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by: Joachim Jocson

Everything you need to know about The Doctor and his amazing travels through time and Space

So, what is Doctor Who? This is a science fiction drama coming to you from Great Britain. It tells of a story of an alien from outer space called “The Doctor” currently played by Matt Smith. You’re probably wondering…Doctor Who? The thing is he has no name, just know to many and to all of his fans all over the world (A.K.A. Whovians), as The Doctor. He comes from the planet Gallefrey which is the home of the Time Lords.

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The show debuted on November 23, 1963 and has been on the air for the last fifty years. The show was recently revamped back in 2005 in hopes that it would bring a much bigger audience. It certainly has done just that with the show making its way across the pond to a channel known as the SyFy channel. But not long after did another channel called BBC America took over the rights to broadcasts and promote the show. From there, a new generation of fans came to watch the show.

It has been part of Doctor Who tradition to see many elements that have become a part of the Doctor’s life. Those elements consist of aliens, companions, a sonic screwdriver and a little blue police box.

Aliens, not usually the bedtime story kind of aliens or the aliens you’ve seen in the movies. Seriously, don’t be so daft but different kind of aliens from the ones on Mars to the ones beyond our reach just waiting to make first contact with. Some of these species are good and some of them are pretty bad. Most popular of this recent revamp include the Daleks, Cybermen and the recently added Weeping Angels.

The companions mostly referred to as Doctors closest friends and allies. They help the Doctor in the direst of needs, and help him try to knock some sense in him once in a while. In the recent episodes, the Doctor teams up with Clara Oswald played by Jenna Louise Coleman who took over the role as the Doctor’s companion.

Now, you are probably asking what is a sonic screwdriver? The sonic screwdriver is the Doctor’s…well weapon of some sorts. It helps the Doctor get out of tight spots such as getting the lights on when needed, scan for any alien technology or even power up any electronic device. There are many uses for the sonic screwdriver, it’s just a matter of what you really need it for.

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Finally we come to the blue police box. This blue police box is known to the Doctor and many Whovians as the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space). This is the Doctor’s mode of transportation. I don’t want to give away all the good stuff about because I’d rather you say the most famous words about the TARDIS. Plus there is going to be an episode about it in a few weeks so stay tuned for that. More important fact about the TARDIS, is that it is a time machine that can take you to any point or any place in time and space.

So there’s your basic Doctor Who 101, any more questions you can consult me for advice or just call The Doctor. Doctor Who airs Saturday Nights at 8/7 central on BBC America.


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Doctor Who Holiday Special 2020 Trailer

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays. 

And that can only mean one thing — a special holiday episode of Doctor Who

BBC America announced the episode “Revolution of the Daleks” will air at 8 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.

The announcement was accompanied by a trailer that includes Chris Noth, John Barrowman, and Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord coming to you from behind a high-security alien prison.

Oh, there’s also flying Daleks. 

 

“We’ve crammed this year’s Doctor Who special with an explosion of extraordinary acting talent,” said showrunner Chris Chibnall in a statement. “Where else would you get British acting royalty, a globally renowned US screen star, an (inter)national treasure of stage and screen and one of Britain’s hottest young actors — just in the guest cast! Put those together with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole (and Daleks! Did I mention Daleks!) — and you get a cast to be exterminated for. And things will explode. Promise.”

So, mark your calendar’s and check out the trailer below:


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Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice (9X01)

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This episode takes place after the events of Last Christmas. Plus if you need a refresher on who the players are involved then I suggest you re-watch Death In Heaven (8X12) and The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End (4X12 & 13).

The episode begins on an extra-terrestrial battle ground where a boy is trapped by “hand mines”, creatures which are hands with eyes, and kill by dragging the victim underground. The Doctor arrives and tries to save the boy, but after the boy says that his name is Davros, the Doctor, shocked, abandons him.

