Category Archives: Doctor Who
The Boyfriend was out of town this past weekend to enjoy New Year’s festivities with several college friends. They rented cabins, drank copiously, and apparently wore bear costumes at one point.
And while I’m all over the cosplay scene (look it up if you’re over 18. If you’re under 18, go have a milkshake, they’re awesome.) I could not enjoy this weekend in the woods and had to remain in Chicago.
But all was not lost, because I got the chance to spend sometime with my imaginary best friend, The Doctor. That’s right, I had a chance to catch the Doctor Who Christmas episode and let me tell you, it was a hum-dinger.
From this point on, I can’t promise there will be spoilers, but I also can’t promise there won’t be spoilers. We’re writing on the fly my friends – isn’t it exhilarating!
I know I can barely breathe. I’m like David Carradine in a Thai Swissotel! (Too soon? Nah)
In this episode, the villain(s) weren’t terribly scary or disturbing, though ice queen Nanny McPhee was awesomely sculpted. Girl’s got gams, if we could have seen them.
But this episode wasn’t about the villain, or even the end of the world. This Christmas episode was a chance for us to meet up with the cast of the second half of this season. And OHMYGOD!OHMYGOD!OHMYGOD!OHMYGOD! I can’t wait.
First up, we have the return of Strax, the Doctor Who equivalent of X-Men’s Juggernaut, but without the jaunty cap. That said, Strax is the completely well-intentioned comic relief in this (and I assume many other) episodes. Favorite line from this episode: “I suggest we melt his brain using acid, then interrogate him,” but the struggle with the memory worm was a close second.
Second we have Lady Vastra and her wife Jenny. I’m just going to roll both of them into one right now since they were a constant duo throughout the episode. Plus, I don’t have a good sense of what Jenny brings to the table, though if I may say, I highly suspect the word “Ninja” is in her future. Lady Vastra though is highly intelligent, with strong deductive reasoning. She kind, but stern, and overall the sort of person you want as a mentor or teacher. Favorite moment: Interviewing Clara, to protect The Doctor, and insisting on Clara only giving one word answers.
I plan to do this on my next first date, by the way. Not that I’m planning to have a next first date, but as the boy scouts say, “Always be prepared.” Except for gay sex. They don’t want you to be prepared for that.
Last, and most certainly not least, we have Clara, the next companion. I may be blanking here, but I don’t remember a companion being in a Christmas episode since Rose and David Tennent fought those crazy santa machine men. Sure, Donna Noble was in a Christmas episode, but it was at least a year before she became a companion. And could we even appreciate her at that point? I mean now, of course, she’s the Awesomest.
But then there’s Clara. Clara who seems to match The Doctor’s intelligence, resourcefulness, and curiosity. She’s high energy and ready to take on the Universe – not simply for the chance to follow the Doctor around (Amy Pond, I’m looking at you and your Daddy issues) – but because she likes to get into new things and experience everything possible. I mean the girl was both a bar wench and governess, switching accents as easily as if they were hats.
I’ll tell you this, I may be in love with Clara. Perhaps she’ll be my new best friend. I mean, The Doctor is a Time Lord so being cool in a bowtie is just who he is. But Clara is human (we think… Spoilers, Sweetie!) and who doesn’t want to hang with the awesomest human around?
Best line from Clara? “It’s smaller on the outside!” (referring to the Tardis)
We’re already debating what the future season holds for the Reincarnating Clara. Part of me hopes she dies in each episode, so the Doctor has to find her in a new location each episode. Of course, the “It’s smaller on the outside!” is really only funny for one or two more episodes. Then it’ll just become sad, and I’m talking Flowers for Algernon sad.
Anyways, if you haven’t seen the Christmas episode yet, it’s available on Amazon’s Watch Instantly. It’s a ton of fun and I think you’ll really enjoy it.
But be forewarned, new episodes of Doctor Who won’t start airing until April (gasp!) so this momentary fix may be too much with such a desert ahead.
Picked up from the awesome Henchman-4-Hire.
Outer space? Sentient reptiles? Lesbians? That’s a lot for any inspector to have to handle. But I know us Whovians can handle this delightful mini-prequel starring Lady Vastra in preparation for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special.
