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What We’re Looking At

The striking grindhouse posters of Matt Needle are the subject of a new book – pre-order yours for GBP£25 (approx USD$31) and get this A4 hand-numbered Clockwork Orange print.

What We’re Talking About

HUGE news from the BBC as Sex Education‘s magnetic Ncuti Gatwa has been announced as the 14th incarnation of Doctor, set to debut in 2023. He’s got the acting chops and the comic timing, and Gillian Anderson likes him.

The usual people are foaming at the mouth over “woke nonsense” as if Doctor Who wasn’t already about a refugee who wanders around telling people to be kind.

Interesting/depressing fact: Gatwa is the first Doctor born after the show’s original cancelation in 1989. Feel old yet? 

According to Deadline, the Raymon Lee-fronted Quantum Leap reboot has been picked up for a full series at NBC with a few reshoots on the pilot. Check out our interview with co-creator Deborah M. Pratt where she praised Lee and the rest of the cast.

Check out the first teaser for Amazon’s retro sci-fi Paper Girls. The comic was pretty much ‘for fans of Stranger Things‘, which makes the niche they’re going for fairly brazen.

Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game from Swedish publisher Free League smashed its funding goals in 3-minutes and has already pipped the USD$1 million mark with 17 days left to go. Get on it.

Sad news from The Hollywood Reporter, as comic-book writer and artist George Pérez passed away at the age of 67 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Best known for Crisis on Infinite Earths and The New Teen Titans (with longtime collaborator Marv Wolfman), his reboot of Wonder Woman in the 1980s was cited by director Patty Jenkins as a major influence on the films. Our thoughts are with his family and friends – 67 is no age.

What We’re Watching

Ben sees off Stormtroopers and bounty hunters, but he can’t escape the shadow of Darth Vader in the new trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

What We’re Buying*

*These aren’t sponsored, we don’t get a cut, and nobody sends us freebies. It’s just some cool stuff we’re lusting over hard.

Lead your squad of pious Grey Knights against the forces of corruption in turn-based tactical RPG
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters.

The 40k license is tailor-made for games like this, so pre-order it on Steam priced USD$44.99 and GBP£34.99.

It’s a sci-fi strategy double bill as the world of Frank Herbert’s Dune returns to its natural habitat – the isometric RTS.

With four playable factions, Dune: Spice Wars is open now for early access on Steam priced at USD$30 and GBP£24.99.

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