Jodie Whittaker Inspires First-Ever Doctor Who Barbie Doll

BBC & Mattel
BBC & Mattel

More than a year after it was announced that Jodie Whittaker would become the first woman to take the lead on Doctor Who, the 36-year-old actress finally made her debut on Sunday to record-breaking ratings. It was a big moment for the BBC’s iconic sci-fi series, which has recast the lead role a total of 13 times over the past 55 years—each time with a white man until Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor. To celebrate the moment, BBC Studios and Mattel have teamed up to released a Doctor Who Barbie doll (yet another first in the franchise’s history).

The limited-edition doll bears an impressive resemblance to Whittaker, and sports her now-standard rainbow-striped T-shirt, suspenders, cropped trousers, trench coat, and lace-up boots. She’s even carrying her new take on the sonic screwdriver, a.k.a. a Swiss army sonic.

“Given Barbie’s celebration of women who have made history, as well as iconic characters from some of the best loved movies and shows, we felt it was a great opportunity to work with Mattel to create a doll based on the Thirteenth Doctor,” BBC Studios’ creative director David Wilson Nunn said in a statement. But you’d better act quick, as the doll is being produced in limited quantities and is sure to sell out quickly.

U.S.-based customers can order the doll, which costs $50, from Hot Topic, while UK Whovians can grab theirs from Forbidden Planet.

Netflix Promises That The Office Isn't Going Anywhere, Despite Reports to the Contrary

NBCUniversal, Inc.
NBCUniversal, Inc.

With all of the streaming sites available, deciding which one to choose can sometimes be just as difficult as figuring out what to watch once you get there. But one thing is certain: For Netflix users, The Office never fails. Which explains why Dunder Mifflin devotees panicked when they heard that the NBC series would be leaving the streaming giant's library. Fortunately, Netflix quickly took to Twitter to reassure fans that the Steve Carell-starring comedy isn’t going anywhere ... until at least 2021.

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that NBCUniversal might want to take back its rights to The Office in order to put the series on their own streaming site, which is not yet live. This, of course, sent fans into a frenzy. Many took to social media to share how upset they were that their favorite workplace comedy might be disappearing. (A similar situation happened with Friends, another one of Netflix's most popular shows, back in December.)

Although The Office aficionados can breathe a sigh of relief—at least for now—Marvel fans haven't been so lucky. Disney has started to remove its movies along with Netflix’s Marvel shows like The Punisher and Daredevil. The new streaming service Disney+ will drop in November and will feature Marvel films, as well as original series—plus the entire Star Wars franchise.

With all the changes, it’s not difficult to become paranoid that your favorite show might be taken off your preferred streaming service. Better to binge what you can now while it’s still available.

Game of Thrones Could Have a Major Twist In Store for Tyrion Lannister

Helen Sloan/HBO
Helen Sloan/HBO

We're only two episodes into the final season of Game of Thrones, and already we've seen Jon Snow learn about his true lineage—and then reveal that game-changing tidbit to Daenerys Targaryen (who seemed oddly unbothered by the news). But what if we’re about to learn something about the true identity of yet another major character?

Over the years, many fans have theorized that Tyrion Lannister is also a secret Targaryen—and while some dismissed the idea once it was confirmed that Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen, a couple of key moments in season 8 might be hinting that Tryion could indeed still have Targaryen blood.

Reddit user nisensegar believes Tyrion has discovered he’s a Targaryen, which would explain why he has been acting a little strangely this season. The evidence to back up this theory comes from three specific moments: When Tyrion was able set Daenerys’s dragons free without getting burned; when he watched the door to the room in which Dany and Jon were making love, as if he knew what was going on; and his father, Tywin Lannister’s, last words before Tyrion killed him being: “You’re no son of mine.” These pieces of possible evidence have been cited before in fan theories, but this Reddit user believes Tyrion’s recent behavior supports the claim as well.

All of these things have seemingly been leading up to the most recent episode when Bran Stark speaks to Tyrion, which might have been him confirming his true identity. This would make sense, considering we didn’t actually witness their conversation—we just know they had one.

“A lot was mentioned about Tyrion's intelligence and his challenged loyalty," the Redditor writes "There is also an ominous, secretive shot of him in next week's teaser giving a side glance, half-concealed. Very foreboding.”

The Redditor also references the final scene in "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," the most recent episode, which shows Jon and Daenerys, and then Tyrion. “It's a very strange and wild family dynamic but as Sansa famously said: ‘Families are complicated,'" the post concludes.

Given how popular the theory has become over the years, we're dubious of its veracity. (Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss hate to be predictable.) However, we can’t deny these clues. We’ll hopefully find out what Bran and Tyrion discussed, as well as why the latter has been acting so differently, in the coming episodes.

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