Friday, December 2, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The second episode starts with two staff persons discussing their jobs, when they are told of the arrival of the TARDIS. A group of rebels discusses the arrival of the TARDIS travelers. The Travelers discuss their course of action, and they start trying to find their way out of the museum. The Doctor is grabbed by the rebels and taken away from the others. Barbara, Vicki and Ian argue what to do in the Doctor's absence, and the Doctor escapes from the rebels by hiding inside a Dalek display, but is captured by the museum staff. He is questioned by the governor who uses thought projection device to read the Doctor's mind. The Doctor resists the questioning and the governor decides that he would be more useful as an exhibit. As the episode ends, the guards arrive to take the Doctor to the preparation room ...
I will continue watching and blogging on this episode in the not too far future.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
The TARDIS materializes and Ian is concerned because they are n longer in the clothes that they dematerialized in. Vicki gets a glass of water for the Doctor and drops it, and the glass returns to her hand intact. The travelers realize they are at museum, and they are baffled by the fact that they are not leaving any footprints in the dust. They are further baffled by a lack of soounds, and a pair of guards walk within a few feet of them and don't take notice of them despite Vicki sneezing loudly as they walked by.
Inside the museum two museum staff walk by talking, but the travelers did not hear any sound. Vicki discovers that they can't touch any of the displays, and a cuple more museum staff walk by and look right at the travelers but don't see them. They find a display containing the TARDIS and their bodies. Vicki realizes that they are out of time, ahead of their own time track. The Doctor deduces that they should wait for themselves to arrive, and then they will be back in synch. Once they are in synch, they need to prevent whatever occurance end with them as a museum display. Suddenly, the display vanishes, and they are back on track with the time stream...
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
In the early years of the series, when there were 42 episodes per year, different episodes would be written in order to allow the principal actors to take a week off here and there. Now they write an episode with minimal involvement of the primary characters, or rather different primary characters at different times.
Amy being trapped in a separate time stream as a method of quarantine is almost genius. Moffat is, if nothing else, able to create a great story, even if he tends to write a very confusing season. Karen Gilliam really shone in this episode, showing her versatility in showing us an older, harder, less innocent Amy Pond. An Amy who was abandoned and used the things she learned from the Doctor in order to survive.
Rory forces Amy to face herself, and we see the image of Amy the way that Steven Moffat sees her. She starts out as an innocent scottish girl, left behind and waiting for the raggedy doctor, to being the fulcrum which pivots the Doctor's life and travels, to being the mother of the person who murders the Doctor (according to the little dudes in the person-ship during "Let's Kill Hitler," but I still have my doubts). Of course, seeing older Amy swinging away with a sword and stick ... hmmm ... makes me wanna be more manly.
Rory being forced to make a choice was a great moment, especially when he told the Doctor "you're turning me into you." After all, that is what the Doctor does ... he makes decisions. It was fun to watch him force someone else to make the decision for once. But what was with him sticking his tongue out at Amy?
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Gotta love a little kid who can psychically call the Doctor across time and Space. Amy Intro .... BOOO!
A child's bedroom is the scariest place in the universe? Wow. Whoda thunk? I kinda feel for the kid, laying there with his flashlight. I don't think I have EVER been as scared as this kid looks. Of course, Rory and Amy's elevator ride to hell looks scary too. Plus a little old lady getting eaten by a pile of trash bags ... hrm.
OK, the dollhouse, kinda saw the coming, and it reminds me just a little bit of another First Doctor story, Planet of the Giants. Of course, in that case the TARDIS screwed up and shrunk everyone down, and in this case we are talking about an alien kid who sticks people in a dollhouse in the cupboard, but hey, go with it, eh?
Of course as this episode draws to a close, all's well that ends well ... of course with Stephen Moffat, one never knows ... especially with The Doctor obsessing over his own death.
Monday, September 5, 2011
"You cannot change history, not one line! ... What you are trying to do is utterly impossible! Believe me, I know, I know!" Those were the words that the First Doctor said to Barbara when she told him that she intended to convince the Aztecs to end the ritual of human sacrifice so that Cortez would not destroy their civilization when he arrived. So when I saw the title, "Let's Kill Hitler," well, it kind of made me wonder if this was going to be another one of Moffat's misdirections. But then again, in "The Fires of Pompeii," the Tenth Doctor explains to Donna that some events are fixed and others are in flux ... the fixed ones tend to be the ones where the event shapes the whole of history after it, and lets face it, Hitler is one of those fixed points, so we are kind of stuck with him.
