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Batkid Takes San Francisco, Moffat Talks Numbers, and AMC Orders a New Comic Pilot

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | November 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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5. Steven Moffat Clarified John Hurt’s Number.

If you’ve not yet watched this Night of the Doctor minisode, do that first, then read on. If you have watched it, you may be wondering…I’ll white this out so no one is accidentally spoiled before watching: (Swipe to read) …how Hurt’s “War Doctor” affects the number of regenerations, and/or what his number might be. Turns out, no number at all. As clarified by Moffat, “I’ve been really, really quite careful about the numbering of the Doctors,” he said. “He’s very specific, the John Hurt Doctor, that he doesn’t take the name of the Doctor. He doesn’t call himself that. He’s the same Time Lord, the same being as the Doctors either side of him, but he’s the one who says, ‘I’m not the Doctor.’ So the Eleventh Doctor is still the Eleventh Doctor, the Tenth Doctor is still the Tenth…” He goes on, “Technically, if you really counted it, the David Tennant Doctor is two Doctors, on account of the Meta-Crisis Doctor [in Journey’s End]… It’s not a matter of counting the regenerations, but of counting the faces of the Time Lord that calls himself the Doctor.”

4. John Oliver Got His Own Show.


Mover over Maher, there’s a new kid on the block. The Daily Show’s Senior British Correspondent—and our unforgettable summer lover—has landed his own gig on HBO. He’ll headline a “topical weekly comedy series,” meaning he’ll basically be doing the same thing he already does, only any way he damned well pleases. The show is set to air Sunday nights (because of course, we don’t already have enough to watch Sunday nights), beginning in 2014.

3. Rumors Swirled That The Walking Dead Spinoff Will Be a Prequel.


This past September, AMC put out word that a Walking Dead companion series was in the works, and series creator Robert Kirkman has said it will feature different people in a different location—definitely not Georgia. Word is, the spinoff will chronicle the epidemic’s early days, as well as efforts to contain the infection. There are only so many directions the second series could have gone; certainly a prequel is a better idea than breaking off one or more characters from the current group—so I like the idea (though I wouldn’t mind getting a look back at Daryl and Merle: The Early Days). Make it so, AMC.

2. Speaking of AMC, They’ve Ordered up a Preacher Pilot.


Looking to fill the Breaking Bad void, and realizing their success with The Walking Dead, AMC is taking on another comic book series: Vertigo’s Preacher, written by Garth Ennis, and drawn/painted by artists Steve Dillon and Glenn Fabry. The comic centers on Texas preacher, Jesse Custer, who is possessed by a supernatural creature during an incident that wipes out his church (and everyone in it). Cuter loses his faith and heads out on a violent cross-country journey across America. Badass Digest, who first reported the news, “hear the names (attached to the project) are big and impressive;” it looks like one of those names is Seth Rogan.

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1. San Francisco Transformed into Gotham City to Fulfill a Little Boy’s Dream.


The Make-a-Wish Foundation put out a call and over 12,000 volunteers, along with the city’s police, helped 5 year old Miles Scott’s dream of becoming Batkid come true. If somehow you missed it, Batkid was everywhere Friday; after receiving a little training from Batman, he rescued distressed damsels, disarmed a few bombs and took down the Riddler. The mayor also presented Batkid with a key to the city. Here are a few photos from Batkid’s day…





Even the Batmobile was donated!


Miles’ leukemia is currently in remission.

Bonus: Director Mathieu Turi Released His Second Short.

Turi, Assistant Director on Red 2, The ABCs of Death, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Inglourious Basterds, is currently promoting Broken, a sweet little look at two people stuck in an elevator together. Iván González and Isabel Jeannin are compelling as strangers who don’t speak the same language, but find a connection.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Green Lantern

    Batkid's adventure was the best thing to happen this week. I remember reading about it some weeks prior, but the turnout was even better than...well likely ANYONE imagined.


  • jollies

    --While the Batkid was running through the streets of San Francisco, Supervisor Eric Mar -- the guy who led the ban on toys in McDonald's Happy Meals -- shot out this well-intentioned but very poorly timed and polictically deaf tweet: "Waiting for Miles the BatKid & Wondering how many 1000s of SF kids living off SNAP/FoodStamps could have been fed from the $$..."
    --He has since appologized profusely, which he needed to do after the very predictable backlash.
    --Eric, a better idea would have been to set up charitable donation booths throughout the crowd rather than pissing on the parade...

  • I worry about seeing Preacher on television. I mean, Jesse Custer is on a quest to corner God and make Him explain why life on Earth is so cruel and fucked up.

    And at the end of the story God Almighty ***SPOILER*** and I don't see any American television network, not even the one that gave us Breaking Bad, going for a faithful rendering of THAT plot.

    If they change the plot of Preacher we riot. Agreed?

  • bastich

    Count me in! I'm prepping the tar and feathers now....

    I don't know...I'll probably check it out no matter what, especially if Garth Ennis is involved in writing/producing/whatever.

  • dorquemada

    “Rule 1: The Doctor lies.” -Steven Moffat

  • Hollyg

    Moffat's answer reminded me of this:

    "Audience Member: This question for Mr. Moffat. How are you going to keep doing the regenerations because, the Doctor is only supposed to have 12 and he's used them all up apart from that last one.

    Moffat: First of all, he can regenerate 12 times and that would mean there would be 13 Doctors. What we'll do in the event that we reach that point, and we've had 13 Doctors, there's this emergency BBC protocol. We will....make something up."

  • axis2clusterB

    That's my favorite Moffat quote ever.

  • e jerry powell

    And, of course, the tabloid media was all over Christian Bale about the Batkid story while he was on an L.A. press junket for another film.

  • John W

    San Fran fortified my faith in humanity and the USA.

    Never read Preacher is it any good?

    I should have enough room in my DVR for Oliver because I just did some house cleaning. Last week I removed New Girl and Revenge, this week I got rid of Haven, Scandal, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Tomorrow People, Reign, White Collar, Supernatural, Rookie Blue, XIII (which may be cancelled anyway) and waiting on deck is The Mentalist, Covert Affairs and Betrayal. Man I watch a lot of TV.

  • YES. Preacher is great.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    seconded, Preacher is a fantastic story

  • Nitpick: Custer has already lost his faith before the story begins and he gets possessed by the entity. It's what inspires him to make his journey so that 'he can use this thing and can call God to account for His creation.'

    Also, I can't imagine what part in 'Preacher' Seth Rogen thinks he's suited for, but none are springing to my mind.

  • I'm pretty sure he's adapting it, not starring.

  • foolsage

    ^ This. Producer or Executive Producer is I think what Seth's aiming for here.

  • Daniel Valentin

    Seth Rogen: ARSEFACE. Or Jesus's retarded descendant.

  • bastich

    Bob Glover: Sexual Investigator

    ("It's Buggerin' Time!")

  • Daniel Valentin

    If there's any comic property that I've always thought deserved the TV series treatment, it's DEFINITELY Preacher, and the fact that AMC are the ones handling it makes me VERY excited about the project. One thing is for certain, though: this series already has the script pretty much made since the comic already concluded, but the casting will make or break it. Once I finally see who the cast will be, THEN I'll really get excited over it.

  • I upvoted you even though I couldn't see the button, because I thought the exact same thing.

  • Fabius_Maximus


    Okay, something isn't right here.

    EDIT 2: There you go.

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