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The Return of Doctor Mysterio! It’s a Doctor Who Christmas Special.

[Promo Image from Wikipedia]

[Some Spoilers. Read at your own risk.]

Well hellllllllooooooooo, shippers! It has been a loooooooooooooong time! I’m serious. Like almost two years, maybe three! Has is really been that long? Wow! I’m sorry that I’ve been gone so long. You may not have noticed but if you did, I missed you too.

Okay, enough with the sentimental stuff.

Doctor Who has returned after a bit of a wait with another fantastic Christmas Special, something that has become somewhat of a Christmas tradition within the fandom. And possibly with some outside of the fandom. Hang the mistletoe, hang your stocking, leave out cookies and milk for Santa, and after unwrapping your presents and gorging yourself on your (hopefully) well-prepared holiday feast, you flip on the “telly” and feast your eyes on some new Doctor Who. And this year’s special is just as much of a classic as all the others before it, only this time it has a classic comic book superhero twist.

The story starts with one of our main characters, Grant, dreaming of when he was a young lad and first met The Doctor (Peter Capaldi). At first, Grant sort of confuses him with Santa Claus and even brings him milk and cookies. He soon learns that he’s not jolly old St. Nick; he’s The Doctor. Which Doctor? The Main one, the First one, all the others are just bandwagon jumpers. He’s also dubbed “Doctor Mysterio” by Grant. The Doctor explains to Grant that he is setting up an energy device that should help fix one of his recent goof-ups and it runs on the power from a special deep space gemstone, which he hands to the boy to hold. However, Grant has a cold and The Doctor handed him a glass of water before he gave him the gem, so he of course thought that it was medicine. That, ladies and gents is where our superhero story begins.

Check it out, guys! It’s Goku! [Dragonball Wiki]

You see, the gems grants wishes essentially and Grant is a young boy who loves superheroes, so obviously he gets super powers. First flight, then x-ray vision, and I’m sure speed and strength came along sometime throughout his adolescent years. Through flashbacks, we see he had a bit of a tough time through his adolescent years. Cut to modern day and our boy Grant (played by Dragonball Evolution‘s Justin Chatwin) lives a typically mundane life with a normal job (he’s a nanny) in New York City (typical superhero locale). The twist is he works as the nanny for Lucy (played by Charity Wakefield), the girl that he’s been in love with for 24 years who happens to be a hard-nosed reporter from The Daily Chronicle (a la Lois Lane). And just like Lois Lane, she can’t see through Grant’s glasses to realize that he is “The Ghost”, his superhero alter-ego. The same superhero that I’m sure she has been investigating since either he came on the scene or she started reporting. Typical comic book reporting – the truth to your greatest mystery is right in front of you and you can’t see it.

This story also has your standard aliens destroying major cities and trying to conquer the Earth storyline that you get with most superhero and Doctor Who storylines. It has nods to the original creators of Superman, Siegel and Shuster. At one point, The Ghost does the classic “Superman costume change spin” before leaping into action. The Doctor even has his own “secret identity.” There are some clever little classic comic book nods throughout the episode. I don’t want to spoil the whole thing for you by taking out all the fun of hunting for them. Hopefully you’re better at investigating than Lucy.

Glad to have you aboard, Nardole. [Wikipedia]

Something I noticed about this episode was that for a Christmas Special, it wasn’t very Christmas-y. There were small elements here and there, mostly in the first scene when The Doctor meets Grant on Christmas but other than that, the most Christmas-esque thing is the return of Nardole (played by Matt Lucas). He was River Song’s companion in the last Christmas Special, “The Husbands of River Song“, who had his head removed by River’s husband at the time, King Hydroflax. Side note: the brain-swapping aliens in this Christmas Special last appeared as servants of King Hydroflax in the last Christmas Special. One of their agents, Scratch, even stated that they represented “the Shoal of the Winter Harmony.” Hence the company name, “Harmony Shoal”. Anyway, The Doctor reattached Nardole’s head to his original body and brought him on as his companion, and by the looks of the trailer for Series 10, he might be around for a while. Which is a good thing because even though he may seem like a goofy lump of comic relief, he’s actually sharp enough to keep The Doctor in check.

