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Matt Smith Will Battle The Undead In This Zombie Thriller

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Matt Smith doctor whoI’m admittedly not the most knowledgeable Doctor Who fan in the known universe. I like it, I watch the long running BBC sci-fi adventure with some regularity, but I’m not up on all of the minutia like more thorough Whovians out there. Over the years, the Time Lord has battled all kinds of enemies, like Daleks and Cybermen, but I don’t know if he’s ever gone up against zombies (I could, very well be wrong, like I said, there are sizeable gaps in my information on this front). That is going to change soon, sort of, as former Doctor Matt Smith has signed on to go head to head with the undead in the upcoming zombie film Patient Zero.

Deadline reports that Smith has joined the cast of the zombie thriller that already includes Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer (who also recently appeared in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1). Stefan Ruzowitsky will direct the picture, while Mike Le wrote the script. As it stands, the story follows a man, most likely Smith from the sounds of it, who hunts for, you guessed it, patient zero after a strain of super rabies causes a zombie apocalypse. But there’s a hook, he’s inexplicably immune to the plague and can walk among the monsters and even communicate with them. He hopes to use his skills to cure the disease and save his infected wife, presumably Dormer.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Issue #3

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Doctor WhoBy now we’re well into the reign of Time Lord number twelve on Doctor Who, played with swagger and an edge of dickishness by Peter Capaldi. Still, there are likely some, possibly many, of you out there who miss the human cartoon that was Matt Smith’s eleventh incarnation of the character. But fear not, that version of the long-lived, beloved character is still alive and well, albeit in a drastically different form, that of comic books. It does actually seem like a fitting medium for a rendering of Smith, and the newly minted continuing series is back with issue #3, “What He Wants…” and it has what you need.

Over the course of the previous two issues, the Doctor picked up a new travelling companion, a sarcastic, unemployed librarian named Alice, who has, thus far, fit into his adventures rather nicely. She’s shown she can handle herself in a tight spot or two, and that trend continues in this latest outing. Issues #1 and #2 have been more episodic in nature, like standalone installments of the show, but now you start to get a larger narrative arc coming into play, which was something of a worry before. As fun as these separate escapades can be, your attention was going to start wandering before long.

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Former Doctor Who Star Joins Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

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pride prejudice zombiesIt’s been a long, hard road for the big screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the bestselling horror-comedy mash-up written by Seth Grahame-Smith using Jane Austen’s classic novel as a frame. The project finally started moving forward last month with casting and distribution, and now they’ve really gotten our attention by adding a former Doctor to their ranks, as Matt Smith has signed on.

For those unfamiliar with the story—or just those who don’t understand what mash-ups are—Pride and Prejudice and Zombies tells the story of Elizabeth “Liz” Bennett (Lily James), who lives on a country estate with her parents and four sisters. There, they’re trained to protect themselves against the zombie outbreak in the outside world. From there, love and marriage guide part of the story, with Liz always keeping an eye out for available men, while bloodlust and massacre guide the rest, as the story inevitably leaves the countryside.

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Doctor Who And Next Generation Casts Compete For Selfie Supremacy

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Karen Gillan is following up her stint as Doctor Who companion Amy Pond by slipping into an American accent for the upcoming ABC sitcom Selfie (which is a modern spin on My Fair Lady for our social media-obsessed age). So what better way to help promote a show called Selfie than with, well, a selfie? The setting: Wizard World Chicago. The participants: Gillan, former Who lead Matt Smith, and Blastr journalist/instigator Aaron Sagers. The result:

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Doctor Who Nearly Ended With David Tennant’s Exit

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TennantDoctor Who turned 50 last November, an unprecedented run that has seen 12 different actors play the time-hopping alien protagonist (more, if you count the Peter Cushing movies or the assorted non-canonical sketches and specials). Part of the key to the show’s success and longevity is that very fact that the Doctor can change his face, regenerating from one leading man to the next and allowing each new actor to put his own unique spin on the character. But apparently the run of arguably the most popular modern Doctor was considered such a success that the BBC seriously considered the possibility that they’d have to cancel the show when he left, because who could follow him? (The answer, of course, was that Who could follow him…)

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Doctor Who Teases An August Premiere (And Matt Smith Totally Would Return)

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Back in December, with the annual Doctor Who Christmas special, we got our first glimpse at Peter Capaldi’s new Time Lord. We knew that season eight, which will reportedly be Capaldi’s only go as the venerable time travelling alien, would begin latter this year, but there was no word on when. While there still isn’t a specific date, this new teaser greatly narrows down the possibilities. The most recent Time Lord, Matt Smith, has also indicated that he’s down to return to the franchise pretty much whenever the phone rings.

According to this quick video released by the BBC, Capaldi’s reign will kick off this August. It doesn’t get any more exact than that, but considering that the show usually airs on Saturdays, and that there are only five of that particular day of the week in that month, there aren’t all that many options for a premiere.