In specifically Trek news, the Star Trek Into Darkness feature is already online and on its way to disk (with fans complaining about the absence of extras.) Not to reach premature conclusions, but the movie's reputation seems to be getting worse. For those who fear that the Star Trek saga is being looted rather than honored or extended, this interview with writer/producer Damon Lindelof won't be comforting. My guess: there will be a 50th anniversary film in 2016 (probably with Klingons, Borg, Q and Khan, and maybe Batman) and that will be the end of the JJA era. Here's Trek Movie's take on the "franchise" future.
Moffat believes that unlike Tennant, he'll use his Scottish accent. He'll be an "older, trickier, fiercer" Doctor, Moffat says.
Capaldi has done a lot of Brit TV and theatre, and his rep is mostly as a fierce bad guy. But his face may be most familiar to Whovians as the slightly comic character he played in the fourth season Tennant episode "The Fires of Pompeii." He played Caecilius, the entrepreneurial survivor, who gets to respond to the volcano by saying, "It's so--volcanic." So he can do lighter stuff, too. And gentler: I remember him from that wonderful feature film Local Hero, which apparently was his first acting job.
As for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year, they're doing it up big in the UK with a number of ongoing events. The 50th anniversary episode will be broadcast there and in the US in November, and it may well feature most if not all of the past Doctors, including David Tennant and Christopher Eccelston. I gather it will also be Matt Smith's last episode, with Capaldi taking over at Christmas.
In other real world news, the astronomical "photos" of distant galaxies and objects as well as artists' renderings of newly discovered planets (some of which have since been undiscovered) use a certain artistic license in particular when it comes to colors. But scientists feel they know what color this newly discovered planet is: it's blue. But not because of oceans--because it rains glass, which diffuses light into the blue. How cool is that? Though it's not the kind of place you want to be on the away team to visit. I hope that wasn't a cutting remark.
As for real world space travel, the recently quantified radiation of a Mars trip should not stop such a voyage, and a lot of people are apparently willing to make the trip even if they never come back. On the other hand I guess they'll be home. Beyond the solar system, there's still hope for warp drive, this scientist says. Engage!