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'Doctor Who' Has Not Run Out Of Gas ... But The Engine Is Stalling

10 December 2014 4:36 AM, PST

The concept is a timeless one. A wise, crotchety wizard, with otherworldly experience and a magic wand takes a young companion on the journey of a lifetime to faraway lands and times. With wit and intelligence, the pair battle monsters and villains in their many places. Yet, the most impressive aspect of sci-fi's longest enduring franchise can be traced back to an arbitrary gimmick created in the 1960s when the first doctor, William Hartnell, stepped down from the role he helped define. At that moment, the production staff of a plucky and popular kids show, needing a means to keep the series going, invented a novel in-universe explanation to switch actors. It was a stroke of convenience that ensured, above all, that "Doctor Who" as a franchise can always refresh itself at the proverbial »

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Apps For Science Fiction Fans

7 December 2014 4:24 PM, PST

For many sci-fi fans, love of the genre often goes well beyond catching the occasional movie or playing a futuristic game now and then. If you live and breathe sci-fi, you're in luck because there are plenty of ways you can access your favorite games, latest news and more through apps. Force Saber of Light This free app, notes Xyo, is ideal for Star Wars fans. The famous Force Saber of Light is now available on phones or tablets. Transform your screen into a concentrated beam that is ready for battle. This is especially impressive on a large screen — like the 5.7-inch screen available on the Galaxy Note. Those who download this great app can just move their device around in the air and feel the power of the force. As a bonus, the app has great sound effects, and it will also enable »

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