This turns out to be one of those wonderful "wibbley, wobbley" episodes. you know, the ones where you need to use your TV TARDIS (aka, your DVR) to go back and satisfy your "did he really just say/do that?" curiosity.
The episode revolves around the addition of Amy's friend Mel, a juvenile delinquent all growed up, and the title comes from what I think is one of the most brilliant lines in the episode: "You've got a time machine, I've got a gun, what the hell, lets kill Hitler."
I am going to try to go with a lot less detail from now on, but I think that the progression of Amy's life with Mel and Rory growing up was ... fun. Especially the fact that Amy thought Rory was gay for so long.
Temporal Grace ... does it exist or not? Well, it did once upon a time. It definitely worked back in the Fourth Doctor's era, but then by the time the Fifth Doctor came along, it didn't seem to work. In the books after the original series ended, the Seventh Doctor said that the temporal grace circuit needed looking at. Apparently he never got around to it, and he started using Temporal Grace as a "clever lie" to convince people not to fire their weapons in the TARDIS.
The Antibodies are cool, they would make awesome hall monitors in a school. No pass? Zap 'em! Oooh, and Hitler delivers a wicked right cross on Hitler. Rory really comes into his own in this episode. I am starting to like him now. The fake man with the little men inside ... Brilliant! Mel is shot and regenerates in to the River Song we know and love, except, she is not quite so lovable in this episode. Call it the redemption of River Song ... or the redemption of Melody Pond into River Song ... or ... ok, you get the idea.
The rest of the episode focuses on River going through her post-regeneration trauma (oh, and she poisons the Doctor along the way). And what is the cruelest form of warfare? Warfare of the heart. When River is being evil, she is totally badass! By the way, love the sonic cane.
In the end, Amy and Rory are rescued, River gives up her remaining regenerations to save the Doctor, and she is set on the path she must travel to become the River we know. Hang on tight, the rest of the season is looking like it will be quite a ride!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
It all began in a junkyard as they say. The first part of the serial opens on a foggy London night, and a patrolman checks the gate at I.M. Foreman Scrap Merchants, 76 Totter’s Lane. He walks away, and the gate opens and the camera enters the yard and settles on a police box as we hear a distinct humming noise. Fade to Coal Hill School, where two teachers, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton are talking about a student named Susan Foreman. They are bothered by the fact that she seems absolutely brilliant, but astoundingly dull in other ways. Barbara had tried to visit her grandfather, a “doctor,” but found that the address on file with the school office was the junkyard at 76 Totter’s Lane. They decide to follow her home and try to solve the mystery that is Susan Foreman. The teachers leave Susan and she picks up the book and immediately upon starting to read exclaims “that’s not right!”
The teachers watch her entering the junk yard and follow her in. They discover the police box, and soon encounter an old man. They hear Susan‘s voice inside the police box and argue with the old man about it, thinking he knows something about it. Susan opens the door and Barbara and Ian force their way in, discovering that they are not inside a police box, but a very large, complex machine with Susan inside.
The old man instructs Susan to close the door, and Ian argues with the old man about wanting an explanation how a police box can contain a vast room such as the one they are in. Susan calls the ship they are in the TARDIS, which stands for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space. The old man tells them that he and Susan are exiles, cut off from their own planet without friends or protection. He talks of them being wanderers in the fourth dimension of time. Ian tries to leave and gets shocked by the console. The old man and Susan argue about letting them go, and Susan tells him that if he tries to leave, she will leave him and the TARDIS. He activates the controls and the TARDIS takes off and lands in a rocky wilderness area. The first part of the story ends with a shadow looming menacingly near the TARDIS.
