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The Power of the Daleks (animated)

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For those less versed in Whovian lore, The Power of the Daleks is the first full story to feature Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor.  It aired in 6 weekly episodes from November 5 until December 10, 1966.  Sadly, the entirety of this serial was lost during the BBC’s archive purge in the late ’60s and early ’70s.  All that remains of the original footage are a few very short video clips that were used for other things, some still pictures, and the complete broadcast audio.  This is where we now pick up the narrative.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Power of the Daleks, the BBC has taken that original broadcast audio track and animated all six episodes, releasing the results in the UK starting on November 5, 2016, and to the rest of the world in the weeks since...

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Fox 21 Television Studios Options Polarity

BOOM! Studios is excited to announce that Fox 21 Television Studios has optioned the TV rights to Polarity, the limited comic book series created and written by Say Anything frontman Max Bemis and illustrated by artist Jorge Coelho (John Flood) about a man with bipolar disorder who, after he stops taking his medicine, discovers he has super-powered abilities. The collected edition of the series was nominated for a Harvey Award in 2014.

The pilot is being written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer, who were recently hired by The Walt Disney Company to write the “Rocketeer” reboot. Winkler will also direct the pilot.

BOOM! Studios’ Ross RichieStephen Christy, and Josh Levy are set to executive produce with Jason Carden of Winkler’s production company, Walcott Entertainment.

Cover by Frazer...

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From the Vault: What a Week, Am I Right?

I’m turning off the nerd reviews and social criticism criticism for a few minutes here, everyone. I had a piece that I was going to do on class and money privilege being the overriding factor in most situations, and had a great example of it, but that’s… that’s not happening this week. This week we reflect and remember.

They say death visits us in threes, and it’s always three beloved figures of pop culture that are taken from us at a time. Granted, that’s merely a superstition at best, and I try my hardest to stay away from superstition, but this week it feels more real than ever. Within the space of a little over two weeks, Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, and Alan Rickman were taken from us by cancer, and it hardly feels real to write that.

To say that these men had a good run is an under...

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From the Vault: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

And so, a full 20 years (or so it feels) after we learned that Moriarty had somehow returned, Sherlock’s plane has finally turned around and landed, and with it the first Christmas Special of BBC’s Sherlock. It is a testament to how well Moffat and Gatiss have translated the show into the modern day that when they translate it back to its original time period, the story beats and characterizations are easily recognizable both as as modern and vintage Holmes: Sherlock is still an erratic and abrasive asshole, Watson still served in Afghanistan, and Mycroft… well, poor Mycroft.

The costumes are different, the language more formal, but this is unmistakably still Moffat and Gatiss’s modern Sherlock, just double-translated back into its original vintage veneer...

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X-Files Relaunch Part 1

The X-Files Strikes Back

My ex-wife was fond of The X-Files. One of a small handful of positive things that I can say about her, but I’m pretty sure it was more tangential to her love of police procedurals than of a love of the weird. Between her reruns and me catching the first few years of the show forever ago, I’ve seen probably every episode at some point or another, but not often or in order enough to really know the story backwards and forwards. I know it turns out there actually were aliens; I know Mulder and Scully had a child; I want to say I remember something about the Cigarette Smoking Man and Mulder’s father, but… and it’s gone.

So in quite possibly the longest hiatus between series since Doctor WhoThe X-Files has returned. In some ways, it still feels like the old X-Fi...

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