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February 26, 2014

True Love Remembered

As a girl, I was raised by my dear, wonderful Grandmother who now suffers from Alzheimer's.  She was an example of so much good and I spent my life wanting to be like her and to make her proud.  It is hard sometimes to see her unable to recall the past.  Some days she knows who we are, but more often than not she struggles.  This little story touched my heart and reminded me of my also wonderful and inspiring grandfather.  
I grew up knowing how much he loved her but it was watching them together in their final years together when I truly grasped the depth of his love for her.  May we all have examples of true love in our lives.  Even when she doesn't remember all she taught and meant to me, the important thing is that I will.  

Enjoy this lovely story


This. Is. BEAUTIFUL.


February 24, 2014

Hey Sherlock Fans! Benedict Cumberbatch as a Dragon?

Benedict Cumberbatch Performs Mocap 'Smaug' in Making-Of Video (Exclusive)

To create the dragon in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," having Benedict "in a mocap suit … seemed to help get him immersed and home in on the character."




Peter Jackson's Weta Digital has released a new video exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter detailing its Oscar-nominated work to create the massive dragon Smaug and meld it with the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

"Our challenge with Smaug was making him every bit as engaging and believable as his live-action counterparts," explains David Clayton of Smaug's Oscar-nominated VFX team from Weta Digital.

Clayton tells THR that to get started, Cumberbatch came to Wellington, N.Z.'s Weta in early 2012. "Using our motion-capture stage, we recorded his performances, which focused on the conversation with Bilbo sequence. Having Benedict in a mocap suit was lots of fun -- for us, and hopefully for him, too -- and seemed to help get him immersed and home in on the character."

The animation team then grafted Cumberbatch's performance onto the CG dragon. "The translation of performance from Benedict to Smaug wasn't a one-to-one match like you'd get from a humanoid creature. They have very different physiologies," Clayton explains. "As animators we had to transpose the elements of Benedict's performance that were critical to the shot, such as head nuances and facial expressions. We then built up the majority of his motion with keyframe animation" --meaning that it was animated by hand.

"Smaug needed a formidable presence, so we worked hard to craft impressive poses for his massive body, wings and tail. He also covered a full range of moods -- from supreme arrogance to paranoid suspicion, from curiosity to violent rage. Adding to his versatility as a character was the creation of his hands. We achieved this by adding a thumb and extra forefingers to Smaug's wings."

To allow Smaug to live in his chamber of Erebor -- which is filled with gold coins -- the team wanted his movement to be "confident and self assured. We got creative with his locomotion through the gold by plowing him through the coins like a train through snow."

This was a formidable challenge, as the VFX team had to simulate all the coins with each movement of the dragon. Some of the action sequences involved hundreds of millions of CG coins moving at once."

As the Weta team built up Smaug sequences with more evolved animation, Cumberbatch used those visuals for additional ADR, working with the sound team (Smaug is also nominated for sound editing and sound mixing Oscars). "It became this great collaboration through which we were able to get the most out of this amazing character," Clayton says.
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February 23, 2014

Call the Midwife 3 Episode 6




Trixie is delighted when handsome curate Tom Hereward invites her to a cricket match, but is less impressed to find that they are taking a group of Cub Scouts to Clacton-on-Sea in a run-down old bus which breaks down en route. Patsy recognises a patient's mystery ailment as the legacy of a tropical disease contracted in a prisoner-of-war camp in the Far East, and reveals that she grew up in Singapore and was herself interred during the Second World War. Shelagh and Dr. Turner resolve to look into adopting a child. Jessica Raine does not appear at all in this episode.

The Musketeer Episode 5

When a night's heavy drinking ends with Porthos accused of murdering a French dignitary's son, he is sentenced to death and - after escaping captivity - ends up taking refuge in the unwelcoming Court of Miracles, a den of inequity but also our hero's childhood home.

Mr. Selfridge 2 - Episode 6

Mr Selfridge series 2 episode 6:

The Germans aren’t popular and is Henri hiding something?


Mr Selfridge episode 6: Is Henri hiding something?Just when you thought Mr Selfridge was getting a bit too cosy for its own good, things livened up considerably in an episode which saw matters thoroughly complicated by the war.
It all kicked off, as the Germans became increasingly – and understandably – unpopular – with the removal of all German-made items from the shelves of the store, much to the bemusement of some of the staff.
But it didn’t end there, as Harry’s attempts to do his bit for the war effort took an unexpected turn when he was asked by British Intelligence to pay a covert visit to Germany itself. Clearly this wasn’t quite what he was expecting but you just knew it would turn out to be an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Although he wasn’t the only one looking for a piece of the action, as Henri Leclair, having spent the entire episode being eyed suspiciously by Thackeray, announced he was also off to fight for the French, now that the army was accepting ‘older men’.
Meanwhile, as half the characters appeared to have their eyes fixed firmly on the continent, back home the efforts to keep the patriotic spirit up continued, in the shape of a concert organised by the store.


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You can always rely on a concert to be rudely interrupted by drama (Picture: ITV)

The show must go on….or not
Matters were further complicated on this front when Lady Mae, increasingly unhappy in her marriage to Loxley (who as punishment for her infidelities has now confiscated her bedroom key, meaning he can make himself at home in her room whenever the mood takes him), hooked up with the star of the show, tenor and old friend Richard Chapman (Alfie Boe).
Cue much wistful longing for the past and him attempting to persuade her out of the marriage (which she refused to do on account of getting a nice fur coat out of it, among everything else), in the sort of way that you just know will have repercussions at some point.
Still it wasn’t all bad news, as Victor – who announced he was returning to the restaurant business – popped the question to Agnes, while Miss Mardle still seems to be getting on well with her Belgian refugee lodger, despite the eyebrow-raising it may have caused.
Ultimately though the most dramatic developments were left for the concert itself (why do these things always seem to happen when a perfectly good concert is going on?) as Harry discovered he had to secretly and covertly leave for Berlin there and then, and Henri’s plans for battlefield glory were rudely interrupted as he was carted off by the cops on suspicion of spying.
All of which set things up very nicely for the remainder of the series – with the trailer for next week suggesting that Rose will be looking for answers when it comes to her husband’s sudden absence.
review by metro.co.uk

February 22, 2014

Sherlock - fun stuff & the drunk scenes


Cast of Sherlock talking about the “drunk scenes”
 in Season three.


"The Sign Of Three" Introduced Drunk Sherlock And Took A Lot Of People By Surprise





yes,  when John makes the whistling sound and points at Sherlock's forehead, that was just Martin trying to make Benedict laugh? It was unscripted!  Another reason we love these two.


February 20, 2014

How To Be Sherlock Holmes - BBC series

How to be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective

Web exclusive: Benedict Cumberpatch on the look of SherlockFor over 100 years, more than 80 actors have put a varying face to the world's greatest consulting detective - Sherlock Holmes. And many of them incorporated details - such as the curved pipe and the immortal line 'Elementary, my dear Watson' - that never featured in Conan Doyle's original stories. In charting the evolution of Sherlock on screen, from early silent movies to the latest film and television versions, Timeshift shows how our notion of Holmes today is as much a creation of these various screen portrayals as of the stories themselves.

Credits

Narrator - Peter Wyngarde
Participant - Benedict Cumberbatch
Participant - Christopher Lee
Participant - Tim Pigott-Smith
Participant - Mark Gatiss
Producer - Matthew Thomas
Director - Matthew Thomas
Series Producer - William Naylor
Executive Producer - Michael Poole

February 16, 2014

Call The Midwife 3 Episode 5

Call the Midwife, series 3, episode 5, 

review below from The Telegraph.co.uk





The BBC period drama delivered its most poignant episode yet, says Rebecca Smith


(Jacob) Colin Young and Sally (Sarah Gordy)
(Jacob) Colin Young and Sally (Sarah Gordy) Photo: Neal Street Productions


Anyone hoping for a bit of light relief after the tragic conclusion of last week’s Call the Midwife was in for a disappointment. After Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) was left broken-hearted at the death of her boyfriend Alec (Leo Staar), tonight’s episode needed the Kleenex out in full force once again. Call the Midwife has an unerring way of striking down the middle of many controversial topics, and tonight’s was one of the most powerful yet, shining a light on people with disabilities in the 1950s.


At the heart of the storyline was Jacob Milligan (Colin Young), a young man with cerebral palsy, who was helping with preparations for an annual dance at St Gideon’s, an institution caring for those with disabilities and learning difficulties. A moment that would move even the most detached of viewers saw him help Sally (Sarah Gordy), a woman with Down’s syndrome, choose a cardigan for the occasion. It soon transpired that Sally was pregnant, to the disbelief of the midwives and utter horror of Sally’s mother. The tale that unfurled tackled fraught issues of the time such as sexual consent and attitudes towards disabled people. And certainly the ending was bittersweet as Jacob left Sally her beloved cardigan as a memento whilst he was carted off to an all-male institution.


Bringing some light relief to the achingly sad pleas of Sally – rebuking her father for saying she wasn’t normal – was the combination of the wonderfully sensitive midwife Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) and the cheerful Chummy (Miranda Hart) on hand with her customary quirky remarks – “You’re tip top and tickety boo,” when checking Sally over.


Heidi Thomas’s powerful writing was here helped by two nuanced performances from Young and Gordy (both actors have the same disabilities as their characters), who crafted a delicate and tender relationship as well as expressing a bruising despondency and deep confusion about their situations.And if all that heartache wasn’t enough, the supposedly buoyant storyline of Sister Evangelina’s clandestine jubilee celebrations wasn’t without its road bumps (notably a secret alcoholic brother).


The one untarnished silver lining is a potential new romance on the cards for vivacious Trixie (Helen George), with the dishy new curate (Jack Ashton), who was making eyes at her as soon as he arrived in Poplar. Though, we all thought the same about Jenny and Alec, and look how that panned out…

It was a difficult storyline, superbly written and acted. With the second distressingly poignant episode in a row, it seems that Call the Midwife still has some great stories to tell, and is upping its quality towards the tail end of this series.























































Mr. Selfridge 2 Episode 5

Mr Selfridge episode 5: The Belgians have arrived

Mr Selfridge season two, episode five: The lights go out and the Belgians arrive

Full review by Metro.co.uk below.


As we reach the halfway point of Mr Selfridge series two, the show continues to deliver its particular brand of gentle drama without actually offering anything startling.
However the latest round of developments in tonight’s episode set the wheels in motion for an interesting second half as everybody began to feel the impact of the war – and not just Agnes after brother George’s departure to the frontline.
Indeed, he only just left for the battlefield and already hints that all is not well are beginning to show, as Agnes received a letter from George with passages blacked out – leaving her thoroughly baffled over his welfare, or even lack of.
Meanwhile with so many of the store’s male staff fighting for their country, it was left to the women to pick up the slack in the store, with Rose taking the initiative as she demanded new, more practical uniforms for the female workers – and giving them a bit of fun by arranging shooting lessons.
But amidst the frivolity it was clear all was not well. The new Defence Of The Realm act forced Harry to turn out the lights in the shop windows at night for the first time ever as London went dark, while Gordon was left increasingly frustrated by the fact he was unable to go and fight.
Meanwhile, the fallout from the Belgian massacre continued as Florian, a talented musician, arrived at Miss Mardle’s home (much to her surprise as she was expecting a female refugee). Having come to the decision he couldn’t possibly stay there her mind was soon changed after she bought him a violin and realised just how accomplished he was. The possibility of the pair making sweet music together in the near future must surely loom large.


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There was fun to be had as the ladies got to grips with shooting (Picture: ITV)

Is Loxley to be trusted?
Meanwhile, and much to the surprise of Lady Mae, Loxley suddenly appeared to have come into some money. Telling his bemused wife that he planned to be ‘more involved in commerce’ he changed his tune thoroughly, practically ordering her back into Selfridges to buy a new autumn wardrobe.
What little good humour he may have displayed though, didn’t last for long when he took Harry on in a poker game organised by Delphine – and lost, although Mr Selfridge wasn’t just there for the money but to also try and gain a place on the government’s Procurement committee and do his bit for the war.
Ultimately it was a good evening all round for our protagonist when, after confessing his victory to Rose she decided the time had finally come to allow her husband back into the bedroom.
What with their relationship being reignited, flirtation between Frank and Kitty and the sense that Henri is up to something behind his employer’s back, there’s a sense that the next few weeks might finally see things liven up a little.

