The Doctor Who creative team and actors are particularly careful about revealing too much about the upcoming series, so who may have slipped up with some more details in recent interviews?

It seems like the more popular a show gets the more the creative team wants to keep storylines a secret. As annoying as this is to hardcore fans, there are certain payoffs. Jenna-Louise Coleman making her debut in Doctor Who in “Asylum of the Daleks” certainly took everyone by surprise and had a profound impact.

For months we’ve heard the usual: “this will be the biggest season ever,” “the 50th will be epic,” “it’s all so exiting to be a part of television history,” etc. So, beyond the usual platitudes and rehash, what information do we actually know that’s new? What information do we need to know going in?

Series 7b

  • Starts this Saturday with eight new episodes lined up.

  • The first episode is called “The Bells of St. John” and features the new aliens called The Spoonheads that have taken over the WiFi networks.

  • When asked if there was an anti-technology, subtle message in “The Bells of St. John” at the season’s Los Angeles press conference, Steven Moffat stated, “No, I’m trying to make up a really, really good adventure about the Doctor, really. What Doctor Who often does is grab hold of whatever is omnipresent in your life and turn it into a monster…Suffice it to say, wifi covers every civilized country, so if something got into the wifi, that would be a problem for us all. It’s a new way to invade us.”

  • When Jenna-Louise Coleman was asked about possible romance aboard the TARDIS, she was non-committal and stated to Access Hollywood, “…we start Series 7 and it’s very much like — we haven’t met this Clara before, so we start the story again. So, what happens in the Christmas episode doesn’t necessarily carry on through…I think that…there’s so much more at work here and I kind of don’t want to give anything away going into the series, but it’s a new start again. It’s a completely — it’s a different character, it’s a different girl and we will all understand why.”

  • The synopsis for the first four episodes have been revealed as well as their poster art.

  • Highlights of these first four episodes including visiting a new planet with a space station, visiting a submarine during the Cold War with the Ice Warriors on board, and visiting a supposedly haunted house.

  • Steven Moffat thought the Ice Warriors were “a rubbish and boring” alien until Mark Gatisss, who penned the episode, convinced him otherwise.

  • In speaking about filming on a submarine Matt Smith stated to SFX, “It’s a full length submarine, so it was really claustrophobic – and bearing in mind there’s a film crew in there, and an Ice Warrior, played by a guy who’s nearly seven foot tall! You couldn’t swing a cat in there, let alone Jenna-Louise Coleman. And it was filled with water up to your knees, sometimes up to your chest. It was great fun, though. It was a right old laugh.”

  • The ghost story that is titled “Hide” is the first time that the mother/daughter acting team of Dame Diana Rigg and Rachel Sterling will appear on screen together. Mark Gatiss managed to pull off this bit of casting when he was starring in a West End play with Sterling and suggested that she and her mother would be perfect for the roles. Sterling, a Doctor Who fan, jumped at the chance and convinced her mum.

  • Episodes 10 and 11 are titled “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS” and “The Crimson Horror.” In the first episode we are promised a proper look at the TARDIS beyond the control room. In the second, Victorian England is again the setting with Strax, Vastra, and Jenny all playing key roles.

  • Matt Smith shared his opinion with TV Guide U.K. about what is seen in “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS”: “I really wanted to see the Doctor’s bedroom but we don’t, unfortunately. What’s really exciting about the episode when we do find out a bit more about the TARDIS is that it’s not just walls and corridors. There are lots of different parts. I thought he’d have a space safari park in there where he’s collated all these mad animals from throughout the universe who just hang around.”

  • Neil Gaiman’s episode, which is the second to last in the line-up at number 12, was originally titled “The Last Cyberman.” It is currently titled “Nightmare in Silver.”

  • Somehow The Great Intelligence figures into the second half of the series. The BBC has created an extensive section on the Doctor Who official website detailing the backstory of this old foe of the Doctor’s. Look for the vocal talents of Richard E. Grant and Ian McKellan to return this series.

  • The final episode’s title has not been released, but rumors abound. At a conference in Ireland, Steven Moffat confirmed that River Song would be back in some capacity. Jenna-Louise Coleman stated to Daybreak that, “It’s a huge finale episode, and it’s a kind of build up to the 50th.” When questioned further if the Doctor’s secret would actually be revealed, and that it wasn’t a tease, Coleman responded, “yes.”

The 50th Anniversary Celebrations

  • The filming has been pushed back to April to allow for PR for series 7b and the shooting of Sherlock.

  • The episode will be shot in 3-D, and will be presented both in theaters and on television.

  • There will not be appearances by any of the following actors as confirmed by them: Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman. David Tennant and Christopher Eccelston are possibly involved, but they have been tight-lipped about the extent of their involvement and change the subject when asked.

  • Steven Moffat does not want an overly nostalgic feel to the special because he thinks that would be like saying goodbye to the Doctor and kill future series momentum. He stated at the recent Los Angeles press conference, “One of the things that I’m concerned about this year is that the show must be seen to be going forward. It’s all about the next 50 years, not about the last 50 years. If you start thinking it’s all about nostalgia then you’re finished. It’s about moving forward. The Doctor is moving forward, as he always does. He wants to solve the mystery of Clara. He’s not thinking about all his previous incarnations and all his previous adventures. He’s thinking about the future. That, for me, is important. The show must never feel old. It must always feel brand new, and a 50th anniversary can play against that.”

  • Jenna-Louise Coleman has confirmed that the production team is going to let her grandmother, a huge Doctor Who fan, visit the set during the filming.

  • When asked if he thought the show might get too complex for young viewers, Matt Smith stated, “Children are always going to engage with the story in a slightly different way to adults, but I tell you this, I bet you they pay more attention. What are we meant to do? Just dumb everything down? The science is mad and complicated and brilliant. It’s Doctor Who! If it’s too easy, what’s the point? I think we have to give children more credit.”

  • When asked to comment on the script itself, Matt Smith stated, “It sort of does what it says on the tin. You won’t be disappointed. I read it and I clapped at the end. It’s epic and it’s fast and I’m telling you nothing more; it’s going to be the biggest, best, most inventive and most exciting year for the show, and I think this script delivers on all those points that you want it to for where the show is at this time. It’s brilliant. We’re upping the scale of everything; it’s 3D – I won’t say anything about the event but there’s a bit more for your buck.”

  • If you are relatively new to Doctor Who and want an overview of the most important events from 1963 to the present, then the LA Times has come to your rescue. It has a great pictorial chart recapping the most important information from the last 50 years.

The Christmas Special

  • Filming has not yet begun.

  • Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman have both confirmed their involvement.

  • Jenna-Louise Coleman has confirmed she will be in the show in 2014, but Matt Smith has not confirmed either way. Smith has stated that were he to confirm it would detract from mysteries and elements of jeopardy that fans find exciting for the Doctor.

  • There will be no new episodes in fall/winter 2013 other than the 50th anniversary special and the Christmas special.

Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

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Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

Original story (May 2016): Heroic Hollywood, who has a good record of breaking superhero news, is the source behind the exciting development. As was previously announced, the animated Spider-Man movie will be produced by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo are also set to direct the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff for Lucasfilm.

Who is Miles Morales? As we wrote in a lengthy tell-all about the character last year:

Miles Morales is the current Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics series. Introduced in 2011, Miles is a black-hispanic young man who, like Peter Parker, is a talented scientist and self-proclaimed nerd. However, unlike his predecessor, Morales steps into the superhero’s shoes at the surprisingly young age of 13.

Raised in Brooklyn, Miles was born into a family plagued by criminal activity. Before settling down with his wife Rio, Miles’s father Jefferson used to be crime partners with his brother Aaron (Miles’s uncle). However, where Jefferson tried to shrink away from the lifestyle, Aaron continues to embrace it — assuming the role of classic Marvel villain the Prowler. After pulling off a heist on Oscorp, Aaron unknowingly takes a genetically modified spider home with him. It is at Aaron’s house that Miles is bit by the spider and starts the transformation into Spider-Man.

Where Peter Parker relished the opportunity to become spidey, Miles is reluctant to enter the world of vigilantism. What’s more, his family’s criminal history causes him to question whether or not he can ever be a hero, or if evil is hardwired into him.

Oh, and one other cool thing about him: The guy is immortal, unlike the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man.

Related: Who is Miles Morales? We explain everything

The rumor mill was alive with chatter about the MCU’s Spidey being the Miles Morales version last year, but obviously those reports never panned out. The Peter Parker version of Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, played by Tom Holland. He’s getting his own spinoff film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, next year.

