Once More Unto the Breach – The War Doctor Returns

A secret incarnation of the Doctor forgotten after the horrors of the Time War, the era of the ‘War Doctor,’ as he became known, is still a mysterious chapter in Doctor Who’s long history.

Played by Sir John Hurt, CBE, the War Doctor was invented by Steven Moffat after he was unable to obtain the services of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor. This left a new avenue open to the program that seemed contrived in the lead-in story ‘Name of the Doctor,’ but blossomed into one of the most unexpected and fantastic casting moments. A knight became a Doctor!


This scraggly angry incarnation of the Time Lord was forged in the fires of war, a persona chosen by the Doctor’s eighth incarnation as he lay dying on the planet Karn during the Time War. Stricken from the Doctor’s personal history, he redeemed himself in the 50th anniversary episode when he teamed up with twelve other incarnations to end the Time War and save his home world of Gallifrey rather than destroy it. He of course quickly forgot this cooperative encounter before transforming into the grief-stricken and traumatized Ninth Doctor.

Yes, one of the greatest incarnations of the Doctor is without a number and is known only as ‘The War Doctor.’

Glimpses of the War Doctor have been seen since he was last on screen (such as the flashback in ‘Listen’) but he has not enjoyed any further adventures… until now.

Thanks to Big Finish, fans will be getting more of the John Hurt in the TARDIS with a special audio adventure box set and a preview was just revealed.

Via The Radio Times:

doctor-who-day-of-the-doctor-john-hurtExactly two years after John Hurt stole the Doctor Who 50th anniversary show, we have the very first clip of his return as the War Doctor.
Hurt is coming back to Who for a series of 12 all-new episodes from audio drama producers Big Finish. The first box set, Only the Monstrous, is set to be released this December.

This exclusive clip comes from the first episode of the new run, titled The Innocent, which finds the War Doctor in the midst of the Time War, before the events of 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.

“I’ve seen too much of this war already,” Hurt’s weary voice says in the clip – although by the sound of it, he has plenty of tricks (OK, explosives) up his sleeve to help him in the Time Lords’ battle against the Daleks.

And for all the fighting, the War Doctor clearly still has a touch of humanity, saving two “patsies” from approaching Daleks.

Hurt’s character has not been seen since the episode marking the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, where the War Doctor (or ‘Captain Grumpy’, whichever you prefer), appeared alongside Matt Smith and David Tennant’s Doctors.

The new audio dramas are written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, who says he couldn’t wait to explore Who’s 50th anniversary back story in more detail.

“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me,” he said.

“Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”


For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the links below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

Night Of The Living Dead The Beginning Complete Box Set, $99.99
Escape From New York #12 (Cover A Jason Copland), $3.99
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #137, $3.50
Action Comics #46 (Aaron Kuder Regular Cover), $3.99
Astro City #29, $3.99
Astro City Lovers Quarrel HC, $24.99
Batman66_29Batman ’66 #29, $2.99
Batman And Robin Eternal #7, $2.99
DC Comics Book And DVD/Blu-Ray Slipcase Set, AR
Doctor Fate #6, $2.99
Masks 2 #8 (Of 8)(Cover A Butch Guice), $3.99
Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 (Dennis Calero AOD Collectables Variant Cover), AR
Doctor Who The Complete History Volume 4 The First Doctor Stories 1-2 HC, $18.99
Thunderbirds Agents’ Technical Manual 50th Anniversary Edition HC
, $21.95
Godzilla In Hell #5 (Of 5)(Cover A Dave Wachter), $3.99
LeagueofExtraordinary_NemoLeague Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Nemo Trilogy Slipcase Edition HC, $39.99
Astonishing Ant-Man #2 (Mark Brooks Regular Cover), $3.99
Black Knight #1 (Julian Totino Tedesco Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain America Sam Wilson #3 (Daniel Acuna Regular Cover), $3.99
Deadpool #2 (Tony Moore Regular Cover), $3.99
Extraordinary X-Men #2 (Humberto Ramos Regular Cover), $3.99
Mighty Thor #1 (Russell Dauterman Regular Cover), $4.99
Ms. Marvel #1 (Cliff Chiang Regular Cover), $4.99
Secret Wars Too #1, $4.99
SpiderWoman_1Spider-Woman #1 (Javier Rodriguez Regular Cover), $3.99
677936_star-wars-vader-down-1Star Wars Vader Down #1 (Mark Brooks Regular Cover), $4.99
Uncanny Inhumans #2 (Steve McNiven Regular Cover), $3.99
Michael Allred Conversations HC, $40.00
Batman 1966 Catwoman Bust, $59.99
Batman 52 Symbol T-Shirt SM, $18.95

iTunes Terms and Conditions

The great thing about comic books is that they can tell various stories of various types in unusual ways. Additionally, they can do the impossible such as transforming shapes and lines into characters and places.

Ad if you are a very clever artist, you can make a legal document interesting while chronicling the history of the comic book art form.

Via GQ:

As a user of technology and the Internet, you have likely agreed to countless legally binding contracts by now without giving them a second thought, since they are long and exhausting and, as far as we know, are not part of any dark rite to bring the Old Gods back to this mortal plane for a night of bloody, eldritch horror. But if they were, we probably wouldn’t know, because we almost never read them. They’re just too boring.