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Can Highclere Castle be saved?

This is a really intersting article that came out right BEFORE they started filming Downton Abbey.  


Can Highclere Castle be saved? Historic home is verging on ruin as Lord Carnarvon reveals £12m repair bill

By PAUL HARRIS

From a distance it looks like a classic fairy tale castle.
Its majestic architecture and stunning setting have allowed it to play host through the centuries to royalty, nobility and celebrity. But the studded wooden doors of Highclere Castle conceal a depressingly modern reality.
Large parts of the historic stately home are verging on ruin. And the head of a family which once funded the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb is facing a multi-million pound repair bill to safeguard its future.
Highclere Castle
Seemingly beautiful: Despite the stunning setting, Highclere Castle in Berkshire has been ravaged by damp and rot and needs £12m spent on it to preserve the historic home for future generations
A fireplace in one of the dilapidated bedrooms with mould growing on the walls. Highclere Castle
Shocking truth: A fireplace in one of the dilapidated bedrooms with mould growing on the walls
Now the Earl of Carnarvon, whose great grandfather is said to have been struck by the curse of the Pharaohs for his part in disturbing the Egyptian king's burial site, claims to be having sleepless nights over how - or if - it can be saved.
For despite a facade of luxury and magnificence - and the patronage of a string of supposed celebrity weddings - the castle has been ravaged by damp and rot. 
Seeping water has caused stonework to crumble and ceilings to collapse. At least 50 rooms are uninhabitable. 
Its proud stone turrets - designed by the same architect who created the Houses of Parliament - are said to be in danger of decaying beyond repair unless urgent restoration work is carried out.
Lord Carnarvon shows the damage inside his ancestorial home and fears millions of pounds will have to be spent to save the castle
Sleepless nights: Lord Carnarvon shows the damage inside his ancestorial home and fears millions of pounds will have to be spent to save the castle
Eeroded detail of a crumbling sandstone column on the main tower of Highclere CastleCrumbling plaster lines the walls on the way up the main tower of Highclere Castle
Crumbling away: Erosion can be seen on a sandstone column (left) of the main tower, while inside plaster work falls away from the wall
Only the ground floor, with a great oak staircase at its heart, and the first floor, which is used for bridal parties, remain useable. 
Even these have racked up a repair bill running into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The contrast is dramatically illustrated by the opulence of the rococo style drawing room... and the squalor of stinking damp walls and swarms of flies elsewhere.
The 52-year-old Earl declared: 'Worrying about how I am going to keep it all going does give me sleepless nights. It is a wonderful responsibility and a great privilege to live at Highclere Castle, which is part of the most beautiful landscape in Southern England. 
The large front doors to Highclere Castle, which are now showing their age

Worse for wear: The large front doors to Highclere Castle, which are now showing their age
Stone has fallen away from the carved face on the main gate to Highclere CastleA hole in the ceiling, in one of the dilapidated former bedrooms in the tower of Highclere Castle
Weathered: Stone has crumbled away from a carved face (left) at the main gate and a massive hole has appeared in the ceiling of one of the bedrooms

'It is a quite incredible house, set in beautiful 18th century grounds - but with that comes a great responsibility for the building and everything else that encompasses the estate.'
Like many a cash-strapped aristocrat pleading for help in a recession, Lord Carnarvon has been forced to do some critical sums and devise a way of raising money.
The Earl, who lives in a modest cottage in the grounds with his wife and three children, blames a lack of repair by his ancestors for the castle's long term problems.
Locked and rusting gates of Highclere's London Lodge folly - the original carriage entrance into the estate. The folly requires about £500,000 to repair
Neglected: Locked and rusting gates of Highclere's London Lodge folly - the original carriage entrance into the estate. The folly requires about £500,000 to repair
Interior of Highclere Castle

