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‘Doctor Who’ Casting Announcement: And The 12th Doctor Is…

The new doctor is in.

Whovians around the world are basking in the announcement just made by the BBC: the Twelfth Doctor on the beloved sci-fi program Doctor Who will be played by Peter Capaldi.

IT’S OFFICIAL! Peter Capaldi IS the next Doctor! http://t.co/MkFjVldAjv #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/HC0Q9M3H9V

– Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) August 4, 2013

“Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege,” Capaldi said of his new role. “Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.” [via the BBC]

The Scottish actor’s lengthy resume includes films World War Z, the upcoming Maleficent, and TV programs The Vicar of Dibley, The Thick of It and Skins.

Doctor Who trivia: Capaldi appeared on the second episode of the fourth series of Doctor Who as Caecilius, opposite Tenth Doctor David Tennant.

The announcement comes some two months after Matt Smith confirmed he would be stepping down from the role of The Doctor he portrayed on the small screen for three series from 2010 to 2013. His final Doctor Who appearance will be on the 2013 Christmas Special, the same episode the 12th doctor will be introduced in. (aka. REGENERATION).

The eighth Doctor Who series is scheduled to begin production next month, and will air in 2014.

Bless you, Mr. Smith.

[Lead image courtesy of the BBC]

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25 Funniest Lines In Doctor Who

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A show more famed for making its viewers hide behind the sofa, it’s easy to forget that Doctor Who has provided us with some brilliantly witty and downright hilarious moments over the years. And sometimes, Doctor Who is as much about the scenes that make us chuckle as it is about any others; it’s been that way since Patrick Troughton put a cheeky spin on William Hartnell’s grandfather figure.

The Doctor’s not just a physical comedian though, and both he and his companions have given us some wonderfully funny one-liners since the show was revived eight years ago. Here are 25 of the funniest lines from the show in animated gif form; feel free to add your favourites in the comments!

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From ‘The Girl In The Fireplace’, Series 2

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From ‘The Doctor’s Wife, Series 6

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Doctor Who: 10 Awesome Villains To Revive For Peter Capaldi’s Doctor

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As it stands, we’re all still recovering from Peter Capaldi’s announcement as the Doctor yesterday. Granted, it wasn’t the most surprising reveal in the world – the bookies had stopped taking bets on him the day before – but still, there’s always a lot of drama and plenty of shockwaves whenever they announce a new Doctor. But the news agenda never stays still for long, and now we know who’s going to taking up residence in the world’s most famous blue box, we can start to speculate on ther things, like what Capaldi’s Doctor is going to be like and what he’s going to fight in his upcoming storylines.

Taking that second question to mind, I’ve decided to document villains from classic Doctor Who the Twelfth Doctor could go up against in his all-important debut season. Obviously, there’s some guesswork here, but in my experience while the reincarnated Doctor Who has created some pretty excellent monsters under its own steam – the Weeping Angels being the best example – it might be prudent to reinvent a villain from Who’s storied backcatalogue to accompany the debutant Doctor. Such a move would provide a safe pair of hands for a new Doctor to bed himself in with – Eccleston had the Daleks, Tennant the Cybermen and, well, I don’t quite know what Matt Smith had (Silurians, maybe?). So with that in mind, here are the classic villains I believe can be used to help see in the Capaldi era.

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Doctor Who: 10 Greatest David Tennant Stories

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David Tennant’s tenth Doctor charmed his way into the hearts of the nation with his youthful energetic portrayal of the ancient Time Lord. What with his imminent return to our screens – both large and small – we here at WhatCulture! feel that it’s time to celebrate his tenure by listing ten of his best stories before a brand new one is released.

David Tennant’s era was populated with grand, overblown finales, strange overarching plot threads and smaller episodes that gave the cast real chances to display their brilliant acting skills. Most of all however, it pushed the boundaries of what the word ‘epic’ could mean in the realms of a television show and introduced millions of viewers to the weird and wonderful world of Doctor Who.

So this hopefully extensive list looks to provide you with an overview of David Tennant at his best and get you as hyped as we are for the 50th Anniversary. Obviously, SPOILERS abound here, so unless you want to be spoiled for Doctor Who episodes released 4 years ago, at which point I’d suggest you drop what you’re doing and go and watch it, because seriously man, you’re missing out. Even if you don’t like the show, you’ll come away with a new appreciation for natty suits and Converse shoes.

