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 film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.