Title: The Face in the Mirror
Characters: Hurt Doctor, 10th Doctor, 11th Doctor
: What was the War Doctor thinking when he met his future selves?
“Really? You’re both me?”
He had a hard time believing it, he’d apparently regenerated young, and boy-band cute. Twice... (Read More...
Last night we watched the second serial of the First Doctor and it was the first appearance of the Daleks! They didn't have a "EXTERMINATE" policy when the Doctor first landed on Skarro for anything non-Dalek, so I'm interested to watch them evolve from where we met them to the Daleks we know today.
The episodes included in the serial were:
"The Dead Planet"
These first two serials I thought could be a little dragged out. At first they land on a planet they don't know (turns out to be Skarro) and they believe everything on the planet is dead. The forest is petrified and the Doctor spots a city that he wants to explore. Ian and Barbara are against exploring the city so the Doctor pretends a piece of the TARDIS is missing so he can get into the city. (When he coughs up to what he did, Ian is not impressed with the Doctor. As a viewer, I'm like OH YOU) While in the forest, someone brushes Susan, but the Doctor and Ian think she's making things up. When they get to the city, it appears empty.
Barbara gets lost in the city and Daleks capture her. The Daleks also manage to capture Ian, Susan and the Doctor. Ian tries to run but the Daleks stun him, temporarily paralyzing him. I thought they were going to kill him but the Daleks are curious as to who these people are. The entire party starts feeling the effects of radiation poisoning which the instruments in the TARDIS warned them about before they left, but they didn't look at. The Doctor is in the worst shape. The Daleks allow one party member to return to the TARDIS to get drugs left behind by the stranger who brushed against Susan. Ian wants to go but his legs are too weak so eventually Susan goes.
She meets the Thal people, ancient enemies of the Daleks. It turns out the Daleks dropped a nuclear bomb on them hundreds of years ago and most of them died. Those that survived did so with radiation drugs they share with Susan. The Daleks want to copy these drugs but then realize they need the radiation to survive.
Susan returns with the drugs and heals the Doctor, Ian and Barbara. The Doctor determines the Daleks move with static electricity and they are able to capture one, take it out of the casing and Ian goes inside so they can escape the city. You don't see what the actual creature looks like.
The Daleks trick the Thal into entering the city with the promise of food and peace and then try and kill all of them. That's the Daleks I know! The Daleks are going to poison the atmosphere with more radiation to kill all of the Thal, because Daleks.
The Doctor and his companions escape but realize they have to go back because the Daleks took the fluid link to the TARDIS. They convince the Thal, who are pacifists, that fighting the Daleks is super important (SO not like the new Doctors to do, haha) and at the end, many Thal are killed and we believe all of the Daleks are dead. After leaving Skaro, they are knocked out and DUN DUN DUN... to be continued next week.
Questions I had, please don't answer if it comes up later
-Why don't the Daleks just EXTERMINATE?
-What happens to Thal?
-Susan tells Barbara and Ian that the Doctor knows how to work the TARDIS but he's just old and has forgotten how. How long has Susan been travelling with her grandfather?
What did you love about the serial? What did you hate? I love hearing your thoughts!
The 50th Anniversary is done which has allowed me to finish off the sonic usage chart. Since this is an interactive graphic, and I haven't gotten scripts to work on LiveJournal, I am posting a static image of the chart. To view the interactive version, click the chart and go to my blog.
This is every device used by any character on any of the three shows, Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures. And this is only the beginning of the charting. As I delve more into the d3.js I will be producing more charts based on the datasets I've accumulated. The characters are on my right side and the uses are on the left. It just happened to work out that the circle was split in two. The larger the outside bar segment, the more uses for that character/function.
In addition to the charts, Jürgen and I are preparing to write an analysis paper on how the Doctor Who network has changed over the years. It will either be a classic network compared to the 50th year network or possibly a pre-Moffat/post-Moffat comparison. We're not sure until we actually review the data itself.
But have some fun with the sonic chart...
NOTE: This is a static image. Click to go to the interactive page.NOTE TO MODS :
There isn't really a tag that I can use to designate something like an interactive web page. Might it possible to get a new tag like "chart" or "interactive graphic"?
I had a "You know you watch too much Doctor Who moment" the other morning.
A friend had asked me to give her a wake up call, so I called and said "Wakey wakey." Then I thought " Oh gee I hope I didn't turn her into a puddle of goo."
New BTS video of TDotD with David and Matt talking about differences between their Doctors:
And additional TDotD promo image
Videos: Lindalee with Jenna and Matt and the classic Doctors (photos here
and her reaction to TDotD here
):( These are so cute. Embedded under cutCollapse )
Loads of promo photos for TTotD have been released. Movie Posters
. Promos 1
. Promos 2
. Image from Barnaby Edwards' tumblr
Official website has wallpapers
and Christmas cards
. They're also asking for your favourite Matt moment
.Things Moffat says
that will have a bearing on the plot of the Christmas special.
And RT listing
including teaser summary of story.Petition on change.org
for the IAU to give the name Gallifrey to a planet recently discovered where no one expected it to be. It has almost 60000 signatures and is aiming for 100000.
