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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


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: The New Doctor Lands

Doctor Who: The New Doctor Lands


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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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


What, Why and…Doctor Who

images (24)Oh holy cow! I can’t believe I only discovered Doctor Who less than a year ago.  It seems as if it has been part of my life forever!  My mission, and I have definitely chosen to accept it, is to convert as many people to Whovianism as possible. Now, I promise no spoilers here.  Since I have promised no spoilers, I’m going to give general information here for non-Whovians, and I’m going to try to do it as logically as possible. (Whovians, stop laughing. Come on, really. Stop laughing!)

First, what is a Whovian?  Well, it is a fan of the British television show Doctor Who, of course.  We even get our own Urban Dictionary entry.  According to Wikipedia, it is a term that became common in the United States during the 1980’s when the Doctor Who Fan Club of America published their newsletter titled Whovian Times.  (You learn something new everyday!)  The fan club is no longer active these days though.

1383715_661960093837624_158818129_nSo what exactly is Doctor Who? To begin, Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television show of all time. This year it will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a much-anticipated special that will air November 23, 2013.  Here is your own invitation to join the celebration.  The show originally aired on November 23, 1963…nice symmetry there huh? I made a comment earlier about Whovian’s laughing at me when I tried to apply logic to Doctor Who. It is not an easy show to explain logically. I’ve tried…a lot. I usually end up sounding like I’m mentally unstable. The plot is full of twists and turns throughout all of time and space. Doctor Who is rarely boring.

The show began in 1963 and ran through 1989 before taking a lengthy hiatus and returning in 2005 when Russell T. Davies revived the show as the head writer and Christopher Eccelston took on the role of The Doctor. The period before the hiatus is typically referred to as Classic Who and everything after 2005 is the New Who. As a disclaimer, I do have to admit that I haven’t seen much Classic Who (I’m working my way through them all) but I have seen all of the New Who episodes.   What do you do with a show with such a lengthy run that has the same main character?  Well, there have been 11 actors who have played the Doctor over the years.

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Christopher Eccleston & Billie Piper

Now how, you ask, have the fans rolled with those punches? See the Doctor doesn’t die, necessarily, he regenerates. William Hartnell got the party started and this year we will see the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith regenerate in the Christmas Special. In all his regenerations the Doctor is old and young; serious and sassy; wise and irreverent; trustworthy and a liar; in control and flying by the seat of his pants. There’s typically a sense of the ridiculous and fun about him, but he is not someone to cross because his wrath is ferocious.  Underneath all his many faces he is always the same man, and this point has been reiterated by the current head writer and general fan torturer, Steven Moffat, as recently as the 2013 San Diego Comic Con

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David Tennant

I have a recommended watch list for people who I indoctrinate addict encourage to join our little fandom.  Usually, I start them out with Blink an episode from the 10th Doctor (David Tennant’s) era that is exciting, a little scary, and it doesn’t require any previous knowledge of the show to be enjoyable.  Then I take them back to Rose which is the episode from the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) that rejuvenated the series, and then move through the “New Who” episodes from there.

There have been varying responses to fans hearing about my methods that have ranged from “you are brilliant!” (my favorite) to “are you crazy?” (possibly accurate, but not my favorite).  What are your thoughts?  I am open to suggestions.  So far, I’ve only lost one person (however, since she was playing CandyCrush on her phone the whole time…you know who you are!)  Well, my Dad fell asleep by the time Sally found the peeling wallpaper, but he wanted my Mom to give him a recap in the car…of everything. (Bonus, this time she got to sound like the crazy person, not me!)  Everyone else is hooked.  I had to reassure my nephew a couple of weeks ago that he did get BBC America at his house, and I promised to text him when each new episode came on.

Don’t let the rather cheesy special effects turn you off in the early episodes of the 9th Doctor’s tenure. The characters, story line, and acting more than make up for the less than stellar effects. It took me two maybe three episodes before I was completely hooked. I watched every episode from 2005-March of 2013 in like two and a half months…it is addicting. Now, I was also motivated to be caught up on the story line before the new episodes aired in March.

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Matt Smith

They say you never forget your first Doctor, which would be Christopher Eccleston for me, with his leather jacket and sarcastic sassiness were the perfect introduction for me. (Sarcastic? Who me? Say it ain’t so!) David Tennant follows, and I was a little worried for like an episode before I got behind the change in the Doctor. I loved his enthusiasm and exuberance that covered up.  The latest regeneration in Matt Smith, took me a little more time, but I’ve come to love him as well. He’s announced he is leaving the show, so we will see the 11th Doctor regenerate in the Christmas Special.  Recently, they announced that Peter Capaldi will be coming on board as the 12th Doctor in the series.

