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Doctor Who? What If The Time Lord Was Played By American Actors Instead?

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DocAmericaSpeculating about which actors could admirably fill the Doctor’s sand shoes is a regular part of being a Doctor Who fan. Allowing the time lord to evolve into different versions of himself, and to be played by different actors, is one of the ways the show has survived and thrived for 50 years. But what if the show wasn’t a quintessentially British phenomenon, but had been born in the gold ol’ US of A? And I don’t mean the movie version David Yates kept insisting he was making, I mean if the show had actually been invented here in the States. Who might have played the Doctor over the years? How about Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, for one?

Tumblr user Smug Mode decided to turn this hypothetical situation into a series of pictures depicting the Twelve Doctors: The American Version. Obviously this is the sort of thing that will get fans twisted all out of shape, possibly to the point that fistfights break out. And we’ll be in there swinging right along with you, because while some of the picks are brilliant — we would totally be on board for Cranston’s portrayal of the time lord — some of them are…less brilliant. Let’s run through the Docs in order, along with my thoughts about each of Smug Mode’s picks. (He’s American now, so people would probably call him Doc, right?)

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Ben Wheatley Calls Peter Capaldi A Return To A Darker Doctor Who

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CapaldiFeatWhen Peter Capaldi begins his reign as Doctor Who (we know he’s already made his first appearance, but we’re talking about when he really gets going, when season eight kicks off later this year), there are going to be some big changes. Matt Smith’s eleventh Time Lord is often thought of as a living cartoon, and Capaldi promises to be a much darker incarnation. Ben Wheatley, most known for his twisted, genre-bending films like Kill List, Sightseers, and A Field in England, will helm the first two episodes. He’s also set to direct an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s surrealist dystopian novel High Rise.

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These Sci-Fi Home Conversions Are Making Me Drool

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DivorceVisit the home of any self-respecting science fiction fan and the telltale signs will be there. The shelves packed to bursting with books about strange new worlds. Full runs of Star Trek, Farscape, and Babylon 5 tucked away in the TV room. Perhaps even some prop replicas from the genre’s most memorable outings given a place of honor up on the wall. But for fans whose passion is equaled by their disposable income, things must be taken to the next level. Because why have a boring old basic media room when you could instead have the command deck of the Enterprise, complete with comfy chairs?

Just about a year ago we reported the story of Tony Alleyne, a British chap who had spent years converting his apartment into something straight out of Star Trek, only to have it become a sticking point in his divorce. (That’s him up top.) See, the apartment actually belonged to his ex, and now that they were divorcing, she wanted to sell it as a “conventional property.” Ouch. Hopefully the rest of these folks are either single, happily together in a stable relationship, or packing an ironclad pre-nup. It’d be a damn shame if the lawyers had to get involved in this gorgeous TARDIS control room replica, which Jayman White spent a year making. He even put in the round things! (What are the round things?)

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Matt Smith Might Have One Last Doctor Who Appearance

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SmithThe age of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor is well under way. While we’re still months away from seeing his first episode, filming has commenced and we recently got to see the outfit his Doctor will be sporting throughout time and space. It’s exciting, and it feels like there hasn’t been as much mourning as there was after David Tennant left. That’s not to say Smith wasn’t beloved by fans, but his regeneration was less tragic, more thoughtful than the Tenth Doctor’s “I don’t want to go,” so I think it’s easier for many fans to embrace the new guy. But while we’ve already seen the Doctor regenerate into his new form, it turns out the Eleventh Doctor might have one last task to complete.

SPOILERS, SWEETIE!

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The Day Of The Doctor Nearly Referenced Another Obscure Doctor

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CushingThe Day of the Doctor was a brilliant celebration of five decades of Doctor Who. While involving all of the living actors who had played the Doctor proved to be too daunting a task, it did include a brilliant cameo by Tom Baker, the one who played the time lord the longest, and still found countless other ways to honor the show’s long legacy. The crux of the whole special, however, was centered on a “forgotten” Doctor, a “War Doctor” (John Hurt) — one retroactively dropped into the continuity between Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor and Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth. A transitional Doctor bridging the gap between the 1996 Fox Who TV movie and the “modern” run of the show initiated by Russell T. Davies in 2005. But if executive producer Steven Moffat had had his way — and a bigger budget — “The Day of the Doctor” would have also paid tribute to another forgotten Doctor, one who exists outside the canon of the show. One played by Peter Cushing.

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Doctor Who Infographics Track The Doctor’s Catchphrases, Last Words, And Travels

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WhoCatchPhraseWith five decades and 12 — going on 13 — incarnations over the years, there’s a lot of Doctor Who to digest. Or, as is often the case with dedicated fans, to dissect. And let’s face it, when your five decades of stories also happen to be about a repeatedly regenerating traveler through time and space, all that history can be pretty damn hard to keep track of without some sort of a visual aid. Thankfully, the Whovians of the world are on the job and happy to help out. Sometimes, that passion and creativity manifests as something simple, like the above tribute to the various Doctor’s catchphrases, from “Nonsense!” to “Geronimo!” I wonder what the new guy’s battle cry will be.

As much as I like that one, I love this next one, which celebrates the ever-changing nature of the Doctor by highlighting each incarnation’s first and last words. If you’re a long-time Whovian, there’s a good chance one or more of these is going to make you tear up, or sigh wistfully, or go sit and cry in a dark closet while weeping violently. I do love the trend of the last few Doctors always taking a moment to comment on how weird it is to suddenly have a new body.