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Announcing a new game from Looney Labs: Doctor Who Fluxx!!!

I’m really looking forward to this one! I’ve seen the card list, and it includes the twelve TV Doctors, Sarah Jane, Rose, Martha, and the Ponds!

Doctor Who Fluxx

From the press release:

Doctor Who Fluxx takes Fluxx through Time And Relative Dimension In Space. Join with various regenerations of the Doctor, some companions, Gallifreyan tech, and K-9 (but beware of Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels, and the Master) and play the most ever-changingest, timey-wimey version of Fluxx ever created. Doctor Who Fluxx: you’ll play it time after time after time after time…

Doctor Who Fluxx

More Info
Doctor Who Fluxx®
Street Date: November 23, 2017 (54 years to the day that Doctor Who first aired!)
Players: 2-6
Playtime: 5-30 minutes
Ages: 8-Adult
MSRP:$20.00

This game is not yet available for pre-order from Amazon (there is a seller out of Brooklyn selling it for more than $20 and charging an insane shipping fee, so avoid that one). In the meantime, learn more about Looney Labs and their awesome games at this link!

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Goodbye, John Hurt

(January 22, 1940 – January 27, 2017)

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Veteran actor John Hurt succumbed cancer at age 77. His career dates back to the 1960s; his notable recent roles included the War Doctor in the Doctor Who television series and Ollivander in the Harry Potter films.

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Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters by Justin Richards (2014)

Doctor Who Secret Lives of Monsters

Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters
by Justin Richards
Harper Design, 2014
214 pages

There is no shortage of publications covering the British television show Doctor Who. Justin Richards, the creatie consultant to BBC Books’ range of Doctor Who titles, authored the 2014 release, Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters, examining some of the most popular baddies in the fictional universe.

While the layout leaves something to be desired, Richards’ treatment of the subject matter is top-notch, first looking at each creature as if they were real beings. Richards goes on to take a behind-the-scenes look at them, including the inspiration for them and showing photographs of actors behind the masks and props makers. The author also takes the reader on a trip through time and space by looking how each incarnation of the Doctor dealt with the monsters.

A collection of sixteen removable color prints of original artwork by concept artist Peter McKinstry is included inside an envelope in the back of the book, making this volume all the more enjoyable. Doctor Who fans will no doubt find The Secret Lives of Monsters informative and educational, especially when they come face-to-face with some of the most terrifying aliens in the universe.

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Doctor Who: The Dangerous Book of Monsters (The Doctor’s Official Guide) by Justin Richards (2015)

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Doctor Who: The Dangerous Book of Monsters (The Doctor’s Official Guide)
by Justin Richards
BBC Children’s Books, Published by the Penguin Group, 2015
176 pages

The Doctor Who series has introduced some of the most creative and terrifying monsters to the world, and Justin Richards collects a good number of them in The Dangerous Book of Monsters. A brief description, basic data (such as origin, speed, size, and “dangerous rating), and survival tips are included with each entry, along with color photographs and sketches throughout. The book is colorful and engaging, and will keep those interested in fighting these monsters busy for hours, studying each species’ weakness just in case they attack. The Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and Silents are all here, along with some lesser-celebrated baddies like the Foretold, Adipose, and Spoonheads.

Designed for children seven to eleven years old, The Dangerous Book of Monsters is an entertaining and attractive hardbound book. It ends with some sage advice from the time traveler from Gallifrey: “Do as I say. Always….Trust your instincts….Keep alert….If in doubt, hide….Failing that: run!” A great book for kids…and adults who refuse to grow up.

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Doctor Who: A Special 12-Month 2015 Calendar

Doctor Who A Special 12 Month 2015 Calendar

We, as mere mortals without access to a TARDIS, need something by which to keep track of what day of the month it is. We can’t just gallivant off to visit William Shakespeare or Vincent Van Gogh or the Face of Boe. We are stuck in the present time, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have the Doctor with us. The Doctor Who Special 12-Month 2015 Calendar by Day Dream is perfect for any fan of the Time Lord, regardless of which Doctor is claimed as “my Doctor.” Thirteen incarnations of the Time Lord are featured here, beginning with William Hartnell in January and ending with Peter Capaldi in December; August features a double dose with Paul McGann and John Hurt. Daleks, Cybermen, Ood, and Weeping Angels also grace these pages, as well as one companion: Clara Oswald (portrayed by Jenna Coleman).

The spiral-bound calendar is made with linen paper for a sturdier product than normal paper calendars, and measures 13 inches by 15 inches. The actual calendar portion of each page is a very small 2 x 3.5 inches in the upper right hand corner, allowing the Doctor, his villain (or companion), and the TARDIS to be the star of the page. Perhaps not very practical for a planning calendar, as there is no white space to mark appointments or special occasions, but perfect for displaying one’s fanaticism for the BBC franchise. This would make an excellent gift for any Whovian (and it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas).

