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‘Doctor Who’ introduces first black Doctor, brings back Captain Jack

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Jo Martin appeared on this weekend's edition of Doctor Who. Photo by Craig Blake, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 

Jo Martin appeared on this weekend’s edition of “Doctor Who.” Photo by Craig Blake, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 

Jan. 27 (UPI) — Sunday’s episode of Doctor Who featured the introduction of the first black Doctor and the return of the long-absent Captain Jack Harkness.

Jodie Whittaker plays the 13th incarnation of the time-traveling Doctor on the sci-fi show.

This weekend’s adventure saw her meet a woman named Ruth, played by Jo Martin, who turned out to be a previously unseen regeneration of the Doctor, according to Yahoo News.

As of now, it is unclear how this character will fit into the show’s mythology. Also unknown is whether she will appear in future episodes or if this was a one-time-only guest appearance.

Whittaker, who has played the Doctor since 2017, was the first woman to play the role. She is signed on to continue as the Doctor for at least another season.

The latest episode also featured the unexpected return of Captain Jack Harkness, who was played by John Barrowman in previous seasons of Doctor Who and the spin-off, Torchwood.

In an Instagram post, Barrowman called the positive online fan reaction he received “truly overwhelming.”

“Let’s hope there is more. You never know,” he said in a video. “I love all my Whovian fans, all my Torchwood fans. Thank you so much, worldwide. This is the bomb. Captain Jack is back!”



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Watch: GFriend teases ‘Apple’ video

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July 9 (UPI) — South Korean girl group GFriend is giving a glimpse of its new music video.

The K-pop stars shared a preview of their video for the song “Apple” on Thursday.

The teaser opens with a shot of Eunha lying on a bed of flowers. Eunha and the other members of GFriend are also shown posing in a dimly lit room with cathedral windows.

“Apple” is the title track from GFriend’s forthcoming EP, Song of the Sirens. The group will release the mini album and the full “Apple” music video July 13.

GFriend previously shared a highlight medley and teaser photos for Song of the Sirens. The EP also features the songs “Time of the Snow,” “Mirror Room,” “Tarot Cards,” “Crème Brûlée” and “North Stairs.”

GFriend released an official schedule for Song of the Sirens in June.

GFriend also consists of Sowon, Yerin, Yuju, SinB and Umji. The group most recently released the mini album Labyrinth in February.



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Tiger Woods docuseries coming to HBO in December

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July 9 (UPI) — A new docuseries about professional golfer Tiger Woods is coming to HBO in December.

The network announced in a press release Thursday that Tiger, a two-part series about Woods, will premiere Dec. 13. Part two will air Dec. 20.

Tiger is produced by HBO Sports and Jigsaw Productions. The series follows “the rise, fall, and epic comeback” of Woods, 44, who won his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters Tournament.

The series is directed by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) and Matthew Hamachek (Amanda Knox). Alex Gibney will executive produce with Sam Pollard, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict.

Tiger is based on Keteyian and Benedict’s book Tiger Woods. The series features never-before-seen footage and new interviews, including with Woods’ former caddy, Steve Williams, golf legend Nick Faldo, Woods’ ex-partner Dina Parr, and Rachel Uchitel, one of Woods’ alleged former mistresses.

“Few global icons are more visible and less understand than Tiger Woods,” HBO Sports EVP Peter Nelson said. “His prodigy came with painstaking sacrifice; his perfected athleticism immobilized him in agony before the age of 40; his self-made fame enabled a self-destructive world of secrecy; and his redemptive reemergence posed as many questions as it answered — not only about one of the greatest sportsmen ever to live, but also the greater American society that engulfed him.”

Heineman and Hamachek said their goal with the docuseries was “to dive deeper and create an unflinching and intimate portrait of a man, who like all of us, is imperfect and inherently human.”

Tiger will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

Woods will compete at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, next week, his first PGA Tour tournament since the season was suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He will also appear in a virtual version of the British Open, titled The Open for the Ages, that will air July 16 to 19. The special imagines a battle between Woods and Jack Nicklaus in their prime.



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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera presumed dead by drowning, sheriff’s official says

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July 9 (UPI) — Efforts to locate actor Naya Rivera at a Southern California lake have switched from a rescue to a recovery operation, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

Ventura County sheriff’s deputy Chris Dyer told NBC News that officials believe Rivera died.

“We’re presuming that an accident happened and we’re presuming that she drowned in the lake,” he said.

Rivera, 33, went missing Wednesday afternoon after renting a boat and taking it out onto Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son.

Search efforts were called off overnight and resumed early Thursday with more than 80 people. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said it received help from specialized dive teams from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties.

Dyer said there’s been no sign of foul play.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Eric Buschow told reporters Rivera had arrived at the lake and rented the boat at around 1 p.m. Wednesday and the boat was found 3 hours later with her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, inside but she was missing.

“He is safe with family members,” Buschow said of Josey

Rivera is best known for starring in the TV series Glee. She was briefly married to actor Ryan Dorsey with whom she shares custody of their son, Josey.



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