Snazzier than a purple velvet bow-tie, flashier than a jewel-encrusted fez, and jazzier than patent leather vortex manipulator… it’s the Kasterborous News Blast! In today’s blast of great intelligence: Hulu knows Who, the Doc and Sherlock get musical, Mickey Smith joins the comics, and Doctor Who arts up the streets!
Who-Lu, Ahem, I Mean Hulu!
In anticipation of Peter Capaldi’s new series, the Hulu streaming service has announced that American Doctor Who fans will be able to watch their favorite Time Lord all throughout August. Hulu will debut a two-hour special entitled The Ultimate Guide, in which “the Doctor has lost his memory and Clara helps him to take an in-depth look at the past of one of the most intriguing fictional characters of all time.”
The service will also exclusively debut The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor, and the two previously lost Patrick Troughton stories, Web of Fear and Enemy of the World. So far, none of these is available on Netflix or Amazon Prime in the USA.
Where’s Barrowman When You Actually Need Him?!*
Two fans have made their own mash-up of Doctor Who and Sherlock, not somewhat surprisingly called Wholock: The Musical. Yes, the two musically inclined fellows have put on their best Matt Smith and Benny Cumberbatch to sing like neither actor has ever sung before. And if the thought of Cumberbatch (or a facsimile thereof) belting out jaunty tunes doesn’t give you nightmares, wait until you see his eyebrows! In all fairness, it’s a fun song and video, and you can watch it here:
(*Probably on Loose Women, actually – Ed)
The Ace of All Gamers
As released through an article on pocketgamer.co.uk, players can unlock the character of Ace (the Seventh Doctor’s explosives-loving companion) with a special code for the game Doctor Who: The Legacy.
As the site explains: “Ace will otherwise be completely unavailable until the release of Hunt For Greyhound One. Plus, even when the expansion is out, she’s going to be quite the rare drop… Perhaps that’s your ultimate squad in Doctor Who: Legacy assembled at last. Wilfred Mott and the Brigadier will also be joining the cast…” (Yay!) Interested gamers just need to fill in their name and e-mail address on the Pocketgamer webpage and after a small wait, will be able to play as (a weirdly blonde-looking) Ace! Wicked!
Now That’s Who I Call Music!
Some classic Doctor Who music surprisingly found its way on to BBC3 recently! During a broadcast of Late Junction, some of the Who-related soundtracks (from the Hartnell-era stories The Web Planet and Galaxy Four) were played about a half-hour into the show. Max Reinhardt presented the eclectic mix of music, which was played live at Latitude 2014.
The program is also available on BBC iPlayer Radio.
The Doctor Is From The Streets… Of Gallifrey
Art-minded Whovians from around the world have tried to make Banksy proud by spray-painting images of Daleks, Cybermen, TARDISes, and more on various public places. In a photo-rific article by the Radio Times, Doctor Who graffiti art from Australia, Italy, and the UK can be seen on everything from light posts to sidewalks to brick walls.
Much of the artwork is fantastic, but the naughty artists risk being exterminated by the law if they’re caught!
Noel Clarke’s Comics Adventure
Titan Comics, publishers of the new line of Tenth and Eleventh Doctor comic books, has announced that they will publish a series written by a Ninth Doctor companion, none other than actor-writer-director Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith). The comic will be called The Troop and will be co-created and written by Clarke. It will feature a group of teenagers who find that they have superpowers. In a video statement, Clarke promises to “push the envelope” of the comics genre. Let’s hope one of the heroes doesn’t have the power to turn into a big plastic trash bin!
That’s it for today’s News Blast, Kasterborites! Is it just me, or is Doctor Who feeling very musical and comic booky these days?