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October 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
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This Week’s Doctor Who Gave Some ‘Who’ Back to the Doctor

Much of Steven Moffat’s era of Doctor Who was dedicated to solving the mystery of the Doctor – why the name, where’s Gallifrey – and putting answers to that central conceit of who the Doctor is, and what they stand for. Jodie Whittaker’s first trip to an alien world gave us some of that mystery back, for the show and for the Doctor. Read More >>

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The Walking Dead Just Had Its Worst Ratings Ever

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Facebook Bans Military-Linked Pages That Stoked Genocide in Myanmar: Report

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Internet Celebrity Imprisoned for Short, Goofy Rendition of China’s National Anthem 

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