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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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The Doctor, The Muppets, and The Sequel That Should Not Be

None of the topics in the title are connected, just three things I wanted to talk about.

The Eighth Doctor preparing to drink the elixir that will turn him into the "War Doctor."

The Eighth Doctor preparing to drink the elixir that will turn him into the “War Doctor.” [image source: Wikipedia]

First off, The Doctor. More to the point, the Eighth Doctor. Watching The Night of the Doctor has left me wanting more from the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) and apparently I’m not the only one. An online petition has been created to try and convince the BBC to create an online series for Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, a series he so rightfully deserves. It’s pretty close to its 15,000 supporter goal with less than 750 supporters to go. If you haven’t stopped by and signed it yet, do so now. I’m not really sure if this petition will make a difference in convincing the BBC and Steven Moffat to create the series, but it’s worth a shot. You know, never hurts to try and all that jazz.

For those of you that don’t know, Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor never got his own televised series because the 1996 revival from BBC and 20th Century Fox failed to meet expectations and the full revival never took off. However, McGann did make a name for himself as the Eighth Doctor by continuing his adventures through some wonderfully entertaining audio dramas from Big Finish Productions. If you haven’t heard them yet, I suggest giving them a listen. Recently, he made his return to the screen in The Night of the Doctor, where we find out just how the Eighth Doctor becomes John Hurt’s mysterious “War Doctor.” It was a welcome return and we should all be very lucky to see more of McGann’s Doctor.

Ricky Gervais is just one of the many celebrities appearing in Muppets Most Wanted

Ricky Gervais is just one of the many celebrities appearing in Muppets Most Wanted. [image source: Disney]

Second, The Muppets are back! After the success of The Muppets in 2011 (which I loved), it was inevitable that we would be granted a sequel that would be no less entertaining than the first. That’s where Muppets Most Wanted comes in. The new film finds Kermit in some trouble in Europe when he’s mistaken for a master criminal who has switch places him. Surprisingly, no one in the Muppet gang notices the difference. Now it’s up to Kermit to escape prison, find his evil doppelganger, and bring him to justice, not to mention convince the others that he’s the real Kermit. And in true Muppet style, it will be a musical comedy and there will be loads of celebrity appearances (including Disney’s unfortunate addition of some of their Disney Channel “talent”). This should be hilarious!

Here’s the official UK trailer for Muppets Most Wanted:

 

Lastly, and I shudder at the thought of this actually happening, some independent film producers are trying to make a sequel to It’s A Wonderful Life. Yes, you heard me right.

I'm sure if this sequel was ever made, George Bailey would jump off a bridge. [image source: Paramount]

I’m sure if this sequel was ever made, George Bailey would jump off a bridge. [image source: Paramount]

The rights to the Christmas classic–released over 60 years ago–are owned by Paramount Studios, and they are refusing grant any rights to let the sequel be made. They are doing everything they can to protect the integrity of the original. Thank you, Paramount. And Jimmy Stewart thanks you. Your actions in this matter give me hope that not every studio is a  full-on, money-grubbing whore. It’s a Christmas freakin’ miracle! There is no need for a sequel to this film. There never was and there never will be, especially this long after the film’s original release. To make one would be trampling on the beauty and heartfelt magic of the original.

You can read more about it here.

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The Good Doctor Returns March 30

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The Doctor (Matt Smith) with his new companion, Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman). Image courtesy of BBC America.

Doctor Who will return on March 30, according to BBC America. The good news broke yesterday. Whovians, rejoice!

The Christmas special gave us our second view of the mysterious Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), and both times we’ve seen her, she’s died! But, we know Oswin’s supposed to be the Doctor’s new companion, so something is definitely going on with good ole timey-whimey.

Maybe she’s a trap. Or she’s stuck in some kind of time loop/reincarnation mess. That’d be interesting!

Honestly, I don’t mind the love connection companions overmuch if it’s done well, but there’s just that: It’s been done! I’d love to see them shift away from that a bit.

