Welcome to Doctor Who’s Day, a sudden downpour of Whovian astonishments from across the internet (and the outernet). And before we get sifting, this week begins with a remarkably edited video that sums up one of the recurring themes of Season 9, and the many questions that follow in its wake.
In “The Magician’s Apprentice,” Davros speaks of a Gallifreyan prophecy about a hybrid creature, one that unites two warrior races into a new, even better one. At the time, he was referring to Daleks infused with Time Lord regeneration energy, but he could just as easily have been talking about several other beings the Doctor has come across in his travels.
That’s what YouTuber VG934 had in mind when he (or she) created this video, a collection of all of the potential hybrid races that would fulfill that prophecy, and it is great:
And with that, here’s what else has been going on in space and time:
• It was Doctor Who’s 52nd birthday on November 23, and Peter Capaldi prepared this special greeting for fans:
• We watched Clara Oswald take her last brave steps in “Face the Raven” and pay the ultimate price…
• Which is not as common an occurrence for the Doctor as you’d think:
• Here are 10 things you may not know about the episode.
• And of course the fan responses were immediate and artistic:
• Here’s a recap of Clara’s story.
• And Jenna Coleman’s favorite Who moments:
• Jenna on working with Peter Capaldi:
• And working with a live raven (including a rare blooper):
• Here’s her 10 most heroic moments.
• And that final tribute to Clara from a confirmed (and grateful) fan:
• Speaking of whom, Rigsy returned (here’s a profile of the man the Doctor calls Local Knowledge):
• And a profile of Ashildr/Lady Me, the protector of the trap street.
• And did you spot the Star Wars/Back to the Future easter egg hidden in plain sight?
• Here’s the trailer for the Season 9 finale, “Heaven Sent”:
• And the Next Time trailer:
• The moment when Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss found out they hadn’t won a Whovian general knowledge quiz at the Australian leg of the Doctor Who Festival:
— Reetu Kabra (@ReetuKabra) November 22, 2015
As roundly mocked by Ingrid Oliver (aka Osgood, who would totally have aced it):
— Ingrid Oliver (@ingridoliver100) November 23, 2015
• Steven Moffat reveals how the War Doctor was created.
• Peter Capaldi describes what it was like to win an Academy Award for his short film in 1995, the same year Tom Hanks won his best actor trophy for Forrest Gump:
• The BBC have released details of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, with a photo of Alex Kingston and Peter Capaldi together at last:
The story has been written by Steven Moffat, and also stars British comedians Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Bridesmaids) and Greg Davies (Cuckoo, Man Down). There’s a synopsis too, but if you don’t want to read it, skip to the video clip below:
It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?
All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.
Steven also revealed to Radio Times that this is where we see the Doctor and River’s relationship reach a natural peak: “It’s strange because they’re now, in our human terms, the perfect couple. They’re both sexy older people. It’s always been slightly strange before with Matt Smith. Now, yeah, they could actually be married. It works.
“If you’re a long term fan of the show you might be interested because there’s been a lot of talk about the Doctor and River’s glory years, but we’ve never seen them. Here at last we see them as Mr and Mrs Who at the height of their powers. It’s great fun.”
• You remember the Gallifreycrumb Tinies from last week? Someone made them into a song:
• And finally, this is possibly the geekiest Whovian thing in all of space and time. In 1980, the Doctor Who theme was given a modern makeover by Peter Howell, very much the Murray Gold of his day. He gave a speech in 1981 to explain how he did it. It’s 35 minutes long, and utterly fascinating to anyone interested in the science of using effects to treat a piece of music and make it weird: