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Doctor Who Season 8 Trailer Brings Back The Paternoster Gang And A Cyborg

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Season 8 of fan favorite sci-fi adventure Doctor Who is just over a week from dropping its first episode on Saturday, August 23. Just in case you didn’t already have that date circled in red on your calendar, maybe with a little blue police box doodle, the BBC has dropped another quick new trailer to start you salivating. This video may only be 30-seconds long, but there’s a lot going on here and quite a bit to sink your teeth into. And perhaps most importantly, there’s a dinosaur.

The first thing you notice, after the rampaging T-Rex of course, is that the Paternoster Gang is back in the house, including the tough as nails Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her human companion Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart). They’ve already been on numerous adventures with the Doctor, but it looks as if they’re about to embark on at least one more.

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Doctor Who Becomes A Saturday Morning Cartoon In This New Video

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What if, instead of simply replacing Matt Smith with another actor, Doctor Who decided it was time for something a little more drastic, and relaunched the show as a Saturday morning cartoon. I guess it could also be a spinoff, but I like the idea of completely taking the show and animating it, but maybe that’s just me. Regardless of how you envision it, a Doctor Who cartoon might look a lot like this video.

The translation makes a certain amount of sense. Over the course of it’s 50 year existence, the show has widely been regarded as children’s programming (when has that ever stopped us from obsessing about a show, movie, or book?), and you know what kids seem to like? Cartoons, that’s what. To be honest, I’m a little surprised this hasn’t happened for real at some point. It seems like someone would have tried to get this off the ground over the years, and it seems tailor-made for animation. We’ve already got comic books, and Smith’s version was more than a little toon-y to begin with.

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Doctor Who Season 8 Preview Shows Off New Footage And Capaldi’s Inner Child

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Season 8 of the BBC’s venerable sci-fi adventure Doctor Who kicks off a little less than two weeks from today—okay, it’s exactly two weeks from tomorrow, premiering on Saturday, August 23. They’ve been building up to Peter Capaldi’s 12th version of the Time Lord from Gallifrey for so long that it’s easy to forget that this will be our first real introduction to him. He popped up in the Christmas Special at the end of last year, but that was little more than a brief cameo. This new video unveils a handful of short new bits of footage from the upcoming season, and probes Capaldi’s mind about his character and his feelings on taking over such a popular, beloved character.

This footage comes from Doctor Who TV, and shows off a few new snippets. There’s nothing super exciting, but you do get a sense of the dynamic between the Doctor and his latest travelling companion Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman). We’ve known for some time that this incarnation of the character is supposedly going to be a darker version, or as they say in this video, “less light, more shade.” That fact definitely comes across in a couple of these clips.

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Doctor Who Premiere Pics Are Full Of Victorian Charm And Scowling

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Who1After Guardians of the Galaxy releases this weekend, the next big geek milestone on our calendar is the August 23 premiere of Doctor Who’s eighth (modern) season, with Peter Capaldi officially making the role of the time lord his own. Having read the first five scripts for the season, we can safely say that Capaldi’s Doctor is very different from David Tennant and Matt Smith’s portrayals of the character: colder, more alien, more temperamental. And as showrunner Steven Moffat has said several times now, don’t expect him to be swapping flirtatious banter with Clara. Half the time he wanders off, you’re left wondering if he’ll come back for her at all.

The season premiere episode is titled “Deep Breath,” and here’s the official synopsis:

The Doctor has regenerated and now Clara has to deal with the fact that her best friend appears to have changed completely… Meanwhile the newly regenerated Time Lord must face a terrifying monster as the Twelfth Doctor’s era begins in dramatic style!

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The Day Of The Doctor Gets A Lego Makeover

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It’s been some eight months since Whovians the world over thrilled to the epic Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. That’s enough time that it shouldn’t be super fresh in your mind (unless, like me, you’ve been marathoning back through the Matt Smith years before Peter Capaldi takes the stage on August 8). And it’s also enough time to grow just a bit wistful and nostalgic about it, which makes this the perfect time to revisit the Day of the Doctor…in Lego form!

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Gallery 1988 Show To Spotlight Little Golden Books Versions Of X-Files, Dredd, And More

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BTTFYou might not recognize the name “Joey Spiotto,” but there’s a good chance you’ve seen and admired his work at some point. We’ve featured his brilliant “Little Golden Book” riffs on pop-culture staples such as Alien and Shaun of the Dead several times here on GFR over the years, but he just keeps putting out more awesome stuff. Now a bunch of that awesome stuff is set to be gathered together under one roof for an art show beginning this Friday, August 1 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles.

Spiotto’s “Little Golden Books” pieces are like artifacts from a far superior alternate universe, one where your children can thrill to the cheerful adventures of cartoon-ified alien facehuggers, or a day in the life of precocious, cuddly versions of Pulp Fiction’s hitmen Vincent and Jules. (Just don’t ask about the sign on the front of Jimmie’s house.) I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love to be kicked to death by Alex from A Clockwork Orange if he looked this adorable?