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Doc Around The Clock [T-Shirt]

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Now that the Twelfth Doctor has been revealed, it’s time to get him on a t-shirt. This one features all The Doctors in order around the face of a clock along with some Gallifreyan symbols. It’s all Doctor Who, all the time.

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12th Doctor to be Revealed This Sunday Live on BBC! [NOW WITH OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER]

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A live broadcast hosted by Zoe Ball this Sunday will reveal the actor who will portray the twelfth incarnation of the Gallifreyan Time Lord known across space and time as simply, The Doctor. Showrunner Steven Moffat and 11th Doctor Matt Smith will be joining Ball on the special-along with whomever’s going to be playing the new Doctor.

The announcement is scheduled to air at 7pm, Sunday August 4th in the UK… and 11am PDT and 2pm EDT in the States.

The remarkably secretive casting process was done under the code name of Whodini, and apparently even the crew and other staff working with the soon-to-be 12th Doctor didn’t know what was going on.

Currently, an episode of Celebrity Mastermind is scheduled for that particular time slot on BBC One-most likely this will be preempted.

Furthermore, MSN UK just released this tweet regarding the announcement:

#DoctorWho fans. There will be an announcement at midnight. That’s all I’m saying…

- MSN UK Entertainment (@msnents) August 1, 2013

Don’t read too much into this, though-it’s believed that this message refers to the same announcement we’re talking about, and the official reveal of Twelve’s identity will be saved for Sunday.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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New Rumors Paul McGann Filmed for ‘Doctor Who’ 50th; Plus, Anniversary Special Getting Simultaneous, Worldwide Broadcast

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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. Never before has one program garnered so much suspicion, speculation, and rumor. At one point every former, living Doctor was returning, next every Doctor would be CGI’d, then it became simply no “Classic Doctors” will appear. This constant rumor mongering is fueled by fans’ desire to see their favorite Doctor in action again, but every once in a while a source pipes up with something that could actually come true.

That’s the way of it with this latest murmuring the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, may have indeed filmed something for the 50th anniversary. Ever since the not-quite-good-enough-to-earn-a-season-order 1996 TV movie, McGann’s continued the adventures of the Eighth Doctor in Big Finish’s audio dramas. Above you can see his updated, less Edwardian, and decidedly more Nine-ish look, from his latest audio adventure, Dark Eyes.

Bleeding Cool is also reporting they received a tip a 50th anniversary, prequel mini-sode has been filmed. This little mini-sode would contain the regeneration from McGann to John Hurt’s Doctor. And remember how we all began suspecting Hurt was playing some kind of Doctor because his outfit looked like an amalgamation of Eight and Nine’s? Yeah… s’all coming together now.

The Eighth Doctor’s recent wardrobe change for the audio drama covers is making more sense. The Doctor ditches most of the Edwardian dress, but keeps the waistcoat, and adds the leather jacket. Then he regenerates and we’ve got John Hurt running around, doing something despicable during the Time War, and wearing the waist coat/leather jacket ensemble because IT’S WAR! You don’t have time to change outfits! During the Time War, Hurt regenerates into Nine, who keeps the leather jacket because it’s what’s best suited for his dark and moody soul. What do you think? Could I have nailed it?

Yes, it’s directionless speculation, but if it means a return for McGann as The Doctor, in a some visual capacity, I’m all for it. Speaking of the anniversary special, BBC announced the special will broadcast around the world simultaneously on November 23rd,

It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international Doctor Who fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK. We’ll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November.

So, an 8pm screening in the U.K. means a 3pm show time in the U.S. for the east coast, and a 12pm showing for the west coast. Not so bad, but it’s worse for Australians who’d have a 6am show time to look forward to, eek! But for Whovians, any time is the right time for the 50th anniversary special.

Still months to go before November, but maybe we’ll see that prequel minisode beforehand? If it happened at all. Do you think it did?

Source: Bleeding Cool (2)

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Of Course Matt Smith Will be at The ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Celebration Weekend

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For all of those who live in the UK or have plans to wander that way in November, the Doctor Who Official 50th Celebration Weekend will have Matt Smith in attendance. He’ll be hanging around, doing his thing at signing booths and panels. Which is funny, ’cause I kinda assumed he would’ve had to show up, seeing how he’s the current Doctor and all that. Where else would he be? He may even show up with a fez.

As we know, Smith’s run as the Eleventh Doctor will be coming to a close this Christmas. Other past Doctors that will be there include Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Tom Baker (Although he’s only doing a cameo appearance that weekend). Apparently, more big-name guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

Other things they’ve got planned for the weekend include learning how to walk like a monster with the official Who monster choreographer, Alisa Burke. Also, stunt school, quizzes, theater shows. And mostly just epic nerdery.

Tickets go on sale at 11am July 8th. Although it’s not clear which time zone that is (I suppose it doesn’t matter when you’re a Time Lord), we can safely assume it’s London time… whatever that time zone is called.

You can check out the official site for more details.

Source: Digital Spy

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A Thoroughly Detailed Look at IDW’s ‘Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time’

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The first issue of Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time hit stands this week. With so many offerings in different media being presented to us for the 50th Anniversary, how does IDW’s stack up?

Warning, here be spoilers. And Katy Manning.

The first thing that struck me was the similarity between this and The Five Doctors. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Five Doctors, but we are definitely getting the same set up here. A mysterious hooded enemy is observing the Doctor through multiple incarnations, throwing old adversaries at him. In The Five Doctors, the Doctor gets scooped off and away. Here, it is only the companions. Where they are being sent, we don’t know. If it turns out to be the Death Zone, I shall kick someone.

The more I ruminate on it, the less it feels like a William Hartnell story. While the characterization of the regulars is nice, the story itself feels more and more out of place. It is perfectly in keeping with the era that the Doctor meets a historical figure. Indeed, one of the original goals for the series was to educate and expand on famous events and people. This became less of a priority after the Daleks made such a splash, but it was still part of the series until Patrick Troughton‘s first season. Yet Huxley would have been a controversial choice for the sixties, still being a divisive figure. He would have been in living memory for some people and the show shied away from such things until the 1980s.

Also, as the following annotations note, the Doctor getting to the precise time and place he intended was completely unheard of. Oft times, the TARDIS crew had no idea where they landed and would have to figure it out over the course of the first ten minutes of the first episode. This was part of fun of the show. You never had a clue where they would wind up next.

Simon Fraser‘s art is a mixed bag. In terms of storytelling, it is very well done. There are some great panels of the Doctor battling Zarbi that can’t be missed. But this is a comic that lives on likenesses. The Doctor himself is alright, but Ian and Barbara look nothing like William Russell and Jacqueline Hill, Vicki often looks far older than 16, and strangely Huxley is pretty good. Fraser has a knack for old men apparently.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I have always adored the Zarbi, so any excuse to see them again is very welcome. Quite where this is all going, I’ve no idea but we shall hopefully get some more clues next issue.

And now, a few things to notice about Issue #1.

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Page 1, Panel 1 — While most images in this panel are too small to make out, of special notice is the upper right hand corner which features one of the infamous Katy Manning (who played companion Jo Grant) nude photos. Its inclusion here may be an indication that in the Who universe, Jo also took a nude photo with a Dalek. Jo met the Daleks in the episodes Day of the Daleks and Planet of the Daleks.

Page 2, Panel 2 — From top to bottom: The fourth Doctor and an unknown companion in Hollywood. Judging from the hairstyle, it’s probably Sarah. There is no recorded adventure with the fourth Doctor in Hollywood, but his first, second, fifth, sixth, eighth, tenth and eleventh incarnations have visited. This is the carving of the tenth Doctor and Donna as featured at the end of Fires of Pompeii. A photo of the TARDIS in Roald Dahl Plass taken during Boom Town. Roald Dahl Plass is also home to the Torchwood Hub.

Page 3, Panel 3 — From left to right. Row 1: Barbara Wright, an older Vicki Pallister, Captain Jack Harkness, the second Romana, Amy and Rory Pond-Williams, Micky Smith. Doctor Liz Shaw. Row 2: Dorothy “Ace” McShane, Rose Tyler, Adric, Frobisher (Doctor Who Magazine comic strip), Adam Mitchell (Dalek, The Long Game). Row 3: unknown (Possibly Charlotte Pollard from Big Finish audios), K-9, Matthew Finnegan (IDW comics)
Page 5, Panel 3-The sixth Doctor would meet a young Charles Darwin in Bloodtide. Darwin also gets name checked frequently in the seventh Doctor story Ghost Light,a sort of parable about evolution.

