Daily Archives: 03/14/2012

Sophia Myles – is she The Doctor’s new companion?

No arguments here - best guest star ever to become rocking new TARDIS guest?

Bleeding Cool’s detectives have gone digging and put together compelling evidence that Sophia Myles – she of awesome Lady Pompadour guest appearance in Tennant-era classic “Doctor Who” episode, ‘The Girl In The Fireplace’ – could be the next person to hitch a ride through space and time.

Evidence, part the first – she’s been in the show before, as were Freema Agyeman, Karen Gillan, Colin Baker and Nicholas Courtney before taking on larger roles.

Evidence, part the second – much Twittering between Myles and the Moffat and Sophia’s recent remarks about  packing for a trip to Spain…where “Who” is currently filming.

Evidence, part the third – She’s due to show up at this month’s inaugural “Who” con, alongside the Moff and the Smith.  Might be a good time to make an announcement, no?

Your guess is as good as mine, but this is one piece of casting that I’d be behind – Hell, she’s one of the brightest spots of the first “Underworld” movie, was pretty much the only reason to see Jonathan Frakes’ live action “Thunderbirds” movie (Lady Penelope FTW) and deserves a higher profile, and has the talent to back up her casting.

Not sure how we’d go about explaining why she looks so much like one of the Doctor’s great lost loves, but that’s what the Ret-Con Defense Force are working on as we speak, I suppose…


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The Hobbit threatened with closure…


The Hobbit Pub in Southampton, UK, that is.

In a move destined to backfire on them and make them look like money-grubbing, mean-spirited, Hollywood d-bags, the notably litigious Saul Zaentz company has instructed lawyers to serve a small British pub with a cease-and-desist order and threatened legal action if they don’t change the name of their hostelry.

This is such an important case, obviously, as many patrons of the Hobbit pub in Southampton will go into it expecting a Peter Jackson film and be nonplussed when they find that they’re actually in a watering hole and have to buy a pint and a packet of crisps, missing out on Bilbo’s early adventures  and have to enjoy an evening’s convivial drinking instead.  Publicans, eh?  What an utter herd of Shelobs…

It’s helping the consumer, clearly, to force the pub to close and is in no way a demonstration of bullying or intellectual property trollling.

Just so we get that clear – it’s definitely NOT trolling.  Not in the slightest.

National treasure (and “Hobbit” movie cast member) Stephen Fry has lent his support to the Save the  Hobbit Pub’s Facebook campaign – I wouldn’t disagree with his assertion that the Zaentz Company’s campaign is ‘pointless, self-defeating bullying’.

If the Zaentz Company had a worldwide franchise of Prancing Pony Theme Pubs ready to roll out worldwide and regarded the Southampton boozer as a threat to its livelihood then you might grudgingly concede that their desire to remove competing outlets had some basis in reality.  As things are, a very rich American producer is trying to shut down a student pub which does ‘Gandalf’ cocktails and has live bands on.

Not exactly a matched battle of equals, is it?  Have they actually read the books, and did they think that Saruman was a misunderstood good guy?


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