The BBC has announced a four part mini-documentary series, The Real History of Sci-Fi to begin airing on April 19th, the same day their newest hit Orphan Black begins its newest series. The four episodes will cover the history of popular sci-fi themes including Time, Invasion, Space and Robots.
The list of contributors is huge. Big names in the sci-fi world like Nathan Fillion, William Shatner, Ursula K Le Guin, Edward James Olmos, and Zoe Saldana (just to name a few) are set to appear. And of course Doctor Who will be represented by David Tennant, Steven Moffat and Karen Gillan. If that's not enough for you Whovians, the whole thing is narrated by the frequent Who writer and Moffat's Sherlock partner, Mark Gatiss.
I'm personally most excited about the Robots episode. What about you?
The Mirror correspondent, Richard Beech, is reporting some dramatic rumors from the creative inner sanctum of Doctor Who, namely that, Peter Capaldi's run as The 12th Doctor will last for only one series as a transition for a major direction shift. It is worth noting that Moffat is notorious for playing the press and all of this is very early conjecture, but the thought of this "change" is fascinating and begs many possibilities.
Is Moffat giving up the reigns?
Moffat has gone through the casting process of two Doctors, multiple companions and the 50th anniversary all while making Who and Sherlock the most successful British televsion exports ever; the man may need a break.
Will the 13th be not a white man?
The fandom was abuzz at the idea of a culturally diverse Doctor before Capaldi's introduction (even Helen Mirren was for it). Could Capaldi be the training wheels for such a dramatic shift in the character?
If this conjecture turns out to be true, anything is possible for Series 9. Read Beech's full article here.