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Vote Doctor Who in the People’s Choice Award

More awards news today. Doctor Who has been nominated in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show category in the People’s Choice Awards.</p Read more …


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Top Five Scariest Moments (New Who)

John Hussey and Adam James Cuthbert count down their top five scariest moments from New Who.

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Doctor Who Wins “Best Family Drama”

Doctor Who scooped another award at the 2012 TV Choice Awards.

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Wheaton Furious At TSA

Recently, Wil Wheaton had to undergo the indignity of a routine security at the Los Angeles airport and he found the experience anything but routine.

When passengers in America fly, they are given a choice between being scanned, where not much is left to the imagination, or if they opt out of the scan, an intrusive pat-down by a (Transportation Security Administration) TSA agent.

Wheaton chose the pat-down, partly due to concerns over the radiation exposure from the backscatter scanners, and partly due to privacy concerns. His pat-down experience left him “violated, humiliated and angry.”

“Yesterday, I was touched, in my opinion, inappropriately, by a TSA agent at LAX,” he said. “When I left the security screening yesterday, I didn’t feel safe. I felt violated, humiliated, assaulted, and angry. I felt like I never wanted to fly again. I was so furious and upset; my hands shook for quite some time after the ordeal was over. I felt sick to my stomach for hours.”

On his Twitter account, Wheaton said that he “got groped so aggressively…I never want to fly again. Not even my doctor touches my junk that much.”

Some people have chosen other means of transportation due to the choice between being seen nude or being groped, but that is not always an option. “I do not have the luxury of simply refusing to fly unless and until this policy changes,” Wheaton said. “I have to travel dozens of times a year for work, and it simply isn’t practical to travel any other way. Airlines know that I am not unique in this regard, so they have no incentive to take a stand on their customers’ behalf.

“I believe that the choice we are currently given by the American government when we need to fly is morally wrong, unconstitutional, and does nothing to enhance passenger safety.

“I don’t believe that all TSA officers are automatically bad people…For example, I recently flew out of Seattle, opted-out, and got a non-invasive, professional, polite pat-down. I realize that most TSA officers are doing the best they can in a job that requires them to interact with people who automatically dislike them and what they represent. It isn’t the individual officer who is the problem; it’s the policies he or she is instructed to carry out that need to change.”

Wheaton plans to consult his attorney regarding the ordeal.

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Video: George Takei At Kids Choice Awards

Last night Nickelodeon held their 2011 Kids Choice Awards, and Star Trek’s George Takei was there, along with his costars of the upcoming Nickelodeon show Supah Ninjas.

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Surma: Casting For Later Trek

Amongst the casting decisions Ron Surma had to make, were finding suitable actors and actresses for the roles of the Borg Queen and Seven of Nine as well as finding a captain for Star Trek: Enterprise.

Alice Krige wasn’t available to reprise her role of the Borg Queen, and Surma had to find someone to do the job as well as Krige had done. “Alice wasn’t available and we had to find somebody else, and Susanna was really the only other choice for the role,” said Surma. “But that was not easy, for Susanna to come in and do that. Alice had set such a high standard and I think Susanna matched it.”

When the role of Kes was dropped from Star Trek: Voyager, Surma had to cast the new female Borg character. “Anytime there was a role for a beautiful woman it was a challenge because Star Trek was so specific in what they wanted,” said Surma. “You couldn’t be a contemporary beautiful woman. It didn’t fit the show. Junie and I had cast Jeri in several movies of the week when she was available, because she lived in Chicago. So we knew who she was. We’d gone through a lot of actresses for that role, a lot of good actresses who just missed. At the beginning of the process I don’t think she was in L.A. She usually came out for a couple or three months, and she was in town. And it worked out. She’s a wonderful person and a very good actress. Like I say, luckily, she was in town.”

For Star Trek: Enterprise, Scott Bakula was the first choice for everyone involved in the casting decision. “We all wanted Scott Bakula and, there was a wish list choice that worked out,” said Surma. “He was on the top of every list and it worked, thank God, because he was terrific.

Getting Jolene Blalock to say “yes” to the role of T’Pol was a challenge. “That was the toughest role to cast,” said Surma. “My assistant at the time, Chad, had put her picture up above his desk from the beginning. Her agents said no numerous times. She wasn’t interested. And that last week, she decided to come in. Thank goodness, because she was terrific. But that was the toughest role on Enterprise to cast.”

Surma is currently retired and is “enjoying my life.”

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Shimerman: Quark’s Potential Almost Fully Tapped

Armin Shimerman reflected upon his time on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Still busy years after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ended, Shimerman still thinks about the show on which he played the Ferengi Quark, and remembers his cast-mates and Deep Space Nine crew with fondness.

Occasionally, Shimerman will catch a glimpse of an episode of Deep Space Nine or The Next Generation on television. “I stop,” he said. “If I stop for more than a minute at a time I would be surprised. But I will stop and go, ‘Huh.’ I will look at what I was doing and ask myself, ‘Why did I make that choice? Why did I make this choice?’”

Shimerman feels that Deep Space Nine did a good job in tapping Quark’s potential, especially in the later seasons. “On a scale of one to ten, I would say a nine,” he said. “That’s in hindsight. If you’d asked me that in the fifth or sixth season of Deep Space Nine, I would have said a four. But in hindsight, especially thanks to the last couple of episodes of the series, I learned a great deal about what the writers had been doing with Quark in terms of his potential. And since that experience of those last two episodes I believe that a great deal of Quark’s potential was tapped. Prior to those two episodes I was always under the misimpression that they weren’t using me or the character to my full potential. I can’t explain how; it’s much too long an explanation, but I came to realize in those last few episodes that they’d used me very well. I’ve always acknowledged that the character flowered more than I ever thought it would at the beginning, but I only thought it had flowered a little bit for a long period of time. In the end I came to realize the full extent of what had happened with the character, that his potential had been tapped.”

His own performance isn’t his only interest in revisiting his Star Trek past. “And, more importantly,” said Shimerman, “I will look at the other actors who aren’t in makeup and say, ‘Wow, Nana (Visitor) looked great then, didn’t she?’ Not that she doesn’t look great now, but I will sort of mark the passage of time by the faces of the other actors who weren’t in makeup.”

Shimerman is a Star Trek convention regular and part of the appeal is catching up with his fellow actors. “Some of the Star Trek people, like Rene (Auberjonois) and Michael Dorn and a number of others, I talk to and see on a regular basis because we all live in L.A.,” said Shimerman. “But a lot of friends and colleagues live around the country, and some are around the world. So I don’t get to see them very often. So, to be able to reconnect with people who were very important in my life, at these conventions, that’s really delightful.”

Some Star Trek fans are part of that group of important people in Shimerman’s life. “…There are a lot of fans now that are a part of that group of well,” he said. “They are people I haven’t seen or don’t see often because they live in Wisconsin or Rhode Island and I’m in Los Angeles. So, to catch up with those people I’ve come to know is joyful. One of the things, as you get older, is that you miss the relationships you had earlier in your life. And these conventions are a great way to reconnect, to keep them in your life.”

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Pegg Regrets Saying No To Tarantino

Had he made a different choice, Simon Pegg might have had a part in a movie which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Pegg was offered the role of Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds as well as a role as Inspector Thompson in Steven Spielberg‘s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

“It was a horrible decision to make,” said Pegg. “I remember sitting on my own in a hotel room for an hour, having to decide which one to do. It was agony.”

Pegg chose the Spielberg film, which will release next year. In The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin and his friends set off to find a treasure left behind by Tintin’s ancestor Sir Francis Haddock. Pegg and Nick Frost will play bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson.