Futurama And Doctor Who Launch Festive Marathons: Today In Science & Science Fiction

By David Wharton | Published

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FutureXWith this being the week of Christmas, it’s not surprising that the TV landscape is barren. If you’re not into watching It’s a Wonderful Life for the 800th time, your options are going to be seriously limited. Thankfully, GFR has got your back. While there’s not much of interest happening this week, there are marathons of two of our favorite shows, Doctor Who and Futurama.

First up is Futurama, which kicks off a short “mini-marathon” this afternoon at 4:56 p.m. Eastern time on Comedy Central. Curse their stubborn refusal to begin right on the hour. At any rate, beginning with the season 4 episode “Future Stock” you’ll get five episodes total. “Xmas Story” will air at 5:27 Eastern, followed by the series finale “Meanwhile” at 5:58 p.m., “A Tale of Two Santas” at 7:30 p.m., and “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” at 8 p.m.

The Doctor Who marathon doesn’t technically begin until early Tuesday morning, but since there’s no way I’m hauling my ass out of bed at two in the morning to tip you guys off, I’m giving you the heads up early. Beginning at 4 a.m. Eastern on BBC America you’ll get the first two episodes of season six, “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon” BBCA will then take a break for news and the marathon will resume at 8 a.m. Eastern with “The Curse of the Black Spot” and run the rest of the day with sixth-season episodes and assorted Who Christmas specials.

Robert McCall (December 23, 1919 – February 26, 2010)

On a sadder note, we mark the birthday of one of my favorite space/science fiction artists of all time, the legendary Robert McCall. Even if the name doesn’t click, you’ve almost certainly seen the work he did for NASA, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, among many others. Honestly, there’s nothing I can say that can praise the man better than his talent did itself, so check out some of his fantastic art below. You can find more on his official website.