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TV Review: Doctor Who 10.2 “Smile”
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

Doctor Who 10.2 Smile BBC

Doctor Who
Season 10, Episode 2 “Smile”
Directed by Lawrence Gough
Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas
BBC America
Air date: April 22, 2017

What is the meaning of history? What is happiness? How do humans survive in an automated society? These are some of the weighty topics examined in Episode 10.2 “Smile,” the new installment of Doctor Who this week. With so much potential ground to cover, this episode could easily bog down in a mess of tangled subplots and ideas. Instead, thanks to some strong direction for the second week in a row, director Lawrence Gough turns in some classic “meat and potatoes” Doctor Who that covers ground that is at once fresh and familiar at the same time.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 101: Smile
cGt2099   |  

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Following Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) entering the TARDIS with the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), the pair head into the future, visiting a new human settlement on Gliese 581d. But where are all the people? And what are these strange robots that talk in emoji?

During TARDISblend 101, we dive into the beginning of the new Doctor Who season, explore the dynamic character development we are seeing in the first two episodes, and drill deep into the subtexts and themes explored in this second chapter of Series 10.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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TV Review: Doctor Who 10.1 “The Pilot”
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

Doctor Who 10.1 The Pilot BBC

Doctor Who
Season 10, Episode 1 “The Pilot”
Directed by Lawrence Gough
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Stephanie Hyam
BBC America
Air date: April 15, 2017

At last, at last, Doctor Who returns to the airwaves regularly for the first time since December 2015! The long wait is over. We finally get to see Peter Capaldi kick off his last season playing the Doctor. We also start to find out what Steven Moffat has in store for his sixth and final tour through the Doctor Who universe. To top it off, we are introduced to new companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie. The result is fairly wonderful introduction to a textured new companion, told with a grace and charm that highlights the strengths of the show.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 100: The Pilot
cGt2099   |  

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It seems that some time has passed since we last saw The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Nardole (Matt Lucas)… On Earth, the Time Lord has become a popular lecturer at a university, where he meets Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) – and a danger emerges as we come across a woman with a star in her eye…

During our ONE HUNDREDTH episode of the TARDISblend podcast, we dive into the beginning of the new Doctor Who season, begin our speculations as to where the overarching plot may be moving, and discuss the new faces we come across in the Season 10 premiere.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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‘Doctor Who’: Peter Capaldi Stepping Down As The Doctor
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

Peter Capaldi To Step Down After Next Season Of Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi revealed on Monday night that the coming season of Doctor Who will be his last as the Doctor.

Speaking to BBC Radio, he said to Jo Whatley that “I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic program to work on, but I don’t know how long I can give it my best, and if I’m not giving it my best, I don’t want to do it.” As there is no final word on the schedule for the next season of Doctor Who, the exact date of his last episode is unknown. If it sticks to the traditions of the modern series however, the Doctor will regenerate either during or immediately before the 2017 Christmas episode.

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John Hurt Has Died; Legendary Actor Starred In ‘Alien,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Doctor Who’
Dr. Zaius   |  

John Hurt Doctor Who 50th anniversary

John Hurt, a legend of stage and screen for over 50 years who starred in films like Alien, Harry Potter, V for Vendetta, and Hellboy, and took part in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, died today, according to CNN. No cause of death was revealed, but that actor had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2015. He was 77.

Hurt was never shy of dying on screen, holding the record amongst thespians, the veteran with over 200 credits on IMDb had his character killed off an amazing 40+ times. The most famous and maybe greatest on screen death of all time came in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic Alien (1979) when the title creature burst from Hurt’s chest during breakfast to the shock and horror of the rest of the crew.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 99: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio (Christmas Special)
cGt2099   |  

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Following his last night with River Song (24 years in Earth time), the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) returns to Earth with a plan in mind. However, in the process he meets young Grant Gordon (Logan Hoffman) in an encounter that would lead directly to the emergence of a superhero in New York City, going by the name of THE GHOST (Justin Chatwin).

During TARDISblend 99, we reunite after one full year without Doctor Who, discuss our reactions to the 2016 Christmas Special, and take an in depth look at what’s coming next year with Doctor Who Series 10.

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2016: Specialty Items
Maximus Prime   |  

Holiday Specialty Gift Guide 2016

It’s that jolly time of year again in which Pfeff-Bot and I come up with a wondrous assortment of gift ideas for the geek you love — or simply to treat yo’ self! No need to spend countless hours at the mall with little space to move or think; no reason to wait until the last minute, only to realize that Amazon Prime isn’t going to meet its two-day shipping agreement. We’ve got you covered! So read on ahead and let us do the gift browsing for you!

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NYCC 2016: Photo Gallery: Cosplay, Panels, Convention Floor
Seandps   |  

NYC 2016 Cosplay

After a few years of going to SDCC and then due to work and tickets being almost impossible to get, took a few years off, this year I was lucky enough to get a 4-day pass to NYCC. So, I packed my bags and headed to New York. I took tons of photos at the Con of the convention floor, panels, and, of course, the cosplay. Check it out here below in the image galleries.

For the most part, my whole time at New York Comic-Con focused around Doctor Who and other BBC America shows. I got to see a panel with a decent Q&A with Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, and Alex Kingston talking about their time on Doctor Who. I was also able to make it to The Theater at Madison Square Garden for the BBC America showcase, including a early screening of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, which I really enjoyed and will be watching once the season starts in a few weeks. I followed that with a Class and Doctor Who panels, giving us little teases of the upcoming series and the Christmas Special for Doctor Who, all about the super heroes.

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Two Doctors, One Time Lord: Samantha Bee Brings Geeks To The Brexit
DwayneD   |  

Samantha Bee Brexit

So last week, as everyone in the world seems to know by now, Brexit happened. A portmanteaux of the words Britain and exit, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the economic zone of the European Union, or the EU. There are a lot of politics involved in Brexit, but frankly, we’re not so concerned with that.

What we are concerned with is awesome, geeky stuff. And to that end, on her show Full Frontal comedienne Samantha Bee managed to create an incredibly new geeky term, “British Twitter,” and coupled it with one of our favorite imports here at Geeks of Doom, Doctor Who. Not only that, she was able to incorporate not ONE, but TWO of the many faces portraying our favorite Time Lord.

The clip is just over two minutes and will probably make any and all U.S. fans of BBC America laugh — really hard. Try and keep the soda from streaming out of your nose.

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