Book Review: Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds

Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds
Hardcover | Kindle
by Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker
Harper Design | Dey Street Books | HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Attics can be wonderful, beautiful things. Sometimes they are repositories of worthless junk, but more often they have such wonderful stories to tell. They are full of boxes. Some contain toys from childhood. Others hold certificates, pictures, and correspondence. Still others contain mementos and heirlooms of events both obscure and infamous. There are such stories to be learned, if one can only gain entry and do some research.

That is how it could be for Doctor Who. With 52 years now passed since the show began production, what stories can its artifacts and ephemera tell us? We know the exoteric truths of the show’s production from its primary artifacts — the episodes produced by and shown on the BBC. Surely, there must be more than that. What were the stories, the images, the ideas that never made it onto those tapes? What did time or budget make impossible? What was merely deemed to be poor creative choice?

These are the motivating themes of a new book, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds by Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker. It proposes to take us into the Doctor Who production design department to show how the core ideas of the series transformed from imagination to television drama for over 50 years. In this, it succeeds more than it fails and provides the reader with some rich visual insight into the history of Doctor Who.

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TV Review: Doctor Who 8.2 “Into The Dalek”

Doctor Who
Season 8, Episode 2 “Into The Dalek”
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Written by Phil Ford, Steven Moffat
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9pm

Here we go again, indeed. This week on Doctor Who, we engage in a revisit of a foundational myth. Some critics have said that the show is at its greatest when it is willing to retcon its very beginnings. Here we see the attempt, yet again. William Hartnell’s second serial was called “The Daleks” and completed the definition of the four key elements of the show: the Doctor, the TARDIS, the companions, and the monsters. The Daleks are the first true monsters of the series and we learned what Doctor Who was about in 1963. Now, Phil Ford and Steven Moffat attempt to let a single Dalek show us what the series and a new actor playing the Doctor are about in 2014.

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Geek Gear: ‘Doctor Who’ TARDIS and Dalek Shirts
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Today, TeeFury is doing one of their special “Twofury” deals with two shirts for $11 each, both of which are inspired by the Doctor Who: “KNOCK KNOCK!”¦ Who’s There?,” a mash-up with H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine by Daniel Castelló Muñiz (at left) and “Shadow of the Dalek” by Fuacka (at right).

The sale began at Teefury today, Thursday, October 10, 2013, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

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Because, Awesome: ‘Doctor Who’ 12-Minute Anime

Doctor Who is all the rage these days, but how awesome would it be if someone were to create an anime based on the ever-popular British science fiction television series?

Well, thankfully, someone did!

Circa 2011, animator Paul Johnson aka Alponk45, using voice recordings from the classic era episodes, developed this fantastic 12-minute short — true to both Doctor Who and anime form — featuring Jon Pertwee’s third Doctor, Daleks, the menacing Cybermen, the Master, and…oh, I could keep going. Check it out for yourself here below!

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Rumor Alert: The Daleks Return To ‘Doctor Who’; Which Ones? ALL OF THEM!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a pure Dalek episode of Doctor Who, the previous being Victory Of The Daleks from Series 5 in 2010. As hinted in the recent teaser trailer for Series 7, the Daleks are coming back, and this time (according to rumor) they’re kicking off the season with episode one.

But the last time the Daleks had their own episode, a new archetype was revealed – a new design that wasn’t universally welcomed by fans – some scoffing at them as iDaleks or Power Ranger Daleks. Personally, I didn’t mind the new versions, but that’s hardly the point here.

So the question is, which Daleks will be in this upcoming episode?

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