Before we delve into Santa’s bulging sack to unwrap an entire week’s worth of giftwrapped and shiny Doctor Who stuff, let’s just pause a moment, because in about three minutes we are all going to realize that we are in the presence of a master. Not THE master, but certainly A master.
Look at this video. Just look at it! A sometimes tangential interpretation of the dominant (pun intended) themes of Doctor Who relayed through the interpretive medium of toppling dominoes, by a YouTuber called StickTrickDominoDude. It’s simply astonishing:
So just to recap, we have Doctor Who, we have playing with toys and we have a sudden feeling of joy and reverence. Isn’t that the true spirit of Christmas?
Here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:
• A new trailer for “Last Christmas” came out:
• As was the first sneak peek, which contains not one, but two amazing reindeer gags:
• And if you have not been taking part in the Doctor Who site’s Countdown to Christmas you are crackers (geddit?), because you’re missing treats like Michelle Gomez’s history of the Master. And that’s just ONE item out of 25.
• In preparation, here are What Culture’s top 10 Doctor Who Christmas moments.
• Photographer Andy Gotts posted a sneak peek at some behind-the-scenes outtakes from his photoshoots with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman:
• Here’s a fantastic recreation of the current opening credits, as rendered in the blockular dimension of Minecraft:
• And while we’re there, how about the First Doctor’s goodbye to his granddaughter Susan:
• Some ideas for Christmas presents for the Whovian in your life from Kasterborous…
• …who have also had some thoughts about Doctor Who crossovers and how they may (and may not) work.
• Here is the BBC America teaser for season 2 of David Tennant‘s Broadchurch:
• An interview with Steven Moffat for Doctor Who Magazine, in which he confirms that it’s the real human Osgood that was killed by Missy (“If that had been a Zygon, she wouldn’t have been killed so easily.”) and suggests reasons why Orson Pink, the time traveller with a strong family resemblance (and name) to Danny Pink can exist now that Danny and Clara are unlikely to have children:
“I can think of several explanations, but the obvious one is that Orson comes from another branch of the family. He knows about Danny’s heroic sacrifice, because Clara got in touch with the Pink family after the events of ‘Death in Heaven’ (because you would, wouldn’t you?), and told them what he did, and why. And she gave them the little soldier, as a keepsake of a great man and a great soldier – and because she knows the toy soldier has to remain in the Pink family line.”
• Come 2020, you might be taking control of your own TARDIS in a BBC-Themed Amusement Park.
• We’ve always had a soft spot for Doctor Who credits as if they were for another TV show, so here’s Doctor Who as if Doctor Who was the BBC drama The Missing:
• We paid tribute to some of the astonishing British talents we lost in 2014, including Kate O’Mara (“Time and the Rani”), Lynda Bellingham (“Trial of a Timelord”) and Roger Lloyd Pack (“Rise of the Cybermen”).
• And to see us out, here are some seasonal greetings from Perkins, last seen dodging the Mummy on the Orient Epress: