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The Gallifreyan language used by Time Lords in Doctor Who is an intricate, mysterious thing. But if you don’t quite have the time to learn it in all its complexity, there’s this amazing tool to find out what your name would look like.

In 2013, US teen Loren Sherman created this thing of beauty…

Just click here, type in your name and you’ll see its Gallifrean spelling. Monogrammed Christmas, Birthday and Wedding presents forever?

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Some photos. The harsh light on stage washed out a lot of them.

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Sunday Mega Panel

Colin Baker, Andrew Cartmel, Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant, India Fisher, Patricia Quinn, Jessica Martin, Fraser Hines and Moderator- Gary Russell

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Gally Ho!

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Review: Hell Bent…

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Naturally, there are spoilers ahead…

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Before I get into my more reasoned reaction to the Season Finale, lets talk visceral.

This is what I wrote right after watching the episode yesterday:

AARGHH!
Clara Lives…Moffat’s is the one who’s cruel and cowardly.
He ruined “Face The Raven”. Made it cheap, taudry and manipulative.
Series 9. A magnificent marathon destined to win the Triple Crown of Season Arc Storied Horse racing only to come up lame in the last 10 yards. Such a pity.
I am very angry with you Steven. Very angry indeed!
Another fake Clara Death.
F*ck The Raven….

I have calmed down quite a bit since then (about 12 hours later) and I have a much better opinion of this episode in the end once the emotions have calmed down.

It is actually a good episode. Series 9/35 is one of the best seasons in many years. It is a classic of its own.

But,it was a bit like watch the “Planet of The Apes” Tim Burton remake and you get to that idiotic last 5 minutes that ruined the movie. That was the visceral reaction I had to Time-Locked Undead Clara and Ashildr/Me running off into the universe together.

Fortunately, upon reflection I have a better consideration for this episode, and the last 5 minutes of “Planet of The Apes” STILL sucks. 🙂

The Doctor Clara and her companion, the immortal Me. Off to see the universe.

Is this what the Doctor and The Master would have been like if things had turned out differently? Hmmm…

That’s where the rumors of Me being a companion in The TARDIS obviously come from.

Doctor Clara gets the Hartnell TARDIS.

The visceral reaction is gone. I went too far… 🙂

But do the Time Lords REALLY want to risk having the Hybrid, aka Clara & The Doctor rekindle at some point in the future?

And what happens when Clara and Me meet Jenny?

The mind boggeleth.

Overall, the episode is very good. The Doctor literally broke all the rules and went literally to the end of time to save Clara.

But I still think it cheapened “Face The Raven” and gave us YET ANOTHER Fake Clara Death. I’m so sick of that. That visceral reaction hasn’t gone away. 🙂

The Doctor did break every rule he ever believed in. He was cruel. He was cowardly and he wasn’t The Doctor.

And Moffat got another Gender Change thrown in for sledgehammer effect. Sigh…Unnecessary.

The opening in the diner made me want to scream “MOFFAT!” but I kept it together because the story was actually very good- I just hated that one part- viscerally. 🙂

The Doctor drawing a line in the sand (Wish our President had that much resolution) at his childhood home, Lungbarrow.

The escalation of fear from Time Lords where you get one Chancellery Guard, to the Head of the Guard and several, to The High Council and finally Rassilon himself was very interesting to watch as the fear of the unknown was ratcheted up.

Too bad Rassilon forgot to take his own advice about “immortality is a curse not a blessing” and has gone mad himself and lead Gallifrey and The Universe to the brink of extinction in The Time War.

A Time Lord Victorious.

Now, he wants The Doctor. He “was a good man once” also but fear and death have overtaken him as well.

“Get off his Planet”. So does this mean The Doctor’s The President yet again, and he ran off in a TARDIS instead?

The Doctor is a “War Hero” He won the Time War. Yeah, he committed genocide of both sides and then undid it. 🙂

Rassilon fought it. The Doctor Won it.

Maybe they aren’t so dissimilar.

