SDCC Announcement Doctor Who Brings Christmas Early

first_img Christmas always comes once a year, and for the Doctor, this usually means regeneration time.The Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic Con was a beautiful and slightly bittersweet affair, as we watch the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi), his companions (Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Michelle Gomez), writer Mark Gatiss and showrunner Steven Moffat take their final bows on the Comic-Con stage.The ending episode of Season 10 titled, “The Doctor Falls” gave us a glimpse of whats to come in the Doctors final hours. After refusing to regenerate, he steps out of the Tardis to meet the First Doctor, played by David Bradley, previously played by the late great William Hartnell.The Christmas Special titled, “Twice Upon A Time” was written by current showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay and set to premiere Christmas of this year. There’s not much about the episode yet, but the trailer and the Doctor tells us there’s “something wrong with time.” Moffat says the event will feature both the First and Twelfth Doctor refusing to regenerate. “It’s a Christmas episode without being overtly Christmassy. It’s very happy-sad.”From the look of the trailer, the Doctor will be joined by some new and old faces. Gatiss, who co-created Sherlock (2010) with Moffat, has written a couple of Doctor Who episodes himself, including Series 10 “The Empress of Mars.” Gatiss will be playing a new face in Whoniverse named The Captian, a WW1 soldier in the Christmas special, but there’s not much revealed about his role yet.In a surprising twist, we watch briefly in the trailer as The Tardis Team reunites. Bill Potts, played by the lovely Pearl Mackie, and the Doctor come back together after she not only becomes the first Cyberman but becomes a passenger to Heather’s Pilot in “The Doctor Falls.” Other exciting glimpses come from the beginning of the trailer where we see the shift of Hartnell to Bradley, but even more exciting we catch a small glimpse of the First Doctor’s regeneration with his companion Polly.via BBC AmericaMoffat talks a bit about David Bradley’s portrayal of William Hartnell’s Doctor, saying, “He gives it such twinkle, such grace. He just captures what the First Doctor was really like…”As the cast beams about the Christmas event, we can not forget that this will be the last time this brilliant cast will be together. The cast of series 10 gives their reflections on the series and each of their characters with kind parting words.Pearl Mackie shared her emotion with the crowd about being apart of the series. She says, “What was really special to me about Bill was that she’s so real.” Matt Lucas, who played Nardole, expresses his feelings about his character who first appeared in The Husband of River Song, “It was good to try to develop different sides of the character.” via BBC AmericaEven big bad Missy, played by the amazing Michelle Gomez, says, “It’s hard to look into those big blue watery gray eyes and want to be his friend and then not was hard…it’s hard to work with this man and not want to be your best self.”Peter Capaldi, our beloved Twelfth Doctor, will be leaving, but forever in our heart. The BBC shows a montage video of the Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor and after, the audience gives him a standing ovation.Before the panel ends, he talks about Jodie Whittaker briefly, our new Thirteenth Doctor, saying, ” I think Jodie’s going to be amazing and she’s so full of excitement and full of passion… she’s a great choice.” Capaldi also says the most iconic moment as the Twelfth Doctor has to be his introduction in the Doctor Who 50th: “The Day of the Doctor.”As we bid a fond farewell to Series 10, the Twelfth Doctor, our spectacular Tardis team, and showrunner, they ask what Moffat would miss about being on Doctor Who. “I will never again get to sit in a room of 7,000 people I’m faintly irritating,”“Twice Upon A Time” lands on BBC America on Christmas, 2017.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey Stay on target A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life last_img read more

Duo of Neighboring Magellanic Clouds May Have Been Trio

first_img Two of the closest galaxies to our Milky Way—the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds—may have once had a third companion.New research describes a tertiary galaxy probably engulfed by the Large Magellanic Cloud some three to five billion years ago.Most stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) rotate clockwise around the center of the galaxy, according to the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).But some appear to move counter-clockwise.“For a while, it was thought that these stars might have come from its companion galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud,” ICRAR Masters student Benjamin Armstrong, lead author on the study, said in a statement. “Our idea was that these stars might have come from a merger with another galaxy in the past.”Large Magellanic Cloud photographed using a small telephoto lens and a modified DSLR camera to highlight the molecular clouds (via Andrew Lockwood)Two irregular dwarf galaxies less than 200,000 light-years from the Milky Way, the Magellanic Clouds can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye.Until the discovery of the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy in 1994, these were the closest known galaxies to our own. The Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, spotted in 2003, is considered the actual nearest neighbor.Armstrong, based at the University of Western Australia, used computer modelling to simulate galaxy mergers.“What we found is that in this sort of merging event, you actually can get quite strong counter-rotation after a merger takes place,” he explained. “This is consistent with what we see when we actually observe the galaxies.”In collaboration with ICRAR principal research fellow Kenji Bekki, Armstrong uncovered evidence that could help answer the long-standing question of why stars in the LMC are either very old or very young.An inverse luminance image of the large and small clouds (via Andrew Lockwood)Galaxies’ star clusters contain “many, many, many stars”—typically of similar ages, made in similar environments. The Milky Way, for example, features clusters that are all very old.The LMC, however, has an array of very old and very young clusters—with nothing in between—creating an “age-gap” problem.“Because in the Large Magellanic Cloud we see star formation starting again, that could be indicative of a galaxy merger taking place,” he said.It could also explain why the LMC appears to be surrounded by a thick disc.The research—intended as a “new way of looking at an old problem”—is detailed in a paper published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.Earlier this month, astronomers were able to detect radiation from cosmic rays in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Scientists also captured super-sharp images of celestial bodies using the Very Large Telescope’s adaptive-optics module. Stay up to date on all things space here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet last_img read more