Legion is exactly what the superhero genre needs right now

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Legion’s first episode is, to put it lightly, a masterpiece. Noah Hawley provides an intricately written yet deeply poignant script; it begins with an unreliable narrator, but peels back the layers of perception to reveal a touching love story between the two leads, David (Dan Stevens) and Syd (Rachel Keller). Both actors give nuanced, powerful performances, elevating the already fantastic script ever higher as a result; it’s an engaging realisation of a complex script, making the spine of the character drama universal, despite how surreal everything surrounding it is.

Visually speaking, too, the show is a real departure from the norm. It’s beautifully directed, with very high production values and some stunning design work; in many ways, Legion feels like a work of art. There’s a gorgeous aesthetic carried throughout, from the cinematography to the colour palette, which makes just the sheer look of the show quite memorable in and of itself. Further, though, it feels like Legion’s aesthetic grows from its themes; the programme is grounded in uncertainty, and every visual detail contributes to this, creating a sense of holistic unity that sets Legion apart from the homogeneity of other superhero shows.

You guys, wow. Legion is phenomenal, and you should all be watching it.

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Could Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer be the Thirteenth Doctor?

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A hugely talented actress, Natalie Dormer would be a perfect choice to play the first female Doctor.

She hasn’t ruled out the part, either; when asked, she said she “would do any role if I thought the script was fantastic. For me it’s always about the script. It has to be real human beings, contradictory, flawed, complex multidimensional characters. It can’t just be concept.”

The first female Doctor offers a chance for an entirely fresh perspective on an age-old story; every aspect of the show that has, up until now, felt so familiar will change entirely – giving the show a whole new unpredictable energy once again.

It’s a change that offers untold potential – potential that Doctor Who has never tapped before. It’s an exciting prospect to say the least.

An article for CultBox, again banging the drum for one of my favourite candidates to be the Doctor.

The article is based on this video, which imagines Natalie Dormer as the Doctor. Very exciting.

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