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Doctor Who: Rise Of The Cybermen In Theaters, Plus A World Tour This August

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CybermenFor many Doctor Who fans, August can’t come soon enough. That’s when the show will return for season 8, and we’ll finally get to see what new lead Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is made of. (I’m guessing piss, steel, and vinegar.) It’ll be exciting to see a take on the time lord that skews away from the younger blokes who have played the previous two incarnations (although David Tennant and Matt Smith both did a fine job). But if you’re wearing a bald patch in your carpet from all the anticipatory pacing, fear not. There are a pair of major Doctor Who events on the way to help tide you over until the premiere…and one of them hits this very week!

First up, Fathom Events is hosting a big-screen celebration of David Tennant tomorrow and Tuesday, June 16 and 17, in theaters across the country. On June 16, you can see Tennant’s epic Doctor Who two-parter “Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel” in participating theaters. If your memory’s a bit rusty (oil can!), that’s the one where the Doctor, Rose, and Mickey find themselves trapped on a parallel Earth where the nefarious Cybus Industries is up to no good and about to unleash a new version of one of the Doctor’s oldest enemies onto the unsuspecting populace. If the Doctor and company can’t put a stop to it, it’s deletions all around! And be sure to stick around after the two-parter, because they’ll also have a special interview with Tennant airing afterwards.

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Twelfth Doctor Novels Incoming, Plus Comic Adventures For Ten And Twelve

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WhoPeter Capaldi’s adventures as the Twelfth Doctor will kick off on the small screen this August, but any die-hard Doctor Who fan should know by now that TV is hardly the only medium where those adventures will be explored. Just like other genre staples such as Star Trek and Star Wars, there is reams of secondary Doctor Who material stretching across novels, games, comics, and more. Now we’ve got info about the Twelfth Doctor’s first forays onto the page, courtesy of three upcoming novels due out this September.

There’s no cover art to show us Capaldi looking quirky and/or intimidating, but we do have plot synopses for each of the novels, all of which will release on September 11, 2014 in the U.K. It looks like we’ll get them a few days earlier in the States: Amazon has them listed for a September 9 U.S. release.

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Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat Discusses The Impending Changes

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Steven MoffatDoctor Who is a show of continual reinvention and change. Still, there’s a formula, but even so, showrunner Steven Moffat says there are big shifts in store for the BBC’s 50-year-old adventure show. Casting Peter Capaldi as the title character, an actor who will definitely be a different kind of Time Lord from Matt Smith’s human cartoon, is a step in this direction, as is hiring Kill List director Ben Wheatley to helm the first two episodes of the new season. Recently, Moffat sat down to discuss the impending changes.

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Steven Moffat On How The Doctor Changed His Trenzalore Fate

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TrenzaloreThe one-two punch of The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor ticked off some major bullet points for the franchise. Paid homage to the show’s five decades of history? Check. Reunited several Doctors past and present? Yup. Revised the Who mythology so the show can keep on trucking for another 50 years? You bet. But they did leave a few unanswered questions. For one, how did the Doctor avoid the death on Trenzalore that he’d already seen the evidence of only a few episodes before?

If you recall, the seventh season finale “The Name of the Doctor” presented the time lord with a grave fate, both literally and metaphorically. On the bleak surface of Trenzalore, he saw his own final resting place, entombed within his TARDIS, grown to gargantuan size after the loss of its master. Inside, all that was left of the Doctor was a “temporal fissure” representing his timeline. So…how exactly did he avoid that fate, which had been previously categorized as something that he couldn’t avoid? (And yes, we realize the futility of asking questions like that in a show about time travel…)

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The Doctor Recruits Some New (Disney) Companions

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ArielWhen Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, one of the swiftest response memes re-imagined assorted Disney princesses as residents of George Lucas’ sprawling space opera universe. Cinderella in Slave Leia garb, Jasmine with her hair in buns, and so on. (If there isn’t a “Chewbacca as Beast” riff somewhere out there, I’ll be very disappointed.) That joke wore thin fast, but for some reason, all this time later, I find myself really loving an entirely different Disney princesses mash-up: only this time the princesses’ gentleman caller isn’t a Jedi or smuggler, but rather a dashing time lord in a magic blue box.

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Doctor Who’s War Doctor Getting Further Adventures In Upcoming Novel

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WarDocIt’s been a good six months since The Day of the Doctor, since John Hurt put his stamp on Doctor Who as the so-called “War Doctor,” the incarnation of the time lord who fought in the Time War, previously unknown and slotted in between Paul McGann’s Eight and Christopher Eccleston’s Nine. It was a clever twist on the Who mythology and set Moffat up for the even bigger changes that came in the Time of the Doctor Christmas special. But we only saw a small sliver of the War Doctor’s life, and based on his initial appearance in the Night of the Doctor webisode, it was a long life even by the Doctor’s standards. It stands to reason there’s a lot of his story left to be told. If you were hoping to learn some of those stories, mark your calendar for July, and the release of Doctor Who: Engines of War.

Author George Mann recently teased what to expect from Engines of War in Doctor Who Magazine: “A new companion! Calculating Time Lords! New Dalek paradigms! It’s a war story, at its heart, set against the backdrop of great turmoil and chaos.” Mann says that the War Doctor will be put through the wringer, and that the epic backdrop will service a very personal story, one that will explore how he came to be the weary War Doctor who found redemption — albeit exasperating redemption — with a pair of his timey-wimey future selves. (You could say it was the difference between “Night” and “Day”…)