A First-Timer Watches Doctor Who: "The Waters of Mars"

by Eleni 18. December 2014 13:31

Doctor Who does zombies—Martian zombies. After some lackluster filler in "Planet of the Dead," "The Waters of Mars" amps up the adrenaline as the Tenth Doctor rides an out-of-character power trip toward his regeneration.

The Doctor takes the TARDIS to Mars. Stated purpose of visit: "Fun," he tells Captain Adelaide Brooke, the no-nonsense leader of Bowie Base One, the first human colony on Mars. But fun is not in the stars. The Doctor has reached the Red Planet on a very important moment in time: the day Mars' first human colonists die—under mysterious circumstances—prompting a chain reaction that eventually inspires humanity to travel throughout the universe. The Doctor thinks this is a fixed moment in time—meaning he can't intervene on whatever is about to happen.

Which sucks, because what's about to happen isn't pretty. The waters of Mars are carrying a virus, and there's a busted filter on Bowie Base One. Meaning unpurified Martian zombie water is getting into their base. When a human get even a little bit wet, they transform into a cracked-skinned, water gushing zombie. The zombies' mission? To get to Earth. There's lots of water there.

"The Waters of Mars" isn't shy about its horror influences: these monsters are not played for laughs or camp. While most Doctor Who menaces have a slightly silly vibe—even the Daleks sometimes read more "cute" than "intimidating"—the infected members of Bowie Base One were nothing but awful. Their broken, dripping mouths do not look kissable.

I've noticed that the Doctor says he's "so sorry" a lot. Any time something unfortunate is going to happen, he's "so sorry." Anytime he's powerless to help, he's "so sorry." David Tennant has weighed in on his Doctor's apologies, explaining, "He has to make the hard choices, and he's riddled with remorse for what happened to his people." Every time the Doctor says he's sorry, I think how inadequate it seems—you can't just says "aw, sorry!" to someone who is about to die! But that's part of his guilt. Sorry is inadequate, and the Doctor probably knows it. But in the tricky life-or-death moments, sorry is all he's got to offer.

Except when he decides to turn into the crazy, egotistical Time Lord Victorious. This episode, instead of just letting the colonist of Bowie Base One die—as time dictates he should—the Doctor saves them. Sounds nice, right? And it is. Except along with rescue comes a whole new vibe. The Doctor is big-time power-tripping. He decides that from now on, time follows his rules. This isn't a modest, happy-go-lucky Doctor. His new sense of authority is explicitly narcissistic.

The Doctor's new attitude was an interesting twist. This is a side of the Doctor we've never seen before, and it would have been cool to see a "bad Doctor" for a few episodes. But he's put in his place pretty quickly: Captain Adelaide Brooke highly disapproves of his rescue, and promptly kills herself, setting history back on its course. So the Doctor can't control time, after all. But his brief slip into megalomania reminds us just how quickly The Doctor could become The Master. Who, apparently, is returning next episode.

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Bitten Season 2 Premieres February 7

by Space.ca 18. December 2014 10:00

What will you be doing on February 7? If you're the world's only female werewolf, it seems you might be swimming in blood. It was announced today that Bitten season two will premiere Saturday, February 7 at 9e 10p on Space. And according to the just-released teaser clip—which you can watch below—it's going to be a bloody return to form. Either Elena (Laura Vandervoort) had a mishap with a mutt, or she's in the middle of a really weird spa treatment. Or maybe it's all a dream?

Season two will ramp up the intensity as the Pack seeks revenge on Malcolm Danvers. No longer conflicted over her wolf identity, Elena goes full beast to avenge the death of her hunky-but-dorky ex-boyfriend—all while getting beastly (in a different way) with Clay. Meanwhile, Malcolm may not be the Pack's worst threat: they soon uncover a sinister force that could destroy the werewolves altogether. Which means they need to join forces with witches. This might be a good thing—or it might be a mistake.

Hit play below to watch the bloody cool promo clip from Bitten season two!


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Wanna Know When Orphan Black Season 3 Premieres?

by Neil 18. December 2014 10:00

Saturday, April 18 at 9e 6p.

There it is, Clone-Clubbers. Pretty huge reveal.

Well, two reveals. The image above of Leda Clone Sarah (Tatiana Maslany, duh) meeting face-to-face with Castor Clone Rudy (Ari Millen, whom we’re going to get to know a lot better in 2015) is the first we’ve been able to show of Orphan Black’s elusive third season.

Here are more official deets about what’s to come on everyone’s favourite clone conspiracy series:

Season three of Orphan Black reveals the clones as more vulnerable than ever before, with the highly trained, identical male-soldier “Castor Clones” complicating matters. And though Sarah, Cosima, Alison, and Helena realize they are stronger together, this season puts that bond to the test. In the season three premiere, Sarah repels a potentially lethal Topside menace as she fights to locate a disappeared Helena; the threat of Castor looms anew.

April 18 can’t get here soon enough. In the meantime, catch up with season one and two on CraveTV.

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Trip Out to 707 Classic Doctor Who Episodes Playing Simultaneously

by Neil 17. December 2014 11:21

Do you love Doctor Who so much that it hurts your insides to not be able to watch all 707 of its “classic” episodes at the same time? Whoa, us too!

Probably the world’s most enduring television show of all time, Doctor Who has been travelling the galaxy looong before its 2005 reboot that has already enjoyed eight season and four Doctors.

The “classic” era dates all the way back the back to 1963, when the BBC first positioned it as a black and white educational series.

Here’s a very mathematical rundown of these “classic” episodes, represented by Doctor:

135 William Hartnell episodes
119 Patrick Troughton episodes
128 Jon Pertwee episodes
178 Tom Baker episodes
71 Peter Davison episodes
31 Colin Baker episodes
42 Sylvester McCoy episodes

The 15-miunute vid also includes the two rarely-seen Peter Cushing spin-off movies from the 1960s, in addition to the 1996 Paul McGann film.

Cramming 704 episodes and three movies into one rectangle is a pretty insane feat, so don’t be blue if can barely make out the details. Still, it’s pretty darn trippy. Grab your favourite magnifying glass and have a look below:

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Atlantis Quiz Time: "The Day of the Dead"

by Eleni 16. December 2014 14:53

On this week's Atlantis: Pasiphae raises the dead, Medea (maybe) cozies up to Jason, and Ariadne faces her fears. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the latest episode!





A First-Timer Watches Doctor Who: "Planet of the Dead"

by Eleni 16. December 2014 14:37

Is the Doctor flirting? After encountering Lady Christina de Souza, an aristocratic thief with Mission Impossible moves, the Doctor can't resist turning up the charm. This may be his most brazen flirtation to date.

After stealing a valuable golden goblet from a London museum, Christina hops on the number 200 bus—which the Doctor happens to be taking, as well. But the bus soon finds itself off course. Way off course: it passes through a wormhole to another planet. The planet is all desert—and seemingly deserted. But obviously, it's not: the Doctor and Christina must find a way back to earth before a swarm of stingray-esque aliens kill everyone on their commute. Meanwhile, back on earth, UNIT does its best to protect the world's humans. Even if that means sacrificing the Doctor.

Considering it's a special, "Planet of the Dead" suffers from a lack of specialness. But while the episode feels like filler, it's still fun. This is the Doctor on vacation: he's taking a break from his regularly scheduled emotionally draining companion travel to muck around in the desert. Sure, he gets himself into a life-or-death mess—as always—but the stakes have never felt lower. He doesn’t have anyone to hurt.

Which is the point. At the end of the episode, Christina invites herself aboard the TARDIS—and is quickly dismissed. The Doctor explains that he's lost all of his companions, so he's travelling solo from now on. In some ways, Christina would have been the ideal companion: she's a born thrill-seeker who had an instant connection with the Doctor. And their relationship progressed further in one hour than the Doctor's relationship with Rose over two seasons. (i.e. Him and Christina kissed.)

