Amazing Internet Things

British Stage Stars Perform an Amazing Holiday Musical Number for a Good Cause

Need a reason to smile? Then stop what you’re doing and watch this great holiday video.

Many theater stars from all around the world joined forces to perform a cover of the anthem Do They Know It’s Christmas, a song that was originally recorded in 1984 to benefit famine relief. This time, this cover is meant to help raise money for WaterAid, an organization which helps transform lives by helping providing access to clean water and sanitation.

So, you know, absolutely adorable video and a great cause. No reason not to watch. Click through for more details and to watch for yourself.

Sherlock Meets the Doctor in This Amazing Fan-Made Mash-Up Video You’ll Wish Was Real

Surprisingly, there tends to be quite a bit of overlap between the sorts of fans who are die-hard supporters of iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who and those who are equally obsessed with crime drama Sherlock. Or maybe it’s not really that surprising, considering that both shows currently involve Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss behind the scenes, boast many extremely talented and popular British actors on their payrolls, and frequently feature twisty plots or brutal cliffhangers.

This phenomenon has spawned a whole fannish subculture, called “Wholock” which imagines what would happen in the worlds of these two shows managed to have some kind of crossover, even if it were only of the wink-wink-nudge-nudge in-joke variety. Which would then undoubtedly cause the entire internet to break down under the weight of so much geek joy. We all know it’s unlikely, but it’s nice to dream, right?

Benedict Cumberbatch Reciting R. Kelly Lyrics is the Best Thing You’ll See All Day

Should Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch decide he doesn’t want to be an actor anymore, he might just have a future in the music business. Or poetry. Or both.

We’ve already seen him read Snoop Dogg lyrics in an Alan Rickman voice with late night host Jimmy Fallon, so we know he’s passingly familiar with hip-hop. Next up, he tackles the often baffling, generally uncomfortable and occasionally frightening work of R&B singer R. Kelly. And you’ll want to watch it. No, really. You will.

Cumberbatch is currently doing the promotional rounds in support of the imminent release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, in which he provides the voice of the titular great dragon. He appeared on ABC late night chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, during an episode in which Kelly was also scheduled to be a guest. Kelly’s forthcoming album, titled Black Panties, has already become something of an internet sensation, thanks to its largely crass – and, quite frankly, totally crazy – lyrics.

Kimmel had Cumberbatch – and his distinctive baritone voice – perform a dramatic reading of the song Genuis off of Kelly’s upcoming album and it’s simultaneously hilarious and vaguely terrifying, by which I mean all-around wonderful. The dramatic pauses! The serious actor pose! There’s even a wink in there.

In short: Stop what you are doing and watch right now.

Must-See for 'Doctor Who' Fans: 'The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot'

In the wake of all the hype, excitement and general flailing surrounding the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, there’s something extremely awesome you might have missed seeing.

We can probably all agree that, although The Day of the Doctor was pretty awesome, the one thing that could have made it even more exceptional would be if it had featured a few more classic Doctors. (Not that it wasn’t nice to see David Tennant, Tom Baker and Paul McGann engaged in various 50th anniversary-related festivities, but, well, Whovians were hoping for a full house, if you will. So, you’ll probably be excited to know that, in the end, we did get something a bit closer to it.

Fifth Doctor Peter Davison has put together an absolute treat for Doctor Who fans everywhere – a thirty-minute special called The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot that was by turns funny, dramatic and sweet. Named in honor of the episode which marked the iconic series’ 20th anniversary in 1983, the mini-special featured not only Davison himself, but also Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy , several more surprising (and seriously fantastic) guest stars and dozens of inside Who jokes.

Really, if you haven't seen this yet, stop what you are doing and watch. It's that good.

The BBC Announces ‘Sherlock’ Series 3 UK Premiere Dates in Grand Fashion

Talk about coming back in style.

In a move packed with so much dramatic flourish that we can only assume the consulting detective himself would approve, the BBC announced that the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock would begin on January 1, 2014 in the UK. And they did so by having an actual hearse drive around London’s several notable Sherlock-related landmarks with the premiere date emblazoned in tribute wreaths.

Yes, really.

It’s pretty fitting, actually, given that Series 2 finale The Reichenbach Fall ended with Sherlock Holmes presumed dead (though it seems like everyone but poor John Watson knows that’s not exactly true) and that Series 3 will begin with an episode entitled The Empty Hearse. Whether this particular promotional hearse is the same as the one we all presume will show up in that episode at some point, is anyone’s guess.

The premiere date hearse, sporting a hashtag in the window that read #SherlockLives, made the circuit of important Sherlock filming locations in London, including St. Bart’s hospital and the North Gower Street address that houses both the actual Speedy’s Café and the building that stands in for the exterior of Sherlock and John’s Baker Street flat.

Get a look for yourselves below.

Amazing Internet Things: Tom Hiddleston Does Car Karaoke

Everyone is in love with Tom Hiddleston right now, huh? Even yours truly – loyal member of the Cumbercollective as I am – isn’t completely immune to the incredible charm rays and general adorableness of Hiddleston, who seems to be on some sort of worldwide mission to prove that he is, in fact, the perfect man.

And if that mission includes performing semi-embarrassing karaoke in a tiny automobile, well, Hiddles is up to the challenge. (Seriously, this video will make your day. I promise.)

Amazing Internet Things: Meet the Doctor Puppet

Doctor Who fans have become famous over the last half century for their dedication to the show, their enthusiasm for all its actors that lasts well past their respective tenures in the TARDIS, and their exceptional creativity. Whovian talents extend to many arenas, including show-based costumes, fan videos, crafts, home décor, wall art, clothing items and more. Basically, if you can dream it, odds are that there’s a Doctor Who fan out there that’s made it. (Or could be convinced to make it if it doesn’t exist yet.)

With such an embarrassment of riches to choose from, whoever, finding the truly unique in the online world of Whovian fun and fandom can be challenging. (Or scary, if you choose unwisely as you go down the rabbit hole of the internet.) Which, makes it all the more outstanding when you do find the awesome bits –of which, fair warning there are kind of a lot. This is one of those awesome bits.

Amazing Internet Things: Benedict Cumberbatch's Chewbacca Impression

So, does anyone else have a list of links that they turn to if they’re having a bad day? And you can just watch them whenever because they never stop being awesome and making you smile? Today’s Amazing Internet Thing is one of those.

(It’s really not an internet thing in the strictest sense, however, as it’s not a fan creation or anything like that, but since it’s a clip that lives on the internet and is not exactly new news at this point, I’m going with it. Indulge me, thank you muchly.)

Anyway. Sherlock star and general internet heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote his Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate, and it just so happens that one of the other guests on Norton’s red sofa that evening happened to be movie legend Harrison Ford. Both Cumberbatch and Ford have been rumored to be taking part in the Star Wars sequels that are currently in pre-production, though no casting details on any of those films have been released as yet. Plus, well, Ford’s already been in Star Wars, and apparently Cumberbatch is a big fan, so there’s no way this topic wasn’t going to come up.

And that’s how we know that we can add the Wookie Chewbacca to Cumberbatch’s impressive list of on-point celebrity impressions. Which is basically the definition of must-watch.

‘Thor’s’ Loki Arguing with Small Children is the Best Thing You Will See All Day

So, the Tom Hiddleston bandwagon is getting kind of crowded lately, huh? (Possibly this is because I am finally starting to really understand everyone’s obsession with him. Forgive me, I’m slow.) The Internet’s Other Boyfriend (who is not Benedict Cumberbatch) has risen to the status of pop culture phenomenon thanks to his charismatic portrayal of Norse trickster Loki in the Marvel universe of comic book films.

Don’t believe it? This is what happened when Hiddleston showed up – in costume and character – as Loki in front of a massive Hall H crowd at San Diego Comic Con last July. It seems that both the actor and the character command this sort of allegiance wherever he goes. Non-comic book fans may recognize Hiddleston from his many other roles, most notably as King Henry V in Shakespeare miniseries The Hollow Crown. But it’s really Loki that the actor’s known for – and with good reason. He’s pretty fantastic in the role.

Despite the fact that the character of Loki hasn’t actually headlined a Marvel film of his own, Hiddleston’s been busy generating nearly as much (possibly more?) buzz than Thor star Chris Hemsworth during the run up to the release of the Dark World sequel. (British villain effect? Probably. We were all talking about Cumberbatch’s John Harrison back when the Star Trek sequel came out too.)

And now, thanks to the help of Comedy Central, the best thing you will see all day – nay, possibly all week – has arrived. Taking the epic Thor and Loki sibling rivalry into the real world, they’ve made a video in which Loki asks a group of pre-school children which brother they prefer.

(Spoiler: It’s even more awesome than you’re expecting. It really is.)

Amazing Internet Things: Wishbone Dons a Deerstalker in Adaptation of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

For many people, the long wait between seasons of popular mystery series Sherlock has turned us all into embarrassingly rabid Holmes fans, eager for any scrap of the great detective that we haven’t seen yet, by any actor, in any form. Yes, kids, this is what obsession looks like. But at least the source material is actually literature, so you know, it could be worse, right?

However, in your quest to consume every snippet of available Sherlockiana in any medium in which it exists, here’s something you probably missed. Unless, of course, you’re old enough to remember a certain children’s show about a dog that had aspirations of being the star of stories from classic literature and saw this clip the first time around.

Yes, we’re talking about Wishbone. Yes, Wishbone did a Sherlock Holmes story. And yes, you can watch it below thanks to the magic of YouTube.

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