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Retro Movie Review: Dr. Who & The Daleks
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With Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi set to return to television screens for Season 9 of the revived series, it seems like a good time to go back in time about 50 years and revisit some lesser known aspects of the series’ beginning. Though Doctor Who began with a historical serial now commonly known as “An Unearthly Child,” it rocketed into the national consciousness with its second serial, now called “The Daleks.” In a show much known for its monsters, the Daleks were the originals. They put the show into a format that we recognize today. They also caused a craze in Great Britain that came to be known as Dalekmania and brought the series audience figures of over 9 million viewers a week. It has only periodically equaled those numbers in the 50 years since.

The story of the Daleks was told in three different ways, with two different Doctors. First, there is the teleplay by Terry Nation. Being part of a weekly adventure series, it tells the story of how the Doctor, his granddaughter Susan, and her schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright arrive on the radioactive world of Skaro and meet the Daleks. The Daleks are mutated survivors of an atomic war who hate any creatures who are not like themselves. This is original version and, excepting certain accommodations for budget and pacing for a half hour television serial, it is the best. It is also canonical.

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New Character Images From ‘Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut’
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Doctor Who

The BBC has released a lot of photos this week in the run up to the launch of The Impossible Astronaut, the first episode of Doctor Who Series 6. Opening the season on Saturday April 23 on BBC and BBC America, the new photos (found at the bottom of this post) are mostly promotional character stills, which includes some images of a couple of new characters.

This season begins with a two-part adventure that concludes with episode 2, entitled Day of the Moon. Matt Smith returns as the Eleventh Doctor, as does Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams, and Alex Kingston as River Song. Both opening episodes were directed by Toby Haynes and written by showrunner Steven Moffat.

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Watch Now: 47 Years Of ‘Doctor Who’ In 6 Minutes
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Week of Geek: Countdown to Doctor Who, Series Six

Doctor WhoIt’s Doctor Who Week! That’s right; it’s just a few days to go until the premiere episode of Series 6, The Impossible Astronaut. And even though there are many fans out there waiting for the new season with high anticipation, there’s also a bunch of people out there who are new to the Time Lord, so to help out new folks with the continuity, The Fine Brothers have put together a video: 47 Years of Doctor Who in 6 minutes.

Now, you could go down the route that Neil Gaiman recommends:

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Watch Now: More Preview Clips From Opening Episode Of ‘Doctor Who’ Series 6
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The Impossible Astronaut

The BBC has released two new clips from the first episode of Doctor Who Series 6, entitled The Impossible Astronaut. Directed by Toby Haynes, written by showrunner Steven Moffat, and filmed on-location in the United States, The Impossible Astronaut is the first part of an adventure that concludes in the second episode, Day of the Moon. You can view the preview clips at the bottom of this post — but be warned again, for more spoilery goodness is abound!

The videos released by BBC seem to be near the beginning of the episode, featuring a reunion between the Stetson-wearing Doctor and his companions, and a deep but dark conversation between the heroes inside the TARDIS as they ask the Doctor for his help “without asking why.” There’s a wonderful reference in the second clip to the moment of when Amy first met The Doctor, which is a nice touch. Those after clues to the opening episodes might want to make note that the Doctor is only wearing the Stetson in one of the clips… In the words of River Song herself, “Spoilers…!”

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TARDISblend 21: Interview With Neil Gaiman
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Doctor WhoFollowing WonderCon 2011, we are launching not one, but TWO episodes of TARDISblend this week! The promotions and publicity for Doctor Who Series 6 is moving full speed ahead, with many revelations, news items, rumors, spoilers, and other stuff abound. Co-host Tom Cheredar was on assignment for Geeks of Doom at WonderCon this year and got to catch up with both Toby Haynes and Neil Gaiman.

For episode 21 of the TARDISblend podcast, we focus on Tom’s interview with living legend Neil Gaiman, as he discusses his writing of the fourth episode of Doctor Who Series 6, enigmatically titled The Doctor’s Wife. While Gaiman remains mostly elusive about specific details about his episode, he does discuss a lot about his experience in working with Steven Moffat. Following the interview, Greg and Tom discuss the rumors and spoilers surrounding The Doctor’s Wife, including the footage shown at WonderCon involving an Ood and… Time Lords?

In addition, we take a look at the developments in the world of Torchwood: Miracle Day, which is scheduled to premiere in July. We examine the teasers and promo material being published and pushed out currently by BBC Worldwide and Starz USA, and discuss how things come to pass to set up the scene for Miracle Day. What happens to Jack Harkness? How and why does he return to Earth?

