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Doctor Who Season 8 Finally Gets Release Date!

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doctor whoCancel everything you have planned for Saturday, August 23! Actually, you might just want to throw all your calendars and datebooks out, because timey is going to get a little wimey, as that’s when Doctor Who will return to BBC America for its eighth modern season, with the class act Peter Capaldi starring as the Twelfth Doctor. Finally!

Bully on BBC America for waiting so long before declaring an exact date, but at least they released a too-short teaser to go along with the announcement. The teaser isn’t dripping with new footage or anything, though it does give us a better look at the Doctor standing in front of explosions, as hinted at in the first promo. There’s some cynical part of me that wants to complain about teasers teasing other teasers, but we’re in a celebratory mode here.

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Paul McGann On A Five(ish) Doctors Sequel And A Female Doctor

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McGannAs much as we loved The Day of the Doctor, one of our favorite parts of the whole Doctor Who 50th anniversary hooplah was The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. The half-hour short film starred former Doctors Peter Davison, Paul McGann, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy playing fictionalized versions of themselves as they attempted to scheme and sneak their way into the anniversary special. It was a great riff on the fan resentment that so many of the living Doctor actors weren’t invited to participate in Day of the Doctor, and it was pretty damn hilarious to boot. Well, it sounds like we won’t have to wait another 50 years to see the five(ish) Doctors reunited, as McGann has revealed that a sequel is in the works.

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Doctor Who Season 8 May Revive Classic Villain (Plus, Twelve Gets His Own Comic)

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WhoDoctor Who fans still have a couple of months until the show returns for a new season, but there’s a lot to look forward to. There’s a new Doctor, for one, a guy who is said to be very different from the two younger blokes who preceded him. (Okay, so he’s still a white British dude, but whatever.) Showrunner Steven Moffat has talked about how casting Peter Capaldi was a conscious effort to get away from the “handsome yet quirky young man with entertaining hair.” But while Capaldi’s take on the time lord could be a great shake-up for the venerable series, this new Doctor may be facing one of his oldest enemies before his first season is through.

Spoilers for Doctor Who season 8 below!

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Licensing Expo Provides New Looks At Jurassic World, Terminator, And Many More

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The annual Licensing Expo is underway in Las Vegas. This is traditionally where we get our first look at the potential marketing materials, logos, and whatnot for tons of upcoming films and TV shows. As far as genres go, they run the gamut, but there is always a rather strong sci-fi showing in the house, and this year is no exception.

These images, from Coming Soon, feature things that are coming up on the schedule shortly, even a few movies and shows that we’ll actually see this summer, as well as things that are barely in the planning stages and that we won’t lay eyes on for years to come. But when has it ever been too early to get excited for an exciting science fiction project, or a new adaptation of a beloved property?

Jurassic World

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Cross The Streams: World War Z, Doctor Who, And Blade Runner

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It’s hot, guys. Therefore, instead of sticking around trying to introduce this column like a genial professional, I’m going to stand under a cold shower while wearing ice overalls. Sorry for the visual, but this giant list of streaming releases should earn me some forgiveness.

Here’s what’s new in streaming science fiction!

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world war zWorld War Z (Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime)
Brad Pitt, millions of CGI-enhanced zombies, and a complete disregard for Max Brooks’ novel of the same name. That, in a nutshell, is Marc Forster’s somewhat surprising blockbuster World War Z. I mean, you could also talk about all the production problems and the bloated budget, but it’s not necessary. It’s a pretty awesome action movie, though there’s not a lot going on around the action. If you really want your undead fix, you can watch the unrated version on Netflix.

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Doctor Who & Firefly Disney-Fied Make Us Fall For The Art Of Stephen Byrne

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DisneyWhoOne of the biggest surprises I’ve had from the site recently was just how much this story blew up. Don’t get me wrong, I think artist Khallion’s illustrations featuring the Doctor recruiting Disney princesses as new companions are wonderful and charming — that’s why I wrote it up. But it’s one of those stories that I never would have guessed people would respond to so strongly. Well, for all of you folks who loved those, allow me to introduce artist Stephen Byrne, who has given his own Disney-style makeover to our favorite time lord — all 13 of him, in fact.

Byrne posted the “Disney Doctor Who” on his Facebook page, and it’s a testament to his talents that it really makes me want to see an animated Doctor Who series. Not necessarily a Disney one, mind you, but how great would it be to see ongoing adventures of the various Doctors in cartoon form? Many of the former Doctor actors already regularly lend their voices to Doctor Who audio dramas, so why not take the next step and give us some ‘toons? (In fact, we very nearly did get a Who animated series a while back, but the BBC allegedly “didn’t want anything to distract from production of the tv show.” Which makes no sense whatsoever to me.)