However, cartoonist R. Sikoryak has decided to make one of the most common Terms and Conditions agreements decidedly less boring—by turning them into a ridiculous graphic novel featuring Steve Jobs explaining them to people as they go use Apple products. You can catch the whole thing on the Tumblr he’s created for the project, where Sikoryak uploads one new page every day.

Outside of the novelty of such a project (and its usefulness, since you’re far more likely to actually read the godforsaken thing now) the best part is seeing all the Sikoryak style every page into a different comics homage. Like the above cover image: It’s a clear callback to Jim Steranko’s art for Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.LD. #1, one of the most popular and influential Marvel Comics of the late 1960s. It’s not just a funny gag, but a tour through comic-book history.

As of today, Sikoryak is 47 pages deep into adapting the iTunes Terms and Conditions, and there seems to be plenty more to go.


Read selections here.

Happy Valentine’s Day

In honor of the day of leurve, here are two mini-entries. One is an excerpt from the DP tumblr feed (you are following, I hope!).

This is one of a set Batman Valentine’s Day cards released in the 1960’s. It’s good to know that they were carefully preserved and not given to anyone. Phew!


Additionally, here’s a time honored song in three parts from the Marx Brothers film, Horse Feathers. Zeppo, Chico and Groucho all join in singing their own version of the melody. Even Harpo whistles up a ditty to a special someone.


I wish all of my readers a Happy Valentine’s Day and if you are without a valentine tonight, and someone asks, just tell them it’s me and they’ll be duly impressed. DPValentines

Visit Scarfolk

There are no words that can accurately capture the unique weirdness of this site. A blog from a fictional English suburb that is stuck in a time bubble, Scarfolk is a wondrous place to visit… but it will often scare you out of your comfort zone (in the most charming and imaginative way).

Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever. “Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay.” For more information please reread.

As an Anglophile, my exposure to all things English comes from snippets of TV that are just plain bizarre like Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men or Noseybonk. Put into that kind of perspective, programs like Doctor Who and Darkplace make perfect sense. But Scarfolk uses that particular English slant of oddness as a launching pad, taking the visitor on a trip to a terrifying place that is also mystifying in its attraction. Like a car wreck full of clowns, it’s heart rending but impossible to just pass by.

So stop, look and listen.

Click to read more

mummy1www-scarfolk-blogspot-com SHCwww-scarfolk-blogspot-comWHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SCARFOLK

“Scarfolk: One visit is not enough” 
– Ian Rankin
(Bestselling crime author)Instant furious spooky…LOVEScarfolk…Probably the best blog on the net”
– Caitlin Moran
(Columnist, critic, broadcaster)“It’s fantastic…”
-Reece Shearsmith
(League of Gentlemen)

“Things may never be the same again…” 
– Peter Paphides 
(Journalist & broadcaster)

“Very funny, very clever and also theyscare me a bit”
-Warren Ellis
(Comic/novel/TV writer)

“Many sinister laughs”
– Gareth Roberts
(Writer: Dr. Who)

 [Scarfolk] feels like my spiritual home”
– Anne Billson
(Guardian film critic & novelist)

“Like living in Portishead’s All Mine video for all eternity.”
– John Peake
(Editor-in-Chief. TVChoice & Total TV Guide)

“Clever and unsettling…” 
– ‘This Way Up’ show
(Radio New Zealand)


TheTimSevenField recording: “The Tim Seven” / Birds. Summer 1972
A few posts back we broached the subject of ‘The Tim Seven.’

“Seven tourists visited that summer. Oddly, they were all called Timothy, wore identical clothes and appeared to communicate with each other telepathically. Everyone in Scarfolk called them ‘The Tim Seven’.

Three days after they arrived in Scarfolk all the birds disappeared and for months after the Tims left whenever Scarfolk residents tried to use their telephones all they could hear on the other end was distant, frantic backward birdsong.”

Some of you have expressed disbelief that these events actually occurred, which has vexed the mayor. He spent all afternoon rummaging around in the archives in search of one of the reels that were recorded at the time. So, for all you naysayers, here it is. This was recorded on the 4th July, 1972 from one of the council office telephones. This is the raw recording and it has not been tampered with in any way.

A friendly reminder about The Daily P.O.P. Tumblr feed

If you are a regular reader of this blog, I appreciate your stopping by, but if you’re not checking out the Daily P.O.P. Tumblr feed by clicking on the image in the right rail under ‘Pics, quotes and videos,’ you’re missing out on lots of extra content.

There are editorial cartoons and other photos and videos.

You ARE following the DP Tumblr feed, right?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, I appreciate your stopping by, but if you’re not checking out the Daily P.O.P. Tumblr feed by clicking on the image in the right rail under ‘Pics, quotes and videos,’ you’re missing out on lots of extra content.

There are editorial cartoons and other photos and videos… along with the new Avengers trailer from Japan showing previously unseen footage.

(thanks to Kurt Belcher on FB for the tip on the Avengers trailer!)