SFX February 2021

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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
first contact

DAZED BY WOLVES Paul Castell, email After just binging the excellent and mind-boggling German series Dark, I thought I would then take on Ridley Scott’s Raised By Wolves. Well, that’s 10 hours I won’t get back. What on Earth (or Kepler-22B) was it all about really? Nothing. Ten hours of wandering around Africa (sorry, Kepler), with two of the most boring androids you’ve ever met. Father was just awful. His voice didn’t suit his character, but then most of the actors seemed as though they had come right out of the Jeeves the butler academy of acting. As to the soldiers in white… what were those uniforms all about? And the fireman’s helmets were laughable. Don’t get me started on the rapist character. He was dressed like something from Monty Python…

2 min
rants & raves

DARREN SCOTT EDITOR RAVES Transformers: War For Cybertron continues to be excellent. The final three episodes of Star Trek: Discovery had me screaming at the telly, they were that good… …while the final episode of The Mandalorian felt like proper event television. RANTS I was really looking forward to an all-female TARDIS crew for just one season of Doctor Who. Oh well. IAN BERRIMAN DEPUTY EDITOR RAVES John Bishop as Graham Mark II? Can take or leave his comedy, but I can see that working. Unduly excited that Daleks pop up in Russell T Davies’s new series. It’s K-9 in Queer As Folk all over again! I know an Alien TV series will probably be underwhelming, but count me in anyway. RIP Sad to hear of the death of Barbara Shelley, so terrific in the likes of Dracula, Prince Of Darkness and Quatermass…

1 min
captain’s log

Two new Dalek adventures on TV in the same month? Russell T Davies has returned to Doctor Who? What’s going on? You’ll just have to indulge me, I’m afraid, as I explore an alternate universe – hey, everyone loves a multiverse now, right? – and feature his new drama It’s A Sin in these hallowed pages. Yes, we had access to some glorious behind the scenes images and yes, I got to chat to the man himself (he’s got a shiny new microphone, so there’s no stopping him now), and no, I know it’s not “proper” sci-fi. Covid is the second devastating pandemic that I, and many people I know, have lived through, though for a great number it will be the first that’s really only affected them directly. So it…

4 min
here be monsters

FILMMAKERS HAVE BEEN DOING THEIR BEST TO TURN successful videogames into movies for the best part of three decades. There have been rather more failures than triumphs along the way, but Paul WS Anderson has had more success in the arena than most. Now the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil director is taking on hit Japanese action saga Monster Hunter. “I always find it funny when people go, ‘Well, videogames, why are they so hard?’” Anderson tells Red Alert. “I think any kind of adaptation is hard. And to be honest, if you went through and did a similar analysis on movies that are adapted from books, I think you’d probably find that there’s lots of failures there as well, but no one ever talks about that. I think it’s a…

4 min
the omega man

ESTABLISHED BY THE publishers of Doctor Who comics fanzine Vworp Vworp!, Cutaway Comics is filling in the gaps of the classic series’ three-decade-long continuity. With the Doctor himself conspicuous by his absence, the focus is instead on various supporting characters whose copyright lies with their original creators, beginning last year with Eric Saward and Barry Renshaw’s Lytton. It’s now the turn of Omega, created by Bob Baker and the late Dave Martin for Third Doctor tale “The Three Doctors”, who returns in a four-issue mini-series by writer Mark Griffiths and artist John Ridgway. “A friend described us as the Mandalorian and Rogue One of the Doctor Who universe,” laughs editor Gareth Kavanagh. “We’re far more influenced by the back-up strips from the early days of Doctor Who Weekly. Those little strips…

1 min
aerial assault

On Earth everyone can hear you scream… Fargo’s Noah Hawley developing terrestrially-set Alien series. Ridley Scott exec-produces. Actor/comic John Bishop boarding the TARDIS as Dan in series 13 of Doctor Who. Matt Smith playing Prince Daemon Targaryen in Game Of Thrones spin-off House Of The Dragon. Fox rebooting Fantasy Island for TV again. Force overload! New Disney+ Star Wars shows announced include Ahsoka, Lando, The Book Of Boba Fett, Rangers Of The New Republic and The Acolyte. Marvel shows to hit Disney+ include Samuel L Jackson in Secret Invasion, Don Cheadle in Armor Wars and Ironheart with Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams. His Dark Materials renewed for third and final season, adapting Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass. Lars von Tier revisiting cult ’90s horror series The Kingdom with The Kingdom Exodus. Here be dragons! Bad Robot developing Burn,…