However, Christina lacks a certain quality that most of the companions share: humble beginnings. As a capital-L Lady, Christina already has the whole world at her fingertips. Her birthright gives her the means to adventure—what does she need the TARDIS for? It would be hard for viewers to transition from Donna—a highly sympathetic character with a painful inferiority complex—to a priss like Christina. She feels entitled to a tour in the TARDIS. Which is precisely why she should stay on earth.

The big question mark of this episode was Carmen's prophecy in the final moments. One of the other passengers on the 200 bus, Carmen has "the gift"—so the Doctor listens up. "You be careful, because your song is ending, sir," she says, "It is returning. It is returning through the dark. And then Doctor—oh, but then, he will knock four times."

I know David Tennant will soon regenerate—for real this time—but Carmen's words still raise a lot of questions. Who is "he"? And what is he knocking on? This is one of the creepiest knock-knock jokes of all space/time.

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Review: The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

by Space.ca 15. December 2014 15:04
Don't expect any sing-alongs in this swords-first conclusion to Peter Jackson's Hobbit series. Although Bilbo's journey got off to a lighthearted start, it concludes with an epic (and bloody) showdown for Middle-earth. The Battle of the Five Armies delivers on its title: dwarves, elves, and men must duke it out against not one, but two armies' worth of angry orcs. That's a lot of pale skin and bad teeth.

We meet Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) where we last left him: having just roused the volatile—yet strangely gentlemanly—dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), who uses his first waking moments to attack Lake Town. Although Smaug (literally) spiels a lot of fire and brimstone, his attack proves deadly but brief, thanks to an on-target arrow from Bard (Luke Evans). But while Smaug accomplished a lot of destruction in his quick reign of fire, he's seems like a teddy bear compared to the legion of mean, wrinkly orcs headed for the Lonely Mountain in Sauron's name.

With The Battle of the Five Armies, Jackson seems to be trying to out-Two Towers himself. The middle instalment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy culminated in an expansive, heavy-armour battle sequence. This time, the movie doesn't conclude in the battle—the battle is the movie. And while the protracted sword fights get a little repetitive, Five Armies is sure to satisfy Tolkien/Jackson fans' more action-focused interests. Think elves shooting down two-storey-tall orcs and dwarves riding pigs onto the battlefield.

Not that there aren't soft moments. The semi-forbidden relationship between Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Kíli (Aaron Turner) is not without its tear-jerky complications, while the descent of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) from noble dwarf-leader into shameless gold-hoarder serves as a major point of tension for the film's first half. And Thorin's insistent desire for wealth reflects a fun characteristic of The Hobbit movies: in most basic terms, the plot is about wanting pretty, shiny things. Of course, gold's metaphorical implications are broad—gold is power; gold is luxury; gold is narcissism—but The Hobbit is still, in simple terms, a fun treasure hunt. And a fable about the perils of hunting for material treasure in the first place.

As the sixth instalment in the Peter-Jackson-does-Tolkien genre of filmmaking, The Battle of the Five Armies doesn't have much new to offer—but that's probably what fans want. As the familiar elf-ish Tolkien title font flames across the screen, Jackson brings us back, again, to a world that is familiar but enduring.

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5 Sweet Things to Watch on Space This Week

by Space.ca 15. December 2014 14:19

1. Doctor Who: Best of the Christmas Specials (Monday 9e 6p)

Tonight, take a timey-wimey trip down memory lane with Doctor WhoBest of the Christmas Specials. This fun hour-long doc revisits the Doctor's adventures of Christmases past. Like the time the Sycorax held the earth for ransom. Or the time a bride ran away. Or the time there were two Claras. Or the time the Doctor just sat around watching old movies and eating shortbread. Which has never happened, but would be pretty funny if it did.

2. Grimm (Monday 10e 7p)

According to Wikipedia, the chupacabra is "a legendary cryptid rumoured to inhabit parts of the Americas." But according to Grimm, the chupacabra is a very real threat currently attacking Portland. It may be funny-looking, but it's dangerous.

