When 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.
Visit 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?)
The 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.
The 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.
With 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.
If you and your friends are as dark-humored as we are here at GFR, there’s a good chance you’ve already played Cards Against Humanity, or at least heard someone talk about it. Described on the official website as “A free party game for horrible people,” Cards Against Humanity challenges you to indulge your worst instincts in a way that makes you and your buddies belly laugh and possibly spray snot across the room. Well, if CAH has become a staple of your social group’s parties, now you can mix up the gallows humor with some Gallifrey humor, thanks to a free Doctor Who-themed expansion. Do I need to tell you that this post is going to get a bit NSFW? Because it is.
The way you play Cards Against Humanity is pretty simple. There are two types of cards: black question cards and white answer cards. Each round one player picks a black card and reads the question aloud, then the other players look at their hand and choose the white-card answer that is the funniest response. For example, one such call-and-response that’s currently on the game’s website reads, “Before he died, Michael Jackson thought about _____.” The most offensive of the scrolling responses: “The profoundly handicapped.” You get the idea.