John Hurts War Doctor Returns in Final Audio Tales

first_img Sir John Hurt passed away last week, but the War Doctor is still fighting in Big Finish Productions’ latest volume of audio tales.The four-disc Volume 4: Casualties of War CD collection is available now to pre-order, ahead of its February launch.From the minds of Guy Adams, Andrew Smith, and Nicholas Briggs, the three-episode series follows the War Doctor (Hurt) and Cardinal Ollistra (Jacqueline Pearce) as they fight their way from the outer reaches of the galaxy back to Gallifrey.Big Finish Productions“The Doctor finds casualties in every place the Time War has touched,” the Big Finish synopsis said. “Among them, a fighter, a traveling companion of the distant past, who remembers him quite differently. A warrior woman named Leela.”Reprised by Louise Jameson, the classic companion (later known as Leelandredloomsagwinaechegesima) was a member of the warrior Sevateem tribe. She met the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) during his visit to her home planet; the two became friends, and she deserted her world’s new society to follow the Doctor.“We were friends,” the War Doctor says in the Vol. 4 trailer. “I cannot trust you,” a bitter Leela counters.The fourth and final set, “Casualties of War” was directed by Briggs—the voice of Doctor Who‘s Daleks, Cybermen, and various other foes. Fans can pre-order the CD set for $25.05 or the digital edition for $20. An exact release date has not yet been announced.Hurt, who took on the part of the War Doctor at age 73, starred in BBC One’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor,” opposite the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), and Bad Wolf/Rose Tyler (Billie Piper).The unknown incarnation of the Time Lord—”the one who broke the promise”—faces a moral dilemma in having to save the universe by ending the Time War.Known for roles in Midnight Express, Alien, The Elephant Man, the Harry Potter series, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, legendary British actor Hurt died three days after his 77th birthday, following his fight with pancreatic cancer. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

DoughnutDelivering Drones Provide Hope for the Future

first_img First, there were cronuts. Now there are dronuts.No, they’re not delicious fried rings of cake from the Italian city of Dro.Last week, doughnut-toting drones (get it?) delivered confections to public servants across Denver.Boxes of LaMar’s Donuts were flown on Wednesday from nearby parking lots to the mayor at City Hall, as well as workers at local police and fire departments.“This is exciting stuff, and I think as we get ready for not only drones in the air, [but also] for autonomous vehicles, this is our future,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told the Associated Press. “This is how we’re going to become a more efficient 21st century nation, society quite frankly.”Flying “very, very” short distances, the unmanned aerial vehicles took off and landed with human supervision, and were monitored at all times—in accordance with FAA regulations, according to a restaurant spokesman.“We’re doing it completely legal,” Chris Bonnet, CEO of Austin-based Drone Dispatch, which was hired to pilot the dronuts, told the AP. “We have … a safe takeoff location and [at] the landing area is a team member who’s receiving the box of doughnuts.”The Federal Aviation Administration in June released regulations for the commercial use of UAVs, governing drone altitude, proximity to airports, and flying over people who are not directly participating in the service.In this case, LaMar’s dronuts departed from parking lots near the Denver City and County Building, the police department, the fire department, and an alleyway near a pedestrian mall, the AP reported. FAA officials are investigating the operation to ensure full compliance.The high-flying pastries were delivered as part of a week-long celebration dating back to World War I when Salvation Army volunteers made doughnuts for soldiers. Folks across the country scarfed down the sweet treats on Friday, June 2, in honor of National Doughnut Day.Anything that delivers food and minimizes the need for human interaction is a step in the right direction. But LaMar’s isn’t the only one using technology for easy distribution.In 2015, Chinese e-retailer Taobao and partner YTO Express ran a three-day trial, making 450 deliveries of tea in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Stay on target This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak last_img read more