BBC has released a mini episode prequel for the Day of the Doctor, which airs next week. This mini episode shows what happens at the end of the 8th Doctor’s life. Finally, Paul McGann is given an official role almost twenty years after the 1996 TV movie aired in the U.S. His Doctor was so happy-go-lucky and was just lovable. I am so glad that he was given the opportunity to do something official. (Now only if they would give him more opportunities. He was brilliant.)
I’ve been an avid Doctor Who fan since I was little. It’s the one show whose campines, acting, stories, and questionable special effects don’t really matter. So what if the music is over the top and the lines are delivered with the gravitas of a poodle? It doesn’t matter. It’s Doctor Who!
The first Doctor Who episodes I saw featured Tom Baker (fourth Doctor) and his companion, Sarah Jane Smith, played by a very young Elisabeth Sladen. Many more Doctors and companions have followed in their shoes over the decades, but Sarah Jane was always a favourite.
One of my favourite episodes from the new series of Doctor Who (“NuWho”) was School Reunion, which featured a previous companion, Sarah Jane, meeting the Doctor and his current companion, Rose (played by Billie Piper). An older, wiser Sarah Jane compares notes with Rose about their travels with the Doctor: initially competitive and then softening to laughing about the Doctor’s antics. It was wonderful to see the delightful person Sarah Jane grew into.
And now that delightful woman, who has touched so many generations of Doctor Who fans, has passed away. Arwenae, a commentor on the BBC article on the passing of Elisabeth Sladen, summarized the outpouring of love from Twitter steams, Facebook pages, and comments on articles: “It feels as though the internet is crying.”
We will not forget you, Sarah Jane Smith or Elisabeth Sladen.
I watched End of Time (part 1) with my parents on Saturday night after returning from watching Avatar in 3D. (If you haven’t seen that movie, it’s excellent.) We watched most of Waters of Mars before End of Time. Last time my parents saw any Doctor Who was when I lived at home and was watching Peter Davidson and Tom Baker in classic Who in reruns. I’ve been so involved in watching the series that it’s easy to forget how much back-story is left out if someone is just coming to the show.
Matt Smith was announced as the new Doctor today. Yup, I’ve never heard of him either. Even my British friends were scratching their heads and hitting the Internet to find out more information about him.
The new Doctor was announced during a special episode of Doctor Who Confidential, which can be viewed in the UK from the BBC web site but not in the US. YouTube has excerpts of the Doctor Who Confidential episode.
I’m not sure what to think. I guess I’ll just have to see what happens as Mr Smith takes on the mantle of the Doctor. I hate to see David Tennant leave, but he has had the role for a proper amount of time (four years, as opposed to Christopher Eccleston’s one year).
If you haven’t seen this, it’s a classic sketch with David Tennant and Catherine Tate, just before she took on the role of Donna in Season 4. I found this video of the sketch on YouTube.
Initially, Donna was a really annoying character. As the season progressed, she grew into a character who could match the doctor, be his best friend — and finally wasn’t a love interest (unlike Rose and Martha). I won’t go into the ending, but suffice it to say that the end of Season 4 isn’t very happy.
Someone had a lot of time on their hands and put it to good use this holiday season! The tree at right is the creation of x Plastic Neurospasta who posted picture on Flickr. Any fans of Doctor Who will instantly recognize the Dalek, complete with blue orbs and glowing eye.
If you look carefully between the branches, there is a white tree underneath. The picture, and several others of the tree, are available at x PLASTIC NEUROSPASTA’s photostream on Flickr.
The comments on the Flickr page have some great quotes, among them: “Redecorate! Redecorate!” Heh. Classic.
(If you haven’t seen the episode, fair warning: here be spoilers.)
The saddest thing about Journey’s End is the contrast between the Doctor having a TARDIS full of friends and family and the end scene where he is alone in the TARDIS. If you watch Confidential for this episode, the people at BBC say that the Doctor is at his most powerful when he is alone and that he is a tragic character.
There comes a point when it is too much, though. At the end of every season in the new series he has been alone (with the exception of season 1, where the Doctor himself regenerated). He has lost everyone. Now, when he finally has a chance to find some sort of closure with Rose, he leaves her at Bad Wolf Bay just like he did at the end of season 2. (The video is “Almost Lover” by Piratewench32.)
And how does DoctorDonna (10.2) fit into the series itself? In the episode, apparently all of the time lines were converging on Donna towards the creation of DoctorDonna. Why then is 10.2 just dumped on the bay with Rose and abandonned? Is he a clone just to make Rose happy? Rae has some excellent thoughts on this.
Maybe this constant tragedy is getting ready to build the Doctor into the Valeyard, the Doctor’s last incarnation. For the Valeyard to exist, then Gallifrey could not have been destroyed because the Valeyard is the prosecutor in the episodes of Trial of a Time Lord, which takes place on Gallifrey.
Simon Jansen, of www.asciimation.co.nz, has built an incredible replica of a TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space, Doctor Who‘s time machine), complete with a fold-out MAME console for playing retro arcade games.
The TARDIS MAME console is obviously a work of love and art. The attention to detail is amazing.
While you are visiting Mr. Jansen’s site, check out the ascii animation of Star Wars.