Saturday, April 30, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 30 - Why Do YOU Love Doctor Who

Wow - last day of the meme. And I saved the mushiest for last.

First, a video that'll probably convey more meaning than I ever blather on about (this was one I made and that I'm particularly proud of). So, if you're one of those people that doesn't want to get too personal, watch the video and consider that you've gotten the point:

If that didn't do it - let me spell it out for you -

My reasons for loving "Doctor Who" are actually very deep and personal. I'm going to say right now that it's strange that this show means so much to me (trust me, it was a surprise to me). When I discovered "Doctor Who," I was in a really rough place in my life. I didn't have a job, I was living with my parents, my family was going through some really bad times and I didn't know what to do with myself. I had very little to be happy or excited about. Everywhere I looked, there was more bad than good and I hated it. I wanted something to help me get my mind off my misery, but everything else I found just reminded me how sad and depressed I was and how terrible things were for me. But then I found "Doctor Who" and it was amazing. It was as though someone had grabbed me by the shirt collar, sat me down and said "There are things to be happy about and I'm going to show you something to be happy about and you will just love it."

As things in my real life got worse and worse, I turned to "Doctor Who" more and more. I was enchanted by the wonderful stories of a kind, wise and funny alien that shows his human companions the wonders of traveling through time and space. Everyone in real life was angry and negative about their circumstances, but the Doctor could always help me see the good things and that there were so many reasons to be happy.  Even though he constantly runs into so much trouble, there is still something fun, uplifting and even hopeful about his adventures.

I actually didn't realize any of this until Series 5 - after so much had actually gone wrong for the Doctor, ironically enough. But there are two quotes that will always stick with me:

1. From "The Beast Below" - "If you were that old and that kind and the very last of your kind, you couldn't just sit there and watch children cry."
            - I know this scene gets some flack from the fandom over being too obvious or too sentimental, but this line of Amy's meant the world to me when I heard it. It seems like it was meant just for me (haters to the left). Compared to the Doctor, everyone is a child. He's a 900+ year old Time Lord and he's seen so much, yet he chooses to spend his time traveling with human companions who will only ever live to be a tenth of his lifespan (he even says at one point that 90 years old is considered to be "just a kid" for Time Lords). Personally, I had done so much crying over the past few months and I don't know whether to call it fate or a blessing or whatever - but that's what happened to me. The Doctor (or whatever) saw me crying and he came into my life and showed me something good and I am so grateful for it.

2. From "Vincent and the Doctor" - "Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't always spoil the good things or make them unimportant."
            - While I was watching "Doctor Who" for the first time, many of the people who were causing so much grief and negativity scoffed at me for watching this show and becoming - well, honestly - kind of obsessed with it. Some of them even went so far as to say that there was nothing good in life anymore so I shouldn't even bother trying to be happy. But I was determined that nothing was going to ruin this one good thing in my life. It might not have been a job or a romance or a friendship or any of those other things most people equate with happiness, but "Doctor Who" was important to me. I hesitated to share it with anyone else (in real life or online) because I was afraid someone who come along and ruin it for me, much the way Harry Potter had been ruined for me by some in the online fandom (luckily - for the most part - "Doctor Who" fans are pretty mature in their conduct and there are so many different opinions that I don't feel like I have to agree with everything everybody says).

To sum up - I love "Doctor Who" because of how much happiness and hope it brought to me at a time when I sorely needed something to be happy and hopeful about. I was living with a very narrow vision of the world around me and the Doctor came along and showed me the wonders of the universe and expanded my vision. In that sense, I feel like I've become one of the Doctor's companions, traveling in the TARDIS, saving planets, fighting monsters and running through time and space. And just like the Doctor's other companions, my life will be forever changed for it.

(And no, I don't feel like it's over-the-top to say that.)

Friday, April 29, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 29 - Favorite Music/Song

Both "This is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home" and "I Am the Doctor" get the most playing time on my iTunes, so they both get the nod (Murray Gold is just fantastic.  The end).

First - "This is Gallifrey" as played at the 2010 Proms (with "Vale Decem" tacked on there for good measure).  I admit, I got a little misty-eyed at this presentation:

Second - "I Am The Doctor" (best music for speeding driving the legal speed limit down the freeway) -

Thursday, April 28, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 28 - Favorite Series Arc

So far, my favorite series arc is Series 5 -

Cracks in time, the end of the universe, exploding TARDIS, Silence Will Fall (to be resolved in Series 6!) Solid storytelling, loose ends tied up, intriguing plot developments in a 13-episode stretch.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

*ahem* Squee.

I can't properly blog my excitement for this. Just watch the trailer already:

This is gonna be gooooood...

30 Days of New Who: Day 27 - Scene/Moment that Made You Go "Argh!"

The Doctor having to mind-wipe Donna at the end of Series 4 (WHY????)

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See why I said I pretend "Journey's End" ends after the TARDIS hauls Earth back to where it should be?

(Actually, my head-canon says that TenTwo didn't stay at Bad Wolf Bay, but he took up residence next door to the Noble household and becomes friends with Donna and keeps an eye on her without actually ever talking about their adventures. Or even that Donna's subconscious remembers her travels with the Doctor and she slowly is allowed to remember it and she doesn't burn up. At least that part of her mind remembers and she is still better for it. You can't run with the Doctor without it having some effect on you - even if you do have your memories wiped).

Seriously - I am NOT okay with how Donna's story ended in Series 4. "The End of Time" partially made up for it - but not entirely.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 26 - Scene That Made You Go "Awww"

BIG Hug Time at the end of "The Satan Pit"

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Second Place - "You were my Doctor." - from "Time Crash"

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(See Day 10 for a larger commentary on that bit of awesomeness)

Monday, April 25, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 25 - Favorite TARDIS "Team"

I don't know how other people would answer this one, but I personally consider a TARDIS "Team" to consist of the Doctor and at least two other companions. I'm not really sure we've had one of those in the new series other than the Doctor, Amy and Rory, so they get the title of "Favorite" (I'm sure someone's going to come in and slap me around for saying that, but they can do the meme themselves if they want to).

And I couldn't find a suitable video or picture of the Doctor, Amy and Rory that I wanted to post here, so have a video of Matt, Karen and Arthur singing Christmas carols.  Because those three are just plain adorable and awesome and I love them:

(ETA: Okay, okay - Series 1 did have the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack for three stories - even threw Mickey in the mix there for a bit. But I stand by my choice of the Doctor and la familia Pond).

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Questions That Need Answering

Just rewatched "The Impossible Astronaut" - now that my brain has had time to process everything, I've come up with a list of things I want answered in this season.  This isn't a demand or anything - just a way for me to keep track and refer back to later.  Spoilers intended and implied:

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Number One question before anything else - Why did the TARDIS blow up at the end of last season? The scene and the very end of "The Big Bang" when Amy and Rory jumped in the TARDIS right after their wedding reception made me think that they were going to help the Doctor find that out.  But here we are - a couple of honeymoons and two months of Pond-Williams domesticity later and no one seems very interested in finding that out anymore.  If I was disappointed about anything from the season premiere, it was that (it's a tiny quibble, but still sort of bugs me).

Next question - How are the Silence and the Astronaut connected?  Are the Silence controlling the Astronaut?  What is really inside that spacesuit?  Why would it want to kill the Doctor? (okay - that's four questions in one bullet point).

Another question - Why did Amy choose the moment that she did to tell the Doctor she was pregnant?  Does Rory already know? Does this mean this is the last season with Amy and Rory as companions? If so... well, I can't say I'm surprised, but I'm a little sad.

Related question - Why did River feel sick when she was in the tunnels?  I'm fairly certain she isn't pregnant.  Then again, Rory didn't say whether he felt ill... Maybe the Silence creatures affect women differently than men? (if that 's the case, the "Steven Moffat is a sexist pig" crowd is going to go berserk. Oh joy...)

Yet another BIG question - probably been around since Series 4 - Who is River Song?  I think I can just leave that one there.

Last question (maybe) - How did future!Doctor know to invite his past self to his own death?  How did he know he was going to die? Why was past!Doctor in the diner and not out on Lake Powell with the rest of the crew?  I'm sure there's an explanation for that last one - I'm just wondering what exactly he was doing.

Here's a Silly Question - Did anyone besides Rory and Amy notice the Doctor's little shout-outs from history?  Like, I don't know, former companions or just random people who wondered what the heck this crazy bowtie-and-fez bedecked guy was doing in a Laurel and Hardy film?

And here's the most important question of all - What are they going to name baby Pond-Williams? (Hey, I said it was important).

30 Days of New Who: Day 24 - Favorite Accessory of the Doctor's

(It's a good thing I have all these written up just ready to be posted because I don't think I could have composed a coherent response after last night's episode).

And out they come - the brainy specs!

Tooth and Claw Brainy Specs

I was sooo thrilled to learn that Doctor doesn't really need glasses - that he only wears them because they make him look clever because I did the exact same thing when I was little! I've posted this picture before, but it is quite relevant (that's my sister in the stroller):

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When I was three, I had a pair of plastic red frames that used to be toy sunglasses until the lenses got knocked out. I wore those suckers everywhere I went because I wanted to look smart. I didn't need glasses at the time, but I fully intended on wearing them when I went to school because that's what smart people did (and I swear that I wore them to preschool). This was well before I knew that "Doctor Who" even existed - probably before I even understood the concept of science fiction - I was sort of a hipster back then. I wonder where those frames are now...

But yeah - brainy specs - LOVE 'EM!

Off to rewatch "The Impossible Astronaut!"

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Doctor Who Review: Legs, Nose and Mrs. Robinson


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DUDE - I EVEN TOOK NOTES SO I COULD DO A DECENT WRITE-UP!  AND - THE THING -WITH THE OTHER ONE - AND THE DOCTOR - AND Amy - and Rory... River and... big scary... and... and...

*breathe deeply... it's okay... breathe...*

I am still very much in that shocked-crazy-can't-string-two-words-together mode.  But I'm going to do this right now.  Maybe coherency will return as I type.

Long story short: File this one under "Mind Sufficiently Blown."  This is certainly not the light-and-fluffy season opener of years gone by, that's for sure.

The opening was so unnerving.  First, we've got Amy and Rory at home being all cute and domestic - not in the TARDIS at all - while the Doctor's off doing all those goofy things that he's talked about before, but we've never actually seen.  River is in prison (still? Well... I guess that makes sense) and they all get those TARDIS Blue (ha - it's canon!) envelopes.  We're going along, Amy and Rory get picked up by a San Juan School District bus (I think we played them in basketball once), the Doctor has a Stetson, said Stetson gets shot off by River (yes, I'm finally on first-name terms with the woman.  Congratulate me), reminiscing in a diner, out for nice picnic by the lake.  The Doctor admits to breaking 1000 years (Eleven hundred and... something I don't remember), he and River are old pals and Rory gets up to speed with the rest of the world.

Right about here I start to think "This is all well and good, but when does everything go batcrap-insane?"

Never again shall I utter those words at "Doctor Who."  Well - at least not at a Steven Moffat-penned episode.

I knew the Astronaut was in this somewhere (obviously), but I screamed when it shot the Doctor.  I had no idea - no clue whatsoever - and the regeneration... oh well, we've had regeneration fake-outs before - um, no... wait - HE GOT SHOT AGAIN??

At that point everything got a little fuzzy and I'm going to have to rewatch this episode (oh please - I'll probably have seen it five times by next week).  How in the world do you have an episode of "Doctor Who" where the Doctor dies-for-dead in the first ten minutes?  For a little bit, I honestly bought the fact that we were going to have to start calling the show "River Song" or something like that from now on.  Until the Doctor (younger by 200 years) walks out of the door in the diner and everything is okay again (well, okay enough, anyway).

It was an odd feeling hearing River tell the Doctor "Spoilers" and I actually know what she's talking about.  I'm not sure I like it.  I did like the part in the TARDIS where the Doctor refuses to trust River, but instead trusts Amy.  The "fish fingers and custard" line was a nice touch as well.

So... off to the White House.  That was a pretty decent Nixon, not gonna lie (though, I'm not sure how historically accurate some of those facts about his presidency are.  I'll have to check some of that out later).  The scene in the White House bathroom where Amy sees - and unsees - the Silence (is that the Silence? I will say it is until I'm told otherwise) was really freaky, but so brilliantly done.  I don't know what else to say about it other than I really liked it.

Okay - the Silence.  I'm positive that this is by design (STEVEN MOFFAT, HOW DO YOU LIVE INSIDE YOUR OWN HEAD??) - but I am so frustrated that nobody can remember them when they look away!!  I nearly threw my notebook at the TV when Rory turned back into that console room and forgot about them

It's also weird that Rory was the one to go after River in those underground tunnels... but I understood why when they walked into the not-TARDIS console room from "The Lodger" - the Doctor would definitely have recognized it and Amy... well, she might have recognized it, but who knows?  But she had to hang back with the Doctor to tell him that ALL IMPORTANT NEWS that she's pregnant (I actually wondered if she was back when she said she felt sick at the White House - but then River Song said the same thing when she'd been looking at the Silence creatures, so I waved it off as a side-effect of facing the Silence).

A word on this: I hate it - hear me? HATE IT - when a significant character in any TV show announces she is pregnant.  More often than not, it's a gimmick to get ratings.  However, the way that it was revealed here - and just knowing how the Moff works his stories - this will actually be an important plot element for Series 6.  Just from the juxtaposition of Amy telling the Doctor and the appearance of the little girl in the spacesuit - I wonder if the two are connected? (I have no idea how they would be, though - just random speculation on my part).

A Few Things I Just Plain Liked/Noticed:

- It's cute that it's the Doctor sending coded messages to River Song now.  Sad that he "died."
- There were two "Doctor who?" gags in this episode.  To be fair, they also made fun of "Star Trek" twice.
- What wibbly-wobbly?  We're suddenly back time paradoxes.  Great time for that to happen (/sarcasm)
- The moment I thought "I want to see River Song meeting the Doctor for the first time," River goes into that schpiel about the first time she met the Doctor.  And I feel incredibly sad (I did watch "Silence in the Library" again a few days ago).
- Wild Mass Guessing - Neil Gaiman's episode - you know, the one where there's "An old friend with a new face" - could be where the Doctor meets a younger River Song.  Maybe they had to cast a different actress to play River's younger self so that's why Alex Kingston isn't in it?  I just feel like this season's plot will be a lot tighter than in the past.  I don't imagine they'll have too many one-off stories this year.  Though if I'm wrong, I'll be the first to admit it.
- The Doctor told Canton "Brave heart."  And I SQUEE'd with joy ^_^

All in all, I'm super-excited about this new season.  Though I do hope there will be moments where we'll be allowed to catch our breath.  If it's going to be one constant fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants ride, then I can definitely see where a summer break is going to be welcome (or I might just go nuts from the effect of the impending Cliffhanger To End All Cliffhangers).

One more thing - this is the first season of "Doctor Who" I get to watch with the rest of the world and I have to give a big, humongous salute to the people who've sat through week-to-week cliffhangers for the past six years - nay, the past nearly-forty-eight years.  I didn't realize how spoiled I've been since last June when all I had to do was watch the next episode after a cliffhanger leaves me with my jaw on the floor.  Bravo, all you people.

Guys, Guys, GUYS!!!

Guess what day it is???


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Pardon me whilst I spam the everliving crap out of my excitement!

Crazy Bunny Rabbit OMG!

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Heck Yes!

The UK premiere is in about an hour, so I'm going to have stay off the internet after that to avoid spoilers. I've done a good job staying unspoiled so far and it would suck to screw it up now.  However, I will be back afterward with a suitable Review/SQUEE Post.

But for now - we DANCE!

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30 Days of New Who: Day 23 - Something Epic

It's fitting that this one falls on the day that DOCTOR WHO SERIES 6 PREMIERES!! (omg - yay!) Right now, I can't think of anything more epic.

But for the meme's sake, I chose "Journey's End" - The Doctor and his many companions all piloting the TARDIS and towing the Earth back to where it belongs.

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Massive amounts of hugging ensues. Everyone is happy.

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I often pretend that this is where the episode ends (DAMN YOU, RUSSELL! *shakes fist*)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pre-Game Squee Post

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Thought you ought to know. ^_^

30 Days of New Who: Day 22 - Something Silly

From "Smith and Jones" -


The Doctor trying to get the excess radiation out of his left shoe - and later realizing he looks "daft with only one shoe."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 21 - Favorite Location

For those that know me, this may be uber-obvious and a little redundant - my favorite location is The Library from "Silence in the Library."


An ENTIRE PLANET that is nothing but books??? Where do I get me one of those? (preferably free of carnivorous microorganisms that hatch inside paper, of course)

Seriously, when I saw this:


And this:


I did this:

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 20 - Prettiest Scene

I'm still not quite over Elisabeth Sladen, though there are many wonderful tributes out there this morning.  However, as they said over at brb_gallifrey - We keep buggering on.  But know that Sarah Jane will never be forgotten.

Okay... deep breaths... Prettiest scene.  I've got two for this one. First is the shiiiiiny planet of Midnight. The little bit we get to see, anyway.


The second is New Earth - the first "alien" planet onscreen in the new series -

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

RIP Elisabeth Sladen - "No One is Ever Going to Forget You"

I didn't want to do this today ever!

Well, I guess everyone's heard by now - and it's been confirmed by official sources - that Elisabeth Sladen has passed away.

The first time I saw Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith was in "School Reunion" during Series 2 of "Doctor Who."  Like I said about the Fifth Doctor appearing in "Time Crash," I knew this was a special moment in spite of the fact that I hadn't seen any of the Classic series at that point.  I saw how special Sarah Jane was to the Doctor - indeed, how special she was to all Doctor Who fans (as I am writing this, "Elisabeth Sladen" and "Sarah Jane" are both trending worldwide on Twitter).  When Sarah Jane appeared in "The Stolen Earth," I was so thrilled because I'd enjoyed her in "School Reunion" and I wanted to find stories that featured her from Classic Who - and that turned into watching some of "The Sarah Jane Adventures" as well.  I also listened to some BBC radio documentaries about the start of new Doctor Who where she had provided narration.  She just always seemed like a very personable and kind lady - happy to be part of this beloved franchise and very receptive to the fans.  I also loved that she would take on the role again in a spin-off show meant for kids all these years later.  Sarah Jane's such a wonderful role model and that's due in no small part to Elisabeth Sladen's talent.

I haven't been watching "Doctor Who" or involved in the fandom as long as most people, but Elisabeth Sladen made a great impression on me and I'm going to miss her terribly.  I can only imagine how people who grew up watching her are feeling right now - if it's anything like what I'm feeling right now.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

Goodbye - my Sarah Jane.

30 Days of New Who: Day 19 - Favorite Ship

The TARDIS! (duh…)


Oh wait - you mean that other kind of ship. My bad.

I'm not really one for shipping, honestly. I usually just go with whatever's established in canon - that way I don't get eaten by the rabid-shipper-people (even then I'm not 100% safe). But I think that Sally Sparrow and Larry Nightingale from "Blink" are particularly adorable.


Wouldn't it have been cool to have Sally and Larry on board the TARDIS, though? Yet another instance of What Could Have Been (in my head, anyway).

Monday, April 18, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 18 - Favorite Amy Moment

"Raggedy Man - I remember you and you are LATE for my wedding!"
         - Amy Pond remembers the Doctor, thereby saving him from being completely erased from history by Michael Grade the Cracks in Time.

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This scene at the end of Series 5 had me jumping up and down like an excited little kid. It completely validates Amy Pond as a character and as a companion of the Doctor.

Put yourself in Amy's position for a minute - she met this silly, quirky, raggedy, awesome, strange man when his blue box crash landed in her backyard in the middle of the night. He disappears for 12 years - leaving little Amy to endure the disbelief and disdain of her family and friends at this story that she insists happened. All of a sudden, he shows up again and takes her off on fantastic adventures - only to be erased from history when things start getting a little rocky (yeah - end of the universe. It doesn't get much rockier than that).

But he leaves his story behind for the young girl - a story that she will carry with her all her life until her wedding day. Amy is now an adult - grown-up and expected to put away "childish things." But a mysterious blank book left by a mysterious woman triggers a stream of memories in Amy's mind. She then stands up (to the horror and embarrassment of her family and friends) and proclaims that there's someone missing. Someone so important - her very best friend - that should be at her wedding.

Anyone who has loved something so much in their childhood, only to have it taken away when they grow up (whether by parents or peers or society or BBC Executive Meddling) can relate to this moment. Even though I didn't experience the Wilderness Years of Doctor Who the way many fans did, I can understand having something you treasure - something you think is so very special - be criticized and derided by people who think they're above all that "childish crap." The moment when the TARDIS materializes is the biggest Take That moment for any kid - or kid-at-heart - who gets picked on because of what they're favorite TV show or movie or book might be.

What's even more fun about this is that Amy and Rory are now a married couple. They should be all "settled down" and mature, responsible adults. Yet, they still jump in the TARDIS for at least one more season of fabulous adventures with the Doctor (this also marks the first time for the new series we have the same Doctor and set of companions two seasons in a row. Given how awesome Amy and Rory are together, I could get used to this).

Happy Birthday, Ten!

April is certainly the month for awesome birthdays, isn't it?

Today is David Tennant's birthday! Otherwise known as the Tenth Doctor, Hamlet, Barty Crouch, Jr., a random voice in "How to Train Your Dragon" ... and I'm sure plenty of other things that I just don't know about.

In honor of the day - here's a tribute video to Ten that I made a while back:

And - for a random bit of coincidence - this catalog landed on my work desk a few days ago. Usually I just throw these catalogs away because they want boatloads of money for these classroom sets of DVDs and I could probably get them on Amazon for $20 - but I had to keep this one:

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Happy Birthday, David! And here's to many, many more!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

30 Days of new Who: Day 17 - Favorite Donna Moment

DONNA!! WHEE!! (I love Donna - but you all know that already)

From "The Fires of Pompeii:

The Doctor is used to saving everyone. Or at least, that's his goal: to save everyone. But sometimes, that just doesn't happen - for all of the Doctor's best intentions. So what does he do? If he can't save everyone, then might as well make sure everyone dies. Why not? He's a Time Lord - he's seen planets and galaxies die. He even witness the death of his own planet and his own people. What's one more insignificant city on a backwater planet?

But Donna is not having that. Not at all. Earlier in this episode, she asserts her own authority over the Doctor - simply by being a human. She thinks ought to have a say in what happens to people on her planet, even if those people died centuries before she was born.

That's not to say Donna is arrogant or smug about the situation.  Far from it, actually. Beyond being a human and caring what happens to people on her planet, Donna really gets the Doctor. She understands that he feels guilty about what happened to his own people. On one level, she even understands the Time Lord rules that he still follows, even with him being the only one. But she also believes that he can be better than all that, if only he would let himself move past the bad things he's witnessed and done - including how things with Rose and Martha ended. Donna doesn't want him to bury himself in his grief. She spends all of Series 4 bringing out the best in her friend - and this scene is really the beginning of that.

While "Partners in Crime" showcased how much fun Donna was as a companion, "The Fires of Pompeii" shows that there's more to her than being comic relief.  Donna keeps things in perspective for the Doctor.  Even if he can't save the whole town - he can save somebody.  That's a small victory, at least.

Heaven only knows how much help she would have been on Mars.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 16 - Favorite Martha Moment

From the Series 3 two-parter "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood."

This story is where Martha really shines. I don't think that any other companion could have dealt with this situation well as she did. She has to keep an eye on human!Doctor while the two of them hide out from the Family, make sure he doesn't wander off and get into trouble (or fall in love... heh heh).  But when the Doctor is finally needed, she's got to convince John Smith he's really the Doctor and not this crappy human personality as well as contend with the culture of the time period she's stuck in.  And she does it brilliantly.  This is one of my absolute favorite two-parters and a big reason is that Martha is so amazing in this story.

The Doctor says that he only takes the best and Martha certainly proves she deserves a spot on Team TARDIS.

Quick Note of Interest: We are now ONE WEEK away from the premiere of Series 6!  Thought you ought to know :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Quick Note of Thanks...

... to the boys from Traveling the Vortex for featuring my 30 Days of New Who meme on their blog!  I'm really glad they're enjoying it enough to give it a post on their site.  It just started out as something to pass the time until the new season of Doctor Who gets going (I will finish the meme after the premiere - don't worry), but it's nice to get some feedback and recognition from stuff you write.  We bloggers are kind of attention whores.

New Project - cj's bookshelf

Don't know why I didn't do this sooner.

I've had a blast doing these YAL Blog reviews for my Young Adult Literature class.  The semester's almost over *insert chorus of "Thank Goodness" from "Wicked" here* but I want to continue my reviewing adventures - if for my own personal amusement.  Thus, I announce the creation of cj's bookshelf.  It's basically the same as what I did for my reviews in this blog, but in a more... purposeful format.

So, if you've enjoyed the YAL Blog here, you'll enjoy it there.  Plus, I can have more fun with the bookshelf blog by itself and keep all the fangirly shenanigans here.

This is going to be fun ^_^

30 Days of New Who: Day 15 - Favorite Rose Moment

From "The Parting of the Ways" -

I love this scene for so many reasons. When I first started watching "Doctor Who," I was in a similar place in life as Rose was. I didn't have a job, I lived at home, I felt like I didn't have very much going for me, people around me were never very happy so that rubbed off on me and I was never very happy - and then I was introduced to this wonderful, fantastic, amazing person who did wonderful, fantastic, amazing things and shared his experiences with his friends. It was something I needed when everyone else around me was dripping with cynicism and negativity - it was something good and something to be happy about. And I felt like I could do something to change my own fortunes - or at least the things I was doing were going to lead me somewhere good eventually. Every time I watch "The Parting of the Ways" and see this scene, I think of that time in my life - how much the Doctor changed my life much the way he changed Rose's.

Also, Rose is just awesome in this scene. And it sets up fantastic things to come.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 14 - Favorite Doctor Moment

Hey - I actually found a video for this one! Whee!

from "The Eleventh Hour" -

Yes, you are. You are the Doctor. :3

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 13 - Favorite Era Visited by the Doctor

Even awesome birthday celebrations won't derail the 30 Days meme!  The next on the list is favorite era visited by the Doctor.  As an English major, I am obligated to say Elizabethan England in "The Shakespeare Code" (okay, I'm not really obligated - I actually wanted to say that).

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The Globe Theatre! THE GLOBE THEATRE!  The fact that the production crew actually went to the Globe Theatre to film parts of this episode makes my heart squeal with glee. Not to mention the fact that this episode explored the mystery of Shakespeare's lost play "Love's Labour's Won" - and all the Shakespeare-title drops in the dialogue. Plus, Dean Lennox Kelley is an fabulous William Shakespeare (haters, kindly locate the closest exit. Most likely near your left).

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(oh, and love the gratuitous references to "Harry Potter" - but this is supposed to be about the era this story is set in).

For a supposedly "low-budget" science fiction TV show (hee hee - air quotes), they did a wonderful job of depicting Shakespeare's time and setting the tone for the entire story and it's fairly accurate (as far as I can tell, at least). I even showed this to the kids in the English class I assistant-teach when we did our Shakespeare unit and they got a lot out of it, which is a testament to how important Shakespeare is and how much his work has permeated our modern culture. This is definitely my favorite historical "Doctor Who" episode.

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Happy Birthday, Fivey!

I've just been made aware (thanks to the Whoniversaries feature at Doctor Who LJ comm) that today is Peter Davison's birthday!

I can't let this go unnoticed, can I?


Awesome Fivey fan vid #1 -

Awesome Fivey fan vid #2 -

Video from Gallifrey 22. Just because.

Many happy returns, Peter - and thanks for being such a fantastic Doctor!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 12 - Scene/Moment That Makes You Giggle

The mime scene in "Partners in Crime."

Mime - Donna? Doctor?

Donna - OMG

Doctor - What the hell?

Donna - YOU!

Doctor - I can see that

(Pretty much all of PiC is one big giggle-snort after another.)

Monday, April 11, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 11 - Scene/Moment That Makes You Cry

Oh goodness - for an emotional basket-case like me, there are a lot. But the real cracker is from "The Waters of Mars" - the first time the Doctor tries to leave Bowie Base One. Water floods the base and you can hear the crew of the base screaming and panicking and the Doctor just keeps walking away.

(Note: I tried to find this clip on YouTube, but I couldn't find anything and my computer decided not to let me upload it myself. But I found this video, which is just as heartwrenching as anything. Spoiler warning for all of Tennant's era - plus there's a short bit from the Paul McGann audio "Neverland" that makes perfect sense in this context).

What makes me just sob is not so much what's happening on screen. What got me the first time I saw this episode is that the Doctor could very well save these people - and he even wants to. But because of fixed points in time and all that guff, he can't. The only thing I could think of what how horribly NOT FAIR this was. Of course, the Doctor turns back and does save Captain Adelaide, Yuri and Mia - but his good intentions backfire in a big way. And I am horrified by the fact that the Doctor is saving them (and I feel terrible for wishing the Doctor could save them. Bad fan! No soup for you!). The realization that the Doctor's gone too far - even though I wanted for him to save someone - will ultimately be what kills him in the end (at least, for the 10th incarnation).

Sunday, April 10, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 10 - Favorite Scene/Moment

There is no possible way I can pin down just one scene, so I had to pick a whole episode (albeit a seven minute one - but it still counts as an episode!)

When I first watched "Time Crash," I knew absolutely NOTHING about the Classic Series at all. I had seen pictures and fan art of the Classic Doctors, but I'd never seen any episodes. I was far from having a favorite Classic Doctor and I certainly could not remember all the names of the actors who had played the Doctor in the past. The most I knew was that a lot of people liked the Doctor with the scarf, but that was it.

Bearing all this in mind, when I watched this short episode and saw Ten bump into Five as they walked around the TARDIS console and the ensuing "What? What? WHAT?!" exchange, I knew IMMEDIATELY that this was going to be something special.  Don't ask me why - I just knew. There are some dang funny lines in there - probably more than most regular episodes of "Doctor Who" (and they say Steven Moffat's main talent is writing scary stories) and it is just so much FUN! I am curious, though - when did the TARDIS have a leopard skin theme? (Noodle Incident, perhaps?  If anyone can enlighten me on this, I'd appreciate it)

But the best part is the at the end with Ten's monologue to Five how he loved being Five and how awesome Five was (of course, this is fanboy!David Tennant - and, by extension, fanboy!Steven Moffat - speaking to Peter Davison, who is just awesome in his own right).  When Ten said to Five "You were my Doctor," I really wanted to seek out episodes from the Fifth Doctor's time - Ten is my Doctor, so how cool would it be to watch your Doctor's Doctor? Plus, the mere fact an actor who played the Doctor way back when would come back and reprise the role briefly for the new series - that was endearing to me and that's part of why Peter Davison is my favorite of the Classic Doctors.

Also, speaking of brainy specs, this is a picture of me when I was three years old wearing glasses that I didn't need, but I wanted to wear them because I thought they made me look smart (they didn't have lenses in them)

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(If that isn't proof that I was destined for geekdom greatness, I don't know what is).

Saturday, April 9, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 9 - Least Favorite Episode

"Love and Monsters." See Day 6 for reasons why. Moving on.

(Good thing this one came up on my class weekend when I don't have a lot of time to spend on it ^_^)

Friday, April 8, 2011

30 Days of New Who: Day 8: Favorite Series/Season

(I suppose I should have been putting SPOILER warnings on these posts - just in case someone hasn't seen everything and they want to. So - THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SERIES 4!!)

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Aside from it featuring my favorite New Who companion, none of the episodes in this season are what I would consider "turkeys."  Up until this point, all seasons of New Who had at least one episode that just didn't live up to the show's potential, but all of the stories in Series 4 are fantastic and wonderful and I can find very little to complain about them (probably the one I like the least is "Planet of the Ood," but that is nowhere near the worst of anything Doctor Who has produced).


Oh - and Series 4 gave us this extremely useful gem, which I shall now use to sound the alert for Series 4 Finale spoilers:

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And I love the season finale where all the Doctor's former companions come together to pilot the TARDIS and tow the Earth back home. The music there is gorgeous (MURRAY GOLD FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSE!) and it's great to see everyone so happy and joyful and everything's so ~*pretty*~

30 Days of New Who: Day 7 - Favorite Episode

(Note: I missed putting this one up yesterday because I was away from the internet. So, you all get TWO "30DoNW" posts! Lucky Everyone!)

I have to choose two for this - "Partners in Crime" and "The Eleventh Hour." If you end up watching these right after the preceding seasons and specials, both of these come off such emotionally wrenching stories and it's a good time to have some lighthearted fun and remember that, yes, Doctor Who can actually be an uplifting show.

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In "Partners in Crime," Donna gets reintroduced which is probably the best possible thing for the Doctor at this point in his story - he's feeling guilty about how things went down with Martha and that little thing with Astrid (still wondering what was going on with that one). Who better to make things okay again than the enthusiastic, determined and hilarious Donna Noble?

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"The Eleventh Hour" has the Doctor newly regenerated and everyone (including the audience) has been through the emotional meat grinder from "The Waters of Mars" to "The End of Time." It's about time we got back to the fun of saving the universe in twenty minutes or less (or it's free). Plus, we FINALLY get to have a happy ending (hooray!) and it's the beginning of a new season of "Doctor Who." This can never be a bad thing.