On the day HBO confirmed the end of Game of Thrones, it threw us a bone by announcing the premiere date of new scifi series Westworld.
The one-hour drama kicks off a ten-episode season in the US on Sunday 2 October at 9pm (ET/PT).
Westworld is based on the iconic ’70s film starring Yul Brynner (watch both trailers below), which in turn was based on the Michael “Jurassic Park” Crichton novel.
The basic plot is the worst day ever for Alton Towers’ PR office after Worf forgets to turn the safety protocols back on after a particularly challenging holodeck workout with Lore and the Final Five pre-switch-on.
It was created for television by Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “Person of Interest”) and Lisa Joy (“Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice”), both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing.
In true HBO fashion Westworld boasts a knockout cast: Ed Harris as the evil Man in Black, plus Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.
The clock is counting down to the Peter Capaldi era so here’s a look back at 50 years of Doctor Who courtesy of the BBC. Enjoy!
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Doctor Who, “A Town Called Mercy” Trailers: BBC1 and BBC America.
This third episode of Doctor Who Series/Season 7 promises to be a-may-zing.
Shot on location in Almeria, Spain it used the same sets as Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti westerns, and the promotional images pay clear homage to
grumpy old man iconic poncho-wearer Clint Eastwood.
Snippets of the episode were featured in a trailer reel that showrunners Steven Moffat and Caro Skinner debuted at WhoCon back in March 2012, and there was more than a frisson of excitement when the crowd recognised guest star — and all-around sci fi god — Ben Browder (Farscape, Stargate SG-1).
The episode also features Adrian Scarborough, who was most recently seen playing Pritchard the butler in the rebooted Upstairs Downstairs.
The two trailers below are very similar, but there is a noticeable difference in tone. The one from BBC America is darker, and has more of an emphasis on action and heavy weaponry, whereas the BBC1 trailer feels lighter and more comedic.
In a recent interview with SFX, Browder revealed that he’s long had a soft spot for Doctor Who: “Look, in my house, I have a TARDIS. It’s a small one, but I have a TARDIS. There’s a sonic screwdriver, too.”
Check out what writer Toby Whithouse told SFX about the inspiration behind “A Town Called Mercy”.
Doctor Who Series 7 airs in the UK on Saturdays, 7:35pm on BBC1.
Doctor Who Season 7 airs in the US on Saturdays, 9pm ET on BBC America.
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