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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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You may have caught wind of  an upcoming Showtime program called Penny Dreadful, but maybe the name is all you’ve heard? What is the show about exactly? Well, you can jump to the synopsis below or watch this handy video blog giving us a behind-the-scenes look  at the production and some insight on the inspiration behind the new series.

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Fifty years of Doctor Who came to an end yesterday. Fifty years of running from responsibility, from authority, from his past; The Doctor hasn’t stopped running since he stole that Type 40 TARDIS and took off. And now, beginning with these next 50 years, The Doctor finally knows where he’s running to: home.

Steven Moffat promised the 50th anniversary special would forever alter the course of Doctor Who, and for once, The Moff wasn’t lying. (more…)

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Billie Piper is all set to join the cast of Showtime‘s new “Psychosexual Horror” series, Penny Dreadful. The series will feature a host of frightening, iconic literature figures like Dorian Grey (Reeve Carney), Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadway), along with characters from Dracula and other classic horror tales. Piper’s character will be, “an Irish immigrant trying to escape a dark past.”

She joins a well-rounded cast including Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, as well as those listed above. What tragic tales will Penny Dreadful tell of these horrific characters? The series is described as a,

Psychosexual horror series features some of literature’s most frightening and iconic figures as they grapple with alienation in Victorian London.

John Logan (Gladiator, Skyfall) is writing the series with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) producing.

What do you think? Are there still interesting tales to tell about those tragic characters?

Via: Deadline

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Showrunner Steven Moffat has been known to catch some flak for his insistence on using new Doctor Who monsters over the classics. The Weeping Angels, for instance, have appeared almost as often as the Daleks or Cybermen. But speaking at Edinburgh Fringe Moffat revealed,

I always think it’s probably true the first anything or anyone appears on Doctor Who is their best story, and Doctor Who is never more Doctor Who than when everything is brand new on it, a new monster and the Doctor doesn’t know what’s going on. When you bring back a monster it’s automatically a sequel, and sequels are never quite as good. On the other hand, it’s part of the ecology of Doctor Who that he encounters the same monsters and that hit monsters and hit characters do come back, so it’s just when you have a good idea for a plot.

I wonder if he believes this logic holds true for The Weeping Angels? We can all agree “Blink” was by far their best appearance and “The Angels Take Manhattan” their worst. Here’s hoping they hold off on the Angels for a little while and give us more original monsters, with still a few classics thrown in here and there.

Do check out Geek Chocolate’s entire write-up from the panel because Moffat has more to say about new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, the fate of Romana, and the Doctor’s daughter, Jenny. Definitely worth a read!

While still in Edinburgh at an Ad-Lib event Moffat just couldn’t stop talking, this time about Who companion Billie Piper,

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Matt Smith, our soon to be Doctor-deserter, took part in a lengthy interview with Vulture while in hanging out in Los Angeles this week. I expect while recuperating from San Diego Comic Con at former companion, Karen Gillan’s apartment. At least that’s what I’m imagining. I mean, who else does he know in L.A.? But like I said, it’s a pretty lengthy interview and is simply chocked full of goodies. Like this, Smith already knows what he’s taking from Doctor Who‘s set when he officially departs later this year,

You steal things! What are you planning to steal from set once you’re done?

I plan on taking the sonic screwdriver.

I don’t think you’re allowed to, are you?

I don’t care. And I’ll take my jacket, probably. I’m really sad to be leaving! I love the show!

Not really all that surprising. I’m fairly certain David Tennant also swiped his screwdriver and I know he has one of his suits because they had to de-mothball it to use for the 50th anniversary special. And speaking of Tennant, Smith talked about the dynamic of working with his 10th Doctor and Rose (Billie Piper),

How does Eleven get on with Ten and Rose?

Well first, [Billie Piper, who plays Rose] is a great friend of mine anyway. We’ve worked together and I’m very fond of her. She’s wonderful. But yeah, bizarrely, if you look at previous Doctor Who stories, they tend to be quite grouchy with each other, but I think Ten and Eleven actually like each other. David and I do in real life as well, and our Doctors are quite collaborative.

Did he pass on any advice back when you took over?

He just wished me luck, really. He said, “I’m always here to talk, and if you need me, give me a ring.” But it’s always an individual experience where you sort of have to go through the highs and lows on your own. It’s a bit like playing Hamlet. Not to place too much importance on what we do, but it has to be totally an individual response.

Do go check out the entire interview with Vulture, especially for a funny story of Matt and Karen having dinner together and Matt’s attempts to pull her wig off. Man, would Marvel have flipped the fuck out had he accidentally caused the reveal in a busy Hollywood restaurant instead of in Hall H!

Source: Blastr

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It’s sad to realize there are only two more episodes of Doctor Who left this season. I mean, where did the time go!? I feel like we just met Clara, again, and now we’re already to the finale! Ugh, even with a time machine time passes too quickly. Well, prepare yourselves, because we’ve got plenty of news in this edition of Who News! in hopes of alleviating some post-Season 7B depression.

First, what do you think of the new TARDIS? I love the design because I’m a sucker for anything retro and the new console room pays homage to the TARDIS console of old in many ways. In the latest Doctor Who Magazine they shared these wonderful shots of the new console, up close and in detail, revealing each individual panel,

I particularly like how bleak it looks, this is a dark time for The Doctor, and I dig all the Gallifreyan symbols.

Lots more below the cut, including Billie Piper talking – as little as she can – about the 50th anniversary, Neil Gaiman on Clara and her relationship with the TARDIS, and more rumors about John Hurt’s mysterious role in the anniversary special.

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Guys, this is no rumor, no bullshit, but 100% confirmed. David Tennant AND Billie Piper will be back for Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special.

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Yes, this gif is an accurate depiction of how I’m feeling. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.

I promise this is no April Fool’s joke. Do you think we’d ever be so cruel? Okay, yeah, maybe we would. We are bastards after all. But here’s your proof, confirmation straight from the BBC,

David Tennant and Billie Piper to return for blockbuster celebrations with John Hurt also confirmed.

The BBC has today revealed some of the all-star cast that will mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.  David Tennant and Billie Piper will join current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, while John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien, Harry Potter) will also co-star.

Last seen as the Doctor on January 1st 2010, this will be the first time Tennant has reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor.  During his reign as the Time Lord, Tennant appeared in three series as well as several specials.  He was first revealed as the Doctor in the 2005 series finale, ‘The Parting of the Ways’.

Meanwhile Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005, will appear in the show for the first time since featuring in Tennant’s last episode, ‘The End of Time’ in 2010.

Also confirmed to join the cast is John Hurt who will also co-star in the 3D anniversary special that will form part of blockbuster celebrations, set to take over the BBC.  Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, the 50th anniversary will be written by Steven Moffat and Directed by Nick Hurran.

Filming for the 50th anniversary starts this week.  Meanwhile a brand new series starts on BBC ONE today (30 March) at 6:15pm for a run of eight epic episodes, which officially introduces the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

So not only are Ten and Rose back, but John Hurt is guest-starring?! WOW. This is going to HUGE! As if we had any doubt it would be. More details will be released soon, I’m sure of it, but what are you guys thinking? Have you recovered from the shock? I’m not sure I have, yet. Do you think it’ll actually be Tennant as The Doctor or will it be his meta-crisis clone?

Source: Doctor Who TV