SciFi Weekend: Diana Rigg on Doctor Who; Elementary; Fringe; Star Trek; Batman

Diana Rigg, who played Emma Peal on The Avengers, and her daughter Rachael Stirling, are currently filming a historical episode of Doctor Who which will be airing in the second half of the season in 2013. They play a mother and daughter with a secret. More set pictures can be found here which contain some spoilers tying this story into previous Moffat story lines–an appearance by Jenny from A Good Man Goes To War. The Doctor is also noted to be wearing a bowler hat. No word if he thinks this is as cool as a stetson.

According to Doctor Who TV the episode was written by Mark Gattis and a little information was overheard involving Rigg’s character, Mrs. Gillyflower:

A line of overheard dialogue: “There is something very odd about that factory – nobody who goes in seems to come back out. And there’s never any smoke.”

Clara is kidnapped by Mrs Gillyflower, who takes people to her factory and does some sort of “process” to them.

Fortunately the Doctor believes he can reverse this.

TV Line has a first look at Elementary:

With Sherlock currently wowing the crowds on BBC One (and Stateside via PBS), the challenge for CBS was to cook up its own take on the iconic sleuth, ergo the NYC trappings and the gender switch for his No. 1. And while Miller’s Sherlock is every bit as cocksure and brusque as the one played by Benedict Cumberbatch across the pond (or Robert Downey Jr.’s big-screen incarnation), that doesn’t make his performance any less entertaining. (That said, while plenty colorful — and plentifully tattooed — he comes off as perhaps 20 percent less “alien” than Sherlock‘s Holmes.) Though Liu is in most every scene with Miller, Watson is required to spend the pilot being taken aback by her ward’s eccentricities and prowess and having her own inner demons sussed out by his hyper-observational skills; as such, she is only allowed an instance or two to “pop” in her own right. (And while I won’t judge her New York Mets fandom, I will choose to look sideways at her matter-of-factly receiving a cell phone call in an underground subway car. Possible? Sure. But rare.)

Nonetheless, Liu shows signs of proving a good match for Miller; surely her character will be fleshed out now that the initial groundwork has been laid.

To those proactively cringing at the idea of Elementary playing a Will They/Won’t They thing ‘tween Holmes and Watson, you will find zero indication of that being on the books; the “warm” closing exchange of the trailer posted below is not an accurate edit. We can only hope the inevitable cadre of ‘shippers don’t get carried away.

Any modern adaptation of Sherlock  Holmes now must be compared to Steven Moffat’s version (Sherlock) staring Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict Cumberbatch will be guest staring on The  Simpsons.

Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peak at a poster for the upcoming season of Fringe, confirming what has already been said that the season will deal with the Observers’ invasion of earth. We don’t know if the Fringe Unit prevents this future from happening or defeats them in the future. Wyman  isn’t elaborating: “If I give you any spoilers, it will just force me to go back in time and prevent myself from answering this question. So if you wouldn’t mind, I should probably save us all the trouble and the potential paradoxes.”

Chris Pine on the Enterprise crew in the upcoming Star Trek movie:

“What I’m more excited about and what I think they did so well is that really the story is that much better,” Pine said, “and the journey that these guys go on is that much more.

“What they always talked about is that even though they’re a crew from what we know about the original team, the fun of getting there is following that journey to where they become that tight-knit crew.

“It’s no fun if they’re already a tight-knit crew,” he continued. “So suffice it to say, they’re still learning how to get along.”

SuperHeroHype has a lot of  information on The Dark Knight Rises including these items:

Director Chris Nolan on the time lapse between films:

Our story picks up eight years later, when it seems that Batman and Commissioner Gordon have succeeded—the Dark Knight is no longer needed in Gotham.  In that regard, Bruce Wayne has won the battle, but he is traumatized by what happened and doesn’t know how to move on from being the figure of Batman.  ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ very much deals with the consequences of his and other characters’ actions in the previous films.

Christian Bale on Bruce Wayne’s journey throughout the series:

In ‘Batman Begins,’ you see the tragedy and the pain that motivates this angry young man, who feels useless and is searching for a path—who wants to find out who he is and what he can become.  Then in ‘The Dark Knight,’ he’s discovered that path.  He is useful; he is doing what he imagines is the best thing for him to be doing in his life.  Now, we are eight years on and he has lost the one thing that gave him a purpose…until he is forced to deal with a new threat to the city and to himself.


Quote of the Day

“A group of gay Republicans called GOProud has endorsed Mitt Romney. There was some confusion. When they heard Romney had a reputation for going either way, they didn’t know that meant flip-flopping.” –Jay Leno