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This fall will see the beginning of Jodie Whittaker‘s tenure as the 13th Doctor.  Regardless of arguments about if 13 is the appropriate number for her Doctor (after the meta-crisis and War Doctor, etc.), there has been quite a bit of uncertainty and outright hatred from some fan circles for a female Doctor.

However, Doctor Who has long implied this was not only possible but probable.  When David Tennant regenerated into Matt Smith, Matt touches his hair and says, “I’m a girl!!!” before finding his adam’s apple.

In the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” the Doctor says,

“The mark of the Corsair. Fantastic bloke. He had that snake as a tattoo in every regeneration. Didn’t feel like himself unless he had the tattoo. Or herself, a couple of times. Ooo, she was a bad girl.”

In Peter Capaldi’s episode “Hell Bent” he shoots the General who regenerates as a woman.

So the groundwork has been laid for gender switching, but there is a more significant indicator that all will be well with a female Doctor.  The Time Ladies that preceded Jodie.

Here are a few of the beloved female “Time Lords” from the Classic and New Who runs of the show.

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Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and a dozen others streaming services compete for our money and attention. And now DC Comics has thrown their hat in the ring. DC Universe offers more than the DC content already released – DC Universe plans to release original content and give fans access to their digital comics, members-only merch, all in one place. But what fans need to know is what can they expect from the DC original content, what digital items will be available and how much is going to cost? NerdBastards dives in to give fans the answers they need to decide if yet another streaming service is worth it.

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The Flash has been CW’s most beloved DC show since it’s inception. While it’s had some ups and downs, the show’s upbeat attitude and vibrant characters bring comics to life in a way that few other shows have been able to. Season 4 wrapped up with a pretty solid cliffhanger that’s left a lot of fans of the show, and not necessarily the comic, scratching their heads. Who was the new character and how do they fit into the Flash mythos? Find out who the character is for the show and the comic book source material that inspired them. Spoilers ahead! You have been warned!

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Disney is known for their squeaky clean, family-friendliness. There are parents throughout American who trust Disney with protecting their children from anything obscene or inappropriate, to the point of allowing their children to watch only Disney films exclusively. It’s this image that Disney wants to preserve, and in doing so fired James Gunn for a series of jokes that were, admittedly, off-color, black humor that wasn’t appropriate for public consumption. But when we look closer at Disney’s not-so-distant past, the company and the man it’s named for aren’t so squeaky-clean either. As fans, family, and friends clamor for Gunn to be given a second chance we look back on Disney’s own sordid past. How many chances has The House of Mouse been given?

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Pushing 50, Mark Wahlberg wants to go where Tom Cruise and the 22-year-old Mission: Impossible series have gone before: Franchise Heaven. He won’t get there, at least not with Mile 22, his fourth – and by every indication, what should be his last – collaboration with director Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day, Lone Survivor). A mid-budget, Southeast Asian-set, sub-mediocre actioner, Mile 22 tries mightily to give Wahlberg a career-reinvigorating role as James Silva, a near superheroic CIA Special Branch field agent, team leader, and all-around hard-ass with major personality defects and/or undiagnosed neurological condition (shades of Ben Affleck’s title character in The Accountant), a spandex-free Captain America wannabe for our complicated, morally and ethically grey world (or something). Except Mile 22 drops the potentially intriguing Silva into a dull, formulaic, generic run-and-chase, protect-the-asset story we’ve seen countless times done better on the big and small screen (e.g., S.W.A.T., NCIS: Los Angeles, etc.). (more…)

One of the best things for an actor in the science fiction genre is that they can work the same show multiple times as different characters.  With the magic that people like Michael Westmore can do with makeup, they can appear over and over and, yet, not be seen as themselves.  The character takes center stage and the actor can truly stretch themselves.

In the history of Star Trek, a lot of people have played multiple roles in the same series or across the spectrum of shows, but only a few have gone on to be considered a part of the main or recurring cast.  On Deep Space Nine it happened more often than any other Trek series.  Here are the nine actors who first guest starred on some version of Trek and soon found themselves cast in roles that would change their lives.

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M. Night Shamylan has had a rocky directorial career, to say the least. He stunned movie-goers with early flicks like Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. However, his stories seemed to slip into some sort of twist-obsessed cesspool that became less and less charming for fans. Those twists that initially made him famous were quickly making him infamous. Most film lovers had chalked his career up to an odd descent into ludicrousy.

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The amazing effects of recent films like Downsizing and Ant Man &The Wasp, show how far Hollywood has come in making a convincing reality that is grounded in science fiction.  Where the MCU Ant Man films have brought the idea of shrinking into modern pop culture and Downsizing gave us a new vantage point to view our culture and how mankind has mistreated the planet we call home, they were not the first films to deal with making people little.

Some of their predecessors were full on fantasy films, while others were the predictable mad scientist tale of power and control.  There were even a few that were written and intended to be funny (and many that were unintentionally funny).

Here is a brief look at the history of shrinking in the cinema up through the 1950s.

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Competitive online gaming isn’t new. But this last year gave birth to a new league of competitive gaming for a new game. Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch spawned numerous teams with fervent fan followings, giving players one more reason to shoot the red team wearing team colors. The first season ended with a lot of fans surprised at the outcome, considering the way certain teams played leading up to the finals. Which teams won out? Who was suspected to win early on? And where does the league find itself now, looking to the future?

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5 Fan Favorites From Musical TV Episodes

Musical episodes are a wonderful break from the norm during some of our favorite shows that run seasons long. Often a fun way to get out of a storyline bogged down by drama and intrigue, a way that often forces characters to reveal secrets, confront inner demons, or express themselves in ways they otherwise couldn’t. Sometimes it’s just for giggles because you have a talented cast that’s itching to show off their vocal chops. Either way, musical episodes tend to be fan favorites that make it on playlists of many-a-nerd for years after the show has ended. And here’s 5 favorites from tv’s best musical episodes.

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