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Doctor Who 2010: A Christmas Carol

25 Dec

My first Doctor Who episode was a X’mas special, and it was when they introduced David Tennant as the 10th Doctor in 2005’s The Christmas Invasion. I misjudged the episode thinking that what a wimp of a character this Doctor is, just lying there, shivering, and what did they call it, “he’s regenerating” and could not do anything to help the poor Rose Tyler. You guessed it, I didnt finish the episode and told myself, nah, I can never get into Doctor Who. Fast forward another Doctor Who X’mas special in 2006’s Voyage of the Damned and I really dont know why as the episode was not that great either but I fell for Tennant’s charms and eventually embraced Doctor Who which will become a permanent fixture of my geekness. That’s it, when I thought I never wanted to be in the TARDIS, he locked me in and never gave me a copy of the key. That was how my love affair started with the Doctor and boy, how it has flourished.

Of the 4 Doctor Who X’mas specials I have seen & enjoyed, I must say that this is the best of them all in terms of it’s very close association with the festive season, and not just because of the title. It may however disappoint viewers who would rather see a loud, bang on action episode, probably looking for scary villains or monsters and not find them here but I feel that Doctor Who also shines and is sometimes even much better if it’s just there to tell a story, a story that even a heart of stone will touch. Remember Richard Curtis’ moving “Vincent and the Doctor” last season? A Christmas Carol worked for me on many levels and was quite impressed as to how that genius Steven Moffat has done it again by infusing time travel with another heartfelt story and interwoven with the classic Dickens tale.

Performance wise I was so pleased that the great Michael Gambon has shown for an hour what a terrific actor he really is outside of the Harry Pottter films. I wouldnt even begin to describe how great a theatre actor he is too. Katherine Jenkins was also a revelation in this episode, her talent as a soprano was just used in small measure but still effective. We see less of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) here but judging on the new season’s trailer I am sure we will see a lot of them. As for our beloved Doctor, Matt Smith, will I ever stop singing his praises? He turned me around and made me fell for him when he took over the reins as the 11th Doctor last spring. This episode is one of his best performance as the Time Lord and how confident he has become in the role in less than a year. This is a wonderful episode to end the season and herald the coming of the season 6 in the spring with the trailer to be seen here:

I wear a Stetson now. Stetsons are cool.

And did I just see River Song? Oh joy.

Doctor Who: The End of Time

1 Jan

For what was trumped up and hyped to be a great finale, personally I thought this one failed, and quite miserably. It was just such a long goodbye that no offense to Tennant of course because I love him as an actor forever and ever until the end of time, but with this quite overdrawn episode, I just wanted him to die and regenerate already! Blinking heck!

I know I ought to be thankful to Russell T. Davies for renewing interest on Doctor Who but he really laid it on thick with this one. It was just a total mess, with way too many plotlines and like I said quite overlong. Forget about the Master and all the Timelords and Gallifrey planet taking over Earth but when the Doctor was revisiting his companions, it was a real letdown when he visited Donna (Catherine Tate), was that it? Why did they even bother? But I loved the bit when he went to the book signing and meets Joan Redfern’s (Jessica Hynes) granddaughter, and seeing Rose (Billie Piper) pre-companion days. But then when he went back to the TARDIS and said “I dont want to go” I almost lost it. Just get on with it already! Regenerate now!

I have to say the four knocks coming from Wilf (magnificently and endearingly played by Bernard Cribbins), was something that I definitely didnt see coming. I also thought that although Tennant was brilliant here, Cribbins was just as excellent. Then he regenerates! I was hoping for it to be cathartic that by the time it was all happening I have already lost the energy to feel sad that my Doctor is dying. Then that was it! He has regenerated! My geekiness came out again. We’ve got a new Doctor in Matt Smith! And he is going to be great I am sure; actually, I love him already. Spring wouldnt come soon enough that’s the thing!

Looking forward to an era of much better Who writing and this time with Steven Moffatt at the helm.

GERONIMO!

The End of Time Part 2- 3/5

Gobbets – Sarah Jane Smith

4 Feb

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Some things are worth getting your heart broken for. Sarah Jane Smith, Doctor Who Series 2, School Reunion

Doctor Who 2008 X’mas Special

15 Nov

It’s no secret that I absolutely love Doctor Who. Since rediscovering it in last year’s Voyage of the Damned, I have been hooked since. I would devour anything related to the franchise! It’s a real shame when Tennant announced leaving the series come 2010 but let’s not forget that we still have him for another year, so it’s not as if it will all be over soon, 1 year is still 365 days, although for a Time Lord that’s really just 5 episodes. And the point of this blog entry is that there’s the X’mas special to look forward to and just by looking at this preview trailer I know we are in for another fantastic episode! It’s also worth speculating if David Morrissey can make a good Doctor, wasn’t his name mentioned as a worthy candidate? Know what, based on this trailer, I dont mind really! For a while there I thought it wouldnt hurt so much to see Tennant go if we had somebody like Morrissey to take over the TARDIS.

