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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0
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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0
Single Issue | Digital
Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artists: Mariano Laclaustra, Georgia Sposito, Ariana Florean, Claudia Ianniciello, Iolanda Zanfardino, Neil Edwards, Pasquale Qualano, Rachael Stott
Inker: Fer Centurion
Colorists: Color-Ice, Carlos Cabrera, Adele Matera, Dijjo Lima, Enrica Eren Angiolini
Letterers: Comicraft’s Sarah Jacobs, John Roshell
Titan Comics
Release Date: September 26, 2018

Beginnings, they are such tenuous times. Except on Doctor Who, where nearly every beginning is also an ending. In less than two weeks, the Doctor returns to our television screens with a new face: Jodie Whittaker. To celebrate a moment that’s only happened a dozen times in the last 55 years, Titan Comics assembled Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0 with an intriguing premise.

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Book Review: Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds
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Doctor Who Impossible Worlds title Harper Collins

Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds
Hardcover | Kindle
by Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker
Harper Design | Dey Street Books | HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Attics can be wonderful, beautiful things. Sometimes they are repositories of worthless junk, but more often they have such wonderful stories to tell. They are full of boxes. Some contain toys from childhood. Others hold certificates, pictures, and correspondence. Still others contain mementos and heirlooms of events both obscure and infamous. There are such stories to be learned, if one can only gain entry and do some research.

That is how it could be for Doctor Who. With 52 years now passed since the show began production, what stories can its artifacts and ephemera tell us? We know the exoteric truths of the show’s production from its primary artifacts — the episodes produced by and shown on the BBC. Surely, there must be more than that. What were the stories, the images, the ideas that never made it onto those tapes? What did time or budget make impossible? What was merely deemed to be poor creative choice?

These are the motivating themes of a new book, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds by Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker. It proposes to take us into the Doctor Who production design department to show how the core ideas of the series transformed from imagination to television drama for over 50 years. In this, it succeeds more than it fails and provides the reader with some rich visual insight into the history of Doctor Who.

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Book Review: Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters by Justin Richards
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Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters
Hardcover | Kindle
by Justin Richards
Harper Design | HarperCollins Publishers
Release date: September 29, 2015

Ahhh, what would it mean to know the mind of a Time Lord? It must be something to know what a Time Lord saw. There must be wit! There must be wisdom! There must be an ambivalence, a humor about the mundane moments. There must be perspective that comes from the understanding of time and history as a sometimes malleable thing. So, we are presented with a book called Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters. What does it tell us?

In the end, it doesn’t tell us much. It tries to create a narrative of Doctor Who history that is approachable for younger television viewers. The actual history of the show is far more complex than that, due to reasons that have little to do with good storytelling. The full-color hardcover title does little to weave together all the historical threads of the Doctor’s lives. Instead, the book’s best appeal is to provide both older and younger viewers with an excellent photo collage of the entire history of Doctor Who. That, I think, is what will keep readers coming back to this book.

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New Trailer For HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Season 2 Released
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The Leftovers Season 2 Trailer

HBO has released a second trailer for season two of their drama The Leftovers, which comes from LOST co-creator and co-showrunner Damon Lindelof and is based on the book of the same name from author Tom Perrotta. If you missed it, you can watch the first trailer for the new season here as well.

Continue below now to see the second trailer for The Leftovers season two.

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Poster For Tom Hardy’s ‘Legend’ Brilliantly Makes The Best Of Bad Review
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Tom Hardy in Legend

Even the best movies usually end up with a few bad reviews, that’s just the way it is. Legend, a movie starring Tom Hardy that released recently in the UK and releases soon here in the States, may not be one of the aforementioned “best” movies. But it is getting generally favorable reviews early on.

Of course some reviews of the movie aren’t too fond of the film. One such critiquing came from The Guardian, who gave Legend only two stars out of a possible five stars. Instead of just being bummed out by the poor review, the folks behind marketing the movie decided to twist the negative into a positive in a decidedly devious way on a new poster that even the man who wrote the review had to tip his hat to.

You can see the poster below.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
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Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 reviewDoctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Written by Cavan Scott
Art by Blair Shedd
Covers by Alice X. Zhang and Blair Shedd
Titan Comics
Publication Date: April 1, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Being a Whovian that is also the co-host of Geeks Of Doom’s TARDISblend podcast, I’m a little picky and particular about my Doctor Who stuff. But I can say, without a doubt, that Titan Comics’ opening salvo for their Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor comic book series is a good shot.

First up, you have the Christopher Eccleston Doctor, in all his grumpy glory, with his adorable companion Rose Tyler who is still softening up his hardened Time War scars.

However, what makes this book special is Captain Jack.

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HBO Gives ‘The Leftovers’ A Season 2
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Damon Lindelof's The Leftovers

HBO has officially decided to give one of their new series, The Leftovers, a second season.

The show comes from LOST co-creator and co-showrunner Damon Lindelof, and is based on the book by Tom Perrotta. It follows people trying to move on after a Rapture-like event sees almost 200 million people disappearing without a trace.

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Steven Moffat Explains Why Christopher Eccleston Was Not In The War Doctor Regeneration
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The Regeneration of the War Doctor

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor stands as the best anniversary serial since The Three Doctors in 1973, and a creative tent pole for the Steven Moffat era of the revived TV show. In it, we saw a good many Doctors, both new and old. David Tennant returned to join Matt Smith on an adventure with John Hurt’s War Doctor to clarify much of what occurred in the period between Classic Doctor Who and the birth of the modern series. Along the way, we got some great surprises: Tom Baker returning to the show for the first time since 1981, Paul McGann getting some tantalizingly good official BBC screen time showing the Eight Doctor’s final moments in The Night of the Doctor, and all the Doctors, both Classic and new, appearing at the episode’s climax.

Fans were also left with a question: why was Christopher Eccleston‘s image used along with the other Doctors to save the planet Gallifrey but not used during the War Doctor’s regeneration sequence just a few minutes later? Eccleston’s non-participation in The Day Of The Doctor was long known, and respectfully handled by both Eccleston and show runner Steven Moffat in the press. Yet, the choice to use his face in one place but not the other seemed curious.

Continue reading to see what Moffat had to say about the decision.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #9
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Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #9 cover by Francesco FrancavillaDoctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #9
Written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art by David Messina, Giorgia Sposito, and ScarletGothica
Covers by Francesco Francavilla, Dave Sim, Charlie Kirchoff
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 2, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Entering into the new era of Doctor Who, Prisoners Of Time centers on the Christopher Eccleston Doctor, and his companion Rose – in a standalone adventure that would have made a great television episode. But more importantly, we finally get some answers in this chapter, including the identity of the previously unknown nemesis that has been kidnapping the companions of all the Doctor’s incarnations.

Sometime after the Doctor’s first visit to Satellite 5 and before his return to it, he takes Rose to the Grand and Glorious Monument to Drake Ayelbourne of Altair VII. Suggested to be the wealthiest human in the galaxy, the Doctor claims the man dwarfs the likes of Bill Gates, Howard Hughes, and Scrooge McDuck combined.

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Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset
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Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset

Right now, the Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset is up for pre-order, and will be released by BBC Home Entertainment on November 5, 2013.

The 28-disc Blu-ray set comes with 7 seasons of the new Doctor Who, featuring the Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, the Tenth Doctor David Tennant, and the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, along with their respective companions. The set also contains the David Tennant Specials and Christmas Specials, along with new and previously released bonus features, as well as some very cool goodies – The Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver, three original art cards, and an exclusive Doctor Who comic book.

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