Here is the first preview trailer for the next series of Doctor Who, airing later this year on BBC One and BBC America. We get a glimpse at old friends and new, including a very special guest-star or two. Check it out and let us know what you think!
According to the latest Doctor Who Magazine, now out in England, former Farscape and Stargate-SG-1 actor Ben Browder has signed up to appear in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who. The episode is scheduled to be third in airing order and will be set in the American Wild West, although it is shooting in Spain. Written by Being Human‘s Toby Whithouse and directed by Saul Metzstein, the currently untitled episode also stars series regulars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. Browder recently boosted his geek cred with a gust-stint during the final season of Chuck and is still attached to the upcoming noir web series Naught For Hire. The new season of Doctor Who will begin airing later this year.
How’s this for a candidate for the top of your Christmas list? Yeah, you want this set and so will every other sci-fi geek on the planet. Pre-order now to ensure you don’t miss out!
When a freak accident during an experimental space mission catapulted Astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield, a groundbreaking cult classic was born with the epic, adventure-filled TV series Farscape. On November 17, the award-winning fan favorite show, which ran from 1999-2003 on Sci Fi and was named by TV Guide as one of television’s best cult shows ever, will commemorate its 10th Anniversary with the very first complete packaging of the series. Featuring all 88 episodes on 25 discs, with original aspect ratios (4×3 for Seasons 1-3, anamorphic 16×9 widescreen for Season 4) and 5.1 surround sound, FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET delivers the venerated program to its legions of loyal fans and a new generation for the collectible price of $149.95srp.
An imaginative fusion of live action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics and CGI, Farscape, produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with RHI Entertainment, featured mind-boggling alien life forms, dazzling special effects, edge-of-your-seat thrills, irreverent humor and unforgettable characters — all brought to rich life by the creative minds at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Strap in and hold on tight for the extraordinary adventures of John Crichton, as he finds himself surrounded by hostile aliens and soaring through the cosmos aboard Moya, a glorious living space ship. Hunted by the relentless Peacekeepers, he allies himself with Moya’s crew — Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), Luxan warrior Ka D’Argo (Anthony Simcoe), azure priestess Zhaan (Virginia Hey), spritely Nebari thief Chiana (Gigi Edgley), Dominar Rygel, the deposed royal ruler of the Hynerian Empire and Pilot — to search for a way out of this inconceivably alien world and return home.
FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET contains amazing surprises, including over 15 hours of bonus programming:
* 29 Episode Commentaries, including “Premiere” with Rockne S. O’Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben Browder; “Jeremiah Crichton” with Claudia Black, Producer/Writer David Kemper, Browder and O’Bannon; “Bone to Be Wild” with Anthony Simcoe; “Relativity” with Lani Tupu (Crais/Voice of Pilot) and Director Peter Andrikidis; and, “Bad Timing” which features Browder, Black and Kemper discussing the series’ final episode.
* Multiple featurettes and documentaries including “In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson”; “Making of a Space Opera” and “Inside Farscape: Save Farscape,” on which fans, cast and crew discuss the fate of their beloved series.
* Multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters and roles on Farscape.
* Over 90 minutes of deleted scenes.
* Slideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos.
* Production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows.
* Behind-the-Scenes interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) and more.
* Original TV promos and trailers
In addition to the complete MEGASET, on November 17, FARSCAPE will also be available in single season sets. Each re-packaged DVD release in FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1-4 will feature over 18 hours of interstellar entertainment — 22 episodes on six jam-packed discs filled with hours of revealing bonus materials — for $44.95srp.
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First up for Stargate fans on Friday morning was the “Continuum” panel. “Present at the panel were Brad Wright, Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Michael Shanks, Ben Browder, Christopher Judge and Beau Bridges. The highlight of the panel was a moving video montage to the fallen general, Don S. Davis. It was evident that Davis was very much missed by the cast and crew of the show and the video was a very touching tribute to a very wonderful man. The big news of the panel was from Executive Producer Brad Wright, who announced that MGM has given the word to start on a story for next SG-1 movie. He added to this elation by revealing that a new spin-off series Stargate Universe is nearly a done deal. The rest of the panel was devoted to answering fan questions and also the very funny antics of Richard Dean Anderson. Anderson was very happy to be up in front of a Stargate crowd once again. Don’t forget to check out our coverage the the “Stargate Continuum” premiere by clicking here and check back Tuesday for our review of the DVD.
Next was the Stargate Worlds panel. We’ll have more about the upcoming MMORPG tomorrow as we’re getting a preview of the game with the developers where we’ll be able to get a lot more details. From the demo footage that was shown, it looks to be shaping up into a terrific game. One thing of note is that while the developers certainly plan on feeding off of characters and situations from the TV series, the producers of the show would also like events that are triggered in the game to pay off in episodes and/or DVD movies.
Lastly was the Stargate Atlantis panel. Taking the stage were Martin Gero, Jewel Staite, Robert Picardo, Joe Flanigan and Brad Wright. After the promotional reel for the new season of the show, the panel mainly consisted of a Question and Answer session. Jewel Staite revealed that her character, Dr. Keller will choose between Ronan and McKay as far as a steady love interest in an upcoming interest. Also, Robert Picardo talked about the possibility of his character, Woolsey, softening up a little during the course of the first few episodes of the fifth season. We were able to talk further about these two points with both of the actors after the panel as well have a chat with Joe Flanigan. Look for these conversations in the next few days. Also talked about was the fact that Atlantis has a lot of life left in it and won’t be going away anytime soon.
That’s all the big Stargate news out of San Diego. As mentioned, stayed tuned for our conversations with the Atlantis cast that were here as well as our interviews with Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne about their new show Sanctuary. Thanks to Bob Alpi for his assistance on this story.
Thursday night was the world premiere of the new Stargate SG-1 movie, “Continuum.” Not only was this the premiere, but it was held on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Midway. Things kicked off with a red carpet press junket with the cast, writer and director of “Continuum” and, of course, Pop Culture Zoo was there. In attendance was Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Ben Browder, Michael Shanks, Beau Bridges, Cliff Simon, Martin Wood, Brad Wright, Martin Gero, Jewel Stait, Robert Picardo, Lexa Doig and, from the upcoming “Stargate Worlds” MMORPG, Dan Elggren. Due to time considerations, we only got to talk to some of the cast, but it was very cool. By the way, this film really does deserve a big-scale premiere. The only reason it isn’t being released into theaters is because the makers of the original Stargate film have options for further sequels with a condition being that MGM can’t release anything Stargate related theatrically.
Anyway, back to the premiere, the first person up was Dan Elggren and I asked what could be expected from Stargate Worlds as far as what environments we could expect to see in the game. Dan replied that certainly we would see Stargate Command and worlds that were familiar from the show, but also new worlds that the game developers could create as fairly alien without the constraints of a television show budget.
Next was the ever-entertaining Richard Dean Anderson. Since Comic Con originally began as a comic book convention, I asked him who his favorite super-hero is. After taking a few moments to think about it, he answered Stewie Griffin, followed closely by Brian. Obviously, Rick has expanded his love of animated TV shows to include Family Guy.
I then asked Brad Wright how much enjoyed writing a script which included killing off all his main characters. He reminded me that he had already done that with the season four episode “2010,” but that is part of why you do a movie like “Continuum”, to make your characters go to the extreme of sacrificing themselves. He also said it was MGM’s decision whether or not to release the upcoming remastered and updated version of the Stargate SG-1 pilot episode will be released straight to DVD or included in the current syndication package.
Cliff Simon, aka Ba’al, was much less evil and much more charming in person. He talked to us about how happy he was to keep coming back on the show and the challenge of playing a room full of Ba’al clones. He also brought up the fact that all the characters he portrays are a part of him so it’s not that difficult when, for instance, there is a gap of time between appearances, getting back into the role. Cliff is currently working on writing and, hopefully, filming a biographical film on Charles Chapman, Jr., an amazing athlete who swims incredible distances using only the butterfly stroke. He also mentioned his motivational CDs, his work with the troops in Iraq and what a fantastic country the US is.
Then along came Christopher Judge. Chris is amazingly friendly and very funny. I asked him what he thought of seeing himself as an action figure and he said it was kind of a surreal as he leaves the character at work, so getting a box of actions figures of Teal’c is sometimes surprising. He said his youngest child thinks it’s cool, but his oldest children use it as fodder to heckle him. Chris relayed how it’s just amazing all that has happened to him because of Stargate over the last twelve and a half years and that it is gratifying to him that science-fiction shows are much more mainstream now instead of being thought of as a joke.
Lastly, and definitely not in any way least, was the one and only Ben Browder. I asked Ben the favorite super-hero question and that got him thinking. He said when he was a kid, it was Spider-Man and probably has become Batman lately, but that he would really rather be the Joker. He said his answer would be he would rather be a super-villian. He then did a fantastic imitation of Syndrome from “The Incredibles”, which he claims to be one of his top five favorite movies now.
And then the main event. There was a huge screen set up against the control tower on the flight deck with plenty of seats for everyone, plus popcorn and soda. The film itself is fantastic and extremely fun. We’ll have our review of it up on it’s release day, Tuesday the 29th. Suffice it to say, it played to the crowd as all present greatly enjoyed it. After the movie was over, things continued below on the hanger deck with a post-film party. The highlight of the party would have to be the flight simulators that were operational for attendees. These were fully enclosed simulators that rotate in full 360 degrees. I’m not sure who was doing the driving, but when Brad Wright and Richard Dean Anderson were in one of the simulators it was doing some pretty crazy things.
Of all the cool ways to see the premiere of a film, on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is most definitely near the top of the list. It was a stellar bash, and I want to thank MGM and Fox Home Video, as well as the cast and crew, for an amazing time. We’ll have more Stargate news from the panels for “Continuum”, Worlds and Atlantis on Friday, so check back throughout the day!