AnyWho, enjoy the trailer and tell me what you think! Cheers to my dear friend Morbius who posted the link in Facebook for it absolutely made my day, the cold I am brewing suddenly didnt exist.

ALLONSY!

Doctor Who: Journey’s End

5 Jul

SPOILERS beware!

After being on a high from last week’s The Stolen Earth, tonight’s episode of the Journey’s End pulled me down and repeatedly kicked me defenseless. Yes, and unashamedly, I am mourning the loss of Donna Noble, who in my opinion is the best companion this revived series has ever had. I suppose I am coming from the point of view of someone who didnt even once gave a chance to Catherine Tate until she grew on you as the series progressed. I thought it was rather cruel that the ultimate price she had to pay for being part human and part Doctor was to have the memories of the time she spent with the Doctor erased, as if it never happened. Just like that! Why, isn’t that just the height of meanness and cruelty?

Another disgruntled fan, Merboy from Dublin, whom I will quote here in full had this to say: What a disappointment leaving Donna with no memory of how “special” she was. Whats that all about? CT was fantastic in this series and to lift her character up out of suburbia and show her how important she was only to take all that away AND her memories of it was just cruel – to the character and to the audience. We know shes not reprising her role (don’t we?) so there is no chance of her “somehow remembering” in the future. It wouldn’t have stung so much if Donna had actually died, knowing what she knew and being who she was supposed to be. Cruel Cruel cruel!!

I really didn’t care anymore for the rest of the episode because I am still livid with disappointment so I’ll call a spade a spade. This episode, in my opinion is definitely the worst episode of the series. But well done to Catherine Tate for giving life to Donna Noble, you’ve done well and we’ll be seeing you at the theatre in Under the Blue Sky.

Journey’s End: 2/5

Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth

28 Jun

Wow, wow, wow! This has got to be the best television experience I have ever had in years! As we are nearing the end of Series 4, expect outgoing executive producer and head writer Russell T. Davies to come up with one of the best and one helluva cliffhanger of an episode of Doctor Who since its revival in 2005.

Still recovering from an equally brilliant Turn Left (also by RTD) last week showcasing Tate’s dramatic talent and her eventual meeting with Piper’s Rose, the Doctor’s erstwhile companion, The Stolen Earth which is the penultimate episode of the series is an exciting, exhilirating ride that will make you cheer, cry, yearn and hope. I have never in the first 15 minutes of livestreaming it via the iPlayer have had emotions wash over me and with such intensity. The highlight of this episode of course are the Doctor’s army of friends banding together as they tried to reach the Doctor. It was a delight to see former companions Martha Jones now working for UNIT, Sarah Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness and even once friend Harriet Jones (former PM) in what Tate’s Donna Noble described as an outer space Facebook.

The performances are top notch from Sarah Jane’s (Elizabeth Sladen) grief stricken face as soon as she heard the Daleks via Mr. Smith’s comm link, to John Barrowman’s Jack Harkness as he accepts defeat realising the same, to Wilf’s (Bernard Cribbins) indignance of wanting to fight with a Dalek with his paint gun and of course Penelope Wilton’s welcome return as Harriet Jones and her offer of sacrifice. (On a side note, I just saw Miss Wilton perform at the Donmar the week before).

I will not spoil the details in case my enthusiasm for this episode rubs off on you and you actually decide to catch it from the BBC’s iPlayer or it will make you want to rent the DW boxsets. What’s certain is this, next weeks much awaited episode, Journey’s End should just be as brilliant and I simply can’t wait!

The Stolen Earth: 5/5

Doctor Who Season 4

2 Apr

This is it! The wait is over!

The TARDIS will finally land and out comes the Doctor with a new companion, Donna Noble, played this time around by Catherine Tate.

3 DVD Boxsets later and come Saturday will be the start of the Doctor Who Season 4 on BBC One. It’s the first time I will be following the season and it’s really quite exciting. I still don’t own a telly mind, but bless the BBC for coming up with the iPlayer so I can still watch it albeit an hour after the telecast. So if you know my number don’t bother calling for I won’t answer, if you think you can do telepathy, believe me it ain’t gonna work.

Welcome back Doctor!

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