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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”…)

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The Complete Eureka Collection And Classic Doctor Who Are On Sale Today

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EurekaI imagine the Doctor would feel right at home in the town of Eureka. The eccentric town from the Syfy series of the same name was full of crazy people and geniuses, and some who counted as both. But for a town that’s supposed to be a haven for the brilliant, they sure did wind up in world-threatening pickles an awful lot, and that sort of thing is right up the Doctor’s alley. Sadly, Eureka was canceled in 2012, so a Who/Eureka crossover is impossible (if only the Doctor had a means of traveling through time…) But if you’d like to make your own crossover from the comfort of your living room, Amazon has got both the complete Eureka set and some classic Doctor Who on sale cheap today.

Amazon has Eureka: The Complete Series, which bundles together all five seasons of the show, going for $66.99 today, which is 63% off the list price. The bundle collects all seven previously released Eureka sets (they split the third and fourth seasons in two), as well as the associated bonus features. With the series totally 77 episodes, that’s less than a buck an episode, which is a damn good deal, especially with the generous bonus features factored in. Now, if you’re only interested in the show itself, you can stream Eureka on both Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime. If you’re a superfan who wants to really dig into the making of the show, however, the DVD is a good choice. You can check out the details on the bonus features below.

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Daleks Disguised (Unconvincingly) As The Doctor

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AllOfThemDalek military strategies have never exactly been what you’d call subtle. They’re less about martial brilliance and more about just blasting the shit out of everything while screaming at the top of whatever passes for their lungs. I’m guessing there aren’t a lot of Dalek spies out there, or at least if there were, they were probably a lot more Inspector Clouseau than James Bond. When you’re just a big alien pepper mill, donning a wig and insisting, “UNHAND ME, I AM THE BELGIAN AMBASSADOR!” probably isn’t going to get you very far. Case in point, the accompanying fan art, which envisions the Daleks cunningly disguised as their greatest enemy, complete with cute little scarves and fezzes and celery stalks. All that’s missing is an “I AM THE ONCOMING STORM” nametag.

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Doctor Who Nearly Ended With David Tennant’s Exit

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TennantDoctor Who turned 50 last November, an unprecedented run that has seen 12 different actors play the time-hopping alien protagonist (more, if you count the Peter Cushing movies or the assorted non-canonical sketches and specials). Part of the key to the show’s success and longevity is that very fact that the Doctor can change his face, regenerating from one leading man to the next and allowing each new actor to put his own unique spin on the character. But apparently the run of arguably the most popular modern Doctor was considered such a success that the BBC seriously considered the possibility that they’d have to cancel the show when he left, because who could follow him? (The answer, of course, was that Who could follow him…)

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Doctor Who Rumors: More Companions And Some Serious Deja Vu

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WhoLast week we learned that Doctor Who will be returning for its eighth modern season this August, but the brief teaser didn’t give us much to go on. As we inch closer to the show’s season premiere, there are, however, some intriguing rumors making the rounds, including the possibility of more companions taking up residence in the TARDIS and a brain-twisting idea that could somehow, within the narrative, address the fact that Twelfth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi has already appeared in the Who-niverse twice as other characters.

First, the companions. Clara (Jenna Coleman) is obviously returning, but there have also been rumors that actor Samuel Anderson, who is playing a recurring character named Danny Pink, will be traveling with the Doctor as a companion. Pink is a teacher at Coal Hill School, the same place where Clara is on the teaching staff. And of course long-time Who fans will recall that Coal Hill played a big part in the very first Doctor Who story: the Doctor’s first companions, Ian and Barbara, both taught at Coal Hill, where the Doctor’s “granddaughter” Susan had been attending school while they were on Earth. But if Danny Pink is to be a new companion, he might not be the only one.

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Doctor Who Teases An August Premiere (And Matt Smith Totally Would Return)

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Back in December, with the annual Doctor Who Christmas special, we got our first glimpse at Peter Capaldi’s new Time Lord. We knew that season eight, which will reportedly be Capaldi’s only go as the venerable time travelling alien, would begin latter this year, but there was no word on when. While there still isn’t a specific date, this new teaser greatly narrows down the possibilities. The most recent Time Lord, Matt Smith, has also indicated that he’s down to return to the franchise pretty much whenever the phone rings.

According to this quick video released by the BBC, Capaldi’s reign will kick off this August. It doesn’t get any more exact than that, but considering that the show usually airs on Saturdays, and that there are only five of that particular day of the week in that month, there aren’t all that many options for a premiere.