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Matt Smith’s Time Is Up In The Time Of The Doctor: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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SmithXmasIt’s all come down to this: Matt Smith’s final hour as the Doctor. After three seasons playing the wandering Time Lord, the Eleventh Doctor’s time has come, and we know one thing for certain: by the time the latest Christmas special is over, the era of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will have begun. And it the rumors are true, showrunner Steven Moffat will have cleared the deck for the show to carry on through another five decades of life.

We won’t delve into those rumors here, because if you’ve managed to remain unspoiled this long, who are we to ruin the fun? Instead we’ll give you the basics: the official synopsis from the BBC and the trailer. You’ve got Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, the Silence, and that place the Doctor most dreads: Trenzalore. The Time of the Doctor premieres tonight at 9/8c.

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars — and amongst them, the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

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Steven Moffat On What Would Have Happened If Eccleston Came Back For Who’s 50th

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EcclestonWhoWhile there was a lot to love about Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary spectacular, The Day of the Doctor, there were a few things that could have been better. Most noticeable was the absence of Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, the dude who helped bring the show to its current heights by kicking off a new era of Doctor Who (along with executive producer Russell T Davies). There has been tons of speculation since his single season aired as to why he has distanced himself from the show, but the bottom line is that, for whatever reason, that wasn’t a road he was interested in returning to. So it wasn’t surprising that he opted not to participate in the special, but it was disappointing, and you could often feel scenes where the Ninth Doctor really should have been there, especially since he was the closest of the three modern Doctors to the new guy, John Hurt’s so-called “War Doctor.” But while The Day of the Doctor feels somewhat lacking without Nine, showrunner Steven Moffat has gone on the record to give us some hints of how Eccleston’s Doctor would have figured into the special — and the truth might surprise you.

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Futurama And Doctor Who Launch Festive Marathons: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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FutureXWith this being the week of Christmas, it’s not surprising that the TV landscape is barren. If you’re not into watching It’s a Wonderful Life for the 800th time, your options are going to be seriously limited. Thankfully, GFR has got your back. While there’s not much of interest happening this week, there are marathons of two of our favorite shows, Doctor Who and Futurama.

First up is Futurama, which kicks off a short “mini-marathon” this afternoon at 4:56 p.m. Eastern time on Comedy Central. Curse their stubborn refusal to begin right on the hour. At any rate, beginning with the season 4 episode “Future Stock” you’ll get five episodes total. “Xmas Story” will air at 5:27 Eastern, followed by the series finale “Meanwhile” at 5:58 p.m., “A Tale of Two Santas” at 7:30 p.m., and “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” at 8 p.m.

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Doctor Who Unleashes The First Clip From Time Of The Doctor

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Now that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is well in the rearview, and we’ve all had a chance to digest that particular meal, we can turn our full attention to the annual Christmas special, this year titled The Time of the Doctor. In preparation for the holiday festivities, BBC has dropped a fun first clip from the special episode, which airs Christmas day.

Humans aren’t the only ones in the universe who like to get together with friends and family on December 25. Time Lords, or at least this specific one, seems to dig it as well. While this quick video doesn’t reveal much in the way of story, it does give you a peek at a fun little shared moment between Clara (Jenna Coleman) and the Doctor (Matt Smith). Silly Clara, you can’t use a Sonic Screwdriver to cook a turkey, what the hell are you thinking? To quote her travel companion, “Nothing does turkey, you’d need a time machine.” Well wait just a minute…

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Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat Says Matt Smith’s Regeneration Will Be Different Than Tennant’s

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DoctorsThe notion of Doctor Who‘s Time Lord regeneration was initially a matter of necessity. With original Doctor actor William Hartnell having increasing difficulty remembering his lines, the BBC and the show’s producers faced the unhappy prospect of having to replace their lead actor. Since they were dealing with an alien species nobody knew much about, they cooked up the very clever idea that Time Lords, at the end of their life, could regenerate into a new body and start all over again. Those regenerations have been handled a variety of ways over the years, but when it came time for David Tennant’s Doctor to regenerate into Matt Smith’s version, then-showrunner Russell T Davies took an uncharacteristically somber approach, treading it much more like an actual death than the earlier instances had. With Smith himself now poised to step aside for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, executive producer Steven Moffat has promised fans that this regeneration will be very different from Tennant’s.

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Doctor Who Take On Me Video Is The Best Thing We’ve Seen All Week

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The music video for Norwegian band A-Ha’s addictive hit “Take on Me” is easily one of the most unforgettable pop culture relics of the 1980s. The video, which used rotoscoping to combine live action footage with pencil-sketch animation, was damned impressive from a technical standpoint at the time, and it’s since been parodied and referenced countless times, including by Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy. But now I think we may finally have seen the single most brilliant riff possible on the iconic video, thanks to a pair of YouTubers who put figurative peanut butter together with equally figurative chocolate and made some magic.