BBC Announces “Doctor Who” Season 8 Premiere Date; Releases New Teaser Trailer

Looks like the Doctor and Clara will be back on your TV starting August 23Doctor Who returns this summer with Peter Capaldi taking over for Matt Smith as the Doctor, and Jenna Coleman returning to play Clara. Samuel Anderson has also been added to the cast as Danny Pink, a school teacher alongside Clara at Coal Hill School.

The new teaser trailer hints that the first, feature-length episode, entitled “Deep Breath”, is not all sunshine and roses (“Rose”s?) for the Doctor and Clara. The teaser opens with the Doctor silhouetted against the inside of the TARDIS with fire all around, and then… well, it’s easier to just show you.

Here’s an awesome graphic courtesy of the Doctor Who Facebook page!

Doctor Who s8Are you excited to see Coleman and Capaldi work their magic when the show returns on August 23?

“Doctor Who” Season Eight Teaser Trailer and Expected Return Date

BBC recently released a teaser trailer for the eighth season of the long-running British series Doctor Who.

The trailer, only sixteen seconds in length, keeps the Doctor in the dark – literally. The trailer depicts the Doctor silhouetted in his famous TARDIS, with some kind of explosion going on in the background.

The series, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary on November 23, 2013, is set to return in August, although there is currently no official date. The series will see a newly regenerated twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), along with a new human companion named Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson). 

Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor in BBC's Doctor Who
Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor in BBC’s Doctor Who

Are you excited to see how Peter Capaldi portrays the infamous Doctor?

TrulyLuminary’s Top 5 Most Anticipated New TV Series

With all the new shows being ordered to series, we thought we’d make a list of the Top 5 that we’re looking forward to seeing! So, without further ado, the list:

5. Selfie

The ABC-produced sitcom, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho, is a modern adaptation of My Fair Lady. The series focuses on Eliza Dooley (Gillan), who is more concerned with her social media accounts and getting “likes,” than being liked.

“After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media ‘followers’ than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.” Cho will be playing Henry, the man in charge of re-marketing Eliza.

Why are we excited about Selfie? Well, we’re glad you asked!

The series will show us a new side of the actors, who have done quite a bit of Sci-Fi/Fantasy work in the past; Gillan on the BBC series Doctor Who and in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Cho in the Star Trek reboot.

4. The Flash

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With all the hype around superheroes right now, there’s no question as to why The CW ordered DC’s The Flash to series! Starring Grant Gustin, this show got it’s start in an episode of Arrow.

In case you aren’t familiar with him, here’s a little bit about the character straight from DC comics:

“Young Barry Allen’s life stopped the minute his mother was murdered. The true killer never found, its mystery obsessed Barry, driving him to become a forensic scientist. Consumed by his work, he spent his life chained to his desk, solving every case that flew across it. But when a freak lightning bolt hits a nearby shelf in his lab, Barry receives super-speed, becoming the Flash. Now, he’ll race up buildings, across oceans, and around the world to get his man — while getting introduced to a world so much bigger than his old life of microscopes and cold cases.

Able to run at near light-speeds, his powers provide the ultimate caffeine kick: He can run up buildings, move so swiftly he phases through objects, create sonic booms with the snap of his fingers — and never needs to order delivery. Despite his speed, Barry can become so obsessed with crime-solving he can still lose track of everything else around him, leaving the fastest man alive constantly running a minute behind.”

Looks like The Flash will be airing at 8 PM on Tuesdays on The CW! Here’s a first look:

3. Gotham

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It sure seems like DC comics will be taking the television route with their stories as they bring yet another adaptation of their comics to primetime.

“Gotham is a story about the origins of the great DC Comics super-villains and how they came to be. Catwoman, The Riddler, Penguin, Poison Ivy. What made The Joker The Joker? How Scarecrow became Scarecrow,” says Bruno Heller, writer and executive producer.

“A lot of what this show is about is the relationship with a young Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne.” (Mirror.)

What we’re excited about: the back stories! Who doesn’t want to know why these villains are the way they are?

The show will air on Fox on Mondays at 8 PM.

2. Marvel’s Agent Carter

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Agent Carter is a spin-off of the hit ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.LD, and is very big news for fans of the Captain America franchise.

From Marvel’s website:

“Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad.

Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.

Starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Marvel’s Agent Carter is executive produced by Christopher Markus, Steve McFeely, Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Jeph Loeb.”

The show will run for 13 episodes in the same time slot as S.H.I.E.L.D and will bridge the the time that S.H.I.E.L.D is on hiatus.

If this clip doesn’t convince you that Hayley Atwell is amazing, we don’t know what will!

1. How to Get Away With Murder

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The ABC and Shonda Rhimes-produced legal drama is unlike anything we’ve seen thus far.

The  synopsis, courtesy of IMDb: “A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot that will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.”

Why we’re excited about it: Have you seen the trailer? No? Watch it!

What do you think of these new series? Which ones will you be watching? Did we miss one that you think should be on the list?

Casting News – Matt Smith Cast in “Terminator” Reboot

The Doctor Who star has been cast in the reboot alongside Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke. Paramount says that Smith will play “a new character with a strong connection to John Connor.”

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Paramount and Skydance Productions announced Smith’s addition to the cast this morning via Twitter: “We don’t have a TARDIS, but we do have a Timelord: we’re pleased to welcome Matt Smith to the cast of #Terminator.”

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The movie is to be released in July 2015 and is directed by Alan Taylor, who also directed Thor.

Since Smith’s departure from BBC drama Doctor Who – in which he is succeeded in the role of the Doctor by Peter Capaldi – he has been on stage in London performing American Psycho, and will be seen on the big screen in the Ryan Gosling directed Lost River, with a North American release date to be announced.

What do you think of Smith’s addition to the cast?

Source: BBC News

Rising Star Monday – Andrew Garfield

It is time for another “Rising Star Monday” here on TrulyLuminary! Our star this week is actor Andrew Garfield.

Andrew Garfield has dual American and British citizenship and he was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Lynn, is British and his father, Richard, is American. Garfield’s family moved back to Britain when he was three years old, he is Jewish and his family was “middle class”. He was brought up in Surrey England and he was a gymnast and a swimmer when he was younger. Garfield was originally going to study business, however he became interested in acting. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and graduated from this program in 2004.

Garfield began his acting career by taking classes at the age of 12 and participated in several stage plays including Bugsy Malone and Romeo and Juliet. In 2005 he broke into television with guest starring roles on the British shows Sugar Rush and Doctor Who. So far, his film credits include Lions for Lambs,The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Never let Me Go, The Social Network, and most recently he starred in The Amazing Spider-Man. His role in The Social Network shot him to stardom and gained him critical acclaim with two BAFTA award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role.”

In March 2012, Garfield made his Broadway debut as Biff Loman in the revival of Death of a Salesman, which was directed by Tony winner Mike Nichols and performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. This revival also stared Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tony Award nominee Linda Emond. Garfield was nominated for a Tony Award as a best featured actor in a play for the role.

Are you a fan of Andrew Garfield? What do you think of the films that he has been in?

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Sources: http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1940449/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Garfield

“Entertainment Weekly” – Comic-Con Star Portraits: Day One

Entertainment Weekly has been following Comic-Con and has a lot of really interesting posts about what is going on at the San Diego Comic-Con. They recently posted a gallery with some stunning and fun photos of stars that are at Comic-Con for panels and promotional events.

What do you think of these photos? Are you following what is happening at Comic-Con?

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