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  1. Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – The Alternate Versions of Doctor Who

    Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

    This year, the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor," introduced us properly to the War Doctor. This previously unknown incarnation of the hero, played by John Hurt, wore an outfit combining elements of the Eighth Doctor's with the leather jacket of the Ninth, plus a belt taken from a woman named Cass whom the hero had previously failed to save. "The Day of the Doctor" also featured another version of the hero who had previously only appeared in the novel Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (AKA Amy Pond). Over the years, there have been other interesting alternative takes on the Time Lord scientist of the planet Gallifrey. So this time around, we're looking at the "what could have been" and "almost were" versions of the Doctor, along with costumes the character has worn in licensed media. Fan-films and the like aren't included or we'd be here forever, even if we had a time machine. 

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  2. Researchers Combine 13 Actors To Find The Average Look Of Doctor Who’s Leading Man

    Hello Sweetie

    We've seen it before with a redditor photoshopping Batman and Superman actors to see what kind of superhero that would create, but this time a team of psychologists took it upon themselves to study the many faces of the Doctor. Just in time for his next regeneration! 

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  3. Go Back in Time to the Origins of Doctor Who with the Trailer for An Adventure in Space and Time

    We feel guilty for thinking this looks more fun to watch than early Doctor Who.

    For the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC is bringing us back to the series' roots with the TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time. Airing on BBC America on November 22, the day before "The Day of the Doctor," the special promises a behind-the-scenes dramatization of the show's origins, and the trailer has us pretty excited.

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  4. Slew of New Who Phootoos. I Mean Photos. Photos.

    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

    The Day of the Doctor draws nigh, but there's another Doctor Who special on the way as well, An Adventure in Space and Time, a docudrama about the creation of Doctor Who featuring David Bradley, Argus Filch himself, as William Hartnell, the actor who played the First Doctor. You'll find pictures from both special in this gallery.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: David Bradley as William Hartnell As The Doctor

    Things We Saw Today

    The 50th Anniversary excitement continues. This image was officially released after Paris Comic Con last week, and features David Bradley, who you may know a Argus Filch and Walder Frey, in the role of William Hartnell for the film about Doctor Who's beginnings, An Adventure in Space and Time.(via Doctor Who TV)

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  6. Today in Doctor Who Rumors: Are We Getting Back Some Lost Episodes?

    I haven't been this excited for something that came out of the 60's since Mad Men started getting weird!

    Rumor has it that the BBC has a Doctor Who-related surprise for us lined up in November -- and it has literally nothing to do with Steven Moffat, so all you nerds who don't like his writing can relax. According to a well-connected source, they've managed to procure a number of old episodes from the 60s and 70s that were previously thought to be lost to time. They might put them on DVDs for us! That we can buy, even! Time Lords be praised!

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  7. Argus Filch to Play the Doctor (But Not in the Way You Think)

    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

    Today in Doctor Who 50th anniversary news, BBC America and BBC Cymru Wales a co-producing a TV movie about the creation of Doctor Who, starring David Bradley, he of curmudgeonly characters Argus Filch and Game of Thrones' Walder Frey, as original First Doctor William Hartnell.

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  8. Classic Who Comes to BBC America Starting This Sunday

    The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

    The BBC are just beginning to roll out their plans for the Doctor Who anniversary, which, it should come as no surprise, involves much more than just the airing of the anniversary special. There's going to be special campaigns, and press events, and television spots and who knows, maybe a set of commemorative plates. It's also going to involve a chance for more folks to get in on the entire fifty year history of Doctor Who, not just the parts of the show with computer generated effects. Even if you live, like this blog, across the pond.

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  9. BBC Announces Doctor Who Docu-drama In Honor Of The Show’s 50th Anniversary

    The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

    In case you couldn't tell, we're pretty damn excited about our impending Doctor Who fix -- season 7! The 50th anniversary special! A...docu-drama? Yes, it's true, BBC has announced that Doctor Who will be the subject of a 90-minute film for BBC Two, dramatizing the show's origin story. Hit the jump for more details on who's involved!

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  10. How “An East Indian Teamed Up With a Canadian and a Young Woman to Revolutionize” The BBC and Make Doctor Who

    The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

    io9 has an incredibly fascinating article on the team that put together the very first Doctor Who series nearly fifty years ago, namely director Waris Hussein, series "originator" Sydney Newman, and producer Verity Lambert, all newcomers to the BBC and establishment outsiders in a production studio what was predominantly older British men. As an East Indian man, a Canadian immigrant, and a young woman, the three show runners were considered totally at odds with the prevailing culture of the BBC at the time, and so was their commitment to science fiction. According to Hussein, it was pretty much assumed that they'd fall on their faces.

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