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.

Newt’s brother was assigned to search for Grindelwald, new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ prop letter reveals

This likely has major implications for future Fantastic Beasts movies.

1:06 pm EST, December 9, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them included a mention of Newt Scamander’s “war hero” brother Theseus, and now it looks like the reference was something to think twice about.

Earlier this week Warner Brothers’ Los Angeles Studio Tour refreshed their Harry Potter exhibit with new props from Fantastic Beasts, and in one display is a letter from Theseus to Newt. Take a look at the photos thanks to Snitch Seeker:

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them included a mention of Newt Scamander’s “war hero” brother Theseus, and now it looks like the reference was something to think twice about.

Earlier this week Warner Brothers’ Los Angeles Studio Tour refreshed their Harry Potter exhibit with new props from Fantastic Beasts, and in one display is a letter from Theseus to Newt. Take a look at the photos thanks to Snitch Seeker:

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The letter reveals that Theseus was tasked with searching for Grindelwald himself — a very interesting development for this film series. Though some words on the letter can’t be seen due to another prop covering them up, the note to Newt appears to suggest that Theseus was honored to be assigned the role. Here’s what it says, again courtesy Snitch Seeker:

Well, little brother,

I don’t know how much you have heard wherever you are about what’s going on in jolly old Europe but this chap Grindelwald has been making a lot of noise since you have been away.

Charismatic blighter, but the Ministry doesn’t like him and nor does the International Confederation.

He has upset a few of the big wheels and he’s gone underground. I have been chosen to go away and ferret him out. _______ at the chance to be picked, actually, because the whole _______ want to be on this case and it’s taken some _______ hard work to reach this status.

_______ wishing you well – wherever you are. _______ whatever beastly quests you are undertaking!

Best regards,

Theseus

The fact that this letter was made for the movie is very interesting. It suggests that Theseus at one point may’ve had a larger role in the movie — or at least, he could’ve been referenced more than once.

Further, this letter could mean that Theseus’ll have an on-screen role in future movies. In fact, Theseus’ role as Grindelwald Hunter could be J.K. Rowling’s ticket to getting Newt deeply involved with the search for Grindelwald.

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Theseus will surely be pleased to hear that his brother helped capture Grindelwald. Theory time: What if Theseus dies in a future Fantastic Beasts movie as the fight against Grindelwald (inevitably) continues? What if this leads Newt to avenge his brother’s death?

What else do we know about the character? Not much, but Snitch Seeker says that during an interview with Colin Farrell the actor revealed Theseus “was a British Auror with whom his character, Percival Graves, corresponded.”

How do you think Theseus will play into future ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movies?

Daily Show host Trevor Noah takes his experiences growing up in South Africa and puts them together in Born a Crime for our entertainment and enlightenment.

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

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Daily Show host Trevor Noah takes his experiences growing up in South Africa and puts them together in Born a Crime for our entertainment and enlightenment.

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother — his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

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Trevor Noah is best known for his current hosting gig on The Daily Show where he had huge shoes to fill following Jon Stewart’s departure — shoes that he has, by the way, filled with grace, humor, and a sharp wit.

Noah has been candid about growing up in South Africa under Apartheid and the troubling parallels he sees developing in the United States, especially since Donald Trump’s rise to power, but Born a Crime puts a spotlight on his childhood adventures in a way that his segments on The Daily Show cannot.

Born a Crime is an interesting mix of heartbreak and humor. There is no denying that Noah’s childhood was not easy. He talks extensively about trying to find a place for himself at school and in life. He was too White for the Black kids and too Black for the White kids. As a child, what do you do when you have nowhere to belong?

You adapt.

Unless it wasn’t abundantly clear already, Trevor Noah is an intelligent man. Born a Crime documents the way he viewed the world and used his situation to his advantage while living in South Africa. He learned dozens of languages, either in part or in full, in order to survive the endless dangers of his hometown. He found a way to make money and build himself a tiny empire using only a computer and his wits. He took what was given to him, which was, honestly, next to nothing, and found a way to make his life fulfilling.

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Noah’s mother has a huge impact on the stories presented in this memoir because she had a huge impact on her son. Strong, independent, stubborn, reliable, hardworking, clever, pious, strict, and loving, Trevor makes it explicitly clear that his mother is the reason he turned out the way he did. We should all give thanks to her.

Her story is tragic, as is growing up under Apartheid, but despite their circumstances, both led vibrant lives in which they became partners in an us-against-the-world kind of way. Hearing Noah speak about his mother infuses you with a warmth and respect for a woman you have never met, and yet that feeling is as genuine as they come.

For his part, Noah was a handful as a child and a teenager, though it’s that spunk and comedy that we so look forward to seeing now. He got into trouble — he even broke the law — but he experienced life and all the ups and downs that comes with it. He is a wealth of knowledge because he has gone far and wide to gather that knowledge himself.

Born a Crime will certainly make you laugh far more than it’ll make you cry, but don’t be so bold as to put the tissues away before the final chapter of the book. This memoir is a lesson in humility, love, faith, and perseverance. Hopefully it will affect you as strongly as it has affected me, especially if you are so lucky as to be able to listen to Noah narrate the book himself on Audible.

Add ‘Born a Crime’ to your Goodreads list or purchase it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound

The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

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The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

Watch the full-length trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming

The main theme of Homecoming certainly seems to be Peter’s desire to prove that he’s a capable member of the Avengers team. If you remember in Civil War, Tony wouldn’t let him get too deep into the fight, for fear that he wasn’t ready. But Peter doesn’t want to be treated liked a kid.

Except he definitely is a kid, and it’s a nice break from the other Spider-Man movies we’ve seen so far, which depicted an older Peter Parker that never quite fit the high school vibe.

Tom Holland’s Peter is undoubted an awkward teenager, and the younger character lends itself to a lighter, more humorous tone for the movie. Marvel has always been good at balancing action and comedy in their movies, and Homecoming is already promising to be a fun romp.

We get a lot of great looks at other characters in this trailer, too, including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Donald Glover and Zendaya. Michael Keaton will be playing Vulture, and of course we also get Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

How cool was it to see Spidey swinging along next to Iron Man like an equal?

As is often the case for Marvel movies, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel debuted the trailer for Homecoming following pretty high expectations from fans. Did it live up to your hype?

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ hits theaters on July 7, 2017