Vast grandeur: There are at least 50 rooms in Highclere Castle which are now uninhabitable, and a stark contrast to the home's opulent library (above)
He estimates that the castle itself needs at least £1.8million spent on it urgently - and that further work on the 5,000 acre estate's other buildings and Capability Brown landscape could bump the bill up to a staggering £12million. 
Recently the 8th Earl - George Reginald Oliver Molyneux Herbert - applied for 'enabling development' permission to build a housing estate in the grounds and use the land-sale money for repairs. 
Although the proposal was greeted with widespread horror, its progress is currently being watched with keen interest by other stately home owners faced with similarly crippling responsibility to preserve national heritage.
Interior of Highclere CastleInterior of Highclere Castle
Fairytale setting: The castle's music room (left) decorated with Italian embroideries, and the Gothic architecture of the saloon, where people can get married
The saloon, viewed from the staircase, is one of the few useable rooms in Highclere Castle
Grandeur: The saloon, seen from the staircase, is one of the few useable rooms in Highclere Castle
The castle, near Newbury, has its origins in the 14th century and was transformed to its current grandeur in 1838 by Sir Charles Barry.
Since then it has boasted impeccable connections. It was the home of the Queen's great friend and former racehorse trainer, the 7th Earl, and Her Majesty was a frequent visitor until his death in 2001.
Ah, but times change. In an effort to generate essential income, the house became a venue for the kind of weddings that glossy magazines like to cover, notably that of so-called celebrities Peter Andre and Jordan. The couple recently parted. Perhaps the curse the 5th Earl invoked in 1922 struck them too.


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February 14, 2014

Downton Abbey SEASON FIVE Casting news!!

News: Season 5 Casting

MASTERPIECE on PBS and Carnival Films Announce New Casting for Downton Abbey Season 5
(Shown left to right: Rade Sherbedgia, Anna Chancellor, Richard E. Grant)
Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS announced new cast members joining Season 5 of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama Downton Abbey.
Richard E. Grant (GirlsGosford ParkDoctor Who) is joining the cast as Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams.
Anna Chancellor (The HourFour Weddings and a Funeral) joins in a guest role, playing Lady Anstruther, and Rade Sherbedgia (Eyes Wide Shut24) plays a Russian refugee.
Returning guest cast member Dame Harriet Walter will reprise her role as Lady Shackleton, along with Peter Egan, returning as Lord Flintshire.
MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton says, "We look forward to introducing these new characters to our MASTERPIECE audience. They will make a wonderful addition to the beloved Downton Abbeyensemble."
Downton Abbey’s Executive Producer Gareth Neame, the Managing Director of Carnival Films, says, “We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show.”
The new series will feature returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Lily James, Allen Leech, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift and Andrew Scarborough.
 Find out more about the international hit series on the official U.S. Downton Abbey website!Buffer

February 13, 2014

Dr. Who - 50th Anniversary Special


For 8 Things to Know Before the 'Doctor Who' 

50th Anniversary Special

by Chris Taylor:  see below




One of the main reasons why Doctor Who has built an enduring fandom over the past 50 years is this: you really don't need to watch much of it to figure out what's going on. Though the show has an incredibly rich mythology you can dive into if you want, it is designed so you can jump on board at just about any point.
If you want to start fresh with the 50th anniversary special, hitting screens in an unprecedented global simulcast Saturday, you can get away with it. That said, a little knowledge of the show's past and its unsolved mysteries will definitely enhance your experience.
So if you're a complete beginner, if you're out of touch with recent developments, or even if you know every detail of the rebooted show (2005 onwards) but aren't so clear on the "classic" series (1963 to 1989), here are some key points that will help you sound smart at any viewing party.
Warning: if you're determined not to watch the anniversary special until you've seen all seven seasons of the rebooted show, then naturally the following contains spoilers.

1) The Basics.


The name of our hero is the Doctor. (Never call him Doctor Who, which is both the name of the show and a question posed within the show.) He is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, who was exiled when he stole a time machine called the TARDIS, which got stuck in the shape of a British Police Box on a visit to Earth.
Any fan can tell you why, when, and what TARDIS stands for, but it doesn't really matter. Just remember that it's bigger on the inside than the outside, and can travel anywhere, any when — just not with a great deal of accuracy.
The Doctor looks human, has vowed to protect humans, and nearly always travels with one or two human companions. But he is subtly different from us. He's roughly a thousand years old, has two hearts, and like all Time Lords has the ability to "regenerate" into a new body when faced with a mortal wound. The number of times the Doctor has regenerated is currently in dispute, mostly because of ...

