A 13-Day Doctor Who Marathon Is Coming to BBC America

BBC America
BBC America

On July 16, 2017, Doctor Who fans around the world got the news they’d been anxiously awaiting when the BBC announced that Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker would be taking over the TARDIS in the iconic sci-fi series’s 11th season. Though fans got an early glimpse of her regeneration in “Twice Upon a Time,” the show's 2017 Christmas special, it was only earlier this week that the new season got an official release date of October 7, 2018. Now, in the weeks leading up to the Thirteenth Doctor’s first season, BBC America will run a “13 Days of Doctor Who” marathon.

The event will kick off at 6 a.m. ET/PT on Tuesday, September 25 with “Rose,” the first episode of the series’s reboot featuring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, his soon-to-be companion. The network will air every episode from the past 10 seasons, meaning that in addition to Eccleston’s single season you can relive every moment of David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi’s time as a Time Lord.

Though Whittaker will be the first female Doctor, she’s not the first actress to be considered for the role. Back in the 1980s, original series co-creator Sydney Newman proposed revitalizing the show by regenerating the Time Lord into a Time Lady. For years, the show’s producers have toyed with the idea of making The Doctor a woman. In 2008, former showrunner Russell Davies (who’s passing on the torch to Chris Chibnall for the 11th season) broached the idea yet again, citing Catherine Zeta-Jones as his top pick for the Eleventh Doctor following Tennant’s departure.

The marathon will conclude on Sunday, October 7th with the premiere of “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” Whittaker’s first full episode.

If you’re itching to binge-watch another beloved sci-fi series, BBC America is dedicating five days of next week’s programming to The X-Files, in honor of its 25th anniversary. That marathon will kick off at 6 a.m. ET on Monday, September 10 and conclude on Friday, September 14.

Virginia’s University of Lynchburg is Adding a Harry Potter Class to Its Fall Curriculum

Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.
Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.

While it’s not exactly an invitation to Hogwarts, students at Virginia’s University of Lynchburg are getting just about the next best thing. This fall, the campus is adding a Harry Potter-themed class to its curriculum as a general education course.

The university is in the process of changing some of its course offerings and streamlining classes in recognition of its modern students. According to WSET ABC 13, Dr. Sharon Foreman, director of general education, said of the new curriculum: "It is very targeted towards 21st century students who are going out into a global society and so we want faculty, staff, and administrators to know what that means, what it looks like, and [to] experience it first hand.”

Faculty have decided providing an education for a global society includes offering courses like the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Good Life," which will ask students to read J.K. Rowling’s books alongside the works of philosophers to create connections between the past and present.

University of Lynchburg coordinator of integrated seminars Amy Merrill Willis told WSLS 10 News that the course's instructor, Devin Brickhouse Bryson, is "going to be introducing philosophical concepts from [Plato], Socrates, and Aristotle, and asking students to think about the Harry Potter series in depth.”

Although there may not be a sorting hat or Butterbeer involved, the class sounds like a creative way to engage students in philosophy and critical issues, all while focused on the beloved Harry Potter series.

[h/t WSET ABC 13]

Wizarding World Orlando’s New Roller Coaster Is Full of Harry Potter Easter Eggs

Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

While Universal Studios Orlando is already home to some incredible attractions in its Wizarding World of Harry Potter, such as its very own Hogsmeade, the Hogwarts Express, and even a Hogwarts Castle, the newest roller coaster seems to be bringing out the most dedicated of Potterheads. The ride, called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, saw whopping 10-hour waits in its opening days, and for those lucky enough to have experienced the brand-new attraction already, it looks like many have deemed it worth the line.

GameSpot got to take a ride on the Motorbike Adventure, and writer Meg Downey noted all the great details riders will encounter as they soar through the Forbidden Forest—which included a load of Easter eggs.

In particular, Downey calls out the many Harry Potter nods on the walls of the castle ruins. The graffiti, which resembles cave drawings, includes a joke about a Hippogriff attempting to catch Draco Malfoy (likely in reference to the Prisoner of Azkaban scene where the cocky wizard encounters Buckbeak), a drawing of a Phoenix that looks just like Fawkes, and even some sweet writings from Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter.

A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a reference to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Universal Orlando

Additionally, the ride includes a reference to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to Downey, who reports that Hagrid has a poster of Nifflers in his main workshop.

The new ride seems to be a must-do experience for diehard Harry Potter fans, exploring some of the most mysterious parts of Hogwarts and the fun style of Hagrid and his creatures.

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