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Five Doctors Team Up To Help Raise Charity Money For A Former Doctor Who Companion

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Doctor Who fans are always thrilled at the prospect of seeing past incarnations of the Doctor reunite on screen, such as the rumored return of Fourth Doctor Tom Baker as part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebration next year. While seeing multiple Doctors team up to foil some nefarious scheme is unquestionably awesome, five past Doctors are now teaming up here in the real world, to help raise money for the charity of a former Who companion.

Long-time Who fans will remember actress Janet Fielding in the role of Tegan Jovanka, who accompanied the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) on his adventures during the early ’80s. She has been diagnosed with cancer, and now former Doctors Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, and David Tennant are joining forces to help her raise money for charity. Even more impressive, and a true testament to Fielding’s character, is that the money isn’t going to help her pay her medical bills; it’s instead going toward a project she is passionate about.

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Matt Smith Says Peter Jackson Should Direct Doctor Who, And Peter Jackson Agrees

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It was quite a coup when the Doctor Who producers talked writer and geek icon Neil Gaiman into writing an episode. (It also worked pretty well for Gaiman, since “The Doctor’s Wife” just won a Hugo.) With Gaiman now reportedly working on a second Who venture, what other SF/fantasy luminaries could be lured into the Doctor’s world? How about Peter “Lord of the Freakin’ Rings Jackson?

Calm down now, this is hardly a done deal. The latest Who rumors were spurred by current Doctor Matt Smith during an interview with a New Zealand publication, the Waikato Times. Since that country is Jackson’s birthplace, Smith enthusiastically suggested that the Hobbit director should helm a Who episode, and that it would be even better if they shot the hypothetical episode in New Zealand. Smith says:

Let’s get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there … There’s clearly a great film industry out there. It’s something I would be very interested in it’s just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over.

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Doctor Who Recap: Breaking Down A Town Called Mercy

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Continuing the trend of self-contained “matinee-style” episodes that make up the first few episodes of Doctor Who‘s season seven, “A Town Called Mercy” dropped the Doctor and the Ponds into a classic Western town troubled by a pesky cyborg. The cyborg won’t let any of them leave until they hand over their town doctor, a man with a few secrets of his own. Mercy is running out of food and doomed to die unless someone intervenes. Is there a Doctor in the house?

Once again it’s time to break down the latest Who. Geronimo!

Spoilers below!

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UNIT Returns In Pics From Doctor Who: The Power Of Three

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Long-time Doctor Who fans are in for a treat with this week’s episode, “The Power of Three.” While we’ve previously known that the penultimate Ponds episode would find the Doctor puzzled and concerned by millions of mysterious black boxes that appear all around the world, we hadn’t heard that he’d be getting some help from old allies: namely UNIT, the international task force that has fought alongside the Doctor many times before.

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Doctor Who Writer Praises Ben Browder And Dishes About A Town Called Mercy

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Doctor Who will be serving up its third episode of the season tomorrow night, an adventure that sends the Doctor and the Ponds to the Old West, and specifically to a town that has a bit of a cyborg problem. In a new interview to get people ready for the new episode, writer Toby Whitehouse reveals how the idea of the episode germinated, and sings the praises of Farscape‘s Ben Browder.

Here’s the official synopsis for tomorrow’s episode, “A Town Called Mercy”:

The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun!), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg, who goes by the name of the Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one!) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret.

In an interview with SFX, Whitehouse has nothing but praise for Farscape‘s Ben Browder, who plays a key role in tomorrow night’s episode:

He was fantastic. I was really, really pleased that we got him because it’s an odd part, that character Isaac, and you need somebody who has… Ben has this rather beautiful innate nobility that he manages to just convey, very simply and very economically. It was absolutely how I saw the character, so I was really thrilled with him, and delighted with his performance.

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New Pics From This Week’s Doctor Who Feature Cowboys And Ben Browder

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So this season we’ve already had the prerequisite Dalek episode, we’ve had a weird mash up of “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” (which felt awesomely like old school Who) and next up we have another weird yet awesome mash up of cowboys and cyborgs in an episode titled “A Town Called Mercy”. It feels like Christmas for any Whovian who misses the weirdness of the old series. Now, the BBC has just released some pics to whet your appetite for this week’s Who, and it looks like the Doctor finally found a reason to put that Stetson back on.