2) The Great Time War.


When we were reintroduced to the Doctor in 2005, we learned he was now the last of the Time Lords. Something called the Great Time War had taken place in the interim. Gallifrey had apparently gone to war with the Doctor's deadliest enemies, the Daleks: genocidal creatures in pepper pot-like metal shells. To end the Time War, the Doctor had somehow brought about the destruction of both the Daleks and the Time Lords.
That's about all we knew until earlier this year, when we learned about the existence of ...

3) The 'War Doctor'


The Doctor is usually committed to peaceful means. He almost never carries a weapon, preferring to fight using his wits and an all-purpose device called the Sonic Screwdriver. So how had he committed such a haunting act of mass slaughter?
We're starting to piece the answer together. In the final minutes of the latest season, we were introduced to a "forgotten" regeneration of the Doctor, (played by John Hurt), quickly denounced by the latest Doctor (played by Matt Smith). "What I did," replied Hurt enigmatically, "I did without choice."
And in a stunning five-minute mini-episode released last week, we saw the eighth incarnation of the Doctor (Paul McGann, who starred in the ill-fated 1996 TV movie) at the very end of his life. Having apparently tried to stay neutral in the Time War, McGann failed to save a crippled spaceship; the pilot chose to lock him in an airlock rather than let him save her life. "Who can tell the difference any more" between Time Lord and Dalek, she said.
Sustaining mortal wounds in the crash, McGann was revived and chose to transform into a "warrior" — a younger version of Hurt — because the "universe doesn't need a Doctor any more". This unusually focused regeneration came courtesy of ...

4) The Sisterhood of Karn.


Newbies: here's a piece of supremely geeky Doctor Who knowledge you can use at the viewing party. The Sisterhood of Karn first showed up in a 1976 story called The Brain of Morbius. They were the keepers of the Elixir of Life, which was implied to have some ancient connection with the Time Lords' ability to regenerate.
Taking the elixir turned McGann's Doctor into Hurt's War Doctor. We still don't know if that counts as a regeneration, which matters because we've been told Time Lords can only regenerate 12 times. We also don't know how, or whether, Hurt regenerated into the 2005 post-Time War Doctor played by Christopher Eccleston.
What we do know is that Eccleston's Doctor soon regenerated into ...

5) David Tennant.


Tennant's spry, dashing Doctor was the polar opposite of Eccleston's morose, haunted incarnation. For the first time the Doctor formed a romantic attachment to one of his companions, Rose Tyler. The Doctor and Rose were later separated by a dimensional anomaly; for reasons too complicated to relate briefly, she ended up with a human copy of the Doctor.
Sprinkled throughout Tennant's tenure were suggestions that the Doctor once had a romantic fling with Queen Elizabeth I, which may become relevant during the Anniversary Special. Shortly afterwards, Tennant's Doctor regenerated into ...

6) Matt Smith.


The latest and youngest incarnation of the Doctor, Smith pushed the character's alien eccentricity over the edge; he is the veritable "madman with a box." His latest companion, Clara, saved his life by jumping into a time vortex from the Doctor's future that contained his entire past. (Don't ask.) Suffice to say that Clara is now supposed to be lurking throughout the Doctor's many lives, just out of sight, saving him time and again, even inspiring the theft of the TARDIS in the first place.
And that should just about have you covered, except for ...

7) The Zygons.


A one-time foe of the famous scarf-wearing fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker, the Zygons look set to return for the Anniversary Special. (As is Baker himself, apparently.) We don't know that much about them, other than that they can change shape and have creepy whispering voices. They tried to conquer Earth by unleashing the Loch Ness monster, which was the kind of wonderfully cheesy thing monsters used to do in the classic Doctor Who series.
Oh, and one more thing:

8) It's Just a TV Show.

That's the one thing showrunner Steven Moffat would like you to remember. At this point, the 50th Anniversary Special has been hyped to the point where even the greatest episode in Who history would have a hard time measuring up. So lower your expectations, sit back, have fun, don't expect it all to make sense, and get ready for a wild ride with the madman — well, several mad men — and their magical blue box.
Whovians: is there anything else newbies need to know before taking the plunge with the Anniversary Special? Let them know in the comments.
Image: BBC America






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