Page 6, Panel 3 — The first Doctor was almost completely incapable of getting the TARDIS where he intended to go. The running arc of the first season was his trying to get Ian and Barbara back to the 20th century. Just how they are in 1868 on the right day is something of a mystery. Let alone writing Huxley a letter that would get to him in a timely manner…

Page 8, Panel 2 — The first Doctor usually carried a tiny pen torch, but this larger model is new. The same prop torch would later be used as the first version of the sonic screwdriver. The flashlight was invented in Britain in 1899.

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Page 9, Panel 4– The Zarbi seen here are different than those seen in The Web Planet. In that story, they are large bipedal ants with six limbs. Here they scuttle around on the ground and seem to have either six or eight legs depending on what panel they’re in.

Page 11, Panel 3 — Here the Doctor calls Ian “Chatterton”. This is an example of what is referred to in fan circles as a “Billy Fluff”. During most of the 60s, Doctor Who was shot on video almost as live. Tape was very expensive and there was very little editing. They would pretty much only stop if something went very, very wrong. If a line was fluffed, it was often left in. Hartnell had a tendency to fluff his lines, sometimes quite noticeably. How much of this was intentional to show how the Doctor was a befuddled old scientist, no one will ever know. But this did often show itself when the Doctor was referring to Ian. Of course in this comic, Ian’s last name has not been mentioned yet, so if you didn’t already know who Ian was, you might be confused.

Page 15, Panel 3 — The Isop-tope Device was created by the other native race to Vortis, the Menoptera, a race of giant butterfly men. At the end of The Web Planet, it was Barbara that threw the Device at the Animus, seemingly killing it.

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Page 19, Panel 2 –The Light at the End is also the title of Big Finish’s forthcoming 50th anniversary Doctor Who audio featuring the fourth through eighth Doctors.

Page 20, Panel 4 –The Doctor shall encounter the Zarbi again in Twilight of the Gods and Return to the Web Planet. A Zarbi also made a cameo appearance in The Mind of Evil as a manifestation of one of the Doctor’s greatest fears! A seed of the Animus returns in Twilight of the Gods, trying to take over Vortis once more.

Page 23 — As mentioned in John Ainsworth‘s essay, the 60′s Doctor Who comic strip was a sometimes bizarre sidestep from the show. For the sake of completeness, the Zarbi did appear in the comic and in the Doctor Who annuals released at the same time, but these are so confused in terms on continuity, these are usually ignored. For example, The Lost Ones features the Doctor traveling alone to Vortis before The Web Planet and includes a war between Atlanteans and the Menoptera.

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A TARDIS Is The Best Place To Keep Your Jewelry

Jewelry boxes usually have fairly plain designs, but this one is different – just look at it! It’s a TARDIS! Etsy seller Destry Robbins painted and aged a box that has plenty of drawers to stash jewelry and keepsakes in, and the drawers look just like the panes of the spaceship. She even lined the back and top with classy TARDIS damask fabric. Yeah, we all need one of these.

See a few more photos after the break.

This particular box is sold out, but another can be made to order.

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Doctor Who Regenerations [T-Shirt]

Everybody has their favorite Doctor, but it can be hard to choose. After all, there are eleven of them and they’re all so good! This shirt takes away the need to choose by collecting them all together and even manages to fit the TARDIS in the background.

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Nerd Bastards 12 Days of Christmahanakwanzika – Day 7

While the flux-capacitor hasn’t been perfected, and we can’t help you fix any past holiday humbuggery, maybe we can help you get this holiday season off to a good start.

For the next 12 days (Dec 1st-12th), the staff of Nerd Bastards will be listing a few of their favorite nerdy things. Gadgets, doohickeys, thingamabobs and more – all sorts of items that have been Nerd tested and Bastard approved. Basically, stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t have.

We hope you’ll find some unique and nerdtastic gifts among our selections, and that they make their way under your tree, Menorah or Kwanzaa bush.

