Inter-Galaxy Portal News RoundUp 1st February 2013

David Bradley as William Hartnell Doctor Who

Wow, what a week! We shut the offices of IGP and headed down to our old stomping grounds on the Gathering Isle of Oahu. Stayed mostly unplugged except for one piece of news that came my way, that of a certain Lost creator getting his paws on the next Star Wars movie. It figures. I’m gone for a week and the second biggest Star Wars news of the year comes out. Long time readers will already know my reaction to this lovely piece of news. But to new readers, here’s my reaction, to quote Luke Skywalker: No. It can’t be. That’s not true. That’s impossible! Anyhow, if, like me, you were living in a beach shack for a week, you can read more about the news over at SFX.

Speaking of J.J. Abrams, it looks as though he will be getting two new series. The first will be for Fox. The untitled series will be co-created by Fringe showrunner JH Wyman and will be a cop show set in the near future where cops are partnered with androids. The second series will be for NBC and is co-created by Alfonso Cuaron and Mike Friedman. The series, titled Believe, is about a girl destined to develop powers in the future, and a man sent to protect her.

In other news, Merlin’s Katie McGrath and GoT actor Nonso Anozie will be starring in the upcoming NBC Dracula series. McGrath will portray Lucy Westenra while Anozie will play Dracula’s loyal companion, Renfield. Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play the show’s title character.

Finally, the BBC has announced the cast for its new docu-drama about Doctor Who, titled An Adventure in Space and Time. Harry Potter’s David Bradley will star as William Hartnell, the series’ first Doctor. Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss will be scripting the docu-drama.