Doctor Who

Watch All Five Installments of Doctor Who’s “Pond Life” Web Series

Leading up to the Series 7 premiere of Doctor Who tomorrow night, the BBC has been running a daily webisode series this week featuring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill called Pond Life that documents the lives of the Doctor, Amy and Rory during a gap in which they aren’t all in the TARDIS together. (Translation: It's a tiny little prequel to Series 7.)

Per the official Doctor Who blog, Pond Life is the new mini-adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces. It picks up the story of the Ponds and follows their lives, culminating in a cliff-hanger that leads us into Asylum of the Daleks. The clips are all pretty brief – each clocks in somewhere around a minute in length, but despite that, they’re still really awesome. I’m not usually a fan of webisodes or web series like this, but I have to give the Who team credit, these actually really work.

Click through to take a look at Pond Life in its entirety for yourself and let’s talk about it!

Doctor Who Series 7 Premiere Announced - Celebrate with Two New Trailers & Other Whovian Goodies!

We’re ever so close to the premiere of Doctor Who Series 7 – it was officially announced this morning that the sci-fi hit will return September 1 on both the BBC and BBC America. (Huzzah for same day and date broadcasting!)

Consequently, lots has been happening in the world of Who the past week or so, including the arrival of two brand new trailers, a screening of Series 7 premiere Asylum of the Daleks in London, the release of a bunch of new promotional images and the announcement of the first five episode titles.

Click through for a roundup of all the latest in Whovian goodness – and get started on those countdown calendars now!

Amazing Internet Things: Doctor Who Meets The Hunger Games

The Doctor Who fandom is no stranger to fan-made YouTube videos – there are recaps and trailers and odes to favorite characters and romantic pairings, set to virtually every kind of sappy pop song in existence. Yet, still, despite the veritable flood of all manner of Whovian videos online, there still manage to be a few that are just the tiniest bit more awesome than the rest.

This particular Amazing Internet Thing imagines Doctor Who done in the style of popular teen series The Hunger Games, featuring several different Doctors as well as some other familiar faces about to face off in the in the Capitol for a fight to the death.

The clip is wonderfully put together; in fact, it’s so well done you could easily see this as the trailer for an actual episode. And in fact, other than the majority of the characters having to kill each other problem – which surely Steven Moffat could figure out a way to get around – it would probably be the best premise ever for the 50th anniversary. So click through and take a look for yourself!

The Countdown to Series 7 is On – New Doctor Who Trailer and Promotional Art!

The first trailer for the upcoming seventh series of Doctor Who hit the internet this morning and in a word, it's awesome. The show’s producers really weren’t kidding apparently, when they said this season would have a “blockbuster” feel – this clip could probably compete with most movie ads.

The first proper footage from Series 7 – outside of the clips they screened for fans at Comic Con - is quite impressive, including everything from Daleks to dinosaurs to Weeping Angels to River Song to Detective Inspector Lestrade from Sherlock (sort of). No official date has been announced for Doctor Who’s return as yet, though most people online are speculating that the premiere will happen in late August. (Since BBC America has been screening Who the same day-and-date as BBC One, it’s likely this will hold true in the States, as well.)

Click through for a look at the new Doctor Who trailer for yourselves, as well as the first bit of (really amazing) Series 7 promotional art.

Doctor Who at Comic Con 2012: Whovian Adventures in San Diego

I had the best time at Comic Con – largely because it was so awesome to be surrounded by so many devoted fans of shows like Doctor Who and other things that are awesome. I spend the most time at the Con doing Whovian-related things, so that’s the first story I’ll tell you guys – but keep an eye out for an early review of CBS’ Elementary, my favorite outfits I saw at SDCC, and some general flailing about getting to see a bit of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. (Spoiler: Incredible).

To the surprise of no one, I imagine, Doctor Who is one of the most popular series at Comic Con, year in and year out – whether it’s an official panel, a screening or just fans dressing up as their favorite characters, you’ll see the Doctor everywhere in San Diego. This year was no exception, with several exciting events taking place over the course of the long weekend. I went to two separate Who panels featuring various cast and production team members, saw countless Elevens on the exhibit floor, and even ran into a Dalek or two. It was awesome.

Click through for a recap of all the exciting Whovian activities at SDCC, including video clips and highlights from both cast panels. (Seriously, can we have Series 7 now?)

First Look at Doctor’s Matt Smith and New Companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

The BBC has released the first official photos of Doctor Who star Matt Smith on location with brand new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman. Now we can actually get a look at Smith and Coleman together – if not strictly in action –and, I have to admit, this did sort of stoke my excitement for the series’ return. Shooting is well under way on the Doctor’s latest adventure and the second read-through featuring Coleman’s character took place this week at the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios, according to the network.

