Amazing Internet Things

Sherlock Meets the Doctor in This Amazing Fan-Made Mash-Up Video You’ll Wish Was Real

Surprisingly, there tends to be quite a bit of overlap between the sorts of fans who are die-hard supporters of iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who and those who are equally obsessed with crime drama Sherlock. Or maybe it’s not really that surprising, considering that both shows currently involve Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss behind the scenes, boast many extremely talented and popular British actors on their payrolls, and frequently feature twisty plots or brutal cliffhangers.

This phenomenon has spawned a whole fannish subculture, called “Wholock” which imagines what would happen in the worlds of these two shows managed to have some kind of crossover, even if it were only of the wink-wink-nudge-nudge in-joke variety. Which would then undoubtedly cause the entire internet to break down under the weight of so much geek joy. We all know it’s unlikely, but it’s nice to dream, right?

Must-See for 'Doctor Who' Fans: 'The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot'

In the wake of all the hype, excitement and general flailing surrounding the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, there’s something extremely awesome you might have missed seeing.

We can probably all agree that, although The Day of the Doctor was pretty awesome, the one thing that could have made it even more exceptional would be if it had featured a few more classic Doctors. (Not that it wasn’t nice to see David Tennant, Tom Baker and Paul McGann engaged in various 50th anniversary-related festivities, but, well, Whovians were hoping for a full house, if you will. So, you’ll probably be excited to know that, in the end, we did get something a bit closer to it.

Fifth Doctor Peter Davison has put together an absolute treat for Doctor Who fans everywhere – a thirty-minute special called The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot that was by turns funny, dramatic and sweet. Named in honor of the episode which marked the iconic series’ 20th anniversary in 1983, the mini-special featured not only Davison himself, but also Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy , several more surprising (and seriously fantastic) guest stars and dozens of inside Who jokes.

Really, if you haven't seen this yet, stop what you are doing and watch. It's that good.

Amazing Internet Things: Tom Hiddleston Does Car Karaoke

Everyone is in love with Tom Hiddleston right now, huh? Even yours truly – loyal member of the Cumbercollective as I am – isn’t completely immune to the incredible charm rays and general adorableness of Hiddleston, who seems to be on some sort of worldwide mission to prove that he is, in fact, the perfect man.

And if that mission includes performing semi-embarrassing karaoke in a tiny automobile, well, Hiddles is up to the challenge. (Seriously, this video will make your day. I promise.)

Amazing Internet Things: Meet the Doctor Puppet

Doctor Who fans have become famous over the last half century for their dedication to the show, their enthusiasm for all its actors that lasts well past their respective tenures in the TARDIS, and their exceptional creativity. Whovian talents extend to many arenas, including show-based costumes, fan videos, crafts, home décor, wall art, clothing items and more. Basically, if you can dream it, odds are that there’s a Doctor Who fan out there that’s made it. (Or could be convinced to make it if it doesn’t exist yet.)

With such an embarrassment of riches to choose from, whoever, finding the truly unique in the online world of Whovian fun and fandom can be challenging. (Or scary, if you choose unwisely as you go down the rabbit hole of the internet.) Which, makes it all the more outstanding when you do find the awesome bits –of which, fair warning there are kind of a lot. This is one of those awesome bits.

Amazing Internet Things: Benedict Cumberbatch's Chewbacca Impression

So, does anyone else have a list of links that they turn to if they’re having a bad day? And you can just watch them whenever because they never stop being awesome and making you smile? Today’s Amazing Internet Thing is one of those.

(It’s really not an internet thing in the strictest sense, however, as it’s not a fan creation or anything like that, but since it’s a clip that lives on the internet and is not exactly new news at this point, I’m going with it. Indulge me, thank you muchly.)

Anyway. Sherlock star and general internet heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote his Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate, and it just so happens that one of the other guests on Norton’s red sofa that evening happened to be movie legend Harrison Ford. Both Cumberbatch and Ford have been rumored to be taking part in the Star Wars sequels that are currently in pre-production, though no casting details on any of those films have been released as yet. Plus, well, Ford’s already been in Star Wars, and apparently Cumberbatch is a big fan, so there’s no way this topic wasn’t going to come up.

And that’s how we know that we can add the Wookie Chewbacca to Cumberbatch’s impressive list of on-point celebrity impressions. Which is basically the definition of must-watch.

