#savetheday : Doctor Who 50th anniversary trailer

Unless you’ve been in a well at the bottom of the earth or held captive by the Cult of Skaro, you’ve probably heard that BBC is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a mind-blowing episode. “The Day of the Doctor” airs November 23 2013. It will be “simulcast” ie broadcast in 75 countries at the same time… and (in some places) in 3D. It has been described by one of the producers as “a love letter to the fans”.

 

Moffat keeps his promise

In case you haven’t been keep up with the spectacles and debacles of pop culture/sci-fi: BBCAmerica accidentally released season 7 pt 2 BluRays  a couple of weeks early including the episode “The Name of the Doctor”. In that episode, the season finale, the mystery involving Clara (the impossible girl) was resolved and much was speculated as to whether the Doctor’s name would be revealed to audiences. Moffat promised that if the fandom kept the Doctor’s secrets secret (suppressed the release of spoilers and clips, bootleg videos) until after the official TV airing (May 18th) that he would reward viewers with a clip of Matt Smith & David Tennant (Doctors 10 & 11) together.  As hard as the fan lockdown was I think we should be rewarded with a clip of the pair kissing but that’s another fandom (slash) entirely. That’s a promise for Comic-con or Graham Norton to keep. Moffat kept his.

 

A Message from Steven Moffat

Saturday 18 May 2013, 20:57

 The Doctor Who Team

The Doctor Who Team

Doctor Who’s Executive Producer and lead writer, Steven Moffat.A little earlier, Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, gave this thank you message…

Well that was all a bit Keystone Cops, wasn’t it? Our biggest surprise, our most secret episode, a revelation about the Doctor that changes everything…

… and we’d have got away with it too, if we hadn’t accidentally sent Blu Ray copies of Name Of The Doctor to 210 Doctor Who fans in America.

Erm – security-wise, that’s not GOOD, is it? I mean, it’s not top notch, it’s hard to defend as professional level, hard-line secrecy.

My favourite fact is that they’re BLU RAYS. Listen, we don’t just leak any old rubbish, we leak in high def. 1080p or nothing, that’s us. Every last pixel in beautifully rendered detail. It’s like getting caught extra naked.

But here’s the thing. Never mind us blundering fools, check out the fans. 210 of them, with the top secret episode in their grasp – and because we asked nicely, they didn’t breathe a word. Not one. Even Doctor Who websites have been closing their comments sections, just in case anyone blurts. I’m gobsmacked. I’m impressed. Actually, I’m humbled. And we are all very grateful.

Now you might be thinking, what does all this matter? It’s a plot development in the mad old fantasy world of Doctor Who, why is that important? Well of course, it’s not important, and in the scheme of things, it doesn’t matter at all. Just as it doesn’t matter when you’re telling a joke, and some idiot shouts out the punchline before you finish. It’s irritating, that’s all. It’s bad manners.

Well no bad manners here! 210 Doctor Who fans kept the secret, and many, many more fans helped. I wish I could send you all flowers, but I don’t know where you live (and given our record, you really shouldn’t be sharing private information with us.) So instead, if we can get our act together – and I forgive you for thinking that’s a BIG if – there will be a little video treat released later tonight.

10 plus 11 gives you…

That video is available to watch now!

No, she’s not! Shooting down Doctor Who “who is Clara?” theories

First an apology. I know I promised to devote more time and bandwidth to geek loves other than Doctor Who. But the first rule is: The Doctor lies. Apparently it’s contagious. Writing about the Doctor is enough for you to catch the liar-flu. So in my best Ten/Tennant voice: I am sorry. I am so sorry.

  • Apology? Check.
  • Jelly babies in hand? Check.
  • Spoiler alert?

Yes, there will be spoilers ahead. I will compare, analyze, deconstruct and discard trivia from all of the aired episodes, radio/print/web interviews, articles, blogs and forums all over the known whoniverse. All to answer a burning question that will be answered in a week or two. But we’re time travelers. We’re impatient.

When I say we’re time travelers. I mean it. All of us travel in space and time. We just tend to do it slowly and in one direction. Unless you consider memory a form of travel into the past -which I think that head writer/executive producer Steven Moffat does. But that’s another blog for another time.

Who is Clara Oswin Oswald?

She is not who you think she is. More important, my whovian brothers/sisters/and multi- or ungendered folk, she is not who you want her to be. Because most theories about the mystery of the “impossible girl” are just that. Sort of wooly headed wishful thinking that makes me go “WHAT?”

