One of the operators of Doctor Who Media -- one of the oldest, most respected Doctor Who fansites -- had reps from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (who produce the awful "You Wouldn't Steal a Car" ads) and the BBC thunder at his door and tell him he'd be served with a warrant if he didn't shut down the site immediately and transfer his domain to FACT. Read the rest
Tom Baker's Doctor Who scarf has inspired many textile projects, but Rebel AT's crocheted Fourth Doctor dress is a literal prize-winner. Read the rest
Traversable Achronal Retrograde Domains In Spacetime is a new paper by Caltech/Memorial Gallifrey physicists Benjamin K. Tippett and David Tsang that attempts to describe the spacetime through which Doctor Who's Tardis travels; one that "goes forward and back in time, and left and right in space." It's a bit heavy going, so they've also published The Blue Box White Paper, a lay-friendly, 17 page summary for people with "no technical knowledge of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity." The discussion continues on Tippet's Tumblr. Read the rest
Peter Capaldi, the fantastic Scottish actor most well-known as foul-mouthed political spindoctor Malcolm Tucker, is to be the new Doctor Who. Widely tipped for the role, Capaldi, at 55, is the same age as original doctor William Hartnell was in the very first season, half a century ago.
"It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer, but it's been so fantastic," he said after the news was revealed on a live BBC One show. The actor had been the bookmakers' favourite to take on the role, with betting on him becoming the next Doctor suspended on Friday. It is not the first time Capaldi has appeared on the show - he played Roman merchant Caecilius in 2008 Doctor Who adventure The Fires of Pompeii.
I can't wait for a YouTube cut of Malcolm's dialog dubbed over footage of his Doctor Who. UPDATE: Embedded above, the brilliant work of Pete Nottage, first off the blocks. Read the rest
Snugbury's, an ice-cream shop in Cheshire, England, has erected a 35' tall, six tonne straw dalek. It moves its gun turret and plays audio. They're also selling "daLick" cones with proceeds to Cancer Research UK. Apparently, this got through the local council without any straw-dalek arguments. Read the rest
UPDATE: On Twitter, Simm said his remarks were presented out of context by The Radio Times, and that the "interview" was cobbled together from old quotes.
I thought I had amnesia, don't remember doing any of these recent interviews! But of courses they're all over a year old. ... The Radio Times has really done a number on me re. Dr Who 'quote'. Thanks for that! Suffice to say it was taken out of context AGAIN. I haven't done an interview for them for many years, because of this. Nasty, spiteful, trouble causing 'Journalism'. To 'Whovians' or whoever. It's a non story. I always try to be polite to fans and am v. proud of my time in the show. You can choose to believe what you like but I really meant no offence. I've obviously pissed off some bored journalist coz I wouldn't do an interview.Read the rest
For last summer's sock-hop, PJ and her daughter K made a Doctor Who themed poodle skirt, sporting K-9:
Now, K is a fan girl and not a girly girl at all, so though she wanted to wear a poodle skirt, she was not interested in some fluffy pink poodle on a pearl leash. Oh no. It had to be something fan related. Her first thought was a dalek skirt, with big yarn pom poms in lines all round and felt strips for the bars. Fabulous idea, too funny, but she decided that would be too obvious. She wanted it to be subtle.
She just wasn't sure what she wanted, so we picked a burgundy felt for the skirt, a wide black elastic for the waist, some shear black to make a scarf, and she picked out a bunch of felt rectangles, in a variety of colors for the decoration. My job was to make the skirt, which was the easy peasy part. Her job was the decoration.
From Wikipedia: "English: A large wheeled Assyrian battering ram with an observation turret attacks the collapsing walls of a besieged city, while archers on both sides exchange fire. From the North-West Palace at Nimrud, about 865-860 BC; now in the British Museum."