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Doctor Who

Film

Art

  • Edvard Munch’s “Vampire” fetches $38m

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  • TNT announces casts for pilots The Line and Bunker Hill
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Monday’s unlucky Valentine news

Doctor Who

Film

  • Remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes?

Theatre

  • Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to star in Waiting for Godot
  • Matthew Horne and Imelda Staunton to star in Entertaining Mr Sloane

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Review: Doctor Who – 4×13 – Journey’s End

Journey's End - Davros

The best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster: the drink’s effect is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick – or watching a Doctor Who season finale by Russell T Davies

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Stephen Fry recently gave a speech at the BBC about the importance of the licence fee (you can listen to him retell it for his latest podgram). In it, he recalls tuning in to watch the very first episode of Doctor Who. It was the most exciting thing he’d ever seen and the seven days until the next episode were almost unbearable.

Ring any bells?

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US TV

Preview: True Blood

In the US: HBO, some time in the Fall.

Vampire series, hey? Apparently, we can’t get enough of them. Well, we can, otherwise Moonlight wouldn’t have been cancelled.

But as soon as one dies, others swoop in on bats’ wings to take their place: BBC3’s got the partly vampiric Being Human on the way (YouTube trailer) – as soon as they can sort out cast scheduling issues – and HBO has True Blood due in the Fall.

What’s up there? It’s like they’re proxies that enable repressive societies that won’t allow proper sex on tele to explore desire and the id in a semi-fantastical, metaphorical and therefore safe way.

But it can’t be that. Don’t be silly.

Vampire shows largely fall into two categories: group one, by far the more popular, is when vampires are secret. They skulk in the shadows, occasionally popping up to say things like "I want to suck your blood." Then they suck your blood.

Group two, in which True Blood falls quite neatly, is when vampires aren’t secret. They creep around in the exact same way rock stars don’t, take on the language of oppressed minorities and promise to be good.

"Don’t mind us," they say. "We’re just vampires".

"Really?" the humans respond. "You don’t want to suck our blood?"

"Oh, no," reply the vampires. "That’s a terrible, terrible stereotype."

"Ah," the humans nod sagely. Then they pause. "Excuse us, but aren’t you sucking our blood?"

"Oh yes. Sorry about that. We’re vampires. We lie. Don’t mind us…"

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Thursday’s “flimsy excuse” news

Bryn and Stacey in Gavin & Stacey

Doctor Who

Film

  • Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman to “re-imagine” Brain De Palma’s The Fury
  • Russell Brand to re-team with Judd Apatow for buddy comedy

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US TV