Filming on Spooks: The Greater Good, the continuation of the BBC’s acclaimed Spooks, has begun in London.

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Peter Firth is returning as the legendary Sir Harry Pearce. Quite right too. Any Spooks production without Harry is unthinkable. And in Spooks: The Greater Good his back is to the wall more than ever when a terrorist escapes from MI5′s custody and vanishes. With his professional reputation tarnished Harry is last seen jumping from a bridge into the Thames…

Attempting to locate the missing terrorist and discern the truth behind Harry’s disappearance is the spy chief’s former protege Will Crombie (Kit Harington, best known as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones). Other cast members include Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice, Zero Dark Thirty) as Geraldine Maltby and Tuppence Middleton (The Lady Vanishes and Spies of Warsaw) as June.

Three months of filming under the guidance of director Bharat Nalluri (veteran of the original TV series) will see the production visit locations in London, Berlin and Moscow, as well as Pinewood Studios.

Since Spooks concluded as a television endeavour in 2011 the world of spies, terrorism and intelligence gathering has evolved to new levels. As Nalluri explained: “When we closed the show in 2011, thinking we’d mined everything, but then it kick-started again. You’ve got Julian Assange hanging out in the Ecuadorian embassy, Chelsea Manning, guys grinding computer discs in The Guardian’s basement, home-grown Jihadists, email hacking, spying on the Germans, Syria… it’s an unbelievable stew.”

Let’s hope Spooks: The Greater Good doesn’t don’t do a Skyfall and kill off the spy chief.

Spooks: The Greater Good is scheduled for release in 2015.

More information can be found over at Empire Magazine.

Here’s the final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which arrives in UK cinemas on 22 May 2014. And they’ve thrown in a version of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir to remind everyone of the film’s 1970s setting.

Launching on Good Friday 2014 (18 April) with the very first story An Unearthly Child the Horror Channel will start transmitting a special season of classic Doctor Who stories from the era of the first seven Doctors.

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Other adventures to be shown include The Mind Robber, Terror of the Autons, The Brain of Morbius, The Caves of Androzani, Attack of the Cybermen and Remembrance of the Daleks.

To accompany the season the Horror Channel has released a brilliant animated trailer complete with narration from Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor himself.

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Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama. Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.

The series has been created by John Logan (writer of Gladiator, The Aviator and Skyfall) and executive produced by Logan and Sam Mendes (director of American Beauty, Road to Perdition, and Skyfall).

Premiering on Showtime on Sunday 11 May 2014 Penny Dreadful has an air of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen being done properly hanging over it.

More information on Penny Dreadful can be found here.

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This is brilliant. 2013′s 50th Anniversary Doctor Who adventure The Day of the Doctor reimagined to a Fifth Anniversary adventure from 1968 entitled The Day of Doctor Who.

The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) joins forces with the First Doctor (William Hartnell) and the mysterious War Doctor (Peter Cushing, Dr Who in the films Dr Who and the Daleks and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.) as they battle the Daleks and the Chameleons (from The Faceless Ones). Written by Terrance Dicks and directed by Douglas Camfield, the adventure also features Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Frazer Hines as Jamie and Carole Ann Ford as Susan.

Imagine if the First Doctor had wooed Elizabeth I, the Second Doctor and the Brigadier had teamed up against the Chameleons, and the War Doctor had looked like the not-quite-Doctor from the big screen Dalek adventures.

The Day of Doctor Who is an imaginative slice of Doctor Who “what-if” from Colin Brockhurst. Visit his website to get posters, Radio Times article, telesnaps, and other paraphernalia from this parallel universe episode of Doctor Who.

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Jack’s pissed off. Chloe’s rocking black leather. World War III beckons. Business as usual.
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Assassination, betrayal, potential for World War III. Just another day for Jack Bauer…

The Time of the Doctor is an unmitigated mess. An incoherent, continuity-laden, Universal Monsters-style mashup. Underdeveloped characters populate a sparse narrative that acts as a fragile and mediocre framework for massive info dumps. It’s all undercoat and no gloss. A more apt title would be The-Time-of-Explaining-Everything-That’s-Been-Left-Unexplained-Over-The-Last-Four-Years.

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The entire enterprise pans out as precisely the kind of continuity-orientated crappily-written, poorly-characterised rubbish that caused Doctor Who to be cancelled in the 1980s. It’s The Trial of a Time Lord meets Attack of the Cybermen with a detour into Time and the Rani. On acid. It also completes the neutering of the Weeping Angels as a threat. Stick mirrors in front of them and all’s well. Reflecting (sorry) that old adage that evil can’t face itself (as with the Mara in Kinda). Makes one wonder if Steven Moffat is able to face himself anymore…

I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. I stole a time machine and ran away, and I’ve been flouting the principle law of my own people ever since!

There’s no denying Moffat’s scope and ambition for Matt Smith’s finale as the Eleventh Doctor. A summation of four years of adventures. A tying up of loose ends. Gathering together plot threads left hanging since The Eleventh Hour in April 2010. A fitting last hurrah whilst establishing the foundations for a new era. Unfortunately it crashes and burns in a rushed apocalyptic fury. There’s a huge sense of Moffat sitting at his computer typing furiously and thinking, “Oh shit, I’ve not explained that bit from The Eleventh Hour, or that bit from The Big Bang, or that bit from The Wedding of River Song”. Viewers are expected to possess fantastic levels of recall relating to all the plot elements that have gone before as Moffat unleashes his mighty convoluted saga.

Hang on tight, here we go…

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