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Doctor Who What Now? All the "Doctor Who" News and Rumors of the Week

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | April 9, 2013 | Comments ()


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Want to make Titanic more interesting? I just realized last week that the two main characters are Jack and Rose. And recalled that in the first episode of Eccleston, the conspiracy theorist had a picture of the Doctor on the Titanic. That means that obviously the Doctor took Rose and Captain Jack to the sinking of the Titanic, and the door that Rose is floating on is the TARDIS sideways in the water. The entire movie is a Doctor Who episode retold from the point of view of someone who doesn't know something fantastic is going on. Fun fact: the Doctor wasn't there to save the Titanic, he was there to make sure that it took its cargo of Angels to the bottom of the Atlantic.

Anyway, there are a time vortex full of "Doctor Who" headlines buzzing around this morning, so let's get to it.

First, the actress who played the original companion on Doctor Who gave an interview and while pointing out bits and pieces of canon mythology that were made up on the spot by her and Hartnell, also goes on to say that the show ruined her career. Whatever Susan, now I don't feel bad that you got abandoned on that planet.

Next, it's being reported that Eccleston won't be in the 50th anniversary special. But then that rumor has fluctuated back and forth for the last six months, so I wouldn't put much stock in it.

News is that the BBC almost launched an animated companion series when the new version of the show started a few years ago. The concept art is here, though I warn you that it is almost painfully anime. I'm also not sure what timeline they're really talking about here, since they're using the newest logo, and there are a couple of Matt Smith sketches. Tennant as a cartoon character is delightful though.

Oh hey, the only thing better than showing a little leg, is if said leg has a sonic screwdriver tattoo:

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Want to see the opposite of fan service? Here's Karen Gillan in a fake (I'm assuming) ad for a line of makeup for Zombies: Z'Ombeal.

Eh, she's still an 8/10. Undead just makes it easier to be dead sexy.


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  • NateMan

    I demand more Donna!!! Bring her back, dammit! Let's see how she interacts with Smith, apart from laughing at how he's apparently regressed in age by a decade.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Hear hear! If they don't bring back Donna, I'm going to be bovvered.

  • BWeaves

    Actually, they've done some animation to replace bits of lost episodes. I watched one of the Patrick Troughton ones ( Doctor Who:The Invasion) where a couple of episodes in the story arc were missing, but they had the audio. So working from the scripts and known set designs, they just recreated the missing bits with anime in black and white. It was rather good. Not great from an animation perspective, but serviceable. And since I actually remember watching the original episode back in 1968, I thought they got it right, too.

  • Tinkerville

    That's really fascinating! I'm not sure if those are available on Netflix or not, but I'm off to track them down now.

  • BWeaves

    Doctor Who:The Invasion is available on Netflix. That's where I found it. You'll have to read the descriptions of others to see if they have the animated bits or not.

  • BWeaves

    I hate to rag on Susan, but if Carole Ann Ford had been a better actress, it wouldn't have killed her career. Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee had no problems finding more work. I do believe that she would have been more interesting as an Avengers (Diana Rigg 2.0) type character, but instead they just made her the one that got lost and twisted her ankle and had to be saved. I think it could be fun to resurrect Susan as a different actress, and have her travel with the Doctor again for a while. Surely she's regenerated by now.

  • JenVegas

    Stop trying to make me like Titanic.

  • You couldn't wear normal length shorts with that tattoo. It's either daisy dukes or bermudas and no compromise, otherwise there's just this mystery, odd flaccid phallic tattoo portion sticking out the side of your shorts - the sort everyone wonders about but is either afraid to see more of or eager to see more of and then sort of just disappointed. I love the concept, but in practice, I am deeply bothered.

    I'd just stare, guessing, probably at the opposite end of the aisle in Wal-Mart or something. Telescope? Steampunk automaton penis? Stylized wooden leg? Robot wooden leg? Telescopic wooden Steampunk robot penis leg?

    If I talked to the girl, I'd probably find a kindred spirit, but I wouldn't. I'd avoid eye contact and shuffle away silently, thinking she was one of those oddly specific kinds of psychos from an extremely obscure Tumblr fan community.

  • NateMan

    Telescopic wooden Steampunk robot penis leg
    I think you just picked the name of the next "great" Japanese rock band.

  • bleujayone

    Oh sure, that sonic screwdriver tattoo might seem kinda cool right now, but just add a couple of pregnancies, a sunburn or two, some Ben & Jerry's and about six decades of living and she'll be the only person in the old folks home with a sonic jackhammer tattoo on her thigh. It should clash very nicely with the sad fire-pigeon on her lower back guarding her Depends waistband.

  • Stina

    I hate every time this argument against tattoos is brought up. I think most people out there at this point knows that tattoos fade, skin sags and sometimes stuff we think is amazing right now ends up being dated. We get it. (Unless we're talking stupid 17 year olds, but they won't listen to you anyway.)

    That doesn't mean we shouldn't choose to decorate our bodies as we wish. Sure, we might end up regretting it in 60 years, but the same goes for the amount of crappy beer someone's swilling right now, or the doctor check-ups people skip because they don't feel like going. It's a waste of your life to spend it calculating how your actions now will affect you that far down the road. Who knows, you might not even make it that long!

  • NateMan

    Question: "How do you think that tattoo is going to look in 60 years?"
    Best Response: "How do you think ALL OF YOU is going to look in 60 years?! A faded tattoo is going to be the least of your problems."

    Besides which I'd be 93. Holy CRAP. I intend on dying long before that.

  • Tinkerville

    Christopher Eccleston has said in interviews that he didn't much enjoy his time on the show, so I wouldn't be surprised if he's not coming back. I am glad that they're bringing back Jemma Redgrave as the Brigadier's daughter along with John Hurt. My main question is how they're going to fit everyone in. Should be interesting to say the least.

  • kimk

    I've heard that elsewhere and it always makes me a little sad, b/c (even though it is a bit of heresy around these parts) he is my favorite of the new Doctors.

  • NateMan

    Not my favorite, but I think I liked him better than Smith. His Doctor was a much harder person in a sense, and I liked that about him.

  • Tinkerville

    Let your Eccleston freak flag fly! Ain't no shame in that. He wasn't my favorite, but he was (hee) fantastic during the time he was on it.

  • DataAngel

    You can sit next to me and we'll say all sorts of nice things about Nine/Eccleston.

  • Robert

    I'd say the concept art isn't anime enough. The body shapes are right but the eyes are dead and lifeless. They needed to raise the kawaii filter to super and team up with San Rio for a toy and accessory line.

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