Amazing Internet Things: Wishbone Dons a Deerstalker in Adaptation of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

For many people, the long wait between seasons of popular mystery series Sherlock has turned us all into embarrassingly rabid Holmes fans, eager for any scrap of the great detective that we haven’t seen yet, by any actor, in any form. Yes, kids, this is what obsession looks like. But at least the source material is actually literature, so you know, it could be worse, right?

However, in your quest to consume every snippet of available Sherlockiana in any medium in which it exists, here’s something you probably missed. Unless, of course, you’re old enough to remember a certain children’s show about a dog that had aspirations of being the star of stories from classic literature and saw this clip the first time around.

Yes, we’re talking about Wishbone. Yes, Wishbone did a Sherlock Holmes story. And yes, you can watch it below thanks to the magic of YouTube.

Amazing Internet Things: 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' as 2013 Summer Blockbuster

In many (most?) cases, the original version of something is usually the best one. Remakes and re-imaginings almost always leave fans of the original disappointed in some way.

So, generally, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Mel Brooks classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail definitely falls under that category. In fact, the film ought to be nigh on untouchable when it comes to internet remakes, right? It really doesn’t need too much in the way of improving (and most can agree with that statement whether or not Brooks’ humor is really their cup of tea or not).

But, of course the internet never respects that kind of thing, does it? Remixing is what the internet was made for. Especially when the end result is cool enough that you won’t even mind that someone messed with the original.

Amazing Internet Things: Malcolm Tucker is the Twelfth Doctor

Before he was cast to play the Twelfth Doctor on Doctor Who, actor Peter Capaldi was probably best known for his performance as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker on The Thick of It. The actor has obviously done a tremendous amount of other great work besides this on screens both large and small, but, well, Malcolm does tend to be one of the characters people remember. Which, probably has a lot to do with the swearing.

Given this fact, it seems natural that the internet’s first reaction upon the announcement of Capaldi’s casting as Twelve was to make a mash-up video combining both Doctor Who and The Thick of It into a forty second burst of awesomeness that you’ll sort of wish was actually real. In short, if you’ve ever wondered what Malcolm Tucker might be like as a Time Lord, well, this video is for you. (And the answer is, surprisingly the same.)

Two things you should know going in: 1.) This clip is hysterical, even if you’ve never seen The Thick of It and 2.) It is full of profanity, because that’s basically the secret language of Malcolm Tucker. Don’t watch this if you’re at work or if a lot of strong language bothers you or maybe even if there is anyone standing near you at home that might overhear.

This Fan-Made Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer is So Awesome You’ll Wish It Was Real

The big question on every Doctor Who fan’s mind – well, other than constant wondering about the identity of the person playing the Twelfth Doctor – is what the upcoming landmark special to mark the iconic series’ 50th anniversary will entail.

We know that former Who stars David Tennant and Billie Piper are both back for the anniversary installment, but beyond that plot details are sparse. And following the events of the Series 7 finale and the surprise introduction of John Hurt as, well, “the Doctor,” anything seems possible.

Subsequently, fans are desperate for any tidbits of anniversary information, so it’s not surprising that this particular trailer - purported to be a leaked first look at the highly anticipated installment - spread like wildfire around the internet, with many claiming that it was the real deal. Sadly, that's not the case. We’re going to have to keep waiting for any sort of real Doctor Who teaser, because this one (which you can see below) is a fake.

That said, while yes, this trailer is fan-made, it’s so well done you won’t mind.

Amazing Internet Things: Even P. Diddy Wants into Downton Abbey

Apparently, there really is no upper limit when it comes to Downton Abbey parodies. We’ve had clips featuring musicals, Sesame Street, One Direction, a Nintendo game and the zombie apocalypse, so it would stand to reason that this latest addition to the Downton Parody Pantheon isn’t even that that far outside of the realm of normal.

Except possibly when you consider the guy that made it. It turns out that P. Diddy (otherwise known as Puff Daddy and/or Sean Combs), the business mogul-rapper-actor-designer-whatever, is a fan of the show. Enough that he staged a (kind of really weird actually) Twitter hoax claiming he’d joined that cast, which turned out to be a promotion for his new clip the always hilarious site Funny or Die. In this particular spoof, Diddy proclaims himself the actual first black actor to be part of the show – rather than Death in Paradise star Gary Carr, who’s joining the cast for Series 4.

Anyway, P. Diddy sets out to prove this assertion by way of a spoof called Downton Diddy, in which he repeatedly calls it “Downtown Abbey” and has cleverly inserted himself into existing footage from the show by way of some sort of CGI-fueled wizardry. It’s pretty clever, even if some of the jokes are going to make you roll your eyes a bit.

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