The BBC picked up the Twitch stream of Pokemon. What’s next for the popular social experiment?

Meanwhile, at CNN headquarters…

"Tonight: Shocking evidence of democracy’s failure, or a practical look at a time-tested political platform? CNN dives head first into this burgeoning social community with notable anarchist David Graeber. David, welcome to the program.”

"Glad to be here, Wolf."

"David, what do you make of the astounding progress these 70,000 people have made in this video game so near and dear to people’s hearts?"

"I think it’s an amazing feat of strength, Wolf. And it really shows the power people can wield without the hand of government controlling them. It’s consensus decision-making at work. It’s part anarchy, part democracy. They can say whatever they want, but they’ve made great progress simply by going by their collective instinct."

"They’ve made grave errors along the way, of course."

"It’s growth, Wolf. I mean, of course they’ll bump into a few walls along the way. And digging themselves out of a few holes or hideouts from time to time is no big deal. You win some, you lose some, but in the end, you must never lose sight of your dream."

"Very nice. Thank you, David. Well, there’s terror in the streets of Venezuela, but coming up: A look back at the cats of 2013. Where are they now? Stay tuned. Meeee-ow."

I have a terrible love for stock music soundtracks from The Weather Channel and BBC continuity slides, and this compilation is no exception. You have to listen to it. I demand it.

The first song is pretty good, but it’s the ABBA medley at 5:28 in that will really blow your mind. I was dancing and singing to Mamma Mia before I noticed that I’d knocked over a lamp, stripped down to my underwear, and had suffered three nervous breakdowns in that span of time.

Essential Early Morning Doctor Who Series 7 Press Conference Breakdown

notnadia:

Honestly, that is all you need to know.

  1. Steven Moffat! You have broken the golden rule of producing a show which is telling us when two of your main characters leave or die. You save that for the trailer, young man. Now I’m expecting your God damn fireworks, and they’d better dazzle the shit out of me.
  2. With Jenna-Louise Coleman joining the TARDIS, Moffat’s marketing this season like a big romantic relationship’s about to form (“this isn’t your usual boy meets girl”) and to be honest I don’t think I could take another one of those after River. Besides, I’m still wondering when everyone is, because I’m so confused.
  3. I really hope that she’s a cool alien chick, or another Romana, because I’m kind of tired of human companions! Come on, Moffat, spice things up a little!
  4. There’s got to be a baby. There’s got to be a baby. Baby. BABY. Oh.

The ending of last night's Doctor Who Christmas special just about started a flood in my room. That is, I was crying. Legitimately.

  • Amy: We're about to have Christmas dinner. Joining us?...
  • Doctor: If it's no trouble, I--
  • Rory: There's a place set for you.
  • Doctor: But you didn't know that I was coming, how could you--
  • Amy: Oh, because we always do. It's Christmas, you moron.
  • Will: BAWWWWWWWWWWW
From The Guardian:


On Saturday night the Doctor will take time off from saving the Earth – and himself – to pay tribute to one of the show’s most popular actors, Nicholas Courtney, who died this year after playing the Doctor’s companion, Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, over a period of more than 40 years.
In The Wedding of River Song, the 13th and final episode of the current series, the Doctor – played by Matt Smith – learns of the death of his former colleague in a phone call from the nursing home where the fictional brigadier spent his last days.
"I’m afraid Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart passed away a few months ago," the nurse tells the Doctor. "It was very peaceful. Talked a lot about you, if that’s any comfort. Always made us pour an extra brandy in case you came round one of these days."
The Doctor takes a few moments to compose himself as his mind turns towards his own fate – a climax that promises to reveal the identity of the astronaut seen shooting the Doctor in episode one of the series.



A tribute to a true gentleman in science fiction television and a great connection to the original series. This is gonna make me bawl. Don’t try and stop me.

From The Guardian:

On Saturday night the Doctor will take time off from saving the Earth – and himself – to pay tribute to one of the show’s most popular actors, Nicholas Courtney, who died this year after playing the Doctor’s companion, Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, over a period of more than 40 years.

In The Wedding of River Song, the 13th and final episode of the current series, the Doctor – played by Matt Smith – learns of the death of his former colleague in a phone call from the nursing home where the fictional brigadier spent his last days.

"I’m afraid Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart passed away a few months ago," the nurse tells the Doctor. "It was very peaceful. Talked a lot about you, if that’s any comfort. Always made us pour an extra brandy in case you came round one of these days."

The Doctor takes a few moments to compose himself as his mind turns towards his own fate – a climax that promises to reveal the identity of the astronaut seen shooting the Doctor in episode one of the series.

A tribute to a true gentleman in science fiction television and a great connection to the original series. This is gonna make me bawl. Don’t try and stop me.

