So Now What? Five Streaming Shows To Soothe Your Doctor Who Withdrawals

Today Doctor Who fans all over the world finally got to see the much-ballyhooed 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. Since I’m writing this some time before I finally sat down to watch it, I’ve got no idea what surprises the special has to offer, aside from the ones already revealed. I’m going to guess it will probably have plenty of thrills, possibly some chills. I’m pretty much certain it will make us laugh, quite likely everytime David Tennant and Matt Smith are onscreen together. I will probably get a little choked up somewhere toward the end of it.

But after all these months of anticipation, there’s bound to be a sense of anti-climactic frustration. Now that we’ve seen The Day of the Doctor, the wait for the Christmas special — and with it, a new Doctor — has begun. So now what? I know several Who noobies who have been frantically marathoning their way through at least the modern episodes of the show so they’d be caught up in time for the special. If that’s you, or if you’re just a loyal fan looking for a new bit of entertainment (or an old one to revisit), here are several excellent choices to fill your eyeholes with. And they’re all available streaming online, because that’s just how much we love you.


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Doctor Who Regenerates The Google Doodle: Today In Science & Science Fiction

DoodleDoctor Who’s 50th anniversary is being marked in all sorts of ways this weekend, but now the clever folks at Google have tipped their hat in the Time Lord’s direction. Today’s so-called “Google Doodle” not only represents all 11 of the Doctor’s incarnations in visual form, it’s also a rather snazzy playable 8-bit game! You can currently see the game live on the U.K. Google homepage, and it’ll go up on the U.S. version at midnight E.T., when it officially rolls over into November 23 — 50 years to the day since Doctor Who first premiered back in 1963.

The game is simple but still fun. You get to chose your character from any of the 11 Doctors (sorry, no playable War Doctor). Then you set out to rescue the letters “G-O-O-G-L-E” from those nefarious Daleks, who have stolen them for some reason. The game’s pretty basic: throw a few switches, avoid the wandering Daleks, take the letters back to the TARDIS, then on to the next level. It’s not going to totally eat your afternoon, but it is a nice way to while away a few minutes, and once you beat it you can always try to beat your best time.


Classic Doctor Actors Have Something Planned For Saturday (Plus A New Who Minisode – The Last Day)

We’re less than 48 hours away from the much-anticipated premiere of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. You wouldn’t think there would be many new surprises coming down the pike at this point, at least not until the special itself, but last week the show sprang a major one on us in the form of the “minisode” The Night of the Doctor. That short featured the shocking and delightful return of a former Doctor we weren’t expecting, plus answers to one of the biggest questions we’d had in the months leading up to the anniversary special. Now it seems Saturday may have another unexpected surprise waiting for us…in the form of the Classic Doctors!



A Page From Star Wars: Episode VII, The Audition Script Comes Out, And Matt Smith May Be Up For A Part

Star Wars: Episode VIIHere’s your daily dose of random news as it pertains to J.J. Abrams’ impending Star Wars: Episode VII. Two of these three tidbits revolve around the scripts, and thankfully only one involves casting rumors, but it’s a doozy, and it ties into Doctor Who, which is an added bonus.

English actor Jason Flemyng is apparently up for a part in Episode VII—okay, this in itself is a something of a casting rumor, but not the one I was talking about earlier—and shared a photo of a page of the script with the world. The image has since been taken down from his Instagram account (Bleeding Cool was able to track it down), but as we all know, the Internet is forever and nothing ever truly goes away. The photo shows a red page with black writing, as well as a beer—he was drinking Stella Artois at this particular time.


Doctor Who Inforgraphic Is Like Time Lord Cliff’s Notes

Doctor WhoAre you like me, excited for this weekend’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, but at the same time a little afraid that there will be enough obscure references, inside jokes, and random nods to the long history of the show that you’ll miss more than a few things? If that’s the case, and you could use a crash course in the Whoniverse before Saturday, November 23, or even if you’re just looking to brush up on the basics before the big day, you’re in luck. You should check out this insanely detailed infographic that details the history of Doctor Who. Think of it like Cliff’s Notes, but for Doctor Who, or like cramming deep into the wee hours the night before a big final exam.

Originating at HolloweenCostumes.com, this bad boy breaks down Time Lord lore into three broad, easy to digest categories. First is an introduction to the Doctor’s preferred method of transportation through time and space, his trusty blue TARDIS. You may have noticed that it looks like a police call box, though much, much larger on the inside.


The Day Of The Doctor May Include One Of The Classic Doctors After All

ClassicsAt this point, there have been so many rumors, denials, accusations, reversals, and un-reversals about who is or isn’t in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special that it feels like I’ve been reporting on the damn thing for five decades myself. With only a few days left until The Day of the Doctor premieres and provides definitive answers, you’d think there wouldn’t be much room for casting speculation at this point, but this the Doctor we’re talking about. Time is no barrier! And wouldn’t you know it, now one of the classic Doctors has sounded off at the eleventh hour, suggesting that perhaps — just perhaps — Steven Moffat and company might still have some surprises waiting for us.

The wily trickster in question is none other than Tom Baker, beloved by many for playing the be-scarfed Fourth Doctor from 1974 – 1981. The official word has been that The Day of the Doctor would feature only three incarnations of the Doctor: the most recent two — David Tennant and Matt Smith — and the mysterious Doctor played by John Hurt. That obviously leaves out all the surviving classic Doctor actors, which was controversial among both fans and the actors themselves. But then along comes Tom Baker, that cheeky bastard, and he tells The Huffington Post that “I am in the special. I’m not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I’m telling you straightaway.”