Anyway, without further ado, Allons-y!

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Doctor Who: 10 Lessons Nu Who Can Learn From Classic Who

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As Doctor Who nears its landmark 50th anniversary, there is a huge amount of anticipation over what we’ll see on November 23rd and what the show will be like for the next half century. We’ve talked a lot about the show here on WhatCulture and I’ve done my part too. Over the last few weeks I’ve written my own thoughts on where things might go next, starting with the development of current companion Clara and then looking at the protagonists that we might like to see make a return…from both Nu Who and Classic Who.

This month, fellow writer Emma Yeo looked at the kind of lessons Doctor Who could learn from other shows. While it’s admirable to consider other great cult TV shows and what themes they could bring to Doctor Who, I think the show doesn’t even need to go that far to inspiration. Because quite simply, there were those 26 TV series (and one TV movie) that preceded the rebirth of Doctor Who in 2005.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the show as it currently stands…though the long wait between episodes is a little frustrating of late. Its current format is fresh for modern audiences and has no doubt contributed to the success it has had across the pond in the US. Thematically, the show has felt more ‘traditional’ since Moffat took the reigns but there’s still room for it to learn some lessons from the classic era. Eight years in, I think there’s certainly time for the show to shake itself up a bit.

So allow me to use my vast viewing experiences of Classic Who to show what Nu Who can learn from its predecessor.

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Doctor Who: eBook Review – “Tip Of The Tongue” – Patrick Ness

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and the BBC special that will probably spawn enough debate to get us through to Eleven’s final Christmas special, Puffin is releasing a series of eBook stories featuring each of the eleven Doctors so far. “Tip of the Tongue” chronicles an adventure of the Fifth Doctor, accompanied by the ever-helpful Nyssa. As described on Amazon.com,

“In 1945, a strange new craze for Truth Tellers is sweeping the kids of small-town America. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa soon arrive to investigate the phenomenon, only to discover that the actual truth behind the Truth Tellers is far more sinister than anyone could have imagined…”

As a convert to Doctor Who via the 2005 reboot and only just beginning to delve into Classic Who, I knew next to nothing about Five beyond the decorative vegetable that he wore in his lapel. So, in preparation for this review, I watched the Five serial entitled “The Visitation,” featuring companions Nyssa, Tegan, and Adric. The episodes gave me a clear enough impression of the Doctor under Peter Davison, but the trio of companions didn’t allow too great a focus on Nyssa for me to develop any particularly clear characterization. Hopefully, I’d thought, “Tip of the Tongue” would help with that.

The story features two original alien races, both of which are fairly simple. As the entire tale is more or less an allegory of the evils of xenophobia, the new races were very clearly constructed with moral extremes in mind. They are well enough detailed, however, that you may be more inclined to gag at one (as I nearly did) or laugh at the other (as I actually did) rather than roll your eyes at the morality lesson.

“Tip of the Tongue” is actually a very solid little tale. Novelist Patrick Ness adapts excellently to the restricted format of the short story, and the abruptness that has characterized certain aspects of others in the Puffin Who series is largely absent from Ness’s plot. Unfortunately, also largely absent from “Tip of the Tongue” are the Doctor and Nyssa. Despite the misleading description, Five and his companion appear more as secondary characters to teenagers Jonny and Nettie than as actual protagonists. The Doctor has some distinctive moments in which he is absolutely Five, but Nyssa could have been just about any other female character. As presented, her most significant traits appear to be compassion and the wearing of pants.

Despite the surprising lack of the Doctor in this Doctor Who short story, the two lead characters are well-established, and anyone who was ever a teenager with a crush on the wrong person at the wrong time will relate to at least one of the story’s original characters. Ness chose his time period well; although he presents yet another story based on Earth, the World War II setting is basically universally appealing. The era is present without overwhelming, and the running scandalized note of Nyssa’s lack of skirt is a light counter to the cultural implications of both Jonny’s and Nettie’s ostracisms.

If Five is your Doctor or if you’ve been missing Nyssa ever since she walked out of the TARDIS for the last time, “Tip of the Tongue” might not be for you. Still, it is a well-written short story, and Ness’s use of language and description are entertaining enough to a compensate for shortage of nominal lead characters.

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