Russell T Davies was one of the greatest, most important people in the history of Doctor Who. He brought the show back to life, gave it to an entirely new audience, and pretty much made the show what people love today. It’s undeniable that without him, Doctor Who would never have become what it is now, but, nonetheless, it’s also undeniable that RTD left behind problems that are taking years to fix.

Planets in the sky. You don’t forget that.

The first major problem with RTD’s era is how exposed humanity becomes to alien life. Of course, groups like UNIT and Torchwood have to know about aliens, and humans having some ideas about aliens is no problem, but when everybody on the planet completely and without question knows that aliens exist, then something is lost. The show has to connect to modern times, but, with the knowledge of aliens, the world has to be different. From that point, our world is no longer connected in any way to the world of the Whoniverse. We can’t pretend that it could all be real, which is one of the most fun parts of the whole show.

RTD has quite a big history of introducing aliens to humanity. First up, we have “Aliens of London,” which, while I’ve heard a few bad reviews, I personally loved. That wasn’t such a big problem. As we see in the end of the two-parter, humans can always come up with some excuse for this to not be true. Same applies to the “Christmas Invasion” and “Smith and Jones,” although to a slightly lesser extent. But “Doomsday”? Cybermen in every home? Daleks flying the skies? It’s undeniable now, isn’t it? Just in case there were any questions left, RTD then moves the entire planet to a completely different part of time and space, sticks a bunch of planets in the sky, and has the Daleks invade again. Of course, there are more examples, but just these few can show that there was definitely a good reason for sticking all of these events into the cracks. The world had changed too much from reality by this point, and that was unacceptable.

They always survive, while I lose everything.

Daleks. And Daleks. And more Daleks. The Time War killed all of the Daleks, supposedly, which is what made their first return so exciting. They were supposed to be dead, but they survived, and the Doctor’s reaction to this discovery was fantastic. But then Rose came along, and killed every Dalek in existence. They were gone, definitely gone. This worked pretty well, because I have to say the entrance of the Cult of Skaro in “Army of Ghosts” made for one of the best episode enders ever. Seriously, I could watch that scene over and over and never get tired.

But then those Daleks were defeated, too, thrown into the void. And then they came back. And then they were defeated. And then they came back. And it just started to feel like old news. The return of the Daleks got boring by “Daleks in Manhattan,” and when “The Stolen Earth” came around my thoughts were just “again?”

The Last of the Time Lords

This is probably, in my opinion at least, the biggest problem. The Time Lords are now all dead. The Doctor is the last. We know this without a doubt; even when the Master returns we know that the Doctor was only tricked because the Master was under the disguise of a human. We’ve had a lot of half-Time Lords, and not-quite-Time Lords, and, in the “End of Time,” we’ve even had the real Time Lords, but not for long, and with them we find that we can never bring the Time Lords back.

The problem that I’ve noticed more after listening to the Eighth Doctor Audio Plays is that the Time Lords are necessary to keep the Doctor under control. They may not be the nicest people in the universe, but they’re bigger than him, and he needs that. We’ve seen “The Parting of the Ways,” where the Doctor takes huge decisions of life and death upon himself. We’ve seen “Family of Blood,” and the “Last of the Time Lords,” and “Voyage of the Damned,” where the Doctor is insufferably full of himself, casually making incredibly weighty decisions. We’ve seen the Doctor make speeches to scare enemies away, in “Silence in the Library,” “The Eleventh Hour,” and the “Pandorica Opens.” Sure, not all of these episodes are written by RTD, but the problem comes because, after Gallifrey is lost, there’s nobody left to keep him under control.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you love what RTD did to the series, or do you loathe it?

The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?