The Doctor was the one that beat The Death Zone, a playground for the Time Lords to torture other beings in.

They just tortured him for 4.5 billion years because they feared his incite into The Hybrid that would destroy Gallifrey, which the Time Lords naturally consider it to be a melding of the two great races of the universe- The Time Lords and The Daleks because they are the most powerful and most feared.

But it’s the deadly combo of a Time Lord, and a lowly Human who wants to be  a Time Lord.

The Doctor & Clara, brought together by that ultimate lover of all things chaos, The Master/Missy. Also, he’s best friend. The Light and Dark in all of us.

Clara and Ashildr.

What does this say about the Cartmel MasterPlan that never finished because of the shows cancellation? The one where Ace was going to become a Time Lord on Gallifrey? 🙂

What does that say about the potentially deadly cocktail of Doctor and Companion for the future?

Peter Capaldi, over these last few episodes, has shown why he is magnificent actor and deserves to be one of the greatest. He oozes resolute menace like no Doctor ever has.

The episode itself is full of visceral reactions and elicits them also.

He “goes too far” and there is Clara, and Ashildr to stomp him back into being a Doctor.

The Time Lord Victorious, indeed. A wounded animal, acting on raw emotions and grief more like.

He’s willing to do literally anything to save her. He literally risks the fabric of time & space itself.

And The Time Lords let him because they are giving into their own fears.What could Clara actually tell them about the Hybrid? I mean really, what could she?

“Why would you even do that?” she asks him, crying, when she learns just how long it’s been since they last met, a heartbeat ago. “I was dead and gone. Why would you even do that to yourself?”

“I had a duty of care,” he says, repeating a phrase he’s uttered before.

It’s sweet and alarming. How far and how bad can things get if you “care” too much? Actually, given his knowledge of time, fixed points and the fallout of violations, it’s mostly alarming how far he’s gone and seems willing to go.

He has literally risked the Universe for her.

But she can talk him off his Time Lord Victorious Ledge and tell him to “Be a Doctor” before he effectively wipes his own memory.

It’s the reverse Donna. He forgets her, instead of her forgetting him OR DYING for real.

When did we become immune to seeing people die, for real?

But I did a fangasm when He steals a TARDIS and runs! Only this time, he takes Clara with him. And it’s an overlit (as it was back in the day) mockup of the First Doctor’s TARDIS with the original Hartnell console from An Adventure in Space & Time standing in for the original.

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The Doctor has come full circle.

He’s running away from Gallifrey, afraid and scared, in a TARDIS but it’s not his grand daughter this time.

And via the Mind Clara in the Diner he become the Doctor Reborn with a new Sonic Screwdriver.

And the adventure continues. A new Companion. A New Direction.

Run you Clever Girl, and Remember.

She is now more Impossible that ever. She was born to save The Doctor, after all, even from himself.

Run you clever Doctor, and forget.

He doesn’t like endings, after all.

“stories are where memories go when they’re forgotten.”

A Man is the sum of his memories, you know, a Time Lord Even more so…:)

TEGAN: It’ll soon be goodbye, then.
DOCTOR 5: Will it?
TURLOUGH: Well, you’re off to Gallifrey to be President. I suppose your Time Lord subjects will find a Tardis that really works and get us both home?
DOCTOR 5: Who said anything about Gallifrey?
TURLOUGH: You told Chancellor Flavia
DOCTOR 5: I told her she had full deputy powers until I returned.
TEGAN: You’re not going back?
DOCTOR 5: You know, sometimes, Tegan, you take my breath away.
TURLOUGH: Er, won’t the Time Lords be very angry?
DOCTOR 5: Furious.
TEGAN: You mean you’re deliberately choosing to go on the run from your own people in a rackety old Tardis?
DOCTOR 5: Why not? After all, that’s how it all started.

But first, he has to meet his wife again…

19 Days Until Christmas. Then we are in for a long winters nap.

 

 

In Town

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Her panel is tomorrow.