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R.I.P. Kate O’Mara

(August 10, 1939 – March 30, 2014)

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Doctor Who actress Kate O’Mara passed away at the age of 74 yesterday. She appeared as the Rani, a renegade Time Lord, in six episodes of Doctor Who in the 1980s.

The Who’s Who of Doctor Who by Cameron K. McEwan (2014)

The Whos Who Of Doctor Who Book Review

The Who’s Who of Doctor Who
by Cameron K. McEwan
Race Point Publishing, 2014
240 pages

Doctor Who is still going strong after fifty years, but to enjoy the program and all it has to offer one has to understand the characters and how they relate to each other. And with fifty years worth of characters, there is a lot to learn. The Who’s Who of Doctor Who is a handy reference to do just that. Character sketches of each of the Doctor’s incarnations, his companions, his friends and his foes give readers an understanding of the people on the screen. No, not the actors—their names are never even mentioned by the author—but the actual characters, presented to the reader as real people.

Photographs are abundant inside the pages of The Who’s Who of Doctor Who, as are illustrations by Andrew Skilleter, who was associated with the program from 1979 through 1995. This is not the first time his Doctor Who artwork has appeared in book form; in 1995 Blacklight: The Art of Andrew Skilleter was published showcasing his artistic appreciation for the BBC franchise.

Author Cameron K. McEwan is no novice either, but the mastermind behind Blogtor Who, one of the best DW fan sites on the internet. The Who’s Who of Doctor Who is well researched and well written and is perfect for new DW fans as well as old fans that are a bit rusty on the classic series.

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Doctor Who (the TV show) is fifty years old

…in case you haven’t heard. Yesterday was the phenomenal “Day of the Doctor” special with both Matt Smith (the current incarnation of the character) and David Tennant (the tenth incarnation). I haven’t seen it yet. But I know it’s phenomenal because it’s Doctor Who.

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I actually haven’t seen any of the seventh season so far, but I can’t wait to get caught up. Smith is not my favorite Doctor, but I have come to appreciate him more over the past couple of years. I never liked River Song, but the way that played out was quite nice.

One of the great things about the BBC is that they aren’t afraid to spoof themselves from time to time, as evidenced in “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot,” starring several former versions of the Doctor. It can be watched right here on BBC One’s website.

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Happy anniversary, Doctor Who…here’s hoping there will be fifty more!

Doctor Who: A History by Alan Kistler (2013)

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Doctor Who: A History
by Alan Kistler
Lyons Press, 2013
296 pages

Fifty years is a long time, especially when it comes to television. For a program to last that long—through changes in cast and culture—is quite a feat. Doctor Who debuted in November, 1963, and enjoys more popularity now—fifty years later—than ever before. Children and adults adore the program, and it is finally more than just a cult hit in America.

Comic book historian Alan Kistler examines the classic British program from its very genesis, including the original pitch and evolution of the premise and characters. Each of the first eleven personalities to take on the role of The Doctor are profiled, with background information on the actors and the mannerisms they brought to the role. Special attention is given to the companions and other supporting characters, and of course the TARDIS. The behind-the-scenes players, from Sydney Newman and Verity Lambert to Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat, are given their proper due.

From beginning to end, this is a comprehensive look at one of the most beloved television shows in history. Any fan will absolutely love Doctor Who: A History.

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Who’s 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories To Watch Before You Die by Graeme Burk & Robert Smith? (2013)

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Who’s 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories To Watch Before You Die
by Graeme Burk & Robert Smith?
ECW Press, 2013
420 pages

Doctor Who is an institution, a television program that transcends television. Its immense popularity increases with each regeneration, but at fifty years old it is a daunting task to immerse one’s self into the entirety of the universe. Authors Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? seek to help the newcomers to Doctor Who lore in Who’s 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories To Watch Before You Die. With so many of these stories available on DVD (check your local library) or Netflix, it’s quite simple to catch up on the most important events of the Doctor’s television run.

Though the front cover only shows silhouettes of Tom Baker, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, all of the incarnations of the Doctor are represented in the book. Burk and Smith? examine each of these stories with a critical eye that a true fan should appreciate. They do not hide their love for the characters, yet are not afraid to point out shortcomings in the writing or acting in particular episodes. This is a book written for fans by fans, and the passion of the authors is evident.

An important volume for fans of both the classic and the new series, if you want an in-depth discussion of Doctor Who episodes throughout the decades, Who’s 50 is definitely your go-to guide.

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