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The Series 8 premiere of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi taking over as the Twelfth Doctor is almost upon us. His puppet version, however, has already arrived in the latest episode of Doctor Puppet. The webseries, created and animated by Alisa Stern, has been chronicling the adventures of Doctor Puppet in his various incarnations. The new Doctor gets a warm welcome in this adorable episode titled Striking Twelve.

See the video and another picture after the break.

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white tree of gondor

You don’t have to travel to New Zealand to add a little Middle-earth to your life. You can do what Lord of the Rings fan Mehmet did and install a geeky stain glass door in your house. The glass features the White Tree of Gondor in all its glory, and I wouldn’t mind having one just like it in my house.

(via TheOneRing.Net)

Sandman

Joseph Gordon Levitt has been working with David S. Goyer and Neil Gaiman to bring an adaptation of The Sandman to the big screen. The comic spans 75 issues, and it’s tricky to wrap it up into one cohesive story. Gordon-Levitt shared some details back in January, and in a recent interview with Moviefone, he gave an update on where they are:

“Right now we’re working on a script. It’s me and Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people. It’s a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan “Batman” movies. It’s really exciting. There’s not a script yet, we’re still kind of working it out because it’s such a complicated adaptation because “Sandman” wasn’t written as novels. “Sin City” was written as a novel. “Sandman” is 75 episodic issues. There’s a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt “Sandman” for the past 20 years.”

He says they’re in the middle of it and thinks they have the right ideas in order to put the proper take on the story. I can’t wait to see what they come up with and hope this is an adaptation that pans out instead of getting stuck in an indefinite development period.

(io9 via TMS, top image by Mike Allred)

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Doctor Who Many Doctors

On August 23, Doctor Who fans will witness the season 8 premiere and the first full debut adventure of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. First impressions can be tricky, especially when audiences just spent a few years getting used to the previous incarnation of the heroic Time Lord. Before we see how well Capaldi’s first story delivers, why not take a look at the debuts of the classic era Doctors? Some were hits right from the start, while some had shaky beginnings but became beloved incarnations later on.

The list begins after the break!

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martin

As if there aren’t enough people who have died throughout the series, George R.R. Martin bloodlust appears to be reaching a point where there is little need for restraint. According to BuzzFeed, while speaking at an event at the Freemason’s Hall in London, Martin said:

The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that, and now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.”

Oh, that’s just fantastic. Why do I get the feeling that the Red Wedding may end up looking like a lovely afternoon tea party once this is all over?

Wow

Shortly after Robin Williams’ death, fans started a petition to memorialize him as a character in one of his favorite games, World of Warcraft. Blizzard’s response seemed to indicate that they would be doing something for Williams, and now gaming site Wowhead has uncovered what looks like an in-game tribute to the late actor in the game data.

The upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion has three character models named “Robin”, including this genie that would be an obvious reference to Aladdin. The other two models are a man and an older woman who could be a nod to his role in Mrs. Doubtfire (pictured after the break). Despite the similarities, Blizzard has made no official statement as to whether or not these characters are truly a tribute to Williams.

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kermit

Kermit the Frog recently took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise awareness and money for the ALS Association. It was amazing of course.

Not only do we get Kermit, but we get a great little lesson about cold water and its effect on amphibians.

My personal favorite part is right at the end. You can watch the video after the break…

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Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades from StarCraft II is ready to come hang out on your bookshelf. We’ve seen realistic cosplay of the character, but this statue is practically lifelike. As lifelike as such a creature can be, anyway. The 25 inch figure from Sideshow Collectibles features Kerrigan emerging from a chrysalis as an agent of the Zerg Overmind.

See more details in photos after the break.

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It’s hard to imagine Guardians of the Galaxy as being anything other than goofy and slightly quirky, but artist Justin Sweet posted some of his original Guardians concept art on his Facebook, and it looks like some of the first takes on the film’s characters were fairly dark and gritty.

As you’ll see after the break, most of the images (while absolutely stunning) have a very different thematic tone than the final product. Rocket (pictured above) is a good example of that. In the movie, he looked more or less like an average raccoon with a penchant for firearms, outbursts and walking on two legs. But Justin’s version looks a little older and war-weary, and definitely not as light-hearted as the Rocket we all know and love.

Check out some more concept art after the break…

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