I get her autograph and photo tomorrow. A real Beauty and the Beast moment for sure. 🙂

Then I will see her again in a month in New Orleans with Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith.

I’m excited.

Then Gally is the Month after that, so it’s Con Season!

Last year's Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Booking special guests for a big geek convention often takes a lot of time, effort, patience, and persistence. Just ask Brandy Kuschel, who spends most of the year wrangling all manner of famed actors, artists, and geek icons for both Phoenix Comicon in the spring and its spinoff wintertime event, Fan Fest.

“There are a lot of moving parts involved with getting guests,” says Kuschel, who serves as Comicon’s director of guest relations.

There’s also a bit of luck involved and fortune has been known to suddenly smile upon her. Like, for instance, when the chance to host Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan at this year’s Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest next month fell into her lap.

As Kuschel explains, the Phoenix Comicon staff has a standing booking offer with agents representing many of the stars from the renowned BBC sci-fi show’s history, including David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Billie Piper. “We’ve let it be know that we’re always interested in having any Doctor Who guests out to Phoenix Comicon,” Kuschel says.

A few months ago, she got an e-mail offering up an appearance from Gillan, the Scottish actress who played ultra-popular companion Amy Pond, on a silver platter.

It was an offer that Kuschel and the rest of the Phoenix Comicon staff couldn’t refuse, especially since they’d been trying to book Gillan for years. Thing is, they’d been hoping to feature her at Phoenix Comicon proper, which brings upwards of 70,000 people to downtown and features a huge array of blockbuster guests. The Fan Fest, which debuted last December, is a much smaller event that’s geared more towards artists and families.

Karen Gillan is scheduled to appear on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.

Karen Gillan is scheduled to appear on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015.
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According to Phoenix Comicon director Matt Solberg, while Fan Fest includes appearances by some notable names, such as actor Tom Skeritt or artist Bob Layton at last year’s event, the emphasis isn’t necessarily on big guests.

“Last year we had a couple of headliners and a few other special guests and I think everyone fit in with what we were doing,” Solberg says. “But this year it wasn’t like we were going after a big-named person for Fan Fest. And then it just kind of happened with Karen Gillan.”

Solberg says that when Kuschel told him the Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy actress would be available for the event, the two were amused by the irony over finally getting the guest they wanted, albeit at a completely different time of year.

“Brandy and I had a really good chuckle together,” Solberg says, “Because it was like, ‘You gotta be kidding me. We’ve spent all this time trying to get her for Phoenix Comicon and now it’s being handed to us?’ But we both knew right away, we weren’t passing up this opportunity. You just don’t.”

Nor did they pass on any of the other big guests that they had the chance to feature at this year’s Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest, which takes place from Friday, December 4, to Sunday, December 6, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and will include such famous names as A-Team/Battlestar Galactica star Dirk Benedict, veteran character actor W. Morgan Shepard, Torchwood’s Gareth David-Lloyd, and Sean Maher from Firefly. (Phoenix New Times)

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Also excited to see what happens to today in the Season Finale, “Hell Bent”.

But then we go into hibernation for 20 days until the Christmas Special.

Then the long dark Doctor Who Winter sets in until next Fall.

So it’s also a sad time of the year where we will be without a new fix for months and months and months…

 

The Return of Me

She certainly made an impression after her debut in series 9.

But Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, 18, will make her return to Doctor Who as the immortal Ashildr for the show’s season finale this weekend.

Starring alongside the Doctor – played by Peter Capaldi, 57 – it will be the first time she’s seen in the show since the Face The Raven episode, which aired November 21.

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“You don’t see surprised to see me?”

Speaking of her return, Maisie said: ‘I didn’t know that I’d be back again but I’m glad I am because after the end of the previous episode that I’m in, it was nice to have something that would round off my character nicely.’

The show’s writer Steven Moffat, 54, added that her immortal character has lived many years since her most recent appearance.

He said: ‘She’s now impossibly ancient and quite serene. She’s far older than the doctor.