3. Doctor Who-A-Thon (Starts Saturday Morning!)

Are you going anywhere for the holidays? How about going everywhere? Space's -A-Thon starts this Saturday, December 20 and runs until December 25. Which means you can watch six (almost straight) days of Doctor Who. Which also means this Christmas, you're going all over the space-time continuum—even if you're sitting on your couch.

4. Atlantis (Saturday 9e 6p)

Haven't watched this week's Atlantis episode? Click here to do so now. Then start preparing yourself—perhaps by sharpening your sword or smelting some armour?—for this Saturday's mid-season finale, when Jason will be on a tear to avenge last episode's high-stakes betrayal.

5. The Librarians (Sunday 8e 5p)

School may be closing for the holidays, but the library is open for business. Magical business! This new series stars Noah Wyle as Flynn Carson, aka The Librarian, aka The Guy Responsible for Preventing Magic from Falling into the Wrong Hands. Carson has long acted alone—the show is based off The Librarian series of TV movies—he's now teaming up with a whole gang of talented bookworms. (Most of whom aren't actually that into books.) Click here to learn more!

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Atlantis: "The Day of the Dead"

by Eleni 15. December 2014 10:01

Atlantis has gone zombie. Quick recap of last week's final moments: Dion's dies; Ariadne shoots Pasiphae; then Pasiphae, Medea and Jason get swept deep into the Necropolis when their cliff-adjacent path collapses. Fast-forward to this week: Pasiphae wakes up at the bottom of her fall. She spots a coffin and crawls toward it, uttering some sort of incantation.

Meanwhile, on a level above, Hercules and Pythagoras assess the situation. It's too dangerous to climb down into the area where Jason fell, so they'll have to access his body (which they hope is still breathing) another way. The group begins sneaking through the Necropolis, leaving Dion's corpse behind.

But Dion doesn't stay dead for long. As his former allies creep through the crypt, his undead form comes to life and attacks. "This is kind of like the plot of Dawn of the Dead!" Pythagoras explains. (We're paraphrasing.) Although Hercules manages fell Dion, Diagoras gets bitten. "It's nothing," he says.

Down in the tunnel, Jason sees Medea lying unconscious. He holds his sword to her throat, but doesn't go through with the deed. Instead, he starts walking through the cave—but soon hears Medea being attacked by a group of undead soldiers. Ever the sweetheart, he goes back to save her.

Team Ariadne is once again attacked—seems the zombies die (for good) when pierced through the heart. More zombies attack, and Ariadne gets out her bow and arrow and joins the melee.

On a lower level, Medea is shocked that Jason helped her—Pasiphae always taught her that her enemies would kill her as soon as they got the chance. "She's wrong about many things," Jason said, before asking how Medea knows Pasiphae. "She's my blood," Medea says. And another thing about Pasiphae: she's also the only person who could have risen the dead. Jason and Medea take off through the Necropolis together.

Team Ariadne takes refuge in an upstairs tomb. Diagoras' wound has quickly infected, and Pythagoras needs to treat it. While the men play doctor, Ariadne has a heart-to-heart with Eurydice, Orpheus' wife. Ariadne confides that she knew she loved Jason from the moment she first met him. What if she never gets a chance to tell him? Eurydice is sure that she will.

Things seem to have calmed down, so Hercules urges Pythagoras to rest. As for himself, he's going to keep watch. "Sleeping is for women and babies," Hercules tells Pythagoras, "and men like you." Then he yawns.

Jason and Medea are once again attacked by zombies—and this time it's Medea who saves Jason. When he gets pinned under a particularly angry undead, Medea puts a sword through its heart. Then she heals Jason's broken leg with the help of a quick incantation. Jason is grateful, and tries to point out Pasiphae's flaws. She rose the dead, knowing Medea was in the Necropolis. And she didn't come to save her.

But Medea won't have it: Pasiphae is apparently the only person who has ever accepted her. Medea doesn't want to betray her—even if she already did.

