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Apparently, The Doctor has been having a bit of Dalek trouble recently, and decided to drown one in a pond in the UK.

Sales executive Marc Oakland was pushing a rake around the bed of the shallow pool when he found the object with its distinctive eye stalk.

So speculation time! What sort of adventure was The Doctor having when this unfortunate Dalek drowned?? Me? I think it had something to do with ducks.

[Link: BoingBoing Gadgets, thanks Deems!]

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New Who

New Who

BBC reports that Matt Smith has been named as the new Doctor Who, the Eleventh Doctor. Smith is the youngest actor ever to take on the role.

I await his first appearance but hope to G_d he gets a good haircut before stepping into Tennants Chucks.

[Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7808697.stm%5D

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Incredibly careless of him, I guess, but let this be a lesson to all time travelers. Don’t leave your possessions lying around when visiting the past! So heed this tale of caution: a group of Chinese archaeologists are in a state of intense confusion after discovering a ring in the shape of a Swiss watch in a 400-year old tomb.

“We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing
the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it
was a watch.”

The time was stopped at 10:06am, and on the back was engraved the word “Swiss”, reports the People’s Daily.

Local experts say they are confused as they believe the tomb had been
undisturbed since it was created during the Ming dynasty 400 years ago.

Well, it was either the Doctor or Slartibartfast!

(Yes, I know that Ananova stories should be taken with a large rock of salt!)

[Link: Ananova.com – Swiss watch found in 400-year old tomb]

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So it appears that certain suspicions may have been confirmed with regards to the identity of the new Doctor. The oops was revealed by Phillip Rhys in an interview. I’m not going to run any spoilers, so if you want to know, you can watch the video clip.

[Link: io9.com – And the New Doctor might be…]

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Sci-fi blog io9.com has an article that details the reasons behind Tennant’s departure from this brilliant series:

So was David Tennant’s leaving the show all down to his need to move on? A now or never thing? Not quite. He had been in negotiations with the BBC for a fifth, even a sixth full series, but wanted another 2009-lite Doctor Who break in 2011, a film pursued, and money above the current BBC wage cap. It didn’t happen.

There’s also some information about the River Song story arc:

The one bigger casualty, as well as casting for The Doctor sooner than expected, has been an arc in Series Five for the River Song character, revealed in Series 4 as the Doctor’s possible future wife.

I speculated in a previous post’s comments that the whole River Song story shouldn’t be affected too much–the way she went through that book in the show indicates that, although she recognized the Doctor for who he was, it wasn’t the same incarnation that she’d  been familiar with. This means that there was at least one regeneration between the tenth Doctor and his adventures with Professor Song.

Finally, the article mentions the possibilities of the eleventh Doctor:

I have it on veeeeery good authority that the next Doctor has already been chosen. It’s an interesting new direction, and the choice (assuming no changes of heart) will probably surprise – and divide – many. The name I’ve heard isn’t Paterson Joseph. Or John Simm. Or James Nesbitt.

Any speculation on what “interesting direction” could possibly mean?

In other Doctor Who news, it seems that I missed something interesting: turns out that Jenny might make a reappearance in the 2009 special series! According to the Sun:

David’s real-life love Georgia Moffett, 23, returns as his daughter Jenny for one of the Who specials.

Update: According to Doctor Who blog, Outpost Gallifrey, the odds are tipped in David Morrisey’s favor 2:1. Paterson Joseph comes next at 6:1 odds. Very interesting odds include Anthony Head (Buffy’s Giles, for those who don’t know the name–stacked at 12:1 odds), Alan Davies (18:1), Steven Fry (40:1), and trailing at the back, Robbie Williams (200:1).

[Link: io9.com – Doctor Who: What–and Who–is Next for New Who?]
[Link: The Sun – Doctor Who bosses try to keep Tennant with £1.5m deal]
[Link: Outpost Gallifrey – The New Doctor Update]

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Doctor Who

According to this article in the Daily Fail..err Daily Mail, there’s talk of the next Doctor being female.

Very Interesting, I say.

Then they go on to say Billie Piper may be candidate of choice.

Hell no, I say.

I have nothing against a female doctor, in fact I’m very intrigued by the possibility, but I’m just not sure that Billie Piper is the right lady for the job. What do you think?  Which actress would you choose to take over from David Tennant?

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Doctor and TARDIS

Doctor and TARDIS

It’s official. The BBC, Guardian, and Gallifrey One all confirm that David Tennant has announced, he will quit Doctor Who at the end of 2009, following the four specials planned for the year.

I think I need a hug. :(

[ Link: BBC News report ]

[ Link: Gallifrey One report ]

[ Link: Io9.com report ]

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