10 Things Wrong With The Doctor Who Universe We All Choose To Ignore

Far away in a distant part of the universe, there existed a species of aliens known as Time Lords, creatures that could manipulate the time-space continuum to travel backward and forward to any point in time and space. From this massively powerful species emerged a single Time Lord, who took it upon him/herself to travel all over the universe (making a surprising number of pit stops in 21st century suburban Britain) in his/her time machine called the TARDIS.

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Across his/her countless travels over a very, very long time span, this Time Lord came to be known simply as the Doctor. Thus was born the saga of Doctor Who, Britain’s most beloved sci-fi series with millions of fans around the world. But as adored as the series is, it doesn’t stop us from questioning these 10 disturbing facts about its narrative.

10 The Doctor Keeps Kidnapping Companions

The Doctor is a very mysterious being, which is, of course, part of his/her appeal. But, it does make you wonder why the multiple companions they’ve had over the years are so willing to be kidnapped? Think about it. The Doctor almost never reveals his/her true nature to his/her companions until they are actually inside the TARDIS and teleporting to a distant location.

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It is usually at this point that a normal human would panic to be trapped with a stranger in an unknown vehicle being carried to who knows where against their will. Yet, the companions never seem to pause to consider that they have just been the victims of a kidnapping.

9 The TARDIS Is A Victim Too

The Doctor is all about freedom and liberty for all creatures. Which is ironic, considering he/she’s been using a living, thinking creature as his/her personal bachelor pad/battle tank/mode of transport this whole time. That’s right, the TARDIS is part of a sentient species created by the Time Lords to do their bidding from the moment of their births.

That means the Doctor has been regularly using a creature that has known nothing but subjugation and captivity throughout the thousands of years that it’s been alive and under his/her command.

8 He/She Touches Lives, And Not Always In A Good Way

The first episode of Doctor Who under Steven Moffat showed us a little girl called Amy Pond, who met the Doctor once and then spent the rest of her life awaiting his return while being forced to question her sanity. That’s what meeting the Doctor does to a regular human. It shows them a glimpse of a world they cannot comprehend and leaves them wondering if they’re going insane.

Now, imagine the countless Average Joe side characters that the Doctor has met over the years. What kind of disturbing thoughts must be going through their heads after being introduced to the wider universe thanks to the Doctor, and will they ever be able to go back to their normal lives again?

7 He/She Has The Powers Of A God, But The Temper Of A Person

The Doctor is, to all intents and purposes, an actual god. He/she has created and destroyed entire realities, manipulated time and space endlessly, lived to see the end of the universe and annihilated entire armies and alien species. You would expect a godlike being such as this to also have the wisdom to match.

Unfortunately, the Doctor is all too human, even when exercising his/her immense power. He/she frequently plays judge, jury, and executioner and inflicts the most horrific, eternal punishments for crimes that, while terrible, probably don’t deserve unending torture for the rest of time. No more horrifying example of this behavior is needed than the ending of the episode “Family of Blood.”

6 Humanity Has No Control Over Its Destiny

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We human beings pride ourselves on being a strong, independent species that went from being cave-dwellers to a space-faring race. Yet, in the world of Doctor Who, the humans have a long history of being controlled, manipulated and regularly mind wiped by other, superior species.

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The Silence were a particularly nefarious example of an alien race controlling the course of humanity. But the Doctor has also been frequently responsible for being the puppet master standing behind the curtain, manipulating the path humanity takes and keeping them in ignorance of the larger universe and the alien species who regularly visit their planet.

5 The Doctor Has Many Contradicting Backstories

Doctor Who has been on the air for a very long time. We get that it can be difficult to keep all the parts of such a massive storyline straight at all times. But you’d think the writers would at least want to keep the Doctor’s backstory nailed down and kept the same over the years.

Unfortunately, the Doctor’s backstory seems as unreliable as that of the Joker from The Dark Knight. The Doctor once claimed to have a human mother, hence his fondness for Earth. Later, he was confirmed to be fully a Time Lord. There was also an episode where Lord Morbius looked into the past of the Fourth Doctor and saw many past regenerations that have since been completely ignored by later seasons.

4 The Doctor Doesn’t Follow His/Her Own Rules

For a show about time travel, Doctor Who sure likes to play fast and loose with the rules behind interfering with timelines. There have been countless instances where the Doctor has insisted that he must not interfere with a particular past or future event, only to later go right ahead and interfere anyway. And he’s been doing this for a very long time.

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This usually happens when one of the Doctor’s companion’s lives is at stake. Which makes us wonder how flexible the rules of time travel are for the Doctor to be constantly breaking them without blowing up the whole space-time continuum by this point. Which brings us to our next point…

3 No Real Consequences

Deaths are not always permanent in Doctor Who. Past tragedies are regularly corrected by the Doctor. So are future ones. Also, the ones that the Doctor insists must happen to preserve the space-time continuum. There are few problems, past, present or death-related, that the Doctor cannot fix with his time machine and sonic screwdriver.

Which makes it really hard to believe anything ultimately matters. Once you see the Doctor pulling the fix-everything-ever trick in multiple episodes, it can be hard to take any future threats the series raises seriously.

2 The Doctor Is Often Petty And Manipulative

The character of the Doctor has frequently been called into question by his/her friends, enemies and even those who have only heard of him/her. That is because the Doctor, despite being the ‘hero’ of the story, often does not act like one. He/she has wiped the memories of friends, led invasions against his/her own planet, and repeatedly manipulated those around him/her to achieve the end goal.

When such bullying tactics work, the Doctor is hailed for being a hero and saving the day. At other times, things go horribly wrong, people die (a lot of them), and the Doctor is left to live with the guilt.

1 The Doctor Is A Warrior, Not A Healer

For a show about a Doctor, there is actually very little healing going on in the episodes. Now, we get that the show is an adventure drama and not a medical drama, but it’s hard to forget that considering the amount of advanced, otherworldly tech the Doctor has at his disposal (not to mention an actual time machine), he could cure every ill person who ever lived, anywhere in the universe.

But the Doctor prefers to roam around the universe instead, observing alien species like a scientist and stepping in to help prevent catastrophes where possible. A noble task, yes, but it is an undeniable fact that the titular character of the show could save many more lives if they acted like a real doctor instead of a glorified police officer.

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2019-07-14 03:07:53

Neeraj Chand

The 10 Worst Doctor Who Episodes Ever According To IMDb

There are now eleven new seasons and five new doctors since the reboot of Doctor Who in 2005. Each doctor has had their fair share of ups and downs both on the show and in the ratings. While most of the seasons tend to average about 8 out of 10 stars as rated by IMDb users, every season had at least one episode that dipped down below 7 stars. Great television is in the eye of the viewers, and, for every episode, several thousand viewers have turned out to tell us their opinions. These are the ten those voters liked least.

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10 The Curse of the Black Spot — 6.8/10

This piratical episode from season 6 finds the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) onboard a 17th-century ship. He, Amy, and Rory meet a crew who are being picked off by a ghostly Siren apparition. The men have no way to fight. Worse, they are taunted by a black spot that appears on their hand before she kills them.

Viewers went into the episode expecting a claustrophobic psychological thriller, but that’s not that this episode tried to be. It, like many pirate stories, was just a bit campy. If that’s not your thing, the fact that the black spot is a common myth that’s been told a thousand times will make the episode feel even worse.

9 Love & Monsters — 6.2/10

“Love & Monsters” is one of David Tennant’s early episodes as the Tenth Doctor. In it, an early encounter with the Doctor leads regular guy Elton Pope to create a group known as L.I.N.D.A. to study him. It’s all innocent fun until the mysterious Victor Kennedy joins their group. Suddenly, his friends begin to disappear, and they need the Doctor to save them again.

Reviewers mostly fall into two camps; “Love & Monsters” is either an absolute gem or the worst episode in Doctor Who history. Some people love the humor, while others love the melancholy. Some people love that it tries something new for the Doctor, and some people think the Doctor isn’t present.

8 In the Forest of the Night — 6.1/10

On a seemingly normal day, while the twelfth doctor (Peter Capaldi) was in London, every town in every country in the entire world woke up to find that a forest had taken back over the planet overnight. The Doctor, Clara, and Danny have to keep a group of schoolchildren safe while also solving the problem of all the trees. 

People generally agree that the setting is beautiful and just a bit haunting—the Nelson Column rises out of the forest like a human relic in a post-apocalyptic world. However, people who disliked it say the episode didn’t have a solid story, the characters didn’t do anything useful or found ending a bit trite.

7 Fear Her — 6.1/10

It’s the 2012 Olympics in London. The Doctor and Rose are there to see it, but get distracted by a scary phenomenon—children are disappearing right before their very eyes. In their quest to find out what’s happening they find a little girl who is able to trap people in her drawings, with a bit of alien help, of course. 

People who hate “Fear Her” see it as mainly a filler episode. The alien story wasn’t that compelling, the acting wasn’t that amazing, and the whole thing was either predictable or obvious from the trailer. Even Doctor Who can’t please everyone.

6 Sleep No More — 6.0/10

For the first—and probably only—time Doctor Who tried its hand at the ‘found footage’ storytelling method. We stumble across Clara and the Doctor wandering the halls of a ship under attack and quickly learn that the Sandmen are responsible. The crew has designed sleep pods where they can get a month’s worth of sleep out of the way quickly, and these seem to be the source of the Sandmen’s ire.

