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November 23rd is less than two weeks away, and in these 11 days leading to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary we here at Nerd Bastard’s want to share with you a few of our favorite Whovian things. Today is the eighth day in our countdown, which is fitting considering yesterday’s surprise return of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann is the 50th anniversary prequel minisode, “The Night of the Doctor”. It was the first onscreen appearance of the Eighth Doctor since the 1996 television movie which introduced him. Between then and now the Eighth Doctor has starred in dozens of Big Finish audio dramas, cementing himself as one of the most beloved Doctors. (more…)

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the desire for Peter Jackson to direct an episode of Doctor Who. We’ve been hearing it from Matt Smith. From Jackson, himself. Hell! Even Steven Moffat expressed interest in the idea. So why hasn’t it happened? Maybe they all just need a bit more nudging.

At the recent Lords of Time convention in Auckland, New Zealand three former Doctors, Colin Baker (Sixth), Sylvester McCoy (Seventh) and Paul McGann (Eight) all gave their support for Jackson to direct an episode,

Baker: I could only think he would make an epic Doctor Who story. I would like to be cast, not as the Doctor, even if it’s inside a furry suit. Maybe I could be a villain.

McCoy: He knows what he’s doing. If he was in charge of the budget he’d most likely want to film it on the moon and has the ability to do it. If he was using the resources of Weta they would make some amazing magic.

It’s really exciting and would be great fun and Peter Jackson has been a fan of Doctor who for years. I have been told that he’s got my Doctor Who costume, he’s also got my Radagast the Brown costume and I’m hanging on to my own clothes because he’s not getting his hands on them I can tell you.

McGann: I think he would be above trying to make anything trendy. The story would be strong. He would be ideal to make it he’s above the kind of pressure, who could lean on him. He would make the best thing we have seen.

Could this rousing approval and yearning for Jackson to direct an episode from not one, not two, but three former Doctors be what’s needed to jump start some serious talks?!? No. Definitely not. You’re mad if you think the Beeb gives a shit about what these guys say. As long as they’re not badmouthing current Who. But! That doesn’t mean their comments aren’t important. If the desire for Jackson to direct and episode of Who becomes strong enough through the fanbase, just maybe there’s a chance. Though slim, I’ll admit.

I’m a supporter of Jackson having the chance to direct an episode of Doctor Who. Are you?

Source: Waikato Times via Blastr

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Expect much of Clara as we now know she will survive this coming season of Doctor Who as well as the 50th Anniversary special and the Christmas special. During an interview on Radio 5 Live with Richard Bacon, Jenna-Louise Coleman confirmed we’ll be seeing Clara in the series’ eighth season, which will air in 2014, hopefully early 2014, after the Christmas special. She also mentions Doctor Who will take a four-month filming break to allow Matt Smith to come to America and film How to Catch a Monster. They’ll resume filming in September.

Doctor Who TV has kindly uploaded her entire interview, listen below. Coleman confirms Season 8 around the 12:56 mark.

But we’re kind of getting ahead of ourselves, there’s still lots of Who to come in 2013. Like that 50th anniversary special we’ve heard hundreds of freakin’ rumors about. Well, those holding out for the BBC to call upon all the surviving Doctors to make appearances, it’s looking pretty unlikely. Colin Baker has denied he’s returning, Peter Davison has confirmed he’s received no calls, and now Sylvestor McCoy has only more of the same. McCoy told IGN,

The other day I was with Tom Baker, Peter, and Colin – the 20th century Who-ers, and Tom asked ‘Well, little man, have you heard anything?’ and I told him ‘No, I haven’t heard anything.’ So none of us have heard anything.

It seems there are no plans to involve these past Doctors in the anniversary special. I’m not ruling out either of the reboot Doctors, Christopher Eccelston and David Tennant, though they too seem kind of unlikely at this point. Filming for the anniversary special is set to begin anytime now, so you’d figure we’d know something more definitive by now if they were involved. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to hear those classic Doctors together again, they’re still reuniting for Big Finish’s audio anniversary special.

If they’re not looking to involve past Doctors or companions, what do you think they have in mind for the 50th? Remember, they’ve promised, “It. Will. Be. Big.,” so it better be something good.

Source: Doctor Who TV

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Oh, what’s that? Just some Daleks cruising the halls of the LAX Marriot last weekend during the world’s largest and longest running Doctor Who convention, Gallifrey One, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who and 24 years for the completely fan-run convention. Gallifrey One is a pilgrimage for Whovians of all kinds, offering plenty of Who-centric entertainment from their wonderful guests to sketch comedy shows to a fully judged Masquerade to one wild karaoke, where it isn’t unheard of for a guest or two to perform. I’m looking at you Tony Lee and Richard Dinnick.

