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Matt Smith’s Doctor Could Have Wound Up Dressed Like This

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SmithHeaderThey say clothes make the man, and when you’re lifespan is measured in centuries rather than decades, it stands to reason that this proves all the more true for Time Lords. Each of the incarnations of the Doctor has been iconically associated with one particular “look,” even if it varies somewhat during their tenure. There’s Tom Baker’s impractically long, multicolored scarf. There’s David Tennant’s snappy suit and Converse trainers. There’s Peter Davison’s “decorative vegetable.” When it came to the Eleventh Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith, his costume deftly referenced the way the actor would perform the character: an eccentric old man trapped in the gangly body of a youth. But if things had gone differently, we might never have learned that “bowties are cool.” Instead we could have been stuck with a getup that would look more at place inside the pages of Tiger Beat (is there still Tiger Beat?) than inside the TARDIS.

These photos recently popped up on the burnthelightsout tumblr, showing Smith trying on various potential Doctor outfits, most of which are just…unfortunate. I realize the show is “hip” these days, or at least as close to hip as it’s ever likely to get, but most of these outfits seem to be trying waaaaaaayyy too hard. Don’t get me wrong, they may very well have received raves if Matt Smith sported them on a red carpet, but they don’t exactly scream “Doctor.” In fact, if these clothes have anything at all to say to the Doctor, it’s, “Basically…run.”

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Continuum Wraps Up Season Two And The Eighth Doctor Is Celebrated: This Week In Science Fiction

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ContinuumYou wouldn’t expect it as August closes out, but there’s actually a lot going on across the science fiction landscape this week. Syfy’s Continuum, which has gotten surprisingly good, wraps up its second season this Friday, but fear not! Continuum has already been renewed for a third season by its Canadian home network, Showcase, so expect it to make its way down to the States sometime next year. GFR boss Josh Tyler has been raving about the show as of late, so we’re tentatively marking a vaguely summer-ish bit of our calendar in excitement.

Saturday night Doctor Who fans can tune in to yet another Doctors Revisited special on BBC America, this time looking at the Doctor who never really got his due…at least not on TV. The latest special will reminisce about the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann in a single Fox TV movie that attempted to get American audiences hooked on the British classic, but which seemed to have arrived too early by, oh, ten years or so. Still, given the early buzz about what we’ll learn in the upcoming Who 50th anniversary special, now may be the perfect time to brush up on Eighth Doctor history…

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Did Steven Moffat Really Just Confirm The Doctor Can Only Regenerate Twelve Times?

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DoctorsIt’s a bit of Doctor Who canon that long-time fans have been pointing out more and more lately, as we head toward the introduction of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. The whole reason we’ve had more than one Doctor in the first place is because of the Time Lord’s handy ability to regenerate into a new body whenever he’s mortally wounded. Sure, sometimes he doesn’t want to go (*sob*), but it means he can keep on exploring time and space indefinitely. Except not really. The show established long ago — specifically in the Tom Baker serial The Deadly Assassin — that a Time Lord can only regenerate a total of twelve times. Who executive producer Steven Moffat seems to have just confirmed that tenet of Who mythology…so what does that mean for the show.

Moffat’s surprising confirmation came during a live chat show called Ad Lib Live, unfolding during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, an enormous annual art festival held in, you guessed it, Edinburgh, Scotland. During the conversation, host Frank Skinner asked Moffat, “Do you acknowledge the convention that The Doctor can only regenerate twelve times?” Moffat replied, “Yes.” Here’s a twitpic straight from Ad Lib’s account:

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Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor Audition Scripts And 50th Anniversary Episode Images

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CapaldiThe process of introducing a new Doctor to a world full of dedicated Doctor Who fans is always a nerve-wracking process. As we’ve seen time and time again, a good portion of the fans will react negatively to the new guy simply because he isn’t the old guy, even if many of them will eventually be won over. And the behind-the-scenes work of actually finding has been described by Who showrunner Steven Moffat as “terrifying.” We’ve known that the Twelfth Doctor will be played by Torchwood: Children of Earth actor Peter Capaldi for a while now, but now executive producer Steven Moffat has given us a small insight into that secretive process: script pages used created actors auditioning for the role of the Doctor.

The script pages popped up in a recent issue of Doctor Who Magazine — before the reveal of Capaldi, actually. Don’t go in hoping for spoilers, though, because these aren’t excerpts from any existing or upcoming episodes of the show; they were created specifically for the audition process. The first page picks up with the Doctor having just regenerated into his Twelfth incarnation, running through the usual business of figuring out what his new body looks like. (There is, of course, a Matt Smith chin joke.)

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Weekend Roundup: The Twelfth Doctor On The Subject Of Star Wars, Cowboy Bebop On Blu-Ray, And More!

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CapaldiWelcome back to GFR’s Weekend Round-Up, where we shovel up a week’s worth of stories we didn’t get around to, load them into the patented GFR t-shirt plasma cannon, and launch a ball of superheated awesome right straight at your eyeholes. Here we go!

  • Fan worlds collide! Here’s the Twelfth Doctor himself (actor Peter Capaldi) on the subject of another sci-fi franchise you might have heard of…and it’s NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

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Explore Inside Doctor Who’s TARDIS With Google Maps

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TARDISOkay, Google, you’ve been having some trouble with the whole privacy thing lately, but this goes a long, long way toward redemption. In fact, it makes me feel downright warm and fuzzy toward the folks at the corporate giant who—at least this time—used their Googlepowers for good by developing a Doctor Who Easter egg. No, not that kind of Easter egg. The wink-wink nudge-nudge kind that computer geeks slip into their programs when they can’t resist adding a personal touch.

If you search for a police telephone box in London on Google Maps, you’ll get a street view where you can see one chillin’ nonchalantly at Earlham Green. But then you see it’s got an average of 4.5 stars and almost 500 reviews, so you already know it must be doing something right, and its description is “traveled the universe, met some interesting beings.” Still, it looks like your average blue phone box—until you get inside, where it is much, much bigger.