Behind the Scenes Video with Maisie:

‘She’s certainly not alarmed by him anymore as she’s not merely his equal, she’s outgrown him. 

‘They are no longer equals. She’s way ahead. She’s seen more. She’s done more.’

Peter said: ‘We’re both creatures who look into eternity. That’s how Doctor Who should be. It’s good, it’s quite haunting.’

Maisie added: ‘Every episode that I’ve been back, my character’s made such a big change in the time that she’s been missing. It’s nice to be able to portray all of that.’  

In the preview clip, Ashildr is seen sitting on a throne, as she says to the Doctor: ‘You don’t seem surprised to see me.’

The Doctor replies: ‘I know I went too far.’

In what appears to be quite the dramatic scene, Ashildr says: ‘I’ve had 800 years of adventure. Enough to fill a library if you write it all down. I think it’s time to tell the truth.’

Reflecting on her experience on the BBC1 show, Maisie admitted: ‘This is every fan boy’s dream and I get to do this as my job. I’m really grateful for that.’

Peter dropped a hint that Maisie would be an accomplished new companion in a recent interview.

He said: ‘I can’t answer questions like that but Maisie is fantastic, She’s been in Game of Thrones since she was 12 and is very assured.

‘I was doing a shot with her and when they called “action” she slightly pulled me back. When I asked her what she was doing she said, “You were in my light.” But she is lovely.’

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“The Hybrid is me” was the cliffhanger we all got left with last Saturday.

We all started to speculate how it could be the Doctor.

But what if it’s not?

Someone got me to speculate on this because Moffat does like word play.

Remember, “the name of the Doctor” and many speculated (not me though) that that meant he was going to reveal the Doctor’s real name and it turned out be acting “in the name of the Doctor”.

Then  you hear that Maisie Williams is supposed to be in the Finale and you go hmmm.

What is if “The Hybrid is Me” is literal, as in Me/Ashildr?

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The product of two warrior races, The Vikings (human) and The Mire, created by the Doctor himself. So, he in effect is the architect of the prophecy just not the literal prophecy.
What if it’s all a word game?
We’ll find out in 2 days.
Moffat, Radio Times, this week:What was the thinking behind Ashildr (Maisie Williams) and the creation of her character?
Trying to find someone who puts the Doctor on the back foot is hard, but worth doing. He’s a bluff-meister, a travelling showman masquerading as a great warrior. He’s not Gandalf in space; he’s a man who stole a time machine. So I like to find people who can cut through and by the end of this series Ashildr has completely figured him out and has him on the rack. She’s someone with enough perspective to say, “I know who you are and what you do. I know you’re amazing but I know you’re not superhuman.”

The idea was he first meets her as a young girl; he meets her again as someone formidable and gone off the rails; he meets her again in episode 10 and she’s very different; and by the end she’s way ahead of him. She’s much older than him and she can nail him and understand him.

She’s better than both combined.

Hmmm…

 

Review: Heaven Sent

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So The Doctor himself is the mythological “Hybrid”…

While I can say honestly I had thought of that and dismissed it for this reason:

RETCON BS!

MOFFAT!!!

So what you’re saying is that The Doctor is the product of two warrior races. His “parents” knew this. But he grew up a Time Lord, in the Prydonian Order- The elite class of Time Lords. He squeaked by.

Had kids, they had kids, so he could take his Granddaughter and flee Gallifrey because he found out he was the Hybrid and not because he saw wonder and excitement.

And all this time it’s been about tempering his inner Hybrid??

The Time Lords caught him (War Games) and didn’t try to exterminate him until the second time they caught him (Arc of Infinity) but not for being The Hybrid though.

Yes, I am going all Continuity Cop on Moffat.

If he was this fear mythological creature why was he elected Lord President of The High Council TWICE??

Did they want this being of legend to be their boss?

Let me guess, he’s not even Gallifreyan… 😦

So I’m throwing the Red card (European Football)/ Yellow Flag (American Football) on this one!

I will give Moffat a change to ‘splain himself. I have no choice since the episode is in the can already. But he’s messing in shark infested fanboy waters here.

