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Seattle Is Throwing The Mother Of All Doctor Who Birthday Parties

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DalekThis week is a pretty big deal for fans of the BBC’s venerable sci-fi adventure Doctor Who. After all, how often to we get to celebrate a television show turning 50? The anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, airs this weekend after what feels like tons of build up. Many of you have probably planned various get togethers and viewing parties, perhaps involving elaborate themes and costumes. There’s one shindig in the Pacific Northwest, however, that is going to be hard to beat.

Seattle’s EMP music, sci-fi, and pop culture museum, is a mecca of nerdy fun, and, understandably, they’re throwing an all out rager to commemorate the Time Lord hitting the half-century mark.

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Doctor Who Week Begins: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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DoctorWeekDoctor Who’s 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor finall;y premieres this Saturday! But if you were expecting BBC America to wait until the weekend to celebrate the big anniversary hooplah, prepare to be surprised. This is very much “Doctor Who week,” and the excitement kicks off today. Tonight we’ve got not one, but two specials focused on the show and its legacy. First we’ve got Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS, which has interviews with actors Matt Smith, David Tennant, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman, and William Russell, as well as executive producer Steven Moffat. Expect lots of amusing behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Following that, BBCA will be airing The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox, which will have the British physicist putting the Doctor’s antics under the microscope of reality. (Don’t you dare tell me psychic paper isn’t a real thing.)

If Doctor Who isn’t your bag, don’t worry. The second part of Almost Human’s two-part series premiere airs tonight. Given how much we enjoyed the first part, our already high expectations for the series have shifted up another couple notches. Now let’s just hope it does well enough that Fox can’t justify canceling it. Tonight: sexbots!

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The Doctor Meets The Doctor In New Day Of The Doctor Clip

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The countdown is fully on for the 50th anniversary of the BBC’s Doctor Who. All the fanfare is to be expected, after all, how often do you get to celebrate a television show hitting the half-century mark? One of the things many fans are excited to see are the multiple doctors on screen together, at last. But you don’t want to wait all the way until next weekend to see that, do you? And now you don’t have to. BBC has released a new clip from the episode, The Day of the Doctor, one that shows Matt Smith’s eleventh incarnation of the Doctor meeting up with David Tennant’s tenth. And there’s a fez to boot.

In addition to this epic sci-fi meeting of the minds, as it were, this clip offers a little more in the way of specifics of what’s going on in the special. The Doctor (Smith’s version) and his companion Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman) find themselves at a museum investigating a bizarre crime. After helping himself to a stray fez, the Time Lord discovers a bunch of paintings that have seemingly been vandalized. The glass that covers them has all been shattered. Strange enough on its own, but when he realizes that all the glass was broken from the inside, and that all of the subjects of the paintings have apparently escaped the confines of their art.

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Doctor Who Mini Episode The Night Of The Doctor Rewrites History

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I like Doctor Who, quite a bit in fact, though I’ll be the first to admit that I’m far from an expert. As a kid I watched the classic Tim Lords on PBS when I could, though that was always a hit and miss proposition, and I was lucky to get a random all day marathon a couple of times a year. That said, even with my relatively limited knowledge of the franchise, I know that this mini episode, The Night of the Doctor, is something of a game changer. Watch it for yourself, and we’ll discuss the matter further.

Building up towards the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, later this month, we knew that the BBC was going to release this six-minute episode, but we didn’t expect it until this weekend. The title keeps the string of similarly themed titles intact. When we last saw the Time Lord in the final episode of series seven, “The Name of the Doctor.”

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The Day Of The Doctor Gets A Huge New Collection Of Stills

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Doctor WhoIt seems like we’ve been on the verge of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration for years—we are talking about an event five decades in the making—but now it’s not hyperbole to say that it really is almost here. The Day of the Doctor, as the BBC special is called, will be simulcast around the world in a matter of weeks. Those of us without ready TARDIS access will have to wait until Saturday, November 23 to watch the episode—you even have the option to watch it in 3D if you’re into that sort of thing—but now you have this huge new collection of images to go along with those great recent teasers, just in case you want to start salivating a little bit early.

There’s quite a lot to observe in this gallery. A good number are posed promotional photos of various cast members, but there are also stills and action shots from the actual special. In these images you have multiple doctors—including David Tennant’s 10th, Matt Smith’s number eleven, and John Hurt as the dark Doctor, whatever the hell that turns out to be—and a couple of companions, like Jenna Coleman’s Clara and Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler. Jemma Redgrave’s Kate Stewart is running around, and there’s even a little bit of royalty, just to class up the proceedings, with Queen Elizabeth I (Joanna Page). And it wouldn’t be a real collection without a few snapshots of some nasty bit of business, in this case a Zygon, that looks ready to take a bite out of you should you have the misfortune to stray too close.

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Day Of The Doctor Releases New Stills, And A New Minisode Is Coming This Saturday

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DoctorsThreeIs it November 23 yet? I don’t seem to be watching The Day of the Doctor at the moment, or talking about how I watched The Day of the Doctor earlier, or rewatching The Day of the Doctor on my DVR. So I must reluctantly conclude that no, it is not November 23. Still, the fine folks at the BBC are here to give us poor Doctor Who fans a balm to soothe our impatient, overworked anticipation glands. We may not have gotten to see the upcoming 50th anniversary special just yet, but we can at least enjoy the picture above of the Doctors testing the old adage (that I just made up) about how the sonic screwdriver is mightier than the halberd.