British bookmakers William Hill are offering 250-1 outsiders odds on Cruise, Beckham, or talent show host Simon Cowell becoming the 12th Doctor in the popular British science-fiction series that debuted in 1963.
Joint favourites at 10-1 are Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and U.K. television actor Russell Tovey.
Other bets are Martin Freeman — the faithful Watson in Sherlock — or Ben Whishaw, who channelled his gadget geek as Q in Skyfall. Billie Piper, the Doctor’s former assistant, is also tipped as a possible reincarnated replacement.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror is reporting that 35-year-old James Bond actor Rory Kinnear, who appeared in Skyfall and Quantum of Solace as M’s chief of staff, is top contender to assume the Time Lord’s mantle. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)
Fine, it was me. And I stand by those words, except with one caveat: the statement only applies to the original three seasons. The fourth season, the one that had been given up for dead before the streaming-content service gave creator Mitch Hurwitz full creative control to do whatever he wanted in order to make the Bluth family ride again, instead suffers from trying too hard to be something of the digital age. It is overly complicated, and extraordinarily ambitious. There are moments of great comedic payoff, reminders of the series’ brilliance. And then there are long stretches of repetitiveness. Even boredom. It is the biggest cultural letdown since George Lucas decided to create a jive-talking Gungan. (Netflix)
Presenting the National Post’s Tournament of Star Trek Captains!
From Kirk’s conundrum with Khan to Picard’s battles with the Borg, from Janeway’s brainbusting dilemmas with a holographic doctor to Sisko standing sentry with a Changeling on Deep Space Nine, the captains of Star Trek have provided some of the most iconic moments in sci-fi history over almost 50 years of TV series and films. But what if you had to pick just one? In our positively Q-esque quest to discover which Trek boss is No. 1 to no one (sorry, Riker, you need not apply here), we’ve devised a battle royal of sorts, a Captains Crunch, if you will. Over the next three days, join us and vote for your favourites across three rounds as we pick the one true Boss of the Bridge in honour of the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on Wednesday evening. CLICK HERE TO PLAY AND VOTE: natpo.st/19jJuwL
On Thursday, Netflix Inc. announced the cult classic television show that chronicles the wacky antics of the Bluth family, which was unceremoniously cancelled in 2006, will return with a full season of 15 episodes on May 26.
Yesterday we gave you avatars, today we give you thoughts: Scott Stinson has a look at NBC’s Community, as it prepares for its Feb. 7 premiere, and wonders whether the series is already dead in the water: natpo.st/UEOpqP