Today’s spoiler-free Doctor Who review brought to you by:
"OH MY GOD""WHAT""WHAT JUST HAPPENED""SCREAMING AND CRYING""SCREAMING AND CRYING""AHHHHHHHH"
- Nearly every question you ever wanted answered from this series of Doctor Who gets answered in the last ten minutes of this episode. - Craig comes back, as do the Cybermen, but you knew that from the preview last week.- The Doctor and a baby. Your arguments are invalid.- The Doctor would make the best store clerk in the universe. Too bad he’s not one to settle, and I don’t think he’d fancy retail much.- The humor, drama, and everything in between in this episode: Grade A-plus. Props to Gareth Roberts, the writer; this is how an episode of Who is supposed to flow!
Next week: SCREAMING AND CRYING, AHHHHHHHH.

Today’s spoiler-free Doctor Who review brought to you by:

"OH MY GOD"
"WHAT"
"WHAT JUST HAPPENED"
"SCREAMING AND CRYING"
"SCREAMING AND CRYING"
"AHHHHHHHH"

- Nearly every question you ever wanted answered from this series of Doctor Who gets answered in the last ten minutes of this episode. 
- Craig comes back, as do the Cybermen, but you knew that from the preview last week.
- The Doctor and a baby. Your arguments are invalid.
- The Doctor would make the best store clerk in the universe. Too bad he’s not one to settle, and I don’t think he’d fancy retail much.
- The humor, drama, and everything in between in this episode: Grade A-plus. Props to Gareth Roberts, the writer; this is how an episode of Who is supposed to flow!

Next week: SCREAMING AND CRYING, AHHHHHHHH.

Doctor Who: The God Complex IMMEDIATE REACTION

- OH MY GOD
- OH MY GOD
- WHY DOCTOR
- WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT
- THERE ARE TWO EPISODES LEFT!
- TWO!
- EPISODES!
- LEFT!
- If you’ve been following the characters since the beginning, this will be one of the most emotional episodes yet, especially towards the end. Get the tissues and the fezzes.
- BUT DOCTOR
- WHY?
- YOU CAN’T JUST DO THAT TO AMY AND RORY!

(See, now you’re confused. What happens to Amy and Rory? You’ll have to watch to find out. See you Americans tonight on BBC America.)

You know what’s not fair? The fact that the show that’s on BBC One before Doctor Who is a bleeding cooking show. Now not only am I going to be freaking out over adventures in time and space, but I’m going to be hungry.

It’s times like this when I wish I had a food-and-water machine like the TARDIS has.

Don’t believe me? Watch The Daleks.

Although the TARDIS also has the kitchens which are far away from the console room, but they’re such a drag to find.

Ignore this fanboyish techno-babble.

"The Girl Who Waited" quick review

- MOFFAT!!! and now, MACRAE!!!
- The “two Amys” effect was done flawlessly.
- I’m just crying… all of the cryings.
- Amy Pond: The action girl of the century. Eat your heart out, Wonder Woman.
- I think they’re starting to play off of the “hipsters in space” a little too well. Examples: the Twitter namedrop, Rory’s glasses, the Doctor’s suspenders being prominently shown. They could have said “Tumblr” instead and the world would have exploded.
- LOL THERE WAS A BOOB JOKE IN THIS EPISODE, LOL.
- Old Karen Gillan is frightening, by the way.
- Did Rory pull a “City Of Death” reference by breaking the Mona Lisa over the Android’s head? By “City Of Death” I mean the 1970s Fourth Doctor episode where the Mona Lisa is stolen. But then again, this is me being a Whovian nerd. Ignore me!
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The emotion in this story is just torturing. This isn’t a kid’s show anymore, all. The Eleventh Doctor’s stories have made the show a straight up sci-fi soap opera. And that’s not a bad thing at all.

Dreams from last night! Zombies in NYC! I’m the Doctor! Sexy vampire chicks?

I’ve been watching too much TV.

In last night’s dream — and probably the reason for my oversleeping — I was the Doctor and had a bunch of companions. It was in the midst of a zombie outbreak. So while I’m freaking out, some kid dressed up as Captain Jack goes and kills a whole bunch of them while an Amy Pond lookalike screams and hides behind me. I just shine my sonic screwdriver in the zombies’ faces and hope that it works.

We end up by Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. There’s a huge flippin’ zombie battle. The human (or Time Lord) side ends up victorious as we drive the zombies away. We can’t kill all of them, but New York City — and the world — are safe… for now.

Flash forward to Christmas. We’re in the mall doing some shopping. The lights flicker. People start running all frantic around the place. Me and my companions huddle together, ready to take down some zombie ass. 

I feel like I’m telling the future or something here.