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I was so happy more than one person asked us to talk about “Doctor Who.” I love “Doctor Who, and I was kind of afraid that if we talked about it, no one would really care but me. Also, the Internet would like you to know that the Doctor will totally save us on 12/21/2012.

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This week on TechStuff, we decided to kick off our metaphorical shoes and have some fun. We took a short break from our more technical topics to look at some subjects that are near and dear to the TechStuff heart. Monday’s episode brought back memories of plunking down quarters to challenge the arcade champion to a game of Mortal Kombat. Wednesday’s show reminded us why we took up knitting just to make our own mile-long scarf.

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In this episode, Jonathan, Chris and a special guest get their geek on as they chat about the technology, canon and chameleon-like characters of the long-running British television series “Doctor Who.”

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If you’re not a big fan of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” or of Wil Wheaton, you may not have heard about Wil’s latest book series, “Memories of the Future.” Imagine if Television Without Pity recappers had been writing about TNG back in 1987, only with more swearing, more digressions and more geeky in-jokes, plus behind-the-scenes memories for every episode. That’s what Vol. 1 does for the first half of the first season of TNG, from “Encounter at Farpoint” to “Datalore” — it’s just the thing for people who love TNG and snark. I decided to wait to read the book until the accompanying “Memories of the Futurecast” podcast wrapped up on Monday, which means I got to the last page of my paper copy this morning and confirmed a startling epiphany I had while listening to “Memories of the Futurecast” a few weeks ago.

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The “Doctor Who” franchise has been in the news a lot the last few days. John Barrowman, star of the spinoff series “Torchwood,” was in a car crash over the weekend during filming for the U.K. program “Fifth Gear.” Fortunately, Barrowman escaped with relatively minor injuries — cuts and bruises and some glass in his eye, which paramedics were able to remove. This morning (skip to the next paragraph if you don’t want to hear about the future of “Doctor Who”) the BBC revealed the costume for the next Doctor, Matt Smith. The Daily Mail has some more shots of the jacket/trousers/bow tie/boots ensemble. Filming for Smith’s run as the 11th Doctor began this week.

But if you live in the United States and don’t rely on grey-market torrents to get your fix of U.K. TV shows, the much bigger news is that “Torchwood: Children of Earth” starts its run on BBC America tonight. If you’re thinking about sitting down to watch it, here’s what you need to know.

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Earlier this year, I briefly entertained a fantasy in which I would travel to the other side of the United States for San Diego Comic Con. Now I’m recovering from a busted leg and glad my plan never really moved beyond the idle daydream stage. And yet, it seems like every day something hits my browser or my phone that makes me truly sorry I won’t be there.

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This weekend I went to my first sci-fi convention of the season — TimeGate, a con primarily for fans of the “Doctor Who” and “Stargate” worlds. Among the guests I had a chance to see were Mary Tamm, who played Time Lady Romana during the era of the fourth Doctor, and Terrance Dicks, a writer who’s worked all over the “Doctor Who” world

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I’ll confess: I was wary about “Caprica,” the “Battlestar Galactica” prequel. It just had so many potential strikes against it. It was a prequel. The pilot went straight to DVD and digital download. And I was disappointed by the finale of its predecessor. The re-imagined BSG was a show that dealt with ethical gray areas and difficult decisions. In its finale, it moved from ambiguities to absolutes, and by the time it was over, I felt a little like I’d been knocked around with a God’s Plan-brand baseball bat. Wielded by Asimo.

So, I shied away from all “Caprica” news and put off watching the pilot until last night. It took maybe five seconds for me to figure out that the direct-to-DVD move wasn’t one intended to crank out a prequel worthy of being nicknamed “BSG 2: Electric Boogaloo.” For a second, I thought I was watching a Showtime original series.

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I didn’t get to see much “Doctor Who” when I as a kid. It aired on PBS during the much-coveted time slots of during church, past my bedtime and (at least at the start) before I was born. So I had to go back to all those time-traveling stories full of companions, aliens and very long scarves much later.

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