Check out the season 7, part 2 teaser:

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Tiding Me Over Until My Doctor’s Appointment

Doctor Who went away a couple of months ago.  BBC does this to us every year, so I should have been ready for it. And, I guess I was, but it still made me sad.

The shining beacon of the off-Doctor span of time is the annual Christmas special! Often, these are stand-alone shows with a holiday theme that commonly rip off well-known tales like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I’m fine with this! The good Doctor spices up any old story, and it amuses me how they massage old favorites.

This year, it looks like the Christmas special is picking up right after the Ponds’ departure, with the Doctor a moody mess.  They’ve put out a couple of prequels with some returning characters, the latest of which was released today. Have you seen them? Take a look!

“The Great Detective”

“Vastra Investigates”

The Christmas special, “The Snowmen,” is scheduled to air Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. on BBC America. Will you watch? I’ve also just read that the special will premiere a new title sequence and revamped theme! Merry Christmas to us!

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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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Doctor Who Series 7 Themes

Thar be spoilers ahead, matey.  /endpirate

Doctor Who has aired only two episodes so far in season 7, but themes have already started to emerge. What they mean and how they pan out, I can only guess, but Steven Moffat and the Who writing team always seem to have a surprise or two up their sleeves. So, I’m just going to list some of the themes I’ve noticed thus far. Let me know if you’ve noticed other recurring themes or if you think I’m just a quack.

1. The Williams/Ponds are involuntary companions.

In “Asylum of the Daleks,” Amy and Rory were kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest enemies and forced down onto the asylum planet to accompany our favorite Time Lord. In “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” the Doctor just materialized the Ponds/Williams into the Tardis with barely even a greeting.

As much as they both love The Doctor (and as much as Amy says she craves excitement), I don’t think that the Ponds are too keen on traveling with him anymore. You’ll notice during “Dinosaurs” that Amy and Rory are extremely competent during the space adventure, but they don’t seem to be finding a whole lot of joy in it. Not like Brian, Rory’s dad, who seemed blown away by the wonder that was space and time travel. The Ponds aren’t overly impressed anymore.

The conversation near the end of “Dinosaurs” between Amy and the Doctor points to something interesting, too. The Doctor mentions that Amy and Rory and he will be together until something happens to the Doctor; Amy replies something to the effect of “or something happens to us,” which the Doctor laughs off.

This is either foreshadowing that something bad is going to happen to the Ponds, or perhaps they are trying to ween the Doctor off them. Or both. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them gets hurt due to the Doctor drafting them involuntarily into an adventure.

2. Flickering Lights.

Remember Amy’s dressing room in “Asylum?” And then, there was Rory and Brian trying to fix the light in “Dinosaurs.” Lights often represent thoughts or ideas, which brings me to…

3. The bad guys don’t remember/know who the Doctor is.

Oswin Oswald erases the Doctor from the Daleks’ collective “memory” in “Asylum,” and Solomon has never heard of the Doctor in “Dinosaurs.” Plus, the Doctor doesn’t appear in Solomon’s special scanner database thingy.

My theory? I have two.

Theory A: The Silence have figured out some way to infect the Doctor with their forgetting properties. If  not the Silence, then someone else has. Memory loss is already a recurring theme this season, like when Amy couldn’t remember that she and the Doctor had the same conversation 4 times. Do the lights point to the Ponds forgetting about The Doctor?

Theory B: The flickering lights pertain to the Weeping Angels. If that’s the case, then they are actually foreshadowing what is going to happen to Amy and Rory.

Theory C: Both things happen, and it’s scary!

4. The Doctor gets violent.

Exploding Daleks. Exploding Solomon. The Doctor hasn’t been afraid to erase his enemies from existence this season. Again, I think this points to the Doctor’s enemies figuring out a way to erase him from existence as well.

Okay. What did I miss? Am I completely wrong in my theories? Is everything just the angry ghost of Adric coming back to have his revenge on the Doctor that couldn’t save him?

Ehh… probably not.

 

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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)!

Image courtesy of BBC

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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