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A Thank You Letter to Peter Capaldi

Dear Mr. Capaldi,

Thank you for being amazing. Truly amazing.

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Twelve. (image property of BBC)

Thank you for being the Doctor that I have wanted for a long time. Not that I had anything against previous Doctors. Nine (Christopher Eccleston) was outstanding, he was the Doctor that hooked me and brought me in. Ten (David Tennant) was phenomenal! He was the Doctor that stole the show, he grabbed me by the hand and took me on some incredible adventures. Ten has always been MY Doctor. Eleven (Matt Smith) was excellent too, it just took me a while to get used to him. I mean, I didn’t really get into him until much later on during his time as the Doctor. After watching his episodes again, I developed a better understanding of and enjoyment for him. He’s actually quite good.

But you, Mr. Capaldi, are something else. Something other-worldly, something astronomically wonderful. You are quickly becoming my favorite Doctor and that’s not an easy thing to do. Tennant’s Doctor is near and dear to my heart, so for you to nearly take his place so quickly is extraordinary.

Thank you for not being the goofy, love-sick-puppy Doctor that we’ve all come to know. Thank you for being the cynical, curmudgeonly Doctor we’ve needed most. A Doctor who isn’t trying to play house or be someone’s boyfriend–but a grumpy old Doctor, still with a heart of gold, yet not an overly-emotional softy. Your Doctor is more guarded, more closed off, but still a good person, whether he thinks so or not.

And now he’s a Doctor with a mission…to find Gallifrey, which I truly hope he does. I really, really, really hope he does. I feel that if your Doctor finds Gallifrey, it will be a life-altering experience. I mean, when Ten, Eleven, and the War Doctor saved Gallifrey from the destructive Time War, if was a huge burden taken off the Doctor’s mind. But now that his home is safe in an alternate universe, he has to worry if he’ll ever find it again and be reunited with his people. And I see that worry and fear in your Doctor, but not in a bad way. I see that it’s what is driving him; it’s what moves him. Though he does continue on his side projects to help people, finding home is main mission.

Finally, thank you for making every episode better and better. Even though we’re only five episodes in, you haven’t had a bad one yet. I feel the rest of the season will be the increasingly more stellar than it already has been. And hopefully you stay for a while. There was a rumor in the beginning that you were only staying on for one series and I hope that rumor is a lie. After seeing how much the fans love you and what you do, I want you to be convinced that leaving would be a horrible thing to do. Please, please, please stay.

In summary,

1. You’re the best.

2. Please stay.

3. Everyone would miss you.

4. I could watch Listen a million times and never get tired of it.

The best episode so far. So freakin' good! (Image property of BBC)

The best episode so far. So freakin’ good! (Image property of BBC)

5. After you finish your run as Doctor, reunite Dreamboys with Craig Ferguson. That would be awesome.

 

Thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you’ll do.

 

Your fan for life,

Rob

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An Incendiary Note On Doctor Who’s Retcon

Sitting at my day job, as I sometimes do,  my mind wanders to all manor of things. Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the X-wing Miniatures game and Green Lantern Comics. Sometimes I also think about how weird the 90s actually were. Sometimes I wonder if we would have achieved this level of technology if the planet was only 2 tenths water instead of 7.

For some reason I feel like the answer would be no.

Last week I started reflecting on The Day of the Doctor. It’s been a while since it came out, but I got there eventually. I mean (spoilers) how cool was that episode? How completely amazing was it to see the Time Lords back in play? And Billie Piper was back as an alien super-weapon’s conscience. I mean, bangarang Rufio what?!?!

And while Tennant is one of my least favorite new Doctors, I always love seeing him along.

But as I reflected, I started thinking about the logistics of the Time War and all its subsequent events. And it strikes me, as I try to focus on my work, that The Day of the Doctor makes no sense. Like not even a little. Here is my list of grievances because I would love to argue about it on the internet.

My understanding of The End of Time is that the Time Lords are trying to break out of the Time Lock using the signal they implanted in the Master’s mind. So I believe they are already timelocked or whatever it is that the The Doctor remembers doing when John Hurt pushed the big, red button. I’m assuming he only remembers pushing the red button to activate The Moment since #9 and #10 only recall burning Gallifrey. I mean, if Gallifrey was just hidden in a pocket universe and all the Daleks killed each other in the crossfire, how did Dalek Caan pull Davros out of the time lock to rebuild the Dalek Empire and steal Earth during the 10th Doctor’s run?

And if there was no time lock how was the Lord President of the Time Lords back in The End of Time to wreck everyone’s day?

And how is it that the Doctor has always remembered Gallifrey being both timelocked and burned? In The Day of the Doctor there was a discussion about how many children were on Gallifrey when it burned. So why time lock the war if you’re going to kill everyone?

And why did 10 believe at The End of Time that all the crazy from the war would come back? He talked about the Nightmare Child and the Would-Have-Been King and a million bajillion Daleks. I get that The Doctor’s memories were confused because of… actually I don’t really get it. There’s some timey wimey about all the timelines being messed up and John Hurt, 9 and 10 not remembering this stuff. Still, my problem is not with hand-waving away his missing memories, but with the idea that both happened.

And what the hell is a time lock? I assumed that it was a point in space-time that was put in a big bubble that other people can’t time travel to. Again I ask, if it’s locked up, why burn everything? And if you’re gonna burn it, guess you don’t need the lock, right?

God I miss Babylon 5.

God I miss Babylon 5.

Also, what the hell is up with the time lords? This was THE last great war that almost swallowed the whole universe and made a man committed to fixing things talk himself into fake genocide. I was expecting some next level space wizard s***. I wanted some science-as-magic themed super soldiers a la Babylon 5‘s technomages, but even cooler.

What I didn’t expect was a generic-combat-armor-scifi-film-wardrobe-are-these-guys-cosplaying guessing game. And for my money, I’m thinking Wing Commander or the Lost In Space remake with Matt LeBlanc. Also, how did they get Gary Oldman in that movie? Wait, that question probably belongs somewhere else.

How is it the Doctor’s own people conduct a war in much the same way I would expect us to? I’m not saying they should be better at it, but one could make the argument being alive for billions of years damn well ought to make them better at it. I’m not saying they should be better in the sense that they should be morally above our kind of warfare. Part of the reason John Hurt pushed the button was because the Time Lords had become monstrous. I’m saying they should look cooler doing it. I want laser screwdrivers that look like wizard’s staves and war TARDIS battles with clever time-shift tactics.

Also, did Gallifrey actually get destroyed at one point? Is this like, it always was burned until this first time when Matt Smith changed his mind? Or is it like it never got burned and John Hurt, 9 and 10 just remember it weird because the Time lines crossed the streams or something?

Just saying.

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#savetheDOCTORdate

So, Christmas is Wednesday.

Beyond the traditional and Holy message of the holiday, there’s something else I’m excited for.

CAN YOU GUESS WHAT IT IS?

I’ll give you two gues…NO, I WON’T. “The Time of the Doctor” airs Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

The Christmas special will see the end of Matt Smith’s Doctor and introduce Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord. I’ve gotta say that I was not a Smith fan at first, but he definitely grew on me, and I’ll miss him!

Get caught up on all Doctor-related buzz at http://www.bbcamerica.com/doctor-who/.

Or any number of places, really! It’s everywhere, guys. EVERYWHERE!

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My Antic-Who-pation Continues to Grow

The title is a bit of a stretch but it works.

As the release of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special steadily approaches, with the Christmas Special not far behind it, I find myself becoming increasingly anxious as the days go by. I’m wondering how they’ll bring Rose and Ten back, what the deal with John Hurt’s Doctor is (Is he Nine or not?), and what Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will be like. And the last thing makes me wonder about how I’m going to handle Eleven’s regeneration. I’m not as attached to him as I was with Nine and Ten, but I still think it’s gonna be rough for me. This is all so much to process.

I’m most excited about the return of Rose (Billie Piper) and Ten (David Tennant): my favorite Doctor and companion back in action once again. However, I am worried as to how they will return. Are they going to be Rose and clone Ten that were supposedly trapped in another dimension or are they going to be Rose and the real Ten and somehow Clara and Eleven will cross timelines with them? I trust Moffat not to fail on something as monumental as the 50th Anniversary Specia,l but it doesn’t mean I’m not worried.

 

Is this the real Ninth doctor?

Is this the real Ninth doctor?

