River Song is Coming Back to Doctor Who—But Not in the Way You'd Expect

River Song has become a bit of a controversial figure on Doctor Who—even the fans who like her aren’t sure they want her to return to the show. But while River isn’t back on the TV show for now, she is making the leap to Doctor Who audio plays. And this time, she gets to have adventures with classic Doctors. » 6/29/15 1:20pm 6/29/15 1:20pm

Strange & Norrell's Italian Adventure Goes A Bit Off The Deep End

Many fans of the book expected Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell to skip, or greatly condense, Strange’s escapades in Venice—but instead the show gave us a whole episode dealing with the consequences of Strange’s madness. Unfortunately, it also tried to do a lot of finale setup, and it made the episode a bit of a mess. » 6/22/15 2:55pm 6/22/15 2:55pm

Why You Have To Watch The Wonder That Is Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, the BBC’s 7-part adaptation of Susannah Clarke’s novel about the rediscovery of magic in 19th century London is finally making its way to the US tomorrow — and so far it’s been pretty damn magical. This is why you should give it a watch, even if you weren’t a fan of the book. » 6/12/15 12:27pm 6/12/15 12:27pm

How The BBC Brought The "Unfilmable" Strange & Norrell To TV

The much-anticipated adaptation of Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is finally coming to US shores this weekend. But how hard was it to bring this Regency world of magic and moral ambiguity to television? We sat down with series writer Peter Harness to learn more about making Strange & Norrell. » 6/10/15 8:00am 6/10/15 8:00am

It's So Compelling To Watch Strange & Norrell's Moral Ambiguity Unfold

For a show with an ampersand in its title — the very implicit acknowledgement of unity between two entities — this week’s Strange & Norrell is all about relationships crumbling in spectacular manners. And yet, it’s completely compelling to watch, because even in the aftermath it’s hard to see who is doing the right… » 6/08/15 1:53pm 6/08/15 1:53pm

Yes, This Sherlock Diorama Is An Expensive Door For Your Action Figures

Remember when action figures came with cardboard cutouts you could display them against? Well, as figures have evolved and become more and more detailed and extravagant, so have the dioramas... leading us to the sheer insanity that is a three hundred dollar door for Sherlock action figures. » 6/01/15 10:30am 6/01/15 10:30am

In Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Power Lies With Politics, Not Magic

What if a world of mysticism and magic stood alongside Regency high society? Susanna Clarke’s break-out novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — the BBC’s adaptation of which began in the U.K last night — asks just that. But as the first episode shows, even in a world with magic, the real power is in politics. » 5/18/15 9:00am 5/18/15 9:00am

Osgood Returns To Doctor Who, And She's Bringing The Zygons With Her

I guess when you’re from a TV show where the lead character has the uncanny ability to turn into a popular British actor in the face of death, disintegration is merely a setback rather than permanent. Yes, lovable UNIT scientist/Doctor fangirl Osgood will be in Doctor Who’s next season, along with some familiar foes. » 5/08/15 1:40pm 5/08/15 1:40pm

The Real Reason Why US Adaptations Of British TV Shows Rarely Succeed

When it comes to TV, us Brits get very defensive when America tries to adapt one of our shows - just look at the reaction to the announcement that Black Mirror is getting a US remake. There's a good reason for the concern though: Most of the time these adaptations don't really work... and that's actually a good thing. » 1/30/15 12:17pm 1/30/15 12:17pm