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Peter Capaldi

Since the announcement of Peter Capaldi’s casting as the 12th Doctor, people have asked me what I think. Only natural, it isn’t as if I keep my enjoyment of the show a secret. (Stop laughing, friends and family. Really, it could have happened!) With the direction Matt Smith’s Doctor took toward the end, I think someone a bit older is warranted. The Doctor feels older now with the weight of circumstances and events weighing on him. When the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, regenerated there was an almost childlike desire to stay as he was. His last words “I don’t want to go” reflect that. His end set the tone for, Matt Smith’s Doctor. Younger on the outside, but it disguises the same man who regenerated alone. The 9th Doctor, Eccleston, we meet as a man who is bearing the weight of the events of the Time War. He is the last of his kind, alone, and he believes that is the price he must pay for everything he’s done. At his regeneration, he’s healed a bit from that. He’s with Rose Tyler and at the end you see his dawning realization that he’s “fantastic” too. The exuberance in 9’s final moments is directly reflected in David Tennant’s Doctor. Enthusiastic, effervescent, and happy to be out there saving the universe again. I can’t wait to see what happens with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. As Steven Moffat has reiterated recently. He is always the same man underneath the different exteriors.

timthumb (23)Whovians have been known to loudly curse the name of Steven Moffat who took over as head writer when Russell T. Davies left. He is credited with the creation of some of the most frightening villains since the Daleks and the Cybermen arrived on the scene…Weeping Angles, Vashta Neruda, and the Silence have made people the world over afraid to blink, afraid of the dark, and … what was I saying?  He’s also credited with the emotional trauma of Doctor Who fans the world over. The Angels Take Manhattan anyone? (Don’t get me started on the emotional trauma caused by Moffat, Gatiss and Thompson in the BBC’s Sherlock. That is another post in and of itself.)

On the surface Doctor Who an alien who travels through all of time and space with a series of companion in a police phone box from the 60’s….that’s bigger on the inside….do you see the problem now? Really, that’s not what Doctor Who is all about though, those are just plot points, and while it is important it doesn’t explain why this show has held a fascination for viewers for 50 years. For all of us who are avid viewers and Whovians, hopefully it never ends!

images (15)So, if Doctor Who isn’t actually about a “madman in a blue box” what is it about? It’s about courage and friendship. The friendships and trust inherent in the relationship between the Doctor and his companions is just …it’s great. Life and death, guilt and forgiveness play a huge role in the newer episodes as well. Anyone who has lived as long as the Doctor, has seen more than his share of individuals pass in and out of his life…not all relationships end well, now do they. When you’re 900+ years old, you’ve made some mistakes as well, and learning how to forgive others and especially to forgive yourself. This show is about being human….sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. It is about realizing how small we really are in the grand scheme of things, and knowing that we will never have all the answers…no matter how clever we are. Doctor Who is about learning to see yourself clearly, and realizing that you are more than you realize. You’re brilliant. Shopgirl, med student, temp, impossible girl…there are no unimportant people and although, one moment you may be the most important person in the universe, the next you’re just a cog in the wheel. Knowing which to choose each moment is the important part. What you think is cool…is cool, at least for you, whether it is a bow tie or a fez…not everyone will agree with you, and that’s okay. Whether you yell Geronimo at the top of your lungs or whisper it as you take that leap, it’s about having the courage to do the right thing when everyone else is running away. Sometimes love conquers all…and sometimes…

Doctor Who has taught me one of the most important lessons of life (Pinterest):

Sometimes you fail, sometimes you screw up, and sometimes you try your very hardest, do your very best, and it still isn’t enough. And at those times, you just have to pick yourself up, adjust your bow tie, re-tie your shoelaces, dust off your jacket, loosen your cravat, shoulder your umbrella, polish your cat pin, straighten your celery, wrap your scarf a little tighter, throw your opera cape, pocket your recorder, grab your jacket labels, and

images (29)Now, typically, I am not an emotional person when it comes to movies or television shows. I didn’t shed a tear during The Notebook. Titanic didn’t make me misty eyed (Come on, everybody knew how it was going to end!). As a matter of fact, I can only count a couple of movies that get to me Ol’ Yeller, and Steel Magnolias are two of them. Let me tell you, that Doctor Who will get you though…repeatedly and frequently. There are still scenes that only have to be mentioned and I can feel the moisture gathering behind my eyes. It kills me, and I never saw it coming. It was supposed to be a show about a time traveling alien, for crying out loud. Now, ask me if I would change it….

‘Allons-y!

Jessica


Doctor Who Announcement: The 12th Doctor

Yesterday the BBC televised a live show announcing the actor who will play the 12th Doctor in the longest running science fiction show in history, Doctor Who. BBC America ran the show live as well, so of course I watched it.  It wouldn’t be the BBC if they didn’t emotionally traumatize viewers before the announcement by running The End of Time in which the 10th Doctor regenerates just before the live announcement…of course, I watched that as well.