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Georgia Moffett (above right) plays the Doctor’s daughter in the sixth episode of the fourth season of ‘Doctor Who’ on BBC One. The episode paces perhaps a little too quickly, leaving us with a slightly disenchanted connection with Ms. Moffett when she steps in front of a bullet intended for the Doctor, but nevertheless, Ms. Moffett puts on a solid performance and it would appear viewers might be getting more of her later on (she seems to have regenerated at the end).

Interestingly, Ms. Moffett is the real-life daughter of Peter Davison, the fifth doctor. She also auditioned for the role of Rose Tyler, which wound up in the very capable hands of Billie Piper. While I think Ms. Moffett is a good actress, I’m very glad the role of Rose went to Ms. Piper. Moffett’s acting is a little flat compared to Piper’s — and I’m not sure she has the same range as Billie does. That said, if the BBC does carry on a new series with her as the Doctor’s daughter, it might turn out to be a great series. Many on Who fansites have clamored for a female doctor; Ms. Moffett could be a perfect substitute for post-4th season blues. And since the BBC plans to put the Who series on-ice for a while to juggle the creative team, how better to keep the Who-verse top of mind?

Check out the trailer to the episode here (Also embedded below). For more promo photos, journey here.

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I’m not much of a Terminator fan; I admit I enjoyed T2 but I never really watched all of the first or any of the third (or care much for the rumored 4th). That might change with what I’ve seen of the Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fox’s new 45 minute magnum opus starring “Serenity’s” under-rated star, Summer Glau (far left) as the bad robot gone good (Cameron), and the beautiful Lena Headey (second left) as the titular Sarah Connor.

As someone who barely – and I mean barely – watches much TV, I’ve actually stayed through with this show from first to season finale (well, thanks in large part to Fox making all their shows available online), and may I say it has been one of the most enjoyable and exciting shows ever. Sure, it’s not going to get any crowning ‘Oscar’ achievements in the writing department, but what’s there is sharp, well developed, and at times, brilliant. I know some Terminator fans out there who’ve long walked away from the show, decrying its mediocrity, but I fail to see their cult-ish criticisms. For the action-viewer, there’s not much on TV that can rival this series, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next season. Fox, you’ve got yourself a looker in this show; you better not go canceling it now. You may want to roll these cast members into that 2009 movie you’re making. If you do, I’ll be there to see it.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen the lovely Ms. Glau in action before, I highly recommend you check out the little-known sci-fi film, “Serenity.” Based on the short-lived series, “Firefly,” the movie hit theaters in 2005 to much critical fanfare … but alas, very little commercial attention. This Joss Whedon (yes, the Buffy scribe Whedon) invention never caught on, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. After you watch it, you’ll probably wonder what took Hollywood so long to put Ms. Glau back to work.

And if you missed out on the Sarah Connor Chronicles, fear not! Just head over online to all of Season 1. It’s must-see online TV 🙂

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…You’re missing one of the best rebirths in the telly’s history. For those of us who grew up watching the Doctor, the BBC’s relaunch in 2003 is nothing short of a small miracle. Writer Russell T. Davies and his merry, awfully talented band have (and continue to) bring depth and life to the Doctor, his companion and the amazing Who-verse. In the US, the series can be seen on the Sci-Fi channel; TV Guide *finally* placed Doctor Who on its hot, must-watch list — the third season, which is already nearing its end in the UK — is starting up on Sci-Fi this month.

For the few of us who don’t have cable (me! come on, it’s not like I have much time to watch TV anyways — what am I to do with hundreds of channels?), the DVD box sets are the next best thing. I picked up both season 1 and 2 from Buy.com and Amazon.com and have been having a blast. Admittedly, the sets are expensive ($70 online, expect to pay $20-$30 more at retail stores) but the BBC has done a fantastic job cramming a whole lot of extras on these discs. You can check out how the TARDIS was designed and conceived and even watch as the lovely Billie Piper takes you around the set camera in hand.

If you’re not familiar with Doctor Who, fear not. You do not need to know anything about the prior Who series — which goes all the way back to the 1963 — to understand the new ones, though I’m quite sure once you’ve consumed a few you’ll want to learn more. For new Who-fans, do check out the Outpost Gallifrey; it’s filled with facts and boards about the new and old Doctor Who shows. Of course, if you’re like me and can’t get ahold of season 3 until the boxed set comes out, steer clear of the spoiler boards.