The first pictures from the new Doctor Who episode are in, and in case those shots weren't enough to get you excited for the second installment of season seven, we've scoured the far reaches of the universe for themed gifts worthy of the Whovian in your life. Read on for inspiration for every age of Doctor Who fan, from the Doctor's take on Where's Waldo? to practical goods for the home.
The premiere episode of Doctor Who season seven debuted today to a sold-out theater at the British Film Institute in London. In attendance were the show's cast and executive producers — including Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Caroline Skinner, and Steven Moffat — to screen the season's first episode, "Asylum of the Daleks," to eager fans. In the dark as to what's ahead for the new season? Catch up on our Doctor Who Comic-Con coverage for what to expect of the coming episodes.
Of course, I'm jealous of those who saw the episode while the rest of us wait in limbo for word of the season's US premiere date, but there was a major gift bestowed on Whovians today that we can't overlook: the release of over a dozen new pictures from the yet-to-be-seen episodes! Click through for our favorite peeks at the season, the cast at the premiere, and (yes, really) dinosaurs on a spaceship.
Pictures courtesy of BBC America
A Time Lord never leaves the TARDIS without a sonic screwdriver in hand, and now Comic-Con attendees can get the first glimpse of a fully functional sonic screwdriver, harnessing the power of alien technology to the joy of human sci-fi fans on Earth. ThinkGeek, the go-to online shop for all things geek, partnered with The Wand Company to make a replica of the Eleventh Doctor's Mark VII Sonic Screwdriver that is actually a gesture-based universal remote.
The Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control uses infrared technology to work with TVs, iPod docks, and most home entertainment systems. Since it's clearly not your typical button-based remote, the Sonic Screwdriver recognizes 39 commands and works via a series of 13 wizard-like gestures including rotating, flicking, and tapping.
The remote isn't on sale until Aug. 31, but lucky fans at Comic-Con can get a first look at the Time Lord take on technology at BBC America booth #3629.
Fans at the weekend's Doctor Who Convention were the first to get a look at the trailer for series seven, and thankfully now we can all share in the sci-fi magic. Watch as The Doctor winds up in an American-style Western complete with a sheriff badge, a pistol-wielding Amy Pond, and yes, even a Stetson-clad Timelord. Watch a preview of what appears to be the most explosive Doctor Who episode yet below!
Citizens of Cardiff, Wales: be on the lookout for thousands of bowties this weekend, as cosplay Whovians descend on the city for the first ever Doctor Who Convention. For the sad fans that can't get to Cardiff, Wales this weekend, let's make a pact to dress up and put just as much effort into an Eleventh Doctor Series Five and Six viewing party. In? Celebrate everyone's favorite time traveling show with these tips for the best party this side of Gallifrey.
New to the Doctor Who world and a little confused about the blue police-box spaceship, enemies threatening to end time, and the alien that calls himself a Doctor though seems to have no academic qualifications? We've all been there. Call it the timey wimey Who initiation, call it bewildering, but now call yourself a master, thanks to this Doctor Who time line infographic. This graph provides an outline of all 11 Doctors, human companions, and fearsome villains since the show's beginning in 1963, and a couple of hours spent studying it will make you a Who expert before the special on Christmas Day.
Here's a snippet of the early Doctor's adventures, and be sure to click through for decades of Whovian details.
The traditional Doctor Who Christmas episode is set to air Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central on BBC America. As the episode's name — "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe" — suggests, it has a plot reminiscent of the C.S. Lewis novel, with the Doctor leading a family away from their normal lives and on a Winter adventure.
The BBC released a tense prequel to the special episode, showing a desperate Doctor calling on the help of an old friend. Check out the short below and let us know if you'll tune in on Christmas to watch the return of Doctor Who.
With an upcoming special on BBC America and book slated for a Fall debut, we caught up with Nerdist Chris Hardwick for more details on the TV show, viral video culture, and his nerdiest facts.
Taking the Nerdist blog and podcast format to television, Chris's half-hour BBC America comedy special called, Nerdist, naturally, will air on Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. Joining the show to talk all things nerd and pop culture will be infamous Doctor Who fan and talk show host Craig Ferguson and the not-so-secret special guest: the doctor himself, Matt Smith.
You may remember him as host of dating game shows Singled Out and the under-the-radar gem, Shipmates, but with his place as unofficial ambassador of current geek culture, we asked Chris for his expert take on all things nerd.
Follow the break for more of Chris's nerd picks and his choice for victor of the ultimate Star Trek battle.
Knowing fans on both sides of the pond are anxiously awaiting the continuation of the Doctor Who season, BBC America just released a mini prequel ahead of the midseason kickoff episode "Let's Kill Hitler." Spoilers ahead, for those who haven't caught up through the end of the first half of the season.
The show left us with the heart-wrenching disappearance of Amy and Rory's baby and a Doctor in turmoil. The prequel brings us back to this same point and suggests little has improved. What are your theories for the rest of the season?
The countdown is on for the return of the second half of the Doctor Who series. The new episode premieres Aug. 27 on BBC America; that's 15 days away, not like we're counting. Looking back at the Eleventh Doctor's escapades through space and time, there are some life lessons to take away from the zaniness and danger.
- Patience pays off — Though the Doctor told her he'd be right back, Amy waited 12 years for the Doctor to return, dealing with the skepticism of adults through her childhood. The Doctor's return results in Amy's ensuing adventures on the time-traveling TARDIS.
- Keep an open mind when faced with potential foes — We humans can be quick to dismiss people who aren't like us. In his encounters with the Silurians and the flesh people, the Doctor showed that these races feared by others had emotions, memories, and lives to be respected, just like humans.
- Always go "have a look" — Famous last words or the voice of an intrepid explorer? When the Doctor emerges from the TARDIS to have a look at a new foreign land, you know excitement is to follow.
- Accessorize with care — One statement piece is all you need to complete an ensemble. Two pieces tops, when adding a fez to an outfit already adorned with a bow tie.
What have you learned from the Doctor?