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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Doctor Who: A Bigger Time-suck Than a Black Hole

In yesterday's Doctor Who post, I presented you with a watered-down synopsis of the television show's history. I also provided you with a must-watch list of the revived series episodes that I think will give you a richer understanding of the show, not to mention, get you caught up for the Saturday premiere of the 50th Anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor.".

Today, I want to direct you towards some fun and often quirky Doctor Who related things you can find on the World Wide Web. If you're already a Doctor Who Fan—I mean a PROPER Whovian—you probably already know about all of these. AND THEN SOME! But for the uninitiated, I present to you a list of some of my favorite places to get my Who on!




WHERE TO GET YOU WHO ON

Pinterest - 

Well, sure, you can get on Google or Bing but unless you know what you're looking for you're more likely to end up on a Wikipedia entry or yet another news article about the 50th Anniversary Special. Instead, I recommend heading over to Pinterest where a search for "Doctor Who" can turn up some interesting finds. This is especially true as you explore the plethora of boards created by Doctor Who fans. Here, you'll find links to fan art, parodies and memes, official BBC promotional materials, and cosplay photos—most of which you probably will not get unless you are a die-hard fan.

Here is my "Doctor Who" Pinterest Board. I'm still working on building it up.

Fair warning: Pinterest is addictive on its own. Be prepared. This can become a bigger time suck than a black hole.


YouTube - 

YouTube has a lot of cool videos, everything from fan-made parodies, vlogs, and episode reviews to official trailers and mini-episodes from the both the Doctor Who and the BBC's official YouTube pages. Here are some of my favorite.

Alisa Stern has a cute YouTube tribute series called Doctor Puppet. Basically, Doctor Who marionette style. The series has been featured on the Nerdist. In fact the Nerdist has some awesome YouTube videos embedded on their page.






One of my favorite Doctor Who webisodes is the two-part "Space/Time" which was part of the 2011 Red Nose special. Written by showrunner Steven Moffat and featuring eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and his then-companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams (played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill), the webisodes highlights Moffat's talent and penchant for writing very Wibbly-wobbly, Timey-wimey stories that turns our concepts about time and the paradoxes of time-travel upside down.









"The Day of the Doctor" won't be the first time the Doctor will interact with his past incarnations. Three previous classic series episodes saw the The Doctor team up his past selves to save the universe [1][2][3]. Multi-Doctor stories have appeared in spin-off media like novels, audio plays, and comic-books as well. The BBC's annual Children in Need special has also featured multiple Doctors.


The first time was in 1993 with "Dimensions in Time".


Then again in 2007 in "Time Crash"




This is the full length video for The Science of Doctor Who presented by Professor Brian Cox. One of the many specials that are part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, it blows my mind away how much I understood about physics after I watched the show.




And of course we can't forget about the "The Night of the Doctor" mini-episode that's been getting a lot of buzz right now.






The BBC

The BBC has lots of great Doctor Who content. Check out their website for original videos and images and to get updates on the show. They even have this handy-dandy "50th Anniversary Guide". Follow them on Twitter or like their Facebook Page.


Reddit -

Speaking of time-sucks, head over to Reddit.com and checkout the subreddit r/doctorwho. Here you'll find a lot more photos and fan-art and cosplay, stuff that you make never find elsewhere. The fun part about Reddit is that you may sometime find enlightening and often very funny conversations among users.

Don't know what Reddit is? Wellllll.....it's a bulletin board style forum where users can submit content and links on almost anything and other users can up or down vote those links. There a lot to Reddit and if you want to know more you should check them out. But be careful what you click on. A lot of things on there are strictly NSFW. Don't know what "NSFW" means? I suggest staying away from Reddit completely—you're not ready for what you might find and therapy is expensive.