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Take A Deep Breath, The New Doctor Has Arrived

August 23, 2014 ushered in a new Doctor for the well-loved series, Doctor Who as Peter Capaldi takes over the role from Matt Smith.  Okay, as you know, I’m anti-spoilers here, so please email any spoiler-y comments or questions to me at ilovegeekology101@gmail.com.  There are a couple of spoilers for The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor (mostly discussing 11’s regeneration scene), but I’ll put a note before the paragraph with the big spoil-y pieces of information, and it is pretty far down, and in reality, unless you have completely avoided social media you already know about this stuff.

We knew going into this series that the new Doctor would be older and perhaps a little darker, and this first episode, Deep Breath, certainly enforces that.  The transitional episodes have been interesting ones.  My reaction to the new Doctor has always had a bit of the Doctor’s reaction when a regeneration redecorate the TARDIS, “I don’t like it.”  Of course, it didn’t take long until I adjusted to the new face and form and was ready to pick up my feet and run with the new guy.

I don’t think I could say that Who had become boring, but maybe a tad bit predictable.  Capaldi certainly has an opportunity to breathe new life into the series and take us in a direction we haven’t been since Eccleston revived things in 2005.

 

This time though, I didn’t feel the uncertainty of whether I would like the new Doctor, but then again, I think Capaldi’s doctor felt more like he was struggling through the memories of previous generations more than either Eccleston, Tennant or Smith.  They all had their moments of settling into their new faces and bodies, but the aspects of the Doctor’s personality they embodied were quick to shine through.  Capaldi’s Doctor takes longer to shrug off not just 11’s face and form but the others as well, and I think they’re playing up 11’s comment during his regeneration that he will never forget a moment of when the Doctor was me.  References to a lot of previous forms of the Doctor flowed through this first episode of Season 8, and I felt that 12 had to sort through who he had been to figure out who he is going to be.  He still has the wit and humor we expect from the Doctor, but there is an air of unpredictability and uncertainty after this first episode that hasn’t been there in a while.

Fans know that the circumstances of the regeneration play into who comes out the other side(look at Tennant’s comments to the meta-crisis doctor who went home with Rose), and 11’s focus at the end was remembering.  I have a sneaking suspicion that will impact 12’s doctor a lot. The lines on his face reflect the memories he tried so hard to hold onto when he regenerated, because a lot has happened.  Seriously, how old is the Doctor now?  Capaldi, as a fan of Doctor Who since childhood, has an opportunity to resurrect aspects of all the Doctors who’ve come before with this regeneration. We’ve already seen a bit of 10 & 11 for certain, and I’m not nearly as well versed in Classic Who to be certain about earlier Doctors.  Possibly a little 9 snuck his way in, but I’m not sure.  I know I saw a bit of Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor with the finger alongside his nose.

PROCEED WITH CAUTION: SPOILERS FOR DAY OF THE DOCTOR AND TIME OF THE DOCTOR AHEAD

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11 began as the Doctor who wanted to forget, as revealed in The Day of the Doctor, but went into his regeneration as the Doctor who wants to remember.  That 50th anniversary episode exposed that insecure, wounded side of the Doctor, and events in that episode did quite a bit of healing.  Of course, in true Doctor Who fashion, some of those were ripped open, and began to heal again in The Time of the Doctor.  Really, he destroyed Gallifrey, he saved Gallifrey, the Time Lords nearly start another Time War to come back into the universe, but end up staying where they are and giving the Doctor another regeneration.  All because Clara tells them “if you love him, and you should, help him.”  However, he wasn’t there to hear this plea or recognize the gift was one of love, and that could be something that pops up later on.  Even for the stalwart Doctor this is a lot to take in.