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Check Out These Two New ‘Torchwood’ Images
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Miracle DayAs promotion and publicity for Doctor Who Series 6 marches forward around the world, BBC Worldwide and Starz USA are kicking off their promotion for Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood. While the series isn’t scheduled until July, the publicity is starting early, with new poster art and a teaser video being released over the last couple of weeks.

Now, BBC and Starz have released two new images to promote Torchwood: Miracle Day, which you can see at the bottom of this post.

First up is a photo of the new Torchwood team, which looks like a still from filming. The image includes show regulars John Barrowman and Eve Myles, along with new allies Esther Drummond and Mekhi Phifer.

The second image is a new promo poster design from BBC Worldwide featuring everyone’s favorite hero-who-cannot-die, Captain Jack Harkness. This design comes with the new slogan, “Death is not an option”, indicating that now Planet Earth is facing the same immortal dilemma as Captain Jack: they cannot die!

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TARDISblend 20: Interview with ‘Doctor Who’ Director Toby Haynes
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Doctor WhoFollowing Wondercon 2011, we are launching not one, but TWO episodes of TARDISblend this week! The promotions and publicity for Doctor Who Series 6 is moving full speed ahead, with many revelations, news items, rumors, spoilers, and other stuff abound. Co-host Tom Cheredar was on assignment for Geeks of Doom at WonderCon this year and got to catch up with both Toby Haynes and Neil Gaiman.

For episode 20 of the TARDISblend, we focus on the interview with Toby Haynes and on the two-part launching episode for Series 6 of Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon. Taking a look at the confirmed information, the spoilers, and the rumors, Tom and Greg speculate what the two opening shows may hold for the Doctor and his companions — in a season which (by some indications) may redefine how you view the show.

In addition to some of the news and rumors, we pay tribute to two Doctor Who legends who have since passed away: Nicholas Courtney aka The Brigadier, and Michael Gough aka The Celestial Toymaker. We reflect on their contributions to the show and to entertainment in general, and mourn these big losses.

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New Teaser Videos Released For ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood’!
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Doctor Who

The teasers in the universe of Doctor Who continue to come out. With Series 6 only three weeks ago, and following the official BBC trailer release the other day, BBC America has posted a trailer for the American broadcast including additional footage. On top of that, also in the Whoniverse, Starz USA has also released their teaser trailer for Torchwood: Miracle Day. You can see both trailers at the bottom of this post.

2011 is a big year for Doctor Who fans, with Series 6 premiering with opening episode The Impossible Astronaut on April 23. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Alex Kingston reprise their roles in the series, performing in stories penned by Steven Moffat, Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss, and more. This year is the first time a Doctor Who season will be split into two portions; with the first half playing during Spring, and the second following in Fall.

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Watch Now: New ‘Doctor Who’ Trailer!
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Doctor Who Series 6

BBC has released the new trailer for Doctor Who Series 6, which gives fans a better glimpse into what can be expected in the upcoming series. Premiering on April 23, the new season opens with the first chapter of a two-part adventure in an episode titled The Impossible Astronaut. The follow-up episode is called Day of the Moon, and both are set in the United States. You can view the new trailer at the bottom of this post.

Matt Smith continues his journey as the Eleventh Doctor, along with companions Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams. Alex Kingston also reprises her role as River Song, and according to showrunner Steven Moffat, the secrets behind this enigmatic character will be revealed this season.

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New ‘Doctor Who’ Trailer Coming Tomorrow; New Iconic Image Revealed
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Doctor Who Series 6It’s full steam ahead for Doctor Who Series 6, as the promotional material keeps on coming out. As you may recall from our report and posting of the prequel for “The Impossible Astronaut,” there was rumor floating around the web that there was another trailer coming for the new season. BBC has confirmed that there will be a second trailer and that it will be posted online tomorrow (Tuesday, March 29, 2011).

The trailer is a minute long, and will air first on BBC1 in the UK. There is no time confirmation for the airing at this time, but for our UK Geeks of Doom, The Doctor Who News Page is reporting it will most likely be during primetime viewing in the evening. An edited 20-second version of the trailer will air on CBBC (BBC for kids).

As soon as the new trailer is available, we will have it posted for you right here at Geeks of Doom.

In the meantime, check out the new promotional poster image the BBC has released for the first episode of Doctor Who Series 6. They’ve labeled it as an “iconic image” for both “The Impossible Astronaut” and the entire season. Take a look…

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