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Oh, what might have been. Any self-respecting Doctor Who fan will know that show-runner Steven Moffat always wanted the ninth incarnation and first out of the (blue) box of Nu-Who Christopher Eccleston to reprise the role in the 50th anniversary special The Day Of The Doctor. Now it looks like Moffat was more confident than previously thought with storyboards for Eccleston‘s involvement recently surfacing across the interwebs.   (more…)

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Cross overs are a wonderful thing. When they’re done right, you get glorious canonical cross-franchise action (a la Spawn Vs Batman), provided either party can sort through the mountain of legal implications. When they are handled by loving nerds however, you get glorious mashups of things like the most popular Space Opera series ever made. Kind of like YouTube User VG 934, being the incorrigible Whovian fan that he is, saw the potential in a subtle Star Wars/Doctor Who mashup and simply rolled with it, with excellent results…

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Big, big news for Whovians has come out of the United Kingdom today: per a report from the BBC, longtime Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is stepping down from the helm as the lead writer and executive producer.  These duties will now transfer to Chris Chibnall, best known to audiences as the writer of Broadchurch, another UK-produced show (ITV/BBC) starring former Doctor David Tennant.  In addition, the announcement has come that there will be no season of Doctor Who episodes in 2016, only a lone Christmas Special. (more…)

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Well, wasn’t this episode a holly-jolly 90-degree turn from from the oft-scary and routinely-serious bent of the rest of the previous season of Doctor Who!  This episode should make lots of “casual” DW fans very happy, as the tone of this episode is decidedly light-hearted in nature, a definite break in the storm of the recent plot lines.  As quintessential Doctor Who “it girl” River Song, Alex Kingston has had the pleasure of playing against several excellent incarnations of the Doctor, but her interactions with Peter Capaldi in this episode may be the most free-flowing and naturally-pleasing tandem yet.  “Christmas Special” episodes are almost exclusively reserved for either regenerations or good old-fashioned Who comedy fun, and while “The Husbands of River Song” may not necessarily be a groundbreaking or universe-shattering episode, it has got the fun and the laughs in spades.

 

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It was only a couple of days ago that Doctor Who wrapped up its ninth season with a bittersweet send-of for the Doctor’s latest companion Clara Oswald, but with just a few weeks to go before Christmas it’s no time for wallowing in the past. As per usual on Christmas Day, an annual event with almost as much traction as turkey and a tree at this point, we will have the latest Doctor Who Christmas special, and since the Doctor is, at this point, companion-less, he’ll be reuinted with the only woman in the universe crazy enough to marry him, River Song. There will however be complications, as the BBC‘s promotional department tells us. (more…)

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Well, that didn’t take long. Earlier this season showrunner Steven Moffat introduced the Sonic Sunglasses to the Doctor Who series and fans had mixed reactions that ranged from the amused to the outraged. That’s what fans do, but now fans can get all hot and bothered by the return of the Sonic Screwdriver to the series as Peter Capaldi‘s Doctor builds a new Sonic Screwdriver. Wanna see what it looks like? (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Doctor Who’ – S9E12 – “Hellbent”

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For an episode that featured Galifrey, the end of time, and two TARDIS’, this Doctor Who finale was an oddly personal tale that brought to a close the Doctor’s time with Clara in a way that wasn’t (only) sad and bittersweet, like most companion departures, but was hopeful as well. Even though it’s a lesson learned a couple of times before, seeing the Doctor face the fact that he can’t break the rules and run away from the consequences, “Hellbent” was definitely an hour of Who with punch. Light on the timey-whimey tom foolery, but heavy on the heart, or hearts, on the above average Whovian. (more…)

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In gearing up for the big season finale next week, Doctor Who has been upping the ante for the last few weeks, and this episode shoots the stakes through the roof. Perhaps the closest DW has ever come to replicating the vibe of a film like Cast Away or The Martian, this week the focus is solely on our man Peter Capaldi, as he is almost the only human actor featured in the entire story – not that I have one single problem with that, mind you!

 

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The writing was absolutely on the wall from the get-go.  Last week’s “Next Time…” was intentionally vague – and if you were listening, you could hear exactly which actress was doing the voiceover talk about “the Raven.”  Throughout this episode, the trail of breadcrumbs leading up to the final scene was so plain that each breadcrumb was as big as an entire loaf.  Season finales be damned – sometimes you just throw down when you want to throw down.

 

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Much like when a sports team pours “all you’ve got” into a big win or a student studies for days and exhausts themselves in passing a big test, letdowns are prone to occur after a big event.  Whether it’s the fault of the people in charge for not being able to try and harder or the external observer for expecting a higher level of greatness that can’t be sustained, the fact is that these things do happen.  I am, of course, referencing the most recent Doctor Who two-parter “The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion” as the “big win,” which leaves this week’s standalone episode, “Sleep No More,” as the aforementioned letdown.

 

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