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The Doctor Who anniversary news just keeps coming with the announcement of The Light at the End, an all new 100-minute story featuring Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. They’ll be reprising their roles as the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors who team up to fight the Master (Geoffrey Beevers). The Doctors will also be joined by some of their companions and additional not yet announced characters from the television series.

“We wanted to do a proper, fully-fledged multi-Doctor story for this very special occasion,” says writer, director and executive producer Nicholas Briggs, “and it’s wonderful that all the surviving Doctors threw themselves behind the project so enthusiastically. That’s not to say the first three Doctors don’t appear – we wanted to pay homage to the whole history of the classic series.”

The production will be available as a 5-disc limited edition that includes two hour-long documentaries and a Companion Chronicles tale called The Revenants or as a standard 2-disc edition. You can preorder now with a release date sometime in November.

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Blast audio of of the back of Batman’s head with this fully rechargeable POP! audio figure that packs 32mm speaker drivers in a regular POP!-sized package.

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Howard Shore added more life to the Lord of the Rings trilogy with his beautiful scores. Many pieces of his music from those films live on a playlist that I play regularly. Shore has that amazing ability to make you see the movie just with the music, and I can’t wait to get there with The Hobbit.

Thanks to Empire, you can get a head start – they’ve got the entire soundtrack for the movie streaming for absolutely free. The soundtrack won’t be released until December 11th so it’s quite the sneak peek! The only catch is that you can’t jump from track to track; but you can still listen to as much or as little as you like to get a feel for the movie.

Even though I’m crazy excited to see The Hobbit, I’m limiting myself to only listening to a few samples. It may sound silly, but I don’t want to spoil too much. I did pick out some familiar Middle Earth themes, and it seems like Shore is just building on what we know and adding to the depth and to the world. I can’t wait to see and hear more!

Pre-orders for the soundtrack are available now in standard and deluxe editions.

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These awesome, limited edition headphones are based on Neon Genesis Evangelion and feature the motif from two characters from the series: Shogo-ki EVA 01 or NERV. Besides looking cool, they fold up and have all the practical features of any set of headphones. Just don’t expect them to clear out your sinuses. You’ll need one of these for that job.

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Behold, a video of a cat meow-meow-meowing the Star Wars theme music! The cat also morphs along the way from Darth Vader to holographic Palpatine to Yoda with pointy ears. Depending on your feelings about cats this is either ridiculously funny or absolutely horrific. It’s your call.

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Geeks and football are not ordinarily two things that go together, but the band at Florida State University has different ideas. They played the theme from Game of Thrones at a football game on Saturday night and nearly drowned out the announcers. The two guys covering the game continued nattering on despite the music, completely oblivious to the awesome of the moment.

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No one wants to listen to a baby cry, and most parents will try anything, and I mean anything, to get them to quiet down. These lucky parents don’t have to sing off key lullabies or resort to rocking their baby in their arms for hours like most of us. Instead, all they have to do is blast the Star Wars theme and he goes from freak-out to zen in about three seconds. Talk about growing your geek.

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As a linguist, Tolkien intended for the Elvish language of Quenya to be both written and spoken. He also had a very specific idea of how it would sound and now we can hear that firsthand in this 1952 recording of Tolkien reading the poem Namárië or Galadriel’s Lament.

The poem is so melodic that it has even been set to music. Composer Donald Swann created his own interpretation of the piece after listening to Tolkien sing it to him first. There is also a recording by Trio Medieval, a Norwegian Girls’ Choir, giving us three very different but very beautiful versions of the poem.

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You’ve got to wonder if Mexican Olympic gymnast Elsa Garcia Rodriguez Blancas is a Legend of Zelda fan or if she just really liked this beautiful music. Blancas did her qualifying floor routine to a medley of Legend of Zelda as arranged by violinist Lindsey Stirling. I like to think Blancas is a gamer in all her non-existent spare time between practices.

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Composer Hans Zimmer has worked on numerous blockbuster movies, including The Dark Knight Rises. Shortly after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, he composed a song dedicated to its victims and to help raise funds to aid in their recoveries.

“Aurora” is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aurora Victim Relief organization. Donate what you can and download the track here: https://watertowermusic.moontoast.com/estore/embed/1336

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