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Doctor Who’s War Doctor Getting Further Adventures In Upcoming Novel

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WarDocIt’s been a good six months since The Day of the Doctor, since John Hurt put his stamp on Doctor Who as the so-called “War Doctor,” the incarnation of the time lord who fought in the Time War, previously unknown and slotted in between Paul McGann’s Eight and Christopher Eccleston’s Nine. It was a clever twist on the Who mythology and set Moffat up for the even bigger changes that came in the Time of the Doctor Christmas special. But we only saw a small sliver of the War Doctor’s life, and based on his initial appearance in the Night of the Doctor webisode, it was a long life even by the Doctor’s standards. It stands to reason there’s a lot of his story left to be told. If you were hoping to learn some of those stories, mark your calendar for July, and the release of Doctor Who: Engines of War.

Author George Mann recently teased what to expect from Engines of War in Doctor Who Magazine: “A new companion! Calculating Time Lords! New Dalek paradigms! It’s a war story, at its heart, set against the backdrop of great turmoil and chaos.” Mann says that the War Doctor will be put through the wringer, and that the epic backdrop will service a very personal story, one that will explore how he came to be the weary War Doctor who found redemption — albeit exasperating redemption — with a pair of his timey-wimey future selves. (You could say it was the difference between “Night” and “Day”…)

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The War Doctor Turns 74: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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HurtBy virtue of playing the ill-fated Kane in Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi/horror classic Alien, actor John Hurt’s place in the sci-fi pantheon was assured. That’s hardly the only genre role he’s taken over the years, appearing in the 1984 movie adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs (parodying his infamous bit of indigestion in Alien), and in 2005’s V for Vendetta, to name a few. None of those later roles are nearly as iconic as his Alien bit, but last year he finally played a character that could give Kane a run for his money: a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor — called the War Doctor — who fought in, and decisively ended, the time war. He shared the 50th anniversary spotlight with the past two Doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith, and in the process created a fascinating and sympathetic bit of lore that made the world of Doctor Who that much richer.

Today Hurt celebrates his 74th trip around the sun, and we here at GFR wish him a happy one. We never would have realized how much we wanted to see John Hurt mock David Tennant for saying “timey wimey,” but now we can’t imagine our lives without it. Here’s to you, sir, just stay clear of any weird-looking eggs.

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Doctor Who Releases Anniversary Special Cast Pics, Plus The Official Comic Drops A Major Clue

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Who5We’re a little over a month away from the premiere of the much-anticipated Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Name of the Doctor and the BBC has seen fit to share the first official cast pics from the program. There are no big surprises in the pictures unless you’ve somehow avoided the casting news or haven’t seen the end of season seven, but our discussion does get specific and spoilery below them, so mind the big orange spoiler warning!

Tally ho, spoilers below!

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Doctor Who Costume Designer Confirms Nature Of John Hurt’s Role In The Show

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Doctor Who fans had quite a bombshell dropped on them in the closing moments of the seventh season finale, “The Name of the Doctor.” The title alone suggested major revelations, but even though we knew actor John Hurt would be appearing in the upcoming 50th anniversary special, and even though early rumors correctly predicted the nature of that role, it was still pretty audacious that they went through with it. But while the jaw-dropping final scene of the finale gave us some of the answers, it raised even more of them. Now one of those questions has been answered, courtesy of the show’s costume designer Howard Burden, whom I can only presume is currently having his lips sewn shut in a subterranean BBC dungeon. Needless to say…

SPOILERS BELOW!!!

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Who am I?

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David Tennant And Billie Piper Confirmed For Doctor Who 50th

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David Tennant and Billie Piper as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler

Finally! After months of the BBC saying a whole lot of nothing about whether any of the former Doctors or companions would be returning for the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the BBC has finally opened the gates just a bit. David Tennant and Billie Piper, who played the Tenth Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler, respectively, will return to reprise their characters as part of the anniversary blowout.

This is great news, and news that I was beginning to think would never come (and I wasn’t the only one). Ideally all the surviving Doctors should return — this isn’t just about the modern incarnation of the show, after all — but if they were only going to bring back one former Doctor, it makes sense to use Tennant, simply because he’s beloved by many of the fans and is the freshest in everyone’s minds. That being said, I hope my lingering cynicism will be proven wrong and this will be just the first announcement of many yet to come. How amazing would it be to see the modern Doctors sharing the screen with the classic versions? (We’ll just explain away their age with some timey-wimey mumbo jumbo.)

With Rose returning, dare we hope that Christopher Eccleston might come back as well? After all, he was the one who brought Rose into the Doctor’s crazy world in the first place.