Like “Love & Monsters,” viewers were not appreciative of the show trying something new. The episode begins with the warning, “Do not watch this,” and the reviewers that hated it would encourage you to take that warning seriously.

5 Resolution — 6.0/10

Each holiday special is highly anticipated, and the Thirteenth Doctor’s first holiday special was no different. After watching fireworks across several time periods, the fam is called back to Earth in 2019 to figure out what mysterious and ancient threat has been unearthed and revived. When they realize that it’s a resurrected scout Dalek, they hurry to defeat it before it can call a fleet shouting “Terminate!” to Earth.

The Daleks were a nice callback to decades of Whovian history that delighted most fans. Raters generally agreed that this episode wasn’t the best of the holiday specials, but it was satisfying enough. From here on in our list, the worst-rated episodes all star the Thirteenth Doctor. The Doctor regenerating as a woman was widely derided by fans, so it’s worth considering that those opinions may color the low ratings for the next four episodes. 

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4 The Witchfinders — 5.9/10

The Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions head to 17th century Lancashire, where they become embroiled in a witch trial at Bilehurst Cragg. They quickly realize something more sinister is at work though and seek to solve it in order to save the women who are being condemned as witches by the dozen. Of course, aliens are a big part of the problem. 

This is one of several episodes in season 11 that IMDb raters cite as the reason why they’re giving up on Doctor Who. Most of the low star reviews cite lesser writing and that the show has become too overtly about social justice. This episode, in particular, is criticized for ignoring the chief Gallifreyan law of time travel—non-interference in a cultural issue.

3 The Battle of Ranksor Av Kolos — 5.5/10

After the TARDIS picks up distress calls, the Doctor and fam go to the planet Ranskor Av Kolos. There they find a powerful psychic race, the Ux, who have been tricked by Tzim-Sha into building him a weapon powerful enough to shrink Earth so he can get revenge for his previous defeat there. He has already shrunk several other planets, so, even after defeating him, the Doctor must return them back to their rightful size and place with the TARDIS. 

While people applauded the show’s return to “pure” science-fiction with this episode, many complained that it was a bit anti-climactic for a season finale. 

2 Arachnids in the UK — 5.2/10

One of the early episodes for the Eleventh Doctor tells an earth-bound tale of spiders made giant by pollution. The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan find themselves in Sheffield trying to find the source of the giant spiders who are killing people, and it leads them to a greedy hotel developer who just wants a quick buck.

After the triumph of “Rosa” the week before, some reviewers thought “Arachnids in the UK” was a big letdown. It involved neither space travel, nor time travel, nor aliens. For people who come for the science fiction, animals-made-bad-by-radioactivity is a little too old hat for an episode that aired in 2018.

1 The Tsuranga Conundrum — 5.1/10

The Doctor and company are trapped onboard a medical ship in a far-flung galaxy, injured and without the TARDIS. An alien entity attacks, and they must quickly defend the ship before it’s completely eaten and they all die.

Nearly 5,000 viewers have rated “The Tsuranga Conundrum” as the worst Doctor Who episode to date. While there are some viewers who, by episode five of the new season, remain upset about a female doctor, the majority of complaints about this episode are about the writing. There’s too much exposition, character development feels shoehorned, etc. We’ll see how season 12 fares.

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2019-07-13 03:07:23

Valorie Clark

Avengers: Endgame Directors Want to See Doctor Doom, Kraven Join MCU

Disney’s acquisition of Fox has sparked a slew of exciting ideas for the Russo Brothers, including bringing Doctor Doom and Kraven into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Mouse House first expressed interest in buying Fox back in 2017, and officially closed the deal in March of this year. Now, Disney has access to a variety of Fox and 21st Century Fox properties, but none more important than the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises.

The merging of Fox and Disney brought about plenty of positive and negative arguments from cinema fans the world over. Many saw the deal as an exciting opportunity for Fox’s superhero franchises to be rebooted under the Marvel Studios name, while others saw the merger as having lasting, damaging effects on the industry. One thing’s for certain, Disney now has the chance to bring the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe together, and Joe and Anthony Russo want in on it.

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The Russo Brothers have been making the rounds promoting their upcoming superhero extravaganza, Avengers: Endgame, but that’s not to say they haven’t been thinking about possible future endeavors. In an interview with Syfy Wire, the brothers shared which Marvel villains they’d love to see appear in upcoming projects, namely Doctor Doom and Kraven the Hunter. Joe Russo stated that he’d love to see Kraven because, “that Spider-Man, Kraven arc would be pretty amazing to see,” adding in his love for Doctor Doom by saying how much he loves the, “Shakespearean mythology behind him as a character.” Not only that, but the brothers shared how if they were to make another independent character story, they’d love to make a film around Wolverine or the Fantastic Four, jokingly adding in, “we could die working at Marvel.”

