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SFX issue 195

The Prince Of Persia and new Doctor Matt Smith lead the charge in the latest unmissable issue

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The Man Known As Prince

If Jerry Bruckheimer managed to make one of the best family blockbusters in recent memory from a theme park ride, just imagine what he can do with one of the most fun, addictive and downright satisfying videogames of the past decade. Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time , will be whipping up a (sand)storm in cinemas this summer so we’ve had a chat with the cast and crew for your ocular pleasure – including the lovely Gemma Arterton and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Matt Smith

Excited about the latest actor to take up residence in the TARDIS? Want to know how he felt squaring up to a Dalek? Or stepping into the shoes of the mighty Time Lord for the first time? The Vworp Vworp over to our 4-page interview.

The Flash

Faster than a speeding bu… er, hang on, wrong chap. That’s right because we’ve managed to grab top comics scribe Geoff Johns for a one on one about breathing new life into ol’ speedy. Blink and you’ll miss it.

Retro Toys

Ever wondered how much all that tat you’ve been hoarding in the attic for the past 30 years is actually worth? Don’t miss our nostalgic look back at the golden era of sci-fi merchandise. Warning: may make you feel old.

Women In Videogames

We liked Bayonetta and Hard Rain so much we only went and wrote a ruddy feature about gender politics in games. Oh, check us out.

Robert Englund

We put your questions to the man behind the razor glove in the Fannish Inquisition.

Retro Features

We rewind to 1998 for a look at ace C4 Vampire cop drama Ultraviolet ; and jump in the office TARDIS to 5 BSW (Before Star Wars) to celebrate the majesty of Douglas Trumbull’s eco-SF opus Silent Running .


The author behind True Blood , Charlaine Harris, Riversong herself, Alex Kingston, and the man who would be Lucifer and , err, Jacob Mark Pellegrino. You like ‘em, we'll interview ‘em.

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Book Club : Jon Courtenay Grimwood takes us to the jungle and tells us what makes Lucius Shepard’s 1987 novel, Life During Wartime , and SF classic.

Wishlist : Merlin season four. When will Arthur find out about Merlin’s magic for pity’s sake?

Spoiler Zone : Lost! Being Human! Caprica! Chuck! Supernatural! Fringe! All go under SFX’s mighty hammer of judgement.

Big Shot : Seen the top Despicable Me trailer? Well check out the big shot! Bigness guaranteed.

Red Alert :

  • Gurinder Chadha’s stepping into the welcoming arms of science fiction with It’s A Wonderful Afterlife , so we had a sneaky word with the British writer/director to talk killer curries and feelgood comedy.
  • The Doctor might be a man of many faces but there’s only one Sarah Jane . Executive Producer Nikki Wilson gives us the inside skinny on what’s instore for season four.
  • Moon was one of last years criminally overlooked gems, not caught it yet? For shame. Make up for it by promising to see Source Code , Duncan Jones’ latest thriller out next year. Star Jake Gyllenhaal tells us what to expect.
  • The nominees for this year’s prestigious Arthur C Clarke Awards have been announced and we’ve got everything you need to know about the final six.
  • Bonkers videogame guy Suda 51 is back with a sequel to insane Wii actioner No More Heroes . We talk to the man himself.
  • Speaking of games, remember gory arcade classic Splatterhouse ? Well it’s back and bloodier than ever. See an impossibly buff monsters pulp someone’s head with his bare hands, only in SFX.
  • Mark Millar tells us what the future has in store for American Jesus, Wanted and Kick-Ass on the big screen.
  • Batman RIP: pssh, we knew he wasn’t dead. Comic book guru Grant Morrison tells us about The Dark Knight’s adventures in pilgrim-era America in The Return Of Bruce Wayne .

Rated : Being Human Season Two, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, The Lord Of The Rings Blu-ray, How To Train Your Dragon, Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter, American Vampire and God Of War III.

Next issue: SFX 195, on sale Wednesday 5 May. Why not subscribe ?

Jordan is the Community Editor at SFX and Total Film. When he isn't watching movies or sci-fi shows of questionable quality he's probably shooting men in space or counting down the days till the next Zelda comes out.