The episode is definitely a must-watch, whether you’re a Doctor Who fan or a superhero fan or both. Five out of five stars. It also gives you a bit of a glimpse into how well The Doctor is doing after River’s death. It’s a nice little spin on the classic Superman story from back in the day, coming-of-age with super powers and whatnot. It also works to hold you over until the new season begins in April. At least I hope it will. It’s not much of a Christmas story but beggars can’t be choosers, and we all know we have been begging for new Who. Maybe that’s what makes it a Christmas story – we haven’t had any new Doctor Who in a year and won’t have anymore for four more months, so this is Moffat’s gift to us for waiting so patiently, albeit without any choice but to wait.

Thanks, Steven.

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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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The Doctor’s New Threads, When Loki Was Almost Thor, and Uwe Boll is STILL Getting Work

 

 

1. BBC finally revealed Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor costume….And it’s pretty freakin’ snazzy! It’s a modern take on a retro style that gives Capaldi’s Doctor just an extra touch of class.  A dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, a white shirt with absolutely no tie, dark blue trousers, and black Dr Martens shoes. The look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden. Still no image of his Sonic screwdriver has been revealed, nor any image of him using one. Hopefully he’s not going “sans Screwdriver” for his run as the Doctor.

Lookin' sharp, Doc. (image property of BBC)

Lookin’ sharp, Doc. (image property of BBC)

2. Have you seen the gifs of Tom Hiddleston as Thor? Apparently, before he became the Loki that we all know and love, he auditioned for the role of the god of thunder himself, Thor. Although, he looks more like Bodhi from Point Break. The test footage will be one of the extras on the DVD and Blu-ray release of Thor: The Dark World when it releases on Feb. 25th. Also, there’s some footage dressed as Captain America. It’s like he wants to play all of the Avengers or something.

Thor, God of Thunder. And gnarly waves. (image property of Marvel)

Thor, God of Thunder. And gnarly waves. (image property of Marvel)

3. Remember the ghastly film adaptations of the video games BloodRayne, Dungeon Siege, Far Cry, Postal, Alone in the Dark, and House of the Dead that Uwe Boll made? And remember the petition that was started to convince him to stop making films like the aforementioned ones? Well the petition didn’t work (there weren’t enough signatures and the douchebag wouldn’t have honored it anyway) and Boll is still making crappy adaptations.

During one of my internet searches for movies soon to be released, I discovered that a third Dungeon Siege film is set to release next month (In the Name of the King 3) and Boll was at the helm for it. Dammit. Why is this guy still getting work?! Who is funding this schmuck?! Has no one seen any of his previous work?! I just don’t get it. I’ve only seen one film that this guy has done that I actually like (Rampage) and the rest is garbage. Everything he does goes straight to DVD now, so that has to be how he’s squeaking by unnoticed. Thankfully, no major studio has thought, “Ya know, this guy has got some talent. We should hire him.” There would be riots. Large scale riots with fire and explosions and such, followed by the jackass that hired him being forced to commit seppuku.

Anyway, here’s the trailer for Rampage. It’s also getting a sequel but I’m a little unsure about watching it. Lightning doesn’t strike twice, if ya know what I mean.

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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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Capaldi, Doctor Who

Yes, yes; I know the Doctor’s name isn’t Who. 

So, it’s official! Peter Capaldi is the next Doctor! Who (*snicker*) watched the announcement on BBC America (or BBC One)?

For those of you who missed it, here’s a taste of something that went on for WAY TOO LONG:

Yeah, they played the above A LOT.

We actually DVRed the show, because due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to watch it live. So, last night, already knowing Capaldi was the chosen one, we settled down to watch Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. Both of us (the husband and meself) faced the television, eager shining faces (maybe I need to switch up my facial cleanser..) with wide eyes glued to the screen. The promo cycled through at least 436 times. Finally, the husband said to me, “Can’t we fast forward?”

I stubbornly refused.

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“I want the real experience,” I declared, chiding his impatience. After all, we already knew who the next Doctor was, right?

437, 438, 439…FINE! I hit the button…and missed the first couple of seconds of the show. Of course!

I skipped back, and the show started.

It was rather obvious that they threw the show together at the last minute. Oh, the production value was fine enough. But, speaking as a Whovian from the other side of the pond, I only recognized two of the guests they had on to chat about the good Doctor. Wikipedia got a nice workout as I checked up on all the folks on the couch. Hopefully, they meant more to our British brethren and sister-en.

