Stupid Andy sits in the guest seat and he has a bone to pick with Cinavia today. I'm warning you that this discussion is technically the first time we've nerded out about DRM systems so hard, but it's relevant in terms of resale, personal file backups, and the rumor that the next PlayStation console won't allow used games.… Read more
Timelords-in-training won't need a Sonic Screwdriver to crack open this adorable Tardis safe. Instead, it's unlocked using a smartphone. We've gone paws-on with the Zeon Tech Tardis Smartsafe at the Toy Fair in London, so hit play on the video above to examine it for yourself.
Here's how it works. Once your secret items have been squirrelled away inside--no doubt you'll be able to store a surprisingly large amount of stuff--you shut the door and the safe locks itself.
Next, install a companion app (never has the phrase been more appropriate) on your iPhone or … Read more
The clock is ticking for Doctor Who landing on the PlayStation 3. Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is coming soon, featuring timey-wimey gaming thrills pitting you against the Daleks, Cybermen, and Silurians.
In the game, you take control of both the Doctor and companion River Song, voiced by Matt Smith and Alex Kingston, to unravel the mystery of The Eternity Clock. Players sneak, run, swing, and jump across rooftops and fog-shrouded London streets, heading "into the belly of the beast" to defeat the nefarious plans of the new-look Cybermen, Daleks, and Silurians, as well as the Silence. Er... what were the Silence supposed to be again?
Read more of "Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock coming soon to the PS3 and Vita," and watch the game trailer, at Crave UK.… Read more
While it's probably long been the fantasy of nerdy women everywhere, it took a charity to get the shirt off of The Doctor's back.
As part of this year's annual Children in Need Telethon in the U.K., Matt Smith of "Doctor Who" announced that the show will be auctioning off one of The Doctor's familiar tweed and bow-tie costumes, with all proceeds going to the children's charity. Smith announced the auction in character before unveiling a trailer for the "Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe."
While all sorts of bylaws make it difficult for Americans to tune in to BBC content online for licensing reasons, it would seem the good ole' limping dollar is good over at BBC headquarters. There's nothing in the auction rules that I can see preventing U.S. fans of The Doctor from bidding and buying the costume. Exchange rates would apply, and (with the pound running roughly double the dollar) an American fan would have to dig deep. But, it's a good cause.… Read more
As "Doctor Who" prepares to celebrate its 50th birthday and cement its status as the longest-running science fiction TV show of all time, Digital agency Brandwidth and BBC Books have released a new high-tech compendium to the show's long run--well, almost.
The $7.49 Doctor Who Encyclopedia for iPad is a high-tech record of the show's heroes, villains, monsters, and stories. The app includes more than 3,000 separate entries written by former Doctor Who script editor Gary Russell, as well as interactive portals for the Doctor, Amy, Rory, River, and other major characters.
Unfortunately, the app ignores the long history of the series, focusing only on the "rebirth" of the show since 2005.… Read more
It's no secret "Doctor Who" fans are a dedicated bunch, but these days they're willing to walk 500 miles to be the men (and women) who fall down at the Tardis' door.
It all started with the release of a BBC video last week showing actor David Tennant with the "Doctor Who" cast and crew dancing and lip-syncing to The Proclaimers song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." According to the BBC, it was shot as a farewell to the Tennant era before Matt Smith took over as the current Doctor. … Read more
This morning at Starbucks, I saw a thin man wearing shades, but in front of those he also had a pair of bi-focals perched on his nose.
Somehow, this reminded me of the Who's Pete Townshend. This must have been fate, as Townshend is today making news after railing yesterday against the blood-sucking tendencies of Apple.
The BBC tells me that the man who created the windmill, a signature guitar move copied by so many desperate, drunken youths, declared that Apple is "like a digital vampire."
He seems to feel that Apple is sucking blood out of … Read more
It's either the heartwarming tale of a man's passionate love for fantasy and adventure or a sad story of a lifetime's income terribly wasted. You get to decide.
Rob Hull of Doncaster, England, has been officially awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Dalek toys and models. As of this writing, he possesses 571 of the evil alien overlords after 20 years of collecting.
In a real head-scratcher, Hull isn't a fan of the TV series that gave birth to his beloved Daleks, "Doctor Who." According to Guinness, Hull just liked the design of Dalek toys as a child. When his mother refused to get him one, he evidently vowed to own his own plunger-waving army one day.
Hull reportedly torments his long-suffering wife, Dawn, with the collection as it slowly overtakes their home and exterminates any sense of interior design aesthetic.… Read more
The world's longest-running sci-fi series, "Doctor Who," will return this weekend with the youngest actor yet continuing his portrayal of one of the oldest characters in modern fiction.
The BBC series will turn 48 this fall, while Matt Smith will soon celebrate 29. The Doctor himself is more than 900 years old
"A lot was made of me being the youngest actor in the part," said Smith, who started portraying The Doctor last year. "Actually, I think that's worked to my favor because I think there's a sort of interesting contradiction of having a young face and old soul."
During a recent event previewing the return of "Doctor Who" this Saturday on the BBC in the U.K. and BBC America in the U.S., Smith discussed how starring in one of the world's biggest nerd-centric cult shows affects his existence in time and space. … Read more
Children who use cell phones are at no greater risk of developing brain tumors, the latest paper in a series of epidemiological studies suggests.
The study, which was conducted in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland, was recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It surveyed almost 1,000 children between ages 7 and 19. The group looked at children who had been diagnosed with brain tumors between 2004 and 2008, as well as a control group drawn randomly from the general population.
Subjects were asked about how often they used their cell phones for voice calls. Some … Read more