The 13th Doctor Has Been Revealed!

And for some reason, people have a problem with it… Not that this surprises anyone.

This is a long and difficult post. However, I really need to get this off my chest.

A friend of mine and I had a good conversation a while back. It was about gender/race swapping comic book characters. He, as a black man, had some pretty good insights on the subject. Honestly, he’s one of the smartest geeks I know. He will beat you in quite a lot of comic book trivia. But ultimately his opinion boiled down to a simple truth;

If it doesn’t define the character, it doesn’t matter.

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#SherlockLives

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Now, I’m very aware that Sherlock has not yet aired in the US. I would advise only reading this article if you have seen the new episode (series 3 – episode 1; aired January 1st, 2014) since there will be **SPOILERS**.  Worry not, US Sherlock fans, the new episode will air on PBS on Sunday, January 19th, 2014. 

WOW that opening pulled me in right away. Starting off showing Continue reading

EXCITING NEWS! BBC Posts Doctor Who “Day of the Doctor” Prequel With A SURPRISE!

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UPDATE: A good question posed. It’s in the comments after the video.

This morning the BBC posted a 7 minute prequel/short leading up to the Day of the Doctor 50th Anniversary episode.

Nothing will be said here. After the cut, you’ll see the video. After the video will be a bit about my excitement. DON’T READ UNDERNEATH THE VIDEO IF YOU DON’T WANT A SPOILER!! OMG IT’S SO GOOD! CLICK ON HERE AND WATCH IT SO YOU CAN FREAK OUT WITH ME!

Help fund Ashens and The Quest for The Game Child!

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AshenLogoStuart Ashen, the prolific British comedian and YouTube personality (who some of you Nerd-Base’rs may know from his dry, witty, irreverent and frequently hysterical reviews of downright terrible electronic games and dollar-store junk, via his POV camera on his old brown sofa) is crowd funding a full-length feature film!

Unlike his low-fi YouTube reviews, this will be a cinematic quality venture featuring a BBC-worthy script and some accomplished greats like Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Harry Potter) and Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf)!

Now, I’ve been a fan and follower of Ashens.com for many many years, and I will say without hesitation that the guy has spent countless hours delivering entertaining reviews of god-awful electronics. With that level of commitment (and masochism) to the entertainment of his viewership in mind I can’t help but think, Continue reading

Late To The Party: Sherlock

LTTP (Late To The Party) will be a new feature  series on Nerd-Base.  The general idea is to feature something that we missed as it was happening, but finally got around to watching after having it recommended repeatedly.  In the inguinal article I’m covering BBC’s Sherlock.   Continue reading

I just…..I…oh. Okay. Calm down…….TOM BAKER RETURNS TO DOCTOR WHO!!!!

Written by: Christopher Lee

FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!!!! 

*breathe*

Tom Baker who, for those odd few of you who don’t know, is relatively unarguably (I’m not counting the opinions of the “New Who” fans, nyeh) the most famous and beloved of the actors who’ve portrayed “The Doctor” on Doctor Who.

Not too long ago, Baker replied, when asked about the potential of his return to the “TARDIS” for the 50th Anniversary; 

“I think if they ask me nicely, or I can see what they want me to do, I’d consider it. I think the fans have been so good to me, they’d expect me to at least make an appearance.”

So…I’m guessing which it was? A sweetened pleading with scones and tea, or just a really amazing part in the script?

Baker, nowadays, hanging with a few old friends.

Baker’s run on the show as the 4th incarnation of the Doctor during the years of 1974 to 1981 make him the longest running of the 11 actors yet to portray the character (not counting Peter Cushing who played the 1st Doctor in the “Dr. Who and the Daleks” movie, or Richard Hurndall who portrayed the 1st Doctor in “The Five Doctors” after William Hartnell’s death). He had been asked to come back for the Doctor Who 20th Anniversary special called “The Five Doctors”, but in a decision he now admits to regretting, he declined. They instead used footage of him from the sadly unaired/unfinished story arc, “Shada” which had been penned by none other than “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” author, Douglas Adams (there is a release of the episode with additional narration by Tom Baker that completes the story) and in an odd move, the BBC replaced him with a wax figure alongside the other actors for publicity photos.

So, I’m remarkably excited for this news. I grew up watching Tom’s 4th Doctor. He was my first back in the early 80’s when the NJN on UHF stations was really more like a mini-BBC America (they also introduced me to Monty Python ((which was, as well, shown on PBS)), Faulty Towers, the Young Ones, ect ect ect). Even after seeing the amazing job that has been done since the series “reboot”, I still love Tom’s Doctor. There was just something about him. I think he really took that role, took the idea of *who* the Doctor was and is, and just solidified the mold for all who came after him. If you’re a fan and haven’t seen the 4th Doctor series, you honestly owe it to yourself to do so. You’ll understand soon enough…

…jelly baby?

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"Elementary" dear Sherlock

Written by: Christopher Lee

So, CBS has released a sort of behind-the-scenes/teaser/trailer for the American iteration of “Sherlock”. 

<pause while the fan boys n’ girls start pissing vinegar>

Personally, I like Johnny Lee Miller. So does Benedict Cumberbatch! They’re buddies IRL and have spent a good deal of time doing an amazing performance of “Frankenstein” where they’d switch off back and forth playing both Creator and Monster.

So it’s said, Miller has received not only the blessings, but some advice on the character Cumberbatch has so wonderfully portrayed. From the trailer above, I quite like it, sure, as a long time “Holmes” fan (I read the books, watched the movies and tv shows as a kid), I have my reservations, but I’m not going to dismiss it. The character has been re-invented time and time again (anyone ever watch “House”?). My only real skepticism comes in the form of Lucy Liu as “Watson”. But, ya know, I’m going to hold out on that. Because as much as I may be against it, I think it’ll be a lot better to not have to deal with all the slash/fic and like artwork of “The Homosexualized Holmes and Watson Adventures” that people seem so keen on churning out. (**just to clarify, I am very supportive of the LGBT community, hell, I look great in a dress, it’s just that…ugh…c’mon people…ya know?)

So, we shall see come this fall. Should the show fall short, there’s always the 3rd Season of the BBC “Sherlock”!

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Doctor Who – File Under: Rumormill & Grain of salt

I’m okay with it!

 

An un-named source has reported that the Master may be brought back for the upcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. He/She/It ALSO reports that the BBC is in talks with none other than Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch to portray him!

 

At this moment, after reading this, if you’re really quiet you can hear fanboys/girls quickly shuffling to change their collective undergarments. I know I just changed mine.

That all being said and grosseties aside, this sounds not only too good to be true, but too “fannish”. There’s been fan-fic of Doctor/Sherlock meet/team-ups for the longest time (and of course the litany of written and drawn slash/fic is difficult to avoid). I’m going to wait and see on this without definitive speculation. It does seem too good to be true as Cumberbatch would make an absolutely BRILLIANT Master.

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What say you?