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Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat On Why The Doctor Can Never See The Ponds Again

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Last year’s Doctor Who fall finale, “The Angels Take Manhattan,” put a capper on the tenure of the Doctor’s then-most-recent companions, Rory and Amy Pond. After a typically convoluted case involving the Weeping Angels, the couple was transported back to — and trapped in — 1930s Manhattan. There was a whole timey-wimey explanation about why the Doctor couldn’t go back and visit them, but the explanation seemed a bit forced for a series that regularly rewrites the rules of time and space to suit its whims. After all, it the problem was the Doctor specifically being unable to return to Manhattan of that era, why couldn’t he just travel back to a different location, same time period, and send the Ponds a letter inviting them to meet him for a picnic or whatever?

As reported by Blogtor Who, a chap named Dan Martin recently posed that very question to Moffat, and actually got a relatively straightforward answer. Not terribly satisfying or convincing one, mind you, but straightforward.

So what would happen if the Doctor and the Ponds met up somewhere other than Manhattan?

New York would still burn. The point being, he can’t interfere. Here’s the ‘fan answer’ — this is not what you’d ever put out on BBC One, because most people watch the show and just think, ‘Well there’s a gravestone so obviously he can’t visit them again’. But the ‘fan answer’ is, in normal circumstances he might have gone back and said, ‘Look we’ll just put a headstone up and we’ll just write the book’. But there is so much scar tissue, and the number of paradoxes that have already been inflicted on that nexus of timelines, that it will rip apart if you try to do one more thing. He has to leave it alone. Normally he could perform some surgery, this time too much surgery has already been performed. But imagine saying that on BBC One!

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Steven Moffat Warns That Doctor Who Reboot Movie Would Destroy The Franchise

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Doctor Who is currently enjoying unprecedented popularity here in the States. Sure, it hasn’t become an all-encompassing societal phenomenon like it has in its native country, but we did just put current Doctor Matt Smith on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, and that’s bound to count for something. Naturally, that success has caught Hollywood’s attention like vultures to a carcass, and there has been talk of a Doctor Who movie that would ignore the half-century of lore and canon in favor of starting fresh. Needless to say, many Who fans haven’t been keen to watch their beloved franchise stripped clean and repurposed. Now Who showrunner Steven Moffat has weighed in once more, warning that a rebooted Doctor Who movie could sound the death knell for the venerable series.

This isn’t the first time Moffat has spoken out against the proposed Who movie reboot. The whole mess began in November of last year, when Harry Potter director David Yates told Variety that he would be directing a bigscreen Who feature, but that it would sever all ties with the existing series. Needless to say, this caught many people by surprise, including Steven Moffat and the BBC, both of whom sounded off and said the movie rumor was rubbish. Things only became more confusing after that, with Yates and Moffat alternately saying it wasn’t happening, it was happening, and finally leaving many of us wondering if we were being trolled by the both of them. Well, it’s been a while now since we’ve heard anything on the possibly-nonexistent Yates-directed Who movie, but it’s apparently still very much on Steven Moffat’s mind.

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Sci-Fi Assassin: How Lost Snuck Into The Mainstream And Why We Should Stop Looking For A Replacement

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It’s time to put away the notion that there will ever be another Lost. The series ended in 2010, and even before the castaways walked into the light, networks were trying to recapture the magic. There’s never a new anything when it comes to television shows; something we sci-fi geeks should accept.

Seinfeld left, and was replaced by nothing. But we can find solace that eventually there was The Office, Modern Family, Community, among other great network comedies. Someday there will be a huge network hit that delves deep into sci-fi mysteries.

It could be said that Lost was the next X-Files.This is because we’re not talking about a show full of mysteries as the harbinger of TV greatness. There are scores of those shows each year; all vying for your attention with sound bites that vaguely remind you of a program about some interesting people who survived a plane crash. What people really mean by “the next Lost” is a science fiction based network program that garners attention from everyone, including the CSI and Law & Order watchers. The networks aren’t looking to find the next engaging sci-fi program; they’re looking for the mega ratings.

We already have the next Lost in spirit with Fringe. But where Lost was a stealthy assassin, coming upon you slowly from behind with its crazy science and hoodoo; Fringe let its freak flag fly from the start. What Lost proved about the general public is that you have to sneak sci-fi into the mainstream audience’s blood.

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