Doctor Who Series 7 is set to premiere this Fall, with Coleman taking over as the new companion in the TARDIS starting from the Christmas special. It’s been previously revealed that current companions Amy and Rory Pond (played by the fabulous Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) will be departing the show during a “heartbreaking” storyline in the season’s fifth episode. For me, the jury’s out on Coleman until we see some actual footage. She looks adorable, but I can’t get anything about her character from a couple of pictures (other than the fact that I seriously covet that red bag she’s sporting). She looks awfully young, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, nor is it even particularly new ground for this show as far as casting goes. We’ll all have to wait and see.

One snap judgment I do have to share though: I love Eleven's new outfit! Click through and take a look for yourself!

Five Reasons You Should Watch Doctor Who Tonight

There’s a little science fiction program premiering tonight on WETA UK that some of you might have heard of at some point or other. It’s a show about an alien, some humans, a blue police box and their adventures through time and space called Doctor Who. It’s the best show in the world, in my obviously not at all biased opinion, and I desperately want each and every one of you to give it a try.

Doctor Who’s set to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. It’s basically a national treasure in Britain. Half the country’s grown up watching it. And right now, tonight, is the absolute perfect time for you to jump into this show if you’ve never seen it. WETA UK begins Doctor Who with the first episode of what is *technically* Series 28 (I think?), but that doesn’t matter, because this is also the episode that marks the series’ return after a 16 year hiatus. Referred to by fans as the “reboot,” the series was reinvented and restarted for a new audience in 2005 with the introduction of the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston. Its initial episode, Rose, basically serves as a second pilot of sorts and explains all the history you’ll need to know to feel completely up to speed on the show’s premise and the Doctor’s backstory.

I promise this system works. Nine is “my” Doctor – fan code for the particular incarnation of the character that gets you hooked on Who – so I didn’t go back and start watching earlier installments (like those featuring Tom Baker, William Hartnell and Peter Davison’s Doctors) until well after I was already a die-hard Whovian. This is a perfect entry point to the series and to the “Whoniverse” as a whole.

But why should you bother? Well, I thought you’d never ask. Doctor Who is not only my favorite television series – of any type, genre or era – it’s a wonderful example of how television can remain smart and interesting and brave and relevant over an extended time frame, without condescending to its audience. It is, quite simply, one of the best television series ever made, and certainly one of the best things airing on any network right now. Great writing, fun adventures, scary monsters and characters that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. TV doesn’t really get a lot better than this.

Click through for some specifics about why, if you’re a person that loves quality television programming, you should give the WETA UK premiere of Doctor Who a chance tonight. And I promise I won’t even say I told you so afterward.

Coming Soon to WETA UK: Doctor Who

Continuing along with our series of little mini-introductions to some of the great programming you can expect to see on WETA UK, let’s talk about my all-time personal favorite television series of anything that has ever aired, ever. Which we are airing. Which I plan to campaign extensively to convince you all to try. (Fair warning. Just so you know.)

It’s a little science fiction program you might have heard of at some point or other. It's a show about an alien, some humans, a blue police box and their adventures in time and space called Doctor Who.

Click through for a brief (I promise) intro and a fantastic fan-made trailer that will help give those of you who’ve never seen this show a better idea of what it’s about.

Amazing Internet Things: Doctor Who Visualized as an RPG

This is one of those Amazing Internet Things that is so fantastic, you’ll actually be sad that it’s not real.

In this fabulous video, Doctor Who is done up as a 16-bit Super Nintendo-style RPG, complete with fishfingers and custard, time travel shenanigans, Weeping Angels, leveling up, and so many wonderful in-jokes that you probably will want to watch the entire last two seasons over again as soon as you can. (I felt like that. It’s totally normal.)

A Quick Warning: This video thoroughly spoils the plot for Seasons 5 and 6 of Doctor Who (a.k.a. the Matt Smith Years So Far). If you’re still catching up, bookmark this for later, mostly because it’s really ever so much funnier if you’ve seen all of the episodes this video covers. So, with that said, click through and have a look for yourself!

First Teaser Trailer for Doctor Who Series 7 Arrives!

The very first official Doctor Who Convention took place over the weekend in Cardiff. Though I personally was engaged in some fairly active wailing and gnashing of teeth over the fact that I wasn’t there to be part of what I assume to be the most awesome event ever, something good did come out of it those of us who couldn’t take part.

As a special sneak peek for fans attending the convention, the first trailer for Series 7 was premiered – and it’s now online! In case you were curious, it also looks awesome (and is so much longer than I expected!). There’s lots of footage from the upcoming Wild West episode, some creepy new monsters, Amy wielding a gun, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of Sherlock’s Rupert Graves, who is guest starring this season.

Click through to see the brand new teaser for yourself and take a look at the first official photo of new Companion Jenna-Louise Coleman while you’re at it!

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