SFX December 2021

SFX is the world's leading sci-fi, horror and fantasy magazine. Covering all areas of the genre across TV, movies, books, games, collectables and comics, every month SFX delivers news, features, exclusive Q&As, behind-the-scenes stories, star profiles and TV episode guides. Recently redesigned to reflect the growing mainstream popularity of sci-fi, now you can read our Hollywood news, TV celebrity interviews and top columnists on your computer or mobile device, thanks to Zinio.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
first contact

NEW WHO? OOH Robert MacDonald, email The casting of the first female Doctor was, for this lifelong Whovian, a missed opportunity with the story about Rosa Parks being the best in a very patchy run which tended to alienate loyal fans and casual viewers alike. Shoehorning in canon-shattering origin tales was clearly not a great idea. The now-departing showrunner’s legacy is being marred by an apparent agenda to exterminate a show that he claimed to adore when he was a member of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. Why was he given free rein to undo the work by Russell T Davies, who did the near impossible by making it relevant for a new audience? What it needs now is for someone to take the TARDIS and its crew back to a time when…

2 min
rants & raves

Inside the SFX hive mind RAVES → Halloween Kills ticked all the boxes for me. I was so excited all the way through. It’s by no means the best Halloween movie, but it did everything I needed it to. → I keep saying it, but the Chucky show really is brilliant. UK date expected soon. → At the time of writing I’m on my fifth screening of Dune. RANTS → ‘Phase Four’ hasn’t lit a fire for me yet. Bring on She-Hulk already! IAN BERRIMAN DEPUTY EDITOR RAVES → Delighted to have been on my first set visit since February 2020 (for Sky’s forthcoming adaptation of The Midwich Cuckoos). → I’m one of those Doctor Who fans who loves season 17 – all of it, not just “City Of Death”, so I’m thrilled that it’s getting a Blu-ray box set →…

1 min
captain’s log

Let’s fly! Autumn is my favourite time of year. Not just because it’s the home of Halloween, and the temperatures drop to a liveable level in London. “Fall” is also the season for returning TV shows and more “tentpole” (ie big) movies making their way to cinemas. There’s just something about watching exciting new adventures – in various dimensions – when it’s dark outside and it makes things feel a little bit nostalgic… It’s not just me, right? We’ve tried to cram as many of those shows and films into this issue as possible, and there’s a lot for us to try and watch in the next four weeks – I genuinely adore getting to see where the new extended Star Trek Universe is going, and 2022 is set to deliver even…

4 min
reality bites

SCI-FACT! Another extension of the brand to look forward to is an RPG from Free League Publishing, set in 2037. It’s coming out in 2022. THE TYRELL CORPORATION. Deckard. Niander Wallace. If those words mean something to you, let us extend the Blade Runner fan secret handshake. Beginning in 1982 with Ridley Scott’s now seminal adaptation of Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, the long-dormant Blade Runner universe was resuscitated with Denis Villeneuve’s sequel Blade Runner 2049. Since then Alcon Entertainment has grown the canon with three short films and now the first animated series set in the world, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll’s Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Co-directed by Japanese anime legends Shinji Aramaki (Ultraman) and Kenji Kamiyama (Star Wars: Visions), Black Lotus is a 13-episode, CG-animated series centring on new…

4 min
game on

OVER A DECADE, RIOT GAMES’ multiplayer online battle arena game League Of Legends has grown into a global phenomenon and become one of the bedrocks of esport competition. There are now 155 playable champions, and assuming the mantle of one of these fighters is an extremely personal rite of passage in the game. Players go deep on their player backgrounds and the world in which they play, which means it’s always been fertile ground for adaptation into another medium. In 2015, Christian Linke, Creative Director at Riot Games, and Creative Designer Alex Yee decided they wanted to make something that honoured the passion of their players for this ever-expanding world. “When Alex and I were talking, we didn’t really have an idea of what exactly we were gonna make, it was…

1 min
news warp

HIGH-SPEED INFORMATION → Open the box! Jamie Clayton is Pinhead in the Hellraiser reboot with Clive Barker producing. → Donald Sutherland joining Blumhouse Stephen King adaptation Mr Harrigan’s Phone. → Jake Gyllenhaal gets superpowered in adaptation of Rob Leifeld comic Prophet. → Y: The Last Man cancelled by FX after just one season. → Chris Pratt and Anya Taylor-Joy voicing Mario and Princess Peach in animated Super Mario Bros. → Teen Wolf set for potential movie revival with TV cast. → Michael B Jordan’s production company adapting NK Jemisin’s The Broken Earth. → Olivia Colman and Sally Hawkins joining the Wonka prequel. → John Benjamin Hickey is Father Callahan in the new Salem’s Lot. → Sam Raimi producing dystopian revenge fantasy Boy Kills World with Bill Skarsgard and Samara Weaving. → Laura Jean McKay wins the Arthur C Clarke Award for…