On this episode of Nerd & Tie we mourn the passing of Richard Hatch, celebrate the joy that is The Lego Batman Movie, consider Ben Affleck’s departure from The Batman‘s director’s chair, and prematurely miss Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who. Then it’s on to the con scene, where Eternal Con organizer Frank Patz has gotten himself banned from New York Comic Con (and all ReedPop events), STX Brazos Valley Comic Con guests are getting charged for hotel rooms that were supposedly paid for, and Crunchyroll has decided that Northern California totally needs another anime convention.
Just like most of us need another hole in the head.
Peter Capaldi’s time on Doctor Who has been pretty impressive, and Series 9 was probably the strongest part of Steven Moffat’s soon ending run. But even though we still have Series 10 to look forward to with the twelfth Doctor, it appears it will be the last hurrah.
While this still means we have plenty of time with Capaldi’s Twelve, it’s sad to see him go. This means that as Steven Moffat steps down as showrunner, new showrunner Chris Chibnall will get to start with a fresh actor taking over our titular Timelord’s shoes. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed, as I would have loved to have seen what Capaldi and Chibnall could have done together.
We’ve been excited about the new Doctor Who spinoff Class since it was announced, and as its premiere (which includes an appearance of Peter Capaldi) is creeping up on us. Because of that, the BBC has released an official teaser trailer for the series.
On this episode, recorded live at the first Nerd & Tie Expo, we mourn the loss of C. Martin Crocker, celebrate Tatiana Maslany’s Emmy win, stare blankly at the live action Ghost in the Shell teasers, discuss Peter Capaldi appearing on the upcoming Doctor Who spin off Class, consider the Black Lightning pilot ordered by Fox, and lament the delay of Star Trek: Discovery to next May.
We also do mailbag, respond to the audience, and Nick says something really weird in front of Voice Actress Tiffany Grant.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss Pearl Mackie’s casting as the new Doctor Who companion, Neil Gaiman is adapting Good Omens for Television, Syfy has ordered Krypton to pilot, Inhumans is off of Marvel’s schedule, John Macaluso has stepped down as the CEO of Wizard World, and Fox plans on skipping this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
With Jenna Coleman finishing her run as Clara on Doctor Who last series, the big open question has been who will join Peter Capaldi’s twelfth Doctor as the new companion.
Well, we now have the answer, as the BBC put out a video announcing the new companion as Pearl Mackie (who will be playing a character named “Bill”):
Pearl Mackie is a fairly new name to pretty much everyone, as her IMDB page is pretty thin. That said, she’s pretty great in the small scene they shot for the announcement – so I’m definitely not complaining.
It’s unknown if Mackie will appear in this year’s Christmas Special or if we’ll have to wait until next year to see her (as Doctor Who is pretty much taking 2016 off). I look forward to it though whenever she shows up.
The long awaited season four of BBC’s Sherlock has finally gone into production. Considering how difficult it is to get the series stars’ schedules to work (as both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both in pretty high demand), many have asked how much longer Sherlock will continue. Some have even speculated that this fourth season might be the last one.
Well, that speculation may have something to it. Series co-creator Steven Moffat said to Collider:
Sherlock series four – here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street, and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and terror and tragedy are looming. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning and it’s about to reach its climax
I guess the the key word a lot of people are focusing on here is “climax.” Many have taken this as an implication that Sherlock may complete its overall story arc and be close to an end. Considering how hard its been to make each subsequent season of the show, it makes sense to bring Sherlock to an end.
No word yet on when the season will air, but it’s currently expected to premiere in the fall in the UK. Likely the American debut will follow as usual in January on PBS.
We first heard about the upcoming young adult spinoff of Doctor Who (titled Class) back in October of last year. We didn’t know much about the series beyond the title and writer Patrick Ness’s involvement.
Well, a bit more has come out now.
Earlier today the BBC announced the cast of the series (pictured above). Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, and Vivian Oparah have been cast as a group of students, with Katherine Kelly playing their teacher at Coal Hill School.
The series, as previously mentioned, is set at Coal Hill School — which has featured in Doctor Who multiple times. The idea is that all of the temporal shenanigans around the building have weakened the walls of space and time around it… and something dark is trying to break through.
Class is expected to come to BBC Three and BBC America later this year.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast, Trae and Nick are going it on their own (as Pher is unfortunately ill). We mourn the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, contemplate Steven Moffat leaving Doctor Who, consider Star Wars Episode VIII’s move to December 2017, skeptically consider Michael Bay’s future with the Transformers franchise, wonder where all the money is from TCE2, and talk about Yourminicon cancelling half of their conventions.
Whether you love him or hate him, pretty much every Doctor Who fan has a strong opinion on showrunner Steven Moffat. Well, it won’t matter what you think about him much longer — because he’s quitting.
Chris Chibnall will replace Moffat as show runner after the next full series of Doctor Who is completed. This comes as exciting news for those who don’t like Moffat, but shouldn’t be unexpected for his fans (as he’s been with the series for quite some time). The bad news is that “final Moffat” series won’t air until 2017. The only Doctor Who we’ll get this year is a Christmas special, and that’s… just kind of depressing. Chibnall won’t take over the series until 2018.
It is kind of depressing to know that we’ll have to go a full year without any Doctor Who to watch.
I’m excited for Chibnall’s turn in the showrunner seat though, as Broadchurch is a phenomenal series. Chibnall is also no stranger to Doctor Who, having written for both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. He also wrote some of the best episodes of Torchwood including “Countrycide” (although he wrote “Cyberwoman” too, which was pretty terrible).
The future looks pretty great for Doctor Who. Or maybe the past. Or something.