The enigma of John Hurt’s Doctor has been bouncing around in my head since he first turned around and “Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor” appeared on the screen. Is he Nine? Does this mean Nine is now Ten, Ten is now Eleven, Eleven is now Twelve, and Peter Capaldi is actually the Thirteenth Doctor? Does this mean the Doctor actually has one less regeneration than we thought he did? Is he going to be an angry, merciless, destructive Doctor or a remorseful Doctor wracked with guilt from what happened during the events of the Last Great Time War? There are too many questions, but I do expect an amazing performance from John Hurt.

Almost as much as Rose and Ten’s return, I’m excited for Peter Capaldi becoming the new Doctor. I’m constantly wondering what type of Doctor he’ll be. A goofy Doctor, an angry Doctor, a cynical Doctor, a completely serious Doctor, or a little bit of everything like we’ve come to expect? How will he dress? Classy like the First or Eleventh, modern like the Ninth or Tenth, or silly like the Fifth or Sixth? Will he change his Sonic screwdriver, and how will the Tardis look when he takes over? I’m hoping that his Sonic has an orange light, the Tardis stays the same, and he has a beard. Capaldi looks pretty awesome with a beard. Also, I want River to stick around and Captain Jack to make a comeback. That’s not asking for too much, is it?

 

11 to 12Finally, I have no idea how I’m going to react to Eleven’s regeneration. Matt Smith has grown on me over the past few years. It took a while to get used to him after becoming so attached to Tennant and Eccleston, but once I did, I’ve found him to be quite an amazing Doctor. He really knows how to make you laugh and pull at your heartstrings. I’m thinking it’s going to pretty emotional when he says his goodbyes this Christmas and a lot of people are going to be very teary-eyed. For me, Capaldi taking over will soften the blow to my tear ducts a little more then when Smith took over for Tennant. Though I will have to wait until next year to truly see how great of a Doctor he will be.

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Next Doctor To Be Revealed Sunday

UPDATE 2: Electric Boogaloo: The BBC has officially announced that the next Doctor will indeed be revealed on Sunday! My original story is correct, and the show will be on BBC One at 7 p.m. That’s 2 p.m. for those of us in EST in the good ole U. S. of A. And yes, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, will be simulcast on BBC America.

So, yeah! Take a look at this (And then read my article below. It’s insightful!):

UPDATE 1: So, now it looks like some kind of announcement could happen tonight! Radio Times is reporting “At midnight tonight (or tomorrow morning for those who like to be pedantic) the BBC will make a time-and-space-shattering announcement about Doctor Who.”  

I’m old, so I don’t know if I can stay up that late. Oh, noes! 

No worries. We’ll keep you posted!

 

[NOTE: This post was written before the BBC confirmed the announcement would be made on Sunday.] I seriously have my doubts, but there’s a nice little rumor circulating that the next Doctor will be announced this Sunday. Or, at least, the next actor. And no, I’m not counting John Hurt. But, Hurt IS the reason I’m not referring to the next Doctor as the 12th Doctor. I rather favor the idea that 11 is actually 12, because Hurt is the willfully forgotten 9th. It’s all because of what he had to do during the Time Wars, you see. Terrible, horrible things! So, the Doctor hid that incarnation (Hurt) in the dusty corners of his psyche and “forgot” about him.

Back to Sunday’s revelation!

According to Doctor Who TV, there will be a bait and switch on BBC One at 7 p.m. and Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will air in the place of a decoy Celebrity Mastermind rerun. Crafty!

From Doctor Who TV:

The show is going to be filmed in front of a live studio audience with Zoe Ball unveiling the next Doctor. The show will also feature interviews with past Doctors and companions.

Interestingly, this week saw Peter Capaldi inexplicably leap to the top of the bookies lists. Is this because he’s won the role? We’ll find out soon enough.

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Peter Capaldi (Image courtesy of IMDb.com)

Time will tell, I suppose. This Peter Capaldi seems like he could be a good fit, I guess.

I mean, I don’t really know.

He is noticeably older than the newer crop of Doctors (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennent, Matt Smith), and that’s not a bad thing; it would give the newer crop of Whovians a different take, I think.

I count myself in that newer crop, by the way, and I include myself in the above statement. By not having access to Doctor Who for various reasons until Eccleston stepped into the role, my exposure to and feelings about the show were shaped in quite a different manner than those who took interest in earlier Doctors. I enjoy the mythos and embrace the premise that all of the Doctors are the same being; however, those who came before Eccleston feel far removed from me and my expectations.

Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy classic Doctor Who! But those series (Doctors 1-8) seem to be from an entirely different show rather than the natural precursor to the show that I enjoy so much. You may throw rocks and pointy objects at me in the comments. I follow the ADAA method and should be quite well.

Have I alienated a large group of you? I hope not!

One of the lovely things about Doctor Who is that it CAN change, really. The premise is such that the Doctor can be interpreted in so many ways, along with his world, his companions, and so forth. The shifts carried over by new directors, showrunners, and even guest and regular writers keeps the show alive and well! It’s what makes a 50-year run possible!

And here’s to many more! Amiright? In the end, we’re all just one big happy Whovian family, aren’t we?

I’m getting all mushy, now! Let’s all join hands and sing!

But, wait…they kinda already did that at SDCC.

So, what do you think, fellow Whovians? Is Capaldi a good choice?

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Who’s Next?

trifectaI am pretty certain that being a fan of Doctor Who is a prerequisite for boarding The Cool Ship. In fact, I may be the only Cool Shipper who has not written at least one article about our time traveling hero.

Today feels like a good day to rectify that. Like most Americans, my Doctor Who exposure began with the 2005 (which I did not watch until 2011) revival. At first I enjoyed the contrasts of light and dark concepts. I saw the series as The Outer Limits but with reoccurring characters. Christopher Eccleston  (my first Doctor) was also full of contrasts, at once whimsical and brooding.

I just finished rewatching the 7th series, and with the impending departure of Matt Smith and the red herring that is John Hurt, I cannot help but wonder who’s next.

Selecting the next Doctor must resemble the Conference of Cardinals except the Catholics are probably easier to please. The Internet is all abuzz with “so and so took a meeting” and  “so and so has denied being interested” (which has been true of both Tennant and Smith). Even fellow Cool Shippers have speculated on the next Time Lord’s identity.

nobleWith that in mind I could not resist trying my hand at picking the next Doctor:

John Nobel:

Maybe I just miss Fringe, but John Nobel would make a great Doctor. Before you say it; Yes Nobel is old. Smith is the youngest actor to ever pilot the Tardis, and though his Doctor is quite different from Tennant’s, there are certain similarities. Nobel would be a new direction for the character. All previous incarnations have been British, and yes, Nobel is Australian, but they have the Queen on their money, right? To purists and the BBC this might seem a bit of sacrilege, but to me as an American it is hardly a deal breaker.

 

 

grintRupert Grint:

A quick IMDB search shows Grint doing a lot more film work than I had realized. The shooting schedule of a weekly series may be beyond his ability. Making the Doctor a “ginger” would be a great twist to a long running joke. Ron Weasley is younger than Matt Smith and could serve the show for quite a while.

 

 

 

Alexander Siddig:

alexander_siddig_1Siddig hits right in the middle of the possibilities as far as age. A veteran of seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine his sci-fi street cred is already established. With a lot of talk swirling about the possibility of the first black Doctor or the first female Doctor, Siddig would be the first Sudanese Doctor. As an actor his range is very broad. He could embody all of the previous incarnations while bringing a new reverence to the character.

 

 

 

 

Which leads me to a few actors who have no business being the Doctor:

Simon Pegg:

I don’t know why every time a role like the Doctor comes along names of actors who are already experiencing success in feature films get tossed into the mix. Personally I think Pegg would make a fine Doctor. His comic timing would be a welcome addition to the character. However, I fear the scripts would be too joke heavy in order to capitalize on this ability.

Russel Brand:

DEAR GOD NO!!

Daniel Day Lewis:

LewisThere is no part that Daniel Day-Lewis cannot play. Anytime there is a discussion amongst my friends as to who should play any role I always throw Lewis out there. In reality he would be the most expensive doctor in history, and when we reach the end of his run the show would also be no more; I mean who would follow him? Also as a character actor Day-Lewis doesn’t just play a part, he inhabits it. Imagine if Day-Lewis lived as The Doctor in his off time. It would almost be worth whatever it cost to get him to consider it.

 

 

Just a few suggestions for people who should and should not play the Doctor. Who do you like for number 12?

 

 

 

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Who’s Who?