Hit the jump for Mark Poynter‘s list of Nerdful things. Check back tomorrow for Nick Bungay‘s list. To see archive of this feature, click HERE.

1. Captain America Statue Lamp by Westland Giftware

Luke started off with the replica Captain America shield I wanted s0 I looked around and found this little gem. That would look so good on my desk, providing much needed light and inspiration. There’s the good Captain, the Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, the *#%-damned Batman, and the Man of Steel. They are priced from $54.99 to $59.99 and would make any fan boy light up (Get it . . . I’m punny.) with joy.

2. Legend of Zelda Replica Shield

If you’re gonna save the princess you’ve got to have the right equipment. This replica shield will only cost you $69.99, not the usual 80 Hylian Rupees, but maybe that’s just the exchange rate kicking in. Since the shield should provide you with the defensive edge you need, you might want to get the edge a Legend of Zelda Master Sword would bring. Priced at $44.99 you could get both to ensure your victory over the forces of evil.

3. United Federation Of Planets Flag

While everyone else in the neighborhood is flying their holiday banners or football team logos you can proudly fly the flag that unites the universe. Except for those pesky Romulans, Borg, and Klingons running around. Well, you get the gist of it and this will only set you back $49.95.

4. Planet Replica Custom Name Judge Badge

Get your own personalized Judge badge from Planet Replica. Your own name, with the only limitation that they recommend 10 or 11 letters maximum to make sure the name reads properly in the space available. Priced at 60.00, that’s about $95.00 at current exchange rates.

5. Dominion by Rio Grande Games

This is a great card game with many expansions to choose from that only make the game even better. The game never plays the same way twice because the cards you play with varies each game. This is a great gift for those that like strategy games. The game usually retails for $44.95, but if you look around you can find great deals on it. The link above has it for $29.26 with free shipping!

6. 7 Wonders by Asmodee

Yes, another game. What can I say, I am a board game guy. 7 Wonders should make the top ten games list of any serious board gamer. It is beautifully made, the game play design is fantastic, and the variety in game play is tons of fun. Retail is $49.99, but again you can find good sales on it like the link above at $32.40. There are a couple of expansions that add some spice to the strategy and game play well worth the price.

7. Marvel Wall Mural at AllPosters.com

This is my choice from the many Marvel Wall Murals available at AllPosters. There are a ton to choose from, but this is the one I want. Just look at the size of that. I can picture it along the wall in my comic book room. Coming in at 48 X 72 inches that is a huge piece of artwork for $124.99. The only problem might be convincing the lady of the house to allow you to put it up.

8. Doctor Who’s TARDIS Door Decals

If you’re like me and can’t really afford the TARDIS Refrigerator then you can always go for the TARDIS Door Decal set from Etsy user Bjorn. It’s a steal at $24.99. Now you do have to paint your door blue as the decals are only includes the Police Box Bar (32″ by 3″), the Pull to open (11″ by 9″), and two of the Windows (8″ by 8″). Just think, your front door, bathroom door, or closet, you choose can front for the TARDIS when the Doctor arrives.

9. Godzilla Plush Slippers

If you’re gonna stomp around the house over a lazy weekend you might as well do it in the comfort of your own Godzilla Slippers. These things can crush LEGO buildings without the usual foot crippling effects. Comfort ain’t cheap though my nerdy friend, these bad boys will set you back $30.99.

10, Hellboy II The Golden Army Right Hand of Doom

Sometimes you just need a little something extra and this is it. $24.99 gets you the hand that saves humanity. Get your “Perlman” on with this latex foam-filled replica. Every nerd in the neighborhood had Hulk hands, but you’ll really bring the nerd cred with this one.

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Masters Of The Whoniverse [T-Shirt]

Just who are The Masters of the Whoniverse? We’ve got the classic bad guys on one side and the good guys on the other with just The He-Doctor standing between them all. I’d watch that Weeping Angel, though. It looks like it’s about to launch a sneak attack.

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It’s a Dalek, It’s a Snowman, It’s Snowlek! [T-Shirt]

They may be out to exterminate everyone, but how can you be afraid of this little guy? Look at that cute little carrot manipulator arm. I can’t imagine that’d do much harm to anyone.

Grab this one while you can because its on sale today only.

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