good as its lead character, and Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Game rests comfortably on the shoulders of young Clementine, a survivor who has gone through just about every kind of tragedy in the game’s two seasons. The Season 2 finale, “No Going Back,” will be available for download tomorrow, and the five-minute preview seen above makes me want to put on a battered baseball cap and hit the streets, looking for a reason to live. It’s kind of depressing.

When we last saw Clementine in Episode 4, she was in the middle of a Mexican standoff between members of her group and members of another group, called into play by an asshole twerp named Arvo. We didn’t even get a “Next Time on…” segment at the end, making one wonder just what the hell is in store for these characters.


Life On Mars Creators Mix Sci-Fi And Ghosts For BBC America’s The Living And The Dead

life on marsWhile some may feel the sci-fi genre has been cheapened in recent years by a constant co-mingling with other genres, I think it’s only helping to spread geekdom to unforeseen areas. As a horror fan, I especially love when science fiction takes on monsters and ghouls, and BBC America is betting on people like me tuning into their newest upcoming series, The Living and the Dead. A historical tale that mixes technology and spookiness, this particular genre mash-up comes to us from Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, co-creators of the stellar time-hopping British crime drama Life on Mars.

BBC America has ordered six episodes of The Living and the Dead, which will take place in the community of Somerset, England back in 1888, when the town is at a crossroads between the traditional beliefs of the ancients and the broadening world of science and industrial technology. The series will center on Nathan Appleby, a “reluctant farmer obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife,” a search that will probably prove fruitful, given this world is inhabited by ghosts, demons, and other mythical creatures. In other words, it probably isn’t the best place to build a quaint bed and breakfast.


The Doctor Faces Off Against The Daleks…Again: This Week’s TV Picks

IntoDalekThe new Doctor is clearly hitting the ground running. This weekend will only be his second week on the job and he’s already up against one of his most formidable enemies: the Daleks. Seriously, those guys are like are like that freakin’ Chumbawamba song, they just keep getting back up again. But the good news is that this isn’t your typical Dalek episode. Sure, the Daleks are on hand, screaming and threatening to EX-TER-MIN-ATE everything in sight, but for once that isn’t the primary challenge facing the Doctor. No, this time around he’s confronting a Dalek that is one thing he never thought possible: different. Here’s the official synopsis and trailer for “Into the Dalek,” which premieres this Saturday night at 9/8c on BBC America!

A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… with the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side. Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, am I a good man?