Prime example: Rose. A favorite fantasy of who bloggers is that Clara is the return of Rose. The basic logic of the blogs is “I miss Rose. Maybe she is Rose.” Um, no. No she’s not. Rose exists happily in an alternate universe with an alternate humany Doctor.

But Bad Wolf Rose? The sort of tardis-rose mergy thing that was all powerful. It was everywhere and everything and I didn’t really get that anyway. Couldn’t she be that Rose?

No she’s not. Bad Wolf was an event. And a warning of the event. A recurring theme that implied a destiny and inevitability of events, including Rose leaving the universe (and Billie Piper leaving the show) at Bad Wolf Bay.

If Ten.2 and Rose had a baby, then Clara could be that baby.

No. No she’s couldn’t. First, you’ve been reading too much Twilight and I can promise you that Moffat has not. Second, imagine humany Ten and human Rose have a baby in a parallel universe but an identical timeline. She grows up superfast. She then appears in our world in the Victorian era, current era and distant future. She dies in the past and future where she is buried or blown up but she reappears as an identical woman, the same exact age, the exact same name but no memories of either lives or the Doctor. She is however supplied with family, friends, obligations and all the trappings of “normal life”. Because timelords are like that.

No they’re not. No she’s not.

Give it up, Rose is gone. This is fan-fic narcissism. TV writers can be fans but they don’t as a rule do the mad scientist mesh and merging that happens in slash fan fiction. The character of Rose is distinct and separate. It belongs to the actress Billie Piper. The character of the Doctor is unique in his actor-hopping/regenerative abilities. (Unique in the way that the Master, Romana and all timelords are. Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?) But it is clear that each regeneration is a separate new being, an unknown entity, and switching actors is similar to death to the past incarnation. This is as much respect to the actors as the fans. It’s a brilliant bit of television evolution.

If she’s not Rose, maybe she’s River.

No she’s not. All the same reasons above. A River Song without Alex Kingston would be pointless and insulting. Besides we’ve seen her regenerations. Also, River is dead. So not River. Not the child of Doctor and River. Really, stop that. Not Jenny (the child of the Doctor and the Machine). There is nothing timelordy about being dead in multiple centuries but reappearing with the same face and no memories. Timelords avoid dying by changing.

Important point about Clara is that she did not avoid dying. She died and was buried and then the camera pans ahead 100 years and she’s literally walking on her own grave.

  • Clara did die.
  • Clara did not change.

She didn’t change her physical appearance or even her name. Is she related to herself? We don’t know but we can assume if it was something as simple as family resemblance (which has been referred to in past episodes as when the actress Freema Agyeman played a Torchwood employee-turned-cyberman prior to becoming the Doctor’s companion, Martha Jones. “I had a cousin at Canary Warf.”) then the Doctor wouldn’t have had so much trouble finding her again.

What dies but doesn’t? If you’re simply searching the DW canon you’ll find lots more choices than just timelords. One name comes to mind. Rory. Rory died and returned with such consistency that he became like Kenny from South Park: “They’ve killed Rory. The Bastards.” How did he do it? Plasticene duplicate, alternate timeline, hallucinogenic dreamlord, Weeping Angel paradox.

No, I don’t see much Clara there. But wait… what if the weeping angels partnered up with the Silence and have been bouncing her around in time but messing with her memory or maybe she drank tequila made with memory worm… which explains time travel and amnesia but not resurrection. Hmmm.

Maybe she’s a…

No, no she’s not.

The many versions of Clara Oswald

Doctor Who loses a million viewers in a week

DOCTOR Who has shed a million viewers in a week — with last Saturday’s show branded the WORST EVER by disappointed fans.

The latest episode, the second in the new BBC series, was watched by 5.7 million people, compared with the 6.7 million who tuned in at Easter.

The drop is significant for the second instalment starring the Time Lord’s new companion Clara Oswald — played by actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, 26.

She replaced Karen Gillan and Beeb chiefs hoped she would help lift ratings.

Jenna-Louise Coleman

New face … Jenna-Louise Coleman
BBC

Saturday’s episode, The Rings Of Akhaten, was the first written by respected scriptwriter Neil Cross — creator of the awardwinning Luther series.

But despite his pedigree, angry fans took to social networks to complain the show had lost its way.

Helen Paling tweeted: “Just caught up with Doctor Who. Wish I hadn’t. Boring rubbish.” Anna Hough wrote: “Genuinely the worst episode I have ever seen.”

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/4877591/doctor-who-viewing-figures-down.html#ixzz2PrndibF3

Thanks to Don’t Blink (one of the DW fan communities on FB) for bringing this my attention. I didn’t need a million viewers to verify what I already thought. See my comments below. I think that the actress brings a lot of possibility to the role –unfortunately, we the viewers like both of her dead characters (the Victorian nanny/barmaid and Souffle Girl/dalek) much more than we like her. While I support the general polyamorous nature of time travel and its explored though not spoken outright in the show, the loss of the Ponds did not include the loss of River Song. So the introduction of a companion who might want to join him in his *snogging booth*, is hurtful and confusing to viewers. I think it shows a general distrust of the current writers as much as dislike of the new companion. I’m hating Moffat for his general disregard for continuity… ie destroying the weeping angels as a brilliant and believable monster for the shits and giggles of having “baby angels” and the Statue of Liberty creature –which served no function than as a visual gag.

Me to DW producers: “Did you forget everything? Everyone? Did you think we wouldn’t notice? Notice that the Tardis has stopped translating so that we can have comic effects like barking aliens? We notice everything. The missing year. Yep, noticed that.

  • G.L. Morrison (Spoiler alert.) There’s not much that would stop me from viewing but I was disgusted with the second episode which I have dubbed “Rings of Whatever”. It was terribly written. It was part Star Wars canteena and part segue to future episodes in which *something* might happen. Anything interesting such as the “psychic” economy and the idea of a vampiric sun, and his monster alarm clock(?) etc were tossed together as sort of throwaway one liners, barely explored as complications and then resolved like a child’s boo-boo; kiss on the knee, all better. Everything was dipped in a pot of blandness. None of it moved the story in any way. It was all big special effects and hinting at, “I have stories I could tell you but they should never be said.” Big special effects? Seriously? You think that’s what impresses us? We’re Doctor Who fans. The lowest budget sci-fi around. Tell us a fricking story not “ooo stories are magic, sorry I couldn’t be bothered to write one.” Just saying. As for Clara, I like the character a lot but the actress admitting she’d only ever seen one DW (the fish fingers and custard episode) did not make her likable in the companion special BBC ran before the show.

Craig Ferguson’s Doctor Who Tribute with Lyrics

lyrics

Craig Ferguson: Tonight’s show is a little different.
Tonight’s show is about a man who’s not really a man.
He’s a doctor, but he’s not really a doctor.
Like Doctor Phil, but awesome.
Most people in the United States of America have not heard of him.
He’s just like me in that regard.
Who is he? He’s The Doctor!

In 1963 the BBC premiered a show about an alien who traveled through space and time to combat the powers of evil.

Sid the rabbit: He’s a force for good in an otherwise uncertain universe.

Craig: You are correct in your summation of his character my profane rabbit friend.

Geoff Petersen, robot skeleton sidekick: Ooh, tell me more!

Craig: The show has been running in Britain almost fifty years,
with many different actors in the role of The Doctor.

Wavy Rancheros the Alligator/Crocodile: The Doctor doesn’t die he just regenerates.

Craig: The crocodile alligator speaks the truth.
One thing is consistent though and this is why the show is so beloved by geeks and nerds.
It’s all about the triumph of intellect and romance
over brute force and cynicism.
Intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism!

And if there’s any hope for us in this giant explosion in which we inhabit then surely that’s it.
Intellect and romance triumph over brute force and cynicism!
Right, Doctor?

The Doctor: Absolutely, Craig!

Nerdy nesting dolls

nerdnestingdolls

 

I think the Doctor Who nesting dolls should have more than the LOTR/The Hobbit nesters. Afterall, bigger on the inside right? Of course, if it was up to me you’d open the first Doctor Matryoshka and they would spill out like Daleks flying out of a void ship.

 

Anyone got an etsy link to someone selling these? Would be much appreciated.

Geek love stories: Boy Meets Tardis

Neil Gaiman wrote this episode "The Doctor's Wife"

Neil Gaiman wrote this episode “The Doctor’s Wife”

 

More great quotes from

“Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Wife (#6.4)” (2011)

Idris: Biting’s excellent. It’s like kissing. Only there’s a winner.

 

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Amy Pond: She’s the TARDIS?
The Eleventh Doctor: And she’s a woman! She’s a woman and she’s the TARDIS.
Amy Pond: Did you wish really hard?
[raises eyebrow at The Doctor]
The Eleventh Doctor: Shut up! Not like that…
Idris/Tardis: Hello, I’m… Sexy.
The Eleventh Doctor: Still shut up.