Lots of half-naked men, manga Harry Potter and the first publicity shot for “The Eleven Doctors” (possibly)
TREND OF THE WEEK
Who says sci-fi and fantasy is for boys? We were trying to watch this week’s crops of SF and fantasy TV episodes trying to spot spurious potential but we couldn’t because we kept getting distracted in virtually every show by MEN TAKING THEIR BLOODY SHIRTS OFF for the most spurious reasons. Now, you expect that kind of thing from True Blood and Torchwood . They’ve been finding tenuous reasons for blokes to show off their pecs for yonks now. But this week even Warehouse 13 , Eureka and Teen Wolf were in on the act. True Blood tried to maintain superiority by going for some kind of endurance record, keeping Eric shirtless for so long he looked like he’d caught by a chill half way through the episode. Torchwood would have claimed a prize for two completely nekkid men in one scene, except the BBC edited it out. Come back, Camelot , and Eva Green with her amazing performing breasts… all is forgiven. Oh hang on, Starz cancelled it. Bugger.
RECORD-BREAKING ATTEMPT OF THE WEEK
Now this we thoroughly approve of (opens in new tab) . Well, it’s better than thousands of hula-hoopers or synchronised plate spinning anyway (though the Spurious panel does have a soft spot for record breaking domino-toppling attempts). To celebrate their series in which Shatner interviews the other Trek captains, US cable network Epix is creating the longest scream of, “Khaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnn!” ever done online. They’re encouraging people to upload videos of themselves imitating Kirk in his most intense moment from The Wrath Of Khan and editing together the result. Now, where's Norris McWhirter when you need him?
UNEXPECTED MISFITS TRAILER OF THE WEEK
E4 seem to be kicking off a clever viral campaign for the next series of Misfits mighty early. At least we think it’s a viral campaign for something. I mean, this guy cannot be for real, surely? Aw, bless him…
HUMAN BRIDGE OF THE WEEK
Eliza Dushku (opens in new tab) gets in on the planking craze in Uganda.
NUTRITIONAL ADVICE OF THE WEEK
Here’s how zombies should get their five a day, courtesy of boingboing (opens in new tab) .
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Daniel Craig’s my wookiee bitch now!” Priceless.
BEST SEAT AT COMIC-CON OF THE WEEK
More Spurious Awards on the next page…
EPIC STREET FIGHT OF THE WEEK
Star Wars meets West Side Story …
MANGA MAKEOVER OF THE WEEK
Harry Potter And The Attack Of The Penis Tentacles , anyone? Seriously, this is just superb. Courtesy of BuzzFeed (opens in new tab) .
EDUCATIONAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Someone tries to make sense of the layout of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining using a Doom -style game map… and discovers that it’s an impossible task.
GET TOGETHER OF THE WEEK
The BBC finally announce its plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special. Matt And Karen (the current Doctor and companion) will be joined by some convincing look-alikes. And a female Jon Pertwee (we think, by a process of elimination and hair colour). But sadly no Fourth Doctor, because Madame Tussauds melted him down. He’ll be replaced by a second fifth Doctor and the return of one of the most popular companions ever – Dodo! (Seriously, though, hats off to the girl in the Dodo cosplay – it’s the first we’ve ever seen and it’s blimmin’ good.)