I’m addicted to Chapstick. There, I said it. It feels good. Acceptance is the first step, right? I don’t even know how it started — I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a tube of chapstick in my pocket, and my purse, and my desk, and a couple back-up tubes just in case. If I realize I’ve left the house without one, I can’t stop thinking about it until I go buy one. If I see someone apply chapstick, I have to do it too. For Christmas one year, my mom gave me an economy-sized box of ChapStick from Sam’s Club — 40 tubes of the regular flavor and 40 of cherry. At the time, I thought they’d last me forever, especially because ChapStick brand isn’t my favorite, but I actually used them all. At least I’ve matured to better quality chapsticks — you know, the kind that are ridiculously expensive but smell, taste, and feel so good that you just don’t care? I’m always on the lookout for new flavors and brands (have I mentioned I’m an addict?), so imagine my delight when I found sci-fi inspired lip balm on Etsy.
We’re in that weird period that Doctor Who goes through anytime there’s a regeneration and a new actor playing the time lord. For the most part, Whovians seem to be less skeptical about Peter Capaldi than they were about Matt Smith, which is understandable since he’s a better-known performer and it doesn’t take much research to discover that he is, scientifically speaking, awesome. But even with that being the case, we still don’t really know what his Doctor will be like. And what about his relationship with the fans? That’s a huge part of taking on the role of the Doctor: interacting with fans, especially those young enough that they don’t entirely understand the divide between fantasy and reality. For them, the Doctor is simply the Doctor, but now he has a different face. Well, regardless of what his Doctor proves to be like, Capaldi’s encounter with a young autistic girl has proven him more than worthy of carrying the torch.
That’s a photo of Doctor Who’s new villain. When the show returns to television for a new season, it’ll have a new Doctor played by Peter Capaldi and a new big bad, played by Keeley Hawes.
Hawes’ character, according to Cinema Blend, is called Ms. Delphox and she’s described as “a powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret”. The Doctor and his companion Clara will face off with Mrs. Delphox on a “strange and puzzling planet”. That description could, of course, mean just about anything.
No matter how much you love any given incarnation of the Doctor, his adventures must inevitably draw to a close at some point. Of course, that’s the case with any story — they can’t just carry on forever (as my class-action lawsuit against The NeverEnding Story will attest) — but the nice thing about Doctor Who is that, every time one Doctor bows out, another takes the stage. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what Peter Capaldi brings to the table, but having just rewatched the show’s modern seasons, I do feel a little bit nostalgic about David Tennant and Matt Smith’s respective takes on the time lord. If you feel the same, we’ve got some good news: two new ongoing comic book series will chronicle further “untold” adventures of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors!
After the barrage of news, rumors, and outright lies that filled our days here at GFR in the months and weeks leading up to the one-two punch of The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor, you might think I’d be all Who’d out at this point. But damned if that epic fan trailer up top doesn’t make me want to go back and rewatch Matt Smith’s final outings all over again. Check it out if you haven’t, a well-edited fan tribute to the “Doctor Trilogy” made up of “The Name of the Doctor,” The Day of the Doctor, and The Time of the Doctor. It’s a great idea for a trailer, and the only thing I think YouTuber RunAndRemember should have done differently was to find a way to incorporate Paul Gann’s “Night of the Doctor” webisode.
Whovians may not be seeing fan favorites David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Tenth and Eleventh Doctor’s on the small screen anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone from our lives forever. Titan Comics plans to release two-dimensional versions of the continuing adventures of the last two Time Lords. Now the BBC has released the covers for both titles, as well providing some details about the creative teams behind the new books, and unveiling a few vague plot details just to make things interesting.
These covers both come from the paintbrush of artist Alice X. Zhang, who has done fantastic work with popular franchises like The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings, and even Sherlock, among many others. In addition to being easy on the eyes, these portraits images do a good job of capturing the overall mood, personalities, and countenances of the respective Doctors. It doesn’t tell you much about what the stories inside actually look like, but they’ll definitely catch your eye on the shelves of your local comic book shop, and capture the imagination of Doctor Who fans everywhere.