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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Promoting Philip Sandifer

Hey, folks. I'm a big fan of analyzing Who, almost as big a fan of it as I am on the show itself, and few people do it better than Philip Sandifer of TARDIS Eruditorum. His blog is about placing the entire show into a historical context and seeing how it was influenced by attitudes of the times, discussing how the show reflects world politics as well as popular and internal opinion on the show itself. ("It's astonishing how many Robert Holmes scripts make sense if you hypothesize them as deliberate insults," he quips, just as an example.) He manages to acknowledge the inherent brokenness of Who's continuity while still arguing that many things make sense on a thematic rather than logical level, and in that sense he's a big believer in symbolism with regards to the power of storytelling. All this can make him come off as a bit pompous, but he manages to keep a level head and a cool wit that makes his approach not only insightful but an absolute joy to read.

I mention him here now because tomorrow, he'll have finally written on every story of the classic era and about as much on the expanded universe as he can stand, and will begin talking about the Russel T. Davies run that started in 2005--which, I know, is the bit most people care about. So, while I advise you to read his older stuff, I'll just be glad if you read him at all. I for one am looking forward to what he has to say, and I hope all of you do too.

Book Review: Summer Falls by Amelia Williams

I think we all know that Amelia Williams
didn't actually write this book. The name
of the real-world author is James Goss.
But that doesn't mean that when you read
it it isn't in Amy's voice.
Firstly, the overall quality of the book:
I read the book on my Kindle, (and I believe that that is the only format that it is avalable on for now) so I'm not sure how many pages it has. For those of you who speak Kindlese, it has 1,004 locations. It took me less than two hours to read, so it's pretty quick, although I've always been a fast reader. I found the language rather passive, but I think that may have been done on purpose to go along with the quaintness of the town. Most of the words used in it are relatively basic, although I found myself using the dictionary function two or three times. The book is appropriate for anyone--if I had kids, I would read it to them.

General Plot:
It's the 1950s Kate's just moved to Watchcombe, a sleepy destination town in the English countryside. A week before school is to start, a grey cat leads her into the yard of the Curator of the local museum, a strange man who "loves a little shoppe." It's not long after that that Kate intercepts a strange old painting of two people on a beach, one holding a key and the other a ring, from being donated to orphans in Africa. She brings the piece to the Curator, and the adventure of a lifetime ensues.

Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (James Goss) is avalable here
If you don't have a Kindle, the app can be downloaded to Mac, PC, Android, and iPod/iPad/iPhone for free.

An Adventure in Space and Time

To be novelized as Doctor Who vs. the Cameramen.
Oh man oh man oh many you guys I can't wait for this I want it to air so badly YOU HAVE NO IDEA YOU GUYS

I mean, I'm a sucker for origin stories AND behind-the-scenes trivia, so this thing is like a gold mine for me. Plus, Marco Polo playing Donald Baverstock. MARCO POLO PLAYING DONALD BAVERSTOCK.

I mean, what more could you want?

Okay, I should calm down. For those not in the know, An Adventure in Space and Time is a docudrama (a term which here means "film based on a true story but truer than that usually implies") about the William Hartnell years of Doctor Who, and more specifically about the show's origins. It's been written by Mark Gatiss, who you know for writing "Victory of the Daleks" and "Cold War", so I've got pretty high hopes for this.

Other reasons I'm excited:
IT'S ALL JUST SO PERFECT

I CAN'T WAIT

I'M GOING TO CRYOGENICALLY FREEZE MYSELF UNTIL THIS THING AIRS

BYE NOW

Monday, 29 April 2013

"The Doctor's Wife" 6x4

Original Air Date: 14 May 2010

Oh, look, an Ood!

We just got a letter glowing box,
We just got a letter glowing box,
We just got a letter glowing box!
I wonder who it's from?

Sorry. Blue's Clues was my childhood.

Uncle's voice sounds like Craig Fergeuson's German accent.
OH MY GOD. The Timelords were all like: "I don't know where I am." They're in the internet!
Okay, so in An Adventure in Space and Time, he better stroke the console and say "you are the most beautiful think I have ever known." Or I will be rather cross.
Yes, he pushes to open, BUT what the sign is referring to the cover on the phone thingie >.<#
Oh, look. Rory died again.
How did those Ood tentacles feel? Are they all smimey.
It's the DT (and Eccleston) console. I literally waved my hands in fangasm. Which is now deleted :(
IDRIS: Doctor, are you there? It's so very dark in here.
DOCTOR: I'm here.
IDRIS: I've been looking for a word. A big, complicated word, but so sad. I've found it now.
DOCTOR: What word?
IDRIS: Alive. I'm alive.
DOCTOR: Alive isn't sad.
IDRIS: It's sad when it's over. I'll always be here, but this is when we talked, and now even that has come to an end. There's something I didn't get to say to you.
DOCTOR: Goodbye?
IDRIS: No. I just wanted to say hello. Hello, Doctor. It's so very, very nice to meet you.
DOCTOR: Please. I don't want you to. Please.
Remember--the only water in the forest is the river.




What do You Call a Time Lord who can Cook?

A Thyme Lord.

"The Curse of the Black Spot" 6x3

Original Air Date: 7 May 2011

Okay, I really hate this whole "when I was a little girl, I had an imaginary friend" opening. It's stupid and annoying. You, Amy Pond, are kinda like Harriet Jones: we all know who you are.
Rory. What are you on? More importantly, where did you get it from? We established that the Doctor is not a dealer...Amy...?
AMY you're doing the CPR wrong! You have to hold his nose closed! Doctor, you're a doctor, how can you not know that!?

"The Lodger" 5x11

Original Air Date: 12 June 2010

I wonder where the Doctor slept that one night before moving in with Craig....
The Vincent van Gogh flyer on the fridge...
Love you too, Doctor.
Doctor, what is in your ear? You know things like that are all Cyber Earpods.
That omlet he's making looks really good...be right back.
Back. And with eggs according to what the Doctor put in, plus what I read in an article for Omelette Fines Herbes: Ham, Pepper, Mayo, and Cheese from the Doctor, and tarragon and basil.
It's really good.
The Doctor said "fondle"...
Yes, Sophie, the Doctor is a dealer.
Wow, I think my 13 1/2 year old brother has more body hair than Matt Smith.
The jersey number is 11!
Did you know, that, had Matt Smith not suffered a back injury, he could have become a pro football/soccer player?
Did any one else half expect the door to be like "are you my mummy?" right after the football/soccer game?
That was a really good omelette.
I shall recruit a spy!!!
What's that rotating strainer?
This Eleventh Doctor's quite the linguist. Talking cat.
The stain on the ceiling is people...ew.



History Repeats Itself: Doctor Who and the Silurians vs. "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood"

Hey folks, Seth again with the first in what will likely be a series of posts comparing old-series serials to their modern descendants. The series proper has never outright remade stories, per say, but they occasionally come near enough as make no odds.

Before and after L'oreal's new facial cream.

In 1970, the Third Doctor and UNIT investigate odd power disturbances at a new atomic power plant, where it turns out ancient creatures called Silurians are leaking energy in order to resurrect their frozen ranks and reclaim the Earth in the infuriatingly titled Doctor Who and the Silurians.

In 2010, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory investigate odd power disturbances at a new drilling site, where it turns out ancient creatures called Homo reptilia are leaking energy in order to prevent their colony from being dug into, and have decided to resurrect their frozen ranks and reclaim the Earth in the kinda stupidly titled "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood".

The differences go far beyond the superficial: in both cases, the elder Silurian leader is one of the few voices of reason, while it's some militant upstarts that decide to mutiny and wipe out us apes. In both cases, we're brought to the brink of war because the Silurians feel entitled and strike first, and the humans see retaliation as the only option. In both cases, hostilities early on breed resentment on both sides that makes brokering peace difficult.  In both cases, negotiation sessions come to the conclusion that Silurian tech could benefit Earth and that our lizard brethren would be just fine living in the Sahara. And, perhaps most importantly, both stories end with the Doctor putting the Silurians back in cryogenic freezing to negotiate peace later--though here, there are crucial differences that'll need to be addressed.

While things play out largely the same way both times, it's far easier to see where the humans in the 2010 version are coming from. UNIT ultimately fights the Silurians for reasons of world security, without even trying to negotiate with them, whereas here the Silurians make things personal and emotions get heated. It's a small difference, but it makes the humans much more sympathetic. They're not being bullheaded, they're being vulnerable.

The 2010 version also makes the Silurians much more sympathetic. In Doctor Who and the Silurians, the Elder Leader was sympathetic, but the rest of the Silurians were just straight-up species-ist dickweeds with no redeeming features and no reason to sympathize with them. The addition of the physician helps with that immensely, and even the human-hating Silurians have humanizing characteristics in their familial connections.

And then, of course, there's the ending. Three refreezes the Silurians so that they'll wake up one at a time, and can be reasoned with one-on-one without fear of war breaking out. Eleven pins the blame solely on the humans, and decides to reawaken all of Siluria at once in the future so that humanity has time to get ready. You can debate which approach works better, but ultimately we'll never know--the Brigadier blows up the old Silurians in the end, not trusting Three's insistence that negotiation is possible. (Ultimately, Three forgives him for this surprisingly quickly, but he kinda had to or the premise of his era breaks down. It's a memorable ending, but one that only works if you pretend this serial exists in a vacuum.)

Now, that's not to say Doctor Who and the Silurians is all bad. It does have one major, solid advantage over its successor, which is that the 1970 Silurians are legitimately alien and freaky and slightly unknowable. They don't look like us, they don't sound like us, they have powers we don't. Which makes it very powerful and very meaningful that the Doctor almost immediately accepts them as a sentient race worthy of respect in a way that no one else really does. In "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood", the Silurians are much easier to connect to, with their human faces and normal voices. There's very little of the outsider in there, which makes it seem like the humans that accept them now when they didn't before because they're suddenly palatable.

Neither is bad, per say, but I think the new series is the clear winner this round, with its stronger characterization and more natural flow of storytelling. It also manages to be, despite all the human-bashing, much less cynical than its predecessor, if only because no one here is a complete jerkwad.

Still, I'd check out Doctor Who and the Silurians. It's a good example of the dynamic between the Brigadier and Three (if you ignore the genocide) and worth it for the unique (and kinda silly) Silurian designs of the era. (Seriously. They have lasers in their heads that can rebuild walls. It's great.)

Doctor Who and the Silurians is available on DVD, with a commentary from almost the entire cast plus the showrunners; a documentary on the political climates of the time that shaped the story, a look at the (seriously bombastic and kinda irritating) soundtrack, and a making-of documentary, amongst other neat things.

"The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood" is available on DVD with Series 5, with commentaries, a look at the monsters, and other neat things. 

And, of course, Ley has her own take on "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood" here

"Vincent and the Doctor" 5x10

Original Air Date: 5 June 2010

Oh, look! DW's turned into a documentary on wheat!
Well, look around. Art. It seems to me there's so much more to the world than the average eye is allowed to see. I believe, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could ever have dreamed of. It's colour. Colour that holds the key. I can hear the colours. Listen to them. Every time I step outside, I feel nature is shouting at me. Come on. Come and get me. Come on. Come on! Capture my mystery! 
-Vincent
Oh hai dere rabid giant chicken.
Ah, addressing the sensitive topic of suicide.
This guy's accent sounds a bit more Irish than Dutch.
Is this how time usually passes? Really slowly...in the right order....?
Oh, the Doctor in a confession box...that would be funny.
This episode is just so tragically beautiful....

"The Hungry Earth" 5x8 and "Cold Blood" 5x9

Original Air Dates: 22 May 2010 and 29 May 2010

They're reading The Gruffalo!
Yeah, stick your hand in the huge mysterious hole in the ground. That's safe.
They can't come back to see themselves....the feels....

I, personally, really don't like these episodes. It would be better if it was just one episode. It's hard to tolerate it for a while. And, sure the Silurians do make appearances in the future, but they're not that important. I'm sure they could have made it into one episode.

That sting doesn't look good, Mister. You should really get a Doctor to check that out.
~~~~
Did you catch the refence to Five's celery and its Time Lord stablization proprities?
....did you just kill her with a stun gun?
Aaaand Rory's gone.
WAIT. How can River Song have been at the Pandorica if her father got erased from history?



"Amy's Choice" 5x7

Original Air Date 15 May 2010

Love how Rory walks into the flower.
No, Doctor, I'm not pregnant. I legitimately swallowed a planet.
That awkward moment where the Doctor implies that Amy has a history of self-harm....
And Amy checks for Rory's ponytail.
Well that took long enough to get to the Theme Music!
You threw the manual in a supernova!?
Let's go and poke it with a stick!
Bow ties are NOT cool!
Did he just say that sofas can read? I checked the transcripts I refer to, and yeah, he did.
They said the title!
You do have a history....of being very lovely.
Did you know that Karen Gillian is like 6 feet tall?
Psychic pollen....so were they all like on a trip?
Well this is all dark....
They said the title....again!

"The Waters of Mars" 4x16

Original Air Date: 15 November 2009

What is scary in this one isn't those water monsters. It's the Doctor.
Ten in the space suit! Squee!
The Doctor...Doctor...FUN!
I hate carrots.
Adelaide was born the same year as my brother. It's strange to think of him as 60.
If you really should go, Doctor, then I suggest you LEAVE.
DOCTOR: I've read all that stuff about you, Captain Adelaide. But one thing they never said. Was it worth it, the mission?
ADELAIDE: We've got excellent results from the soil analysis.
DOCTOR: No, but all of it. Because they say you sacrificed everything. Devoted your whole life to get here.
ADELAIDE: It's been chaos back home. Forty long years. The climate, the ozone, the oil apocalypse. We almost reached extinction. Then to fly above that, to stand on a world with no smoke, where the only straight line is the sunlight? Yes. It's worth it.

Okay, Mr. Time Lord Victorious, please calm down. You're scaring us all.

I knew she was gonna do it. Kill herself, that is. It was almost the only thing she could do to get things right.
Yes, yes you have gone too far.

Oh hai dere, Ood Sigma.

And that's a wrap on the Tenth Doctor for now. I'll be revisiting "The End of Time" later.

"The Next Doctor" 4x15

Original Air Date: 25 Dec 2008


I love his smile in the very begenning!
Allons-Y!
Ohhh, the companion's Rosita...like Rose. Didn't catch that the first time round.
That cyberman's head exploded!
Tethered Areal Release Developed in Style--that's why we're TARIStyle!
One thing cybermen do not have? Stealth.




Saturday, 27 April 2013

Hey, I'm Seth. (and The Regenerations Box Set)

Hey folks. This is Seth, and I'm gonna be chipping in here and there, probably mostly talking about classic Who. Not that the new series isn't something I like, but Ley's already doing such a good job doing that.


Ah, yes, the black and white Tom Baker era
and its infamous sepia-toned scarf.
So let's start by talking about the Regenerations Box Set that was announced recently, and coming out in June. It's not so much a box set as it is a coffee-table book that happens to contain DVDs, being touted as containing "superb photography from across the era and features detailed and informative accounts of every regeneration", which is to say screencaps from episodes and behind-the-scenes minutia anyone interested in this probably already knows. There's no mention of how new any of this content is, which is odd. I'd think that'd be a selling point. As it is most trivia worth pouring over is already on featurettes in the individual releases these serials got.

The set itself contains all the swan-song regeneration episodes, which is to sayyou get to see each Doctor's life end. (The only exceptions are for 6 and 7, because neither of their final serials contain the regeneration. This is the only reason Paul McGann is in the set at all.) I'm not entirely sure why you wouldn't want both ends, and it seems odd to release a collection of finales rather than a collection of premieres. (Well, mostly finales, as mentioned.) It also means that Matt Smith is here for about two minutes, and it seems odd that they would go the route that would mean ommitting a Doctor with a fairly big fanbase.

So, now that I'm done whining about the gimmick, let's get down to the actual contents. What serials is this thing giving us? For one thing, we'll be getting The Tenth Planet, complete with an animated reconstruction of the final episode, preempting its individual release later this fall. No doubt some die-hards will want this set just so that they can get this well in advance of everyone else. Me? Well, I'm not overly fond of it. Due to health issues William Hartnell isn't even in most of it. It's a decent story but an exceedingly (and unavoidably) poor send-off.

In addition to that, we'll be getting some of my favorites--The War Games, Planet of the Spiders, and The Caves of Androzani, in addition to a variety of others that range from "meh" to "why would I spend a dime on that crap"? And the thing is, these are all available individually. Why would I pay $70 for three serials that I could get for...oh. Huh. The War Games alone is $50.

I mean, in fairness, The War Games is also a three-disc set studded with bonus features--including, cough cough, a documentary on regeneration--but I suppose if you're fond of most of the stories in the Regenerations set and don't care a lot about extras, than that might be the one for you. As near as I can tell, the book is the only extra here (made exceedingly likely be the presence of only five discs.) So, yeah. If you really just want info on this one topic, and don't mind getting a little crap mixed with the series highlights, this might be worth your money. Go for it.

I'd probably wait if you just want The Tenth Planet, though. I can't see it costing more than $25.

You can find Seth's Tumblr here. He reblogs a lot of Doctor Who stuff. You should follow him.

Doctor Who: Regenerations Box Set will be available June 10th in the UK and can be pre-ordered here.

Moffat on "The Name of the Doctor"

Steven Moffat on Doctor Who series 7 finale:
Q: What can you tell us about the finale? 
SM: It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctors greatest secret. We’re not pretending, we’re not kidding, it’s actually going to happen. The episode is called "The Name of the Doctor" and involves our hero in a conflict that is very, very personal to him. Usually he’s saving other people, but this time he might be the one who needs to be saved. We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far, and one that will change the Who forever!
course of
To the dismay of many fans, its seems we may actually learn the name of the Doctor. I think the biggest problem I have with this is that there isn't a name that could do it justice. Part of his anonymity is what I really like about the show. In a way, it gives us the message that he can really be anyone, and that you don't have to be an alien to be able to save the world. Thoughts?

"Hide" and "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"

Hide

"Hide" was a bit boring. It may be because I have ADHD (legitimately), or that it just wasn't amazing. It definitely had some high stakes, I'll give it that, and some very interesting dropped hints as to the social plot in the scene where Clara and Emma Grayling (the psychic) have a drink together. Wiskey is the eleventh most disgusting thing ever invented! (I wouldn't know). I was a bit confused--was Hilda supposed to be in love with that monster that looked like Voldemort mated with a Racnoss? I found that Neil Cross' writing was much better than it was in his last episode, which was "Rings of Akhatan". The refrence to Metebelis III was nice ("The Green Death", "Planet of the Spiders") Some people thought that the genre crossover into horror was a bit far-flung and strange, but I think we can all agree that David Tennant pulled off the orange space suit much better than Matt Smith.

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

I was seriously enthralled by "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS". As well as being absolutely horrifying at some parts, it was extremely high-stakes, threatening to kill Clara again. I have a friend who will be very disappointed that it doesn't feature the wardrobe room. I thought we would see more of the TARDIS, as I'm sure most people did, but it did feature parts of it that I hadn't even thought of, like the library. By far, I think this episode was the best in the season thus far, rivalling "The Angels take Manhattan". The plot was clear and easy to follow, although complex; it was explained well. It featured many emotions and evoked many emotions. Each of the actors were showcased very well. Don't you wish more things had a big friendly button?

Happy Birthday, Jenna Coleman!

That's right, as far as today goes, it's a twofer in whovian birthdays! Not only does Russell T Davies celibrate his 50th today, but JLC is 27 years old today! As we all know, Jenna plays the enigmatic Clara on the show. She is also well-known for Jasmine Thomas in the British soap opera Emmerdale.

Happy Birthday, Russell T. Davies!

Russell T Davies celebrates his 50th birthday today. He is largely responsible for the return of Doctor Who in 2005. His pitch included a Doctor who was "your best friend; someone you want to be with all the time", the nineteen-year-old Rose Tyler as a "perfect match" for the new Doctor, avoidance of the forty-year back story "except for the good bits", the retention of the TARDIS, sonic screwdriver, and Daleks, removal of the Time Lords, and a greater focus on humanity. Read more on his involvement in the show here.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

"Turn Left" 4x11

Original Air Date: 21 June 2008

I almost hate this episode enough to not want to watch it again. I hate it because it is what would be without the Doctor!
Always go left....
I think they make that bug thing in like a backpack-y thing.
Did you pick up on that in "Fires of Pompeii," Lucius Petrus Dextrus said to Donna that there was something on her back?
This episode is invalid. Timelords have respatory bypass and therefore cannot drown.
The person in the stretcher wasn't DT. DT doesn't even know who it was.
Well, isn't that wizard?!
Is that like a sequel?
And Rose literally just disappears.
Its playing with Donna's hair!
It's more in a state of temporal grace than flux....
This...is to combat dehydration.
The music from this episode is particularly awesome. The released ones are: Turn Left, A Dazzling End, and The Rueful Fate of Donna Noble.
And the Doctor's all like...IZ MAH ROSE!



"Midnight" 4x8

Original Air Date: 14 June 2008

Can you spell sensory overload?
The Lost Moon of Poosh!
This professor guy is a loser.
Did you see Rose? She was on the TV screen! Yelling "Doctor" like in "Idiot's Lantern"?
Shamble bobble dibble dooble.
This whole episode is almost very Salem Witch Trials-y.
I guess humans can be the scariest of all.

"The Doctor's Daughter" 4x6

Original Air Date: 10 May 2008

You are completely impossible! It's not impossible, it's just unlikely.
What, Martha? Like you swallowed a hamster????
Look, David, It's your future wife!
Aww yay! Martha's OK!
Messaline? Isn't that a type of lettuce?
Pet the Martha....pet.
Technically, I don't have time for this. I might use that.
Anyone else tear up when we found out she had two hearts?
Did ya notice that here is the first time we hear some of  "This is Gallifrey, Our Childhood, Our Home"?, when he's talking about how being a Time Lord is a sum of knowledge, a code, a shared history, a shared suffering.
Look! A little mouse!
What's a Time Lord for?
The Hath has gills...can't it like swim in that stuff?
I almost cried when he died...
There in the terraforming room....I know what's coming....the feels! Did you know that terraforming is a real concept?
In all of my re watching of DW, I have never as anywhere near the same emotional responce as I did as the first time...except for this. I guess it just goes to show how good of a job DT did in the scene.
We need to see Jenny again!

Time Lord/Weeping Angel Theory

SO, here is one theory about the Weeping Angels.
Remember in "End of Time", there was that woman who was ment to be the Doctor's mother?
<---her?

Well, then you probably remember how she had her eyes covered like a Weeping Angel.

Here is the cool theory I found:
"I heard that the reason they made her put her hands like that was a Timelord form of disgrace. And that she was stuck in limbo forever, until her and the other disgraced Timelords became the first weeping angels. Monsters forced into feeding of time energy, as it used to run through their veins. Now their veins were stone they need to get it other ways."
-RiverTheDetective on tumblr 

If you can navigate around that grammatical train wreck, good for you.
It makes sense. Pretty much right after we see her face, the Doctor sends them through the Untempered Schism back to Gallifrey during the Last Great Time War. No one ever said that they made it back or what happened once they got there. This theory would say that they were thrown to the dawn of the universe and evolved into the angels.
What do you think?
Comment!

"The Poison Sky" 4x5

Original Air Date: 3 May 2008

Are you my mummy?
That awkward moment when you watch yourself die.
Aaaand everything's okay again.
He's so willing to die. If I hadn't been like that, I'd find it disturbing.
Congrats Luke. You got the world into that mess, good for you for getting it out.
If you could go with the doctor, if you really could, would you? I would.
Wot! Wot!? WOT?!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

"The Sontaran Stratagem" 4x4

Original Air Date: 26 April 2008

You hug him and you get a paper cut. I say that about my brother all the time. Why can't I have that part of his genetics?
Oh hai, UNIT.
Yes. That's exactly what he did to her. He turned her into a soldier.
I have a cup of tea...a really good cup of tea.
This is a specifically good episode.
Mah leg!
Ermahgeherd we're fighting Mr. Potato Head!
"A hothouse for geniuses. I wouldn't mind going. I get lonely." Can I come?
Advance the conquest. Oh, men and their conquests.
More tea!
The place where Donna lives looks so nice. I would live there!
The whole scene in Rattigan Academy is great-it's kinda all like "talk nerdy to me!"
Intruda window!
The lasts of the Time Lords will not die at the hands of the Sontaran Empire in the ruins of his prescious Earth!
OooOOOhhh battle status one.
Sontar-ha!

"Planet of the Ood" 4x3

Original Air Date: 19 April 2008

Have a nice day!
NO, Donna you did not just insult the TARDIS.
I miss the Ood. They should bring back the Ood. They best be at Trenzalore.
Ooh, Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire.
Hi Ood Sigma!
Who else thought of this?
I wonder what a baby Ood looks like.
Hear the Songs of Captivity and Freedom here.
My brother had a fish named Red Eye once.

"Partners in Crime" 4x1

Original Air Date: 5 April 2008

Who else thought that the Doctor and Donna were already working together?
I've met cat people. You're nothing like them.
Look! That taxi has ATMOS!
I love how Donna is such a teenager even though she's like 35ish. Parents who yell at her, hard time getting a job, spunky. I think I like her the best.
Aww, the Doctor stars talking about his findings and looks up and no one is there to listen to him :(
Why'd they shoot the door? I mean I know it was locked but like, don't they have a key?
You caught that puppy!
They said the title!
I wonder what an adult Adipose looks like.
Yes, Donna. You are waiving at fat.


DOCTOR: I just want a mate.
DONNA: You just want to mate?
DOCTOR: I just want a mate!
DONNA: You're not mating with me, sunshine!
DOCTOR: A mate. I want a mate.
DONNA: Well, just as well, because I'm not having any of that nonsense. I mean, you're just a long streak of nothing. You know, alien nothing.
DOCTOR: There we are, then. Okay.

Iz Rose.


"Voyage of the Damned" 4x0

Original Air Date: 25 December 2007

Wot? Wot!? WOT?!
Did you see the Union Flag throw pillow? Like the one in Sherlock?
New theme! Yay! I like this one a lot. It's all rockin' and such.
You know, Astrid is an anagram for TARDIS?
I should report you, but instead, I'll get you a drink.
That was not a buffalo wing. Buffalo wings have a sauce in them. My dad went to college in Buffalo, NY, where they invented the buffalo wing. So I know buffalo wings, and that was not a buffalo wing.
To repeat, I am Mister Copper, the ship's historian, and I shall be taking you to old London town in the country of UK, ruled over by good King Wenceslas. Now, human beings worship the great god Santa, a creature with fearsome claws, and his wife Mary. And every Christmas Eve, the people of UK go to war with the country of Turkey. They then eat the Turkey people for Christmas dinner like savages.... Now, spending money. I have a credit card in Earth currency if you want to by trinkets, or stockings, or the local delicacy, which is known as beef. But don't stray too far, it could be dangerous. Any day now they start boxing.
Possibly one of the best lines...

ITS WILF!
DOCTOR: Okay, okay. Shush, shush, shush, shush, shush. First things first. One. We are going to climb through this ship. B. No. Two. We're going to reach the bridge. Three. Or C. We're going to save the Titanic. And, coming in a very low four, or D, or that little iv in brackets they use in footnotes, why. Right then, follow me.
SLADE: Hang on a minute. Who put you in charge and who the hell are you anyway?
DOCTOR: I'm the Doctor. I'm a Time Lord. I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I'm nine hundred and three years old and I'm the man who's going to save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?
SLADE: No.
DOCTOR: In that case, allons-y!
They could have like....Space Dowton Abbey.
Things are gettin' intense....time to take off the bow tie!
Bannakaffalata...dead.
Always be very afreaid of women with forklifts.
ALLONS-Y, ALLOSNO!
You're not falling...you're flying. Nah, you're falling with style.
Nope...only Britain is Great.
50,000,056 credits=1,000,000 credits. Good to know.

Can anyone else not help but smile when you hear the TARDIS dematerialize?

Happy Impossible Astronaut Day!

Monday, 22 April 2013

"42"

Original Air Date: 19 May 2007

Who else things that this entire episode is a LOT like "Impossible Planet"/"Satan Pit".
Ha. Here comes the sun....
This crew, and this ship, reminds me a lot of the crew of Serenity from Firefly. Anyone else?
Tennant in the space suit! Matt Smith just doesn't look as good in it.
The period of time when the Doctor has the Sun living in him, I think it shows how good of an actor David Tennant really is. In intense moments like that, it is so easy to over act and then you can see that the actor is acting, but with David here, you can't, it really does seem like he is actually in legitimate pain. He really makes you believe this moment.
Yay! They did it!
It was nice...not dying with you.

Remember, kids: Always scan for life!

"The Lazarus Experiment"

Original Air Date: 5 May 2007

Doctor! Don't touch ladies' underwear!
Both my brother and dad, with whom I am watching this with for the first time, were like: "They're just leaving her there!"
If you could be immortal, would you do it? Really, would you do it? I would.
The actress who plays Lazarus' wife looks like Maggie Smith. I know she's not, obviously.
Maggie Smith would make a good Doctor.
Tish stop flirting with him she's like three times your age
Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It's not the time that matters, it's the person. But if it's the right person, what a gift that would be or what a curse.

"Evolution of the Daleks"

Original Air Date: 28 April 2007

Gossiping Daleks...#YouKnowItsBadWhen
OOH LOOK, a Dalek. Sing in Latin!
You told us to imagine! And we imagined your irrelevance.
Pig slaves: they take the elevator just like the rest of us.
He said Allons-Y!
My brother goes...."And that's how the Mafia started."
So....are they Dalek-Human-TimeLord hybrids?!
Oh, Tallulah with three Ls and an H, just you watch me. What do I need? Oh, I don't know. How about a great big genetic laboratory? Oh look, I've got one. Laszlo, just you hold on. There's been too many deaths today. Way too many people have died. Brand new creatures and wise old men and age old enemies. And I'm telling you, I'm telling you right now, I am not having one more death! You got that? Not one. Tallulah, out of the way. The Doctor is in.
Tallulah and Laszlo had a baby. Her name is Miss Piggie.

"Daleks in Manhattan"

Original Air Date: 21 April 2007

Ermegeherd a pig. Like the Slitheen. But not really. Why a pig again?
Love how he has no trouble landing this time.
When he picks that thing up, and smells it, I'm just like "please don't lick it, please, please don't lick it."
I kinda wish my ears lit up when I spoke, like a Derlerk.

Basically....run.
Three Ls and an H!
Doctor, what did your mother tell you about putting weird alien crap in your pockets? What if you forgot it there, then found it like a month later?
It's the Depression, sweetie. Your heart might break, but the show goes on. Because if it stops, you starve. Every night I have to go out there, sing, dance, keep going, hoping he's going to come back.
-Tallulah 

Tallulah's eyes are huge.



"Gridlock"

Original Air Date: 14 April 2007

Shut up, Sally Calypso.
Martha...don't ask about Gallifrey. Just don't. You butt face. No, you can't go there.
Oh, look! It's Captain Jack!
They took Martha! Aw HELL naw.
Yay, cat people!
And the Doctor's all like: Imma go car jumping.
Ohh. Macra. Giant crabs.
Quick! Get the duck tape! The Face of Boe's container is breaking!

I was so excited. Just for a second, just a second, I thought we were going to find out about the Last Great Time War.

"Doomsday"

Original Air Date: 8 July 2006

Yes. We are called Daleks. Thank you, Rose Tyler. I didn't know that we were Daleks.
Random car fire!
Next time I video chat with someone, I'll be like "establishing visual link."

This is one of my favorite scenes:
DALEK 2: Identify yourselves.
CYBERMAN: You will identify first.
DALEK 2: State your identity.
CYBERMAN: You will identify first.
DALEK 2: Identify!
CYBERMAN: That answer is (??) and illogical. You will modify.
DALEK 2: Daleks do not take orders.
CYBERMAN: You have identified as Daleks.
BLACK DALEK: Outline resembles the inferior species known as Cybermen.
CYBERMAN: We followed in the wake of your sphere.
BLACK DALEK: Long range scans confirm the presence of crude cybernetic constructs on worldwide scale.
DALEK 3: We must protect the Genesis Ark.
CYBERMAN: Our species our similar, though your design is inelegant.
DALEK 2: Daleks have no concept of elegance.
CYBERMAN: This is obvious. But consider, our technologies are compatible.
CYBERMAN: Cybermen plus Daleks.
CYBERMAN: Together, we could upgrade the Universe.
DALEK 2: You propose an alliance?
CYBERMAN: This is correct.
DALEK: Request denied.
CYBERMAN Hostile elements will be deleted.
DALEK: Exterminate!
CYBERLEADER: Daleks, be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen.
BLACK DALEK: This is not war. This is pest control.
CYBERLEADER: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
BLACK DALEK: Four.
CYBERLEADER: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
BLACK DALEK: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek.
BLACK DALEK: You are superior in only one respect.
CYBERLEADER: What is that?
BLACK DALEK: You are better at dying.
Isn't that great?
The Cyberleader's head exploded, lol.
Does Pete's World not have its own Doctor??
Mickey, you dumb tin dog, you touched the Genesis Ark.
Pete and Jackie! Such a mushy scene. 
You know, in the 50th, there better be some follow up as to the new Tyler.
Rose! Hold on! No, Doctor I'm gonna let go on purpose.
Dårlig Ulv Stranden, of course it means bad wolf bay. I wonder if it's a real place...
Even when he's crying, David Tennant is so cute!
Aaaand, Donna Noble's sassyness!




"Army of Ghosts"

Original Air Date: 1 July 2006

So, I finally am getting my brother to watch this with me.

She said the title! SHE SAID THE TITLE!
You have no idea how excited I was when she first said that she died. I really thought she did!

Awp, Jackie's crazy.

Was that Martha working at Torchwood???? Googled it...yep! And Katheine Gillian was a soothesayer in "Fires of Pompeii" #HowToBecomeACompanion (Yes, I know they validate it by saying that she's Martha's cousin.)

Ever notice the music in this one sounds like the music from Torchwood?

Jackie, why can't you just be happy for your daughter?

Ooooh the Void Stuff glasses!

He said "allons-y!" for the first time!

Now, what do you make of that? Its a giant cookie.

Oh neowww teh grosts is cybermens.
And teh sphrere haz derlerks!


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Live Streaming Link

From any country in the world, you can watch the new episode today at 1:45p EDT here at this site. From here, you can watch BBC1 at any time. Enjoy today's new story, the hundredth episode in the revival, "Hide"!

"Smith and Jones"

Original Air Date: 31 March 2007

Is the title of this episode a joke on something? Or is it really just for John Smith and Martha Jones?

Yes, the Doctor really could use a visit from psychiatric....

Love how Martha's the only one who's like, chill.

Love how they even mention the spaceship crashing into Big Ben, and showed Big Ben intact just a few moments ago....

How polite, the plasmavore uses a straw.

I love how the Doctor speaks Judoonese.

Does anyone else move the radiation in to their feet when they use the microwave? I stand there and shake my foot and get the radiation out.

Dear Doctor, if you're gonna kiss a girl and want to even have her think just a tiny bit that it means nothing, don't grab her head!

She is drinking David Tennant. I'll have what she's having.

This is me, putting my foot down.

Shut up, Martha Jones. You know you're interested.

"The Shakespeare Code

Original Air Date: 7 April 2007

What would you do if some guy played the lute at your window?

I kind of love that he actually is Sir Doctor of Tardis.

In bed with David Tennant! I'll have some of that.
Oh, fifty-seven academics just punched the air.

Oh, he's quoting Hamlet! I'm involved with a production of Hamlet right now...title character.

What's in a name? Apparently, if you're a Carrionite, quite a lot.

I've actually seen Love's Labour's Lost. It's quite good!

Tetra-decagons. Fun.

Expelliarmus!

The Title of the Last Episode of Season 7

So, what do we think? 
Are they really gonna do it? Because if they do it at all, THAT needs to be saved for the 50th, if you ask me. Discuss in the comments!

Friday, 19 April 2013

We Miss You, Elisabeth Sladen!

I think the next companion's name should be Elisabeth, even though her middle name was Clara (a clue?).

As many of you may know, today is the second anniversary of the death of Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith, probably my all-time favourite companion, and to my knowledge, the only companion to appear in both the classic and revival series.

I think David Tennant in the forward he wrote for her autobiography said it best.


Here is a delightful song written in her memory.

She died in 2011 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two months prior. (The type, I believe, was not officially confirmed by the family, although several sources say that it was that, and I know from personal experience that it kills you very, very quickly.) She was 65.


In her honour and memory, this will be the only post today.


Thursday, 18 April 2013

"The Runaway Bride"

I'm skipping "Love and Monsters". I hated it the first time. #SorryNotSorry
And I'm gonna save "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday" for later--I plan to watch it with my brother soon.
Okay, you got me. I have already watched "The Runaway Bride" a second time...but I don't care.

Original Air Date: 25 December 2006

What IS on Donna's mother's head?  Is it a baby ostrich?

This is like an intense game of peek-a-boo.

doooweeeoooo oooh weee oooo  dun duh duh ah ah oh wee ohh nuh nuh oooh wee oo dun nuhhhh

DOCTOR: What?
DONNA: Who are you?
DOCTOR: But
DONNA: Where am I?
DOCTOR: What?
DONNA: What the hell is this place?
DOCTOR: What? You can't do that. I wasn't. We're in flight. That is, that is physically impossible! How did
DONNA: Tell me where I am. I demand you tell me right now where am I?
DOCTOR: Inside the TARDIS.
DONNA: The what?
DOCTOR: The TARDIS.
DONNA: The what?
DOCTOR: The TARDIS!
DONNA: The what?
DOCTOR: It's called the TARDIS.
DONNA: That's not even a proper word. You're just saying things.

DONNA: You're an alien.
DOCTOR: Yeah.
DONNA: It's freezing with these doors open.

Just love that Donna slaps him.

Why is it Chis-ick and not Chiswick?

Ooh, Donna bit someone at school. So did I... it was 12 years ago...I swear I won't come out of your screen and bite you. And it was provoked.

Slitheen reference, YES.

My wedding dress will have pockets.

I'm, I'm not, I'm not, I'm not from Mars.

And that goes double for your mother!

BEWARE THE SANTAS! They will blow you up.

Those kids. In the car behind them. They stole the scene. Love them with two hearts.

You know, they had the reception without her....

Hey Doctor, you at a party...did you forget your banana?

Now, all I have's this anguished heart,
For you have vanished too.
Oh, my girl, my girl, my precious girl,
Just what is this man to do?

And he's thinking of Rose...

Killer Christmas trees for the win.

I wonder how many pairs of Converse DT went through....

Donna=Pencil Inside a Mug

They're on segways (segues?)!

I'm just gonna fastfoward to WET DAVID TENNANT.

Guess what I've got, Donna? Pockets.

EMPRESS: My children may feast on Martian flesh.
DOCTOR: Oh, but I'm not from Mars.
EMPRESS: Then where?
DOCTOR: My home planet is far away and long since gone. But its name lives on. Gallifrey.

WET DAVID TENNANT. Now with fire.

omg a tank.

Does it, like, really never snow in London???

And it's terrible. That place was flooding and burning and they were dying, and you were stood there like, I don't know, a stranger. And then you made it snow. I mean, you scare me to death.
Yes, Doctor, you need someone. You really do need someone to stop you.

Be magnificent!!!
 

TSwizzle and the Doctor?

I think Taylor Swift may have met the Doctor then written a song about it.
LOOK AT THIS. JUST LOOK AT IT.

"Superman" by Taylor Swift
Tall, dark and superman
He puts papers in his briefcase and drives away
To save the world or go to work
It's the same thing to me 
He's got his mother's eyes, his father's ambition
I wonder if he knows how much that I miss him
I hang on every word you say, yay
And you smile and say, "How are you? "
I say, "Just fine"
I always forget to tell you, I love you, I love you, forever 
I watch superman fly away
You've got a busy day today
Go save the world, I'll be around
I watch superman fly away
Come back I'll be with you someday
I'll be right here on the ground
When you come back down 
Tall, dark and beautiful
He's complicated, he's irrational
But I hope someday you'll take me away and save the day, yeah 
Something in his deep brown eyes has me sayin'
He's not all bad like his reputation
And I can't hear one single word they say
And you'll leave, got places to be and I'll be OK
I always forget to tell you I love you, I loved you from the very first day 
I watch superman fly away
You've got a busy day today
