A 13-Day Doctor Who Marathon Is Coming to BBC America

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BBC America

On July 16, 2017, Doctor Who fans around the world got the news they’d been anxiously awaiting when the BBC announced that Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker would be taking over the TARDIS in the iconic sci-fi series’s 11th season. Though fans got an early glimpse of her regeneration in “Twice Upon a Time,” the show's 2017 Christmas special, it was only earlier this week that the new season got an official release date of October 7, 2018. Now, in the weeks leading up to the Thirteenth Doctor’s first season, BBC America will run a “13 Days of Doctor Who” marathon.

The event will kick off at 6 a.m. ET/PT on Tuesday, September 25 with “Rose,” the first episode of the series’s reboot featuring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, his soon-to-be companion. The network will air every episode from the past 10 seasons, meaning that in addition to Eccleston’s single season you can relive every moment of David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi’s time as a Time Lord.

Though Whittaker will be the first female Doctor, she’s not the first actress to be considered for the role. Back in the 1980s, original series co-creator Sydney Newman proposed revitalizing the show by regenerating the Time Lord into a Time Lady. For years, the show’s producers have toyed with the idea of making The Doctor a woman. In 2008, former showrunner Russell Davies (who’s passing on the torch to Chris Chibnall for the 11th season) broached the idea yet again, citing Catherine Zeta-Jones as his top pick for the Eleventh Doctor following Tennant’s departure.

The marathon will conclude on Sunday, October 7th with the premiere of “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” Whittaker’s first full episode.

If you’re itching to binge-watch another beloved sci-fi series, BBC America is dedicating five days of next week’s programming to The X-Files, in honor of its 25th anniversary. That marathon will kick off at 6 a.m. ET on Monday, September 10 and conclude on Friday, September 14.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]

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