With Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) at the helm of Jodie Whittaker's first series of Doctor Who due to air in Autumn 2018, lets discuss what we'd like to see in this groundbreaking new series...
5. Creating modern classics
The Daleks and Cybermen are arguably as famous as Doctor Who itself. There have been monsters and villains that have come close to being as popular with the likes of the Weeping Angels, The Master, Ice Warriors and Autons but nothing that could compete with the above. What the show needs is a new villain that is a bold foe to the Doctor and her team, a recurring one that plays a large role in her tenure as the Doctor. The Silence were undoubtedly a large part of Matt Smiths run as the 11th Doctor, as were the Slitheen for 9- so something along the lines of those would bring an exciting challenge for our new Doctor to face. Or alternatively, something like Gray from Torchwood or the Shadow Kin in Class- if you remember those.
4. New look Doctor Who
One of the things that made Doctor Who Series 5 feel so fresh was the complete revamp of it's appearance. And something like that now would be another great way of making the new series feel brand new and a fantastic jumping on point for fans.
Some of the things ASO would like to see is:
-New Doctor Who logo (We've had the 'DW' logo since 2010)
-New title sequence and theme- If we are to have a new composer for Doctor Who Series 11, this would be a great way for them to show their new take on the sci-fi series straight off the bat. Perhaps something a little more slow, quiet yet sharp akin to that of Netflix's 'Stranger Things'
-New TARDIS interior and exterior- We've already seen the new TARDIS exterior in promotional photos and it's gorgeous! But what really matters is what the interior looks like. For us, a white clinical style much like the classic series would be perfect, it's timeless and refreshing.
3. Companions with personality and backstory
One of the things Doctor Who fans can agree on in terms of the modern series is that Russell T Davies got his companions spot on, Moffat not so much. Each of Russell's companions had a distinctive personality:
Rose- Soft and excitable
Mickey- Humorous and quirky
Martha- Tough and enthusiastic
Donna- Feisty and confrontational
What I hope Chibnall does is give his companions a reason to be there, and something distinctive about them that makes us invested in them. Moffat tried to do this but got tangled up in his plot threads such as The Girl Who Waited and the Impossible Girl. Bill was good though eh? With the likes of Bradley Walsh in the mix along with Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill I think we're in safe hands.
2. No filler episodes/more prevalent story arcs
Since the announcemnt of 10 episodes of 50 minutes rather than 12, 45 minute episodes, it's been rejoiced that we may not have filler episodes such as the recent Eaters of Light escapade and In the Forest of the Night. These were the epitomy of filler episodes. Remove them from the series and they added nothing. With the shorter series, it could improve the series' fluidity and allow for the stories to be more interconnected and likely to keep viewers watching over the 2.5 months it's on air. The story arcs in the past few years have been convuluted to say the least however what Chibnall can do well is create twists and turns that lead the viewers off one way while the action is about to begin somewhere else. Just take a look at Broadchurch. It achieved 3 incredible series of 8 episodes each and in comparison to Doctor Who, each episode felt important, and added something new to the plot that would unravel in the finale.
1. Consistent characters
Here we go, the big one. One of the things that has irritated Doctor Who fans esepcially across the Peter Capadi era of Series 8-10 was his fluctuating personality. Albeit Twelve was probably the most unpredictable and emotional of the last few Doctors, he switched from "100% Rebel Timelord" to "Just a bloke in a box" playing guitar and wearing sunglasses. What happened Moffat. What happened. It confused us all how he had such a drastic character change over the gap between Series 8 and Series 9. Even in Series 10, it felt like some of the lines were written for the 11th Doctor rather than the 12th.
With the 10th Doctor, for example, as the series' progressed, he very rarely changed personality apart from the specials where he became the 'Timelord Victorious'. From Series 2 to 4 he was the same old youthful stick insect in a pin striped suit- something that kept us entertained while the companions came and went.
Chris Chibnall is probably the best choice for showrunner, with experience showrunning perhaps the most successful crime drama of the last 5-10 years and having written for Doctor Who before he knows what to do- not to mention he's a lifelong fan of the show.
Whatever Chibnall, Whittaker, Walsh, Cole and Gill have up their sleeves, I'm sure we're in for one hell of a ride, and we can't wait for it to begin!
Doctor Who Series 11 will air in Autumn 2018
Monday 8th January: Vin Diesel in talks for Bloodshot movie
Vin Diesel is in early talks to star in Sony's "Bloodshot" movie which is based on the valiant comic character.
Bloodshot will be produced by Neal Moritz (Known for producing all the fast and furious movies as well as being executive producer on the "Preacher" tv series).
Bloodshot was first published in 1992 and is about a mortally wounded soldier with powers of regeneration and meta morphing which is made possible through nano-machines in his bloodstream.
Tuesday 9th January: Warner Brothers announce their new film chairman.
Due to a major reorganisation in Warner Brothers, Toby Emmerich has been promoted to Chair of Warner Brothers. The president of worldwide marketing and distribution, Sue Kroll, has managed to keep her role on a three year producer deal. She has major relationships with starts such as Christopher Nolan and Tom Cruise. Also part of the shake up Blair Rich will head global theatrical and home entertainment.
Wednesday 10th January: Avengers 4 set photos reveal Caps Original Avengers costume.
There has been new Avengers 4 set photos which shows Captain America in his old Avengers outfit and it shows that he has no beard. This could suggest that there will be an element of time travel within the infinity war storyline.
Karen Gillian, who plays Nebula, has also confirmed via Instagram that she has finished filming for Infinity war parts 1 & 2.
Thursday 11th January 2018: First Venom image revealed
This is the first official image that has been revealed of Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock. According to Hardy, speaking at Brazil Comic Con " This is the San Francisco set, which as you know is where Eddie Brock is from."
Ruben Fleischer (the films director) also came out and said "our story is primarily based on the Lethal Protector and the Planet of the Symbiotes books".
Friday 12th January 2018: Black Widow movie in very early development stages
A Black Widow movie has been announced as being in very early development stages, however it yet to have an official greenlight from Marvel Studios. After meeting with various writers Kevin Feige has selected Jac Schaeffer which is great news as the Wonder Woman movie who had a female director received outstanding critic reviews and even won the 2018 critics choice award for best action movie, so lets hope the same thing will happen to the Black Widow movie. Jac Schaeffer is supposedly meeting Scarlett Johansson in February.
Saturday 13th January 2018: X Men films release date shake ups.
Deadpool 2, Gambit and New mutants have all been given new release dates
Deadpool 2 has been pushed forward from June 1 2018 to May 18th 2018, which means it is released one week before Solo: A Star Wars story is released which is strategic play by Fox.
The Gambit movie has seen its release date been pushed back from February 14th 2019 to June 7th 2019, we think this may be, because the film lost its director earlier this week as Gore Verbinski exited the movie on Thursday.
Finally New Mutants has been pushed back 10 months from April 13th 2018 to February 22nd 2019. There has been multiple rumours as to why this might have happened. One is because they want to make the movie more scary and other rumours suggest it could be reshooting so they can set up a connection to the MCU.
Sunday 14th January 2018: Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 to be released in 2020.
James Gunn has revealed via twitter that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is set to be released in 2020. Apparently Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been contemplating a few dates: May 1, August 7, November 1. Whichever date it is doesn't matter to us as here at ASO as we are really looking forward to this film.
That is this weeks news roundup complete. We wish you have a great week and hope you return for next weeks roundup.
The First official trailer was released earlier this week for the Superman prequel series Krypton. With Superman not being to popular at the moment on the big screen, this new tv series could redeem the character to a certain extent as we will get to see what life was like on Krypton before its destruction.
The series will follow Superman's family before the destruction of their homeworld. This first trailer was narrated by Seg El ( Superman's grandfather, who is played by Cameron Cuffe) who gets a warning ,from time travelling hero Adam Strange, about the future of his planet.
Left- Adam Strange ( Played by Shaun Sipos) Right- Seg El (Cameron Cuffe)
There are going to be some very interesting villains coming into the show with DC president Geoff Johns has said "We get to do our own version of Doomsday untethered to anything else"
The creator David Goyer (famous for being a writer on films such as 'The Dark Knight' trilogy and 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice') has said "He emerged on Krypton long before he came to Earth. The Phantom Zone figures in, so we can deal with other times and places eventually. It’s not just going to be set on Krypton."
Another huge Superman villain Brainiac will be making an appearance and will be played by Blake Ritson.
With time travel being introduced into the show the future and past of Krypton could change meaning it might not go the way everyone will think.
David Goyer has mentioned he has a seven or eight season plan for the show if it proves to be successful. The tv series will air March 21 2018 on SYFY in the US, however at the moment there is no Uk broadcaster for the show so stay tuned on ASO to find out when there becomes more news on that agenda
On 16th February, long live the king...
Here we have Andy Serkis' character Ulysses Klaue / Klaw opposite Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) who first appeared in Captain America: Civil War. We've seen this scene before in Trailer #1 where he is being interrogated over the watchful eye of none other than T'Challa himself.
T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is welcomed into a Wakandan city by the Dora Milaje special guards.
Here we have T'Challa being presented with his Black Panther mask, this seems to be the same setting that Michael B Jordan's 'Killmonger' turns into the Gold Panther. On the right Forest Whittaker's character Zuri can be seen placing it on T'Challa. Zuri is a trusted Shaman to T'Challa and has been described by Director Ryan Coogler as the "Black Panther's version of Obi-Wan Kenobi"
In the comics, Zuri was a friend and companion of King T'Chaka, and served as special attendant and warrior of his son T'Challa. He was also a good friend of Thor.
A new angle of Erik Killmoger preparing the bomb that blows down the wall of the interrogation room scene at the start of this, and previous trailers.
A shot we've seen multiple times throughout the trailers, must be part of the 3rd act between T'Challa, Klaw and Killmonger. Seems to be taking place in an Asian megacity perhaps Tokyo or Beijing
ASO's favourite scene from the trailer, just Chadwick Boseman looking absolutely incredible sat down surrounded by the Dora Milaje.
Michael B. Jordan alongside 'Get Out' and 'Black Mirror' star, Daniel Kaluuya who plays W'Kabi. W'Kabi is a fierce warrior from the Wakandan Border Tribe and T'Challa's best friend, so could this be a turn for W'Kabi?
Another visually stunning scene here in which T’Challa travels perhaps through the spirit realm to communicate with a group of panthers prowling around a tree. In this trailer it appears as if T'Challa and the panthers will communicate in some form, possibly helping him throughout his journey as Black Panther.
Quite possibly the war that Zuri was foreshadowing earlier in the trailer...
And that's your lot, a lot was re-used clips from old trailers so this is all the new footage.
Black Panther is out in cinemas February 16th 2018. Long live the King!
With a new year, we have new stories to cover! Read on to find out what are some of the largest stories of the week.
Monday 1st January: Denis Villeneuve on turning down directing 'Bond: 25'
Since Daniel Craig confirmed he would return one final time to do the 25th instalment of James Bond, we've all been eagerly awaiting details upon it. Something we haven't had yet is the director and it seems it wont be Denis Villeneuve ('Arrival' & 'Blade Runner 2049').
When speaking to ScreenCrush, Villeneuve said that it's his commitment to his take on 'Dune' that has led to his decision to decline the Bond film.
“I will love to do it, honestly. I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now. I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to, but several months ago I came into do Dune and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back”.
Filming is set to begin on the currently untitled 'Bond 25' at the end of this year.
Tuesday 2nd January: Box Office: 'Jumanji' Overtakes 'The Last Jedi' for First Time on New Year's Day
'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' has surpassed 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' for the first time on a daily basis.
The former of the pair made $16.2 million at 3,765 North American locations on Monday, topping the famous space opera's 8th installment (Not including Rogue One) which received $14.5 million at 4,232 sites.
This is another huge blow for Disney's Star Wars amid recent outbreaks of hatred towards the film, it's tone and direction.
Wednesday 3rd January: A trio of trailers: Slender Man, Truth or Dare and Death Wish all get trailers released.
Blumhouses' Truth Or Dare:
Thursday 4th January: Walter Hamada becomes president of DC based film production
According to Variety, Walter Hamada, renound for his works on horror movies such as 'It' and 'The Conjuring', will bring some well needed order to the DC movie brand as it struggles to gain any sort of popularity after 'Batman VS Superman', 'Suicide Squad' and 'Justic League'.
Hamada previously served for a decade as a production executive at New Line, a division of Warner Bros. The executive is known to have a close relationship with upcoming DC movie 'Aquaman' director, James Wan- most famous for his works on the Saw franchise, and is credited with helping expand “The Conjuring” universe by making a well-received sequel to the movie, as well as spinoffs with the “Annabelle” series.
Friday 5th January: Star Wars: The Last Jedi struggles in China
Much like the previous two Star Wars movies, 'The Last Jedi', which debuted in China on Friday, is underperforming in its opening week.
The movie only earned $560,000 USD in midnight previews, which places it massively behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its $2.5 million USD opening two years ago. The Force Awakens only managed to rank 13th for the year in that territory, with $124 million USD compared to its record breaking success in N.America. Rogue One represented a downward trend from The Force Awakens, as well, having come in as the 35th highest-grossing film last year in China, despite, its No. 1 success domestically (US) and abroad.
Saturday 6th January: In Memoriam: Jon Paul Steuer dies aged 33
Steuer, best known for his work on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and 'Grace Under Fire' died on Monday 1st January 2018, aged 33.
A statement released on his facebook page for his band 'P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S' read:
"It is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer. The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did. He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet.
We've lost our singer, but far, far more than that we've lost a friend.
Rest in peace, Jonny...we love you.
Jon Paul Steuer March 27, 1984 - January 1, 2018"
Rest in peace Mr Steuer
Sunday 7th January: The Golden Globes 75 Roundup
The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on the 7th January 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be hosted by Seth Myers.
The entire list of nominations can be found here: www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees/2018/all
Although the Golden Globes are usually a glitzy and spectacular occasion, with the industry in a serious mood, and many stars in black to protest sexual harassment, the Oscar’s light-hearted sibling will be more sombre than usual
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