Another thing that has been commented on is that this Doctor will be a little less empathetic, and it brings to mind Moffat and Gatiss’s other project, Sherlock.  Sherlock’s brain holds a lot of information, but he has to make room by “deleting” things.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what this Doctor has “deleted” in order to bring back all of these other memories. Somewhere, I got an idea that the Doctor read a book “Dealing with Humans 101” or something like that, and from what I’ve seen so far, it looks like maybe this is some of the information that has been pushed out or  to the side to make room for the memories of his previous regenerations.

This paves the way beautifully for what should be a whirlwind ride this season.  As anyone who has gotten caught up memory can attest, it can be a beautiful trip down memory lane when you’re remembering the good stuff, but life ain’t all good.  The Doctor’s life especially, hasn’t been, and the weight of those darker memories…well, I see a lot of ups and downs in our future, but that just comes along with being a Whovian.

What do you think?  Please send me your theories too! What impressions have you gotten of the new Doctor?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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The New Doctor

Okay, so I’ve watched the new episode and the specials…twice, but I’m still letting it stew about in my brain a bit.  I have lots of unorganized thoughts.  Did any of you watch the new episode of Doctor Who?  What did you think?  Let me know.  I’ll have something going up in about this in a few days, but I want to hear what you guys thought.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Doctor Who – Into Darkness

Yesterday, the BBC released the first actual trailer for the new season of Doctor Who, premiering on August 23. So, what can we expect from Peter Capaldi’s first outing as The Doctor? Questions, Drama and Daleks, oh my!  Also, apparently a t-rex.

I know, like many of you, I have not-so-patiently been awaiting the return of my favorite time traveler. I have to say, I’m excited.  In Day of the Doctor, we learn that the 11th Doctor is the one who forgets, who is so damaged by pain and regret that he wants to block it all out.

This trailer shows us a man bent on redemption. My first impression is that he’s owning up to his past and wants to make amends.   He’s lived for over 2,000 years and made a lot of mistakes and “it’s time I did something about that,” he says.  When I think about this part of the trailer I think of healing, the five stages of grief and even the 12 step program for addicts, and isn’t that an interesting idea if applied to The Doctor.

The Doctor asks Clara if he’s a good man, and I really want to know what’s prompting this.  We saw the 10th Doctor’s struggle to determine what kind of man he was and deciding that he was “rude” and “still not ginger”.  Is this more of the same?  Possible, but I get the feeling that it is something more.  Also, why can’t Clara answer him?  What happens between the end of the 11th Doctor and this conversation that makes her question whether or not the Doctor is a good man?

Fans have seen Doctors fly by the seat of their pants, making things up as they go along and generally proceeding through each crisis with little to no plan at all, but I can’t remember a Doctor who truly doubted himself.  Is admitting to his mistakes putting a dent in that infamous confidence?  If so what consequences could it have?  One of the Doctor’s greatest weapons is his certainty that he is absolutely correct, and since in so many of his adventures the fate of the world/universe/all of time and space rest on his actions…well, if he’s not sure that could have a devastating effect.

What do you think?  You know if left to my own devices the theories and supposition will just get out of control.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Doctor Who: The New Doctor Lands

Doctor Who: The New Doctor Lands


Sherlock Season Three Recap Party

Sherlock (TV series)

Sherlock (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So what happens when you have a friend who gets a kick out of planning themed parties?  You get a themed birthday party…whether you really want it or not.

Fortunately, my dear friend, is a fan of BBC’s Sherlock.  This is helpful, because I really wanted to throw a Sherlock themed party.  Remember my Doctor Who Birthday Party?  I’m now hooked on themed parties, because they are so much fun to plan.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to spend more time with my friends (an unwritten one is to not get myself in over my head).  Parties are ideal for getting my favorite people together in one place.  The challenge is not getting carried away with the theme planning.

photo (2)For this party, I decided to serve tea as a subtle (or not so subtle) reference to Sherlock serving tea to Moriarty in The Reichenbach Fall.  Besides, I’d just unearthed the tea set my Grandma Joye got for us to use when we were kids.  She would have definitely approved.  My parents are remodeling their kitchen, so I helped them clean out their current cupboards.  We found all kinds of gems there.  Serving plates, dessert trays, and even a fondue pot.  (I’ve never had fondue, so I’m not attempting it for the first time at a party.  However, this is not my last theme party!)  My kitchen cupboards are a little short on space now, but I have a lot of really neat stuff that will be put to good use!

photo (2)I didn’t get to do all the decorating I would have liked.  (Note: don’t plan a themed party when you’ll be traveling for work the week before.  It makes everything feel rushed, and fun stuff has to get cut do to time constraints.)  The writing was on the wall, so to speak, with Dry Erase markers providing the assist for “Get Sherlock” messages and “Honey, you should see me in a crown” on the bathroom mirror.  The mirror was complete with a crown drawn just above the head of the viewer.  As a parting shot for party goers, I printed a picture of Moriarty with “Miss me?” at the bottom.  Since a number of people hadn’t seen all the Season Three episodes, I provided “shock” blankets, because…they’d need them.

The blankets were simple to make.  Orange fleece cut to whatever size you desired with hems around the edge that were whipped stitched with dark brown embroidery thread.  I’m a fan of decent sized blankets to snuggle in, and the bolt of fleece I found was perfect for that.  At 60″ X 54″ there’s plenty of soft cuddly comfort to be found.

The menu consisted of items typically found at tea-time, and the bonus was it was quick and easy to put together.

photo (1)Menu:

  • Cucumber Sandwiches – spread: 8oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 packet of dry Italian Dressing seasoning.  Mix well and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.  Spread on bread and top with sliced cucumbers.
  • Ham & Pimento Cheese Sandwiches –
  • Ham & Cream Cheese Sandwiches
  • Mini-Quiche
  • Celery & Carrots
  • Biscuits
  • Cupcakes
  • Tea

Adagio Teas has a wonderful selection of fandom teas.  I ordered the Sherlock Sampler.  Which arrived with tea specially blended based on Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mycroft Holmes, Anderson, Sally Donovan, Greg Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson, Molly Hooper, The Woman, and Moriartea.  They’ve pared down their current sampler size and price, but after tasting most of these teas, I think they’ve made good selections.  My favorites were Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Moriartea, and Greg Lestrade.  I like a bold strong tea with a bit of milk and sugar, and these were all perfect for that.  Mycroft Holmes was also really nice, very chocolaty.

Shock Blankets and Tea

Shock Blankets and Tea

A Sherlock & Watson Cocktail was also in the plans, but it calls for Cardamom Bitters.  I had no concept of how difficult it would be to find this necessary little addition, so...we just splashed whiskey in our tea and called it a day.  You can order Cardamom Bitters online or check your local specialty food stores.  Just plan ahead for that little gem.  

We played “Sherlock” , a game I read about online that combines Clue with Jenga (the Lego guy was my idea).  Setup the board just as your normally would for Clue, however in the center where the envelope containing the killer’s information goes, place the Jenga tower.  The Lego figurine goes on top, since there is no Sherlock Lego yet, I used Loki (I didn’t think he’d mind.).  We played with traditional Clue rules, however each time someone made an incorrect suggestion to solve the murder, they had to remove a Jenga block.  The person who makes “Sherlock” fall loses.  Yes, someone went there, I ran with it, and it was good.

The "spray paint" effect did not go as planned...but they still tasted great!

The “spray paint” effect did not go as planned…but they still tasted great!

