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"I'll Come Back": Ninth Doctor Actor Reveals Brutal Conditions For Doctor Who Return (screenrant.com)

Ninth Doctor actor Christopher Eccleston reveals his brutal conditions for returning to Doctor Who. Eccleston was the first actor to portray the Doctor in its modern era following its revival in 2005. While he successfully brought the iconic Time Lord back to the screen, he abruptly departed the show after just one season,...

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I think the run of specials started to repair the harm done and Ncuti Gatwa really hit the ground running so I am hopeful. However, on his first run with Who, RTD’s episodes were a real rollercoaster on the quality front (especially obvious in Eccleston’s run - I can’t really blame him for walking away) and I am concerned that you can throw a big budget and a great actor at the problem but if there’s not ruthless quality control (and some solid writers - what saved my interest in nu-Who during his run) then it could be a real mess that harms the series - “if they can’t deliver quality with that budget then why bother?”. It may be we won’t see the ship properly turned around until we get a new showrunner but I am prepared to be proven wrong

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I reckon he’ll be fine no matter what - he got acclaim for Sex Education and Doctor Who has already demonstrated his leading man potential. A good casting director won’t be worried if the scripts let him down. Jodie Whittaker is going to do just fine despite the really poor quality scripts. However, it might not act as the launchpad for a career in America as it has done for Tennant and Smith. So it won’t bury him but it might not boost him either.

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I’d like him back - he could have been a great Doctor but he was poorly served by the scripts.

‘Something magical’: the Famous Five are back – thanks to a hyperviolent director (www.theguardian.com)

When Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of cult violent films Pusher and Drive, was announced as one of the creators of the BBC’s new version of The Famous Five, it left members of the Enid Blyton Society spluttering into their ginger beer....

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Is the floor at an angle too in that first photo?

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It builds clanking replicators and punts them out into the galaxy which start mining resources to make other clanking replicators, so it spreads exponentially.

Until…

A) It meets a more advanced species of clanking replicators that start converting it into themselves or: B) some distant version develops a change that makes it superior then sweeps back converting the older generations into itself, which goes on and on evolving until the heat death of the universe by which point it has evolved into a god like state and sublimed or figured out how to make a portal to the next universe or jump sideways into a younger parallel universe, where it does the same.

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Avoid as possible a mandatory email to register Doing so is not reducing spam

Yes it does.

so you should not censor content in behave of others !

You are just lucky you don’t see the worst of it. Remove any kind of checks on users and stop moderating and you would be overrun in CASM, porn, gore and trolls. The beauty of Lemmy is that you can spin up an absolute free speech instance and give it a go yourself. If it gets to a reasonable size it will descend into a hellhole.

GCSE historians, rejoice! James Norton is set to play King Harold II in new BBC series King and Conqueror (www.tatler.com)

One of the most famous events in English history will get its long-overdue adaptation in an upcoming series. The feud between William, Duke of Normandy (later William the Conqueror) and King Harold II is set to be portrayed in an upcoming eight-part drama series. The show is set to star Danish superstar Nikolaj Coster-Waldau...

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the Prince Andrew interview she conducted would not happen under the new format.

That feels like the point of these cuts.

Shane MacGowan, Pogues songwriter and Irish music legend, dies aged 65 (www.theguardian.com)

Shane MacGowan, the lead singer and songwriter of trailblazing Celtic punk band the Pogues and one of the all-time great bandleaders, has died aged 65 following a long period of ill health. A family statement said he died at 3.30am on 30 November, and was described as “our most beautiful, darling and dearly beloved”....

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Yeah, I left around the same and switched to OneNote which hass been working fine for my needs

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“What are you watching tonight?”

“U.”

“Bit weird.”

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You haven’t met Dave.

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It’s something I’ll be keeping an eye out for - I have a Xiaomi leak detector but that’s Bluetooth (and uses a coin battery), going full Zigbee e eventually seems like a good idea as linking BT devices has been a pain.

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Makes you wonder how much lobbying Big Tobacco did.

