The music video for Norwegian band A-Ha’s addictive hit “Take on Me” is easily one of the most unforgettable pop culture relics of the 1980s. The video, which used rotoscoping to combine live action footage with pencil-sketch animation, was damned impressive from a technical standpoint at the time, and it’s since been parodied and referenced countless times, including by Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy. But now I think we may finally have seen the single most brilliant riff possible on the iconic video, thanks to a pair of YouTubers who put figurative peanut butter together with equally figurative chocolate and made some magic.
Wholock Combines The Time Travel And Adventure Of Doctor Who With The Crime-Solving Acumen Of Sherlock
Can the greatest detective our world has ever known solve the mystery of man from another? Or more to the matter at hand, can he unravel the mystery of an alien Time Lord with two hearts? That’s the question posited in this new fan-made video that crosses long-running British sci-fi adventure Doctor Who with Sherlock, the popular BBC interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Put them together and what do you have? An ingenious video called Wholock, that’s what.
This is definitely a timely addition to the pop culture landscape. The super nerdy mash up appears right between the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor” and the holiday special, “The Time of the Doctor,” which will see the departure of Matt Smith’s Doctor, and the arrival of Peter Capaldi’s. If you’re into non-sci-fi things, you may also have noticed that Sherlock returns for a third for season this January.
Around here, few things scream holiday cheer quite like the annual Doctor Who Christmas special. This year has a increased level of significance, due to the fact that we will bid a fond farewell to the eleventh incarnation of Time Lord, ably played for the last few years by Matt Smith. That’s going to lead to some tear-filled Whovian eyes, to be sure. And because we’re losing one Doctor, as you all know, we get to welcome another. As it turns out, the twelfth manifestation of everyone’s favorite two-hearted alien who jumps through time and space will look a lot like British actor Peter Capaldi. Because you can never get too much of a look, we’re back with a huge new collection of stills from this year’s special, “Time of the Doctor.”
There’s a ton for fans to pour over in these photos, and it looks like the Doctor, old and new, will have his work cut out for him. In no particular order, he’ll face down a horde of Daleks, some Weeping Angels, and a woman named Tasha Lem (Orla Brady). At least she looks pretty sinister. He’ll also have to deal with some Cybermen, both the usual futuristic metal guys, as well as some that look like they’re made out of wood. Yeah, we’re not sure about that, either. Perhaps they’re like vintage, prehistoric Cybermen from a museum or something.
“And now it’s time for one last bow, like all your other selves. Eleven’s hour is over now, the clock is striking Twelve’s.” The trailer for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, is here, and it’s packed full of baddies and foreboding. For seasons now the Doctor’s been warned that his end will come on the planet Trenzalore, and that there’s nothing he can do about it. Now it seems his enemies are gathering, and the Doctor’s appointment with fate is looking awfully damn nigh.
From the sound of things, the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor will be throwing in everything plus an array of kitchen sinks from various alternate timelines. Now a new batch of photos gives us looks at the angry Daleks, a wooden Cyberman, and the Doctor doing his best Harry Potter impression.
POTENTIAL TIME OF THE DOCTOR SPOILERS BELOW!
Well, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Unfortunately: Cybermen, everydamnwhere. Wouldn’t you just know it, even after the cathartic journey of The Day of the Doctor, can the poor guy have just one Christmas where he can relax and maybe go accidentally invent egg nog or something? No, no he cannot. Because that’s not how this whole Christmas special thing works, people, and thus we come full circle: Cybermen, everydamnwhere.
Yes, The Time of the Doctor is nigh, but since it’s not quite nigh enough just yet, the BBC has released a bunch of new images from the special, as well as like half a dozen versions of the poster, which may seem like overkill until you realize they’re actually distinct posters from slightly different alternate timelines. The biggest question I’ve got: what’s up with the severed Cyberman head the Doctor seems to be dragging around everywhere?