Two Doctors landing in Middle Earth?

It was just confirmed that Sir Ian McKellan and will be returning to the role of Gandalf in director Peter Jackson’s two part upcoming Hobbit film. He joins returning alumni of Andy Serkis (Gollum), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Christopher Lee (Saruman) and Elija Wood (Frodo).

Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy has also been cast as the wizard Radagast the Brown. While the character mainly appears in The Lord of the Rings (he’s the one who, unwittingly, lures Gandalf into Saruman’s trap in Fellowship of the Ring) it appears Peter Jackson may be taking some liberties with the book’s material to expand on several themes.

Linked to the production by muliple sources is the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, who may be up for the role of Thranduil the Elvenking, who Bilbo (Martin Freeman) will meet on his journey to destroy Smaug, the dragon.

Two Doctors in one film? Pinch me. Filming starts next month, with The Hobbit: Part 1 hitting theaters on December 19th, 2012. Part 2 comes out in December 2013.

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" details

The BBC and Starz Entertainment, today announced new cast, plot and character details for the new series of Torchwood.

– First is the name change from Torchwood: New world to Torchwood: Miracle Day.
– It will premier this July.
– Cast
  – Mekhi Phifer (ER and Lie To Me) as Rex Matheson, a C.I.A.operative.
  – Bill Pullman (Independence Day) as Oswald Danes, a convicted child killer who survives his own execution to become the most infamous man on the planet.
  – Alexa Havins as Esther Drummond, a deskbound C.I.A agent
  – Arlene Tur as Dr Vera Juarez, a Washington D.C. surgeon
  – John Barrowman and Eve Myles will return in their roles as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper respectively.

– The 10-episode installment has been written by a team led by Torchwood creator, Russell T Davies, and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

The plot of Miracle Day (SPOILERS): 

  • One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four months’ time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

River Song on the Late Late Show

Don’t forget to set your DVRs tonight. Alex Kingston (River Song) is on The Late Late Show With Craig Freguson tonight on CBS. I also understand that the Doctor Who cold open planned for the night Matt Smith was on, was finally cleared by their legal department. So if you didn’t catch it on YouTube, tonight could be a special treat.