The Russo Brothers have been a studio and fan favorite of Marvel Studios for years. They previously directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and last year’s epic Avengers: Infinity War for the massive studio, and show no signs of slowing down. Though the duo hasn’t officially announced any more upcoming projects, a Secret Wars movie has been in talks with Avengers: Endgame writers Stephen McFeely and Christoper Markus, who would love for the brothers to direct the film.

Joe and Anthony Russo’s enthusiasm for Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s superhero properties could bode well for both the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. Reboots have become an exhaustive habit with major Hollywood studios, but this is a rare opportunity for a clean slate that’ll redeem both franchises and bring them into the Cinematic Universe that they belong to. A shift this massive does spark a lot of debate as to how exactly they’ll be remade, though. This conversation has been especially prevalent with Fox’s upcoming X-Men release, Dark Phoenix. The film is being released at a less-than-opportune time, with the future of the franchise being stuck in cinematic limbo. Perhaps Disney will pick up where Fox left off with the franchises. If not, then here’s hoping Dark Phoenix goes down in a fiery blaze of glory.

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Source: Syfy Wire

2019-04-20 12:04:33

Hannah Hoolihan

Doctor Strange Suggests Doctor Doom’s Mentor Already Changed The MCU Timeline

Doctor Strange secretly introduced the sorcerer who trained Doctor Doom – and subtly hinted that he may have rewritten the MCU’s timeline once before. There’s a sense in which Doctor Strange was one of the most important films in the MCU; it added a whole new aspect to the MCU: magic.

The star was Dr. Stephen Strange, who traveled to the secret temple of Kamar-Taj, where he was trained by the Ancient One and became a member of the Masters of the Mystic Arts. Blessed with a photographic memory, Strange proved a natural at sorcery, surprising his mentors. His curiosity also saw him find his way to some of the forbidden tomes of Kamar-Taj, most notably the Book of Cagliostro, which taught him the secrets of the Time Stone. In the real world, Count Alessandro Cagliostro was an 18th-century occultist who was known for psychic healing, alchemy, and scrying. In Marvel Comics, though, he was actually a powerful sorcerer who became interested in time travel after he encountered a couple of visitors from the future.

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One of these was Doctor Doom, who had sought out Cagliostro as a mentor to help him learn sorcery. Just like the Ancient One in Doctor Strange, Cagliostro learned the secret of immortality – although in the comics it involved imbibing vampire blood rather than drawing on the power of the Dark Dimension. Again, like the movie, the comic book version of Cagliostro ultimately jotted down everything he had learned in a sacred tome, the Book of Cagliostro. It contained all of Cagliostro’s own studies, some notes from a sinister book called the Darkhold, and even records from another time traveling sorcerer who had crossed Cagliostro’s path. All in all, the MCU version of Cagliostro sounds very similar indeed to his comic book counterpart, right down to having the same preoccupation with time.

But there’s one crucial difference. In Doctor Strange, the Eye of Agamotto is actually the Time Stone, and parts of the Book of Cagliostro are basically an instruction manual. When Strange attempted to practice the lessons contained within the Book of Cagliostro, he was interrupted by a horrified Mordo and Wong. They told him that temporal manipulations “can create branches in time. Unstable dimensional openings. Spatial paradoxes. Time loops!” As they explained, in the Book of Cagliostro the warnings come after the spells. Strange wasn’t manipulating the space-time continuum – he was in danger of breaking it.

This, naturally, raises one interesting question: If Cagliostro learned – or more likely discovered – how to use the Time Stone, how did he find out how catastrophic the consequences could be? The only possible answer is that he learned through trial and error. Given the Masters of the Mystic Arts are sworn to protect the Time Stone, it’s possible the MCU Cagliostro was a former Sorcerer Supreme, but wished to explore the Eye of Agamotto’s abilities. Alternatively, as the Ancient One has been said to be 700 years old, he could have been one of her students who succeeded in stealing the Eye. Whatever the truth, in the MCU Cagliostro must have somehow acquired the Time Stone, and experimented with its power. He must have tried out at least most of the spells Doctor Strange was looking at, and experienced most of the consequences as well. It’s reasonable to assume that Cagliostro actually did break the space-time continuum; perhaps time healed, or perhaps the Time Stone itself was used to repair the damage.

Whatever the case, the presence of the Book of Cagliostro – with its warnings noted after the spells – adds a fascinating extra dimension to the history of the MCU. It suggests that a powerful sorcerer once used an Infinity Stone liberally on Earth, experimenting with it in dangerous ways, and may have unwittingly changed the course of history as a result.

