Why I'm Kind Of Tired Of The "Smartest Man In The Room"

He used to be so cool and unpredictable. He would breeze into a complicated situation and make it simple through the razor-sharp power of his intellect. But lately, he's gotten dull and predictable, performing the same party trick over and over. The "smartest man in the room" is overexposed lately, and he needs a… » 12/22/14 5:37pm Monday 5:37pm

Great Villains Whose Schemes Aren't Just Aimed At Destroying The Hero

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Sometimes it seems like every villain is obsessed with murdering the hero of the story. (Or making the hero realize they're alike.) But it's not true — in fact, some of the best villains have their own goals, and the hero just happens to get in the way. Here are some great villains whose schemes don't revolve around… » 12/16/14 4:50pm 12/16/14 4:50pm

At Last, A 12th Doctor Figure That Isn't Awful

It's been a long road for Toy fans looking to get a Peter Capaldi for their desk. We had the tiny figure that looked bad both in publicity stills and in hand - but now it looks like we might just have a shot at a decent Twelfth Doctor figure, in the form of this 1:6 toy from Big Chief Studios. » 12/13/14 12:10pm 12/13/14 12:10pm

10 Characters Who Should Have Read The Damn Instruction Manual

Sometimes you get hold of a nifty new piece of gear, and you just want to try it out without wasting time with the manual. After all, what's the worst that could happen? A lot, it turns out. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy stories where people didn't read the instructions... with disastrous results. » 11/20/14 2:40pm 11/20/14 2:40pm

19 Funniest Nude Scenes In Science Fiction And Fantasy [Work-Safe!]

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Some heroes bare their souls in the midst of their epic adventures. And some heroes just bare, well, everything. Science fiction and fantasy is full of hilariously weird moments of naked truth — and here are the 19 funniest nude scenes of all time. It's work-safe! » 11/14/14 1:24pm 11/14/14 1:24pm

10 TV Episodes That Everybody Pretends Never Happened

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Science fiction and fantasy television has produced plenty of bizarre or terrible episodes. But sometimes, an episode isn't just bad, it's world-breaking — because it introduces plot holes or character traits that would kill a show. Here are 10 episodes that everybody had to pretend just didn't happen. » 11/12/14 2:43pm 11/12/14 2:43pm

All Of Doctor Who's Big Thematic Arcs Pay Off, With Clara's Final Test

This season of Doctor Who has been pretty tightly structured around a few big themes, and all of them were tied up in the season finale. A lot of them, not surprisingly, had to do with Clara Oswald — and we finally found out why she was chosen as the Doctor's companion. Spoilers! » 11/09/14 11:01am 11/09/14 11:01am

We're Dangerously Close To Getting An Official Doctor Who LEGO Set

The results of the latest LEGO Ideas review are in and at least two fan-built projects will soon be official LEGO sets. The ornithology-focused LEGO Birds Project and a set based on The Big Bang Theory are coming, but the real exciting news is that the board is still considering two different Doctor Who sets for… » 11/08/14 11:00am 11/08/14 11:00am

When Doctor Who Gets Lost In The Forest, It REALLY Gets Lost

Another week, another Doctor Who story that stretches the limits of the show's format — to the point where it's hard to say if it's a total work of genius, or just kind of a weird mess. Unfortunately, this week's "In The Forest of the Night" chases a ton of ideas that it never quite catches up with. » 10/26/14 12:01pm 10/26/14 12:01pm

This Year, Doctor Who is Built Around A Character Arc, And That's Major

Tonight's episode clinches it: Doctor Who is doing a much more ambitious character arc than it's done in years, even as the show's "mystery" storytelling is drastically scaled back. Even with a few stumbles here and there, this is really major. You have to applaud the ambition, and a lot of the execution. Spoilers… » 10/19/14 12:13pm 10/19/14 12:13pm

12 "Futuristic" Worlds Where Everybody Uses Obsolete Technology

Imagining the future is a huge challenge — few people saw smartphones and DNA-based medicine coming. But if you want proof that "futuristic" science fiction is always about the present, just look at the obsolete devices people think will still be around. Here are 12 future visions that include tech we've already… » 10/15/14 1:48pm 10/15/14 1:48pm

Doctor Who's Old-School Monster Story Manages To Feel Amazingly Fresh

On the face of it, "Mummy on the Orient Express" is a more traditional Doctor Who story than anything we've seen lately. There's a classic monster (very classic, in fact), a confined space, and a mystery to be solved — but this story manages to turn those ingredients into something totally new. Spoilers ahead... » 10/12/14 1:01pm 10/12/14 1:01pm