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7 Books All Douglas Adams Fans Should Read

Now that Max Landis‘s impressionistic vision of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is upon us (premiering October 22 on BBC AMERICA), we’re all getting a chance to revisit the peculiar mindscape of Douglas Adams, a comically serious, philosophically irreverent, universally provincial and breezily scientific place where no detail is too trivial and no handed-down human […]

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‘Doctor Who’: 10 Things You May Not Know About ‘Human Nature’

“Human Nature” is a very different form of Doctor Who story from any that has appeared on television before, with the possible exception of some post-regeneration stories. The Doctor is present, but also entirely absent. His companion has to try and fend off an alien attack using her fairly limited knowledge of what he might […]

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‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: The Sound of ‘Doomsday’

Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who’s Day roundup, a cosmic gumbo of stuff and malarky concerning Whovians, TARDISes and whatnot, from a week on the internet. And we begin this week with musical matters. This excellent solo guitar cover of Murray Gold’s unsettling “Doomsday” theme was posted this week by David Waller: Which started a […]

’42’ (Photo: BBC)

‘Doctor Who’: 10 Things You May Not Know About ’42’

As well as being a tense parable, partly about the ethics of colonialism, “42” contains a couple of interesting firsts for Doctor Who. It’s the first story that attempts to show events happening in real time from start to finish (more or less), it’s the first Doctor Who story named after a number and it […]

Power of the Daleks (Photo: BBC)

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Repowering the Daleks

Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who’s Day roundup, a great big handful of Whovian stuff from the past seven days on the internet. And we begin this week with fan reactions to the biggest news of the week, the forthcoming release of an animated restoration of the long-missing regeneration epic “The Power of the Daleks”, […]

The Captains of ‘Star Trek’ (Photos: Viacom)

Personality Quiz: Which ‘Star Trek’ Captain Are You?

This Thursday (September 8) marks the 50th anniversary of the broadcast of the very first episode of Star Trek. At the time it had a five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before. It has now exceeded this […]

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Fall Music Preview: 12 Highly Anticipated Albums

While it will always be overshadowed by a shocking list of inspirational artists we’ve already lost, 2016 has been an astonishing year for new music. Any 12-month period that can boast new albums from Radiohead, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul Simon, Weezer, Frank Ocean, Iggy Pop and a heartbreaking last testament from David Bowie must […]

Doctor Who – ‘Hell Bent’ (Photo: BBC)

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Remaking the Music

Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who’s Day roundup, a sifting of virtual content across a week on the internet for Gallifreyan gems and Whovian gold dust. This week, we begin with a collection of musical tributes to the Doctor Who theme, all of which have appeared on YouTube across the last seven days, as if […]

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