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50 Years, 11 Doctors, 1 Moffat.

doctor who 50 bfiSo it’s been a while since I’ve ranted about Doctor Who and as the date nears for the rest of season 7 and then later this year the 50th anniversary special (March 30th and November 23rd respectively) I feel the need to rant once more and get some of these fangirl nerves out of my system. Recently BBC America showed two episodes of something called Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (check your local listings) and it started me on the oh so familiar path of impatient waiting and obsessing. Usually I’m good at waiting (no really I am…stop laughing) especially if it’s a long wait because then I can wean myself off of the obsession in question and distract myself with others. Luckily I had Arrow (another show I should talk about) this year to blissfully distract me from the gnawing hole in my heart when Doctor Who goes away. It helps that Arrow has comfortingly familiar actors like *spoilers, well not really but still* John Barrowman (my favorite person on the planet) and now, since this weeks episode, Alex Kingston. Ah! It’s so great! My favorite people in other shows! I’m being spoiled, Moffat must be up to something diabolical like making me super happy to crush my soul even further and watch my emotions take a suicidal swan dive from a higher place. That’s it isn’t it? I’m getting all these cool things in Arrow and Moffat can tell I’m happy (and so are other Whovians) and will make a super evil episode of Doctor Who to return us to our normal state of dazed devastation (the look you see on the faces of disaster survivors is the exact same as a Whovian who just lived through a Moffat episode).

Anyway I’ll get off the crazy train for a bit. Where was I before reliving the painful memories? Oh yeah, when it’s a long wait I have things to distract myself but the closer I get to the actual day the more excruciating the waiting becomes. We are at 29 days now people, 29 days until new Doctor Who! I’m gonna lose what’s left of my sanity (not that there’s much sanity left to lose) waiting till the end of this month. I’ll be obsessively scouring the internet for the tiniest clue of what might happen this season, rewatching the episodes of the first half of the season (and then crying hysterically cuz some of those episodes are still painful to watch), and discussing the show with other Whovians who are in the same boat as me (they share my pain). It’s a vicious cycle but I wouldn’t trade it for anything because it’s part of being a Whovian. This entity that started out as a silly little show in the 60’s has now grown to a worldwide phenomena with its own culture and practically its own language. I’m happy to be part of that society, that culture. I have a common bond with people all over the world, because of a show, people who understand my obsession and have shared the emotional rollercoaster that it Doctor Who. For a nerd, for me, that’s a big deal. Being able to have that understanding when growing up you were shunned and ridiculed for being a nerd, now there’s a culture where you can be yourself and flourish. Plus, it helps knowing I’m not the only one freaking out over the wait. I’ve converted many of my friends to Whovianism just so I would have people to wait with me and share my pain (I’m mean-spirited like that. mwahahaha).

This year is going to be amazing. We get a new and intriguing companion for the Doctor, new episodes, possible 3D Doctor Who, the 50th anniversary, the Christmas special, and there have even been hints of us getting a new Doctor. It’s 2013, we’ve survived the apocalypse (well at least one apocalypse), and it’s culminated in this 50 years, 11 Doctor, and 1 Moffat. I can’t wait.

p.s. if you want more info on the 50th anniversary I use this website. http://www.cultbox.co.uk/features/guides/3929-doctor-who-50th-anniversary-news-summary


Out of the mouths of Whovians.

Love it because it’s true. *nods sagely* Definitely words to live by.

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Moffat Syndrome

Hey guys, I’m working on a few ideas for blog posts while settling in to a new semester at my university. So in this lull between updating my blog where I’m sure you’re all just desperate for a new post (psh, yeah right) I thought I would share this pic I found on my Facebook feed today.

I think we all know I have this.

I think we all know I have this.

Have a great week everybody.


What’s That Horrible Sound?

It’s getting close to Christmas time and that means one thing…the Doctor Who Christmas special! I’m sure it means other things like love and peace on earth…whatever, Doctor Who! This year’s looks cool and is designed to make you terrified of Frosty the Snowman (seeing as Moffat has already ruined stars, Santa, snow, Christmas trees. Why not Frosty?). I’m super psyched but that isn’t what I want to talk about, I want to talk about the thing that tumblr calls “feels”. I don’t use tumblr but my friend has told me enough that I understand and even use the phrase ‘feels’. My feels are supercharged when it comes to Doctor Who. Especially the worst part…the regeneration. A lot of fans, me included, get the feeling that we’re getting close to the end of the Matt Smith Doctor. Regenerations suck, in most shows when a character dies you have time to mourn the loss of the character/actor/actress, this is definitely not the case when it comes to Doctor Who. The Doctor is a Time Lord, an alien that looks human but when he reaches the end of his life, he gets too old or he gets shot or blown up etc, he regenerates into a new form. Now this was brilliant thinking on the part of the writers because this gives you the freedom to get rid of an actor whenever you want but in the fans perspective its torture. Fans love the Doctor and get attached to certain regeneration. However when the Doctor regenerates you don’t get the luxury of a mourning period, you are automatically thrown in to the new Doctor. Doctor Who is a smart and very complex show, if you don’t keep up with the pace you’re going to be left behind. So you have to wipe those tears and jump on the new Doctors train while the wound of losing the old one is still raw and bleeding.

