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Couples news and a “Doctor” announcement ruled the weekend headlines, and Celebuzz is rounding up the hottest stories just for you.

Papa William reports for polo duty

The Duke of Cambridge aka. Prince William made his first appearance since the birth of his son, HRH Prince George of Cambridge on Saturday in a polo challenge in Ascot. The new father, who was joined at the event by his brother Prince Harry, reportedly said “it’s just nappies, nappies, nappies” since the arrival of baby George.

Hova + celebrities + art = “Picasso Baby”

Jay Z finally unveiled the finished product for his performance art film for “Picasso Baby,” the latest single from Magna Carta… Holy Grail on Friday on HBO. The 10-minute visual included special appearances by pretty much everyone in Hollywood, the art world and beyond.

Elle Macpherson’s a married woman now

It was a huge weekend for Hollywood couples: Elle Macpherson reportedly wed longtime beau Jeffrey Soffer in Fiji,Mortal Instruments: City of Bones star Kevin Zegers married his talent agent ladylove Jaime Feld while Australian actress Teresa Palmer got engaged to actor/director Mark Webber.

Welcome to the world, Luna

A Spanish magazine is reporting that Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem named their second child, a daughter, Luna Encinas Cruz. Luna of course means the moon, while Encinas is actually Bardem’s first surname.

And the new Time Lord is…

After a really, really long wait (which in real time was only two months), the folks at Doctor Who and BBC *finally* revealed that Peter Capaldi has been hired to play the Twelfth Doctor on the series. The Scottish actor’s lengthy resume includes recent films like World War Z (in which he played a W.H.O. Doctor <- UM WHAT) and TV programs The Vicar of Dibley, The Thick of It and Skins.






Doctor Who Tom Baker

Is the fourth Doctor Tom Baker a surprise cameo in the new 50th anniversary special?

Of course he was already in the most important 50th anniversary special, but now we’re getting word from The Huffington Post that he’s going to appear in the TV version as well.

“I am in the special,” said Baker. “I’m not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I’m telling you straightaway.”

When asked to confirm, a representative from the BBC stated had this to say: “As with William Hartnell’s recent appearance in the last season finale, anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain.”

Well, I’m sure the BBC will be very pleased with him for spilling the beans like that.

Baker famously refused to appear in the 20th anniversary special, “The Five Doctors”. He did come back for the 30th anniversary special, the appallingly bad “Dimensions in Time”, but that was it for the actor in his most famous role until he returned to it in audio format a few years ago.

As for what form his appearance in the special will take?

…Tom Baker’s scarf is seen in the special in some sort of a museum, worn by a woman who may be the character of the “Curator,” who collects paintings from the character’s adventures.

Well, then. At a guess we’re going to get the old “paintings come to life and talk to people” trope. That would, frankly, be a pretty brilliant way to get everyone back on the team.

Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Christopher Eccleston have all said they aren’t in the special. Paul McGann said that, too, and then turned up as the 8th Doctor in a little minisode. So…I guess at this point we wait and see. But I will say, if Tom Baker is in this, all bets are off as to who else might be.

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Nowadays The Doctor is thought of as being mentally ill. At least Amy Pond thought he was. Famously, this is the exchange that got us all thinking right at the end of The Eleventh Hour:

Amy Pond: I thought…well, I started to think you were just a mad man with a box.
The Doctor: Amy Pond, there’s something you better understand about me ’cause it’s important and one day your life may depend on it…I am definitely a mad man with a box.

Some say that anyone who declares himself mad generally isn’t. Others that madness is itself merely a myth. All I know is that after 50-years the evidence is stacking up against our favourite Time Lord…

10. Geronimo!

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Anyone prepared to fly a ship into the heart of a burning star / TARDIS, expecting only to end up being written out of history is clearly nuts. Actually, every time he uses that word he might as well wave a great big flag with, “Here’s the loon!” plastered across it. He most recently uttered the immortal battle-cry in Asylum Of The Daleks whilst hurling himself from a spaceship onto a planet many miles below.

And that’s not the worst of it. Such as most other mad men across the ages have successfully done, he gets others to join in with the hysteria; on the Asylum occasion it was Amy and Rory. Now, I don’t really want to have to put the good Doctor into the same bracket as Caligula, King George III, Spanish Queen Regent Joanna I, and the Emperor Nero; however, they did have in common with him the ability to inspire people to come along with them on their mad quests.

How appropriate was it that he was on his way to an asylum, I wonder?

The word ‘Geronimo!’ shouted enthusiastically does not represent a coherent argument for doing something insane.

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It’s now less than three months until Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary and, more importantly, the 50th Anniversary Special. As well as some Whovians most likely planning a nerdrage-powered revolution thanks to the continued absence of a trailer, anticipation for the Anniversary Special is at an all time high. Especially with the recent leak of a grainy image from the episode that shows the John Hurt, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors together.

Although the Special looks to be in safe hands with Steven Moffat writing it and Nick Hurran (The Girl Who Waited, Asylum Of The Daleks) directing it, there’s still a possibility that there could be some elements in the episode that will either drag down its quality outright or that won’t suit such a huge milestone in Doctor Who history. These are five things we don’t want to see in the 50th Anniversary Special…

5. Too Much Focus On The Time War

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Daleks

Although it’s not been officially confirmed yet, all the evidence we have points to the Anniversary Special showing at least part of the Time War. The only official image we have so far is of a group of Daleks in a rubble-strewn battleground, so it’s likely that the John Hurt Doctor was the Doctor who ended the Time War. It’s been a prominent theme in the programme since 2005, and finally, it’s an event of astounding importance that we’ve only ever seen snippets of.

So if the Time War is a part of the Anniversary Special, it can potentially work well, but only if it’s used as a set-up for the Hurt Doctor or another plotline. The Anniversary Special should be an original story that expands and celebrates the Doctor Who mythos rather than something that just goes back and fills in the gaps from eight years ago.

The Eighth and Hurt Doctors’ Regenerations should be shown and if the episode restores the Time Lords, so much the better. But since the Time War is a concept that only became an established part of the Doctor Who canon in 2005, it shouldn’t have too much of a bearing on a one-off episode that pays tribute to fifty years of the programme.

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and the BBC special that may or may not blow our minds, Puffin is releasing a series of eBook short stories featuring each of the eleven Doctors so far. “The Roots of Evil” chronicles an adventure of the Fourth Doctor, accompanied by warrior companion Leela. As described on Amazon.com,

“When the Fourth Doctor takes Leela to visit an immense tree space station known as the Heligan Structure, little do they know that the tree has been asleep for centuries, dreaming of vengeance against a man in a blue box…As the tree awakes, the Time Lord and his companion soon discover why they are such unwelcome guests.”

As I am American and born in the very late 1980s, I’ll admit that I have little experience with the Classic series and Doctors who came before Nine. Still, even before I’d begun watching the 2005 reboot, I’d heard of the Fourth Doctor with his endless scarf and crazy hair. So, like any serious writer, I had to do my oh-so-painful research of the character by watching one of Four’s Classic serials (featuring Leela), entitled “The Horror of Fang Rock.” Continuing my trend with the Classic Doctors, I found that Four was fairly fantastic and that Leela was a refreshing twist on the trope of the young female companion. Overall, I was pretty excited for “The Roots of Evil.”

Now, if you’re like me, you had some initial concerns about a story featuring a “tree space station” that apparently harbors a grudge against the Doctor. The concept sounds like something of a stretch, even for Doctor Who. Incorporating the nifty idea of “terraforming” that was introduced in the television series, the Heligan Structure is a station built to hang in an inhospitable planet’s atmosphere and use natural processes to turn carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen. Terraforming is a fun method of introducing a potentially silly plot point like a tree space station, but the Heligan Structure of this story floats freely in space and has somehow supported the lives of hundreds of inhabitants for nearly a millennium and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Still, it was a good twist and presented an actual explanation for what could have been an absolutely absurd setting.

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t entirely deliver. As the basic premise of Doctor Who is of the adventures of time travel with a Time Lord who changes his face, the mystery of why Four is in trouble for something that he hasn’t done is not particularly suspenseful. The eventual revelation of the responsible party is admittedly funny, but the length of time that it took for the Doctor to realize what must have happened portrays him as rather less than intelligent.

The best part of “The Roots of Evil” is actually the portrayal of Leela, which is spot-on to her established character. Her loyalty to the Doctor combined with her matter-of-fact “savage” instincts is wonderfully endearing, and the fact that the entire adventure begins because Four realizes that she misses trees serves to paint a comfortable picture of their friendship. She doesn’t understand the point of scarves or use contractions or think much of negotiation without knife involvement; nevertheless, her surprisingly relatable and unique point of view as a human from a time other than 21st century Britain is an element that has been missing from the show as of late, and her perspective is one of the most fascinating aspects of the story.

“The Roots of Evil” isn’t bad so much as unstimulating. Author Philip Reeve has almost exclusively written fiction for children, and the tendency shows in the plot of “The Roots of Evil.” Still, Leela was exceptionally well-written. Her scenes with the Doctor were the best of the story, and the Doctor truly felt like Four in their interactions. The plot actually suffers from the confines of the short story; given the length of a novel or even novella, the setting and plot could have been fleshed out remarkably. All in all, with a bit of imagination, “The Roots of Evil” is a fun little story with some very cute one-liners and allusions that Doctor Who fans will definitely appreciate.

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