BBC Teases New Thirteenth Doctor-Starring Doctor Who Merchandise

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Though the new season of Doctor Who, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, won’t make its BBC debut until this fall, fans of the iconic sci-fi series who find themselves at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con will get an early glimpse behind the scenes of the upcoming season. The series’ new cast and crew will gather for their first-ever panel discussion—but that’s not the only Time Lord news coming out of San Diego. The BBC will also be showing off some of the brand-new Doctor Who merchandise that will accompany the new season, including several pint-sized renditions of the first-ever female Doctor.

The official Doctor Who website just shared a sneak peek at the new Thirteenth Doctor figurines coming from their toymaker partners at Funko, Titan, and Character Options—noting that all Funko and Titan toys will be on display at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, and available for purchase in the fall.

Titan’s offerings (below) include two 6.5-inch figures, while Funko’s merchandise (pictured above) will include a vinyl Pop! and a Thirteenth Doctor Rock Candy option:

Thirteenth Doctor 'Doctor Who' merchandise will debut at San Diego Comic-Con

Character Options’s figure will be taller—10 inches—and much more detailed, with fabric clothing and a redesigned sonic screwdriver. (Fans can preorder the figure from Forbidden Planet now.)

Thirteenth Doctor 'Doctor Who' merchandise will debut at San Diego Comic-Con

For those who prefer to wear their fandom on their sleeve, and the rest of their body, a replica of Whittaker’s already-iconic striped shirt, blue trousers, and long coat will be available at Hot Topic stores this fall.

Thirteenth Doctor 'Doctor Who' merchandise will debut at San Diego Comic-Con

[h/t: Den of Geek]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Office Writers Considered Making Michael Scott a Murderer, According to Greg Daniels

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NBCUniversal, Inc.

Greg Daniels is best known as the showrunner of The Office, a job that earned him two of his four Emmys. As reported by Screen Rant, the acclaimed creator dished in a recent interview with The Guardian about why the American version of the much-loved show almost wasn't made, along with a proposed plot twist for Michael Scott that forced Daniels to put his foot down.

"The UK version hadn’t finished airing and I’d never heard of it. My agent sent me a VHS tape of season one. It had a somewhat boring title so I didn’t look at it. He told me he wanted to show it to someone else if I wasn’t interested, so I popped it in. I watched the entire first series that evening," Daniels said.

As the show really got going after Steve Carell's role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him a household name, Daniels said some ideas in the writers room got too wacky for their own good. He recalled one particular instance, saying, “There were times where [the writers] would become enamored with a joke, and I'd have to put my foot down. For instance, they really wanted Michael to kill Meredith with his car. That was an early pitch, where he runs her over in the parking lot and then comes back, gets a tire iron and finishes the job. I was like, 'You can’t do that, that’s crazy!'”

Michael being a murderer certainly would have changed the tone of the show, so it makes sense that it never happened. Imagine the courtroom scenes we would have had to endure! The Scranton Strangler storyline would have paled in comparison.

[h/t Screen Rant]