My favorite was David Tennant, as they say you never forget your first Doctor, he was my first (I know what I said so quit snickering like five-year olds). Anywho, what made it worse when watching David was knowing that he was a huge Doctor Who fan, watching the show since he was a little kid. So watching him leave plus his last line being “I don’t want to go”, hurt so bad…right in the feels.

So basically you watch this…

And then you go “What’s that horrible sound? Kinda a painful screeching…Oh yeah, that’s the sound of my heart breaking into tiny pieces and trying to tape itself back together at the same time. Curse you Moffat”


The Doctor is Acquired

Ok, so I realize that Doctor Who has become a bit of an obsession for me. In fact my friends tell me that when I was severely out of it at the hospital all I talked about was Doctor Who. It’s kind of a cringe worthy thought that I almost died and the last thing I would have talked about was Daleks, but seeing as I don’t spend all of my money and time on Doctor Who (I just talk about it at least once a day and to be fair it’s usually with other Whovians) I’m going to say that this obsession is still on the side of healthy. Honestly I’m going to blame my hospital Who-rant on whatever I was on at the hospital plus withdrawal from the show. A withdrawal that has been sated (for now at least) by Saturday’s Doctor Who season premier “Asylum of the Daleks”. It’s Wednesday now so if you haven’t seen it yet then you need to rectify that immediately and go watch it before coming back and reading the rest of that because there will definitely be some spoilers in this post. Go watch the episode. That’s right, go on, shoo…

Are they gone? Ok, good.

Now back to the topic at hand.


All of the week prior to the premier BBC posted little 50sec segments on YouTube called Pond life. These were basically the Doctor sending phone messages to the Pond’s (Amy and Rory) about random things he had been doing since, well basically since last season. There were five of them Mon-Fri and Monday through Thursday were things that felt inconsequential. There was a cute one about an Ood and just random little things that fans thought, or at least I did, were there to tide them over before the big Saturday premier. Then came Friday, Friday’s showed a scene of Amy and Rory arguing with Rory leaving the house and Amy crying. It was like being hit in the stomach, taking the wind out of you. All week we had been watching these cutesy little scenes and then WHAM! out of no where there is this huge situation, and no explanation for it. Just arguing, leaving, and crying.

Then came Saturday, where I am happy to report they changed the opening theme graphics and left out Amy’s introduction that they had in season six. I wasn’t happy about Amy talking at the beginning of the show, it made the show feel too much about her and less about the Doctor and the hijinks and the monsters etc. This seasons opening was exactly how it should be, with nifty graphics and the iconic theme song. It’s not Doctor Who until I hear that theme, all cool old school sci-fi, i.e. heavy on the theremin. That song has been the theme for Doctor Who since 1963 (with variations for different Doctors) and that’s all you need to open the show. So with that back to normal my brain is ready to take on whatever Moffat is ready to throw at me this season (or series as it’s known in the UK). My mind was like “That’s right Moffat bring it on! I’ve watched this show for 6 years, you threw me for a loop (or two) last year but I’m ready for you this year. I’ve got your number and you can’t surprise me anymore!”. Boy was I wrong. The man knows how to throw a curve-ball. It’s why I love this show; you think you have everything figured out, then two seconds later nothing is what you thought it was. So then you have to go back and see the subtle signs you might have missed, and you spiral further and further down the rabbit hole until you are completely obsessed with the show. Well played Moffat, well played.

So the show starts out with the Doctor on planet Skaro (home planet of the Daleks) meeting a woman who turns out to be some kind of sleeper Dalek agent who knocks the Doctor out and kidnaps him. Meanwhile, Amy and Rory are filing for divorce. No explanation why or anything just an angry couple and some divorce papers. Rory gives Amy the papers and leaves in a huff. Amy is then kidnapped by a sleeper Dalek and Rory is soon to follow. When they wake up all three are on a spaceship hovering above a planet that the Daleks made as an asylum for, you guessed it, insane Daleks. There was a problem on the asylum planet and the Daleks had come up with the brilliant idea of sending their greatest enemy down to fix it along with his companions because the Doctor never goes anywhere without his companions. So they are given bracelets that stop little nano-Dalek robots from turning them into sleeper Daleks. That’s right Daleks can turn us into them with nanobots now.

They go down to the planet and Rory ends up getting separated from everyone (of course). The Doctor and Amy go to find Rory, Amy loses her bracelet in an attack and begins turning into a Dalek. All along the way they are being helped by a stranded girl named Oswin Oswald (cool name), who says she had been stranded there for a while and was using her genius tech skills to keep the Daleks at bay. The Doctor and Amy don’t physically meet her while she is helping them, Oswin is talking to them through technology as she has the mad hacker skills. When Amy and the Doctor finally meet up with Rory the Doctor goes to find Oswin so that Oswin will take down the shields on the planet and they can all escape before the Daleks blow up the planet.

While the Doctor goes for Oswin, Amy and Rory talked (more like argued) about their relationship. Rory thought Amy didn’t love him as much as he loved her, seeing as he had waited for over 2000 years for her. Amy got really angry and said that wasn’t true and that she had given him up because after everything that had happened at Demons Run (see last season for more details) she can no longer have kids and Rory had always wanted kids. So of course they made up after everything had come to light.

Meanwhile the Doctor has to work his way through “intensive care” to get to Oswin. We find out that intensive care, meaning the most insane Daleks, are all the Daleks that had faced the Doctor and lived. They attack the Doctor and Oswin hacks into their brains (she says the Daleks have like a hive mind) and deletes the Doctor from their memory. So the Daleks stop attacking, the Doctor opens the door to find Oswin and we find out that Oswin had been turned into a Dalek and she didn’t know it. So she flips out but lets the Doctor go and she gets blown up with the rest of the planet. Sadness. We find out that Oswin made all the Daleks forget who the Doctor is, so that should be interesting. Then the Doctor takes a newly reconciled Amy and Rory home and the episode ends.

So I had a couple of things really stick out to me that I wanted to go over. 1. Skaro. Maybe I missed something but I thought the Doctor had destroyed Skaro along with Gallifrey, the Time Lords, and the Daleks. He sacrificed his home and people to get rid of the Daleks and end the time war. Now there are like a bazillion Daleks around and Skaro is still there?! Not cool. So basically he sacrificed everything he loved and held dear for…nothing. Gah!!!

2. Amy & Rory. The big reveal with Amy and Rory was that everything they did to Amy when she was kidnapped at Demons Run made her unable to have children anymore. Wow. With every companion we see the toll of traveling with the Doctor. With Amy, who has been traveling with the Doctor the longest we see how much of a price she has to pay as a companion. The things that both Amy and Rory have been through is just insane. Amy has had a weeping angel try to pry its way out of her skull, she’s died, she’s been kidnapped and had who knows what done to her while she was pregnant, one version of her was stranded for almost 40years and then that version was abandoned. Her child was stolen and turned into an assassin against the Doctor. And then Rory, Rory has died…more than once. He became a plastic centurion and waited for Amy for over 2000yrs while being conscious for every minute of those 2000+ years. They’ve both gone through so much and they still have a “tragic ending” awaiting them. Damnit Steven Moffat! How much pain must a person go through before you’re happy?!

3. Oswin Oswald. Steven Moffat had done it again, he has given us a situation that seems set in stone and he has to write his way out of it. Like with the Doctor dying last season, this season we have Miss Oswin Oswald played by actress Jenna-Louis Coleman. For those who don’t know Jenna-Loise Coleman has already been announced as the new companion after Amy and Rory leave the show in the middle of this season. But Oswin Oswald turned out to be a Dalek and then she blew up. So this is another situation that I’m wondering ‘how the heck is Moffat getting out of this one?’. I can tell already it’s going to be another roller-coaster ride.

What do I think of the new companion? Well besides her having been turned into a Dalek and then her being dead, I really like her. She is saucy and sarcastic and sooooo much fun. She is way more lively and upbeat then past companions and I can see her bringing back the whimsicality that Doctor Who was lacking for me last season. If she stays that way she will easily become my favorite companion. Now to see how she actually becomes a companion.

P.s. I will try to get these out sooner than I did this week. Though I kinda like a Wednesday review, it gives people enough time to catch up so what I put in my post wont be a spoiler. Hmm, I’ll think about it.


