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 Thursday 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

There's Not Much Point In Arguing About Moffat's Doctor Who Any More

I'm still kind of dazed by tonight's episode of Doctor Who. I can't decide if it's a fantastic work of genius or a shaggy-dog story. Maybe both. But it's clearly Steven Moffat turning all of his favorite tropes up to 11. And I came away feeling, more than ever, as though there's not much point debating Moffat's Who. » 9/14/14 11:33am 9/14/14 11:33am

Stories That Lost Their Writers (And Their Plots) Halfway Through

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Sometimes it can be confusing to be a fan of pop culture. Sometimes writers leave halfway through a story, and a new writer has to wrap things up somehow. Sometimes a creator gets fired, and the replacement told to change gears in a hurry. Here are 20 stories that changed drastically when the writer left in the middle. » 9/08/14 6:12pm 9/08/14 6:12pm

Doctor Who's Ongoing Deconstruction of Heroism Takes A Hilarious Turn

The theme thus far in Doctor Who's eighth season seems to be "deconstructing heroes," most notably the Doctor. The Doctor's questioning whether he's a good man, but also the validity of his battle against evil. It's somewhat grim stuff — until this week's Robin Hood episode, when it turns swashbuckling and hilarious. » 9/07/14 1:00pm 9/07/14 1:00pm

10 Totally Unrealistic Happy Endings That We Can't Help Loving

We love happy endings. In fact, a big part of why we devour stories is to escape from reality, where endings are by definition unhappy. And a really wonderful happy ending can make you turn your bullshit detector all the way off. Here are 10 somewhat contrived happy endings we can't help falling in love with. » 9/03/14 2:32pm 9/03/14 2:32pm