Go save the world I'll be around
I watch superman fly away
Come back I'll be with you someday
I'll be right here on the ground
When you come back down 
And I watch you fly around the world
And I hope you don't save some other girl
Don't forget, don't forget about me
I'm far away but I never let you go
I'm lovestruck and looking out the window
Don't forget, don't forget where I'll be 
Right here wishing the flowers were from you
Wishing the card was from you
Wishing the call was from you
'Cause I loved you from the very first day 
I watch superman fly away
You've got a busy day today
Go save the world, I'll be around...
Forever and ever here 
I watch superman fly away
I swear I'll be with you someday
I'll be right here on the ground
When you come back down


"The Idiot's Lantern"

Original Air Date: 27 May 2006

This episode is, yes, very, very creepy. Obviously, it has Ten's "when in doubt, lick it" moment, but otherwise its really extremely boring, I find.

How many of you tries to wrap your hand around your elbow and make your fingers meet? I did this time but I don't recal the first time. I guess I trusted the Doctor on that one!

Rose sans visage: she's never looked better!


"The Age of Steel"

Original Air Date: 20 May 2006

Ooh. Maximum Deletion. Not just ordinary deletion.

Aw man, Rickey got deleted! Now the City of London will never paid for those parking violations.

This is the age of steel and I am its creator. Oh! OOH!, they said the title!

I'd call you a genius, except I'm in the room.

LUMIC: You are proud of your emotions.
DOCTOR: Oh, yes.
LUMIC: Then tell me, Doctor. Have you known grief, and rage, and pain?
DOCTOR: Yes. Yes I have.
LUMIC: And they hurt?
DOCTOR: Oh, yes.
LUMIC: I could set you free. Would you not want that? A life without pain?
DOCTOR: You might as well kill me.
Hear that Rose? You CANNOT switch between realities! Understand? Nope, you never will.

"Rise of the Cybermen"

Original Air Date: 13 May 2006

This person who made the Cyberman, John Lumic, he looks a lot like Davros...with his wheelchair and such.

The TARDIS crashes and little air masks come down like an airplaine...

Here's a song about the episode.

Ha. Rose is a bitch. No, really, I'm not being vulgar, she's a female dog.

This is another episode I really don't care for. I'm not sure why. I didn't like it the first time Iwatched it, and I'm not quite fond of it this time, either.

Yea, Rose, they don't have a daughter now and they're rich. You're why they cant have nice things.

Maybe all the screaming and people slicing is why I don't like it.

Awp, they just deleted the President...

...and, it's David's birthday!



Happy Birthday, David Tennant

Today is David Tennant's 42nd birthday! As we all know, David played the Tenth Doctor (and will be returning for the 50th!), which was a realization of a life-long dream.

For me, David is an extremely inspiring actor. His desire to play the Doctor was a huge motivation to be an actor, and he shows us that even our wildest dreams are possible. He's hugely sucessful as an actor, though he's still down-to-Earth. He's constantly regarded as a sex symbol, and though you'd expext that sort of thing to inflate any man's ego, he has this to say about it:
"The moment one is made aware of that sort of thing, it's very hard to enjoy because it feels so absurd and unconnected, because you're patently aware it's not true. It's not true because it's not to do with you, it's to do with characters you play, it's not to do with who you are, or even what you look like."
Other inspiring DT quotes:
"I've always been a geek and slightly awkward. I was never the cool kid at school." 
"I'm a good person, I hope. But I'm never as good as I want to be, never as nice as I want to be, never as generous as I want to be."

Happy Birthday, David!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

"New Earth"

Again, with these revisited episode posts, I'm not doing the ones I've seen for a second time already. Live with it. When I go and watch it a third time round I'll do it.

Original Air Date: 15 April 2006

Here is a fantasticly fun song about this episode.

Oh, how I love a young David Tennant!

They're both laying on his coat! (Officailly on the list of things I'm gonna do with my 10th Doctor coat when I
get it [hopefully for my 19th, which is in a few weeks], lay on it with my sig. other!) How cute.

New New New New New New New New New New New New New New York!

How does Cassandra recognize Rose? Didn't she, like, explode?

WET DAVID TENNANT.

Okay, fine. Cassandra's her back now.

The Doctors's all like: mah Rose just kissed me!

Wake up and smell the perfume.

I'm really not quite fond of this episode. Its creepy. Like, I feel like creating this human farm is something that people could and would actually do.

Get out of mah Rose!

"Oh, my. This is different. Goodness me, I'm a man. Yum. So many parts. And hardly used. Oh, oh, two hearts! Oh, baby, I'm beating out a samba! Oo, he's slim, and a little bit foxy. You've thought so too. I've been inside your head. You've been looking. You like it!"
-Cassandra in the Doctor's Tenth Body

Isn't feminine David Tennant fabulous? Yes, yes he is.

VERY WET DAVID TENNANT. Gawh, it's like Christmas.

Dying can wait. Oh, thank you Face of Boe.

Oh, sweet lord, I'm a walking doodle.

Its such a beautiful scene when Cassandra-Chip goes to visit herself in the past.
CASSANDRA [OC]: Oh no, don't. Stop it. Simply not true. Tiny. The beaches were so dismal, and the mosquitoes were
CASS-CHIP: Thank you.
DOCTOR: Just go. And don't look back.
ROSE: Good luck.
CASSANDRA: And if you actually see them, you're shocked. But don't quote me on that. Oh, naughty. A bientôt!
CASS-CHIP: Excuse me, Lady Cassandra.
CASSANDRA: I'm sorry, I don't need anything right now. I'm fine, thank you.
CASS-CHIP: No, I just wanted to say you look beautiful.
CASSANDRA: Well, that's very kind, you strange little thing. Thank you very much.
CASS-CHIP: I mean it. You look so beautiful.
CASSANDRA: Thank you.
(Chip's body collapses. Lady Cassandra cradles him.)
CASSANDRA: Oh, my Lord. Are you all right? What is it? What's wrong? Someone get some help! Call a medic or something, quickly!
WOMAN: Who is he?
CASSANDRA: I don't know. He just came up to me. I don't even know his name. He just collapsed. I think he's dying. Someone do something! I've got you, sweetheart. It's all right. There you are. There you are, I've got you. It'll be all right. There, there, you poor little thing.
That might just be one of my favourite scenes in all of DW.

"The Parting of the Ways"

Original Air Date: 18 June 2005

Jrak brew urp teh derlek!

"I wish I never met you, Doctor. I was much better off as a coward" -Cpt. Jack Harkness

"If I'm very clever and I'm more than clever, I'm brilliant, I might just save the world." -The Doctor

Then he goes and saves Rose. He saves his world.

This is Emergency Programme One. Rose, now listen, this is important. If this message is activated, then it can only mean one thing. We must be in danger. And I mean fatal. I'm dead or about to die any second with no chance of escape. And that's okay. Hope it's a good death. But I promised to look after you, and that's what I'm doing. The TARDIS is taking you home. And I bet you're fussing and moaning now. Typical. But hold on and just listen a bit more. The TARDIS can never return for me. Emergency Programme One means I'm facing an enemy that should never get their hands on this machine. So this is what you should do. Let the TARDIS die. Just let this old box gather dust. No one can open it. No one'll even notice it. Let it become a strange little thing standing on a street corner. And over the years, the world'll move on and the box will be buried. And if you want to remember me, then you can do one thing. That's all, one thing. Have a good life. Do that for me, Rose. Have a fantastic life.
-The Doctor