Obviously, Hercules falls asleep. And obviously, Diagoras rises from the dead. So it seems, Pythagoras deduces, that if they are bitten by an undead, they become undead themselves. Which is scary, because Ariadne has a nasty-looking wound on her arm. For a second, things look bleak—but upon examination, Pythagoras says it's just a cut.

However, in all the fuss over Ariadne's wound, they don't notice Eurydice's secret bite. She shows Orpheus, but no one else.

Jason promises Medea that he won't let any harm come to her—she saved his life. But Medea doesn't share Jason's sense of loyalty. "Do not think for one moment that I will betray Pasiphae," she says. Still, when the zombies skulk by, she and Jason take refuge together.

Things are tense with Team Ariadne: Orpheus and Eurydice have been sitting in a silent embrace for ages. Suspicious and worried, Pythagoras initiates a conversation. Maybe he can help in some way? But Orpheus explains there is no way to help—Eurydice has been bitten.

Everyone knows that Eurydice must be killed before she turns, but no one wants to kill their friend. Finally, Ariadne volunteers. She feels it is her duty. Orpheus, however, insists he do it himself. It's a terrible task—but necessary.

Jason finally finds his friends, but they are not pleased to see Medea with him. Hercules and Pythagoras both agree she needs to be killed immediately. But Jason insists that no harm come to her. Besides, there's a reason to keep her around, since she knows how to lift Pasiphae's curse. First step: returning to the place where the spell was cast.

Ariadne asks Jason to hold back while the others go ahead. She explains that she was so worried when she thought he was dead. She can't bear to lose him. "I have faced death, but nothing scares me more than admitting that I love you," she says. Then they kiss.

That was nice. But there's still serious business to attend to. The friends venture deeper into the Necropolis, trying to find the place where Pasiphae cast her spell. Medea explains that the curse was a binding spell—it is tied to ancient symbols, perhaps carved into stone. They must find them and destroy them.

Jason and Hercules go ahead in search of the stone. They locate the tablet, and Hercules finally gets a chance to show off his legendary strength. As zombies close in, he lifts the stone and throws it off the edge of a cavern, cracking the rock and the spell at once. The undead become regular dead, and he and Jason return to the group, triumphant.

For a second, it seems Medea was trustworthy. Jason unties her hands from behind her back, and says he always believed her.

But he shouldn't have. As soon as Medea is free, she grabs Ariadne and stabs her.

Next week marks the finale of the first part of Atlantis season two. Tune in to see Jason get very, very angry at Medea.

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Space-iest Stories of the Week

by Eleni 12. December 2014 15:25

1. Peter Capaldi has said it: the next Doctor might not be a white man. Of course, Peter Capaldi, despite being the current Doctor, probably has no say in who becomes the next Doctor. But at least he's saying it.

2. And since we're on the topic of possible future Doctor Who casting decisions, here's WhatCulture's list of 10 female actors who could replace Jenna Coleman in the companion's seat.

3. It's "Doctor" Who not "Dr." Who, and Cybermen aren't robots. Here are a bunch of things that infuriate Doctor Who fans, courtesy of Radio Times.

4. "I love being a baddie and playing an extreme character,” Sarah Parish—aka Atlantis' pouty "baddie" Pasiphae—told Express in a recent interview. Apparently her costume weighs as much as her four-year-old daughter!

5. Still haven't watched The Librarians yet? io9 says it's "a pile of fun."

6. "I'm obsessed with the show Orphan Black," The Librarians star Rebecca Romijn recently told IGN, "I’m so happy they’re doing a third season. I can’t wait." Romijn didn't just talk clones in this interview: she also discussed getting into character as a no-crap-taking anti-terrorism agent, working with Noah Wyle, and Santa.

7. And finally, Orphan Black fans were stoked this week when Tatiana Maslany scored a SAG Award nomination. But Orphan Black fans were also bummed this week when Tatiana Maslany was passed over for a second consecutive Golden Globe nomination. So in retaliation, Bustle put together this list of their own awards each Orphan Black clone could/should win.

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