On present day Earth, Clara was in the middle of teaching class when she notices a plane frozen in the sky. She is then summoned to the Tower of London by UNIT to help them contact the Doctor. UNIT reveal that every plane that is currently airborne has frozen and no-one knows why. While trying to work out who it is freezing the planes and what their motive is, UNIT receive a message on a channel specifically created by UNIT for the Doctor should he ever need to contact. The sender of this message is revealed to be Missy, who confirms that she was the one that froze the planes and she needs Clara’s help in finding the Doctor. Missy also reveals that the Doctor’s confession dial, or ‘Last Will and Testament’, has been presented to her, meaning that the Doctor believes he only has one more day to live.

Also looking for the Doctor is Colony Sarff, who has been appointed by an elderly, dying Davros. Clara and Missy track the Doctor down to Essex in the year 1138, where the Doctor has spent three weeks “partying” introducing a number of anachronistic items. The three’s reunion is quickly cut short as Sarff takes them to what appears to be a space station. The Doctor is taken to Davros, who tells the Doctor that he remembers what he did when he was a little boy and reveals that he intends to destroy everything the Doctor loves before finally killing him. In the meantime, Missy notices that the space station’s gravity does not feel artificial, as would be expected on a space station. She opens the air lock and steps out into what looks like space, before realising that they are actually standing on a planet. The planet becomes visible and, much to Missy’s horror, is revealed to be Skaro, the homeworld of the Daleks. The two are then captured by the Daleks who, while the Doctor watches, exterminate both Clara and Missy and destroy the TARDIS, which they had procured from Essex earlier, leaving the Doctor alone and powerless.

The Doctor returns to the hand mine field. Davros asks if the Doctor’s come to save him, but the Doctor, pointing a Dalek gun at Davros, says he’s going to save his friends, and shouts ‘exterminate!’.

Cut to black…TO BE CONTINUED!!!!

This episode marks the return of Davros, the creator of the Dalek’s. His last appearance was with the 10th Doctor in Season 4. This episode also marks the return of Kate Stewart head of UNIT after a short stint in last season’s finale. Also Missy returns after her demise in the season finale but this time helping the Doctor instead of harming him. What will become of the Doctor with everything now taken away from him? What has become of Missy and Clara?


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Doctor Who: 10 Years Since the Return

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It’s been 10 years to the day since the return of the Time Lord with the blue box time machine the TARDIS. So many fantastic memories that make us want to jump in and say Alons’y or Geronimo! I have my top 10 favorite episode of the last 10 years.

10. The Wedding of River Song: Starting off the list is the finale from season 6 where the time dimensions hold at a specific time. April 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM is the time of death of the Doctor…or is it?

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9. Rose: This is the episode that brought the show back. As a newly regenerated Doctor emerges from the Time War to help a new companion Rose Tyler stop the Auton’s from invading London.

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8. The Shakespeare Code: In season 3 following the events of a stolen hospital, the Doctor and a new companion Martha Jones take to the time of Shakespeare and uncover dark magic.

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7. The Eleventh Hour: Following the 2009 Christmas/New Year special a new face takes on the role of the Time Lord as Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor joins Amy Pond in a race to stop Prisoner Zero from invading Earth.

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6. The Power of Three: In season 7 the Doctor gets a first hand account of life on Earth for a long period of time when an invasion of cube like creatures make an impact on daily life.

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5. Journey’s End: The Season 4 finale brings all the Doctors’s companions since the 2005 return as the Dalek’s take 27 planets from around the universe including Earth.

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4. The Big Bang: The Season 5 finale takes us to a time where the stars go out and the Pandorica opens with the ultimate enemy of of the universe.

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3. The End of Time: The 2009 Christmas/New Years brought the end of David Tennant’s 10th Doctor as the Time Lord’s return and an enemy grows more insane taking over every human on Earth.

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2. The Day of the Doctor: The 50th Anniversary Special brings the Doctor’s together as the Zygons take offer the planet. But it comes during a time when even Gallifrey can’t hold on in the final days of the Time War.

1. World War Three: This was the first episode I got exposed to. In Season 1 the Slitheen have taken over London and plan to take over the Earth, but not without igniting World War Three.

You can grab your copies of the last 8 seasons or watch on Hulu and Netflix. Catch the return this fall on BBC America.

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