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Masterpiece Releases New “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” Pictures

The Sherlock series continues to refer to the upcoming one-off as a Christmas special, despite the fact that the episode will air on the BBC and PBS on New Years. They also continue to treat the news dumps like they do the Christmas specials, with the promotional photos released at midnight UK time this morning, along with all the other Holiday specials.

In this case, it was Masterpiece PBS who got the photos up first. Most are portraiture of the actors in their period costume, but some are some high-resolution behind the scenes looks for the making of the program.

MASTERPIECE Sherlock: The Abominable Bride Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the acclaimed modern retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic stories. But now our heroes find themselves in 1890s London. Beloved characters Mary Morstan (played by Amanda Abbington), Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) and Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) also turn up at 221b Baker Street. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride is a 90-minute Sherlock Special. Picture Shows: Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH)  © Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC Wales for BBC One and MASTERPIECE This image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE. No other rights are granted. All rights are reserved. Editorial use only.

Check out the official portraits, and the behind the scenes glimpses below.

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Best and Worst of the AMAs Red Carpet

It’s the American Music Awards. The other music awards show that is not the Grammys, nor the MTV Music Awards. Conceived in the 1970s, it was sort of the “op” irreverent sister to the Grammys, until MTV came along. Now it’s sort of the third place also-ran of the group.

Speaking of third-rate also-rans, let’s see what everyone wore. It should be noted that some of the biggest names of the evening, including Nicki Minaj and host Jennifer Lopez skipped the red carpet all together, which speaks to the AMAs place in the red carpet firmament. That being said there were a few gems to see…

The Best

1 Demi Lovato Lorena Sarbu

Demi Lovato has recently gone on a 1920s kick, and it was a really good decision. This Lorena Sarbu gold and black gown was one of the stunners of the evening on the carpet.

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Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent” Trailer

We ended Saturday’s episode with Clara dead, and the Doctor sent away somewhere by Mayor Me “to keep her street safe.” But where has she sent him? And does that have something to do with Clara’s death? Who, or what, is “The Veil?”

All these questions are not answered in either the Next Time trailer, or the TV spot, unfortunately. In fact, all they do is lead to more questions…

Below, slightly more information, and a discovery that Capaldi will be doing some stunt work…

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Doctor Who: “Face The Raven”

In what has been one of the strongest seasons to date for Doctor Who, it is perhaps fitting that the best episode since last year’s “Listen” was reserved for Clara Oswald’s farewell.

Clara: “You. Now, you listen to me. You’re going to be alone now, and you’re very bad at that. You’re going to be furious and you’re going to be sad, but listen to me. Don’t let this change you. No, listen. Whatever happens next… wherever she is sending you, I know what you’re capable of. You don’t be a warrior. Promise me. Be a Doctor.”

But to appreciate just how momentous that statement is, let us rewind back. Back to a clever girl named Oswin Oswald, trapped in a Dalek, and so clever and strong, she could take down an entire prison planet of that species. The roll forward to sharp-witted governess name Clara Oswin, who lived a double life, and also died before her time. And then to Clara Oswald, who found herself flattened into a two-dimensional plot device, and often portrayed as demanding, arrogant and carelessly disrespectful with the Doctor’s time. (That line where Matt Smith snaps at her to just learn how to use the iPlayer already sticks with me.) Even post Series 7, when Capaldi came on board, and Clara’s characterization became noticeably better, that arrogant streak never left. Said arrogance was what drove her to live a double life on Earth and in the TARDIS, lying constantly to Danny, and even at points stepping into the Doctor’s shoes as if she belonged there. The most notable episode where that happened was “Flatline” where Rigsy became the companion to her “Doctor Clara.” It is not surprising, then, that the show chose to bring back Rigsy for Clara’s last episode.


We should also note that this episode opened with the same “The Doctor and Clara were just in the middle of having an Adventure when…” trope that we saw in the episode where Ashildr was first introduced. The show has made a point of playing up how reckless Clara has become this season, with Danny dead, and the adventure we just missed out on made sure to emphasize that. It’s also not an accident that tonight’s episode saw her hanging out of the TARDIS over London the way she once saw the 11th Doctor do in the 50th Anniversary episode. She really does believe herself to be The Doctor’s equal at this point, even though Missy point-blank explained that she is, in fact, just “the puppy.” She thinks she can clever her way out of anything, and that she’s studied and proved her mettle. That arrogance that first arrived with her way back when, and has always been a hallmark of her character tonight proved her downfall.

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