‘Genie’ Review: Melissa McCarthy Stars in a Fairy-Tale Comedy Written by Richard Curtis, but It’s No ‘Love Actually.’ More Like ‘Elf’ Meets ‘Love Sort Of’ (Comedy + Fantasy + Holiday) (variety.com)

“Genie” was written by Richard Curtis (it’s a remake of his 1991 British television film “Bernard and the Genie”), but the movie, while set in New York at Christmastime, is no “Love Actually.” It’s more like “Elf” crossed with “Love Sort Of.” When Flora, whose full name is Flora Gwendolyn Lockheed Firepit...

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Dave Gibbons’ designs are great so it’s good they stuck with them.

The Marvel Comic That Was Adapted For Tonight's Doctor Who: Star Beast (bleedingcool.com)

In 1980, Doctor Who Weekly, published by Marvel Comics UK, included a new comic book strip by Pat Mills, John Wagner, and Dave Gibbons, edited by Dez Skinn, Star Beast. Pat Mills is best known as the founder of 2000AD and co-creator of Judge Dredd, Punisher 2099 and Marshall Law; John Wagner is his Dredd co-creator and the...

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I gobbled up Doctor Who Weekly in the same way I devoured Marcel UK’s Star Wars comic and I still have all my collection.

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And why no John Wagner credit when he is named as a co-writer in the comics?

So yes, The Star Beast is based on the Marvel UK Doctor Who Weekly comic published in 1980, and we talked about that a lot yesterday. But why no mention of the co-writer credit for John Wagner? Well, Pat Mills says, “Even though they were under absolutely no obligation to do so, Bad Wolf very generously paid Dave Gibbons and myself for the return of The Star Beast. In fact, they also offered to pay John Wagner, too, as both our names were on the comic writer credits. But John declined as he explained he had not co-written The Star Beast or been involved with the story.” At the time, Mills and Wagner often shared credits to stories for continuity’s sake, even if only one or the other had written them. They are the Lennon and McCartney of comics.

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Writing credits at the time were a bit… “messy” - John Wagner and Alan Grant were writing the majority of 2000AD together but they didn’t share credits - it went to one of them or a pseudonym so it wasn’t obvious that it was the same two guys beavering away in the background.

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Watching the person waiting for my parking space lose their shit.

'Howard the Duck' was my gateway to loving horror (Comedy + Sci-fi + Horror?) (mashable.com)

The BBC’s Mark Kermode, another Howard the Duck champion, argues that it’s not a “great” movie, but remains “a really, really funny weird, subversive film.” Since it was too weird to be embraced by the mainstream, but also too entertainingly off-kilter to forget, Kermode has argued for Howard the Duck as basically...

AS Byatt, author and critic, dies aged 87 (www.theguardian.com)

Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, who wrote under the name AS Byatt, authored complex and critically acclaimed novels, including the Booker prize-winning Possession and her examination of artistic creation, The Children’s Book. Over her career, she won a swathe of literary awards, from the Booker to a Chevalier of France’s Order of...

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Yeah it’s grim. I’ve banned and removed the content from the Instance I help Admin but if people can still.see it, report it as it needs to be removed.

Inside the Rebellion Vault: Rediscovering the secret history of British comics (www.thepopverse.com)

Somewhere, hidden in deepest, darkest Oxford — okay, the darkness might simply have been the weather when I was there — is a legitimate piece of comic book history. Or, more precisely, multiple pieces of comic book history: the archive of Rebellion’s Treasury of British Comics and 2000 AD, which consists of more than a...

Aardman Animation Only Has Enough Clay For One More Movie (collider.com)

Aardman Animation has found itself in a situation that’s not as malleable as the clay they used for their films. In fact, that happens to be the issue they’re facing: a lack of clay. Newclay Products, which creates a specialty clay unavailable anywhere else in the world, closed its doors in March, leaving Aardman to look for...

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They spoke to an Aardman spokesperson on the radio and they said they’ve got new supplies. I suspect they wanted to ensure they had enough that they could get a film done with consistent clay before switching to the new supply.

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To do stop motion you have to be a perfectionist and if the material isn’t working the same way it could really throw the process off.

They were describing how they did their first animations and they were essentially rebuilding the face for each expression and if they were having to add different clays into the mix… It could get messy and if you screw up you potentially waste weeks of work.

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There’s no such thing as a stupid question.

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