But back to those Daleks, I managed to capture a short video of their hallway hi-jinks that you can watch below. There’s also a few more photos in the gallery at the end of this post, including ones where you can see many of the convention’s guests, like Sylvestor McCoy (7th Doctor), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek operator, otter), Frazer Hines (2nd Doctor companion, Jaime), and Dan Starkey (Sontaran Strax), signed one of the pepper pots.

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Longtime Whovians have been clamoring for a multi-Doctor story ever since Doctor Who returned in 2005. It’s been a tradition of the series to bring together as many past Doctors as possible into one story to face a threat only multiple Doctors could thwart. Honestly, they’re usually pretty weak episodes, but you can forgive a lackluster premise because, “OMG. Second and Third Doctor banter! And the Fifth Doctor being chastised by the First Doctor, even though the First Doctor is younger but looks older!”

Yeah, there’s a lot of ridiculous fun surrounding a multi-Doctor story, and though it seems unlikely we’ll see such a reunion on TV we are for sure getting a reunion of Doctors 4-8 from Big Finish Audio! In an adventure titled, Doctor Who: The Light at the End, the Fourth (Tom Baker), Fifth (Peter Davison), Sixth (Colin Baker), Seventh (Sylvester McCoy) and Eighth (Paul McGann) Doctors will reunite for a 100-minute story. It’ll be the most Doctors ever assembled! Quite the fitting tribute to the series’ 50 years, don’t ya think?

Nicholas Briggs, writer, director and executive producer, had this to say about the momentous project,

We wanted to do a proper, fully-fledged multi-Doctor story for this very special occasion, and it’s wonderful that all the surviving Doctors threw themselves behind the project so enthusiastically. That’s not to say the first three Doctors don’t appear – we wanted to pay homage to the whole history of the classic series.

The Light as the End will deal with the possible destruction of all The Doctor’s incarnations, and will also feature more than a few past companions: Leela (Louise Jameson, 4th Doctor companion), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton, 5th Doctor companion), Peri (Nicola Bryant, 6th Doctor companion) Ace (Sophie Aldred, 7th Doctor companion) and Charley Pollard (India Fisher, 8th Doctor companion) are all returning.

The audio adventure will be available in two formats, a two disc standard edition and a five disc super, duper awesome edition, both releasing November this year. Here’s the available synopsis,

November 23rd 1963 proves to be a significant day in the lives of all eight Doctors…

It’s the day that Bob Dovie’s life is ripped apart…

It’s also a day that sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events which forces the first eight incarnations of the Doctor to fight for their very existence. As a mysterious, insidious chaos unfolds within the TARDIS, the barriers of time break apart…

From suburban England through war-torn alien landscapes and into a deadly, artificial dimension, all these Doctors and their companions must struggle against the power of an unfathomable, alien technology.

From the very beginning, it is clear that the Master is somehow involved. By the end, for the Doctors, there may only be darkness.

As of now it’s pretty vague, but no less exciting. If you haven’t checked out any of Big Finish‘s audios before, do it! They’re fantastic! And provided a much needed dose of Who during the years the show was on hiatus.

What do you think? Is this the kind of production you were looking for to celebrate Doctor Who‘s big 5-0?

Source: Collider

This month’s Empire magazine is simply bursting with goodies, glimpses, and SPOILERS from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, releasing December 14th (as if you had forgotten). And while I haven’t yet gotten my hands on a copy, some of the most interesting bits of information have begun leaking online. The biggest being that yes, we will indeed see Smaug in the first movie, though Peter Jackson says only in a “fleeting appearance” during the prologue.

Will we hear him speak? Unlikely, I’m sure they’re saving the full effect of Smaug for the second flick since, y’know, he’s the title character at that point. Jackson continues with assuring fans Smaug will, “remain as liquid tongued as the book’s memorable villain (he is a character not a monster). And with their casting of Benedict Cumberbatch for the voice, I am sure we won’t be disappointed.

Jackson also shared the Mirkwood spiders have been moved into the second movie. They will also speak, but only through some kind of “psychic communication” only Bilbo will be able to hear. And finally, more confirmation of the Necromancer – an incarnation of Sauron also voiced by Cumberbatch – and his larger role in these films comes from the mentioning of his stronghold, Dol Gulder, said to appear in the second movie. Sylvestor McCoy, playing Radagast the Brown, even teases a wizard showdown with some mysterious enemy, likely the Necromancer, “where the wizards are together, battling not each other but some other evil.”

