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Doctor Who Reveals The First Footage From Peter Capaldi's Final Episode

Peter Capaldi, Doctor Who | Photo Credits: Simon Ridgway/BBC America

Christmas is a time for presents under the tree, songs... And saying goodbye to Peter Capaldi, as the veteran actor leaves his role as the lead on Doctor Who after three seasons in the upcoming Christmas Special. It's also a goodbye for long time showrunner Steven Moffat -- and possibly cast-members Pearl Mackie, Michelle Gomez and Matt Lucas, who seemed to finish their arcs in the season finale, but have teased that one -- or all of them -- may be back.

And if that wasn't enough, David Bradley (Game of Thrones) joins the cast playing the very first Doctor, originally played by William Hartnell. In a neat meta-twist, Bradley originally played Hartnell in a biopic of the making of the first episode of Who, An Adventure in Space and Time. Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey indeed.

During the Christmas Special, The Doctor will regenerate -- meaning change his face and body after a near death experience -- into the new Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker.

So were the fans who packed the six thousand person plus Hall H to see the Doctor Who cast at San Diego Comic-Con flippin' excited to see the first scenes from the episode? You bet they were.

It starts with a shot of the original Doctor, fading into color as he morphs into David Bradley. Over older scenes, titles flash:"One Man. One Destiny. Twice."

The concept? They're trapped in a single moment, teamed up with Mark Gatiss' soldier who joins them on their adventure.

And... Bill is back! Pearl Mackie returns in the special, which is called "Twice Upon a Time."

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The Doctor Who Christmas Special airs, you know, on Christmas, on BBC America.



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Star Trek: Discovery Will Stick With Bryan Fuller's Original Vision

Bryan Fuller | Photo Credits: Amanda Edwards, WireImage

Star Trek: Discovery raised a lot of red flags when it was announced late last year that original showrunner Bryan Fuller was leaving the series to devote his attention to finishing American Gods for Starz.

Akiva Goldsman stepped into the showrunner role for Trek, but many have wondered how much of the original vision created by Fuller -- who made his name as a writer on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager -- would remain on screen when the show premieres on Sept. 24. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who created the Discovery story with Fuller, is adamant that the crew of Discovery respects Fuller so much.

"The first thing that I'll say about Bryan is that someone once described him to me as a unicorn, meaning there's only one of him and he's extraordinary," Kurtzman told TV Guide on the Star Trek: Discovery red carpet at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday "It's the truth. He really is an incredible, incredible visionary. We worked together for a while and there is no greater Star Trek fan than Bryan. Truly in his bones, he is a Trekker."

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Fuller's original plan for the series included having a black woman as No. 1 on the call sheet and an openly gay character. Both of those things have been checked off with Sonequa Martin-Green headlining the series as First Officer Michael Burnham and Anthony Rapp on the bridge as the openly gay science officer Lt. Stamets. Kurtzman continued to say that the series has done everything they could to bring Fuller's ideas to life.

"[Bryan] made what was a very difficult choice for him. [American] Gods was a very consuming process for him and he did not want to compromise Trek in any way," he said. "We have done everything possible to really live in the vision and the course that he set. He and I did the story together, but he had some incredibly great, big ideas for the course of Season 1 and some things to be set up in Season 2. We've really done everything we can to protect and preserve that."

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sept. 24 on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.

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Star Trek: Discovery Will Feature That Human-Vulcan Love Story

For those Star Trek fans who were hoping to see the Sarek-Amanda love story come into play in Star Trek: Discovery, James Frain has good news ... well, sort of.

Speaking to TV Guide at San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday, Frain revealed that Amanda Grayson will make an appearance in the rebooted series -- at least, in the backstory elements to explain how his relationship with adopted daughter-slash-Spock's sister Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) came to be.

"I think we've only just started peeling that back," Frain explained. "What we start with is Sarek's mentoring of Michael and his attempt to find a place for her. There's a little bit of backstory that starts happening about how she became involved in his life. And then Amanda comes in -- in the last episode I shot, she had just been introduced, so I'm pretty sure we're going to be finding out about that. But I haven't read the last five episodes, so I don't know. They come in very late."

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In the original series, Sarek and Amanda were Spock's parents, who bridged the interspecies divide to form a Vulcan-Earthling relationship to span the generations.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sept. 24 on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.



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