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BBC to release 'Doctor Who' game to teach children programming

While he won’t be going by The Teacher anytime soon, Doctor Who‘s 12th Doctor will now be helping children to learn how to code.

On Monday, the BBC announced a new game based on world of Doctor Who titled The Doctor and the Dalek. The game will be written by one of the show’s writers, Phil Ford, and it will tell the story of the Doctor as he teams up with one of his mortal enemies, a Dalek, to save all of creation.

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'Doctor Who' anniversary celebrated with Google Doodle game

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Google wants you to be on board the TARDIS.

Today’s search engine’s homepage Doodle is on a whole other level for fandom love. Doctor Who fanatics can now play a five-level game all about the Doctor. First you pick which of the eleven Doctors suits you best as your avatar. Then it’s time to solve a mystery: The Daleks have stolen the letters of ‘Google’ and it’s up to users to work their way through various settings to retrieve them all. Then go ahead brag about your finishing time on social — users can post results on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ with a push of a button. The game is currently live on the U.K. Google homepage, and will be live in the United States at midnight ET.

“We tried to aim for the base-level as well as the hardcore fans for this,” Google head creative artist Matt Cruikshank explained to EW. “Initially, we were contacted about four months ago internally by a Doctor Who fan who mentioned that [the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who] would make a great subject for a Doodle. [It's] a big cultural institution back in England and it really deserves something quite special. So we set about trying to create a game and we [now] have a fully-interactive, multi-level game. One of the exciting things about Doctor Who is he’s a Time Lord, so he can travel in different dimensions to the past and to the future and also to the present. So we’ve tried to have as much fun with that as possible.”

Goolge has made some impressive homepage Doodles and games before, but this Doctor Who game may just be their most amazing yet. EW had a chance to talk to Cruikshank earlier this week. An edited Q&A is below. READ FULL STORY

Watch as Benedict Cumberbatch does a Chewbacca impression in front of Harrison Ford -- VIDEO

Why so scared, Harrison Ford? Is it a rolling boulder, a hijacked presidential plane, an umpteenth question about a Star Wars reprise that could cause your face to contort with such fear?

Nope, it’s just Benedict Cumberbatch doing his best guerilla Chewbacca impression on The Graham Norton Show — in which he and Ford were guests back on Oct. 19.

Host Graham Norton brought up the subject of Cumberbatch’s penchant for celebrity impersonations, to which the Sherlock star replied, “It’s just sort of having an ear, it’s part of what we do, I guess,” before belting out the Wookiee’s cry. Ford’s response? Jaw-dropping confusion and shell-shock.

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'It's Britney, witch!': Britney Spears reads 'Thriller' intro for Halloween -- VIDEO

‘Tis the season for multiple costume changes! Britney Spears has temporarily traded in her dominatrix whips for bloody axes and wooden brooms.

In a Halloween-themed video for BBC‘s The Radio 1 Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw, the pop princess says “It’s Britney, witch!” and recites the intro from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” “Creatures crawl in search for blood, to terrorize your neighborhood,” Spears says in an adorable Southern-fried Vincent Price voice.

Spears reads the famous song intro from a throne, orders pepperoni pizza, rides a broom, and shows that in between working for those Lambos and martinis, she’s got a killer sense of humor.

Watch scary story time with Brit here:
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'The Hangover' stars talk about Kickstarter: Bradley Cooper is confused

The British Broadcasting Corporation sat down with the three leads from The Hangover franchise and talked about Kickstarter. This matters for two reasons: 1) The premiere online crowd-funding platform is amidst a complicated cultural moment — good for Zach Braff and Veronica Mars; bad for everyone else — requiring more discussion, not less; and 2) Bradley Cooper has no idea what Kickstarter is. To be fair, he’s an actor. Acting is his job. Knowing about stuff, or stuff.com, is not.

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'Doctor Who' season finale: The Doctor's name is...

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched the Doctor Who season finale, stop reading now. My recap is over there, but here’s a quick sketch.