What is the bad wolf story? Is it just the thing from the three little pigs?

Bet cha wish ya had all-wheel drive now, Mickey.

Captain Jack's so cute when he's mortal.

Go, Mickey, save the world with a yellow truck...and break the TARDIS.

Congrats, Jack, you are now a fixed point in time and space! A temporal anomaly!

mah head!
mah Rose!
Kiss the girl.
and then...regenerate.
Oh, but first, abandon Jack.
Sing a song and the Daleks will go away? Yep, that's it.
BECOME DAVID TENNANT! Yes, get rid of that daft old face. And yes, you were fantastic. Now be David and make smiles come to my face. Yep, that's right: Barcelona.




"Bad Wolf"

Original Air Date: 11 June 2005

Have all of you seen the Weakest Link DW special? Its great!



I'd never British Weakest Link...and it was kind of really funny. 
Ever notice that the Doctor is the 9th person to get evicted?



"Boom Town"

I'm skipping Empty Child/Doctor Dances for now- I've already watched it a second time. Maybe I'll write about them when I watch it a third.

Original Air Date: 4 June 2005

I like how they casually blew up Downing Street...
Did you know/realize that the actress who is Margaret (Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen) plays the prostitute in "Casanova" with David Tennant?

"What are you captain of? The innuendo squad?"

It was a very icy patch!

The scene where the Slitheen shows mercy is so...cute. And the Raxacoricofallapatorians are kinda cute to begin with.
...and the bit with the teleport....

We're in Cardiff. London doesn't care. The South Wales coast could fall into the sea and they wouldn't notice. Oh. I sound like a Welshman. God help me, I've gone native.

Pan-dimensional surfboards! Yay!
"Don't worship me- I'd make a very bad god." -The Doctor
They mentioned pizza. Now I want pizza.

Ok, so the Doctor and Blon's little last meal, last wish, date thing, they're talking about icky death penalty processes and her only being a killer because that's what she was taught, and the other people in the restaurant are just, like, chill?

She's an egg!



"Father's Day"

Original Air Date: 14 May 2005

Rose's dad is a ginger!

Rose, there's a man alive in the world who wasn't alive before. An ordinary man. That's the most important thing in creation. The whole world's different because he's alive.
 -The Doctor

Oh crap, the TARDIS is just a box!


"The Long Game"

Original Air Date: 7 May 2005

The Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. And there it is, planet Earth at it's height. Covered with mega-cities, five moons, population ninety six billion. The hub of a galactic domain stretching across a million planets, a million species, with mankind right in the middle. Come on, Adam. Open your mind. You're going to like this. Fantastic period of history. The human race at its most intelligent. Culture, art, politics. This era has got fine food, good manners. The thing is, Adam, time travel's like visiting Paris. You can't just read the guide book, you've got to throw yourself in. Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers. 
-The Doctor

Wait. Guys. Face of Boe is pregnant. What is this, whaaaa?

Is there a ground floor on Satellite 5? Or do they just start on first floor?

Ooh, the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe! It kind of looks like the Prisoner Zero thing.
It...exploded. Nasty.



"Dalek"

Original Air Date: 30 April 2005

It is about 10 minutes in that, if you listen close enough, you see how much self-loating the Doctor has for himself at this point.

DALEK: I am alone in the universe.
DOCTOR: Yep.
DALEK: So are you. We are the same.
DOCTOR: We're not the same! I'm not (pause) No, wait. Maybe we are. You're right. Yeah, okay. You've got a point. 'Cause I know what to do. I know what should happen. I know what you deserve. Exterminate.
The Dalek say that it and the Doctor are the same. At first, the Doctor denies it, then realizes that he can channel the hate of himself into the destruction of what he believes to be the last Dalek. He agrees that they are the same: they both deserve death because of what they have done.

Then, moments later Goddard and van Statten ask about the Last Great Time War and asks to clarify if the Doctor is the last of his kind. He said he survived, but not by choice. He says that he would have rather died than survived.

No! Rose don't touch it! Aww, Rose....

What are you gonna do? Sucker me to death? Yep. That's exactly it!

Ohh crap, it's a flyin' dalek.

Back to the Doctor's survivor's guilt we go.
DALEK: Then I shall follow the Primary Order, the Dalek instinct to destroy, to conquer.
DOCTOR: What for? What's the point? Don't you see it's all gone? Everything you were, everything you stood for.
DALEK: Then what should I do?
DOCTOR: All right, then. If you want orders, follow this one. Kill yourself.
Suicide. That is his advice to the Dalek. That since it has destroyed so much, since everything it was and everything it stood for is gone, that because it is all gone, it should kill itself. The Doctor, though, has Rose. Rose and all of humanity is the one thing the Doctor has left at this point.

Don't you just love it when Daleks have existential crises?

I love the song they play at the end. I know it's somewhere on my DW Spotify playlist but I cant find it...

Doctor...what are you doing standing inside a box?






"World War Three"

Original Air Date 23 April 2005

Ever notice that the Slitheen have little tails?
Raxacoricofallapatorius! Yay!

The telephone is actually red! And there's skittles next to the phone.
ROSE: If we could just get out of here.
DOCTOR: There's a way out.
ROSE: What?
DOCTOR: There's always been a way out.
ROSE: Then why don't we use it?
DOCTOR: Because I can't guarantee your daughter will be safe.
JACKIE: Don't you dare. Whatever it is, don't you dare.
DOCTOR: That's the thing. If I don't dare, everyone dies.
ROSE: Do it.
DOCTOR: You don't even know what it is. You'd just let me?
ROSE: Yeah.
JACKIE: Please, Doctor. Please. She's my daughter. She's just a kid.
DOCTOR: Do you think I don't know that? Because this is my life, Jackie. It's not fun, it's not smart, it's just standing up and making a decision because nobody else will.
ROSE: Then what're you waiting for?
DOCTOR: I could save the world but lose you.
HARRIET: Except it's not your decision, Doctor. It's mine.
JACKIE: And who the hell are you?
HARRIET: Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North. The only elected representative in this room, chosen by the people for the people. And on behalf of the people, I command you. Do it.

"Aliens of London"

Original Air Date: 16 April 2005 (Eight years ago today!) (Well, I finished the episode on the 17th...)

Dear Doctor, how do you mess us twelve hours for twelve months? And, why not take her back to when you actually meant?
You gotta love the kid who spraypaints "Bad Wolf" on the TARDIS
And would you look at that--UNIT's back, and Tosh (Torchwood) is the one who analysed the body found in the spaceship! (Hmm, and right after we had Eve Myles [Gwen on Torchwood] as Gwenyth? That, I'd say is one of the few coincidences in all of the Whoniverse)
HARRIET: Excuse me! Harriet Jones. MP for Flydale North.
GANESH: I'm sorry, can it wait?
HARRIET: But I did have an appointment at 3:15.
GANESH: Yes, and a spaceship crashed in the middle of London. I think the schedule might have changed.
I just love Harriet Jones. She just might be one of the funniest DW characters. Even the Daleks knew who she was! But I'm sure she's having a great time with Downton Abbey (which I've started watching after I ran out of DW episodes, and I really like it). One say, I'll introduce myself, and they'll say "yes, I know who you are."

Awe, how cute, he gave her a key to the TARDIS! And then Mickey runs into a wall.

Why does the UNIT guy suddenly have a zipper when none of the others do?


*I appoligize for the original error in the title of the post