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
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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
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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What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? Well, consider this week the calm before the holiday-movie storm. Next week is Thanksgivukkah and then a virtual Christmas-movie-marathon-mania follows. Before you get your dose of jolly caroling cheer, scenes of holly-trimmed (and secretly hostile) family dinners, and everyone quoting Love Actually, consider this your bah, Humbug! week, filled with a stocking’s worth of everything that’s anti-holiday — teens killing teens, crime-solving robots, and sardonic humor. Merry watching!
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The special, 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who is now just two weeks away — depending where you are in the space-time continuum — and the BBC has finally released a proper trailer. Check out the clip below to see some old faces and some familiar foes.
In an interview with The Express, veteran actor Bill Nighy shared that he was contacted to play the TARDIS-traveling Time Lord for the latest series of Doctor Who but turned the offer down. “I will say that I was approached,” said Nighy to The Express. “But I didn’t want to be the Doctor. No disrespect to Doctor Who or anything, I just think that it comes with too much baggage.”
Peter Capaldi, known for his swear-tastic performance as Malcolm Tucker in the political comedy The Thick of It, was just chosen as the Twelfth Doctor. It’s unclear whether Nighy recently turned down the offer, though, so he might not have been in competition with Capaldi, but a different Doctor. Nighy praised the choice of Capaldi for the role, continuing in The Express, “He’s a marvellous actor. He’ll be very good as the Doctor. He’ll bring a lot of wit and dry humour. He’s elegant and he looks great.”
Nighy briefly appeared on Doctor Who, making a cameo as Dr. Black, a bow tie-rocking art historian, who encounters the Doctor (Matt Smith) and companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). In the episode, titled “Vincent and the Doctor,” the Doctor and Amy bring new friend Vincent Van Gogh (Tony Curran) to a gallery exhibition of his work at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay. The emotional and erratic Van Gogh is brought to tears when overhearing Nighy’s Black describe Van Gogh as the “finest painter of them.”
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In news that will probably shock no one, the number-crunching nerd-lords at Google are big fans of Doctor Who. But while most Whovians can only express their love for the show by watching all fifty million episodes and hugging human beings dressed like police telephone boxes, the Google people can actually bring Doctor Who to life, using science and stock options to break through the fourth dimension — which is why you can actually find the Google logo embedded in early cave paintings, if you look closely enough. But that’s all top-secret Google X stuff. To amuse us little people, Google has created one of the single greatest internet easter eggs in the history of easter and eggs: You can now find the TARDIS on Google Maps, at a location marked as “Police Telephone Box.” (The address appears to be “Earl’s Court Rd, London, Greater London SW5 9RB, United Kingdom,” which I’m sure local Who supernerd/token Brit Clark Collis would say is a reference to some episode of Who from the ’70s.) READ FULL STORY
The schedule for the fourth day of Comic-Con is now available, and it’s a big day for television panels, including Supernatural, Breaking Bad, Under the Dome, and Doctor Who.
You can find the complete schedule here, but check out below for some of the biggest highlight’s from the convention’s final day. San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 17-21.
The Supreme Court’s recent legalization of gay marriage has made Hollywood a very happy place as of late.
Scottish-American actor John Barrowman tied the knot with his partner of 20 years, Scott Gill, on Tuesday, according to People.
Barrowman even documented their car ride to the nuptials via a WhoSay account video with the caption, “We are getting married today because we now can.”
Barrowman, 46, appeared in the Doctor Who series as Captain Jack Harkness.
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