With the Doctor Who 50th anniversary coming up, fan-boys and other geek sub-species everywhere are hyped about what Steven Moffat has planned to celebrate. Two major developments appear to be cresting the horizon. The first is the rumor that the Doctor may be facing down his nemesis, the Master, during the show’s 7th season. The other is the release of a video game featuring the Doctor and River Song as the main protagonists. Neither development, however, appears to be as advertised.
Steven Moffat says one little thing and the media is abuzz. He mentioned in a recent interview that he’d like to use the Master as the chief villain for the Doctor’s anniversary special and, more specifically, that he was looking towards Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to play the role.
Since then, the British tabloids and the various nameless mouths of the internet have been insisting that this casting is set in stone. Considering that Moffat is producing both Doctor Who and Sherlock, the assumption is not completely insane, though perhaps a little hasty.
Other sources, namely Matt Smith himself, say that the rumor is just that – a rumor. He states that he knows nothing about Cumberbatch playing opposite him as the Master [via Daybreak ].
“I know Ben and I’ve not heard anything about it. But he’s a wonderful actor and a mate. … I think he’s a bit busy being a Star Trek villain, and he’s Sherlock Holmes of course, so he’s a busy man.”
Unless Moffat is keeping him in the dark for some reason, it is probably reasonable to trust what Smith has to say. He is, after all, the Doctor.
Still, given that the 7th season of the show just recently started shooting, you never know what might develop between here and there. With Cumberbatch’s resume listing Sherlock, Star Trek 2 and The Hobbit among his recent roles, a foray into the world of the Doctor would be a natural progression.
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The 50th anniversary will also herald the release of the latest Doctor Who video game The Eternity Clock. It shall be available to the PS3-owning public in March of this year, but PC-users shall have to wait a month or so longer. Normally, a video game featuring the Doctor would be cause for dancing, singing and possibly even drunken rejoicing. The trailer for Eternity Clock, however, paints a grim picture of mediocrity.
It is a typical, side-scrolling platformer with graphics that look like the Doctor has been visiting the late-90s. The game play looks a bit choppy and the whole thing generally resembles any number of other games with a Doctor Who-themed skin layered over it. Add a few goofy little puzzles and the Doctor Who brand name and this game is ready to market.
The only thing that may redeem Eternity Clock are a few little game-play options that could turn out to be interesting. For one, two people can work together, playing as the Doctor and River Song (the number of children fighting over who gets to be the Doctor should be epic). It is also possible for each player to be doing different things in separate time periods, so that what a person in the past does affects the success of the player in the future. Downloadable content will also be available, in hopes of keeping the game fresh and interesting.
Though both developments have promise, the only thing that fans can do is to watch, wait and keep their fingers crossed.
*EDITORS NOTE: Special thanks to Nerd Bastards contributing writer Jason McAnelly for covering today’s Doctor Who news.