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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”…

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Science Fiction-Inspired Lipbalms Will Increase Your Geek Cred

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sci fi chapstickI’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.

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Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi Wins Over A Young Autistic Fan, The Rest Of The Human Race

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DoctorDalekWe’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.

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Doctor Who’s New Villain Revealed!

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delphoxThat’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.

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Comic(s) Relief: The Tenth And Eleventh Doctors’ Adventures Will Continue In Upcoming Series

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TenNo 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!

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