The original goal was to pick up something from each episode to use as a decoration, party favor or menu item.  Unfortunately, some things had to get cut, because life interfered with party planning.  Ah, well.  The things that got the ax included:

  • A “photo booth” using the table-cloth fabric as a back ground and cutout mustaches, deer stalkers, blue scarves, an umbrella, and a tiara
  • “Crime in progress, please disturb” note for the front door
  • Sherlock cupcake toppers
  • Skull on mantelpiece
  • Black lotus origami
  • Rache spelled in red tape on the floor
  • A bandanna with H.O.U.N.D. Liberty, IN to go around the dog’s neck
  • A riding crop (or something that looks like one) randomly lying about
  • Laser pointers for guests to play with

The party was a grand success, and I will be keeping my list and props intact for the next Sherlock party.  Watch party for Season 4?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Since I have a good bit of time to plan for the next one, send me your ideas.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


A Decent Vocabulary Will Go A Long Way

A Decent Vocabulary Will Go A Long Way

I don’t know about you, but I really love language.  There is nothing quite as satisfying as being able to choose the exact right word for a given situation, and, thanks to the lovely internet, I come across new words to add to my ever-expanding vocabulary every day. I thought, I’d create a new Thursday special feature with cool words.

Why Thursday? I keep getting “Thor’s Day” and “Castiel the angel of Thursday” stuck in my head…nearly every week, so Thursday needed a special feature. (It really could be worse. I promise. How would you pick a day?)Plus, it is the day before the week ends, and everybody needs a bit of an intellectual boost to get through Friday, right?

Today’s word (duh duh dun):

petrichor

Yes, I had to pick a word that I first heard in a Doctor Who.  I couldn’t resist.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

 


Sherlock & Doctor Who Win Awards

Are we surprised?  Well, not really, although there were some tremendous performances nominated for each category of the National Television Awards. Best TV Detective went to Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock, but he was up against some incredible competition.  Performances by Idris Elba in Luther (an amazing show), David Tennant and Olivia Coleman in Broadchurch (again…amazing), Suranne Jones in Scott & Bailey and Bradley Walsh in Law and Order UK were among the nominees.

Of course, if you give Benedict a camera…goofiness ensues.

The award for Best Drama went to Doctor Who because…well, it is amazing, even up against nominees such as Broadchurch and Downton Abbey.  Matt Smith also took home the award for Most Popular Drama Performance…well, took home…he didn’t actually get to attend the awards show either.  He’s in the middle of American Psycho (the play, silly people, the play!), but he did send an acceptance via video.  You can watch that here.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Doctor Who Timelines, Because…It’s Friday

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So, it’s Friday.  How’s that going for you?  Need a little distraction?  I’m great at distractions.  Check out these interactive Time Lord Timelines.  They came across my feed from the BBC.

Now, My Friday is actually kind of busy, so I haven’t actually gotten to play around with this yet.  What I’m trying to say here is, if you’ve got some time to check out what looks like a very cool site, please do!  Let me know if it is cool.  It seems pretty cool.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

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Sherlock Season 3 – Teasers, Tips, and Treats

Sherlock (TV series)

Sherlock (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the tips on how to watch Season 3 online!  Hola worked great.  Even after all the tips and assurances that it would work, I still double checked it early by watching the Graham Norton Show (Oh, I just love that show.  It is one of the things that just generally makes me happy.)…just to make sure.  I wasn’t taking any chances!  Since New Year’s Day, I’ve been watching…repeatedly.  There will definitely be a Sherlock Watch Party (any ideas are welcome), but I think I’m going to wait until the DVD/Blu-Ray comes out next month.  (Apparently, everyone’s schedules don’t bow to my wishes…who knew?) This is something that I need to watch my friends’ and fellow aficionados’ faces as they watch.

 

The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I really want to write a review for the first two episodes of this season, but I don’t want to give anything away.  I’ve avoided even the “Spoiler-Free” reviews so far, because I love surprises.  Watching everything unfold without any predetermined expectations is so much more fun for me than going in knowing that person 1 loved everything, but person 2 thought they could have done this better, etc.  What I will say is that I’ve missed the characters, and watching them in this new season has kind of felt like catching up with old friends. I haven’t found sections that dragged or anything, and I’ve enjoyed it more than I expected.

