Twitch is Streaming More Than 500 Classic Doctor Who Episodes

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If you’re a fan of campy sci-fi and can clear your schedule for the next seven weeks, we’ve got a suggestion on how to spend that time: watching more than 500 episodes of the original Doctor Who. On May 29, 2018, Twitch kicked off a truly massive marathon that will see six to seven hours of the original series live streamed each day beginning at 11 a.m. PT. (That programming block will then be repeated—twice—for late-comers and international audiences.)

In addition to capturing the interest of Time Lord obsessives, the streaming network is also hoping to lure Doctor Who newbies into the fold, as evidenced by their description of the long-running series:

Doctor What now? If that sounds like you, welcome! Doctor Who is a sci-fi cult classic TV series, which originally aired in 1963. It’s about a Time Lord and his companions who travel through space and time, going on adventures and saving the universe. We’re streaming 500 episodes of the original series, so you’ll catch on soon enough!

For viewers expecting to see David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi—or to catch a glimpse of incoming Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker—don’t hold your breath. This marathon is dedicated to the series’ original 26 seasons, which ran from 1963 to 1989. You will, however, get to see the TARDIS in its various incarnations, and admire Fourth Doctor Tom Baker’s legendarily long scarf (which you can knit yourself, by the way). And on July 19—the marathon’s final day—you’ll finally get to meet Sylvester McCoy, who played the Seventh Doctor and unfortunately spelled the beginning of the end of the series’ original incarnation.

While 500-plus episodes may seem like a lot, it’s barely scratching the surface of the Doctor Who team’s output. Many of the show’s classic episodes have been lost to time, with the BBC and fans working together for decades to try and reassemble the missing pieces.

If you can’t make the time to watch Twitch’s Doctor Who marathon, you can catch the original episodes at your leisure on BritBox. Or, if you watch it all and want to keep the momentum going—or if you simply prefer your Time Lords in Chuck Taylors—Amazon Prime is streaming the rebooted series’ first 10 seasons.

How Much Is Game of Thrones Author George RR Martin Worth?

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by Dana Samuel

Unsurprisingly, Game of Thrones took home another Emmy Award earlier this week for Outstanding Drama Series, which marked the series' third time winning the title. Of course, George RR Martin—the author who wrote the books that inspired the TV show, and the series' executive producer—celebrated the victory alongside ​the GoT cast.

For anyone who may be unfamiliar with Martin's work, he is the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which is the epic fantasy series that lead to the Game of Thrones adaptation. Basically, we really we have him to thank for this seven-year roller coaster we've been on.

At 70 years old (his birthday was yesterday, September 20th), Martin has had a fairly lengthy career as an author, consisting of a number of screenplays and TV pilots before A Song of Ice and Fire, which, ​according to Daily Mail he wrote in the spirit of The Lord of the Rings.

 Cast and crew of Outstanding Drama Series winner 'Game of Thrones' pose in the press room during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
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Martin sold the rights to his A Song of Ice and Fire series in 2007, and he truly owes the vast majority of his net worth to the success of his novels and the Game of Thrones TV series. So how much exactly is this acclaimed author worth? According to Daily Mail, Martin makes about $15 million annually from the TV show, and another $10 million from his successful literary works.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, that makes Martin's net worth about $65 million.

Regardless of his millions, Martin still lives a fairly modest life, and it's clear he does everything for his love of writing.

We'd like to extend a personal thank you to Martin for creating one of the most exciting and emotionally jarring storylines we've ever experienced.
We wish Game of Thrones could go ​on for 13 seasons, too!

The '90s PBS Shows We're Still Talking About Online, Mapped

Were you a Barney kid or an Arthur kid? Or maybe you were obsessed with the Teletubbies instead? Or maybe you're still that kid inside, off making PBS memes as an adult. You're never too old to appreciate public television's kids programming, if the recent box office success of the Mister Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? is any indication.

Knowing that today's adults still have a soft spot in their hearts for the PBS shows of their childhoods, the telecom sales agent CenturyLinkQuote.com used Google Trends to figure out what kind of impact different kids' series had on each state. They created the map above, showing the most talked-about PBS Kids show in every state over the last 14 years.

According to this data, the Midwest is all about Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street is big in New Jersey and Delaware, and Wishbone reigns in the Southwest. Mister Rogers, despite his status as a TV icon, only dominates in Pennsylvania. The short-lived Canadian-American show Zoboomafoo makes a surprisingly strong showing, coming in as the favorite in four different states despite only having two seasons.

Did your favorite make the list?

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