Deborah Watling has sadly passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Watling played Second Doctor companion Victoria Waterfield, appearing in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968.
Sadly most of her episodes have been lost, with only a few surviving. She first appeared in The Evil of the Daleks in the serial’s second episode (coincidentally the only episode to survive from that story). One of her better serials has survived though, Tomb of the Cybermen, and is very much worth your time.
On this SPECIAL EPISODE of Nerd & Tie which we weren’t expecting to actually record, we discuss the casting of Doctor Who‘s thirteenth Doctor. Jodie Whittaker will be taking over as the eponymous Time Lord, and we share our thoughts, how parts of the internet lost their collective minds (due to more than one X chromosome), and then dig into a bunch of Doctor Who randomness to fill time!
Also, we’re sorry it’s a little quiet — we’re still trying to get the sound right in the new studio.
When we learned Peter Capaldi was exiting Doctor Who with this year’s Christmas special, we were honestly saddened. But like with all regenerations of the legendary Time Lord, we immediately got excited trying to guess who would take on the part. Well, the guessing is over, as earlier today the BBC announced that the thirteenth Doctor will be none other than Jodie Whittaker.
Whittaker is best known for Broadchurch, which was created by incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall. She’s also appeared in films like Venus and 2011’s Attack the Block. Oh, and we should probably mention this somewhere, she’s a woman.
At several points in series ten, the show went out of its way to remind the audience that Time Lords could change genders during regenerations. Many hoped that these were clues that we’d see a woman playing the Doctor’s next incarnation, and sometimes it’s very nice to not be disappointed. Capaldi’s shoes are going to be hard to fill, as he’s arguably one of the best Doctors on record. That said, Whittaker is an incredibly talented performer, and should bring something new to the character (beyond her gender).
On this, our officially longest ever episode of Nerd & Tie, we celebrate Invader Zim‘s impending return, discuss John Simm’s returning as The Master on Doctor Who, lose our minds over the New Warriors television show (featuring Squirrel Girl), contemplate Rainn Wilson’s casting as Harry Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery, and speculate on the possibility of a Joss Whedon written/directed Batgirl movie.
Then we tackle the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions continues to do things that are absolutely insane, and AnachroCon’s management seems to have devolved into complete anarchy. We also talk about the great time we had at Karoshi Con, and look forward to No Brand Con.
Plus, y’know, there’s a mailbag. This episode is just full of stuff.
In a turn of events I’m sure most of us didn’t expect, John Simm will be stepping back into the role of The Master this upcoming series of Doctor Who. Simm last played the character in 2010, during David Tennant’s final story as The Doctor.
Michelle Gomez took over the part a couple of series ago, and will also appear this series. She’s not leaving the part any time soon though, as Simm’s Master will appear via time travel. In all likelihood we’re getting a multiple Master story, and that’s probably one of the more exciting things I could think of. Gomez and Simm are both phenomenal at chewing the scenery, and putting them both onscreen together is probably my favorite idea ever.
Doctor Who returns to the air April 15th, with the story featuring The Master(s) later in the series.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast we mourn the passing of Bernie Wrightson, ponder the new Justice League trailer, discuss The Flash‘s villain plans for Season Four, rejoice in the pending return of iZombie, have a good think about the Doctor Who series ten trailer, talk a bit about Iron Fist, continue to monitor the developing MST3K situation, and remind you that New York Comic Con is only offering day passes this year.
We went audio only episode, and do you think we sound different? I’m not so sure…
Last night the BBC dropped a new trailer for the upcoming season of Doctor Who, and I’m pretty sure it elicited the exact reaction in us they were hoping for. I mean, when you’ve been watching a show since you were a small child, it’s always hard not to get excited about new episodes.
The trailer doesn’t tell us much we didn’t already know. It confirms Missy will be back in some form this season, and there are a few glimpses of the original ’60s Cybermen too. All and all, it’s the trailer we expect for Capaldi’s final run as The Doctor… but that’s pretty much all we needed.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the forthcoming return of the old school Cybermen to Doctor Who, how Logan is a film that finally does Wolverine justice, Twitch’s decision to stream all 831 episodes of Power Rangers, and then we dive into the con scene.
And we dive deep.
It’s a bit complicated, because comic writer Tom Taylor won’t do US based cons anymore, Phoenix Comicon sent out a third party survey that got weird, Anime Fan Fest has called it quits, STX Brazos Comic Con is incommunicado with its debtors, and the internet lost its sh*t because a small collectibles show called Elite Con banned cosplay.
And for some reason, we didn’t have anything readable in the mailbag. That hasn’t happened for a while.
In the classic Doctor Who, the villainous Cybermen came from the planet Mondas, the “twin planet of Earth.” When the series came back over a decade ago though, the Cybermen who first showed up instead came from an alternate universe and were created by the Cybus Industries. Now, while those Cybus Cybermen showed up a few times, eventually the original Mondas Cybermen resurfaced — but due to budget limitations of the show, variants of the Cybus Cybermen costumes were used.
Well, fans of the classic Cybermen look can rejoice, because we’re getting the original Cybermen back – and thanks to a tweet from the official Doctor Who twitter, we do mean original.
That’s right, the twelfth Doctor is going to take on Cybermen who look an awful lot like the ones the first Doctor faced in 1966’s The Tenth Planet. As the episodes will apparently be the 11th and 12th aired, it seems like that’s how we’ll be ending Capadli’s final series (as he will regenerate into 13 at the end of the Christmas special). Seems like a fun way to go out.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we mourn the passing of Richard Hatch, celebrate the joy that is The Lego Batman Movie, consider Ben Affleck’s departure from The Batman‘s director’s chair, and prematurely miss Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who. Then it’s on to the con scene, where Eternal Con organizer Frank Patz has gotten himself banned from New York Comic Con (and all ReedPop events), STX Brazos Valley Comic Con guests are getting charged for hotel rooms that were supposedly paid for, and Crunchyroll has decided that Northern California totally needs another anime convention.
Just like most of us need another hole in the head.