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'Orphan Black' series premiere react: Attack of the clone(s)

Judging by last night’s premiere, it’s a little confusing why the new Canadian series Orphan Black should be sandwiched between Doctor Who and Nerdist as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturdays. Most of the series opener served as a showcase for Tatiana Maslany, who played one character figuring out how to impersonate another. It felt a bit more like an identity swap dramedy than the sci-fi conspiracy thriller we were promised. But that’s forgivable, because we’re just getting started.

We didn’t waste any time getting to the moment that sets off the whole series. Sarah (Maslany) waits for a train that will shuttle her away from her checkered past. But as she waits, she spots a woman who looks exactly like her — and who jumps in front of the train to her death. Sarah impulsively decides to take on the deceased woman’s personality, and most of the fun in this episode comes from watching Sarah winging it as she tries to be Beth, whose life turns out to be even more complicated than Sarah’s. As Beth, Sarah has to figure out how to act like a cop who’s the subject of a messy internal investigation. And she also has to pretend be Dylan Bruce’s girlfriend, which must be so hard.

If you’ve read the logline for Orphan Black — and if you haven’t, spoilers ahead! — you know that Sarah has many more ringers out there, who are actually clones. I suspect once the Sarahs start to multiply, that’s when the show will really start getting fun. But right now, the highlight is definitely Maslany, who so far mostly has to look flustered and falsely confident in assuming her new identity. The low point is Sarah’s gay foster brother Felix (Jordan Gavaris), who shoots off some mood-lightening quips but embodies a number of ugly stereotypes.

Are you going to keep watching for more clones? Does anyone else think that Alia Shawkat and Tina Majorino are Maslany’s real-life ringers? Speaking of which, how does Orphan Black stack up against Ringer?

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Read more:
‘Orphan Black': Watch the first three minutes of BBC America’s newest thriller — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
David Tennant and Billie Piper to return for ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary
Chris Hardwick previews ‘Nerdist’ on BBC America. Plus, EXCLUSIVE CLIPS

David Brent returns! Ricky Gervais reprises tone-deaf boss for Comic Relief special -- VIDEO

It’s been nearly 10 years since we said goodbye to The Office‘s David Brent and the delightfully pathetic employees at Wernham Hogg Paper, following a special Christmas episode that seemed to set them off towards a brighter future. Even the obnoxious Brent was allowed some hope, following a promising blind date with a beautiful woman who actually found him… charming.

So what has he been up to in the decade since? Last night, in a 10-minute “The Office Revisited” special that aired on BBC 1 for Comic Relief, Ricky Gervais checked back in with his hopeless stooge. Brent is still selling (cleaning products now, not paper), and music is still his biggest passion. In fact, he’s now a self-described “local Simon Cowell,” guiding the career of an aspiring black lyricist named Dom Johnson. I don’t have to tell you that Brent finds a way to screw this up, do I?

Watch the catching-up-with video below, followed by Brent & Johnson’s new music video, “Equality Street.” READ FULL STORY

'Call the Midwife' series debut: The PBS drama is just what the doctor ordered

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The U.S. series debut of PBS’ Call the Midwife fulfilled all my expectations of a BBC hit that trumped Downton Abbey‘s first season ratings in Britain. The period drama, which premiered in the U.K. in January, elicited both laughs and (near) tears in its depiction of midwives and nuns working in the 1950s slums of London’s East End.

The show follows newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) as she struggles to “find her feet” in the Nonnatus House nursing convent and accept the seemingly unsanitary living conditions of the women she cares for. Although the British import initially solicits a comparison to Downton, the show is more of a cross between Grey’s Anatomy (the earlier seasons), Upstairs, Downstairs (the “downstairs” portion), and The Real Housewives of New Jersey (see the opening catfight scene). Fine, maybe Real Housewives is a stretch.

Vanessa Redgrave narrates the show as the voice of the older Jennifer Worth, the author who penned the trilogy of memoirs that the show is based. “Midwifery is the very stuff of life. Every child is conceived in love or lust and born in pain, followed by joy or by tragedy and anguish. Every birth is attended by a midwife. She is in the thick of it. She sees it all,” she says. [SPOILERS AHEAD] READ FULL STORY

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