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November 23rd is less than a week 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. With only three more days to go (How could I resist using that picture of Jon Pertwee, eh?) I’m going to use our time to impart some knowledge on any n00bs in the crowd. Those who’ve, possibly against their better judgement, have decided the 50th anniversary is the time to get into this Doctor Who thing. So here it is, my three things you need to know in order to “get” Doctor Who. (more…)

We know next to nothing about Doctor Who‘s newest companion, the possibly named-Clara played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Grand Maester Steven Moffat is keeping mum about things, as usual, but what the Daily Star – I know, real reputable “news” source – is reporting might give us a little more insight.

Apparently, in the second half of season seven, the chunk airing in 2013, we’ll see the return of Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and she’ll be sporting a major crush on Clara. That’s right, the Doctor’s new companion might be a lesbian. That is she accepts Vastra’s affections, and who wouldn’t? I don’t know if you remember the Silurian, but she was awesome and kicked much ass in the season six episode,”A Good Man Goes to War.” She and her girlfriend, Jenny, were seen living in Victorian London before answering the Doctor’s call to arms. They were so popular despite their little screen time fans demanded the pair get their own spinoff, which sadly never happened.

“Moffat loves to shake up the show,” an anonymous source told the Daily Star. “What better way than a lesbian storyline.”

What better way, indeed. I love the idea and hope it’s true, though I will miss Jenny. If Clara does accept Vastra’s affections it’s unlikely she’ll also have a thing for the Doctor, which will be a very welcome change of pace. Basically, if this lesbian plot line gets Madame Vastra back on Doctor Who, I’m all for it. What do you think?

Source: The List via Blastr

We’ve seen them filming together, and it’s rumored her name is Clara, but this here is our first official look at the Doctor and his new companion. Released on BBC’s Doctor Who blog this is the first of three, exclusive, official photos. We can expect the other two next week. Soooo, what d’ya think?

I’m starting to wonder if this isn’t just a period appropriate outfit Matt Smith is wearing, but rather a whole new costume for the Doctor?!? He’s still rockin’ the bow tie, y’know, ’cause they’re cool, but he’s added a vest and the colors of his suit are far more muted. Plus, it’s not unheard of for a Doctor to change outfits, particularly when changing companions. What do you say, one episode wardrobe change or entirely new costume?

Now, that companion, I still don’t know what to think. She sure looks like an average, run of the mill, human girl but they keep stressing how different she is. Oh, how I wish she ends up being an alien or robot, or just something! Here’s a snippet of a quote from Smith about his new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman,

It [filming on the new series] is going well. Jenna brings a really different energy to the show – one which I think is very interesting.

Coleman will first appear in the Christmas episode but the bulk of her episodes won’t air until 2013. That leaves the rest of 2012 to be spent preparing to say goodbye to the Ponds! Sniff!

Source: The Mary Sue

Seems it’s been a little while since we reported on anything Doctor Who related. Last we checked in with the TARDIS and crew they were filming the last of The Pond’s adventures in New York City. So we know they’ve been hard at working filming the seventh season, but when can we expect it to air? Bleeding Cool has uncovered a clue in the schedule for Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival which has the first episode of Doctor Who season seven premiering between the 23rd and 25th of August. Hmm…what could this mean for its television air date? I’m guessing the Beeb will soon announce when Who returns, stay tuned!

In related Who news, Steven Moffat, grand master of things Who, recently spoke with Doctor Who Magazine about what it takes to be a companion, and in the process teases a few things about the TARDIS newcomer, Jenna-Louise Coleman. Just how different will she be from companions we’ve seen in the past?

I’ll answer you in the show about how it’s going to be different. But because it is going to be different. It’s going to be a shock, I think. In terms of the companions all being ‘the same’—that’s not as phony or artistically crap a thing to say as it sounds.

What is the base group of people who would run away with the Doctor? They’re all going to be a bit mad. A bit dislocated. Not happy with where they are. Are they yearning for outer space? They’re going to be people who feel like they can take on the Doctor, who’s quite an intimidating sort of person. So, they’re going to be feisty—they’re going to be all those things. He sort of defines the people who are going to travel with him. The distinction comes very much from the various actors and actresses. So, you know, they’re the ones who create the differences between them. But you are always going to have the same sort of person, just because it’s the same man choosing them, and it”s the same person being chosen.

Moffat also touched on why the Doctor usually picks attractive, young, female humans for his companions,

I think the function of a companion is pretty simple. I don’t think that’s very difficult. It’s just a question of who credibly is going to agree to go in the TARDIS? Who’s going to do it? Is it going to be a mother of 15 children? No. Is it going to be someone in their 60s? No. Is there going to be a particular age range? I mean … who’s going to have a crush on the Doctor? You know, come on! It’s more than a format. It’s evolved from good, dramatic reasons.

I don’t necessarily disagree, but it’s fun from time to time to shake up the Doctor/companion dynamic. Think of Donna Noble, while she was an attractive female she wasn’t the usual young girl with a crush on. They were more like best buds and she didn’t have much choice since the Doctor just kept showing up in her life.

Still, I’m really intrigued by just what kind of companion Coleman will be. What are your thoughts? And do you think you’d choose to run away with the Doctor? Do you have what it takes to be a companion?

Sources: Bleeding Cool, Blastr

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Samuel Lee of Prince Armory, a professional armorer has created this incredible Batman, all-leather suit of medieval armor. I’m simply speechless at how amazing this is. Who want to see a movie about Batman, the real Dark KNIGHT, now? (TDW: Geek)

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Moffat, you sneaky bastard.

Steven Moffat on Twitter is not unlike how he is as a showrunner and writer. He likes to hint and drop clues, mislead his fans and generally drive us made with unanswered questions. Moffat’s a tricky man who revels in sending his fans on wild goose chases.

Things were no different last week when he tweeted this,

If you’ll recall Sophia Myles played Madame de Pompadour in the Doctor Who episode, “The Girl in the Fireplace.” A Moffat-penned episode which easily became a fan favorite with its blend of humor and heartbreak.

In response, Myles tweeted, “Watch this (fire)place,” and “The plot thickens…”

Hmm…it does indeed.

Now, such reputable news sources as the Daily Star are reporting Myles is likely to be the Doctor’s next companion. And I’ll say I think she has a good chance. It wouldn’t be the first time an actress has returned to Who as a companion. Obviously Catherine Tate played Donna in a Christmas episode before she joined the Doctor as a full-fledged companion. Both Freema Agyemen and Karen Gillan originally played  minor characters before returning to join the Doctor in the TARDIS as Martha and Amy.

Will Madame de Pompadour return? Doubt it. But could we see Myles in the TARDIS sometime next season? I think so, even if it’s only for an episode or two. The TARDIS will be a lonely place once the Ponds leave. Sniff.

What do you think of Myles possibly being the next companion? Her chemistry with David Tennant was palpable (Due, in part, to their off-screen chemistry), could she form the same rapport with Matt Smith?

Source: Blastr

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Yesterday we shared the amazing video of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commentary for Total Recall and I mentioned how the Conan the Barbarian commentary track was even more amazing. It is, and if you need the proof, here you go. (io9)

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