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There has been an awakening, Doctor. Have you felt it?
One skilled YouTuber has mashed “Doctor Who” footage up to the music and style of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer. Starring Christopher Eccelston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, the “Star Wars”-flavored fan trailer captures the magic and adventure of “Doctor Who’s” return to the small screen, complete with high-flying space adventures, personal tragedy and an army of Daleks hidden in Dark Space.
Rejoice, Whovians — Penguin/Random House is releasing a “Doctor Who” coloring book for adults. Finally, you can make the Tardis whatever color you want it to be.
Featuring quotes and designs from the hit BBC series, the “Doctor Who” coloring book clocks in at 96 pages. Check out a preview for the book, which goes on sale Feb. 23 for $9.29 USD, below:
How’s that go again, “A long timey-wimey ago, in a galaxy far, far away”?
You’ll understand our confusion when you see this custom lightsaber that merges the elegant weapon of a Jedi Knight with the favored tool of the Doctor.
U.K. company Rawlins Paints & Coatings has released “An Illustrated Guide to Iconic Fictional Locations,” showcasing memorable settings ranging from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and Stark Tower to the Simpsons’ home and Walt and Jesse’s RV from Breaking Bad.
Hot Topic is teaming up with the BBC for a limited-edition line of “Doctor Who”-inspired fashion, which includes dresses adapted from the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors’ costumes, a knit cardigan sporting Weeping Angels, a sweater inspired by the Fourth Doctor’s scarf, and tons of TARDIS apparel.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the nine-piece collection hits stores on Friday, exclusively at Hot Topic’s website. Prices for the clothing range from $48 to $90 USD, with plus sizes included. Check out some of the “Doctor Who” garb Hot Topic has to offer below:
The TARDIS has materialized in a lot of places across time and space, but it’s safe to say this is the first anyone’s seen the Doctor’s preferred mode of travel, constructed entirely of LEGO, pop up in Sydney, Australia.
Following Monday’s “Landing Soon” teaser, LEGO and the BBC have teamed to officially reveal the LEGO Doctor Who playset in a clever segment from the Gallifrey Shopping Network.
We now know set, based on a design by brick enthusiast Andrew Clark and submitted to LEGO Ideas, includes four minifigures — the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel — plus two Daleks and assorted accessories, such as a Sonic Screwdriver and the Eleventh Doctor’s fez.
It’s a pretty safe bet that this LEGO set is bigger on the inside. The Danish toymaker has unveiled the first official images of its eagerly awaited Doctor Who playset, accompanied by the text “Landing soon.”
Originally designed by brick enthusiast Andrew Clark and submitted to the LEGO Ideas website, the playset was greenlit for production in February. It’s the first Who-themed LEGO release.
As we begin the countdown to New York Comic Con, Funko has unveiled its first wave of event-exclusive merchandise, including a Batman: Arkham Asylum (Detective Mode) 6-inch Dorbz, a Walking Dead bloody Daryl Dixon Vinyl Idolz, and a Tenth Doctor Pop! figure in a spacesuit.
They’re joined by the likes of the Star Wars Platinum Greedo Hikari figure, the classic Battlestar Galactica Commander Cylon Pop! figure, the Bravest Warriors Catbug Orange Glow Pop! figure, and the Futurama Alternate Universe Fry and Leela Pop! two-pack.
Some questions have plagued humanity for millennia: Why are we here? Is there intelligent life on other planets? Who would finish the New York City Marathon faster, Green Goblin atop his Goblin Glider or Batman in the Batmobile? Now handy infographic holds the answer to one of those. (I’ll let you guess which one.)
Now that the New Horizons mission has provided NASA with the most detailed images yet of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, it’s time for scientists to put names to the previously unknown surface features. And things have gotten pretty nerdy.
Maps the New Horizons team will submit to the International Astronomical Union for approval include nods to mythology, naturally. But there are also shout-outs to Star Trek, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Firefly, Alien and H.P. Lovecraft.
Peter Capaldi provides the voice of the Twelfth Doctor in a new trailer for the upcoming LEGO Dimensions video game. The Doctor Who expansion pack will team the time traveling hero — every incarnation ever! — with Batman, Wyldstyle and Gandalf as the team race to save the universe, LEGO War Doctor, Cybermen and Daleks be damned!
Titan Comics has released a lineup of Doctor Who exclusives for Comic-Con International that includes a new short story, variant covers, and a pair of collectible figures.
The Doctor Who Titans figurines will likely be too difficult for fans of David Tennant to pass up: a 3-inch Tenth Doctor from the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor,” wearing the Eleventh Doctor’s signature fez, and a 4.5-inch Tenth Doctor in a tuxedo.
The results are in from the latest LEGO Ideas Review, and depending on your perspective, it’s something of a good news, bad news situation.
Two of the sets up for review will indeed move into official production: “Doctor Who and Companions” and “WALL-E.” While LEGO has produced multiple Disney and Pixar-themed sets, this will be the first Doctor Who-themed LEGO release. (Who building sets have been released in recent years as part of the United Kingdom-based Character Building line.) Official details — final design, pricing and release date — are yet to come.
The Doctor Who set was submitted by gaming artist Andy Clark; WALL-E hails from Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator and director who worked on the 2008 film.
You can do things in comics you can’t do in any other medium, and U.K. cartoonist Dan McDaid has taken advantage of that in his work on Time Lords, superheroes, gods, monsters and apes — and he’s done it all without sacrificing his style. In fact, it’s only invigorated him further.
McDaid is currently illustrating BOOM! Studios’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, taking a novel look at that world while retaining the auteur vibe that made the original movie work. Combining a diverse array of influences, Jack Kirby to John Romita Jr. and Frank Miller to Mike Zeck — even drawing in names like Nic Roeg and Sam Peckinpah — McDaid seems to showcase a different facet of his abilities in each project he tackles.
I became aware of McDaid during his run on Jersey Gods at Image Comics, but it’s Catalyst Comix that made me reconsider my assessment of his work. Since then, with Vandroid and issues of Mind the Gap and Sex, he’s risen in my mind to become a dynamic illustrator whose talent seems to be building to some unknown future project that will make him a marquee name in comics. Will it be Dawn of the Planet of Apes? Will it be the creator-owned book he’s working on? Or perhaps something else?