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The previous four issues of this ‘event’ series have been good enough, but I still have this nagging feeling something is still missing. Don’t get me wrong, multiple Doctors is always fun. You could have multiple Doctors doing their laundry for twenty pages and I’d still read it. This year’s event though just lacks the structure of previous ones, and has felt to me more suited to have had the story told in their individual books, with stories crossing across books when required. The actual ‘team up’ element has been pretty minor, with the individual Doctor’s mainly having individual adventures loosely connected by the overall Void storyline. It still reads fine, of course, just not quite the book I was expecting.
Issue 5 is a bit different in a »
- Dean Fuller
Chris Cummins Kirsten Howard Oct 12, 2017
When Douglas Adams unexpectedly died in 2001, he left a monumental void in the world of science fiction. Through works like The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency he established himself as a literary idol for an entire generation who would grow up to see many of his seemingly far-out ideas come to fruition. That phone you might be reading this article on is basically a real-life Hitchhiker's Guide, and a small reminder that as bad as things are right now, they aren't entirely terrible.
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When you ask someone who their favorite Doctor is, names like David Tennant, Matt Smith and Tom Baker usually come up quite often. And that’s completely understandable given how well each of those individuals did in the iconic role. One name who you probably won’t hear, though, is Jodie Whittaker, as the actress has yet to make her debut on Doctor Who. Still, that doesn’t mean she’s without her supporters, as Peter Capaldi has now revealed that the Broadchucrch star is actually his favorite version of the character to date.
Set to make her first appearance on the sci-fi show during the upcoming Christmas special, aptly titled “Twice Upon a Time,” Whittaker is the first female Doctor and ever since her casting was announced, it’s created quite a bit of discussion and controversy amongst the show’s passionate fanbase. The general consensus, though, seems to be one of excitement, »
- Matt Joseph
The Eleventh Doctor’s costume has to be one of the most iconic outfits in Doctor Who. With the tweed jacket and bow tie, it’s probably as instantly recognizable to casual fans as Tom Baker’s classic hat and scarf combo. As with most things, though, this Doctor’s fashion sense didn’t arrive fully formed and there was actually a long costuming process before star Matt Smith and the production team could agree on a unique look for the character.
At Fan Expo Canada, which took place this past weekend, Smith revealed that he was originally set to don a very different outfit, before the suggestion of a certain type of neckwear made everything click into place:
“I tried so many costumes on and at first he was quite pirate-y—he was in stripes and like a long coat and he looked a bit like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. »
- Christian Bone
Recently, it was reported that British TV personality Bradley Walsh would be joining Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor as her new companion on the next season of Doctor Who. According to a new rumour, though, Walsh might not be the only pal the Doctor will have on her travels next year.
As alleged by Doctor Who Watch, there’s speculation circling around the show’s community that the Time Lord will be getting a pet – most likely a cat. It’s unknown if the animal would be a real one, or a robot like Tom Baker’s iconic mechanical dog K-9, but if it’s the latter, it looks like showrunner Chris Chibnall is trying to recapture the kid-friendly appeal of the sci-fi series that some critics claim Doctor Who has lost in the recent, darker era starring Peter Capaldi. Another robot animal in the Tardis might seem somewhat gimmicky to adult fans, »
- Christian Bone
Outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has said that he believes the actors who’ve played the Doctor have an “emphatic” duty to always be kind to their fans, even long after they’ve stepped away from the series.
Speaking in a recent interview, the writer/director noted that those who take on the iconic role have “to be Doctor Who forever.”
“You will always be an ambassador for the show. I remember us saying that when Matt Smith took over – ‘You have been rude to your last taxi driver… and we don’t mean for the next three years, we mean for the rest of your life!’
“And I remember Matt himself saying, ‘Imagine how awful it would be if somebody had to carry the memory that Doctor Who was rude to them. You would remember it on your deathbed, you’d still be thinking about that!’
‘So you »
- Christian Bone
Following the explosive and emotional season 10 finale of Doctor Who, there was plenty to talk about with the cast and crew of the BBC series at Comic-Con, and in addition to speaking with Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie, Daily Dead was honored to take part in roundtable interviews with showrunner Steven Moffat, writer (and co-star) Mark Gatiss, and co-stars Michelle Gomez and Matt Lucas.
You both have really intense moments in the last episode of the series. Can you talk about the emotions going through each of your respective characters' heads while you were dealing with these really intense sequences?
Michelle Gomez: That this is the last time I'll do this, the last time I'll say this, that's the last time I'll do that, that's the last time I'll say this, and for those last few weeks, the series was a kind of sadnesses—is that a word? Sadnesses? »
- Jordan Smith
This week fandom was set on its ear by the announcement of the newest person to play the Doctor on BBC’s venerable sci/fi TV show, Doctor Who. (If you don’t already know, the Doctor is a time-traveling alien with the ability to regenerate himself into an entirely new body and persona when his current body is on the point of dying.) There have been 12 such regenerations so far; Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th and the first woman to play the part. Joanna Lumley was a female Doctor for a sketch some years back – written by Steven Moffet, no less – but that is not considered canon.
Predictably, there has been some negative fan reaction, although the bulk that I have seen has been overwhelmingly positive. This kind of change often provokes this kind of reaction. When it was announced that the captain on the next Star Trek »
- John Ostrander
The last thing I wanted to write today was an angry screed about “Doctor Who.” I’ve been watching the show loyally for four decades; I’ve been through every up and down and alien invasion. No matter how much it may frustrate me in a given episode or a season, I love it so much. It’s about people without guns who roam around trying to do good and save people. With a screwdriver. At its best, “Doctor Who” irreverent, whip-smart and deeply humane.
So I was going to be disappointed and not a little furious if the Thirteenth Doctor was yet another white man.
For more than 50 years, every Doctor has been from that demographic, and of course, some versatile actors have done wonderful work in the role. I’d have a tough time picking my favorite: Is »
- Maureen Ryan
Broadchurch star becomes 13th actor to lead BBC series.
Whittaker replaces the outgoing Peter Capaldi, and in the process becomes the first woman to lead the long-running BBC series.
First airing in 1964, Doctor Who follows its titular protagonist as he explores the universe in his time-travelling spaceship known as the Tardis.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
Louisa Mellor Jul 4, 2017
Broken concludes with a moving episode that takes Father Michael to his lowest point and back…
This review contains spoilers.
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If I had my druthers, Sean Bean would play Father Michael Kerrigan for the next thirty years and become as dissociable from the role as David Suchet in Poirot or Tom Baker in Doctor Who. Instead of Sharpe or Boromir or Ned Stark, the words ‘Sean Bean’ would instantly conjure up the image of a man in a cassock struggling to do good.
It won’t happen – Broken’s creator Jimmy McGovern has already suggested that it’ll be one and done for Bean, who, understandably, feels he’s gone as far as he can with the part. He is often one for an early exit, after all.
But he’ll be missed, »
Villordsutch reviews Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 12: The Doctor Falls…
Directed by: Rachel Talalay
Written by: Steven Moffat
The Doctor – A Pity…No Stars…I’d hoped there would be stars.
Following on from last week’s rather fantastic opener “World Enough and Time” the closing chapter of Series 10, sees the bowing out of long time showrunner Steven Moffat – writer of this two-parter – and rumour has it this too is the swan song episode for Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Michelle Gomez and Peter Capaldi too. So, if rumours are to be believed, this episode is going to require a box of ‘man-sized’ tissues. Obviously because onions are being cut somewhere – I’m not implying I’m going to get emotional or anything, and I clearly had allergies when David Tennant said, “I don’t want to go!”
Wasting not one precious moment with “The Doctor Falls”, the episode starts as »
Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 24, 2017
Spoilers ahoy, as we dig through the many callbacks and references in World Enough And Time...
This article contains lots and lots of Doctor Who spoilers.
Pain… Pain… Pain… That’s one of the main emotions I experienced while watching this week’s (rather excellent) Doctor Who, as I knew this weekly round-up of references, similarities and generally interesting ‘stuff’ was going to be a whopper. That doesn’t mean I haven’t missed anything, though, so if you spot something I’ve not mentioned, do the honourable thing and leave it in the comments section below...
Poll Winners’ Party
So, Genesis Of The Cybermen, then. In case you missed the episode’s biggest sledgehammer of a reference, »
She infuses Doctor Who with glee, a reminder that this is a kids’ show as well as a multimillion-pound cultural juggernaut
For immigrants, care packages from home are an unparalleled delight. From friends and family, I’ve received squash (they don’t drink it in the Us), cotton buds and even a very distinctive brand of stock cube (think famous London tower). I look for home in nonphysical things, too: I have the BBC World Service on in the evenings, and every weekend I’ve been reimmersing myself in another uniquely British creature: the not-quite-geriatric, 54-year-old sci-fi TV show, Doctor Who.
Doctor Who was my first TV fright. I remember being seven years old, hiding behind our maroon sofa, holding tight to my sister’s hand as we waited for a terrifying alien life form to exit the screen. I’m a zealous, lifelong fan (once exhibiting my fandom by »
- Bim Adewunmi
Koch Media has announced two new additions to its highly regarded series exploring the world of TV’s Doctor Who in The Doctors: The Patrick Troughton Years and The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years, which feature the most comprehensive collection of interviews with the actors and creators who brought the world of Doctor Who to life.
– Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
– This 2 Disc special collectors edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of Doctor Who!
- Gary Collinson
“The gods of Greece are cruel! In time, all men shall learn to live without them.”
Sunday, May 7 marks the 4th anniversary of the legendary visual effects guru Ray Harryhausen’s death. Read what We Are Movie Geeks thinks are Harryhausen’s top ten films Here
To celebrate this master of illusion, Comet TV (www.COMETtv.com) is running a Ray Harryhausen Marathon of movies on Sunday, May 7 beginning at 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. The complete marathon will run as follows:
11:30am Est / 10:30am Ct / 8:30am Pst – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
In many ways the ultimate combination of stop motion animation, adventure, and overall production quality, 7th Voyage Of Sinbad is still one of Harryhausen’s most popular works. It was also a turning point for Harryhausen, establishing the framework for not only his other Sinbad films, but all animated adventure films in general »
- Tom Stockman
Mark Harrison May 10, 2017
Over Doctor Who's long history, what prompted the decision to leave for those in the lead role?
All sorts of things have killed off the Doctor. In the last half century, Doctor Who's unique approach to recasting the lead character has seen him fettled by old age, as punishment, by radiation poisoning, falls big and small, dodgy operations and time itself. There are plenty of in-universe reasons for why the Doctor regenerates, and the outgoing Time Lord Peter Capaldi promises that his upcoming demise will be suitably timey-wimey, but what of the behind-the-scenes reasons that the Doctor has to go?
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“While you're enjoying it, »
Simon Brew Apr 27, 2017
The first two episodes of the current Doctor Who run, The Pilot and Smile, were both directed by the same man. That man is Lawrence Gough, who comes to Doctor Who for the first time, having built up an impressive collection of TV credits following his low-budget horror feature, Salvage. In between the transmission of The Pilot and Smile, he chatted to us about his work on the show…
I’ve just been watching footage of you receiving a film award from Sean Connery back in 2009!
Yes! God, yes.
That was a Trailblazers award from the Edinburgh Film Festival eight years ago, and since then, you seem to have had quite a journey. Can you take us through it?
Rob Leane Apr 19, 2017
Will the 'Chosen One' prophecy rear it's head again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? We did some rampant speculating...
Although it was brief, this promo video gave us plenty to chew on. Two talking points seem to stand out: Rey mentioning “the balance” of the Force, and Luke saying “it’s time for the Jedi to end.”
But what if these two lines are actually linked? What if the idea of ‘bringing »
The Doctor: “Time is a structure relative to ourselves. Time is the space made by our lives, where we stand together forever. Time and relative dimension in space. It means life… This is the gateway to everything that ever was and ever can be.
Bill: …Can I use the toilet?
“The Pilot,” Doctor Who, Second Series 10, Episode 1
My daughter Alixandra has wanted to watch Doctor Who but she’s been intimidated by the idea of catching up with 50 years of the show’s history. Hey, who wouldn’t be? I told her to start with “new Who,” with Christopher Eccleston’s as the 9th Doctor, which was “only” 12 years ago (is it really over a decade already?) and that “Rose,” the first episode, would do a great job of hooking her into the basics – although she already sorta knows them, as she remembers me watching the Tom Baker years »
- Mindy Newell
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