YouTube upped its geek game in 2013, dedicating a whole week in August to the geek content we were sharing across all social networks. From superheroes to super Time Lords to the most super singing that space has ever seen, there was a lot to be enamored with this year on the ol' 'Tubez. According to the site, these are the top five videos of the year. Think you know which one was the most popular?
It's officially official, Whovians. Matt Smith will bid his final adieu to Doctor Who in the US on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, at 9 p.m. on BBC America. The new official trailer for the special, titled "The Time of the Doctor," (watch it below!) previews how the show plans to send off its Eleventh Doctor, who fans have enjoyed on the small screen for the past four years.
The official trailer features what seems to be Clara's voice speaking in riddles, "And now it's time for one last bow, like all your other selves. Eleven's hour is over now. The clock is striking Twelve's." A regeneration is clearly upon us.
In the 10-second teaser, we see bits of the Daleks, Cybermen, the Silence, and the Weeping Angels. The BBC has revealed that the Doctor is making some sort of sacrifice to save a town called Christmas. The last episode of season seven was titled "The Name of the Doctor," and the 50th anniversary special was "The Day of the Doctor," so we're intrigued by what "The Time of the Doctor" could mean, as there seems to be a synergy between these three episodes.
The Doctor asks, "This planet . . . what's it called?" in the trailer, to which a female voice (River Song, perhaps?) responds, "Trenzalore." The episode's mysterious tagline is, "Silence will fall."
We're still reeling from the 50th anniversary special, which aired Nov. 23 and is available for streaming now on iTunes, Amazon, and more. But we can't wait to see how the Christmas special (which will hopefully also air Christmas Day for US peeps) will introduce the newest Doctor, Peter Capaldi. See more photos of the Doctor Who Christmas Special!
If our Instagram feed is any indication, weekend nights are all about the ugly sweater parties. We're spinning the time-honored tradition and opting for faux-ugly Christmas sweaters that show off geeky pop-culture taste. From handmade Doctor Who to Pac-Man zipping through an 8-bit tree, find a sweater here that'll be the talk of the eggnog bowl.
He's alive! OK, not exactly a spoiler that our brave detective survived the great Reichenbach Fall, but the new official teaser trailer for Sherlock season three, which began filming this Spring, has certainly piqued our curious minds. Press play to see all the clues the show has given us so far.
BBC One confirmed that Lars Mikkelsen will play villain Charles Augustus Magnussen in the upcoming season. Today's trailer reveals that Watson has moved on with his life, leaving Baker Street. For being "dead" for two years, Sherlock is looking as in good health as ever. In fact, cocreator Mark Gatiss confirmed that Benedict "still looks very trim and gets more handsome with every year" at Sherlock's Comic-Con 2013 panel.
The third season of Sherlock will air New Year's Day 2014 on BBC One in the UK and, for US residents, on Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. on PBS Masterpiece.
Playing Pokémon X and Y is making us all sorts of nostalgic for the ole Nintendo franchise. Be the very best, like no one ever was, with our breakdown of facts you may not have known about your favorite game for the Nintendo 3DS. We join The Sync Up host Veronica Belmont to bring Pokéfans the top things you didn't know about Pokémon — but wish you did.
Now that we're well into the holiday season, it's high time we start thinking about how to ring in the New Year. And since photon torpedo fireworks and Veritaserum Champagne cocktails are still in development, how about a low-tech, but infinitely geeky, wall or desk calendar? Because — face it — even if you receive the time machine on your wish list, you're still going to need to track the passage of time.
The first seven days of December had plenty of great geek-stagrams from geeks we love — but our favorites celebrated the holidays and one of the most revered human rights activists of our time. See pictures from NASA, Veronica Belmont, and more in the top five social media snaps of the week!
NASA to Nelson Mandela: We Honor You
Antiapartheid leader Nelson Mandela passed away this week, and the US space agency offered a fitting tribute, with a photo of Cape Town, South Africa, taken from the International Space Station.
"In honor of the anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who passed away today at the age of 95, here is an image of Cape Town, South Africa, from space. This photo was taken on May 9, 2013, by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield while living and working aboard the International Space Station. Hadfield tweeted this image and wrote, 'Cape Town, South Africa, and the South Atlantic calling to forever.'"
Welcome to the Selfie Side
The leader of the Dark Side heralded a new age in the Star Wars franchise. The space opera has joined Instagram officially, and its inaugural snap was, of course, of Darth Vader.
"Another day at the office. #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom"
"I made a blinky! My soldering could be a little neater, but it worked!"
A Very Merry Cthulhu Christmas
The Star Wars Craft Book author Bonnie Burton is celebrating the holidays with our favorite extraterrestrial shape-shifting octopus.
"HAPPY CTHULHU CHRISTMAS! #vandaleyesFollowing"
Dead Shopping Three
Geek & Sundry's Felicia Day finds, of all things, fashion in Dead Rising 3.
"A shop I found in Dead Rising 3 full of upscale women's clothing. I got excited, like when you find a keychain with your name on it at a tourist trap. #12000zombieskilled"
Matt Smith kicked off his first post-Doctor Who role this week, taking to the stage in London as murderous yuppie Patrick Bateman in the American Psycho musical, based on Brett Easton Ellis's satirical, though disturbing, take on '80s consumerism in the book of the same name. Sure, it "sounds like the worst idea for a musical in history," but that's kind of why fans are so curious to see how the dark violence of the 2000 Christian Bale movie translates to something as seemingly happy-go-lucky as a musical. Plus, the character considers himself something of an '80s cheesy music connoisseur, which is given a nod in the songs written by Duncan Sheik.
The show runs through February 2014 and unsurprisingly thanks to its hit star, is totally sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets, or, you know, can't fly to London right now, take a peek at Matt like you've never seen him before in more official production and rehearsal photos. Oh, yes, the infamous business card scene is definitely included. See the photos after the jump.
Wondering what devices to wrap and give this year? Allow tech reporter and host of Spike TV's All Access Katie Linendoll to serve as your iSanta this holiday season. As Katie told us, "While there are the obvious must haves — à la Xbox One and PS4 — I’ve put together a list of some less obvious choices to Tech the Halls. Now pass that eggnog!"
Now that we've officially scheduled a viewing of the Doctor Who Christmas episode, "The Time of the Doctor" on Christmas night at 9 p.m., BBC released this week more pictures of the show's annual special. This one, as the poster below forebodingly warns, is extra special — it marks a changing of the Doctors.
New clues to the episode's plot are out too. As BBC America explains:
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
Can you count all the villains? Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and The Silence look to be battling for scariest ghost of Christmas past. The teaser trailer's tagline of "silence will fall" seems more like a reality now. See more question-riddled pictures of Matt Smith in his last episode and Jenna Coleman as Clara after the jump.