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Exactly what was Sherlock, series three?

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**The game may be afoot, but so are spoilers, ahead.**

I saw the first series of the BBC drama Sherlock just before the second series was released in 2012, and even then I was skeptical. I had heard of this new, upstart-y version of Holmes and Watson and deduction, but couldn’t, at that point, say that I was very interested. Besides, here in the states Sherlock was advertised only on PBS alongside other Sunday night Masterpiece fare. It’s not that I didn’t care for Masterpeice, it’s just that I’d have rather ended my weekends with something less cerebral like The Simpsons.

Without a doubt, my attitude changed once I saw Sherlock, series one.

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Like CSI on really unhappy steroids (and that’s a good thing): Luther

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If you’ve watched any television, ever, you know that procedural dramas are a dime a dozen. From Dragnet and Columbo to CSI and Law & Order, TV schedules are filled to the brim with displays of crime-solving action, suspense, and wit. I like a good murder mystery as much as anyone; and over the years, millions of other viewers, myself included, have watched the good guys (usually) get the bad buys time and time again. CSI (the original) used to be my show, but since it made some poor casting choices, I’ve moved onto the likes of NCIS and Bones when I need a little melodramatic fix.

One of the things that make these shows appealing to wide audiences is their humor. Folks who work in all sectors of law enforcement no doubt have their own sets of inside jokes to keep the mood light when it should be anything but. And while the stuff on TV can range from hokey to farcical, there’s often a thin veil of comedy surrounding all the death and destruction. In a way, this describes a sizable portion of American prime time, broadcast television. The really serious stuff is saved for cable. And I’ve run the gamut there too, from Sons of Anarchy to Breaking Bad. But Luther. Oh man…Luther breaks the mold when it comes to crime procedurals.

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Matt Smith announces departure from Doctor Who

Cue thousands of fangirls (and guys) bursting into tears simultaneously. It was announced over the weekend that Matt Smith, who plays the 11 incarnation of The Doctor, will be leaving the show after the Christmas special in December 2013.This means that Smith’s final two episodes will be the highly anticipated 5oth Anniversary special and the Christmas special before The Doctor will make his 12th regeneration.


Smith had only good things to say about his nearly 4 years on the show, full statement on BBC News:

“Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.

“I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

“Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven – he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before.

“Your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number 11, who I might add is not done yet – I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special.

Smith is a fan favorite and a favorite with critics as well, as he’s the only Doctor to be nominated for a BAFTA for his role. Smith was also the youngest actor to ever portray The Doctor, which might have influenced a lot of updates to the show, including a new title sequence and Doctor Who logo, as well as updated looks to the Daleks, the TARDIS, the sonic screwdriver and others.

There is no word yet on how Smith’s Doctor will regenerate or who will be replacing him, but show runner Steven Moffat seems just as excited as the rest of us.


“Somewhere out there right now – all unknowing, just going about their business – is someone who’s about to become the Doctor,” Moffat hinted to BBC News.

“A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again. After 50 years, that’s still so exciting.”

The 5oth Anniversary episode will air 23rd November 2013 with the Christmas episode to air after that.

Who would be your ideal choice for the next Doctor? Personally,we really would like to see him finally become a ginger. 

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