Telling the Miles Morales story on screen may be just the thing the animated Spider-Man movie needs in order for it to draw people into the theaters in December 2018. We’ve had enough Peter Parker stories!

2018 will be a great year for super hero diversity: Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman will be released a few months earlier.

‘The Space Between Us’ set report: What if a human was born on Mars?

Hypable visited the set and spoke to the film's stars.

12:00 pm EST, January 17, 2017

Could a human be born on a distant planet and later survive on earth?

It’s not only a premise that the upcoming science fiction tale The Space Between Us asks, but a real question and concern that people at NASA have considered as well.

Inspired by his son’s obsession with Mars, and the kernel of an idea from another writer he works with, film producer Richard Lewis picked up the phone and posed the question to members of NASA.

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Could a human be born on a distant planet and later survive on earth?

It’s not only a premise that the upcoming science fiction tale The Space Between Us asks, but a real question and concern that people at NASA have considered as well.

Inspired by his son’s obsession with Mars, and the kernel of an idea from another writer he works with, film producer Richard Lewis picked up the phone and posed the question to members of NASA.

He never would’ve guessed what was going to happen when he spoke to them.

“I called a group of NASA scientists and said, ‘So what would happen if an astronaut turned out to be pregnant on a flight to Mars?’ and there was just silence on the other end of the call. And they said, ‘Are you listening to our phone calls?’ I said, ‘No, I’ve never spoken to you in my life.’ And they said, ‘It’s going to happen, and we don’t know what to do.'”

That was when he teamed up with screenwriter Allan Loeb and started fleshing out an answer. “I thought, wow, that’s the beginning of an interesting story.” Lewis even worked with his father, a heart specialist, to examine how that muscle would develop differently on Mars, and aspects of this research became a big part of the story.

The Space Between Us is an interplanetary adventure following a human boy named Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) born on the distant red planet. His mother, an astronaut, only realized she was pregnant with Gardner after leaving on her mission to colonize Mars.

Once Gardner reaches his teenage years he becomes interested in leaving East Texas (yep, on Mars) and returning to the home of his species. Not only is he curious about Earth, but Gardner has also fallen for a girl named Tulsa who’s literally tens of millions of miles away in the state of Colorado. The two met online and can relate over their outsider perspectives.

There’s just one problem: Tulsa doesn’t realize that Gardner is literally living on Mars.

Hypable visited the Albuquerque, New Mexico set of The Space Between Us starring Butterfield, Robertson, and Gary Oldman in late October 2015. On the day we visited, Asa, Britt, and crew were at the tail end of their 37-day shooting schedule which took them through New Mexico, Las Vegas, and Malibu.

It was Day 31, and indoor and outdoor shoots were taking place at Highland High School located in the southeast quadrant of Albuquerque. Since it was a weekday, real classes were in session as Asa and Britt shot outdoor scenes.

The real students who walked by the production had mixed reactions. Some watched and Snapchatted the excitement, while others passed by as if a Hollywood production wasn’t filming right before their eyes. Later in the day, after the real students went home, production moved inside the school to shoot a scene where Gardner and Tulsa meet in person for the first time. It’s one of the more touching moments in the movie.

Earlier, Asa walked into our press tent carrying a drone in tow. He had recently purchased it to try and capture aerial footage for fun, and was learning how to operate it in between filming his scenes.

Both the aerial device and Gardner struggle to deal with Earth’s gravity.

When asked how he handles playing a character who has never been on Earth before, Asa describes it as a very unique experience. “It’s hard to put yourself in that kind of position because we [as humans] are so experienced in the world, and to completely strip all that back and be absolutely in awe at everything you see — a tree, a doorman — everything’s interesting,” he says.

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Tulsa (Britt Robertson) experiences zero gravity with Gardner (Asa Butterfield).

Living on Mars your whole life doesn’t mean you’re missing hormones, so girls are also of interest in Gardner. On the relationship between his character and Tulsa, Asa tells us, “They both have this longing desire for being somewhere. Belonging somewhere. Tulsa’s been jumping around through various foster homes, she’s never really settled anywhere. Gardner spends his life on Mars. No one knows he exists. They’re kind of united by this experience.”

“He’s an alien, and she’s an alien, and this is the journey of the story,” Lewis tells us. “Watching these two characters connect, and the disconnects, the misunderstandings, and then ultimately they have a connection.”

Those good and bad connections were present in the scene we observed, which finds Gardner surprising Tulsa in her school hallway. As someone who is tough and reserved, Tulsa is understandably frustrated by Gardner’s sudden appearance. The two still haven’t communicated well with one another — Adorably, Tulsa is unaware that when he says he’s from “East Texas” he means the establishment on Mars.

With Gardner now on earth, the two begin to form a close bond as the Mars-born boy tries to discover his roots.

Co-starring in the movie is Gary Oldman, whose character originally organized the trip to Mars. He wasn’t on set the day we visited, but the actor has a very important role in the movie.

The Space Between Us opens in theaters February 3, 2017.

‘Rogue One’s’ best scene doesn’t involve the heroes

It's a nameless character who saves the day.

8:15 am EST, January 17, 2017

Among the many exceptional scenes in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the most poignant ones doesn’t even involve any of the main heroes.

Rogue One  is full of memorable moments, some breathtaking, some endearing in the way we’ve come to expect from Star Wars, and all full of an epic sense of the lengths people will go to in the name of hope. It also stands out because of its representation, with a female main character and a diverse cast of supporting characters. But it’s the scene almost at the very end that makes its story truly unique.

It takes place after Jyn Erso and her band of rebels have already completed their mission, and the Death Star plans that they have given their lives to procure are being physically carried through the Profundity by a single individual, while the ship is under attack. Close at his heels is Darth Vader, finally revealed in all his lightsaber-wielding, terrifying glory, killing rebel soldiers left and right. The door jams in front of the man holding the plans, with only a slight gap left open – just enough for him to fit an arm through and frantically get the device to one of the fleeing rebels on the other side, knowing fully that this is the last action he’ll ever carry out.

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Among the many exceptional scenes in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the most poignant ones doesn’t even involve any of the main heroes.

Rogue One  is full of memorable moments, some breathtaking, some endearing in the way we’ve come to expect from Star Wars, and all full of an epic sense of the lengths people will go to in the name of hope. It also stands out because of its representation, with a female main character and a diverse cast of supporting characters. But it’s the scene almost at the very end that makes its story truly unique.

It takes place after Jyn Erso and her band of rebels have already completed their mission, and the Death Star plans that they have given their lives to procure are being physically carried through the Profundity by a single individual, while the ship is under attack. Close at his heels is Darth Vader, finally revealed in all his lightsaber-wielding, terrifying glory, killing rebel soldiers left and right. The door jams in front of the man holding the plans, with only a slight gap left open – just enough for him to fit an arm through and frantically get the device to one of the fleeing rebels on the other side, knowing fully that this is the last action he’ll ever carry out.

This character has no name, and we know nothing about him beyond this scene. But faced by the most fearsome threat and terrible odds, he abandons fighting and uses his dying moments to get the plans across the doomed ship, and to Princess Leia.

It’s not common to see a scene like this one – scenes that convey the power of the collective action of many people across different areas – done so skillfully, especially in movies that are so character-driven.

In Star Wars, we’ve always focused on Luke and Leia and Han, and more recently on Rey, Finn and Poe. Although we knew that the Rebellion was the fruit of the efforts of many, we never had such a clear look into just how many lives were involved.

Rogue One the Rebellion

This final scene brings it all together, tying together the various storylines we know in an epic finale, and finally connecting them to Episode IV in a perfect mix of excitement and nostalgia. Without this character, driven by desperate hope rather than fear of his imminent death, Rogue One’s mission would not have ended successfully, Leia would have never received the plans… and none of the story we already know would have taken place.

For once, it was a character whose face we didn’t even see properly, dressed just like everyone else, fulfilling his own small role in a much bigger mission, who saved the day.

This ending, maybe even more meaningfully than the stories of the heroes we know and love, shows us the very essence of the Rebellion: a movement of dedication and sacrifice, full of people like the ones that died on Scarif, that put themselves between the plans and Vader, that drove the mission to success in their dying moments – and that stopped the race to save their own lives in favor of securing the mission’s objective.

We, as the audience, can find ourselves in the nameless rebel soldier and his sacrifice – a realistic and emotional portrayal of what makes any movement for change possible: the sacrifices of a vast number of people whose names and faces we may never know, whose stories may never be recorded, but whose lives were spent in search of a better future for the generations that follow.

What scene in ‘Rogue One’ impacted you the most?