Yes, most of the general public is oblivious to it, it’s beyond The Veil, butr still we are here and we are relentless. 🙂

He’s messing with one of the fundamental truths of 52 years of the series AGAIN!

“Bold” and “fresh”, you say. I say the jury’s out on that, at least for now.

But before I rant on in full fan boy continuity furor until next Saturday lets talk about the rest of the episode.

You have The Prisoner meets Groundhog Day.

But how exactly does a fist, even over 2 billion years go through a substance 400 times harder than diamond, exactly??

And if the fear The Hybrid so much why did they engineer  a scenario where death was still a possibility? Yeah, I know “no one was supposed to die” and if Clara had not been so Doctor-ish she would have lived but in trying to trap The Doctor and literally beat a confession out of him they created The Time Lord Victorious potentially that were trying to avoid.

I get that he was teleported into his own confession disc and all the nightmares he had were of his devising, was this the Gallifreyan equivalent of a test?  Like the Untempered Schism??

Or did they just want to re-enter the universe through his confession Disc? or bring The Hybrid to Gallifrey through the disc?

Why??

They were wiped out and retcon saved by him (Day of The Doctor) and stuck in a pocket universe trying to get back into the main universe by using a crack in the universe to contact The Hybrid? (Time of The Doctor).

Moffat, you have some ‘splainin to do…

Peter Capaldi did do a magnificent job as I knew he would. But I’m just not sold on it yet.

Too many questions. Some more fundamental to the show that shouldn’t be messed with, IMHO.

If he’s The Hybrid, how is the “sense of wonder” Doctor anymore?

How is he a hero anymore?

I just had a thought, maybe that’s why they let him go, to be The Hybrid loose in the Universe.

Still doesn’t explain “War Games” then. Or “Deadly Assassin” or “Arc of Infinity”.

And if you’re just going to retcon it like the Time War, boo hiss.

The Time War was the Gallifreyans fault for trying to wipe out the Daleks. But it would explain why they chose him to do it.

So maybe my theory isn’t so far off. They let him loose in the universe to be The Hybrid and do all the things they refused to do.

Still doesn’t explain “The War Games”.

And yes, I know none of the writers, producers or anyone else was thinking along these lines in Classic Who.

BUT CONTINUITY HAS TO MATTER FOR SOMETHING. We fans demand it. 🙂

But I think that’s why the monster is called the The Veil. It’s the Veil of Continuity that’s chasing Moffat and the Fans and it has to be defeated over time.

If you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there’s one thing you never, ever put in a trap… Me.”– The Eleventh Doctor.

Let’s move one, I rant on.

Jenna Coleman as The Ghost of Clara makes an appearance when he’s down to push him forward with another “Be a Doctor” scene.

That part I can relate to because Doctor Who itself did that for me 30 years ago when a depressing, suicidal 20-something was at his rock bottom and the last thought, “But I’ll miss Doctor Who” and he’s soldiered on ever since. That part I get. It was the best part of the episode.

The good parts of the episode were especially in the Mental TARDIS then Doctor constructed so he had someone to show off to because the Doctor is a show off. Plus it’s a narrative device, not on unlike the Classic Series companions who’s main job was to as question like “How did you do that Doctor?” “How do we get out of this one Doctor?” and all those narrative questions that had to be answered to feed the audience the answers and the rationale for what they were seeing.

But overall, I’m in full fanboy continuity mode and I’m not leaving until someone explains WTF Moffat is up to, then I can hate it or not, and this is the first time I’ve said that in a long time and the first time this season I have said it about an episode on initial viewing.

It’s getting better as I write this but My inner fanboy is still screaming “Bullshit!”.

“Doctor, you’re not the only person who ever lost someone,” Clara says, finally showing her face again. “It’s the story of everybody. Get over it. Eat it. Break free. Doctor, it’s time. Get up off your arse and win. ”

But the Doctor realizes that in order to win, he has to lose.