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2019-04-17 05:04:48

Thomas Bacon

Robert Downey Jr’s Doctor Dolittle Movie Undergoing Major Reshoots

Robert Downey Jr.’s Doctor Doolittle movie is facing a major overhaul, as the film underwent extensive reshoots. After three pushes of the release date, Universal is making sure the film lives up to its hype, and added additional shooting dates in hopes the doctor truly can cure all.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle follows unconventional physician Dr. John Dolittle, who discovers he can speak with animals. Based on a series of children’s books penned by Hugh Lofting, the character of Doctor Doolittle became an iconic name, with portrayals in film adaptations by actors Rex Harrison, Tim Curry and Eddie Murphy – who’s been declared the most popular Doolittle. Downey takes on the most recent version of the physician in Universal’s star-studded live-action film. The film boasts an astounding number of A-list talent for live-action and voiceover roles including, Rami Malek, Emma Thompson, Michael Sheen, Selena Gomez, Octavia Spencer, Antonio Banderas, John Cena, Marion Cotillard, and Tom Holland. The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle was penned and directed by Stephen Gaghan, whose previous works include Traffic, Havoc, and Syriana – films in a genre far from the family fun of a Doctor Dolittle story. Now, the audience is discovering why the titular doctor’s waiting room time has been so long.

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According to Collider, when top producers Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Susan Downey viewed an early cut of the film, they found issues with the visual effects and comedic delivery. They decided a renovation needed to happen. Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie) was brought on board to salvage the film with writing new material and overseeing the reshoots. McKay proved a decent fit with the flavor of the film, with his experience and irreverent comedy kinship with Downey. Unavailable for the additional 21 shooting days, McKay recommended Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) to take the reins on set. Gaghan stayed on as the sole director of the film, and heeded the CGI pearls of wisdom of the filmmakers brought on board. Hopefully, the film will now look and feel right for its fans.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has been a huge undertaking since the beginning. The film is budgeted at $175 million – not including marketing and distribution costs. Originally, the film had a release date of May 2019 which changed to April 2019. Universal stated the film was being pushed back, yet again, to 2020 to avoid box office competition in April – which was likely to include Avengers: Endgame. Stalling the film’s release also allowed for the recent major reshoots. Doctor Dolittle isn’t the only film experiencing major changes. As of this writing, Disney’s Jungle Cruise and Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home are expected to undergo reshoots soon.

Most audience members aren’t aware of what goes on behind the scenes of filmmaking. However, when fans hear of a film undergoing major reshoots, they wait with bated breath at the film’s release to see if it was worth the extra time and effort. Hearing a film has gone back to the drawing board may cause more criticism and nitpicking of the film’s final project. However, the 2020 release date allows for fans of The Avengers and Star Wars to have a breather from blockbusters before checking in with the doctor. With the strong creative team and undeniable star power of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the film will no doubt reinvent the journey of Doctor Dolittle, and his conversations with his furry friends.

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Source: Collider

2019-04-16 07:04:07

Bethany Guerrero

Avengers Endgame Theory: Doctor Strange Is In Complete Control

Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) may be in complete control of Avengers: Endgame. The eventual Sorcerer Supreme only made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut a few years ago in Doctor Strange, but he’s quickly become one of the most important and powerful heroes around. Thanks to the Infinity Stone he wears around his neck though, he also was an early target of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

Strange made it clear that his goal was to protect the Time Stone at all costs, which is why him handing it over to Thanos in the finale came as a surprise. But, this only happened after he went forward in time and saw all 14 million possibilities of the Avengers’ fight against Thanos, and this is the only way they won – even though it meant half of the universe’s population evaporating. This includes Strange, so he’ll not be around for the start of Avengers: Endgame, but he’s still the one controlling the outcome.

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In the newest Screen Rant video, we take a look at a theory that Strange’s prior actions have resulted in him being the true hero of Avengers: Endgame. He would only give up the stone and let himself be turned to dust if he knew that it meant a larger victory for the entire galaxy. Check out the video featured at the top of this post for a full breakdown of the theory.

Since Strange did see so many different outcomes, his control over Avengers: Endgame mostly comes from the actions he did before. He specifically allowed all of the events on Titan to play out the way it did, going as far as agreeing to Star-Lord’s plan, knowing that he would then gloat before hand, find out about Gamora, and then set Thanos free. Additionally, he only offered up the stone to Thanos when he was seconds away from killing Tony Stark, so he must know that Tony being alive is key to the ultimate victory. With all of this knowledge and specific choices on when to act, Strange is masterminding the future without even needing to be there.

The good news for Strange is that this future that he saw is all but guaranteed to bring him and every other snap victim back to life. Now that the wizard has been fully integrated into the MCU, he’ll undoubtedly take on an even larger role in the future – especially if some key original Avengers say goodbye to the franchise before Avengers: Endgame wraps up. There’s already reports that Doctor Strange 2 is gearing up as well, so Strange’s future looks bright, once his plan ends in victory.