Video: Peter Capaldi and Moffat on the Doctor's age (also article
):( Embedded under cutCollapse )
Video: Blue Peter Matt Smith interview( Embedded under cutCollapse )
Video: Eleventh Hour Panel
at DW Celebration:( Embedded under cutCollapse )
Link to video of AAiTaS panel at BFI
RT with some hints about Capaldi's costume
. And interview with Matt Smith
about his final days as the Doctor.
SFX talks to Moffat
Matt Smith is preparing for American Psycho the musical. You can hear some of his singing and American accent
here.Behind the scenes of Nativity 2
with David Tennant.
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A new Radio Free Skaro episode!:
Statspocalypse! Yes, in a moment that Warren has feared since the inception of Radio Free Skaro, the 50th Anniversary generated stats to such a degree that they may have become sentient and declared war on humanity. And despite Warren’s hatred of the Devil Numbers, Radio Free Skaro gave you, the listener, comprehensive coverage of viewing figures, iPlayer requests, and other such pointless spreadsheetery.
But it wasn’t all stats (thankfully)! News of Other Doctor dollies, in-depth articles on 3D and the Radiophonic Workshop and more besides peppered the news list, leading up to the main event, the Missing Episodes panel from Chicago TARDIS, featuring Ed Stradling and Dan Hall of the DVD range and our own Steven as moderator. Note to Gallifrey Base users: Try not to divine rumour and nonsense from the facts and statements of truth in said panel. That is all. Thank you and good day! (puts on bowler hat, storms off stage left)
Check it out: http://www.radiofreeskaro.com/2013/12/08/radio-free-skaro-396-the-great-canadian-wheat-plains-are-safe/
Direct download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/freyburg/rfs396.mp3
for your Radio Free Skaro needs!
iTunes users can subscribe at http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=217580108
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat announced today that next year's series will air as a continuous run.
Speaking at the BFI's Eleventh Doctor celebration event in London this afternoon, attended by CultBox, Moffat confirmed explicitly: "There'll be no split."
Series 6 was split between the spring and autumn of 2011, while Series 7 was split between 2012 and 2013.
Series 8 begins filming later this month and is expected to start airing on BBC One in August 2014.
Here is kind of a big, obvious and important question for the Christmas Special:
Does the Doctor remember The Silence?
I know that The Silence's appearance is memory-proof, but I don't think the concept of them is. The stuff surrounding them isn't covered by their memory field: so even though the Doctor can't remember them exactly, he must remember the Battle of Demon's Run, the tesselecta, Lake Silencio, the broken point in time, etcetera. He knows that someone is out to get him. But I don't know how much he remembers and is planning for it, and knows that there will be Silence at Trenzalore.
Finally! The next chapter is up!
Title: Up a Tree p.20
Characters: 11th Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory WilliamsSummary:
This is a sort of "Doctor Who" meets "Avatar" story, without the avatars.
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory land on a human colony world where the colonists live in gigantic trees. A whole city in the treetops. But what starts out as a lark, ends with a murder, an ancient mystery, and a local race of "not quite intelligent" spider-monkey-like creatures that might have a reason
for not quite being intelligent.
An invisible "monster" is turning people off. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory join a safari into the alien jungle to find the monster's lair and stop it... [Read More..
In honor of December, a small cabal of Christmas elves has started visiting our house. They have confided in me that they want to borrow my stuffed TARDIS to go time traveling in. (Read as: my mom made little elves out of felt and I want to photoshop them into pictures to make it look like they went time-traveling)
I'm planning to have one of the pictures contain The Doctor showing his displeasure at the elves having stole his TARDIS. Does anyone know where I could find a screenshot of him that is a) preferably not supposed to represent present-day Earth and b) has enough room to photoshop a TARDIS and some Christmas elves
Flawed redemption still a happy anniversary
It was 1978 or 1979. I was in grade 8 and quite liked my home-room teacher. Mr. Pritchard also liked me, the bright, nerdly kid who had made the school's "newspaper" his own, contributing articles, editorials, cartoons — and (yes) even reviews.
One afternoon after class, as I watched over the Gestetner machine chunking out its blue mimeo pages and Mr. Pritchard watched over me, I mentioned I was looking forward to Saturday, when another episode of Doctor Who, this British television program I'd recently discovered, was going to be broadcast, right before the hockey game.
Mr. Pritchard looked up and laughed, his moustache bristling his delight. "Really!" he said, "Is that still on the air? I used to watch it when I was your age!" He was probably about 30 then, meaning I had barely been born when he was my age!
Learning of that long continuity delighted me as much as — and maybe more than — it did Mr. Pritchard. And now that 15 years of the program's history has become 50, and my personal continuity with it is twice what my teacher's was, the fact that Doctor Who is still on the air delights me even more.
All of which makes me doubly-pleased that the program's 50th anniversary episode, "The Day of the Doctor", exceeded my (admittedly, low) expectations by a wide margin. While not without some significant flaws, Steven Moffat's long-awaited 2013 series finale (of sorts; the upcoming Christmas special will probably mark the real series end, as well as the transition to the next) was a well-crafted entertainment, that balanced humour, drama and nostalgia and, even, pathos, without getting bogged down by the Enormous Anniversariness of it all.
