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‘Doctor Who’: Steven Moffat Stepping Down; Season 10 Will Air In 2017
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SDCC 2012: Doctor Who panel: Stephen Moffat

Three BIG pieces of big Doctor Who news have come out of the BBC in the past 24 hours. First, showrunner Steven Moffat will be stepping down after finishing Season 10. Second, we also won’t be seeing that season for quite a while: the only new Doctor Who to be broadcast in 2016 will be the Christmas Special with Season 10 to follow in Spring of 2017. Finally, Broadchurch creator and showrunner Chris Chibnall will take over for Moffat in 2018.

What does this mean for Doctor Who? Plenty, I am sure! Love him or hate him, Moffat’s contributions to the series are significant and impossible to ignore. With written contributions going back as far as Season 1, he’s written for all of the modern Doctors. As producer, he’s cast two of them: Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. He’s made the show plenty of new fans, and (unfortunately) made many fans into critics of how he runs the series. Read more about this and Chris Chibnall below.

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Trailer For ‘Sherlock’ Victorian-Era Special Released
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Sherlock Special

A trailer has been released for the one-off Sherlock special, and fans of the BBC series are understandably ecstatic. A clip from the special was shown back in July during San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

The special is just like any episode of the series…only set in Victorian-era London in the 19th century to give it that classic Sherlock Holmes feel. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson.

You can watch the trailer for the special below.

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Retro Movie Review: Dr. Who & The Daleks
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Dr. Who & The Daleks title

With Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi set to return to television screens for Season 9 of the revived series, it seems like a good time to go back in time about 50 years and revisit some lesser known aspects of the series’ beginning. Though Doctor Who began with a historical serial now commonly known as “An Unearthly Child,” it rocketed into the national consciousness with its second serial, now called “The Daleks.” In a show much known for its monsters, the Daleks were the originals. They put the show into a format that we recognize today. They also caused a craze in Great Britain that came to be known as Dalekmania and brought the series audience figures of over 9 million viewers a week. It has only periodically equaled those numbers in the 50 years since.

The story of the Daleks was told in three different ways, with two different Doctors. First, there is the teleplay by Terry Nation. Being part of a weekly adventure series, it tells the story of how the Doctor, his granddaughter Susan, and her schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright arrive on the radioactive world of Skaro and meet the Daleks. The Daleks are mutated survivors of an atomic war who hate any creatures who are not like themselves. This is original version and, excepting certain accommodations for budget and pacing for a half hour television serial, it is the best. It is also canonical.

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SDCC 2015: ‘Doctor Who’ Series 9 Trailer Released; Premiere Date Announced
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Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who Series 9

During its panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, a trailer was shared for series 9 of the megahit BBC show Doctor Who. In addition to the trailer, a premiere date for the season was also revealed, leaving many fans very happy today.

Series 9 sees the return of The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), along with some other familiar faces showing up, and it will premiere on September 19th. Click on over to the other side now to watch the trailer for the new series.

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First Official Look At The Upcoming ‘Sherlock’ Special
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Sherlock BBC 221 Back banner

This time last year, BBC One announced the renewal of their popular television series Sherlock for a fourth season, along with a 2015 Christmas Special to precede it.

Now, the network has released the first official photo from the upcoming Sherlock special, which shows Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes with Martin Freeman as his crime-solving partner Dr. John Watson.

Check it out here below!

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
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Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 reviewDoctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Written by Cavan Scott
Art by Blair Shedd
Covers by Alice X. Zhang and Blair Shedd
Titan Comics
Publication Date: April 1, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Being a Whovian that is also the co-host of Geeks Of Doom’s TARDISblend podcast, I’m a little picky and particular about my Doctor Who stuff. But I can say, without a doubt, that Titan Comics’ opening salvo for their Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor comic book series is a good shot.

First up, you have the Christopher Eccleston Doctor, in all his grumpy glory, with his adorable companion Rose Tyler who is still softening up his hardened Time War scars.

However, what makes this book special is Captain Jack.

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‘Doctor Who’ LEGO Set Coming In 2015
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Doctor Who LEGO Set Artwork by Andrew Clark

Doctor Who and LEGO, together forever! When you think of the crossover appeal, it seems like a no-brainer. Children have probably been putting down LEGO blocks to turn on the television and watch Doctor Who for decades now. Yet there never was an official set that let kids assemble the Doctor, the companions, the TARDIS, and the monsters to play with in the LEGO make believe worlds.

Until now, that is. LEGO announced this week that Doctor Who will be subject of their next LEGO Ideas set. The idea for the set was submitted by Who fan Andrew Clark, an artist at a game design company by day and devoted LEGObuilder at night. Final design, pricing, and availability of the set is yet to be announced.

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‘Doctor Who’ To Stay On Netflix; Most BBC Series Will Remain
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Doctor Who logo and TARDIS from the Netflix web site

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Netflix users who are also fans of BBC shows. Word leaked out a little over a week ago that the contract between Netflix and the BBC to carry popular shows like Doctor Who, Luther, Black Adder, Sherlock, and Red Dwarf was up for renewal on February 1, 2015, but the two sides had not yet reached a deal! If the two sides did not come to terms, then Netflix would no longer carry BBC content after the end of this month. More than one article appeared on web sites warning everyone to “get that last bit of binge watching in now!”

The issue is now settled, with most BBC content, including Doctor Who, remaining on Netflix, according to THR.

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Deal: Up to 69% Off Select BBC Series: ‘Merlin’, ‘In The Flesh’ & more!
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Merlin The Complete Series DVD box set

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is a sale of Up to 69% Off Select BBC Series on DVD or Blu-ray like Merlin, The Thick of It, In The Flesh, Paradise, and more.

– Merlin: The Complete Series DVD – $74.99 (from $129.98)
– Merlin: The Complete Series Blu-ray – $99.99 (from $129.98)
– The Thick of It: Seasons 1-4 DVD – $24.99 (from $79.98)
– In The Flesh: Season 1 DVD – $7.99 (from $19.98)
– In The Flesh: Season 2 DVD – $16.99 (from $29.98)

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Robot Orchestra Performs ‘Doctor Who’ Theme (Video)
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Robot Orchestra Performs Doctor Who Theme Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2014 BBC Four

For this year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast on BBC Four, Professor Danielle George used simple motors to construct a robot orchestra that then performed the theme song to Doctor Who.

Watch the robot orchestra, comprised of 15 robotic musicians from across Europe, along with human musicians, perform the Doctor Who theme for the 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

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