Marco… Polo! Marco… Polo? Marco…

marcopolo1The latest rumor sweeping across the interwebs is that the lost DOCTOR WHO story “Marco Polo” has been found — all seven episodes!

According to Britain’s The Mirror newspaper, the episodes were filmed off  a television screen by a dedicated fan back when it was first broadcast in 1964!

Now this is the point where I emphasize that this is an unconfirmed, unsubstantiated rumor in a British tabloid, so it may be true, or it might be a cruel hoax undertaken to sell a few more papers over the Doctor’s 50th anniversary weekend. Remember this past summer’s big to-do over 90+ episodes that turned out to be far less than was hoped for.
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‘The Last Day’ — The Time War Begins!

This DOCTOR WHO minisode is a bit shorter than “The Night of the Doctor,” and, frankly, not nearly as brilliant. It also features new characters instead of old friends. Still, it’s interesting to get a glimpse of a place that’s been mentioned in the annals of The Last Great Time War: Arcadia.

So, what did you think? At first, I was distressed at the idea that a Gallifreyan soldier would think that a single Dalek could destroy all of Arcadia, the “safest place on Gallifrey.” I mean, the Doctor alone has held off battalions of Daleks with a jammy dodger and foiled any number of diabolical pepperpots by hanging his hat on their eyestalks! And even UNIT can effectively battle them. But then I realized that perhaps the other soldier was having a little fun by following in the footsteps of the officer and scaring the rookie. He was exaggerating for effect, just to scare the n00b.

“The Day of the Doctor,” the 50th anniversary story, will be simulcast around the planet tomorrow. Here in the USA, it will air on BBC America at 2:50 p.m. ET. #SaveTheDay

A Survey of the Districts in Catching Fire’s Panem

Theater chain AMC has created a quick basic primer to familiarize viewers with the nation of Panem, as seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opens today.

The illustrated guide is just a general overview of the 12 districts, identifying the chief industries and the past victors (if they have names) returning for the third Quarter Quell.