Finally, Faux Goldie Hawn announced Capaldi as the next Doctor!  I liked the shot of the actor’s hand clenching before he was introduced. It was a nice touch, hiding his face and letting the audience see his supposed anxiousness. Perhaps it was real trepidation, though. After all, Capaldi is stepping into an important role, right?

DANG STRAIGHT HE IS!

Capaldi, 55, is the second oldest Doctor cast in the title role, following Matt Smith, the youngest Doctor (26 when he started). As a member of generation NewWho (how I refer to those of us who became a fan starting with Doctor #9), I’m intrigued at how this will affect the show. I’ve heard over and over (just since yesterday, mind you) that Capaldi’s age will “lend a sense of gravitas” to the role. What does that mean, exactly? They think the show will take a more serious tone overall? That the Doctor will be cast in more of an authoritarian role?

Gravitas-wielding Peter Capaldi. Image courtesy of BBC.

Gravitas-wielding Peter Capaldi. Image courtesy of BBC.

It’s a nice way to refer to Capaldi’s age when reflecting on the difference that will be obvious when compared to Doctors 9-11, methinks. “Gravitas” makes me think of words like established, experienced, serious. And maybe that’s what the show needs after Smith’s rather slapstick-y run. I’m not sure. I, for one, hope showrunner Steven Moffat doesn’t take it too far the other way. Already, a sense of darkness is hanging over the Who-topia with the lasting image of John Hurt’s craggy, sad face.

Don’t give me too much drama, Moffat. I love Doctor Who for its lightness, for its Deus ex Machina qualities. Sure, through in some darkness here and there, but not too much, okay? Please?

What do you think, guys? Will Capaldi make a good Doctor? Will the show go dark? And what does “gravitas” mean? Hit me up in the comments!

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And the New Doctor is… (Drumroll Please)

Peter Capaldi!

That’s right, shipmates. The new Doctor is none other than Peter Capaldi. He’ll be replacing Matt Smith when his version of the Doctor regenerates during this year’s Christmas special.

We won’t really get to see Mr. Capaldi’s Doctor in action until next season, which will start later next year, be we here at The Cool Ship welcome him with open arms and minds and look forward to his time in the TARDIS.

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Geek Week Round-up

Usually I fill this space with a complaint or observation about something that I have been watching or reading over the past week.  Well two things have gotten in the way of that: First, what I am watching this week is just not that geeky, and what I am reading I have not digested quite yet.

So how about a round up of things that interested me from various media this week?

I thought you might like that.

 

SingerDays of Future Past is going to be without a doubt the most epic film in the X-men cannon. Blending the casts of the original X-men trilogy and  X-men: First Class should prove big box office bank in 2014. In X-men 3 we got a quick glance at a Sentinel in the Danger room, but this week, director Bryan singer gave us the full monty. Still no word as to whether or not Singer will sew up the plot holes between the films as I mentioned in a previous post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

avatar-1-121109Oscar winner James Cameron announced today that not one, not two, but three sequels to his 2009 smash-hit Avatar are now in the works According to 20th Century Fox, Avatar 2, 3 and 4 will be shot simultaneously, with production kicking off next year, and will be released in December of 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively. This should give the writers plenty of time to watch Ferngully again and Ferngully 2.

 

 

 

 

rts programme awards 2 190308The wait is almost over as the BBC announced today that it will announce the next Doctor on Sunday 8/4/13. I somehow doubt it will be anyone I suggested. Read more about the pending announcement in this Modest Wit post. Peter Capaldi seems to be the main contender– probably for many great reasons. I am sure it has nothing to do with his cast credit from World War Z.

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Peter Capaldi…………………………..W.H.O. Doctor

I rest my case.

 

Netflix now offers individual profiles and instant queues for everyone in your household. Which means Netflix can now screw up “because you liked ” for your whole family.  I will no longer have to see a recommendation of The Backyardigans next to a recommendation for Silent Hill Revelation–neither of which I want to see but the mixture is just weird.

 

QueenThe BBC also released today the script written just in case WW3 ever broke out. Meant to be delivered by Queen Elizabeth and dating back to 1983 the speech encourages those survivors of a  direct assault on The British Empire to “move on and rebuild”. A speech written for the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was also released. Full text available here

 

 

 

 

Finally a new Thor poster debuted this week. Still my least favorite Avenger, but it is still better than most things coming out this fall.

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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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