All this hype is driving me mad. There’s still seven weeks to go! And I’m sure these teases are only the tip of the promotional iceberg. Prepare yourself for two more months of Hobbit-this and Hobbit-that. It has only begun.

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Many of us are familiar with Janet Fielding for playing the Fifth Doctor’s companion, Tegan Jovanka. Recently she was diagnosed with cancer and Peter Davison is rallying the troops to cheer her up. See, she’s been an avid spokesperson for the the charity Project Motor House which seeks to turn an “old motor museum” into a cultural center for the downtrodden community of East Kent. Here’s their official proposal,

For more than two years, a group of residents has been working on a plan to save the derelict West Cliff Hall (aka ‘the old motor museum’) and turn it into an exciting mixed use venue where people of all ages can enjoy themselves and where Thanet’s young people can be introduced to a business culture and get the hands-on experience they need to feel confident about starting their own businesses. We intend using low carbon techniques to renovate the building and foster interest in the burgeoning low carbon economy of East Kent.

To help with Project Motor House, Davison has devised Project Motor Mouth in honor of Fielding with all the proceeds from the event gong to the charity. And he’s enlisted some pretty big names to help out. In addition to Davison, former Doctors Colin Baker, Sylvestor McCoy, Paul McGann, and David Tennant will all be making appearances as the one day event. The booking of Tennant is especially noteworthy because he so rarely makes convention appearances. But could he really say no to his father-in-law? Didn’t think so.

You can visit their website for more information, but to no surprise the event is already sold out. Still, how swell of all those Doctors coming to together to help out not only Fielding, but the community in East Kent.

Oh! And if you haven’t heard Peter Davison (@PeterDavison5) has recently joined fellow Doctor, Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) on Twitter so you can thank them yourself for being such cool dudes.

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You read that headline correctly! Peter Jackson is apparently quite keen to work on an episode of Doctor Who, telling the The Waikato Times, “Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!”

AHH!

Give me a moment to collect myself. This is some super, stellar, awesome, fantastic news! Could you imagine Jackson’s spin on the 900+ year old Time Lord!? How could he possibly fit it into a 50 minute time slot?

This all began when Matt Smith mentioned he’d love to work with Jackson and film in New Zealand to the paper,

I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who. I’m told it’s glorious. I’m told it’s quite similar to England.

Let’s get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there. There’s clearly a great film industry out there. It’s something I would be very interested in, it’s just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over.

The Waikato Times turned to Jackson for a response which was, “I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt’s fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!”

Again, AHH! I get excited every time I read it. Come on BBC, facilitate this! I wouldn’t doubt Jackson’s a Who fan as he cast Sylvestory McCoy, the Seventh Doctor, as the wizard, Radagast the Brown, in the upcoming Hobbit films. What say you, would you like to see Peter Jackson collaborate on some Doctor Who?

Source: Doctor Who TV

I’m sure some of you spent your Labor Day weekend outside, at a barbecue, maybe attending a nice fair or festival. Whatever you did I hope you enjoyed one of the last holiday weekends before we move into the seasons of less sunshine and more obligations. Me? Oh I raged for four days straight at the biggest nerd party of the year: Dragon*Con. Honestly, the weekend has been coming back to me in bits and pieces, especially as I scan through my Twitter account and think, “Huh? When did I tweet that?”

For those unlucky souls unable to attend Dragon*Con this year we here at Nerd Bastards tried to bring as much of the experience to you as our little smartphones would allow. I made sure to live-tweet panels I attended and our #DragonCon tweets – those I had room to tag anyway, for full panel live-tweets you’ll just have to search @nerdbastards during 8/31-9/1 – are available to check out, but here are a few of my favorites.

Yes, you read that right. John Barrowman kicked off his panel by mooning us. This was at 11:00 am, so good morning Dragon*Con, indeed. It’s really of no surprise, but Barrowman is one raunchy fella, his panels should come with an explicit warning. All the hijinks aside – of which there were many including Barrowman screaming, “Buff man!” running out into the audience and fondling a mostly naked man dressed as a Spartan from 300 – we did get some interesting info about upcoming projects. For instance, Barrowman knows who his secret, millionaire character on Arrow really is and says, “it’s AWESOME.” He also shared he is totally on board for more Torchword once he gets the call. And of that upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary, Barrowman added as an actor he’d understand if he wasn’t included, but as a fan he’d be “exceptionally disappointed” and “gutted” to not be involved. I think I speak for just about everyone when I say I’d love for him to be in Who‘s 50th and I really hope they don’t overlook him.

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