I would add turn of the century London, one of my favorite time periods for Doctor Who, and befuddled inspectors. You know someone will end up sacrificing themselves to save London from the snow, but who will it be?
- Lady Vastra?
- Her partner?
- The inspector from Scotland Yard?
I’m so excited!
UPDATE: Holy Hell, how did I put the NPH video in here instead of Doctor Who? People, you need to tell me when this happens. You have a responsibility! Jeebus.
My only regret is that we’ll never have a Judy Garland or Frank Sinatra version of this song.
I wonder what Buble is doing these days?
Aside from being seriously off about Cardiff, this montage of Doctor Who issues is pretty spot on.
I’m sure Cardiff is lovely and exciting.
If it wasn’t, Torchwood wouldn’t be such a runaway hit, right?
This morning, over coffee and eggs, I watched the fall season finale of Doctor Who – The Angels Take Manhattan. For those that aren’t in the know, this episode was highly anticipated for us Who-fans, since it was the final episode for Amy Pond, the Doctor’s current companion, and possibly her husband, Rory Williams. Incredibly popular, Amy and Rory were expected to leave on an emotional high-note – though what that note would be has been in question.
I’ll start by completely avoiding all spoilers…
The Angels Take Manhattan has all the classic elements of my favorite D.Who episodes:
Highly Stylized – The episode takes on film noire, with a Doctor Who flair. River Song embraces the role of our hard boiled detective, using clipped speech, an amazing trench coat, and quick, deadpan observation. Of course, once the Doctor appears, the charade is blown to bits – yet the environment and character choices fall in line with this Sam Spade universe.
That Idiot Human – You know the one. It’s the character that wants to activate a dormant dalek. Or the one that falls in love with a spider queen alien. Or perhaps the one that collects weeping angels. Whatever the situation, it’s the man or woman who brings about the possible demise of a city, because of their personal obsession.
The Alien Villain – This was done particularly well, keeping with the noire theme, where the villain embodies widespread corruption, a cancer that’s eating away the pillars of society. In this episode, it’s the Weeping Angels – aliens that can either be very effective, or exceedingly overused. Here, the writers definitely played to the Weeping Angels strength as villains.
And now, in the memorable words of River Song,
Last week’s episode, The Power of Three, was a great, pre-farewell episode for Rory and Amy. We had the chance to see them out of the context of the Doctor, as individuals, and a couple. Additionally, this episode foreshadowed that the Ponds travels with the Doctor would end in death.
That’s a pretty tall order for beloved characters. Killing them off risks disillusioning the audience. But not killing them off, after this set up, or pulling the emotional punch of their death, does a disservice to the characters and the storyline. After the emotional impact of Donna Noble’s memory wipe, I expected something equally shattering if Amy and Rory really were to die.
They did die, but without the emotional impact I had hoped for. The angels threw Amy and Rory back in time, where the Doctor could no longer reach them. The couple lived out their lives together, with Amy leaving the Doctor a note that assured him they had lived happy, fulfilling lives.
So they died of old age.
They were basically friends that moved far away, that you lost contact with, and then found out years later they had passed away, quietly and peacefully.
I don’t fault the writers for this path. As I said, killing off characters must be a weighty decision – they’re characters the writers and fans both love. Killing them must be as hard on the writers as it is on the fans.
But one of the things I love about Doctor Who is that it gives you that punch. The writing often leaves you with a sense of ambiguity. What could the characters have done differently? Did they lead their lives right? What are the consequences of their choices and actions? Asking these questions causes us, the viewers, to reflect on our own lives and the consequences of our decisions.
In last week’s episode, Amy and Rory chose to forego the stable, non-Doctor life, where they could have that long and happy life together. In this week’s episode, their choice was negated. They simply lived it out in another time period.
I don’t normally support questioning a writer’s choices. As the viewer we’re left to ponder the story that is, not the story we’d like it to be. But, it’s a pet peeve of mine when a writer doesn’t put characters through the wringer they’ve been led to, because of sentimentality.
Honestly, the pros outweigh the cons in this episode, and it was one of my favorites this season. I will miss having Amy and Rory on the show – Rory has been one of my favorite characters in the new Doctor Who universe, and the relationship between the Doctor and Amy was sweet, and wonderful to watch blossom.
See you guys later.