Over the weekend, rumors started to fly that Rory Kinnear could be the new Doctor. Kinnear is (maybe) supposedly taking up the mantel that will be discarded when current Doctor Who Matt Smith leaves the show around Christmastime.

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Nice skull, Rory. Image courtesy of The Guardian.

I’ve read that he’s more of a stage actor, but he’s vaguely familiar to me.

When it comes to  a new Doctor, I want the actor to be someone I don’t know. I guess Kinnear fits that bill. While I’ve seen him in the newer Bond films, it wasn’t a role that really resonated with me, and frankly, he just looks like some random British dude to me.

Is that a good thing? I guess.

Knowing that he comes from a theater background gives me some hope. I love theater, and anyone who poses with a skull (Yorick, I presume.) and some flowers is obviously a bada$$. I mean, look at the picture! His face is half in shadow! You know he means business.

When it gets right down to it, I guess I don’t really care who the new Doctor is. (Shocking!) As long as the show continues to feel the same; to stay with the message that good will eventually triumph over evil; to have ridiculous sets and terrifically outlandish aliens; I’m good.

Although, a woman playing the Doctor would have been pretty sweet. Maybe next regeneration? Get on that, BBC.

What do you think about this unconfirmed news? Will Kinnear be a good Doctor? Were you pulling for someone else?

 

[[Featured image courtesy of Daily Record and Sunday Mail and is found at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/tv-radio/actor-rory-kinnear-favourite-replace-1928557.]]

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Getting Ready for the Big 50

Series 7 of Doctor Who wrapped up for us Americanos on Saturday. I’m not going to do a recap (because you should bloody well watch it yourself), but I do want to mention that it ended on somewhat of a cliff-hanger, introducing a “new” character.

(Like the quotes? Oh, yeah…you know what I mean.)

There are a lot of rumors floating around as to what role this character is actually playing and how he fits into the current Doctor mythos. I have a favorite theory that involves carnage and wiped memories, but I suppose only time and the BBC (or BBC America, I suppose for us Yanks) will tell.

Suffice it to say, the season finale was a lead up to the Doctor Who 5oth anniversary special that will air on Nov. 23. It’s a long time to wait, but we Whovians are accustomed to twiddling our thumbs and playing a rousing game of tiddly winks while our British overlords take their sweet time eking out the brilliant blue TARDIS-flavored cream into our weak American tea.

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Eleven and Ten…OR ARE THEY? (Watch the Series 7 finale!) Image taken from a screen grab of the video below.

**sigh**

I will say that they’ve done a good job recently of putting out videos, teasing the return of David Tennant’s tenth (OR IS HE?) Doctor and his beloved Rose (Who for some reason could never seem to find the time to visit a decent colorist. Space and time? Sure! Matching your roots to your bleached-out mess of a hair style? No time! No time? You’re in a time machine! Argh! I’m in a minority of those who weren’t overly impressed with darling Rose…in case you couldn’t tell.). Tennant is my favorite Doctor thus far, and I’m excited to see how the special plays out.

They’d just better not make me super sad again when he goes away. For real.

Confession: I didn’t start watching Doctor Who until Christopher Eccleston took over as the ninth Doctor (OR IS HE?), and I wasn’t all that taken with his performance. I later learned that there were problems in paradise; Eccleston didn’t have the greatest experience in the role. It’s a pity, but I must say that it came through in his portrayal of the Doctor, a flippant, somewhat disinterested time traveler who never quite convinced me that he gave a rat’s a$$ about much of anything.

Eccleston just didn’t ring true for me.

It wasn’t until Tennant took over that I really got into Who. Tennant brought vitality to the show; he seemed to actually enjoy himself. Was his Doctor written that way? Perhaps. Was Eccleston’s purposely written to be more detached? Perhaps. We could argue about that for quite a while, but the fact remains that I found Tennant’s Doctor more enjoyable!

Oh, and Donna Noble beats Rose Tyler any day. Fact.

Even though I’m not a huge Eccleston fan, I was still disappointed to hear that he wouldn’t be in the 5oth anniversary special. And what of the other surviving Doctors? Nope. It’ll just be Tennant and reigning Doctor, Matt Smith (and the “new” character, of course. But, I’m not talking about that, remember? Seriously! Go watch the Series 7 finale!).

While I understand that the older actors don’t fit into the picture of how we last saw their Doctors, I think something should have been done to include them. Perhaps they could have played other characters, had cameos a la Stan Lee. It was a missed opportunity for sure.

But, I still must say that I am definitely looking forward to the anniversary special! Every time a new Doctor Who video pops up on Facebook or YouTube, I greedily devour it, of course.

Here’s a fairly recent one:

What say you, Whovians? Are you looking forward to the 50th anniversary special?

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My Doctor Who Dilemma

I’m at a bit of a crossroad. I love Doctor Who, but I’m seriously considering not watching until he regenerates. I know, I know, it seems extreme.

Ten and Eleven in the 50th. Yeah, this is happening. (Image source: scifipulse.net)

Ten and Eleven in the 50th. Yeah, this is happening. (Image source: scifipulse.net)

I don’t hate Matt Smith. He’s taken a while to grow on me; I have come to enjoy him as The Doctor, not as much as David Tennant or Christopher Eccleston, but I do like him. He is a great Doctor with an incredible ability to evoke every feeling possible from you when watching him (The Doctor’s Wife and Vincent and the Doctor). Lately, the only feeling that he’s bringing about is boredom. I am ready for him to move on and a new Doctor to take shape (cough, cough… Tilda Swinton).

I can’t blame him for my current feeling towards the series. Some of the blame lies on Steven Moffat and the other writers for “fumbling the ball,” lately. I’m quite partial to the Russell T. Davies/early Moffat days (not just because Tennant was The Doctor for the majority of them), and I’m really missing that era. I feel the writing was a little more creative and enthralling, then. I’m not saying Moffat has become a horrible writer or anything; he has written some of the best episodes of Who, ever (Blink, The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, Silence in the Library/The Forest of the Dead). I just think he hasn’t been putting a lot of effort into writing DW. At times, it feels like he’s throwing darts at a dartboard of ideas and going with whatever he hits.

Warning: You may have seen this episode before. (Image source: BBC)

Warning: You may have seen this episode before. (Image source: BBC)

Take for example, The Bells of Saint John, the most recent episode. One might figure that for a mid-season premiere and after a seemingly long break, this episode would be more of a nail-biter, but it ended up being a lackluster regurgitation of Blink. This episode felt more like what the series premiere of a US version of Doctor Who would be rather than the actual British series. [If a US version ever happened, I would rain hellfire down on whatever studio was producing it. You can be damn sure of that. And I wouldn’t be the only one.]

A non-threatening object is killing people (sort of) when they’re not expecting it, because they don’t expect it to be dangerous. Sound familiar?

No one expects a statue to zap them back into the past to die a slow, normal death but if you take your eyes off of them… Bam! Blink, and you’re dead.

No one expects to be downloaded into a database of souls just by clicking on a mysterious wifi source but once you do… Bam! Click, and you’re dead.

Completely unnecessary. (Image source: amazonaws.com)

Completely unnecessary. (Image source: amazonaws.com)

See the similarities? Like I said, a lackluster regurgitation of Blink. And I think the writers knew the episode was gonna be like this, and that it wasn’t going to as good as Blink, so they threw in a scene of The Doctor riding a motorcycle up the side of a building. What?! Like I said, feels more like a US version premiere. They also had him use the TARDIS to pop inside a plane that’s about to crash in order to stop it from crashing–that’s something I could see The Doctor doing, not hot-wheelin’ up a building. It’s just too “action star” for The Doctor. All flash and no substance.

I think the relationship between The Doctor and his new companion, Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman), works really well. They do have an amazing chemistry, kinda like a mix of Doctor/Donna banter and sass with a bit of Doctor/Rose flirtation. I’m hoping this will develop more as the series goes along, and she’s not killed off again.

My main concern is about the writing. Will it get better as the season continues? Will the stories envelop me more like they did in seasons 1-4? Will they make me want Matt Smith to stay for another season? As of now, I’m ready for him to leave after the 50th anniversary special. I mean, he could regenerate in the next episode, and I wouldn’t mind.

And while we’re on the subject… Given that I’m iffy now about the current state of the writing for the series, I’m a tad bit fearful for the anniversary special. I really hope that Moffat doesn’t screw it up and does something like remake The Three Doctors. I’m ecstatic that David Tennant and Billie Piper are returning, though I don’t know in what capacity. My fingers are still crossed for Christopher Eccleston and John Barrowman returning as well, but only time will tell. I don’t think I will, but there’s always a chance that if Moffat screws this up, I might stop watching. I think a successful anniversary special is what I need to restore my faith in Moffat and maybe even help me to like the idea of Matt Smith staying on for another season.

But for the time being, my dilemma is should I keep watching and hope that I’m not disappointed or take a break until the anniversary special and save myself the anguish? What to do, what to do?

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It’s a Doctor Who Christmas Special!

Possible spoilers! You’ve been warned.

The Doctor and Clara. (image source: BBC)

The Doctor and Clara. (image source: BBC)

Whovians rejoiced on the night (and afternoon, in some parts of the world) of Christmas Day when the BBC debuted the newest Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Snowmen.

Since the mid-season finale aired months ago and we were left with the saddening (yet welcome) departure of the Ponds, we have eagerly awaited The Doctor’s triumphant return and the conclusion of the seventh season. Personally, I’ve been waiting for Matt Smith to wow me like he did in his first Christmas special, The Christmas Carol, because I’ve become rather bored with him. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m ready for his regeneration to happen. Sadly, I don’t think that’ll come about until after the 50th Anniversary.

Until then, I’ll just have to hope that he continues giving performances like he did in The Snowmen.  I was entertained, much more than I was during last year’s special. Actually, the entire episode was very entertaining. It was full of thrills, chills, mystery, laughs, and a not-so-well-executed Sherlock Holmes impersonation. It did have its hokey moments but not enough to ruin it.

Set in Victorian England, viewers are introduced to a young, friendless boy who begins a sinister relationship with a snowman, brilliantly voiced by Sir Ian McKellen. The snowman turns out to be a parasitic entity seeking to take over the human race and turn them into ice people. Flash forward to 1892, and the friendless boy has become an evil older man; Doctor Simeon (played by Hudson Hawk baddie, Richard E. Grant), is preparing his army of snowmen for the takeover of mankind on Christmas Day.

The Doctor looking spiffy in Victorian threads. (image source: BBC)

The Doctor looking spiffy in Victorian threads. (image source: BBC)

But where is the Doctor while all of this is going on? Sulking in the TARDIS, sitting high up in the clouds, not to be bothered by anything going on down below. He’s become a broken, melancholy shell of a Time Lord since losing the Ponds, and he doesn’t want anything to do with the world. No more saving people or worlds, no more investigating, no more adventures, just sulking and reading.

Enter Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), the soon-to-be new companion, who stumbles upon the snowmen and reinvigorates the Doctor’s sense of adventure. She’s sassy, spunky, clever, witty, and keeps the Doctor on his toes, just what he needs in a companion. She resembles Souffle Girl from Asylum of the Daleks and at the end of the episode, you’ll find out why.

When she discovers the snowmen, as well as a menacing old woman in a frozen pond, are linked to thoughts, including those of the children she governs for, she seeks out the Doctor’s help in stopping them. With the assistance of Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart), and Strax (Dan Starkey), she brings the Doctor out of his slump and gets him back in the game. Of course he manages to save the day, he is the Doctor after all, but he loses Clara in the process. Well technically, she defeats the snowmen by crying, which is the hokey part, but whatever. She dies in the end…again. But the Doctor figures out she’s actually Souffle Girl (sorta), and he’s off again to find her in another time period. And that’s the lead-in to the second half of season seven.

The best parts of this episode:

  1. The schtick between Strax and The Doctor is priceless. Strax is pretty damn funny.
  2. The chemistry between Clara and The Doctor is ten times better than it ever was with the Ponds.
  3. The Doctor should wear Victorian clothes more often. He looks much better in them than he does in his regular attire.
  4. The Doctor pretended to be Sherlock Holmes and failing miserably.
  5. The “bow ties are cool” reference was especially hilarious.
  6. Spiral staircase into the clouds, leading to the TARDIS.
  7. The new look of the TARDIS interior is stellar!
  8. Ian McKellen’s voice. Wicked.

The worst parts of this episode.

  1. Old ice woman in the pond was lame.
  2. Expecting more action from the snowmen, didn’t get much.
  3. Clara/Oswin died, again. At least they didn’t say she was a clone or something stupid like that.
  4. The Doctor Simeon ice zombie puppet routine was laughable.
  5.  It ended.

