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Classic Doctors Crash The Anniversary Special In The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

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Listen: it’s hard out there for a classic Doctor Who actor. Here we are, having just celebrated the show’s five — count ‘em, five — decades of life, and when it came time to mark the occasion, did your phone ring? Noooooo. Instead they went with the two newish skinny blokes with the good hair. And when they wanted an older Doctor, did your phone ring? Noooooo. Instead that Moffat sonnovabitch went and invented a new one! A new old one! And called John Hurt! You could have played a new old one. You did a damn fine job playing one of the old old ones back in the day. Still got fans showing up in your costume, asking you to autograph their babies. It’s an outrage! It’s a disgrace! (And let’s not even speak of the one guy they did bring back, that old backstabber. He’s definitely off the Christmas list.) If only there were someone to tell your tale of heartbreak and indignation!

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The Day Of The Doctor: 50 Things We Loved (And A Few Things We Didn’t)

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The Day of the Doctor has come and gone, and now we can all settle in to wait for the Christmas special — and with it the departure of Matt Smith and the introduction of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor. (Okay, technically we already got a very brief introduction to him, but more on that below.) Having rewatched the 50th anniversary special a couple of times, and for the most part we quite enjoyed it. And since Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary, below we’ll run down 50 things we loved about The Day of the Doctor…and a few we didn’t.

Foreman1. The fan service starts early, with the opening shot revealing the scrap yard where viewers first saw the TARDIS way back in 1963’s ”An Unearthly Child.” We also see that Clara is teaching at the nearby Coal Hill School, the school the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan was attending when her beyond-her-years knowledge of history caught the attention of teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. Their investigation of the mystery of Susan led to Ian and Barbara becoming the Doctor’s first traveling companions.

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So Now What? Five Streaming Shows To Soothe Your Doctor Who Withdrawals

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Today Doctor Who fans all over the world finally got to see the much-ballyhooed 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. Since I’m writing this some time before I finally sat down to watch it, I’ve got no idea what surprises the special has to offer, aside from the ones already revealed. I’m going to guess it will probably have plenty of thrills, possibly some chills. I’m pretty much certain it will make us laugh, quite likely everytime David Tennant and Matt Smith are onscreen together. I will probably get a little choked up somewhere toward the end of it.

But after all these months of anticipation, there’s bound to be a sense of anti-climactic frustration. Now that we’ve seen The Day of the Doctor, the wait for the Christmas special — and with it, a new Doctor — has begun. So now what? I know several Who noobies who have been frantically marathoning their way through at least the modern episodes of the show so they’d be caught up in time for the special. If that’s you, or if you’re just a loyal fan looking for a new bit of entertainment (or an old one to revisit), here are several excellent choices to fill your eyeholes with. And they’re all available streaming online, because that’s just how much we love you.

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Doctor Who Regenerates The Google Doodle: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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DoodleDoctor Who’s 50th anniversary is being marked in all sorts of ways this weekend, but now the clever folks at Google have tipped their hat in the Time Lord’s direction. Today’s so-called “Google Doodle” not only represents all 11 of the Doctor’s incarnations in visual form, it’s also a rather snazzy playable 8-bit game! You can currently see the game live on the U.K. Google homepage, and it’ll go up on the U.S. version at midnight E.T., when it officially rolls over into November 23 — 50 years to the day since Doctor Who first premiered back in 1963.

The game is simple but still fun. You get to chose your character from any of the 11 Doctors (sorry, no playable War Doctor). Then you set out to rescue the letters “G-O-O-G-L-E” from those nefarious Daleks, who have stolen them for some reason. The game’s pretty basic: throw a few switches, avoid the wandering Daleks, take the letters back to the TARDIS, then on to the next level. It’s not going to totally eat your afternoon, but it is a nice way to while away a few minutes, and once you beat it you can always try to beat your best time.

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A Page From Star Wars: Episode VII, The Audition Script Comes Out, And Matt Smith May Be Up For A Part

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Star Wars: Episode VIIHere’s your daily dose of random news as it pertains to J.J. Abrams’ impending Star Wars: Episode VII. Two of these three tidbits revolve around the scripts, and thankfully only one involves casting rumors, but it’s a doozy, and it ties into Doctor Who, which is an added bonus.

English actor Jason Flemyng is apparently up for a part in Episode VII—okay, this in itself is a something of a casting rumor, but not the one I was talking about earlier—and shared a photo of a page of the script with the world. The image has since been taken down from his Instagram account (Bleeding Cool was able to track it down), but as we all know, the Internet is forever and nothing ever truly goes away. The photo shows a red page with black writing, as well as a beer—he was drinking Stella Artois at this particular time.

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Doctor Who Inforgraphic Is Like Time Lord Cliff’s Notes

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Doctor WhoAre you like me, excited for this weekend’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, but at the same time a little afraid that there will be enough obscure references, inside jokes, and random nods to the long history of the show that you’ll miss more than a few things? If that’s the case, and you could use a crash course in the Whoniverse before Saturday, November 23, or even if you’re just looking to brush up on the basics before the big day, you’re in luck. You should check out this insanely detailed infographic that details the history of Doctor Who. Think of it like Cliff’s Notes, but for Doctor Who, or like cramming deep into the wee hours the night before a big final exam.

Originating at HolloweenCostumes.com, this bad boy breaks down Time Lord lore into three broad, easy to digest categories. First is an introduction to the Doctor’s preferred method of transportation through time and space, his trusty blue TARDIS. You may have noticed that it looks like a police call box, though much, much larger on the inside.