I liked the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode The Day of The Doctor. However, this one seemed to be more about celebrating the last 7 years than embracing the whole franchise over its fifty year life span. Which it should in some ways, as the new Doctor Who (like the later iterations of Star Trek -TNG, DS9, and especially VOY and ENT and the reboot movie franchise) is not really for the hardcore fans of shows (people like me who’ve been praising it for 33 years) but the new generation that embraced it since its return in 2005. They’ve helped propel the franchise beyond its cultish life it had between its start in 1963 to its end in 1989 and the wilderness years before its return. These new fans deserve the credit as much as us older ones. But the real truth has always been that like the new Trek series, this new version of Doctor Who is for the generation growing up now. So the longtime fans have a choice –seen as bitter to some- to either embrace the newer show and accept that it’s true nature and enjoy, or we can ignore it and watch Duck Dynasty. I hate that show, so bring on Doctor Who.
While Tom Baker’s scene towards the end can be taken in either the one thrown bone to longtime fans and Baker’s make up for snubbing the franchise 30 years ago when he did not appear in The Five Doctors or something more clever, whatever it was, one could not feel happiness at his return –no matter what theory you want to cook up to explain who he really is playing (my impression is this is Moffat’s chance to foreshadow what will most likely happen in the Christmas special, thank you to Night of The Doctor and the Sisterhood of Karn for showing us this).
In the end, The Day of the Doctor was entertaining, funny, exciting and a well done. I can either be upset that it did not embrace the last 43 years before its return, or I can just enjoy what has been the best year of a 50 year-old franchise that continues to grow. I may not be pleased with everything it does, but that’s life. Long live Doctor Who.
Travis Richey, The Inspector from Untitled Web Series, takes another page from Doctor Who by appearing in this parody short that combine’s the classic TV series with The Hunger Games. Richey takes on the newest Doctor -set to debut in next months Christmas Special- the twelfth (?) Doctor to be played by Peter Capaldi.
With just nine days to the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode The Day of The Doctor, the BBC has released the mini-episode The Night of The Doctor, which features the return of Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor.
It appears the battle between the Time Lords and Daleks is threatening to destroy the galaxy, but the Doctor appears not to be involved. He answers a mayday call only to discover the girl, Cass, he intends to rescue, does not want Time Lord help and is willing to die before she will. Her ship crashes on a planet, killing her and the Doctor.
But the Doctor has arrived on Karn, home to the Sisterhood and The Sacred Flame, which produces The Elixir of Life. The sisterhood is remnants of people from the old days of Gallifrey, long before the rise of Rassilon and have dealt with the Time Lords for eons (the fourth Doctor spent some time here during the TV adventure The Brain of Morbuis). The Sisterhood resurrects the Doctor, only to give him a grim choice: either remain dead or regenerate and fight in the Time War. The Doctor knows, of course, there is only one choice…
For a better part of a year now, I’ve been following a few people who Vlog over at Youtube. Some do it daily, some once a week, while others just do something every now and then.
Two in particular, R.J. Aguiar and Will Shepherd at Shep869 and Nick Foti and Ken at Stillsoundlywake, Vlog almost everyday. Nick and Ken from New Jersey while Will and RJ out of Florida (though this summer, they picked up and moved to Los Angeles). Through both of their daily Vlogs, we’ve seen the everyday life of two gay couples who’ve decided -for whatever reason- to film their lives. And for whatever reason, I’ve decided I like watching them. It’s reality TV, except without all the manufactured drama.
Now Will is a huge Harry Potter fan. HUGE. And so is RJ, but I think more the movies than the books. And through his involvement with Youtube and their sponsored Next Up, Will, RJ, Nick and Ken have met a bunch of other talented folks who like working together. Wren Weichman is one such talented guy and together, they and other Youtubers embarked on this brilliant project below.
Written by Aguiar and produced and directed by Weichman (who also edited and did all the visual effects), this nearly 13 minute short shows what a group of friends can do on a budget of nothing. It stars R.J., Will and Nick. Enjoy and share.
With just two weeks before it’s airing, the BBC has finally released an extended trailer for Day of The Doctor, the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who.
The plot: “The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.”
While this story line seems everyday, the trailer reveals that for the first time since the series returned in 2005 we’ll get a (detailed?) look at the Time War that cost the life of Gallifrey and the Doctor’s people. It will also explore how John Hurt’s Doctor figures within the personal timeline of the Doctor as well. David Tennant is back as the 10th Doctor -but since Rose is back as well (and in images seemly going all Bad Wolf again) is this the Meta-Crisis Doctor (thus human/Timelord) from Journey’s End or the tenth Doctor taken out of time to aide both Matt Smith’s Doctor and John Hurt’s Doctor?
The special will air on November 23, simultaneously around the globe, which means on the East Coast, it begins at 2:50 in the afternoon, 1:50 in the Midwest and 11:50 here on the West Coast. It runs 76 minutes.
In the lead-up to that debut, BBC America is planing a week long celebration of Doctor Who. While sadly they will not be airing older serials (beyond re-broadcasting the year-long Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited Marathon: The First through Tenth Doctor on November 18) they do plan marathon episodes of Doctor Who (Doctors 9 through 11) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Also debuting on November 18 is Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS (9:00 –10:00) which is “An all-new special that features the series’ actors and producers sharing their experiences and memories of the world’s longest-running sci-fi show. The special features exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history, including actors who have played the Doctor: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Tom Baker, and Peter Davison, actors who have played companions: Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman, and William Russell, as well as the current lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. The discussion includes how the actors got cast, how the roles changed their lives, how a ‘regeneration’ is recorded, and how filming the show in the 60′s compares to today.
And The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox (10:00–11:00). A former rock star and Britain’s popular TV physicist, Professor Brian Cox explores the universe of the world’s favorite Time Lord when he takes the audience on a journey into the wonderful universe of Doctor Who, with the help of celebrity guests. In this exclusively recorded special from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Who fans and anyone with a thirst for understanding.
Then on Friday, November 22 comes the special Doctor Who Explained (8:00pm-9pm) which explores the mysterious and two-hearted alien who is the Doctor. Through exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history, including actors who have played the Doctor: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Davison, and Tom Baker as well as actors who have played companions: Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, and Freema Agyeman, viewers get an insight to what happens behind-the-scenes of the award-winning sci-fi show.
Also airing that night is the origin TV Movie An Adventure in Space and Time – 9:00pm ET. What do you get when you mix C.S. Lewis with H.G. Wells, and sprinkle in a bit of Father Christmas? An alien Time Lord exploring space and time in a Police Box spaceship called the “TARDIS” (Time And Relative Dimension in Space). Written by Mark Gatiss, the BBC AMERICA co-production, the film stars David Bradley (the First Doctor, William Hartnell), Brian Cox (BBC Head of Drama, Sydney Newman), Jessica Raine (Producer, Verity Lambert) and Sacha Dhawan (Director, Waris Hussein). An unlikely trio of misfits set out to create a genre series that all ages would love. William ‘Bill’ Hartnell, displeased with his career, was presented with a chance to break out of the hard-man roles he’d become known for. And with the instincts of first time producer, Verity Lambert and first time director, Waris Hussein, the Doctor was born. As the success of the show grew, William went from unhappy curmudgeon to beloved television star who relished his career resurgence and found a new lease on life. But all good things come to an end. How will Bill face leaving behind the part that has made him a hero to millions of children? And can the show survive without him? Journey back fifty years through space and time to witness the exciting beginning and untimely end of the First Doctor in this touching drama.