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Neil Gaiman’s New Book Has Doctor Who And American Gods Stories

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GaimanFor his next book, the much adored Neil Gaiman is revisiting two fan favorites from his past. The celebrated writer’s next book, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, will include not only a Doctor Who story, but a new jaunt in the epic world of what may be his best novel, American Gods. As if a new Gaiman book isn’t enough to get you salivating, that should do the trick.

Gaiman has famously penned two episodes of Doctor Who, “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver,” and fans keep clamoring for him to write more. And while this isn’t exactly what they ordered, Trigger Warning does include a Doctor story. The story was apparently written for the show’s 50th anniversary last year, and though it isn’t explicitly named anywhere (at least not that I can fine), it’s assumed to be his story “Nothing O’Clock.” That’s not quite as exciting as a brand spanking new offering, but if you haven’t read it, it’s still new to you.

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The Ninth Doctor Brings Rose And Captain Jack Along For A Series Of New Adventures

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Doctor WhoTitan Comics currently has three Doctor Who titles running, but they’re about to expand their horizons even further. Joining the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors on the funny book pages, the Ninth Time Lord is going to get his very own miniseries in the coming months. Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor is even bringing some familiar faces along for the ride, as both Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness will be right there along side him as he pilots the TARDIS.

The first installment of the five-issue miniseries is scheduled to hit comic book stores on March 11, 2015, and send the Ninth Doctor and his two fan-favorite companions on a series of exciting adventures. In the wake of World War II, the Doctor, Rose, and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology has been lost only to resurface on the intergalactic black market. Now you can imagine how some ne’er-do-well with his very own TARDIS could wreak havoc across time and space, so the trio steps up in order to prevent another Time War and stop history from repeating itself.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #3 Delivers A Blast From The Past

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Doctor WhoOf the various continuing Doctor Who titles that Titan Comics has going right now, The Twelfth Doctor is something of an anomaly. The others, the Tenth, Eleventh, and, soon, the Ninth Doctors, are all gone and the comics serve as a way for fans to continue to go on adventures with their favorite Time Lords. But Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is still going strong, and will be for some time now that we know both Capaldi and Jenna Louise Coleman will be back for season 9 of the long running sci-fi series. There’s no nostalgia to trade on here, and I won’t say it’s unnecessary, but as we look at issue #3, “The Swords of Kali,” it has a distinctly different feel than the others.

After battling and banishing the Hyperion in the last issue—signaling the new rise of a old foe of the Time Lords of Gallifrey, something that is sure to play a big role moving forward—the Doctor and Clara are off on a new adventure. This latest jaunt sees the duo bounce from 18th century India to 16th century Florence—where we learn the true origins of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa—back to India, but this time in the 2300s. You get vampiric monsters, road warrior murder cults, and badass amazon vigilantes, among other fun little bits and baubles. As the Doctor says, there’s “death, destruction, and timeless evil,” all of his favorite things.

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12 Things We Loved About Doctor Who: Last Christmas

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Doctor Who and Christmas are like chocolate and peanut butter — two great tastes that taste great together. Maybe it’s because Who is often as much fairy tale as space opera, or that The Doctor himself bears no small resemblance to some of our culture’s even better-known mythical figures. But regardless of why, sending The Doctor on Christmas-themed adventures just feels right, and has become one of our favorite Holiday traditions here at GFR. This year’s outing, entitled “Last Christmas,” didn’t disappoint, and in the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas — and the 12th Doctor himself — we’re going to highlight the 12 things we loved most about “Last Christmas.”

Santa1) Nick Frost as Santa Claus
Doctor Who has trotted out characters of questionable reality before — The Doctor bantered with Robin Hood earlier this year, after all — but many were wondering how the show would handle the appearance of Santa Claus. I mean, the idea of Santa is only slightly more preposterous than the idea of a nigh-immortal alien who travels through time and space in a police box, but would the show actually declare Jolly Old St. Nick to be flesh-and-blood reality? The answer proved to be both satisfying and very much consistent with the show’s tone and “reality.” And with Santa played by a perfectly cast Nick Frost — who got some of the best lines — “Last Christmas” proved to be a Christmas adventure we might just have to make an annual tradition in and of itself.

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Doctor Who: Jenna Coleman’s Future Includes More Adventures With The Doctor

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ClaraIt’s not going too far out on a limb to presume that many of you out there in Internet land spent part of yesterday watching the annual Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Last Christmas.” If you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t worry, I can’t possibly spoil anything about it, even if I wanted to, since I haven’t watched it yet either. For the last few months, there has been a great deal of talk about Jenna Louise Coleman’s future on the show. As you know, she plays the Doctor’s latest traveling companion, Clara, and since August or so there’s been back and forth talk that she was going to leave the show after the Holiday. We now know, however, that she’ll be around for a while longer.

The BBC confirmed that the 28-year-old actress will in fact be back for another go round, signing on through season 9. A while back, we learned that the 12th Time Lord, Peter Capaldi, is also set to return for this upcoming run, and this move keeps the pair intact. They definitely have a different sort of relationship than Clara did with the previous Doctor, then again, Matt Smith’s bouncy cartoon of a man is a substantially different sort of character than Capaldi’s version.

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Doctor Who And Black Mirror Celebrate Christmas: This Week’s TV Picks

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If you discount Christmas specials and marathons, there ain’t jack (frost) shit on this week. But you totally shouldn’t discount those things, because then you would miss new hours of awesomeness from Doctor Who and Black Mirror!

Before you get totally entangled in cooking, wrapping presents, and the inevitable family drama that’s as much a part of the holiday as eggnog and jolly old St. Nick, be sure to set your DVR for the Doctor Who Christmas special. Really, if you’re a true fan it’s probably been set for weeks now, because the Who Christmas special is one of the geek world’s most beloved traditions. And this year is the very first holiday special for new(ish) Who lead Peter Capaldi. With the tragic events of the season finale still all too fresh, fans are eagerly awaiting to see just how the fallout will have affected the relationship between The Doctor and Clara. Is The Doctor’s impossible girl just about done with all this TARDIS nonsense? We have no idea, but we do know Nick Frost will be showing up as Santa Claus, and you had us at “Nick Frost.”