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Source: Geek & Sundry
Alright, Whovians. There have been rumors swirling for months now, and it’s official: the Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, is officially regenerating. As Radio Times reports, Moffat will be turning over the show to Chris Chibnall, a long-time Whovian and writer on the show Broadchurch (which, incidentally starred the Tenth Doctor himself, David Tennant). That’s means that after the show’s tenth season, the days of a Moffat-run Doctor Who are officially over.
There’s just one tiny catch.
BBC1, Doctor Who‘s British home, is not planning on airing the tenth season of the show until spring of 2017 to make sure the show isn’t overshadowed by the UEFA European Championship and the Olympics–which means we won’t be experiencing Chibnall’s Doctor Who until 2018. But don’t get too upset, Whovians. Our Christmas tradition of spending the 25th of December with the Doctor won’t be ruined in 2016. The Moffat-helmed Christmas special will air in 2016 as planned, though it’s still unclear what they’ll do about Twelve’s companion situation.
British actor Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69, after losing a battle with cancer. His family announced the news on January 14, 2016.
While he was known as a brilliant actor on the stage, he was also noted for his roles in Die Hard, Dogma, Galaxy Quest, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and most importantly Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series. He won a Golden Globe a BAFTA, and was well-known for his portrayal of villains during his 30 year film career.
Digital artist MichaelO inspired himself from Blackmilk’s original R2-D2 swimsuit to create his vision of an “upgraded” R2 unit for the upcoming Star Wars films
The U.S. Postal Service has issued a new set of Star Trek stamps for 2016, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the popular science fiction franchise.
The stamps depict classic images from the series with a crew member who appears to be covered in stars using the transporter, Spock’s Vulcan salute with the Starship Enterprise and a planet designed into the palm, the Enterprise with the image of an exotic world in the center, and the Starfleet insignia with the Enterprise flying through it. The backgrounds are yellow, blue, red, and green – the colors of Starfleet uniforms.
They were designed by Heads of State design firm with art direction by Antonio Alcalá.
The four new Forever stamps will cost 49¢ in the U.S. and about £.33 in the U.K.
Star Trek debuted on television in 1966, the creation of writer Gene Roddenberry. Though the original series only ran for three seasons, it developed a passionate following and spanned six TV series, 12 films, and a host of novels, video games, and comics.
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