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Paul McGann Doesn’t Expect Another Return To Doctor Who

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McGannOne of the best parts of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations last year was the unexpected return of a Doctor few expected ever to see on their TV screens again. The Night of the Doctor minisode not only gave fans something they’d been clamoring to see — the Eighth Doctor’s regeneration — but it set up the Day of the Doctor special and gave actor Paul McGann one more chance to step into the time lord’s shoes. But as well received as McGann’s surprise return was, he’s not holding out hope that he’ll ever return to the role again.

In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, McGann is honest and pragmatic about the fact that, while he enjoyed getting to play the Doctor again, it was the first time anyone from Doctor Who had invited him back to be a part of the show, and he doesn’t expect that to change going forward. McGann says:

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The Daleks Invade Everything In These Mashup Posters

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kaled-bunchThe Daleks have been the thorn in the side of the Doctor throughout his five decades of adventures through time and space. No matter how many times he defeats them, the shout-y homicidal pepper pots just keep coming back. No matter how many outlandish schemes the Doctor lays low, they’ve always got another one on the drawing board. Frankly, it has got to be exhausting, because it’s not like the Daleks are the only trouble-makers the beleaguered time lord has to deal with. Just last week the Ice Warriors tried to convert the Earth’s entire water supply into ice-9! Did anybody send the Doctor a thank-you email for that? Not bloody likely. So yes, he’s oh so sorry that he hasn’t had time to stop the Daleks’ latest master plan to invade like every movie ever made, at least in poster form, a nefarious ploy to…I don’t know…give poster collectors a migraine or something. Seriously, people, the guy’s over 900 years old, can’t he take a couple weeks vacation every now and then?

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R.I.P. Doctor Who’s Kate O’Mara And Director Derek Martinus

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kate o'maraThere is never any joy that comes with speaking about death, and this past week saw the loss of two TV greats, one just a tad more recognizable than the other. British television director Derek Martinus died on Thursday at the age of 82 due to complications with Alzheimer’s, which he’d had for years. British actress Kate O’Mara died Sunday morning at 74 of an undisclosed illness. It’s something of a coincidence that both of them are tied to the sci-fi world through Doctor Who, and their combined involvement with the series spans five Time Lords.

O’Mara showed off her evil side as the villainous Rani in two serials, “The Mark of the Rain” with Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor, and “Time and the Rani,” with Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh incarnation. She perhaps would have been in more had the series not been cancelled when it did. The Rani remains a memorable villain both for O’Mara’s performance and because she was a renegade Time Lord, a scientist whose evil-doings were based most in science, like a MacGyver with a chemistry kit. She also appeared in the 30-year anniversary special in 1993. Witness her evil below.

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Ghostbusters, Mr. Hyde, Godzilla, And More Glow In The Dark For Fantastic Gallery Exhibit

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slimer ghostbustersI spend roughly 24 hours of every day wishing that I had unlimited funds to spend on whatever I want, and rarely does that feeling get more intense than when I start looking at photo galleries of pop culture-related art. The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is currently featuring one of the sweetest exhibits I’ve ever seen with “When the Lights Go Out 2,” which started on March 22 and runs through April 9. While it won’t actually add to your enjoyment to turn out the lights while you look at these on a computer or phone, it might make you feel more like a part of the exhibit itself.

Not only do these pieces in this collection depict a wide range of amazing work dedicated to film and TV, but they all glow in the dark. Some use this to great effect and change the image completely. I don’t think I have to tell you what glows in the picture above, titled “He’s an Ugly Lil’ Spud” from artist Mark Lone. For such a dumb ghost, Slimer sure is…bright.

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Doctor Who Writer Mark Gatiss On When The Doctor Will Return To Gallifrey

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GallifreyThe loss of Gallifrey has been one of the defining story points for the modern era of Doctor Who. We’ve so far seen three different incarnations of the Doctor — played by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, respectively — each of whom was haunted by his actions during the Time War and the resulting destruction of his homeworld and people. That changed in a major way during the one-two punch of last year’s The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor, but even though the Doctor has changed history and saved Gallifrey, one Who writer doesn’t think the show should be in any hurry to get to the homecoming.

Mark Gatiss co-created Sherlock with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, and he has penned a half-dozen episodes of modern Who, including “The Unquiet Dead,” “A Good Man Goes to War,” and “The Crimson Horror.” He’s also a name that comes up often when people start speculating about who might take over as Who boss when Moffat steps down. During a recent Q&A in Brazil, Gatiss addressed the subject of whether the Doctor would be returning home for a victory lap anytime soon:

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Doctor Who Fans Get Crafty With Time Lord Portraits And A Hand-Made Sonic Screwdriver Box

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DescentScience fiction fans are a crafty and creative sort, paying tribute to their favorite fictional universes with everything from fan fiction to short films to stunning artwork. Well, we’ve got two new contestants for the Doctor Who Arts & Crafts Fair that I’m sure somebody is running out there somewhere: some lovely painted portraits of everybody’s favorite time lord, as well as the only sonic screwdriver case you’ll ever need.

First up, artist James Hance has turned his talent toward rendering colorful, evocative painted portraits of the Doctor — specifically the modern incarnations beginning with Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor. What I love about these is that not only are they great work in and of themselves, but that they also capture some of the show’s most powerful and emotional moments, often given equally tear-jerking titles, such as “My Sarah Jane”…