Tag Archives: Rory Williams

Why I’m Hopeful for Doctor Who: Series 8

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.

The Name of the Doctor

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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X is for Xander Harris – the Zeppo

XYou may have thought we had made it through the month with no Joss Whedon characters, but take heart! For X is for Xander Harris! Just your average, socially awkward, class clown of a teen, he ends up an integral part of the Scooby Gang in Buffy, saving the world from demons, vampires, and general badness. 

Right? He matters, right? The defining Xander episode was The Zeppo, where Xander has a solo adventure while his friends, Buffy and the gang, fight off what is described as “the worst thing they have ever faced” – which happens off-screen. And meanwhile, trying to find his identity and figure out what it is that is his “thing” – what makes him cool or unique – Xander gets mixed up with some undead who want to blow up the high school. He beats them all, and saves the school, while his friends save the world – something they couldn’t have done if they had blown up.

So let me look at Xander, but also at this idea of “the Zeppo,” this character who is at once essential and expendable.

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R is for Rory Williams

RI 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!

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The first question! Hidden in plain sight! “Doctor Who?” – A Character Study

Th Doctor is NeutralWith 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.

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Favorite Fictional Relationships

So for Valentine’s Day, I was trying to think of a couple of different options for a post. My first thought was “Greatest Love Stories in Science Fiction and Fantasy”, but the more I looked the more I saw that the great or epic love stories usually ended badly. I mean, even start with what some consider the greatest love story Romeo and Juliet. How can anyone say that that story ended well?

The other thing I noticed is that a lot of the supposed love stories you might find are all love-at-first-sight and the-world-did-not-seem-to-exist-before-this-person-came-into-my-life, which is just not how love in the real world usually works. So instead, I wanted to focus on my favorite relationships. These relationships are not perfect, love does not solve all problems, but they are there for each other in the end.

You will quickly notice there is no Han and Leia, no Buttercup and Wesley, no Buffy and Angel. After taking time to think about it I do not consider these great relationships – they are great love stories, but many of these are the beginnings of relationship, and have not really stood the test of time quite yet. The following relationships are not showing the beginnings or the falling in love part, but what it is like after you have fallen and just have love in that relationship.  (Potential SPOILERS for Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Firefly, Doctor Who, and Up) Continue reading