It was the news that Doctor Who fans were dreading: the Doctor Who 50th anniversary will not see the return of any Doctors from the Classic Who era. The celebration of the longest running sci-fi show will instead only feature Matt Smith and David Tennant as the Eleventh and Tenth Doctors, respectively. The Hypable staff explain why the BBC have made a big, big mistake.

What we know:

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary will star Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, and see the return of David Tennant and Billie Piper. Christopher Eccleston turned down an offer to return as the Ninth Doctor, and John Barrowman will not return as fan favourite Captain Jack Harkness.

And if you were worried that the Classic Who contingent would not be represented – never fear. The episode will also see the return of Jemma Redgrave, who played the Brigadier’s daughter, Kate Stewart, in a 2012 episode.

Yes, you read that right. The only representation of Classic Who will be a character who showed up for the first time in the 2012 New Who episode “The Power of Three.” There will be no previous Doctors. No Classic Who companions. We wouldn’t even count on seeing K-9, who must be sitting around in the BBC props department. So why has the current Doctor Who creative team gone so far out of their way to ignore the legacy of Classic Who?

Celebrating 50 years of ‘Doctor Who’:

Fans were not expecting to see a multiple-Doctor story ala “The Five Doctors.” What we wanted to see was some recognition for the actors who are the very reason we are able to celebrate the Doctor Who 50th anniversary at all. They could have been cast in a cameo here, as an alien there – it would be simple enough to give them each a one-line role, or to pan over Tom Baker wearing his scarf in a crowd scene. At this point, it isn’t about the characters – it is about the actors who brought them to life.

New Who only began in 2005, which would make 2013 the eighth year of Doctor Who. Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction show, ever. It does a disservice to the wonderful history of Doctor Who not to invite these actors back, even for a small cameo. And let’s be clear – given the ages of the actors, it’s unlikely (read: impossible) that most of them will be around to celebrate the 75th anniversary, if Doctor Who gets there. This is their last chance, so why not give it to them.

“It is important you don’t turn it into a fanfest. We can’t make this all about looking backwards. It’s actually got to be the start of a new story.”
– Steven Moffat

Unfortunately for fans, Steven Moffat has decided that the 50th anniversary is the perfect time to kick off his new Doctor Who story. What Moffat doesn’t seem to understand is that the 50th anniversary should be an episode where every fan of Doctor Who can come together to celebrate the show they love. It should absolutely be about “looking backwards” – it’s difficult to celebrate the history by looking to the future. A “fanfest” is exactly what it should be because it should be a celebration for the fans.

Of course, we were also disappointed that Tennant and Piper will be the token representatives of the New Who era. It’s sad that Eccleston said no, but at least he was given the option. The fact that he was the only Doctor asked merely reinforces that the 50th anniversary is set to be a celebration of Moffat’s New Who era, and nothing more.

The creative team are attempting to placate fans with the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary historical special, “An Adventure in Space and Time”, and an audio story which will feature all the Doctors. For fans, these sideline projects are just not good enough. The current Doctor Who team should get their egos in check and realise that the 50th anniversary is not about them at all. How disappointing that they have chosen not the respect the very actors who gave us Doctor Who in the first place, especially as this opportunity is literally once in a lifetime.

On page 2: Hypable staff reactions to the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary news

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After all that talk of inclusivity, Star Trek Beyond falls into the Hollywood trap of implied sexuality.

Mild spoilers for Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond, already a wildly anticipated movie, made headlines ahead of its release because of the franchise’s decision to introduce the first openly LGBT character: Mr Sulu, played by John Cho.

While this decision was certainly met with excitement, there was disappointment, too. The original Mr Sulu, George Takei, openly voiced his opinion that they should have introduced a new LGBT character rather than expand on original canon (as they have been the whole trilogy), while Simon Pegg beautifully argued that there was power in using an established character who wouldn’t be defined by his sexuality.

Then came the movie itself, and while the introduction of gay Sulu is still a great thing, we’re left sorely disappointed by Beyond‘s decision to depict the LGBT relationship — or rather, hardly depict it at all.

As reported by our friends at The Mary Sue, the scene featuring Sulu and his husband Ben depicts a “lukewarm” relationship, although Sulu is very affectionate with the pair’s daughter.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem in Hollywood when an LGBT couple — almost impossibly — makes it into a big franchise film. They’re allowed to be there, but having any kind of physical interaction even remotely resembling what a heterosexual couple might have still seems to be off-limits.

Related: Hollywood is failing the LGBT community: GLAAD slams Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros.

And, according to John Cho, there was actually a kiss filmed. “There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,” he told Collider. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”

Cho points out that Ben was played by a non-actor, writer Doug Jung, and says, “Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”

And we wish we could have seen it. Introducing a major LGBT character in the Star Trek franchise is a fantastic first step, and depicting two POC actors raising a child together is a great statement — but, unfortunately, the decision to cut out their kiss (which was already chaste, by the sounds of it) is emblematic of Hollywood’s continuous phobia of depicting LGBT relationships and intimacy on the big screen.

As Screen Crush also points out, this exact same scenario played out in Independence Day: Resurgence, too. In Finding Dory, the lesbian couple are only implied, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sequence.

LGBT representation (when present at all) is always so subtle, evidently in fear of offending straight audiences while not totally erasing non-straight sexualities. And, sadly, even that is considered a big step forward — but maybe it’s time we start depicting humanity as it is, and not what society wished it was 100 years ago.

Here’s looking at you, Star Wars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Present day Han Solo may’ve left the main Star Wars series after the events of The Force Awakens, but the character’s time in movie theaters is far from over.

The new Han Solo film from Lucasfilm — scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018 — might turn into a trilogy for the reluctant hero, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reports that star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-picture deal, suggesting that the studio intends to expand the Han Solo spinoff into a trilogy. “They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” a source told NY Daily News. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the character coupled with his absence in Episode 8 and beyond. We also know that Lucasfilm and Disney have many, many grand plans for Star Wars in the years ahead: The very first Star Wars theatrical spinoff, Rogue One, opens later this year. Episode 8 then hits theaters a year later (2017), followed by Han Solo’s own movie (2018). Next comes Episode 9 in 2019, followed by yet another spinoff reportedly focused on Boba Fett in 2020.

As for 2021 and beyond? Only time will tell, but we expect more movies set in the worlds of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Han Solo.

The Han Solo spinoff will be directed by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They’re currently deep into pre-production, as this tweet from Lord this morning shows:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” the directors said last July. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”