 

People had mentioned that PBS edited the show for time and content, so I DVR’d A Scandal in Belgravia to watch and see what/how much was actually cut.  Yeah…they took out the scene with Sherlock’s deduction in Buckingham palace and the bit where Sherlock steals the ashtray.  That was one of my favorites! (Okay, fine they’re all my favorites, but that isn’t the point.)  The scene not only explains why John has a lighter at Irene Adler’s home in order to set off the smoke detectors, but also exemplifies the growing friendship between the two men.  For a “high-functioning sociopath” Sherlock listens to John, and thinks about what will make his friend happy…even when that is just an ashtray taken out from under Mycroft’s nose…okay, so that probably makes them both happy.

 

Now we’re two episodes in to Season 3, and the final episode is coming up on Sunday…a) I’m not ready to say goodbye to the team at Sherlock quite yet b) um…I’m a little afraid…here’s the trailer.

 

 

If you’ve already seen any of these episodes and want to discuss, please feel free to email (ilovegeekology101@gmail.com) me!  I’m not posting anything remotely spoiler-y here, on my Tumblr (ilovegeekology101), or Twitter (@ilovegeekology), but I’ll happily discuss! No one else I know has seen any of it yet, so….I’m about ready to burst.  (Yes, this is a shameless plea to talk about the details of this show with someone who a) knows and b) cares.)

 

I’ve been diligently searching the internet and Pinterest for ideas for a simple(ish) Sherlock Watch Party, and I’ve found a few ideas out there.  They’re good, but I don’t know if they’re necessarily…right.  This is something that doesn’t have to be on the scale of the Doctor Who party I hosted in November.  Maybe something a little subtler? (Friends, family…stop laughing…really…I can do subtle!)

 

Laters,

 

Jessica

 

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Eleven’s Hour Is At An End

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The Doctor’s influence is everywhere.  Have you discovered this?  I’m running into fans all over the place!

Last week my dishwasher sprung a leak.  I know, really fun stuff.  The guys that came in to dry out the flooding were pretty cool.  One of them commented that I had the best coffee mug ever.  I didn’t even have to peek around the corner to know which mug had caught his eye.  It was the disappearing TARDIS mug I got for my birthday.  Like I said, Doctor Who fans are everywhere.  For 20 minutes we discussed the show, Peter Capaldi, and the 50th anniversary episode that he hadn’t seen.  (Don’t worry, no spoilers.)  The only spoiler-y bit I disclosed was that an older Doctor in Peter Capaldi makes perfect sense after seeing The Day of the Doctor.  I know it was a little cruel to whet his appetite with that tidbit, but…how could I resist?  We finally had to explain what we were talking about to the other gentleman working with him.

In the airport’s Starbucks, my barista had a “Police Call Box” lanyard around her neck. Again, speculation about the Christmas episode swirled through the air along with the sounds from the espresso machine.  Our conversation did more to wake me up for the flight and meetings ahead than the caffeine in my chai latte.

During my Random Acts of Kindness last month, I gave “awesome” cards to everyone I came across in Doctor Who apparel.  There were more than a couple out and about.  It is like belonging to a not -so-secret club or something.  Every time you hear the whooshing groan of the TARDIS, you look around, just in case a blue police box really does show up somewhere, and if anyone else’s head pops up at the unique sound, you can’t help but share a smile.

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a new Doctor Who Christmas special trailer for The Time of the Doctor.  Matt Smith is facing all of those villains? It took me a while to warm up to the 11th Doctor, but now I am not ready to see him go.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Peter Capaldi will be amazing, but Eleven stormed his way into fans’ hearts.  Of course, Steven Moffat is an expert at tugging on those same heartstrings, so I expect a thrilling, emotional roller coaster for Christmas from him.  This trailer is all the confirmation necessary for me to stock up on tissues, straighten my metaphorical bow tie, and make sure the shock blanket will be freshly laundered for the occasion. Oh it makes me giddy…and fills me with dread…so, here it is.  

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What do you think about the trailer?  Have you run into fellow Whovians in unexpected places?

Geronimo!
Jessica