Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #6 Goes Dark And Grim

Doctor WhoOf the three continuing Doctor Who titles Titan Comics currently has running, The Tenth Doctor has easily been the best of the bunch. The latest, Issue #6, ushers in significant changes, however. Not only does it kick off a whole new story arc, it brings an entirely different creative team to the table. Writer Robbie Morrison and artist Daniel Indro replace Nick Abadzis and his cohorts, and put their own stamp on David Tennant’s Time Lord. While there is definitely a different mood and tone going on here, they’re still playing the long game, letting the narrative arc unfold and the characters develop over multiple installments, and Issue #6 reads like what it is, the first chapter in a larger story.

The first story for The Tenth Doctor might have had giant killer sculptures and sinister bipolar twin entities, but everything about this latest issue, from the plot to the setting to the art, has a grim, serious edge to it. Now that Gabby Gonzales has signed on to be the Doctor’s full time traveling companion, their next adventure finds them in a blasted, desolate place full of death and destruction, as a minor miscalculation (Gabby tried to make a spot of tea in the TARDIS) plops them down smack in the middle of No Man’s Land in World War I.


Neil Gaiman’s New Book Has Doctor Who And American Gods Stories

GaimanFor his next book, the much adored Neil Gaiman is revisiting two fan favorites from his past. The celebrated writer’s next book, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, will include not only a Doctor Who story, but a new jaunt in the epic world of what may be his best novel, American Gods. As if a new Gaiman book isn’t enough to get you salivating, that should do the trick.

Gaiman has famously penned two episodes of Doctor Who, “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver,” and fans keep clamoring for him to write more. And while this isn’t exactly what they ordered, Trigger Warning does include a Doctor story. The story was apparently written for the show’s 50th anniversary last year, and though it isn’t explicitly named anywhere (at least not that I can fine), it’s assumed to be his story “Nothing O’Clock.” That’s not quite as exciting as a brand spanking new offering, but if you haven’t read it, it’s still new to you.


Discovery Channel President Vows No More Stupid Monster Stunts

MegalodonIf you’re one of those people who hates it when you turn on a channel that’s supposed to be scientific, or at least science based, and get irritated when you see some nonsense, you’re in luck. Now under new leadership, Discover Channel vows that all of the publicity stunts, ratings grabs, and not-really-science spectacles are all going the way of the dinosaurs.

According to Entertainment Weekly, this is in response to viewer reaction to a slew of ridiculous programming choices that go against the scientific mission of the network. One instance cited is Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, a fictional movie they aired during the last Shark Week that is a faux documentary about the “serial killer of the sea.” Sister station Animal Planet’s fascination with mermaids has also been the source of much consternation among audiences.


The First Standalone Star Wars Movie Just Lost This Key Piece

Boba FettWith all of the moving parts and pieces in the massive expansion of the Star Wars universe, there are bound to be shifts and changes. Screenwriter Michael Arndt very publicly left Star Wars: The Force Awakens due to creative differences—J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over in the aftermath and performed substantial rewrites. And now there has been another writer departure as Gary Whitta has left the first standalone spinoff.

First reported by The Hollywood Reporter, this separation definitely appears to be more amicable than the previous split. Whitta was working on the first of the planned side movies with Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, and even completed a draft. With his leaving, however, they will likely bring in another new writer.


Check Out This Stunning Guardians Of The Galaxy Concept Art

Guardians of the GalaxyGuardians of the Galaxy is a gorgeous film. It may be full of high action, sarcastic humor, and a talking raccoon and tree, but director James Gunn, Marvel, and everyone involved also took great pains to create an immersive, fully realized world. When you strive to create something wholly new and different and alien, it takes a lot of time and effort, and starts and stops and different versions, as we’ve seen from the constant flow of concept art that has trickled out since the film hit theaters back in August. Because we can never get enough of this sort of thing, we’ve get even more with this extensive gallery.

These are from artist Olivier Pron, who served as the lead matte painter for Guardians of the Galaxy, and they show off some of the ideas for Xandar, the home planet of the Nova Corps, and where a significant amount of the action is set. There’s something about many of these that almost feel like a dreamy videogame, like you and your avatar could roam these environments and get into all kinds of mischief and adventures.


Minority Report Gets The Greenlight From Fox, Details Here

MinorityWow, here’s some news about hard sci-fi on your television that has nothing to do with the Syfy channel, which feels rare these days as damn near every ambitious genre project seems to originate with them. We first heard last August that a version of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, which is of course based on a Philip K. Dick short story, is headed to our TV sets. After learning a few additional details since then, the series has now been given the green light by Fox.

Variety reports that the network has approved a formal order for a Minority Report pilot for the 2015-2016 development cycle. 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount TV are working on the project, and Max Borenstein (Godzilla) is handling the writing duties and will executive produce along with Daryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Amblin TV. Kevin Falls will serve as showrunner.