Okay, that might seem like a bleak sort of title for a Doctor Who fan. What is there to be hopeful about? It’s going to be great. Of course it’s going to be great.
However, some of that may just be the end of Series 7 talking. The last episode – followed by the 50th Anniversary Special and the Christmas Special – I have come to call the “of the Doctor” trilogy: The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, and The Time of the Doctor. And this trilogy was amazing.
But as a whole, Series 7 was less well received. So let’s consider that for a moment, and then, why I’m hopeful for Series 8!
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Tagged Amy Pond, Clara Oswin Oswald, Doctor Who, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, Doctor Who Series 7, Doctor Who Series 8, Peter Capaldi, Rory Williams, The Day of the Doctor, The Doctor, The Name of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor, Time Lord
I had a few different ideas for characters that start with the letter R, but really, only one of them would show up out of space and time and kick my butt for not including him. And that would be Rory Williams. This poor guy goes through so much… basically anything that could happen to a time traveller, and maybe then some.
Erased from time and space, reborn as a duplicate outside his own control, lives for two thousand years waiting for time to catch up with him… he’s fought vampires, Daleks, Weeping Angels, and even dinosaurs. On a spaceship. While he wasn’t considered the “main” companion for the Doctor at the time, he was a great addition to Doctor Who, and a very grounded character besides. So let me look at a few of the interesting aspects of Rory!
This post is really combining two different tv tropes. One is the Hat Trick, which I know mostly due to Joss Whedon. It originally started out as actors that have appeared in all three of Joss’ shows (Buffy, Angel, Firefly), but with his every growing list of accomplishments that number of hat tricks keeps growing and at some point you might be able to go beyond just three appearances.
This then could be compared to the TV Trope “You Look Familiar” where a guest actor who maybe had a bit part returns to then play a full time character. On TV Tropes they note that this is often the case with Star Trek, a show where being able to wear a mask or makeup you could really have anyone behind there, so why not reuse an actor who worked well.
I really love it when you do not quite realize they have been reused until you come back and watch older episodes and are surprised to find this actor that you have seen playing one character suddenly playing someone completely different on the same show. Now the Hat Tricks for Joss Whedon have become a game amongst the fans to see who can spot them. So here are some of my favorite Hat Tricks / You Look Familiar actors and moments. Continue reading
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Tagged Amy Pond, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Carlos Jacott, Doctor Who, Eve Myles, Firefly, Freema Agyeman, Gwen Cooper, Jonathan M Woodward, Joss Whedon, Karen Gillan, Martha Jones, Torchwood
With the Doctor Who season returning later this month, I wanted to spend a little time with everyone’s favorite Time Lord.
I recently presented the Doctor as, well, not a villain, nor a hero… not necessarily a good guy, but not an outright killer… But really, as a truly neutral force. But by no means a disinterested one – he is very actively engaged in the life of the universe, and maybe especially with the planet Earth.
So what do we know about the Doctor? Who is he? (See what I did there?…) Continue reading
Posted in Character Studies, Good and Evil, TV Shows
Tagged Alignments, Amy Pond, BBC America, David Tennant, Doctor Who, Human Companions, Last of the Time Lords, Rory Williams, The Doctor, Time Lord
David and I started watching Doctor Who in 2010, so basically when the new series had already gone through the 9th and 10th Doctor. We did not go all the way back to the beginning, but just decided to start with the new Doctor Who, Christopher Eccelston as the 9th Doctor. I do not remember my feelings when first watching the show, but I know it was not long until we were hooked.
David and I made sure to get all caught up before Doctor Who Series 5 started and we got to watch it as it aired, at least as it aired in the United States. Now when we initially heard that Russell T. Davies had left the show and there would be a new head writer, we were a little concerned because we had loved the show so far. At first David and I were not sure who this Steven Moffat guy was, then we started looking over our list of favorite episodes, and that is when we got really excited.
So here it is: David and my favorite episodes of Doctor Who. Continue reading
Posted in Lists, Nostalgia, Time Travel, TV Shows
Tagged Amy Pond, Blink, Doctor Who, Donna Noble, Empty Child, River Song, Rose Tyler, Silence in the Library, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Girl Who Waited, Vincent and the Doctor