Doctor Who Wraps Up And Marvel Celebrates 75 Years: This Week’s TV Picks

Who will survive 'Death in Heaven'?

By David Wharton | Updated

DeathHeavenWe’re still recovering from the whopper that was Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who, not to mention kind of irritated that we didn’t figure it out ahead of time. It’s also kind of crazy how quickly this season has passed after last year’s long mid-season break. We’re sure how the season finale will leave things for The Doctor and Clara, but the title “Death in Heaven” certainly doesn’t bode well. At least we won’t have long to wait for the Christmas special. “Death in Heaven” premieres on BBC America this Saturday night at 9/8c.

Season 8 ends with the Doctor taking on a new role as Cybermen invade the streets of London, and old friends unite against old enemies. Meanwhile, questions remain as to whether the UNIT can contain Missy.

The bad news is that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has actually gotten pretty good, is off the air this week. The good news is that Marvel will instead be taking another victory lap with a new special entitled Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! It’s being billed as containing “exclusive sneak peeks,” so I’d guess we’ll see more from Avengers: Age of Ultron, and maybe even a first look at Ant-Man or, dare we hope, Netflix’s Daredevil. Either way, you can bet we’ll be setting our DVR (if only so we can fast forward past the boring stuff.) The special will premiere Tuesday night at 9/8c on ABC.

A look at the evolution of the Marvel entertainment juggernaut, from its origins in comic books of the 1930s to its blockbuster movies of the 21st century.

Here’s what else is worth your eyeballs this week!


Gotham (Fox, 8/7c) — “Penguin’s Umbrella”

Gordon comes face-to-face with the consequences of his decision to spare Penguin’s life. Meanwhile, tensions between Maroni and Falcone grow more violent.

Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 9/8c) — “Deliverance”

Katrina’s in grave danger, but Ichabod and Abbie may run out of time to save her.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD, 9/8c) — “Breaking Ranks”

The Rebels send Ezra (going by an alias) on an undercover mission into the Imperial Academy to steal a decoder. There, the boy meets two new friends, Zare and Jai, who, too, are among the best cadets. When Ezra learns that the Emperor wants to have the best cadets brought to him, he attempts to escape from the Academy with them. When they have almost made it, Zare decides to remain behind in the Academy because that was his only opportunity to find his missing sister again.


Town of the Living Dead (Syfy, 10/9c) — “Zombie Fun Run / Nightmare in Jasper”

’Zombie Fun Run’ – Tina is broke after accidentally burning down a barn. To complete the movie, she must turn to the residents of Jasper for financial assistance, but the town is losing patience with the filmmaker and her crew. Meanwhile, Chase turns to his hero for help getting in shape.

‘Nightmare in Jasper’ – It’s a struggle to finish the film after the town of Jasper shuts down production. Making matters even worse, John quits, but Tina turns to horror icon Robert Englund to get him back.


The 100 (The CW, 9/8c) — “Reapercussions”

Clarke gains an unlikely ally. Later, Abby confesses to committing a crime.

American Horror Story (FX, 10/9c) — “Pink Cupcakes”

Desiree has a health scare. Meanwhile, Stanley and Maggie hatch a plan to murder the Freaks.

Arrow (The CW, 8/7c) — “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak”

Oliver and Felicity try to contain the destruction caused by a cyber attack that rocks Starling City. Meanwhile, Felicity’s mother makes a surprise visit; Ted questions Laurel’s motives; and Thea buys an apartment with Malcolm’s so-called estate money.

Nova (PBS, 9/8c) — “Bigger Than T. Rex”

Reconstructing a Spinosaurus and the world it ruled. Based on fossils found in Morocco, the dinosaur was 53-feet long and possessed a huge dorsal sail, scimitar-like claws and powerful jaws.


Constantine (NBC, 10/9c) — “The Devil’s Vinyl”

John and Zed find themselves in a dangerous confrontation with sinister forces as they try to save a family, who in desperation made a deal with the devil. Meanwhile, John confronts the darkness in his own life; and comes face-to-face with a new powerful adversary in Papa Midnite.

Virunga (Netflix)

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers — including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a carer of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist — protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect.

Z Nation (Syfy, 10/9c) — “Die Zombie Die…Again”

Mack attempts to go on a real date with Addy, but ends up stuck in some Groundhog Day-like nightmare.


Mutant World (Syfy, 9/8c)

A group of survivalists — led by Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) and Holly Deveaux (Hannibal) — emerge from their bunkers 10 years after an apocalyptic meteor strike, only to discover the world is overrun with crazed mutants, in the new Syfy Original Movie Mutant World, premiering Saturday, November 8 at 9PM (ET/PT).

Trying to survive through the terrible nights, they meet a mysterious traveler — singer Ashanti (song Foolish) — who claims a safe haven exists, but to reach it they first have to prepare for all-out war.


Resurrection (ABC, 9/8c) — “Miracles”

Rachael refuses treatment for the virus, fearing for the safety of her unborn child; at the same time, Elaine’s brother Ray comes down with the disease. Meanwhile, Deputy Carl throws his support behind the growing anti-returned group, True Living; and Brian Addison takes more than a passing interest in Margaret.

The Walking Dead (AMC, 9/8c) — “Self Help”

A new set of issues confront our group while on a mission. Will they be able to push through and survive these challenges? Or better yet, each other?

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