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Who’s Who: Doctor Who Greatest & Geekiest Guest Appearances

It’s business as usual when the TARDIS is traveling through the space-time continuum, but over the last five seasons the Doctor has also come dangerously close to going to another dimension — breaking the barrier between some iconic nerd worlds via some pretty great guest appearances. Celebrating the new season of Doctor Who, launching tonight, here are five Doctor Who guest appearances that put the Doctor one degree removed from Spider-Man, Harry Potter and more.

The Doctor versus Dumbledore “A Christmas Carol” (2010)

Harry Potter and Doctor Who are arguably the two biggest British pop culture exports, and they haven’t come in close contact with each other until Michael Gambon appeared in the last year’s Christmas special. Dumbledore 2.0 played an Ebenezer Scrooge-type who must learns the importance of the holidays on an alien world with stasis pods and flying sharks.

The Doctor visits a British Hellmouth? “School Reunion” (2006)

After graduating from the Buffy-verse as Giles, Anthony Stewart Head found himself back in high school. Transferring across the pond from Sunnydale, Head played Mr. Finch, the headmaster at another school full of weirdness – this time, in the form of  gigantic bat-looking aliens.( The episode also featured the return of Elisabeth Sladen, as Sarah Jane Smith, who sadly and suddenly passed away this week.)

The Doctor and Spidey Team-Up “Daleks In Manhattan” & “Evolution of the Daleks” (2007)

Before he was cast as the rebooted Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield helped defend New York City alongside the Doctor against deformed pig people, gangsters, and the threat of evolving Daleks. Battling Doctor Who’s nihilistic robots was also good warm-up for Garfield’s role in The Social Network, too, where he would go toe-to-toe with Mark Zuckerberg, the spookiest robot of them all. As an added bonus, this two-parter also featured Ryan Carnes, fresh from his stint as Justin on Desperate Housewives (he’s the pig-guy with the hair).

In Which a Time Lord is also 007 “The End of Time” (2010)

Out of all the guest appearances mentioned here, Timothy Dalton’s is the most blatant case of stunt casting. But it’s also one of the most inspired guest appearances in DW lore, casting an ex-007 as a legendary ass-kicking Lord President of the Time Lords. Dalton’s Time Lord was just one of the many highlights of  David Tennant’s last episode as the Doctor.

Scotty Beams the Doctor up to the 500th Floor “The Long Game” (2005)

Simon Pegg’s baddie The Editor was a second-in-command despot on a gigantic satellite that kept humanity in line through manipulating the media (insert Rupert Murdoch joke here.) But even though The Editor looked like he shared makeup tips with Schwarzenegger’s Mr.Freeze, he was much creepier than the Bat-villian, accompanied by a horde of mindless corpses and a gigantic alien hanging out on the ceiling. Bonus: Pegg got to play a convincing and charismatic baddie – something we haven’t get to see him  do much in geek staples like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek.

(PopCultureZoo claims no ownership of the photos used in this piece. They are the intellectual property of BBC, and were taken from the Tardis Index File [Anthony Head], digitalspy.com [Andrew Garfield], Doctor Who Image Archive [Simon Pegg], io9.com [Timothy Dalton] and a promo photo from BBC One [Michael Gambon].)

“The End Of Time, Part Two” Preview Clip!

Here’s a brand new clip from “The End Of Time, Part Two” which also marks the end of the David Tennant era of Doctor Who. This final tenth Doctor special airs in the UK on BBC One Friday, January 1st at 6:40 PM and in the US on BBC America January 2nd at 8:30PM. To paraphrase a previous regeneration, it’s the end once again, but the moment has been prepared for…

The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master’s plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder, and an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made, and the deadly prophecy warns: “He will knock four times.”

David Tennant stars as the Tenth Doctor and guest stars include John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield. “The End Of Time, Part Two” is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Euros Lyn. The producer is Tracie Simpson.

‘Doctor Who: The End Of Time, Part Two’ US Premiere Date And More

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DAVID TENNANT’S FINAL DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL – U.S. PREMIERE ONLY ON BBC AMERICA

BBC AMERICA today announced the U.S. premiere of David Tennant’s final special as the Tenth Doctor. Doctor Who: “The End of Time, Part Two,” premieres January 2, one week after “Part One,” on BBC AMERICA. The finale to the era of David Tennant is one of the most eagerly anticipated adventures in the history of Doctor Who. Guest stars include John Simm (Life on Mars) as the Master, Timothy Dalton, Catherine Tate and Bernard Cribbins.

DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME, PART ONE – Saturday, December 26, 9:00pm ET/PT
It’s the Tenth Doctor’s final journey – but his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn, on Christmas Eve. With both determined to cheat death, the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate. Meanwhile, the alien race Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe.

David Tennant stars as the Tenth Doctor and guest stars include John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield. The End Of Time, Part One is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Euros Lyn. The producer is Tracie Simpson.

DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME, PART TWO – Saturday, January 2, 8:00pm ET/PT
The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master’s plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder, and an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made, and the deadly prophecy warns: “He will knock four times.”

David Tennant stars as the Tenth Doctor and guest stars include John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield. The End Of Time, Part Two is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Euros Lyn. The producer is Tracie Simpson.

DAVID TENNANT – THE DOCTOR
David Tennant is an accomplished theater actor who most recently starred onstage in Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Before landing the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who, he played the title role in Russell T Davies’ adaptation of Casanova alongside Peter O’Toole. He also played Briscoe in The Quatermass Experiment, a recreation of the sci-fi cult classic first broadcast live in 1953. Other stage work includes The Pillowman at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It. His movie roles include Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things and the role of Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. Tennant is the new host of PBS’ Masterpiece Contemporary and recently signed on to appear in the NBC pilot Rex Is Not Your Lawyer.

RUSSELL T DAVIES – LEAD WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Russell started at BBC Children’s, writing the fantasy thrillers Dark Season and Century Falls, before winning the BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama in 1996 for Granada’s The Ward. He then created the landmark series Queer As Folk for Channel 4, and the U.S. version ran on Showtime for five years. Since then, he has written Bob & Rose – for which he won Comedy Writer of the Year 2001 – The Second Coming, Mine All Mine and Casanova, starring David Tennant. He reinvented and reinvigorated Doctor Who for the BBC in 2005, winning both the Dennis Potter Award and the BAFTA for Best Drama. He has created the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, both now entering their third successful seasons.

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The BBC will release “The Waters of Mars” and “The End of Time, Part One” and “Part Two” on DVD and Blu-ray, Tuesday, February 2, 2010. A 5-disc set, Doctor Who: Specials Collection, which includes “The Next Doctor,” “Planet of the Dead,” “Waters of Mars,” “The End of Time, Part One” and “Part Two” and a 16-page booklet with an introduction written by David Tennant, hits stores the same day.