 

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Why I Won’t Miss Amy & Rory

Rory the Roman and the Kiss-o-gram Girl [source: fanpop.com]

I’m probably going to be one of a small few, if not the only one, who will not miss Rory and Amy Williams/Pond. I have grown quite bored with them and, to be honest, wasn’t a huge fan of them to begin with. Amy was a nice change at first, but she eventually felt like she was just “Donna: Part 2,” and I was never really a fan of Donna Noble until the time she had her memory wiped and was sent away. Amy was okay in small doses, but most of the time she was a big ball of annoying sass, just like Donna. Rory was decent comic relief and had some pretty badass moments, but he just seemed like Mickey: Part 2. Ya know, Amy loved him, but she didn’t really want him around to spoil the fun she was having with the Doctor. Near the end though, it felt like she was getting tired of the Doctor. She cared about him, but he was a bit of a burden in her and Rory’s life.

And that’s where she differed from Donna. Donna actually wanted the Doctor in her life, not at first but eventually she came around. Of course, that was David Tennant – the Tenth Doctor. Now we have Matt Smith, and I could understand why one might want him to go away. He’s still a distant third to Christopher Eccleston and my favorite David Tennant. I’m excited to see how the rest of this season goes, but I’m even more excited to see who the next Doctor is going to be and if he or she will be better or worse than Matt Smith. I’m not expecting the next to ever replace Tennant but maybe come close. What I’m trying to get at is that Eleven, Amy, and Rory didn’t quite have the type of relationship that Ten had with Rose, Donna, or even Martha, and it really kept me from making any kind of real connection with them.

When Ten separated from any of his companions, I was saddened. I felt his pain. I even teared up a bit. When he regenerated and uttered those final words “I don’t wanna go,” I cried like a baby. But when Amy and Rory were sent and back in time by The Weeping Angels and the Doctor and River cried, along with millions of Whovians, I felt no sorrow. Only joy and relief. Does that make me a bad person?

The new girl. [source: sciencefiction.com]

I’m hoping that the new companion will breathe some new life into the series and freshen things up a bit. To me, Amy & Rory overstayed their welcome by about a season. I think they should have left mid-way through last season. Jenna-Louise Coleman has her work cut out for her, but after her appearance in “Asylum of The Daleks,” I think she’s going to be able to hold her own and keep Matt on his toes. Also, I wanna see River’s reaction to a new companion that isn’t her mother and/or father. I think there will be a period of adjustment.

I’m not expecting another Rose Tyler, but something more than Amy and Rory would be nice.

And for the love of everything that is Whovian, can we have Capt. Jack meet Eleven?! I mean, c’mon already!

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The Pond District

Image courtesy of BBC

It’s a collection of Ponds. Get it? Narf.

This week, BBC released a series of mini season prequels called Pond Life in anticipation of TOMORROW’s (Sept. 1, 2012) return of Doctor Who. I’ve gathered them for you below because I’m a nice person. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to watch all of them again. Squee!

They’re light-hearted for the most part. However, there’s a touch of dark in the last one that seems to allude to some marital strife between Mr. and Mrs. Pond. (Again, poor Rory WILLIAMS.) And then, there’s the super big hint on one of the posters on which it appears Amy is holding a wedding ring.

So, yeah. Bumpy roads ahead in Companion-ville.

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Pond Life Debuts Monday!

Whovians everywhere have even more reason to rejoice! Not only is the beloved Doctor coming back into our lives on Sept. 1, but a new web series, Pond Life, will begin airing on MONDAY (August 27)!

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Pond Life has five parts and will feature Amelia Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), and the Doctor (Matt Smith).

Pond Life provides us with a lovely opportunity to catch-up with Amy and Rory since we saw them at the end of the last series,” said Chris Chibnal, the series’ writer, on BBC’s Doctor Who blog. “It opens with the Ponds at home and gives us an insight in to just what happens when the Doctor drops in and out of their lives.  Travelling with the Doctor is one of the greatest things you can do, but it’s fun to spend a few moments looking at the chaos he can also bring.”

Slight aside: It’s still weird to me that these two are generally referred to as the “Ponds.” Poor Rory Williams; doomed to death so often without even the dignity of his own name!

Here’s an introduction to Pond Life from Gillan and Darvill:

Pond Life debuts at noon on Monday on the BBC’s Doctor Who blog.

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