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The comic book permeates all levels of popular culture. This sporadic feature reviews some recent examples from the world of digital video discs (compatible with DVD-ROM-enabled computers and home-entertainment centers) and also includes a recommended sequential-art reading list to extend the multimedia adventures.

Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series (BBC Video, Not Rated $99.98).

Britain's reinvigorated Time Lord returned for a third season of sci-fi hijinks in 2007 with actor David Tennant back for another round as the Doctor, adding his frenetic and bubbly style.

A DVD set compiles the fun, and within six discs, viewers get the entire 14-episode run, including the Christmas special "The Runaway Bride," offering a glimpse of the Doctor's new female companion for the 2008 season.

For those unaware, the show was resurrected brilliantly by Russell T. Davies in 2005 and starred a problem-solving extraterrestrial who chose a female human companion named Rose Tyler to travel the galaxy in a souped-up police call box called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space).

Mr. Davies and his team's infectious blend of humor, science fiction and heartbreak paid homage to the Doctor's heritage and firmly established him as the pre-eminent thinking man's action hero.

This year's season saw the Doctor hurting at the loss of Rose (she is happily living in an alternate universe) and finding Martha Jones, a medical student who quickly became infatuated with him.

The 2007 season featured another wonderful set of shows and a colorful cast of characters, including the legendary Daleks, the Face of Boe and the misunderstood mercenaries, the rhino-headed Jodoon. It even had an appearance by a legendary playwright in "The Shakespeare Code," easily one of the best shows on the set.

The best extras: The new Doctor Who DVD sets consistently pack an unbelievable amount of bonus content onto the discs, and the third series is no exception.

Highlights abound on every disc and include optional audio commentaries with various creators and actors and video diaries from Mr. Tennant on every episode, along with coverage of a live event devoted to the beautiful orchestral score of Doctor Who called "Music and Monsters."

Of course, the sixth disc, always most coveted by the fan, offers 2 1/2more hours' worth of Doctor Who confidential companion guides, which deliver roughly 15-minute behind-the-scenes documentaries for, again, every episode.

Read all about it: American audiences finally get the chance to easily read the sequential-art exploits of the Doctor with a new initiative from IDW Publishing. Not only are reprints from the British Doctor Who Magazine going to be available this December as Dr. Who Classics ($3.99 each), in color, but a new series starring the latest Time Lord arrives in January as the monthly Doctor Who ($3.99 each).

GRAPHIC: The famed Time Lord leads Martha Jones on new adventures in "Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series" DVD set. [Courtesy of BBC Video]

The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard features a new roof by architect Norman Foster (top). Landscape designer Kathryn Gustafson strolls among the reflections of a water sculpture on the floor of the courtyard (above). The roof (below) has a curved metal framework that dips and crests over the courtyard. [Above and Below photograph by J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times; Top photograph courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum] William T. Wiley's art, on view at Marsha Mateyka Gallery, displays densely layered, abstract-figurative images. Some of his paintings, such as "Landscape in Runes & A Green Zone" (2007, above, shown in part) and "The Deciders" (2007, top), are commentaries on war. Other works, like "Choosing Things Over Time" (2007, right), lament the pursuit of riches at the expense of time for self-knowledge in a modern technological society. [3 Photographs, NO CREDIT] Maryland Opera Studio members Andrew Adelsberger and Claire Kuttler (above) perform in the world premiere of "Later the Same Evening: an opera inspired by five paintings of Edward Hopper." [NO CREDIT] Visit Fairfax President C. Arnie Quirion says the agency has generated $21 million for Fairfax County from tourists' hotel stays, shopping and dining.[Photo by Bert V. Goulait/The Washington Times] A menu screen reveals that the Daleks are back in "Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series" DVD set. Homage is paid to the Doctor's heritage and establishes him as a thinking man's hero. [Courtesy of BBC Video]

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