Though some nonsensical elements demonstrated yet again Moffat's tendency to confuse plot with story and maguffin with plot, structurally, "The Day of the Doctor" was a happy anniversary present for this jaded and weary viewer.
Certainly it was the most entertaining multi-Doctor special to come down the pike since, well, forever. I really did laugh and I really did cry, on both first and second viewings — and it's been quite a while since a Moffat-scripted episode of Doctor Who hit me like that.
As usual, my full review is liberal with spoilers. And yes, I spend quite a lot of time exploring those "significant flaws". If you don't want your pleasure challenged, I recommend staying away; if you want in read on click here for The Day of the Doctor: The Bad, the Good, and the Meta.
The ‘Other Doctor’ is the Doctor’s dark chapter, a hitherto unknown incarnation whose existence he has spent centuries repressing, a secret he wants no one to know of. He is a relic of the past, part of the great Time War, when he spent centuries fighting alongside his fellow Time Lords against the Daleks and made the final decision to end it with a desperate act that cost that incarnation the right to use the name “Doctor”. This haunted and battle-worn Other Doctor is finally forgiven after helping find a new solution to end the war, giving the Eleventh Doctor a new purpose as he heads into further adventures.
NOTE: This isn't a two-pack set, it's being packaged as a War Doctor figure with an interchangeable Night of the Doctor
Eighth Doctor head.SourceForbidden Planet
Brief clip from The Time of The Doctor in this year's BBC christmas trailer
TTotD will air on BBC One
on Christmas Day
, and on BBC America
on Christmas Day
at 9:00pm EST
in Canada have yet to confirm their time, but it is expected that they will also broadcast the episode during the evening of the 25th.Guests announced for the Eleventh Doctor BFI
screening on 8th December.New behind the scenes video
of The Night of the Doctor
.Neverwhere returns to radio
on Christmas Day.Interview and photoshoot including Billie Piper
about theatre.Recent Matt video message
for the fans.
David Tennant to participate again this year in O'Connell's radio christmas panto. Here's a funny audio clip of DT calling in about it
. Also, here's an 8-track of DT reading Shakespeare sonnets
Rumours and speculation about an additional companion for Series 8
Audio of Colin Baker doing the The Rings of Akhaten speech
with accompanying fan-manipulated imagery.
Still from TTotD:
Also, for those of you following Wizards vs Aliens (next week is the finale by Russell T Davies), Phil Ford confirms in this twitter conversation
that in the SJA version of the story, it would have been Clyde and Rani who got stuck on The Thirteenth Floor :(
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In my house, Monday is Doctor Who night. We have exhausted from the relaunch to present and thought it was a good time to start the old stuff. As someone who never saw the old stuff, we had a blast last night when we watched the first serial. I like how weird and grumpy William Hartnell was. He was definitely alien. And he is the opposite of later Doctors who don't really care if humans know about Time Lords. The episodes that make up the serial are:
"An Unearthly Child"
"The Cave of Skulls"
"The Forest of Fear"
The basic plot, if you are unfamiliar, is that two teachers at Susan's (the Doctor's granddaughter) school are talking about basically how alien she is. She excels above the other students in some topics and is totally off in others. They believe she's really strange and want to talk to her grandfather (who doesn't like visitors) and they go to a junkyard that she's listed as an address. They follow her into the junkyard, and lose her when she slips into the TARDIS. The Doctor appears and tries to keep the teachers from the TARDIS, which they end up barging into, believing Susan is held prisoner. The Doctor decides that after seeing the TARDIS the two teachers cannot return to their time.
The TARDIS ends up in the Stone Age on Earth (apparently) and the Doctor has little control over where they end up. They are dropped in the middle of a tribe trying to discover the secret of fire and trying to find a leader of the tribe. They are captured, let go, betrayed, blah blah blah. One of the cavemen is expelled from the group and strangely, the Doctor begins to throw stones at him and gets the others to throw stones at him as well. Not very Doctor-y but it was the first episode.
Eventually, the caveman that was thrown out of the group returns to try and kill the Doctor and his companions and it defeated in a fight by the caveman who was shown how to use fire. The Doctor and his companions make their way back to the TARDIS but not to 20th century Britain. We are not sure where they are when the serial ends.
Next up: DALEKS!
Thoughts? Analysis? Have you seen it? Do you like it? How do you feel about William Hartnell's performance? Do we love Susan or hate her as a companion? Any thoughts are awesome!
Title: The Telling Of A SecretAuthor:
Amy Pond, Molly Hooper & Sherlock HolmesWarnings:
While Amy is glad that Sherlock and John know the secret she's been keeping, she realizes she wants Molly to know as well, only Molly doesn't take it quite as well as she'd hoped. It's up to Sherlock to convince Molly that no, they are not all mental and yes, Amy and Rory have really traveled through time and space.Authors Notes:
Part 3 of the "Trying For A Normal Life" series. Picking this series up again, for better or worse.