Referring to things that happen "behind the camera", the real-life reasons for how/why a TV/film/book/comic turned out the way it did

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Did Captain Kirk underact when he found his brother dead?

In the episode Operation: Annihilate! Kirk finds his brother dead. He didn't seem very upset (definitely no tears, was able to continue with work immediately). Was there any reason in particular for ...
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Was the War Doctor originally intended to be Christopher Eccleston?

In SFX, Moffat commented on Eccleston not appearing in Day of the Doctor: I had an initial contact with Chris and, in a very amiable and gentlemanly way, he didn’t feel that he could come back to ...
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Were Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvestor McCoy in Day of the Doctor?

In The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot ('Day of the Fish Doctor'), Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvestor McCoy as the 11th (or 12th, depending on how you count) Doctor walks past. Were these three ...
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In light of Chinese censorship, is there still significant Doctor Who fandom behind the Great Firewall?

This line in "The Chinese stream" The Economist - Nov 9 2013 seems to imply that China has a rule barring depictions of time travel. Rules about content range from the predictable (no shows ...
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On what kind of media are the lost (and now recovered!) Doctor Who episodes stored?

According to this article and several others like it on the web, the missing Doctor Who episodes (mostly Hartnell & Troughton) were located in Ethopia and will be released "soon." I'm curious, ...
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How were the DRDs on Moya operated?

On Farscape, Moya was serviced by a fleet of Diagnostic Repair Drones, or DRDs for short. I've been trying to find out how those DRDs that featured on the show - One-Eye, DRD Pike and 1812, and the ...
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What is the significance of the reversed colours of imperial and rebellion lasers compared to lightsabres?

Why were the colours of lasers inverted in Star Wars? (Out-of-universe!) Lightsabres In A New Hope (ANH) and The Empire Strikes Back (ESB) We know why the colours of lightsabres were chosen as blue ...
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How was the overall storyline of Lost constructed?

The storyline of Lost stretched over six seasons and had many twists and turns. Many ponderous issues were swept under the rug and forgotten (e.g. why don't we hear much about the numbers or about ...
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Why was there such severe churn in the cast of Earth: Final Conflict?

The TV show Earth: Final Conflict suffered from almost comical levels of cast churn. The main characters changed on an almost seasonal basis. Wikipedia has a handy chart showing which characters ...
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What did the title “A Memory of Light” refer to?

One of the things that Robert Jordan left after his untimely death was the title of the final book of the Wheel of Time - A Memory of Light. Of course, this final book became the "Sanderson ...
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Why does Bilbo change?

In The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey the 50 year old Bilbo Baggins is played Martin Freeman and when he gets to his 100's (at the start of the movie and in The Lord of the Rings) Ian Holm plays a ...
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Why did Peter Allan Fields leave “Deep Space Nine”?

I know that staff turnover on a long-running (and complicated) television show like "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" is common, but does anyone know any specific details behind the departure of producer ...
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Does Shatner disapprove of TNG?

I remember a discussion with at least Shatner and Stewart, I believe it was The Captain's Summit, where Shatner admitted to Stewart that he had never watched a single TNG episode. They seemed to know ...
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What inspired the Praxis effect?

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country an over mined moon explodes resulting in a flat shockwave emanating out into space. It's been commented this has no bearing in real astronomy, dispite being ...
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Why was Chi Eekway Papanoida called a Twi'lek?

I made this mistake in my other question about the Pantoran senator Chi Eekway Papanoida, and it also occured on the officially licensed figurine. As recently as June 2008, Papanoida's species ...
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How was E.T character created in the movie E.T -The Extra Terrestrial?

All those who are familiar with this movie please tell me how was the character created using what because at that time in 1982 it was not possible to create such a live character walking,talking etc ...
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How Was the Sound of the Nazgûl Composed?

Yes, yes, I am a complete freak. I think the screech/scream of the Nazgûl is both AWESOME and terrifying at the same time. I love it even though it makes me shiver! How was the sound of the Nazgûl ...