Doctor Who Raids Its Back Catalog On Speed

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Who's coming back for season four of Doctor Who? Everybody! Seriously, just about every monster and supporting character that ever appeared on the old or new series is making an appearance, according to these probably partly fake spoilers that are making the rounds of fan sites. Click through to read which comebacks are definite, and which ones are just wishful fanwanking. Plus Satoshi Kon's Batman, a new time travel movie and Escape From New York (again). Consider yourself spoiled.


So it's pretty certain that the Ood, those creepy telepathic slaves from "The Satan Pit," will be back in "Planet of the Ood." And we know for sure the clone warrior Sontarans will be back, because we've seen a promo pic. And it sure looks like the Axons (a sort of space parasite from the 1970s) will be back in the Christmas episode, judging from the latest promo image. And we know Billie Piper is coming back for a few episodes.

But everything else sounds totally bogus. Will Ben Kingsley really play Davros, creator of the Daleks? Will Joanna Lumley really play the Master (actually, that sounds hot.) Will the Ice Warriors and the Brigadier really drag their asses out of mothballs? Not to mention the season concluding with a four-part "Time War," involving every monster ever. Most of the alleged spoiler summary sounds like ridicuous fansturbation. Which, knowing Russell T. Davies and co., means it's probably all true.

Meanwhile, there's a ten-second teaser trailer for the Christmas episode, which reveals nothing. In other news:

The animated Batman DVD that's coming out to promote The Dark Knight could be better than the movie itself. The six animated shorts will include new work by Satoshi Kon (Paprika), Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series), plus animation studios Madhouse (Death Note), Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet) and Production I.G. (Ghost In The Shell)

Movies we might see in 2008 or 2009: The top movie scripts written in 2007 include a few science fiction stories, according to the "Black List" compiled by 150 movie execs and top assistants. The fave scripts include Passengers, about a passenger on an intergalactic spaceship who awakes from cryogenic sleep a hundred years before the rest of the crew. Keanu Reeves' company is producing that script but no studio has optioned it yet. A movie version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, written by Joe Penhall, has already been optioned by 2929 Productions. Also on the list: Get Back about two die-hard Beatles fans who (it gets worse) find a time machine and travel back to keep John Lennon from ever meeting Yoko Ono. Can we please send that one to development hell now now now?

Gerald "300" Butler still might star in the Escape From New York remake, despite reports he's dropped out. Terminator 3 director Jonathan Mostow is directing, so it should be just cheesy enough for Butler's trademark scowl.