UK Television Updates: MisFits, Sherlock, & Doctor Who

There’s a lot of buzz online about our favorite UK shows, so we’ve put all this news together in a handy, more digestible format for your reading pleasure. First off is some information from Bleeding Cool looking at the upcoming series of Misfits. Now working on its fifth season it has been reported by Channel Four that this will be the last ever series. Here is the official blurb for what this series is going to cover.

The new series marks the first anniversary of the storm and a support group forms on the estate for those people who find having a super power isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Like… the ability to knit visions of the future, or to shag unwanted powers out of other people (you read that right) or to transform into a turtle. And as Dark Rudy likes to talk-slash-moan, it should come as no surprise that he is the first of our gang to start attending. And it’s here that he sees a very different future facing the team – one which could change things forever. Strap on those ankle tags, because this is what you’ve been waiting for. Our guys are going to have to up their game if they’re going to tackle some real life A-grade super-powered vigilantes.

In all honesty this is probably for the best. Having lost most of the original cast a few series ago, last season struggled to make the new characters as interesting as their older, more established counterparts. There was defiantly potential for character development with these new members of the Misfit group, but most of this series was carried by Rudy. Still at least they are planning on going out with a bang, with an interesting time travel style story and plenty of super hero power usage (something that was lacking from the previous series). It will be sad to see the Misfit crew hang up their orange overalls, but they had a great run.

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Moving to Sherlock, filming has just started on the new series with very little information coming out on how Sherlock survived his roof top leap. The most interesting thing to appear online is the photo which shows Sherlock’s brother Mycroft with his nemesis Moriarty – who is meant to be very much dead. Moriarty’s coat looks very much like Sherlock’s does it not? Could this be part of his escape from the dead? Have a look and see what you can piece together from it.

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Mycroft and Moriarty – Set photo from zimbio.com

Bleeding Cool News also covered some news about Doctor Who focusing on ideas that never came to be. First is an interview Steven Moffat did with Doctor Who Magazine talking about what would have happened on his run with Doctor Who if David Tennant had stayed on more year.

I only had the roughest idea. Had David stayed for one final year, it would certainly have been his last, so my pitch was that it would start with the Tardis crashing in Amelia’s back garden – as now – and a terribly battered and bruised Tenth Doctor staggering out.

Amelia finds him, feeds him fish custard (no that was for Matt, it would have been something more Davidy) and generally helps him. But we, the audience, can see he’s in a truly bad way. Dying maybe. Eventually he heads back to his TARDIS, and flies off.

But when he returns – many years later for Amy – he seems perfectly fine, and indeed doesn’t remember any of those events…And of course over time, we realise what we saw was the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, about to regenerate. Events that we return to in Episode 13…

This has a quirky Time Travellers Wife feel to it which would have worked perfectly within the storyline and may have been a better send off than the overly dramatic and long-winded death he eventually had. If that was enough to peak your interest about the things that could have been then this news may actually blow you away. Dan Norton on his Deviant Art page gave us these incredible sketches of a proposed Doctor Who animated show. Pulled at the last-minute because the BBC felt it may detract from the main show (which I have to disagree with, it would have enhanced it), here is some of the artwork for a show we will never see.

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And finally staying with the good Doctor, let’s look at the 50th Anniversary episode coming up in November. Speculation about what is going to happen has flooded the internet. In the Daily Mail newspaper  there was an article about how we may see more than one Doctor returning. Below is an extract from that article.

Viewers will see Matt Smith, 30, mingle with all the actors from the previous BBC series, including the late William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee.

TV chiefs came up with the plan, thanks to fellow sci-fi smash Star Trek.

In 1996, the cast of spin-off series Deep Space Nine had an adventure with the original Enterprise crew Captain Kirk and Mr Spock (William Shatner, 82, and Leonard Nimoy, 82) as they looked in the 1960s.

The show used hi-tech wizardry to digitally insert the young stars from Deep Space Nine into old footage from an episode called The Trouble with Tribbles, which aired in 1967.

Now BBC bosses plan to do the same. In November’s TV special to mark 50 years of Doctor Who, fans will see the current Doctor come face to face with all of the former Doctors who include Tom Baker, 79, Colin Baker, 69, and Peter Davison, 62.

He will be “placed” into clips from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to make it look as though he is really there and interacting with his old Time Lord selves.

Ex-Doctor Who star David Tennant, 42, is the only actor who will appear in the flesh in the episode.

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Doctor Who photo from bbc.co.uk

Now this is all speculation at this point but  Digital Spy covered a recent interview on Radio 2 with David Tennant which did make reference to the fact there may be other older cast members on the set. Again it is very vague but taken one way it could back up the above article. Skip to 1.45 for the relevant quote.

More spoilers will no doubt come closer to the date, but what we do know is that there will be lots of monsters. In an interview with Doctor Who writer Robert Banks Stewart was quoted as saying that

“The Zygons are in there with all the others – particularly the Daleks and the Cybermen,”

“[But] nobody yet knows what the plot of the 50th will be – Steven Moffat and his team in Cardiff, they are quite rightly keeping it all secret.”

If you are unfamiliar with the Zygons then here is a photo of their new incarnation for this episode.

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Zygon photo from radiotimes.com

So there is plenty to look forward to in the upcoming months. Grizzly Bomb will keep you updated on all this as soon as new news arises.

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