David Tennant’s Doctor Who Converse Sneakers Are Going Up for Auction

David Tennant—and his beloved Converse sneakers—as Doctor Who's Tenth Doctor.
David Tennant—and his beloved Converse sneakers—as Doctor Who's Tenth Doctor.
Adrian Rogers, BBC

You may never get the chance to own a working TARDIS in your lifetime, but for about $200 to $350 Doctor Who fans can own something nearly as iconic: the cream-colored Converse sneakers favored by Tenth Doctor David Tennant. On the morning of May 30, 2019, England's Ewbank's Auctions will begin auctioning off hundreds of television and movie props, including a well-curated collection of Doctor Who memorabilia.

Here's the rub: the sneakers in question aren't the ones that The Doctor himself wore; they were worn by his stunt double. The reason? The kicks that Tennant sported in the show were his very own. In fact, in late 2018, the 48-year-old actor—who will next be seen in Amazon's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Good Omens later this month—shared how he had to fight for his preferred footwear.

A pair of cream-colored Converse sneakers from the set of 'Doctor Who'
The Converse worn by David Tennant's Doctor Who stunt double will be auctioned off by Ewbank's
Ewbank's

While speaking at PaleyFest in New York City in October 2018, Tennant shared how his version of the Time Lord's outfit came to be.

"I had these really old, battered, cream-colored Converse shoes that I brought in and I said, 'I want to wear these.' And people didn't like that idea," Tennant said. The costume department favored a pair of boots, but the actor was determined. "'They're beautiful boots,'" he told the producers, "'But I want to wear these crappy old trainers." Eventually, he got his way—and the rest is history.

The sneakers aren't the only piece of Doctor Who history up for sale. An original guard blaster from 1987's "Dragonfire" serial, which was later used in "Red Dwarf," is expected to fetch at least $250 to $500, while an original script binder from 1984's "Resurrection of The Daleks"—filled with handwritten notes and sketches—will likely sell for at least $200.

Visit Ewbank's website to see the full catalog, and register to bid online.

Missing the Days of Clippy? There’s an App That Will Bring Him Back

The Science Elf, YouTube
The Science Elf, YouTube

Some Microsoft Office users might still brace for the appearance of a certain nosy, wide-eyed paper clip whenever they type Dear at the top of a fresh Word document. After all, Clippy was the anthropomorphic pet we never asked for, yet tolerated through several formative years of computer technology.

Though Clippy—short for Clippit—may have been on the receiving end of an industry-wide eye roll in the late 1990s, it’s hard to ignore how much he seems like an early, distant ancestor to applications like Alexa and Siri, upon whom society has developed a pretty significant reliance. Whether you think about the injustice against Clippy every day or you’re just a normal person who likes any excuse to indulge in ‘90s nostalgia, we have news for you: You can rescue him from the void and host him on your very own Mac desktop.

According to Lifehacker, the app was created by a developer named Devran “Cosmo” Uenal, who debuted the program on Github earlier this month. This rather chilled-out Clippy won’t burst into your Word document and offer unsolicited advice on how to write letters, but he’ll still entertain you with animated performances if you right-click on him and choose “Animate!”

As you can see in Uenal’s Twitter video, he might don a pair of oversized headphones and mime a music jam sessions, or he might transform into a googly-eyed, heavy-eyebrowed checkmark.

To download the paperclip pal for yourself, scroll down to the “First start” section on the Github page and click “Download Clippy for macOS,” which should trigger an automatic download. Click on that installation file, and then follow the rest of the directions in the “First start” section to open Clippy on your desktop. From there, the fun is endless.

And, if you’re hungry for more history about the world’s most hated virtual assistant, you can read more about his tragic life here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Celebrate the Holidays With a Harry Potter Sock Advent Calendar From Target

Target
Target

Harry Potter Advent calendars are becoming a new Christmas tradition among wizards and witches at heart. For the 2019 holiday season, LEGO is launching an Advent calendar set of Harry Potter minifigures, and Funko is releasing its own calendar themed around the Yule Ball. Now, Bustle reports that Target is getting in on the action with four new Advent calendars packed with Harry Potter-themed socks.

No matter what type of Harry Potter fan you are, there's a batch of socks for you in Target's line-up. If you're someone who gets assigned a different house every time you take a sorting hat quiz, go with the first Advent calendar. It includes socks in men sizes 6 through 12 emblazoned with the crests and colors of all four Hogwarts houses.

The other three packs feature women's socks with a somewhat random assortment of designs. You'll find footwear branded with iconic Harry Potter imagery, like Hedwig the owl, the golden Snitch, and the Hogwarts Express. Other socks bear quotes from the books and films, like "Mischief Managed" from the Marauder's Map and Hagrid's famous one-liner, "You're a wizard, Harry."

Every Harry Potter Advent calendar from Target comes with 15 pairs of socks, working out to just $1 a pair. If you'd like to start planning the holiday season early this year, you can order them today from Target.com. And to make the holidays even more magical, don't miss out on this Hogwarts castle tree topper that plays "Hedwig's Theme."

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

Harry Potter sock advent calendar.
Target

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

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