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2019-04-14 08:04:15

Cooper Hood

Doctor Strange Tied Best Into The Marvel Netflix Shows

Doctor Strange is the one Marvel movie to explicitly tie in to the Marvel Netflix shows. When Marvel Television launched their first MCU TV series back in 2013, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the promise was that everything would be connected. The films and TV shows would be set in the same universe, and would exert a real influence upon one another.

Unfortunately, things have played out rather differently. A high profile corporate restructure in 2015 saw Marvel Studios pulled out of the wider Marvel Entertainment group, and established as a separate Disney subsidiary. From that point on, the movies have essentially blazed their own trail, and the Marvel TV series have increasingly felt separate from the rest of the MCU. That’s especially the case with Marvel’s popular Netflix shows, which have a vastly different tone and style to any other part of the shared universe.

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There is, however, one subtle connection between Marvel Netflix and 2016’s Doctor Strange: Metro-General Hospital. This was introduced in the Marvel Netflix shows as the workplace of Claire Temple, a nurse who stumbled upon a wounded Matt Murdock and surreptitiously treated him for his injuries in Daredevil season 1. Claire became a recurring character in Marvel’s Netflix shows, and as a result Metro-General was visited by a range of vigilantes, including Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones; it was even subject to an attack by the Hand in Daredevil season 2.

But Metro-General isn’t just associated with these street-level heroes; it was also the old workplace of famed neurosurgeon Stephen Strange. It actually appears in the beginning of Doctor Strange. Metro-General was revisited later on when a wounded Strange teleported back to the hospital in the hopes his old flame Christine Palmer, a nurse who still worked there, would treat injuries he’d sustained during a magical battle. Metro-General is therefore the only location to be introduced in Marvel Netflix and then used in a Marvel film, making it a key piece of connective tissue between the different sides of the MCU. This link is all the more amusing given Doctor Strange was one of the more standalone movies, with few explicit ties to the rest of the films.

Appropriately enough, there are also strong links between the characters of Claire Temple and Christine Palmer. In the comics, Christine had never been associated with Doctor Strange at all; she was one of the stars of Night Nurse, a short-lived feminist comic from the late ’70s that starred three heroic nurses. Marvel Comics has never forgotten Night Nurse, and in the 2000s one of these women was brought back as a nurse who treated vigilantes. That particular character served as inspiration for Marvel Netflix’s Claire. Christine may not have adopted a similar role in Doctor Strange, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has suggested that could happen in the future. It would be appropriate if two nurses from Metro-General wound up supporting superheroes.

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2019-04-06 03:04:36

Thomas Bacon

Doctor Who Season 12 Starts Production With New Cast Photo

The twelfth season of Doctor Who is now officially in production. Season 11 of Doctor Who concluded at the beginning of the month with the show’s first New Year’s special, replacing the usual Doctor Who Christmas Special. The BBC series has been around since the 1960s, but the current Doctor is being played by actress Jodie Whittaker.

When Whittaker was first cast as the Doctor, there was a lot of backlash from fans for a variety of reasons. While the show did originally receive a lot of hate, Whittaker’s debut beat Christopher Eccleston’s record for being the most watched modern-debut, but still managed to divide fans this season. Season 11 introduced a lot of storylines that radically changed the series, such as rewriting the Time Lords’ backstory, revealing new information on the Doctor’s past and family, and even introduced Time Lord religion. Despite some not liking the new direction of the show, it looks like production has officially begun for Doctor Who season 12.

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Posting on Twitter, Doctor Who on BBC America announced that Doctor Who was back in production and even shared an image of the main cast members for season 12. The image below shows Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Whittaker, and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair) on what appears to be a filming location for the next season. The full Twitter post can be seen below.

Since production just began, there isn’t a whole lot of information about the next season of Doctor Who. As of right now, it’s been confirmed that Whittaker is returning to Doctor Who for season 12, but the series won’t return until sometime in 2020. It was once rumored that showrunner Chris Chibnall was exiting the series, but he seems to be involved with season 12 in some capacity, and even teased that the next season might have even more classic Doctor Who villains.

Given that the ratings for season 11 of Doctor Who were the highest the series has seen since 2010, it’s likely this season will continue in the new direction season 11 seemed to be taking. The liberties the series has taken this past season seem to intrigue viewers to say the least, but it’s still a mystery whether Doctor Who will continue to divide its fan base. Regardless, most people will be relieved that production on Doctor Who season 12 has started, so that BBC can keep its 2020 release date.

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2019-01-23 06:01:05

10 Things Only Real Doctor Who Fans Know About The TARDIS

Nothing says Doctor Who quite like the TARDIS. This iconic time machine is such an integral part in the series, it’s the only one featured in the opening theme! Even the Doctor isn’t seen in the beginning credits in his (and now her) own show! That’s how important this machine is.

The fact is, the Doctor wouldn’t be the Doctor without that blue police box. The TARDIS is the Doctor’s constant companion, his trusty sidekick, the one who’s always there to take care of him and to get him where he wants to go. It’s high time the TARDIS gets her dues. Show that beautiful box some love and check out these 10 things only real Doctor Who fans know about the TARDIS.

10. There’s More Than One TARDIS

As it turns out, the TARDIS isn’t the one and only. There are loads of TARDISes out there, as we see in the episode titled “The Name of the Doctor.” The Doctor is shown stealing his TARDIS, which appears as a silver cylinder, not unlike one of those stainless steel trash cans sitting in a row of other TARDISes.

The SIDRAT, or the Space and Interdimensional Robot All-Purpose Transporter, was an earlier version of the TARDIS, and it was also bigger on the inside. But, alas, even with a catchy name like SIDRAT, this predecessor of the Doctor’s time machine simply couldn’t compete with the TARDIS.

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9. It’s Designed To Have Six Pilots

Most of the time, the Doctor flies the TARDIS all by himself. If he’s lucky, he’ll have a few companions to help him out. But, as it happens, the TARDIS is actually supposed to be piloted by six Time Lords. Six! Holy TARDIS of Gallifrey, that’s a lot of people (or aliens).

Of course, it’s no surprise that it takes so many Time Lords to fly one of these things. Just look at how big the console is! All those buttons, all those levers, all those dials! There’s so much high tech-ness with just one guy to keep track, the fact that the Doctor can fly solo is mighty impressive.

8. It’s A Sentient Being

The Doctor’s TARDIS is special. Most Time Lords don’t bond with their time machines to the extent that the Doctor has with his. In the episode “The Doctor’s Wife,” an asteroid called The House traps the Doctor and places the matrix of the TARDIS in a woman, who calls herself Idris.

Idris reveals to the Doctor that even though she doesn’t always take him where he wants to go, she always takes him where he needs to go. The TARDIS is more than a “Time and Relative Dimension in Space” machine; it’s a sentient being that thinks and feels and, above all else, protects the Doctor — a lot like Baby does for Sam and Dean in Supernatural.

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7. The TARDIS Is Picky About The Doctor’s Companions

The TARDIS loves the Doctor, but the TARDIS doesn’t always love the Doctor’s companions. Now, the TARDIS doesn’t really object to any of the Doctor’s companions until Clara Oswin Oswald comes along. Then, for whatever reason, the Doctor’s beloved spaceship takes on a whole new personality, making Clara concerned.

It could be that the TARDIS disliked competing with Clara for the Doctor’s attention. Or, more likely, it could be because the TARDIS is highly sensitive to temporal anomalies. As the “impossible girl,” born to save the Doctor at various points throughout his timeline, it’s no wonder the TARDIS picked up on some red flags when it came to Clara.

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6. The TARDIS Is An Asteroid

Well, okay, you caught us. That’s not quite right. The Doctor’s TARDIS isn’t an asteroid, it’s a time machine and a spaceship. But the TARDIS is so iconic that in 1984, when American astronomer Brian Skiff discovered a new Alauda asteroid at the Anderson Mesa unit of Lowell Observatory in Arizona, it was named after that beautiful blue police box.

Everyone, say hello to 3325 TARDIS, which is up there in the sky, somewhere… We’re sure it’s there, but we still don’t even know where the Big Dipper is, so when it comes to finding it with your telescope, it looks like you’re on your own. In any case, the Doctor would be so proud!

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5. It’s Bigger On The Inside — A LOT Bigger

We all know the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. Heck, that one-liner has been said so often, you don’t even have to watch Doctor Who to know it! But just how much “bigger on the inside” is the TARDIS?

We don’t know the exact square footage of the Doctor’s spaceship, but we do know it’s got plenty of space —and presumably time. There’s a library, an art gallery, a wardrobe, an observatory… The TARDIS also has a room where the Doctor stores keepsakes from his past companions, and another one called the Zero Room, which is a healing chamber that assists the Doctor during regeneration.

4. The TARDIS Isn’t The Doctor’s Only Form Of Transportation

Obviously, the TARDIS is the Doctor’s main method of transport. Whether he’s hopping from one planet to the next, fighting off the baddies, or he’s trekking to the past and back to the future, the TARDIS is his favorite way of getting around, but it’s not the only way.

We’ve seen the Doctor ride mopeds, horses, and even a dinosaur, but for a while back in season seven of the original Who, the Doctor was spending some time in exile here on earth. It’s there that he worked closely with UNIT. During that time, the Doctor relied on an adorable little yellow car named Bessie to get from point A to point B.

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3. The TARDIS Is Broken, That’s Why It’s A Police Box

Originally, the writers of Doctor Who thought it would be fun if the TARDIS changed its appearance in every episode to blend in with its surroundings. But, when they discovered this idea proved to be too much for their budget, they decided to keep the TARDIS permanently stuck as a police box, and explained that the spaceship’s chameleon circuit was broken.

“It’s not that we can’t afford to change the TARDIS’s appearance, it’s that the chameleon circuit broke!” Man, when it comes to getting themselves out of a jam, the Doctor Who writers are more than up to the task.

2. There’s A Reason The TARDIS Makes *That Sound*

What exactly is *that sound* you ask? Well, if you’re a bonafide Whovian, then chances are you can hear it in your head right now! But to anyone who doesn’t know the sound of the Doctor’s TARDIS materializing and/or dematerializing, it sounds like someone scraping piano strings with a key. Funnily enough, that’s exactly how *that sound* is made.

Of course, according to River Song, the TARDIS isn’t actually supposed to make that high-pitched screeching sound. The reason it does is because the Doctor doesn’t fly it correctly. Turns out, he leaves the brakes on. That’s probably not too good for the TARDIS’s brake pads, eh Doctor?

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1. The Doctor And The TARDIS Are Connected

The Doctor has had dozens of companions over the centuries, but no companion has been more constant than the TARDIS. The bond that these two have is unshakeable. They look out for each other and they take care of each other. They’re more than good buddies or travel partners — they’re connected.

As Idris reveals in “The Doctor’s Wife,” the fact that the Doctor chose her was no coincidence. In fact, it was actually the other way around. The TARDIS chose the Doctor. She wanted the Doctor to steal her away from Gallifrey, and after spending so much time with each other, the TARDIS has developed a psychic link with the Doctor.

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2019-01-12 01:01:13

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who Just Removed A Major Classic Series Element

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who with UNIT

The Doctor Who New Year Special has just wiped out a major element of the classic series – U.N.I.T., the Unified Intelligence Taskforce. Chris Chibnall’s Doctor Who has had an interesting relationship to previous seasons of the BBC’s flagship science-fiction series. On the one hand, the show has been careful to make every episode stand on its own two feet, so viewers need precious little prior exposure to Doctor Who – or its complex continuity – to make sense of it all. On the other, though, there have been a number of subtle references to remind viewers that this is the same series that starred the likes of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, or Peter Capaldi.

In the case of the New Year Special, “Resolution,” Chris Chibnall’s script contained a single scene that tied in cleverly to the classic series. Fearing the threat of a Dalek on Earth, the Doctor called for help – the first time she’s ever needed to since her regeneration, an indication of the scale of the problem facing the planet should a Dalek stay loose for long. She put out a call to U.N.I.T., the Unified Intelligence Taskforce, an organization that various Doctors have worked alongside since the Patrick Troughton era.

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Unfortunately for the Doctor, it turned out U.N.I.T. no longer exists. The organization has been suspended, and it looks as though there are two simple reasons. The first appears to be austerity, with mention of a spending review; in the United Kingdom, over the last few years public spending has been slashed for many functions of government, and between 2010 and 2015 even the armed forces budget was cut by £8 billion in real terms. Critics of the Government’s austerity policies argue that even essential services have been cut, and in the world of Doctor Who it seems the Government completely withdrew funding for U.N.I.T..

A second factor also seems to have played into this. In Doctor Who lore, U.N.I.T. was conceived sometime in the 1970s, and was founded under the auspices of the United Nations. In 2019, of course, multilateral ideas like the United Nations or the European Union are out of fashion – particularly in the U.K. and the United States. It sounds as though the British Government wasn’t the only one to abandon U.N.I.T., and the organization is now completely defunct.

This leaves Earth extremely vulnerable. U.N.I.T. had built up a vast amount of experience, dealing with everything from Daleks to Daemons. They’d developed specialist resources for taking on alien presences on Earth; by the Seventh Doctor story “Battlefield,” they had silver bullets for werewolves, gold-tipped for Cybermen, high explosive rounds for Yeti, armor piercing for robots, and even teflon anti-Dalek shells. By the Tennant era, U.N.I.T. had their own mobile Helicarrier base, which they used to curb a Sontaran invasion. All that knowledge, and all those specialist resources, are no longer available in the defense of humanity.

It’s a smart move for Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall. It means that Earth is now protected solely by the Doctor and her “extended fam,” with no additional backup or support to help them. The stakes are thus infinitely higher going forward into Doctor Who‘s season 12 (due to air in 2020). Chibnall has promised more classic monsters will return, and the Doctor won’t have any help dealing with them.

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2019-01-01 01:01:30