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Just sixteen days until DOCTOR WHO!!!!

The Christmas Special “Twice Upon a Time”, Peter Capaldi’s swansong as the Doctor, is just over two weeks away now.  And the BBC has released another trailer, this one showing rather a bit more detail:

Whatever the alien menace is this time, it’s obviously got some teeth to it — what could it be?  What could be freezing time?  And what, exactly, does “freezing time” even mean in this context?

Now, we know there will be a British officer from World War I, and of course the First Doctor is appearing during the events of “The Tenth Planet”, which is set in 1986.  (Alas, that was the future at the time it first aired, back in 1966.  Today, many of those watching won’t even have been born in 1986!)  So something is causing time to merge, or slip, or otherwise get jumbled . . . what could that be?

Well, it’s apparently not the Cybermen, even though 12 just escaped them, and arguably so has 1 . . . the creatures debuted in “The Tenth Planet”.  (By the way, it’s rather clever to include 1.  Due to William Hartnell’s declining health, his part had been kept to an absolute minimum, so during that adventure, he’s often not to be seen.  Perhaps this story will explain where he went!)  Instead, the BBC has hinted something about “enchanted glass people”, who steal their victims out of frozen time.  So perhaps they use time freezing merely as a means of capture, and are not expecting to find a couple of Time Lords (or one Time Lord twice over, anyway), who are capable of maneuvering out of such a situation.

So who are the enchanted glass people?

A transparent version of the Weeping Angels?

Something like the Auditors in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, beings not properly part of this universe but annoyed by its unpredictability and striving to make it more orderly?

Kidnappers, a la the Carnival in Space, capturing specimens for their amusement?

Or something more nefarious, something seeking to remove specific individuals surgically, so as to alter the timeline?

The Vardans?  (Nah, they are the only race in history ever to be defeated by the intellectual might of the Sontarans, after all.  But they do look a bit glassy, and they have tried to mess with time before.)

And what if the glass people are working for someone else?

Hmmm…….

Christmas can’t come soon enough!

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Waiting for Christmas: Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Trailer Is Out!

At ComicCon, the BBC premiered the trailer for this year’s Christmas special, and Peter Capaldi’s swansong.  The title is “Twice Upon a Time” and it’s a bona fide multiple Doctor adventure — the Twelfth, of course, but also the First, as portrayed by David Bradley.  We know very little, except that it’s set in World War One and something is wrong with time — also, neither incarnation of the Doctor wants to regenerate (confirming that for One, it’s happening alongside the events of “The Tenth Planet”, a clever use of the fact that the First Doctor was oddly absent for much of that serial, due to William Hartnell’s illness).  It will also feature yet another performance from Mark Gatiss, and a previously-kept-secret final appearance by Pearl Mackie as Bill!  I am so excited and so thrilled, and I love this trailer.  Now I just have to wait five months…..

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The best thank-you a comic book author could ever get!

Rachel Stott draws for Titan Comics’ series of Twelfth Doctor comic books, and her work is really amazing.  So amazing, in fact, that she’s got some high-profile fans.  One of those fans sent her an amazing thank-you note, with an original hand-painted scene of the Twelfth Doctor hopping across the rings of some distant planet, while the TARDIS stands in the distance.  The fan in question was none other than Peter Capaldi.  Check it out; this is really beautiful.  😉

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Teasingly short teasers for Doctor Who Series Nine AND the new LEGO set!

First off, the first teaser for Series Nine!  And it reveals . . . well, basically nothing.  It’s the TARDIS, and the sound of the sonic screwdriver.  But it is nice to be reminded that it’s coming back.  😉

And then this: the LEGO Group seems to be taking a page out of the BBC’s book, and releasing a similarly nonspecific teaser for the first Doctor Who LEGO set!  It shows us . . . well, still almost nothing.  We have a very closeup glimps of the Twelfth Doctor minifig, a la “Day of the Doctor”, though it appears to be CGI and not an actual minifig.  Most exciting bit?  It says the set will be coming this year!  Start your Christmas list!

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Waiting for Series 8: ShortList Talks to Peter Capaldi

It’s a great interview; definitely read the whole thing.  But I’ll just quote a few gems from it:

On learning that he’d gotten the part of the Doctor: “I finally got on the phone to my agent and she said, “Hello Doctor…” and I couldn’t tell anyone. I had to just stand in a corner and scream, and then I was walking around Prague singing the Doctor Who theme tune to myself.”

On the physical side of the role (though he assures fans he’s handling it fine and enjoy the hell out of it): “I took Matt Smith to lunch before we started and he came in on crutches. I said, “What happened to you, mate?” and he said “It’s this show, it’s this show…” I was just – he’s younger than me, what am I going to do?”

On being in a flying rig for a stunt: “It was like being nine, because you don’t normally get to play Doctor Who and Superman at the same time.”

He also discusses being a sinister butter salesman, visiting the set of “Adventure in Space and Time”, Malcolm Tucker, and winning an Oscar in a category he didn’t even realize existed (short film direction — which makes him the first Oscar-winning Doctor).

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Waiting for Series Eight: PREVIEWS!

It’s getting closer and closer, and now the excitement will really start to build!

Thanks to Doctor Who TV.  😉

Also, Doctor Who TV has a spoiler-free review of the premier episode, which was previewed at Cardiff.  Do read it; it sounds very promising!

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Waiting for Series Eight: New Promo Shot from “Deep Breath”!

“Deep Breath” is the title of the upcoming feature-length Series Eight premier of Doctor Who, which will introduce us to the Twelfth Doctor.  And the BBC has released a new picture for us, as August gets a teensy bit closer.  😉  Clara is clearly slipping right into the Victorian look, while the Doctor appears to be between costumes still….

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Entertainment Weekly: First look: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in ‘Doctor Who’

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