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Time Loops, Martians, And Groot: Here’s The Sci-Fi We’re Most Thankful For in 2014

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Here in the States most of us are winding down a day spent eating too much, drinking too much, and likely experiencing more than a little family-related drama. Far be it from us here at GFR to play humbugs, so, as we’ve done in previous years, we sat down to ponder what science fiction developments we were most thankful for this year. So before you collapse back into a turkey-induced coma, take a moment to look back at the things that put the biggest smiles on our faces in 2014. And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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How is it that a movie involving an alien invasion and a weird form of time travel joined forces with polarizing megastar Tom Cruise and became one of the year’s most guiltlessly enjoyable movies? Whether the credit for the sci-fi magic goes to director Doug Liman, screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and Christopher McQuarrie, or even Cruise and co-star Emily Blunt, the film’s sense of sheer fun and darkly comedic whimsy are undeniable.

Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow could have easily crumbled beneath the weight of its time-looping narrative, but manages to steer clear of weary repetition. By sticking Cruise back into a learning recruit role instead of having him start the film as the almighty hero, Edge of Tomorrow gives its lead one of the weirdest character arcs in all of fiction, which can’t be derailed by the likes of co-stars Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson. By far the airiest, funniest, and most exciting blockbuster of the year, Edge of Tomorrow is arguably the only must-see tentpole film of the year for sci-fi fans. (That’s right, Godzilla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I said it.) – Nick

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Doctor Who Will Be Celebrating The Last Chrismas, New Details Here

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SantaThe Doctor Who Christmas special is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I’m not sure why, but the world of The Doctor just lends itself beautifully to the symbolism and trappings of the holiday, especially when there’s a dark streak and a pinch of tragedy in the mix. This year we got a new Doctor and a whole new set of regenerations, but that doesn’t mean the Time Lord will be tossing aside his fondness for tinsel-tinged adventures through time, space, and dimensions filled with mistletoe. Last year we saw The Doctor battle evil snowmen, but this year’s he’s tackling an even bigger Christmas icon: Santa Claus himself! And now we’ve got an official — and ominious — title for the upcoming special: “The Last Christmas.”

That’s a title that certainly seems to be loaded with potential subtext, especially given all those rumors that Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswin won’t be sticking around in the TARDIS much longer. Of course, that’s still just rumor at this point, but neither has the actress been confirmed for next season yet, whereas showrunner Steven Moffat did recently confirm that series lead Peter Capaldi will indeed be back for season 9 (no real surprise there). Could “The Last Christmas” prove to be the last Who adventure for Clara? The Who producers are obviously playing it close to the vest, but you never know.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2 Wakes Up A Fiery Old Foe

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Doctor WhoWe now know that Peter Capaldi will be back to front Doctor Who for at least season 9 of the long running BBC sci-fi adventure series, but his run on the pages of the funny books is just getting started. I admittedly haven’t caught up with his tenure on the show, but from the general feed back form Whovian friends out there, it sounds like it started out strong, but had some missteps along the way as the episodes progressed. But now that season 8 is in the books, and if you need to kill some time before the Christmas special (which stars Nick Frost as Santa), he’s back for his second issue.

If you’re a longtime fan, it’s possible that you’ve encountered Hyperion before—the planet, not to be confused with the ship Hyperion III—and this installment sheds some light on that world, or at least the world that used to be. Though they began life as peaceful, benevolent beings of DNA, nuclear energy, and intelligence, the Hyperions took a wrong turn along the way and the planet was wiped out in a war with the Time Lords of Gallifrey, you know, back when there was more than one.

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Will Peter Capaldi Be Back For Doctor Who Season 9?

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CapaldiPeter Capaldi’s first season as The Doctor just wrapped up a little over a week ago, and we’re a month and a half out from his first full Christmas special. But we still didn’t actually know at this point whether he’d be returning for season nine. I mean, it certainly seemed like a given, but nobody had confirmed that he had signed on the line which is dotted. Thankfully now we know, and the word is good.

SPOILERS if you aren’t caught up with Doctor Who!

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Check Out These Incredible Retro Doctor Who Season 8 Posters

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Doctor Who Series 8Series 8 of BBC’s long running sci-fi adventure Doctor Who may be in the books, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate Peter Capaldi’s reign as Time Lord. And if you’re looking for something to fill the time while you wait for the Blu-ray release of the most recent series and the Christmas Special, these fantastic new, pulp style posters may be just the distraction you’re looking for.

Commissioned by the magazine Radio Times, these pieces, designed in a throwback style, are the work of artist Stuart Manning. Each one focuses on an episode featuring Capaldi’s twelfth incarnation of the venerable Doctor, and as you can see, they all focus on elements from the particular episode, working in themes, visually and otherwise, from the specific chapter. For instance, there’s dinosaurs on the “Deep Breath” poster, a mummy from “Mummy on the Orient Express,” and, well, a Dalek on “Into the Dalek.”

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This Former Doctor Who Star Introduces NASA’s Latest Spacecraft

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Colin Baker knows a thing or two about space and time travel, at least in a totally made up and fictional capacity, so it makes sense that NASA would employ him to introduce the next way that humans have cooked up to hurtle ourselves through the vacuum of space. The former Doctor Who star showed up on the official Facebook page for the space agency’s new Orion spacecraft, giving the vessel a quick, but appropriate introduction to the world.

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