After the barrage of news, rumors, and outright lies that filled our days here at GFR in the months and weeks leading up to the one-two punch of The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor, you might think I’d be all Who’d out at this point. But damned if that epic fan trailer up top doesn’t make me want to go back and rewatch Matt Smith’s final outings all over again. Check it out if you haven’t, a well-edited fan tribute to the “Doctor Trilogy” made up of “The Name of the Doctor,” The Day of the Doctor, and The Time of the Doctor. It’s a great idea for a trailer, and the only thing I think YouTuber RunAndRemember should have done differently was to find a way to incorporate Paul Gann’s “Night of the Doctor” webisode.
Whovians may not be seeing fan favorites David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Tenth and Eleventh Doctor’s on the small screen anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone from our lives forever. Titan Comics plans to release two-dimensional versions of the continuing adventures of the last two Time Lords. Now the BBC has released the covers for both titles, as well providing some details about the creative teams behind the new books, and unveiling a few vague plot details just to make things interesting.
These covers both come from the paintbrush of artist Alice X. Zhang, who has done fantastic work with popular franchises like The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings, and even Sherlock, among many others. In addition to being easy on the eyes, these portraits images do a good job of capturing the overall mood, personalities, and countenances of the respective Doctors. It doesn’t tell you much about what the stories inside actually look like, but they’ll definitely catch your eye on the shelves of your local comic book shop, and capture the imagination of Doctor Who fans everywhere.
Doctor Who fans are eagerly awaiting the adventures of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor when the show returns later this year. But while we can’t zip forward to avoid the long wait, we can do what the Doctor would do: go explore another time period and come back later. And while we don’t have a TARDIS, we do have YouTube, and it can magically transport us back to 1974, when a curly-haired eccentric named Tom Baker was about to take over the beloved sci-fi series as the Fourth Doctor, picking up from Jon Pertwee’s number Three.
When I was young, I can’t say I was incredibly inventive when it came to making things out of LEGO blocks. It was mostly this kind of house, or that kind of house, and “skateboard that only has wheels in the middle because that other piece either got eaten by the dog or actually up and walked out of the house.” But people more accomplished than I have been doing amazing things with them in the past few years, and I think this is the dawn of the Golden Age of LEGO. Maybe someone greater than all of us came back in time to make this so, or maybe it’s all an effort to cancel the apocalypse. Either way, these unofficial Pacific Rim figures look incredible, and anyone who wants to is now able to submit Doctor Who projects to LEGO Cuusoo, the user-submitted concept site.
The introduction of a new actor in the role of the Doctor is always an exciting time for Who fans, introducing a new take on the centuries-old time lord. After a pair of younger actors in David Tennant and Matt Smith, the Doctor is showing his years a bit more with the newest incarnation, played by Peter Capaldi. The new Doctor is said to be a darker take on the character, and we here at GFR are really excited to see what he brings to the role. But could his tenure inside the TARDIS be shorter than anyone imagined?
That’s the crazy Who rumor of the day, as reported by The Mirror. Granted, the fact that it’s coming from The Mirror suggests we should take this all with a Gallifrey-sized grain of salt, but the story does at least include an alleged reason as to why Capaldi will supposedly only be sticking around for one season of the show. The Mirror’s Richard Beech says he’s hearing that Capaldi’s Twelve was specifically intended as a transitional Doctor “in order to steer the show in a new direction and pave the way for an even more radical (and possibly more controversial) choice for the role.”
One of the reasons Doctor Who has lasted so long and resonated with so many is because the role is so aspirational. We all wish we were as brave and smart and clever and compassionate as the Doctor. But at the same time, the character also reflects those hopes back at us, because the time lord is forever seeing the potential in our species — the ways we could be better and kinder and stronger than we are right now. Case in point: actor Matt Smith, who took a few moments out of his day for a simple act of kindness for a young, ill fan.