The First Question

 

I think everyone who has ever read my blog knows that I kinda like the BBC show Doctor Who. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a big fan, it is my nerdy obsession or one of my nerdy obsessions. Now unlike most fans I have been patiently twiddling my thumbs for the new season (or series as it’s called in the UK) instead of flipping out over how it was supposed to start this past spring and is now instead starting this fall. Well not exactly fall, for those of you who didn’t know Doctor Who season 7 is starting August 25th for those in the UK (BBC One), Canada (SPACE), and where my little ol’ self is the US (BBC America). Sorry to all my peeps in Australia cuz you have to wait either a day or a week which really sucks, I feel your pain as I had to wait about three months to watch season 2 of Sherlock because BBC didn’t show it on BBC America (I had to wait for PBS to take it). In anticipation of the new season I’m going to discuss some of the things I am really looking forward to in this upcoming season. P.S. there might be *spoilers*

First off this is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. That’s right people Doctor Who is the longest running BBC show ever and just so you know 32 of those 50 years was new episodes. The old Doctor Who show started in 1963 and ran until 1989. It went through eight incarnations of the Doctor, each one with his own personality and style (or lack of style). The new Doctor Who started in 2005, is still running (well, duh that’s why we’re talking about it) and we are now on the 11th doctor. Not only have there been all of the seasons of Doctor Who but there have been special episodes and in 1994 they made a movie (so actually it would be 33 out of the 50 years). Because it is the 50th anniversary you know that Steven Moffat has got some tricks up his sleeve. Fact wise I know they are doing two special episodes in the season in celebration of the anniversary. Rumor wise I have heard that they might be getting the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker, actually one of the most popular Doctors) to make an appearance but it is very much a rumor. Moffat has said that we (the fans) will not be disappointed and I am inclined to believe him it’s probably going to be something that blows my mind or something like he did last season that I had to go back and watch all the seasons over again just to see how the heck he did it. Nothing is random when it comes to Steven Moffat.

Also the Doctor is getting a New Companion halfway through the new season. I don’t know anything about the character but I do know that the actress playing her is Jenna-Louise Coleman. Now getting a new companion is always a series of mixed feelings. It’s exciting to meet a new companion, see what they’re like and what they can bring to the show but also it’s sad to see the one’s you have gotten so very attached to leave. Also it begs the question, what the heck is going to happen to Amy and Rory? Moffat has promised that it will be a “heart-breaking end” which to me I don’t find very fair, not show wise but more of the fact that he has put the characters of Amy and Rory through so much. Rory died,well actually it was that he never existed and Amy forgot all about him (sci-fi type stuff), then came back as a Roman centurion who ended up being a robot controlled by the Cybermen and he killed Amy but felt really bad about it because he was still very much Rory in spirit. Then the Doctor says that Amy is not dead and that it would take like 2000yrs for her to heal and Rory being made of plastic decides to guard her even though he will be awake the whole time. Then Amy is not dead and the universe resets itself (again sci-fi stuff) so Rory is no longer a robot and the two of them get married and go with the Doctor on adventures and then Amy is pregnant and then not pregnant and  the reason is that she had been kidnapped cuz people wanted her baby and had replaced her with a plastic Amy so Rory and the Doctor go to rescue Amy who has had her baby and they are able to rescue her but the baby gets kidnapped and comes to them as an adult etc etc lots of dramatic sci-fi anyways they have been through a lot and now Moffat is giving them a tragic end and it’s not fair. Also they probably won’t be leaving the show at the same time, Moffat likes to drag out goodbyes until your heart hurts so bad you can barely stand it. If you don’t believe me watch David Tennant’s exit.

The biggest thing I think all Doctor Who fans have been the most excited about is what was said at the end of last season. That they will be answering the question, The First Question. The first question being one that I had thought about and then disregarded after watching so many seasons, Doctor Who?

“The first question! The question that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight. The question you’ve been running from all your life. Doctor who?”

-Season 6 episode 13; The Wedding of River Song

I for one and super psyched to see what the answer is. Doctor who? We know what he is for the most part, a time/space traveling alien with two hearts and has the ability to regenerate . He is the most wonderful man in the universe and also the most frightening. The Daleks call him “The Oncoming Storm”. He’s brilliant, witty, and the last of the Time Lords. We know all that and yet we still don’t know who he is or even his name and now they are saying that they are going to answer that question. I almost don’t want to know. I feel that there is a good reason that we don’t know and I also get a horrible sinking sensation that if we know the answer then the show will be over and the world will be Who-less. If that’s the case then don’t answer the question. But I still really want to know, damn my insatiable curiosity!

Well whatever they do I know it’s going to be one heck of a ride. Now to survive until August 25th.


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