The Doctors Revisited: The Fifth Doctor
(BBC America, 8/7c)
After a hit-or-miss season, Doctor Who wrapped up its latest season in epic fashion this past Saturday, providing answers about the nature of the Doctor’s “Impossible Girl,” Clara Oswin, and throwing in a last-minute twist that has us chomping at the bit for the 50th anniversary episode this fall. So while we’ve got many months before we’ll see the next installment of the Doctor’s adventures, we can still look back and appreciate the show’s long history. BBC America has been airing specials focusing on each of the Doctor’s incarnations, and the actors who played them. This Sunday the spotlight turns on Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, who played the time lord from 1982 – 1984. Even better, they’re airing the previous four specials prior to this premiere, so you can catch up if (like me) you’ve missed them. Pins some celery to your lapel and tune in.
Elsewhere, the sci-fi landscape is more barren than usual this week, with not much happening amongst books, comics, or games. Still, even with Doctor Who wrapped for the season, there are still several sci-fi shows chugging right along. Syfy has Defiance and Warehouse 13, NBC’s got Revolution, and BBC America’s Orphan Black is in the home stretch leading up to its season finale.
Here’s what’s new This Week in Science Fiction!
Defiance (Syfy, 9/8c) — “Brothers in Arms”
“An old war buddy catches up with Nolan at the same time a Castithan criminal with a history of violence enters the picture.” Hopefully that latter bit will involve Viggo Mortensen killing a bunch of gangsters in a diner
Revolution (NBC, 10/9c) — “Clue”
I probably shouldn’t get my hopes up for an appearance by Tim Curry in butler mode. Instead, Nora has a really bad day involving torture, somebody’s killing off Miles’ associates, and the gang tries to make it out of the Plains Nation to rendezvous with Rachel.
Warehouse 13 (Syfy, 10/9c) — “The Sky’s the Limit”
“Pete and Myka head to Las Vegas to solve a series of murders surrounding the world of magic; Claudia and Jinks search for an artifact used to rig horse races; Artie is thrown for a loop by the new bed-and-breakfast manager.”
Man-Eating Super Squid! (Animal Planet, 9/8c)
I could provide some more details about the focus of the special, but honestly none of those are going to sell you on it if the title itself doesn’t. It even has an exclamation point!
“Star Trek Into Darkness” by Alan Dean Foster
If you’ve got an aversion to sitting in movie theaters for some reason, but you still want to get the down-low on the latest big-screen Trek adventure, genre staple Alan Dean Foster will be your literary guide through the official tie-in novelization.
Weird or What? (Syfy, 9/8c) — “Medical Mysteries / Power of the Mind”
Some paranormal shows force you to choose between Truth and Fiction, Fact or Faked. This one is much more easygoing. I’m just going to assume all of them fit under the “Weird” heading, that way I don’t even have to watch.
Big Brain Theory (Discovery, 10/9c) — “Triathlabots”
Regardless of who wins this Smartypants series, I’d like to award this episode’s title a special prize for “Unsuccessful Word Hybridization.”
Devoured: Man-Eating Super Snake Returns (Animal Planet, 9/8c)
How do you top a man-eating super squid? With a man-eating super snake, at least according to Animal Planet. If they don’t fight to the death at the end, what’s the point?
MythBusters (Discovery, 9/8c) — “Indy Car Special”
Amongst other things, this episode will find the ‘Busters testing the claim that racecar drivers may sweat so much during a race that they lose 10 pounds of body mass.
The Town That Caught Tourettes? (TLC, 10/9c)
Here’s our exclusive, NSFW trailer:
The Nerdist (BBC America, 10/9c)
Director Guillermo del Toro and former Battlestar Galactica actress Katee Sackhoff have a seat on Chris Hardwick’s comfy couch.
Orphan Black (BBC America, 9/8c) — “Unconscious Selection”
Doctor Who wrapped up in epic fashion last Saturday, but there’s still one good reason to tune in to BBC America on Saturday nights. Don’t believe us? Check out Nick’s weekly write-ups of the excellent clone thriller series!