ICYMI: Peter Capaldi says goodbye as the Doctor and responds to young Doctor Who fan
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With Peter Capaldi exiting Doctor Who during the Christmas special, fans of the series were once again faced with having to say goodbye to another Doctor. One such young fan from Ireland wrote to the actor about being saddened by his departure. Much to the fan’s surprise, Capaldi answered his letter to reassure him that change is good and that the Doctor will always be with him.
Hot Topic: George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers picked up by Syfy, Gillian Anderson might be leaving The X-Files, and more!
George R.R. Martin might be most well-known for his fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire and the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones, but he’s also dabbled in science fiction. His 1987 novella Nightflyers has been picked up as a series by Syfy. The series will follow eight scientists and a telepath as they travel to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer in search of alien life. But when violence erupts on the ship, the crew begins to question each other and surviving the journey becomes far less certain.
With season eleven of The X-Files recently premiering on FOX, there has been a large influx of interviews and teasers about what might be coming up for the FBI agents. Gillian Anderson, who portrays Dana Scully on the long-running show, recently said that the eleventh season of the show will be her last. If the current season of the show is Anderson’s final season, that may cause season eleven to be the show’s final season.
Seth MacFarlane, the creator of FOX’s The Orville, recently discussed the show’s second season. According to MacFarlane, season two will be “at least 14 episodes” long but it may not be ready in time for Fall 2018, which means it may premiere later in the season.
Star Trek: The Next Generation fans received some sad news this week. Actor Jon Paul Steuer passed away at 33 years old on January 1. Steuer was one of several child actors to portray Worf’s son Alexander Rozhenko.
TVAD Writers Room: The X-Files season 11 premiere creates quite an impression!
The eleventh season of FOX’s The X-Files recently premiered and our TVAD roundtable discussion got into all of the details. The X-Files has historically been a fairly divisive series and the latest season appears to be continuing that tradition. Our roundtable guests had very mixed reactions to the episode. Check out what they thought of the episode here. But beware! It was impossible to discuss “My Struggle III” without getting into some spoilers.
Interviews: Chris Carter talks about the season 11 premiere of The X-Files and the show’s possible end, William B. Davis discusses the Cigarette Smoking Man, and more!
Only one episode of season eleven of The X-Files has aired and the show is already creating waves. Chris Carter, the creator and showrunner of the sci-fi series, recently discussed the season premiere. He talked at length with EW about the resolution to last season’s cliffhanger, one of the biggest, most controversial reveals on the show to date, and more.
“If you look at how I staged the scene in Mulder’s office, the way I staged the scenes on the bridge with the spacecraft hovering above Scully, you can see that was part of a plan.”
‒ Chris Carter (creator/showrunner)
Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) also recently said that season eleven of the show would be her last. When asked about that possibility and what it could mean for the future of the show, Chris Carter said:
“For me, the show has always been Mulder & Scully. So the idea of doing the show without her isn’t something I’ve ever had to consider. Was her character given a proper goodbye? I think you will want to sit down and watch the series finale very carefully.”
Fox Television Group co-CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden also addressed the possible departure of Gillian Anderson from the show.
“It seems like if those are the circumstances, there won’t be any more ‘X Files.'”
‒ Dana Walden (Fox Television Group co-CEO)
No discussion of a new season of The X-Files is complete without discussing the Cigarette Smoking Man. William B. Davis, who has portrayed the character since the very first episode of the series, recently talked to EW about the character. He even compared the Smoking Man to Game of Thrones‘ Tywin Lannister.
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