The Doctor Who brand is riding high into 2014, with a couple of record-setting specials and the buzzy debut of Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor. Now, the BBC has announced a new partnership with Titan Comics to create a new series of comic books centering on the time-traveling man from Gallifrey. According to a press release, the comics will be standalone adventures that will focus on three different iterations of the Doctor: David Tennant’s sandshoe-modeling 10, Matt Smith’s bowtie-rocking 11, and Peter Capaldi’s yet-to-be-costumed 12. READ FULL STORY
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Nobody wants to see the doctor on Christmas: it usually means you’ve either gone into hot cocoa-induced diabetic shock or have been impaled by an errant candy cane. But having a visit with “the Doctor” has become a venerable Yuletide tradition. In honor of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special—in which Matt Smith’s beloved Eleventh Doctor will regenerate through the magic of TV acting contracts into his latest incarnation, played by Peter Capaldi—we’ve whipped up a whimsical bit of poesy that combines the work of two of our favorite doctors without medical licenses. So without further ado, and with copious and appropriate apologies to Steven Moffat, Theodor Geisel, and you, the reader, we present…
Doctor Who’s How The Dalek Stole Who’smas
Every Who fan in Whoville liked Who’s-mas a lot
Except for perhaps a certain murderous robot
With spruces and gooses and red-and-green jelly
And a brand-new hour of Doctor Who on the telly
They drink till they’re punchy and they eat till they barf
Put up lights as colorful as Tom Baker’s scarf
And toast to good cheer with a bottle of Malbec
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James Bond and the Doctor don’t have very much in common. Bond is a violent British superspy. The Doctor is a pacifist alien traveler. Bond jets around to exotic locations and uses expensive gadgets; the Doctor spends a curious amount of time in Wales and uses semi-abstract technology that makes funny noises. Weirdly, if the two characters ever met, they would probably be enemies. Bond is the kind of guns-blazing loose cannon the Doctor hates; in turn, the Doctor is practically a Bond villain, a stateless entity with a sci-fi lair that houses several weapons of mass destruction.
Bond is a hedonist with rampant sex drive, a figure of pure id. The Doctor is a vaguely ascetic intellectual, a figure of pure superego. Except when he’s not, which brings up a more important difference: Whereas the Platonic Ideal of James Bond was chiseled in granite from the word go, the Doctor is less a character than a series of variables. James Bond has always kind of looked the same; the Doctor can look like a scary philosopher hobo or the internet’s dream of combining every member of a British boy band into one perfect human. Both characters are essentially immortal, although in different ways. The Doctor frequently mentions his age, although he could be lying, or just forgetful. James Bond is always a man just old enough to have the athletic prowess of a peak Olympian and the refined taste of a retiree millionaire. READ FULL STORY
We all know that Doctor Who fans are a special kind of beast — fiercely loyal, dedicated, and operate somewhat as a kind of perpetually enthusiastic cult. So it should come as no surprise that when BBC America invited fans to a series of 50th anniversary screenings across the globe, fans showed up in droves. Like, Hunger Games-esque droves.
In the US alone, the 11 nationwide screenings of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor that took place Monday night — after the special had aired on TV, by the way — scored a per-screen average of $13,603, performing better than The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which had a $12,300 per screen average and was shown on more than 4,000 screens. Globally, the screenings earned $10.2 million. That’s pretty huge.
These results — combined with the overall buzz surrounding the sold-out screenings — also begs the question: Do we want to see more cult television screened in theaters? READ FULL STORY
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special was a twirling infinity vortex. It was set in the present and the past and another past and every time at once. There were multiple versions of every character, including Queen Elizabeth I. In the most Moffat-y script Steven Moffat has ever written for Doctor Who, the show took a deep dive into its own history, and it appeared to partially destroy that history, and it also provided a peek at its own far-flung future. At one point, three different time periods attacked one time period by traveling through another time period. And because this is Doctor Who, there were plenty of big red scary monsters. READ FULL STORY
You need a Doctor? Good news: Doctor Who has some Doctors for you! The legendary time-tossed adventure series celebrates its 50th anniversary today with The Day of the Doctor, a Very Special Episode packed with Very Special Guest-Stars. Current Doctor Matt Smith will share the screen with his beloved predecessor David Tennant, who’s also bringing along Best-Companion-Ever Billie Piper. Not enough Doctors? The telefilm will also feature acting legend and alien-baby-daddy John Hurt as The War Doctor, a heretofore-unrevealed regeneration of the Time Lord. READ FULL STORY
Doctor Who is one of the running miracles of the television age. On paper, it’s a ridiculous concept: An alien with a time machine shaped like a blue police box zip-zaps around space and time. It was planned as an educational show. It debuted the day after Kennedy was shot. They replace the lead character every few years. It more or less disappeared from television for over a decade. This weekend sees the franchise turn half a century old, and by most metrics, it’s never been more popular. READ FULL STORY
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
Catching the wave of the hugely anticipated 50th-anniversary 3-D special (airing on BBC America on Nov. 23 at 2:50 p.m. ET), here’s a chance to watch EW’s fan favorite Time Lord in action in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II in a new cinema series entitled “Live From Stratford-Upon-Avon” which will roll out a total of four filmed theatrical productions from the RSC to cinemas all over the globe.
Director Gregory Doran (also the RSC’s artistic director) had this to say about the roll-out: “We are thrilled to be bringing the work we make in Stratford-Upon-Avon to the widest possible audience. Through a brand-new partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, who have a great track record in screening the arts live, we can share the RSC’s contemporary interpretations of our house playwright across the U.K. and around the world, direct from Shakespeare’s home town.”
Richard II is currently playing in London until Jan. 25, but we saved you an oceanic crossover by providing this teaser for the production, to be shown in U.S. cinemas beginning Dec. 3 and continuing to Jan. 2, 2014. In this five-minute snippet, watch as Tennant, in a very Jesus-meets-Emma Thompson getup, charismatically claims his take on the classic “God save the King” monologue from the Bard tragedy.
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What do you get when you cross Doctor Who and The Hunger Games? You’ll find the answer in this hilariously imagined trailer spoof aptly titled The Doctor Games, which was uploaded to YouTube just in time for this Saturday’s 50th Anniversary Special and the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The trailer spoof finds all 13 Doctors (there are 13 because the creators chose to include both Peter Capaldi and John Hurt’s Doctors in the parody) transported into a Hunger Games-like arena where they must battle to the death until one remains as The Master. Only then can the winning Doctor fly off in the lone TARDIS at the center of the arena.
The best part about this parody is its attention to detail and the way they managed to incorporate all 13 Doctors’ individual quirks — Tom Baker’s Doctor uses his signature scarf to strangle people, for crying out loud!
Needless to say, if you’re a Whovian, you’ll definitely enjoy giving this a watch.
Watch The Doctor Games below:
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