Yesterday Archive


Colin Baker’s “I’m a Celeb” Highlights

Yesterday night saw Sixth Doctor Colin Baker eliminated from ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here after failing a task. For those that missed it, the highlight reel and exit interview can been seen in the video below.

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Moffat is Outstanding, SJA is the Best

Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures have received yet more prestigious awards.

Yesterday Steven Moffat picked up the Spe Read more …


The Writers of Yesterday (The RTD Era)

Guest contributor Patrick Kavanagh looks at the ones that got away.

Since the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, many writers have graced our screens. Some have written great episodes, others have written poorer ones. Russell T Davies in his era gave us some truly brilliant episodes. Throughout his rein though he had dozens Read more …


Gillan’s Greg James Radio 1 Interview

Karen Gillan was a guest on Greg James’ Radio 1 show yesterday. She talked about Doctor Who fans, how she feels to be leaving the show, her future plans and more. You can hear it in the player below.

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Star Trek 2 Behind By Months

Yesterday J.J. Abrams stopped by The Howard Stern Show to promote Super 8, but he also gave an update on Star Trek 2.

Although Abrams has yet to see the script for Star Trek 2, he was able to let Stern and Trek fans know how far behind the sequel was, so as mentioned during the last few weeks, Star Trek 2 will probably not be released next summer.

“We’re probably six months behind,” Abrams told Stern.

In another interview with MTV, Abrams elaborated on the delay. “I would say it’s not an impossibility to do it, but the studio agrees the most important thing is that the movie be good. No one wants to make something that makes its date but isn’t necessarily worth your time. I want to make sure that whatever we do and whenever it comes out that it’s something that people will have a great time watching.

“We’ve been discussing everything. The most important thing is how do we do something that we get excited about and that is worthy of the audience.”

No word yet on whether Abrams will direct, and he won’t commit one way or the other until he sees the script. “Without even knowing what the story is, part of me feels jealous of anyone else who gets to work with those actors—such an amazing group of actors,” he said. “But I also want to make sure I know what it is I’m being asked to direct before I do it. We’re working on the story and getting there. I’m very excited about what they’ve come up with so far.”


Carson: Directing Trek – The Good And The Bad

Although David Carson directed gems such as Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Yesterday’s Enterprise, he also worked on Star Trek: Generations, where he found the proposed mode of death for James T. Kirk to be unacceptable.

Carson began his Trek career with The Next Generation‘s The Enemy. “I was in England and I didn’t know Star Trek,” he explained. “When I was told that I had an interview for the thing, I said, ‘Oh yes, what’s Star Trek?’ My agents went, ‘You don’t know what Star Trek is? You’d better go down to the video store and get the thing out and have a look at it.”

His work was good enough that Carson was offered more Star Trek directing opportunities, including episodes from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and the Star Trek: Generations movie. “…when I directed TNG, when I did scenes on the bridge, I made them look different somehow,” he said. “That was just by moving the camera and following the actors and being with them, being a little closer to them. The producers liked that style, that European style that I supposedly brought with me. It helped them to feel that they weren’t watching the same thing all the time, that they were getting an injection of something different. That’s how they explained it to me.”

For Yesterday’s Enterprise, Carson arrived to find out that plans had changed and there was no script. “..when I arrived for the first day of eight days of prep, they told me that they’d just discovered that Whoopi Goldberg was available and they wanted to use one of the stories that she featured in.

“So, with eight days to go, we all gathered around this big conference table in the Star Trek offices and looked at an outline, and this outline was Yesterday’s Enterprise. But it was incredibly complicated, this outline, because it involved having two bridges of the Enterprise, turning everything around and making it a completely different parallel universe, and building up ships and things like that. So we had this extraordinary situation where we on the production side went ahead with our plans. The set builders and everybody else went ahead and built these sets whilst the writers were writing. And the two, luckily, matched together completely.”

When it came to Star Trek: Generations, Carson was not happy about the proposed mode of death for Kirk. “Kirk was to be shot in the back,” he said. “What was written and what was accepted by the studio and the producers was never acceptable as far as I was concerned. I mean, here’s this great icon. This Captain Kirk is an icon. He means a lot to people. So to have him die in an ignominious way, when you’re shooting in this incredible mountain area…I fought for that not to happen, but lost the battle.”

But it turned out that fans in a test audience were with Carson when it came to Kirk’s unheroic death. “We did a test viewing and the film got tremendously good scores,” said Carson, “until the ending happened and then the scores just fell off the page. So it seemed that the test audience also agreed that our shooting Kirk in the back was really, totally anticlimactic and not the kind of thing that they wanted at all.

“So we re-wrote the ending and did the ending that you see now in the film. And it was, of course, a huge undertaking because we were doing an action scene in virgin territory in the middle of a national park north of Las Vegas. It was immensely dramatic and because we decided to put it on a bridge, we had to have three helicopters putting the bridge into place and attaching it to these virgin rocks. It was just amazing.”


German TV Fail: Star Trek‘s Maquis NOT Involved In Bin Laden Mission

Yesterday a German news station had a major image fail. While covering the US Navy Seals operation to kill Osama bin Laden and they mistook a Star Trek fan-made emblem for the Maquis for the actual SEAL Team Six emblem.


Crispin: Writing For Star Trek

The author of several Star Trek books, Ann Crispin found that her knowledge of Star Trek acquired from being a fan of the original series came in handy when it came to writing Trek tie-in stories.

“I was a Star Trek fan from the early days of the show,” Crispin explained. “I’d watched all of the episodes many times. I had read many of the novels and all of the James Blish novelizations. So I knew Star Trek inside and out when I wrote Yesterday’s Son on a whim.”

That familiarity with the Trekverse made her research a little easier too. “I did some research to write the book, mostly about arctic terrain and survival in arctic regions,” she said. “But since I used established settings, mostly I only wrote about what I already knew from watching the show for all those years.”

Why did Crispin want to write a story about Spock? “From the beginning I was fascinated – pardon the pun – by Mr. Spock and Vulcan,” she said. “As a child of the 60′s, the idea that Vulcans were strong, and capable, anything but wimps, yet their entire planet embraced pacifism, really inspired me. Also, Mr. Spock was smart, and I identified with his intelligence, yet (also) his ‘apartness.’ He was a character pulled between worlds… this is a characterization a writer can really sink her teeth into!”

As a fan, having watched the original series, Crispin found All our Yesterdays to have potential for a follow-up story of some sort. “As for Zar [Spock’s son with Zarabeth], it seemed to me when I watched All Our Yesterdays that the episode cried out for a sequel… so I sat down and wrote it.”


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.


Four stunning new Doctor Who promo posters (plus more teasers)

While everyone’s still trying to figure out some of those Doctor Who teasers from yesterday, the BBC released these smashing new character posters of the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill).