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NFL Week 12 Picks - DLT's Deadlocks: Doctor Who Edition

DLT celebrates the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and a 9-3 week

JC and Rita De La Torre in their TARDIS
JC and Rita De La Torre in their TARDIS
JC De La Torre

So, I know the majority of you will not get the jokes in this week's DLT's Deadlocks. It's a dirty little secret that I have a massive nerd streak. Okay, maybe it's not such a secret. After all, I moonlight as a comic book writer (Star Mage comes to IDW this March!) and I love pretty much anything Science Fiction, Horror or fantasy. I'll be watching Sleepy Hollow or Supernatural while preparing to head out to movies to see Thor.

One of my biggest passions is the British Science Fiction series Doctor Who. Who turns 50 this Saturday and there's a huge celebration to mark the occasion, a limited release 3D theater version to be shown in Tampa on Nov. 25th.

The wife and I own a TARDIS (The Doctor's time machine spacecraft) as you can see from the picture accompanying this article.

Why is Doctor Who great? Well it has something for everyone. Like Horror? Who has it. Like space opera and hard sci-fi? Who has it. Like time travel and period pieces? Who has it. Like action, suspense and high drama? Who has it. Like gut wrenching mysteries and thought provoking plots? Who has it.

It's come a long way from paper mache and bubblewrap monsters of the 70's.

Of course, the one thing Doctor Who doesn't have is football (American) - and that's what we're all here for. I know most of this audience are not watchers of the Doctor and his companions so please forgive the references that I'm sure you won't get. Indulge one Whovian as he celebrates his show's Golden anniversary. I hope at least one or two of you out there will actually enjoy this.

Last Week: 9-3 75% Upset Specials: 2-0 100%

Season: 107-54 66% Upset Specials: 13-8 61%

Byes: Bills, Bengals, Eagles, Seahawks

Thursday Night

Saints 49, Falcons 14 - The Fail-cans have packed it in like Captain Jack Harkness on a cold night. Meanwhile, Drew Brees did his best Auton impression last week stretching his neck longer than...well...Mike Glennon....and that's saying a lot.


Steelers 26, Browns 16 - Mike Tomlin seems to have regenerated Pittsburgh into a competitive football team.

Lions 37, Buccaneers 20 - The Bucs secondary has been decimated worse than the Daleks during the Time War and this week they face the Cyberman himself, Calvin Johnson.

Packers 13, Vikings 10 - Surely the Pack can squeak out a win against the Vikings. The Doctor can lend his sonic screwdriver.

Chiefs 23, Chargers 20 - The Chiefs were exposed like the Master in Colony in Space, while the Chargers will be wondering, "Hey, who turned out the lights?"

Upset Special #1: Bears 23, Rams 13 - It's not exactly the Kaleds vs. the Thals but at least the Bears won't be dodging twisters.

Panthers 40, Dolphins 13: This will be like Rory in A Good Man Goes to War. Any questions?

Ravens 23, Jets 13 - Rex Ryan is hearing the drums...the drums...

Upset Special #2: Jaguars 13, Texans 10 - This is like picking between Adric and Susan as a companion. There is no good choice here. Texans fans - I'm sorry. I'm so very sorry.

Raiders 21, Titans 13 - River Song would shoot both these teams.

Colts 23, Cardinals 17 - The Colts remind me of Matt Smith's run as the Doctor. There's a lot of good there, but there's a lot of bad, too.

Giants 23, Cowboys 13 - The Cowboys are doing their annual choke job. They're about as reliable as the Tivolian in the God Complex.

Sunday Night

Broncos 30, Patriots 20 - Manning vs. Brady is as legendary as the Last Great Time War that nearly destroyed the universe. Okay...maybe not THAT legendary...

Monday Night

49ers 20, Redskins 13 - The Niners will EXTERMINATE any hope the Washington football team has of competing for a playoff spot this season.

Back to the normal terrible jokes, cliches and puns next week. I promise!