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The Whovian Report: BBC Disses SDCC, Series 8 Premiere Announced, Nuke the Fridge’s Doctor Who Chat Show, and More!

Greetings and salutations, fellow Fridge Nukers! Your Nuke the Fridge Whovian in Residence, Bradfield, here reporting from the Renaissance (I’m not quite sure what country – all Renaissance-era European villages look alike to me…) with “All the Who that’s fit to print.”

The 12th Doctor lands Saturday, August 23rd [Image and characters property of BBC WorldWide]
Tom Petty Was Right!

Fortunately, we don’t have to wait much longer for the premiere of Series 8.

It’s official! Doctor Who Series 8 — starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman as the Doctor’s companion, Clara — is set to premiere on Saturday, August 23rd 20124. Needless to say, anticipation is high and the show has never been more popular, including a continually growing fanship here in the States. For one, the newly regenerated Doctor apparently has no idea how to fly the TARDIS. Check BBC America’s Doctor Who page early and often for more information.

Speaking of where we left off – Christmas Day,  2013..

Whovians, Start Your Binge-Watching!

Doctor Who Series 7 is finally on NetflixMatt Smith‘s final season as the Eleventh Doctor is an emotional roller coaster from the outset, reuniting The Doctor with Companions Amy and Rory – only to have the current incarnation of the Time Team ripped apart for good. We are introduced to three versions of  current Companion, Clara Oswin Oswald – one of which has been converted to a Dalek; another falls to her death; and after some deliberation, the third incarnation decides to accompany the Doctor on his adventures through time and space. And of course, the 2013 Christmas episode, The Time of The Doctor, marks the end of Smith’s run (save for, we can only hope, future “Doctor Team Ups), with a particularly heart wrenching regeneration scene.

The Doctor Who World Tour begins at its home base, Cardiff Studios in Wales, August 9th [Image and characters property of BBC WorldWide]
“Frightfully sorry, San Diego, but the Doctor WON’T be able to see you”

The good news:

For Fridge Nuking Whovians around the world, and (mostly) not in the US, Capaldi, Coleman, and showrunner supreme, Steven Moffat, will be embarking on a seven city, five continent Doctor Who World Tour to promote the upcoming series.

The bad news:

One stop NOT included in the DWWT: San Diego Comic-Con International 2014.

Sure, it does seem kind of strange when the franchise is changing Doctors, but it’s not unprecedented. In 2010, when Matt Smith took over the role, Doctor Who there was no panel at SDCC. So the big thing here is that, with the show at, arguably, its apex of popularity here in the States, that Doctor Who has no apparent presence at the biggest congregation of pop-culture fans on the planet.

The (?) news:

Nobody said the show wouldn’t have a presence. It’s just that, according to reliable sources, the show will be shooting through August 12th. So… unless you didn’t book a room because you counted on camping on line for Hall H, you can put away the pup-tent and have a good time in San Diego. Also, the BBC kiosk will still be selling a DW Comic-Con Exclusive action figure.

Everybody loves a crooked cleric [Image and characters property of BBC WorldWide]
Already Travelling In Time For those who missed it, if Peter Capaldi, is still a new face to you, he is currently playing the delightfully crooked Cardinal Richelieu on BBC America’s The Musketeers, which premiered Sunday, June 22nd. [I have mentioned this, so if you missed it, your bad.] A full review is coming soon, but in the meantime, the existing two epis0des are absolutely wortth checking out. You can still catch it via Video OnDemand, or try your luck with real time reruns. I’d like to say that Capaldi’s subsequent casting as the Twelfth Doctor denotes a spoiler in that Richelieu is surely doomed to die, but BBC operates by different rules. It wouldn’t be particularly strange for an actor to play roles on two popular programs.

Nuke the Fridge’s very own “Time Team,” at Long Beach Comic Expo: (right to left) Erik Amaya, Rob Bradfield, and Dante James [TARDIS property of Doctor Who/BBC WorldWide]
The Elephant in the Room

As our fearless leader, Commander In Chief, Louis Love, announced at Long Beach Comic Expo Nuke the Fridge will be resurrecting our (currently dormant) YouTube Channel with a Doctor Who-themed chat show hosted by yours truly, and featuring fellow Fridge Nuker, Dante James, and Comic Book Resources‘ Erik Amaya. The show is tentatively titled, Who Knows? More details to follow, including a launch date. In the meantime…

”Tread Who Safely’

I will be the first person to admit that I’m not a long time Whovian. Prior to the 2005 re-launch, Doctor Who, in the States, aired on PBS, and it was hard enough to get the big networks with an antenna. However, time and the “digital revolution” heal all wounds, and as a show with 50+ years of history behind it, “Classic Who” is a veritable GOLD MINE of Doctor Who coolness.

Enter the aforementioned Erik Amaya – writer for Comic Book Resources, webmaster/host of “popculture clambake” The Satellite Show, and true blue Whovian since he was knee high to a Sontaran. A lot of long time Whovians don’t look at new fans favorably. However, the main thing Amaya brings to the table in his semi-regular column for TSS, Tread Who Safely, is an understanding that most people have come to the show relatively recently, and people who just plain love the show in general might need a guide when it comes to the best of the old show.

Erik will not only be a semi-regular panelist on Who Knows, but will also be doing a video version of Tread Who Safely for the show.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, I’m travelling through time and space to meet deadlines from two weeks ago…