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Doctor Who Christmas Special Adds A Touch Of Seasonal Frost

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FrostThe annual Doctor Who Christmas Special is always a big deal. Just last year, it’s where we first met Peter Capaldi’s 12th incarnation of the Time Lord, a rather noteworthy occasion (okay, he first appeared in the 50th anniversary special, but that was a cameo, and we didn’t really get to know him at all until around the Holidays). They’re even fond of bringing in special guest stars to help them celebrate their seasonal adventures, and this year isn’t going to be any different, as they’ve lined up a nice collection of homegrown talent, headlined by Nick Frost.

If you’re unfamiliar with Frost, he’s sometimes considered Simon Pegg’s better half, and has appeared alongside him countless times, though most notably in the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy comprised of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, as well as many others. He’s a pretty damn good time, and joins fellow British actors Nathan McMullen, who appeared on BBC’s Misfits, Michael Troughton from Breathless and dozens of other series, Fay Marsay (The White Queen), and Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street).

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The Doctor Channels His Inner Bank Robber In The Trailer For Time Heist

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Let’s be honest, if we were suddenly to gain unexpected powers, say the ability to jump back and forth in space and time as much as our hearts desires, many of us would be at least tempted to use them for our own personal gains, possibly even nefarious purposes. It’s easy to imagine why someone like Marty McFly would consider using that sports almanac in Back to the Future Part 2 in order to make a little extra scratch (or like Lou in Hot Tub Time Machine who used his knowledge to start Google and join Motley Crue). And if this trailer for next week’s installment of Doctor Who is accurate, it looks like the Time Lord may be about to embark on a career as a bank robber.

We’re sure the Doctor and his travelling companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) have a very good reason for knocking over a bank in the episode called “Time Heist,” but it’s still going to be fun to watch them pull off a scheme like this, no matter the impetus. After all, Peter Capaldi’s version of the character is much darker and more dangerous than his predecessor Matt Smith (not to mention he doesn’t seem to have a crush on Clara), but we still don’t think he’s going to go full on outlaw bandit anytime soon. Capaldi does, however, seem like he might enjoy pilfering the vault at an intergalactic bank.

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Novellas Get A Snazzy Re-Release

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SlipcaseDoctor Who celebrated five decades of time-hopping adventures last year, giving Whovians a heaping dose of fan service in the form of The Day of the Doctor, which had the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (David Tennant and Matt Smith) joining forces to try and change their own history and fix their greatest mistake. But unless you keep up with all the cross-media Doctor Who merchandise, you might have overlooked one of the cooler 50th anniversary tie-ins. In the months leading up to the anniversary, best-selling authors such as Neil Gaiman and Eoin Colfer penned new novellas focusing on each of the Doctor’s eleven incarnations (up to that point). Now Puffin is re-releasing the novellas, along with a previously unpublished Twelfth Doctor story.

Puffin will release the Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories set on October 23 in the U.K. and November 18 in the U.S. You’ll also be able to buy the books individually. UK readers can pre-order the set on Amazon or Waterstones, and those of us in the States can pre-order on Amazon. Check out details and cover art for each of the stories below, as well as links to the Kindle versions if you just want to read them ASAP.

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Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman Has A Few Words To Say About Her Possible Departure

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jenna-colemanThe Doctor certainly goes through travelling companions with a startling regularity. It makes sense, when you’re life consists of adventures through space and time, you’re obviously going to run into some dangerous situations, and some make their exit that way. Not to mention that this is an incredibly stressful way to live, so even if they don’t kick the bucket, it’s easy to see why they might opt to return to their boring, humdrum human lives. Last month we heard that the Time Lord’s latest compatriot, Jenna Coleman’s Clara, could be leaving Doctor Who, and, as it turns out, she’s got something to say on the matter.

Reports circulated that Clara could make her final farewell after the Christmas special later this year, smack in the middle of the freshly minted season 8. While that would suck, it doesn’t sound that far out of the realm of possibility. The specials are known for holding key moments in the franchise, and that would certainly be a noteworthy occurrence. And though it feels like she just got here (the sporadic nature of the show can feel like that sometimes), by that point she’ll have been a passenger in the TARDIS for two years, which isn’t a bad run.

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Doctor Who Trailers Tease The Deep Fear You’ll Experience In The Next Episode

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Doctor Who is back, and season 8 of BBC’s revamped franchise is kicking and kicking hard. After setting ratings records for its premiere, which also happened to be the proper introduction to Peter Capaldi’s twelfth version of the venerable Time Lord, they’re already on to their fourth episode of the young year. Just in case you’re not paying attention, they’ve got two short new teaser trailers for the next episode, “Listen.”

This first video is really just an officially released version of the stinger at the end of last week’s episode, Robin of Sherwood, which you may recall was slightly edited due to the beheading of two foreign journalists in the Middle East. (There was reportedly a decapitation in a climactic moment of the episode, and the BBC executives decided it might be in poor taste to air such a scene so close to such a hot button topic, nerves might still be a little bit raw on that front.)

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Doctor Who Storyboards From ‘Into The Dalek’ And ‘Robot Of Sherwood’

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HappyClaraThe Doctor has been fighting the Daleks in one form or another for hundreds of years (or 50, depending on your point of view). No matter how many times he smacks them down or tosses a wrench into their evil schemes, they just keep coming back. In the recent Doctor Who episode “Into the Dalek,” however, the Doctor wasn’t trying to destroy the Daleks — he was trying to save them. The Doctor and Clara pulled a Fantastic Voyage and had themselves shrunk down so they could literally live out the episode’s title, clambering about inside a defective Dalek’s inner workings to try and figure out why it had suddenly decided life was sacred. It was a fun, clever ep with some great lines (“Top layer if you’d like to say a few words”), and now you can dig a little deeper into “Into the Dalek” courtesy of some rather awesome storyboards.

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