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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.
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.