“To lose is to win and He who wins shall lose. It was all a part of Rassilon’s Trap. To find out who wanted Immortality and get him out of the way” (The Five Doctors).

Trust me, I’m a Doctor Who Fan and we can over-analyze anything to death and never give up!  (see ya after the fairytale) 🙂

The shepherd boy Fairytale

A fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm Grimm
There was once on a time a shepherd boy whose fame spread far and wide because of the wise answers which he gave to every question. The King of the country heard of it likewise, but did not believe it, and sent for the boy. Then he said to him: “If thou canst give me an answer to three questions which I will ask thee, I will look on thee as my own child, and thou shall dwell with me in my royal palace.” The boy said: “What are the three questions?” The King said: “The first is, how many drops of water are there in the ocean?” The shepherd boy answered: “Lord King, if you will have all the rivers on earth dammed up so that not a single drop runs from them into the sea until I have counted it, I will tell you how many drops there are in the sea.” The King said: “The next question is, how many stars are there in the sky?” The shepherd boy said: “Give me a great sheet of white paper,” and then he made so many fine points on it with a pen that they could scarcely be seen, and it was all but impossible to count them; any one who looked at them would have lost his sight. Then he said: “There are as many stars in the sky as there are points on the paper; just count them.” But no one was able to do it. The King said: “The third question is, how many seconds of time are there in eternity.” Then said the shepherd boy: “In Lower Pomerania is the Diamond Mountain, which is two miles and a half high, two miles and a half wide, and two miles and a half in depth; every hundred years a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on it, and when the whole mountain is worn away by this, then the first second of eternity will be over.”

The King said: “Thou hast answered the three questions like a wise man, and shalt henceforth dwell with me in my royal palace, and I will regard thee as my own child.”

So the Doctor is the child right?
In all his answers, the shepherd boy does not necessarily give a correct answer so much as he gives an answer that proves how impossible it is to answer the question. Sometimes wisdom is shown by knowing what can and can’t be accomplished. (Bookrags)

DOCTOR WHO?

Cute Moffat, very cute….Still going to retcon your fanboy arse though if you don’t explain this and pretty damn well.
To paraphrase The Doctor himself: “I am the Doctor <Fan>, I’m coming to find you and I will never, ever stop.”
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“The hybrid destined to conquer Gallifrey and stand in its ruins … is  me.”

TO BE CONTINUED.

 

 

Titan-ic Crossover this Summer

5-part weekly event written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Neil Edwards, stars Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors and their comics companions!

The weekly event, running through August and September 2015, in place of the ongoing series, features all three Doctors from Titan’s regular ongoings. This epic event is the thrilling next chapter in Titan Comics’ bombastic Doctor Who publishing saga.

The first issue releases Wednesday August 12, supported by the global Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday August 15!

Writer Paul Cornell has penned classic episodes from the Doctor Who TV series (‘Father’s Day’, ‘Human Nature/Family of Blood’, both Hugo-nominated), classic Doctor Who novels, as well as successful comic book runs on titles such as Wolverine, Action Comics, Demon Knights, and Captain Britain and MI:13.

The e?vent follows straight on from the issue #15 conclusions of Year One, with the second years of the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors beginning after the event’s blistering finale!

Three Doctors, three companions, one action-packed mystery!

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With two of pop cultures biggest sci-fi influences hitting their 50th year of existence, it’s no surprise the number of times that fans of both Doctor Who and Star Trek have considered what a cross-over of the two properties might look and feel like. Given that they both espouse themes of peace, inclusion, and helping others, the two shows have ample ways that their respective worlds might  conceivably intertwine. (Of course, we have an IDW comic strip already.)

YouTuber Theta Sigma Productions has imagined a new such merger. this time one that seems to pit Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan from Star Trek: Into Darkness as someone akin to the Master vs the Doctor, his companions, and the crew of the Enterprise in “The Battle For Gallifrey” The results look pretty good too. Like good enough that it sounds like an awesome plot line for an actual movie! Check out the trailer below.