“ONE DAY I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”
With regards to this chapter of our Doctor Who Viral Matinee Countdown, the speech is not only iconic, but ironic as well. You see, today is the ONE DAY to go mark, and The Doctor IS coming back. This Saturday, not only is The Doctor back, but so are Amy, Rory and our special friend, the TARDIS!
So take a moment in your busy Friday, sit back, prop up your feet on your robot dog, and enjoy the hell out of these little goofy internet Doctor Who-related moments! I’m not even going to warn you about spoilers today. Police yourselves.
Video 10: Pond Life (Episode Four) by the BBC
The lives of Amy and Rory continue to get more and more complicated as they try to enjoy their “down time” between adventures with the Doctor. It’s too bad that we know that “the fall of the Ponds” is rapidly approaching, because I would love a series based around Amy, Rory and their new Ood pal, called Ood Makes Three. (However, Ood On A Loo is pretty catchy, too!) This episode makes the fourth in the Pond Life “micro-series”, and is written by frequent Torchwood and Doctor Who writer, Chris Chibnall. With a prequel of this quality, it seems like the coming seventh series of Doctor Who can do no wrong!
Video 09: Tom Baker Visits A School As The Doctor
Imagine sitting in class, wondering how you will ever make it through another long afternoon before the final bell rings, and suddenly The Doctor walks into your classroom for a special visit! The children in this Belfast primary school got just such a shock back in 1978, as Tom Baker came to class in full Fourth Doctor costume, and in full character, as well. What a day that must have been…
Video 08: Tenth Doctor Time-Lapse Comic Art by Blair D. Shedd
The Nerdist site originally featured this time-lapse video of a Tenth Doctor sketch drawn by IDW Doctor Who comic series artist, Blair D. Shedd. The sketch took approximately one hour to complete, using a Wacom Cintiq pad. Blair D. Shedd is a New England based comic book artist and alumni of the Joe Kubert School.
Video 07: The Fourth Doctor Calls Sylvester McCoy by Dead Ringers
Once again, Jon Culshaw puts his Fourth Doctor impersonation to the test, this time by calling an ACTUAL Doctor on the phone! This moment from the Dead Ringers radio show is a good argument for screening your calls. Sylvester sounds very confused, and so would you…if you got a phone call from your past incarnation!
Video 06: Neil Gaiman On The Set Of Doctor Who by Doctor Who Confidential
I included this edited video of highlights from the episode of Doctor Who Confidential that took us behind-the-scenes of Neil Gaiman’s The Doctor’s Wife to illustrate a point. No matter who you are, no matter how accomplished you are, no matter how much respect you command, you will always still be a fanboy at heart.
Neil has won more awards and produced more amazing comic books, novels, concepts and films than nearly any other high-visibility nerd in the business we call “show”. However, you can see that his excitement at meeting The Doctor and standing on the control deck of the TARDIS is bubbling and churning under his usually ultra-cool persona.
He has often cited in interviews that Doctor Who was the first “mythology” he encountered as a child, and continued to shape his imagination well into adulthood. One would hope that once Mr. Moffat decides to let the show fly free and find a new person to shepherd it and curate the museum of all things WHO, that Gaiman might put aside his other million commitments and be that man.
At least, I hope that’s how it plays out. It would take a special brain to expand Moffat’s timey-wimey fairy-tale to the next level, and I feel one hundred percent confident that Gaiman could be that man. Perhaps we could even get Mark Gatiss and Neil Gaiman to co-produce in order to share the load, and we would then have two brilliant Whovian minds (one very adept at spinning dreams into television and one very adept at spinning television into dreams) weaving new plot threads into the tapestry for the next fifty years.
BE SURE TO TUNE IN TOMORROW FOR OUR SPECIAL “ZERO DAY” FEATURE!
There are still five videos to be counted down, and much excitement to be had on our last day of the Doctor Who Viral Matinee!
Here are the links to our past days in the WHO countdown clock: