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Comic(s) Relief: The Twelfth Doctor Takes His Adventures To The Comics Page

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12prevCovDoctor Who has a long history of telling stories of the Doctor and his companions beyond just the show, weaving a broad expanded universe across novels, comics, games, and even audio dramas. We’ve only been following the adventures of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor who a few episodes now, but he’s about to make his comics debut as well. Titan Publishing, new holders of the Who comics license, debuted ongoing series for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors earlier this year, and their Twelfth Doctor series is set to release its first issue a week from today. But like the Doctor taught us, why wait around when you can just skip ahead? Check out a synopsis and preview of the first six pages of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 below, courtesy of Comic Book Resources!

Freshly regenerated and with a new head full of unanswered questions, the Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi) whisks Clara Oswald (as played by Jenna Coleman) away to a strange and distant world.

Clara thought she was in for an evening of marking essays on the Metaphysical Poets, followed by going out on a date — or at least trying to. You know, normal stuff.

Instead, she’s facing down exotic flora and fauna in her best dress, backing up the Doctor on a trek through traumatically alien undergrowth — and she doesn’t even know what the Doctor is searching for, or what will try to kill them should they find it!

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Issue #3

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Doctor WhoBy now we’re well into the reign of Time Lord number twelve on Doctor Who, played with swagger and an edge of dickishness by Peter Capaldi. Still, there are likely some, possibly many, of you out there who miss the human cartoon that was Matt Smith’s eleventh incarnation of the character. But fear not, that version of the long-lived, beloved character is still alive and well, albeit in a drastically different form, that of comic books. It does actually seem like a fitting medium for a rendering of Smith, and the newly minted continuing series is back with issue #3, “What He Wants…” and it has what you need.

Over the course of the previous two issues, the Doctor picked up a new travelling companion, a sarcastic, unemployed librarian named Alice, who has, thus far, fit into his adventures rather nicely. She’s shown she can handle herself in a tight spot or two, and that trend continues in this latest outing. Issues #1 and #2 have been more episodic in nature, like standalone installments of the show, but now you start to get a larger narrative arc coming into play, which was something of a worry before. As fun as these separate escapades can be, your attention was going to start wandering before long.

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Classic Doctor Who With A Modern Musical Score Makes For A Surreal Experience

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Regardless of how you feel about the direction Doctor Who has taken in recent years, there’s no question that it boasts some much more impressive production values in its current incarnation than it did back in the classic era. The Who creators had to stretch every shilling back in the day, which is why The Doctor’s adventures across time and space so often involved wobbly walls and rubbery aliens. One element of the show you might not even consciously notice making a difference is the score. Musical director Murray Gold has been shaping the soundscape of Doctor Who since its 2005 resurrection, and even if you couldn’t name any of the work he’s done for the show, compositions such as “I am The Doctor” are both instantly recognizable and inextricably associated with the feel of the modern series. So what if he’d been scoring the classic Who episodes? They might have looked a bit like the video up top.

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The Doctor Sees A Bad Moon Rising In “Kill The Moon” Pics

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MoonFeatBased on my 10 seconds of serious pondering and research, I don’t think the Doctor has been back to the Moon since the 2007 episode “Smith and Jones,” which introduced Martha Jones and had the Doctor dealing with an entire bloody hospital that had been relocated to the lunar surface. Sure, the moon played a major role in “Day of the Moon” — and gave us one of Matt Smith’s finest moments as the Doctor — but as far as I can recall, our very favorite Time Lord hasn’t actually been back to the moon since he still looked like David Tennant. That’s about to change this week in an episode entitled “Kill the Moon.” If that title didn’t tip you off, The Doctor’s going to run into some trouble up there. And it’s looking a bit…spider-y.

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Sci-Fi Happy Meals That Are Too Good To Be True

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BladeRunnerHow come adults don’t get meals that come with prizes? Some of my favorite rituals from childhood involved being elbow-deep in a box of cereal, feeling around for the prize, or dumping all the food out of my Happy Meal just so I could get to the toy. So how come we don’t get a grown-up equivalent? After-dinner mints and fortune cookies don’t count, damn it. I want to be able to finish my snazzy, five-star meal, and then have the waiter bring me out a Rocket Raccoon action figure on a silver platter. Sadly, I will probably never live in such a world, but at least pretending is a little bit easier thanks to these faux Happy Meals that were ripped right out of my Happy Place.

These awesome fake Happy Meals are the work of Los Angeles digital artist Newt Clements. (He mostly comes out at night. Mostly.) His Pinterest is full of a wide variety of crazy projects, but his Happy Meals collection is one of the most extensive. He’s got over 100 of the things by my count, and they’re all incredibly well done. Designing Happy Meal boxes to tie into Doctor Who, Aliens, or Escape from New York would have been worthy of a story in and of itself, but Clements goes the extra mile by imagining what toys might be included with each meal as well. And I don’t care what bounty McDonald’s has on offer, there’s no way it’s cooler than an action figure of Firefly’s River standing atop a pile of Reaver corpses.

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Doctor Who Has Us Wondering Why The Doctor Is Dressed Like A Ghostbuster

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BustingOver the course of this season, the Doctor and Clara have climbed inside a Dalek, ventured to the very end of time, and even helped rob a supposedly impenetrable bank. Where to next? This week’s episode will unfold inside Coal Hill School, Clara’s current place of employment and an institution that featured in the Doctor’s very first adventure way back in 1963. Based on this new batch of images from the episode, we’ve got one big question: why is The Doctor dressed like a Ghostbuster?

Thankfully the clip and synopsis below otter…er, offer some clues to just what’s going on in episode six, “The Caretaker.”

The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity — but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet. When events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor goes undercover.”