20 Doctor Who Stories That Are Based On Real Science

Sometimes Doctor Who plays fast and loose with science. (Just like Star Trek and Star Wars.) But this show was created, in part, to teach science to children, and its producers used to subscribe to New Scientist. Here are 20 Doctor Who stories which are based on real scientific ideas. » 11/05/14 11:40am 11/05/14 11:40am

Terry Nation's Recurring Nightmare That Helped Inspire The Daleks

The Daleks have been Doctor Who's most unstoppable villains for pretty much the show's entire run — but what drives them? What are they a metaphor for? On one level, they're clearly a version of the Nazis, created by people who lived through World War II. But their creator had another metaphor in mind. » 11/05/14 3:44am 11/05/14 3:44am

Watch the surviving clips of the BBC's Caves of Steel

Long before Almost Human, Isaac Asimov wrote the classic tale of a human detective paired with a robot partner, The Caves of Steel. And this novel was adapted by the BBC as a TV special, part of its Story Parade anthology series. And then wiped. Of course. » 10/24/13 11:52am 10/24/13 11:52am

Don't hold your breath for a new Blake's 7. Those reports that Microsoft would be producing the reboot of the classic British space opera as original content for the Xbox? Apparently not true after all. » 8/27/13 4:47pm 8/27/13 4:47pm

How Neil Gaiman did away with the "clanky clanky steampunk" Cybermen

This Saturday, renowned author Neil Gaiman returns to Doctor Who, with a brand new mission: make the Cyberman actually terrifying again. We talked to Gaiman, along with some other reporters, and he explained how he became the new Cyber-controller. Spoilers ahead... » 5/08/13 2:00pm 5/08/13 2:00pm

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Creators Who Started Out Writing…

When you write about other worlds and strange discoveries, you need a quick wit. And an ear for clever dialogue, that keeps the story buzzing along. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of science fiction and fantasy's greatest creators started out in comedy, including sitcoms. » 3/21/13 12:56pm 3/21/13 12:56pm

R.I.P. Ray Cusick, the designer who helped make the Daleks terrifying

Doctor Who writer Terry Nation conceived of the Doctor's perennial foe, the extermination-happy Daleks, but it was BBC designer Ray Cusick who created their pepperpot look. Now another bright light has fallen from the Doctor's sky as the BBC reports that Cusick passed away Thursday due to heart failure. » 2/23/13 5:00pm 2/23/13 5:00pm

Blake's 7 Reboot Coming to U.S. Television?

The British show Blake's 7 is one of those TV series that has a small cult following — but a huge impact on the history of science fiction television, with its morally gray, arc-based storytelling influencing a whole generation of creators. There's been talk of a new Blake's 7 series, either a reboot or a sequel… » 7/25/12 4:20pm 7/25/12 4:20pm

The Classic Dalek Battle We've Been Waiting 40 Years For

It should be one of the greatest moments in the history of Doctor Who: an all-out battle between the Daleks and U.N.I.T., the paramilitary organization that the Doctor spent most of a decade teaming up with. » 9/14/11 5:30pm 9/14/11 5:30pm

The British Plague-Apocalypse Will Not Be Televised

The Survivors aren't. The BBC has canceled its remake of Terry Nation's 1970s classic, in which a plague devastates most of the population, due to low ratings. Good news is, it's coming to U.S. DVD along with the original series. » 4/15/10 11:11am 4/15/10 11:11am

Television's Bleakest Post-Apocalyptic Saga Comes To America

Here's an exclusive clip from The Survivors, the remake of Britain's most apocalyptic 1970s series that launches on BBC America this Saturday at 8. It may be the bleakest, most misanthropic view of life after an apocalypse. Spoilers ahead... » 2/10/10 1:00pm 2/10/10 1:00pm

Could The Survivors Cure Your Doctor Who Withdrawal?

Going into Doctor Who » 11/05/08 1:24pm 11/05/08 1:24pm withdrawal yet? With the BBC's time-traveling soap opera pretty much taking a year off, and spin-off show also doing a shorter season, you're going to need an acceptable substitute. So it may be worth looking into , the remake of a classic show by Dalek co-creator Terry Nation — and featuring…

All Hail Terry Nation, Yesterday's SciFi Creator Of The Future

You may not know it right now, but we're about to enter the Second Age of Terry Nation. Last week's announcement that Nation's classic series Blake's 7 is going to be remade in a Battlestar Galactica-esque fashion following on from last year's announcement that Nation's other series, Survivors, is also about to be… » 4/30/08 7:30am 4/30/08 7:30am

How To Get Into Rebel Space Opera Blake's 7

You've heard great things about Blake's 7, that edgier 1970s show from some of the makers of Doctor Who. You've heard it features darker, more complex characters, and it's like a warped mirror held up to Star Trek's utopian future — instead of the human Federation being this amazing force for peace and justice in the… » 4/18/08 12:46pm 4/18/08 12:46pm