The second part opens with the same exterior scene of the TARDIS and the menacing shadow. The shadow is cast by a cave man who looks at the TARDIS in disbelief. The scene switches to a tribe of cave men where one of them, Za, is trying to make fire while being ridiculed by an old woman. Za and a woman talks about who will be leader of the tribe and whom her father will give her to. The scene switches to inside the TARDIS, where Barbara and Ian regain consciousness after having been knocked unconscious by the TARDIS’s trip.
Ian argues with the old man, calling him “Doctor Foreman,” to which the old man replies “doctor who?” They talk about the ship having gone back in time, but Ian is skeptical. They all exit the TARDIS, and Ian is dumbfounded, and the old man is wondering why the TARDIS still looks like a police box. Everyone starts exploring, Ian, Barbara and Susan exploring separating from the old man. Barbara refers to him as Doctor Foreman and Ian says “That’s not his name, who is he? Doctor Who?” The Doctor lights his pipe, and is attacked by a caveman named Kal who thinks that the Doctor can show him the secret of fire allowing Kal to take over the tribe. Susan, Barbara and Ian go to his aid and find that he has been taken. They take off in search of him as the scene shifts to the cave.
Za is having a hard time keeping his position as leader in the face of a challenge from Kal, and as Kal returns to the cave carrying the Doctor. Kal convinces the tribe that if he can bring them the secret of fire, that he should be leader. The Doctor awakens and tells the tribe that he would make fire for them, but he can’t make fire without matches. This adds to the conflict between Kal and Za. Kal threatens to kill the Doctor, but is interrupted by Susan, Ian and Barbara. They are overpowered by the tribe and imprisoned in the cave of skulls. Za and the woman’s father discuss her being mated with Za. As the second part ends, the four travelers discover that the cave gets its name from being littered with skeletons and skulls and that the skulls have all been split open.
In the main cave, an old woman of the tribe departs while the others are sleeping. In the cave of skulls, the travelers use a sharp edged stone to try to cut their bonds, and the Doctor tells them to use a sharp piece of bone. The old woman leaves the main cave and is seen by the woman, Hur, who wakes Za and they follow the old woman. The old woman comes into the cave of skulls, and tells the travelers they will not make fire. Hur tells Za that the old woman went to kill the travelers, and they go to follow her, overhearing her telling them that she will she them free if they do not make fire. The old woman frees them, and they escape through a back entrance to the cave of skulls.
The travelers escape into the forest at night and are pursued by Za. The travelers stop to catch their breath and Barbara is startled when she trips over a fresh corpse of an animal. They are being stalked by a wild animal, but they are saved by Za, who kills the animal, but is gravely wounded in the fight. Barbara goes to help the wounded Za, followed by Susan. Hur resists their help, and Ian tells them he is their friend and wants to treat his wounds. They argue over helping Za, and they make a stretcher to carry Za. Kal goes to the cave of skulls and questions the old woman, and Kal kills her.
While building the stretcher, the Doctor picks up a rock, and is stopped from killing Za by Ian. They begin to carry Za back to the TARDIS. Kal wakes the rest of the tribe and leads them out to stop the travelers, blocking hem from reaching the TARDIS as the third installment ends.
The final installment of this first serial starts with the travelers being taken prisoner once again. In the cave, an argument breaks out over who killed the old woman, Kal accusing Za. The Doctor tricks Kal into showing the tribe his bloody knife, forcing him to confess. The Doctor and Ian provoke the tribe to drive Kal out, and they are once again imprisoned in the cave of skulls for their trouble. They make fire for the tribe believing this to be their ticket to freedom, and give the fire to Za. Za is attacked by Kal, and in the fight, Za kills him. They ask to be set free now that they have given Za fire, but Za keeps them prisoner, forcing them to remain and join the tribe.
As the tribe celebrates the return of fire, the travelers use the fire to trick the tribe into believing that they are dead and escape. The tribe follows when they discover the deception and give chase, but the travelers reach the TARDIS and escape as spears are thrown at the vanishing TARDIS.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I will be building it in four phases. Phase 1 will be the interior shelves themselves. Phase 2 will be doors and a base. Phase 3 will be the "police box" sign along with interior lighting. Phase 4 will be the corner pieces and top.
The final product will be scaled down to stand 5'6" tall (minus the dome light, which I have not decided wether there will be one). Wish me luck in this grand building adventure!
The folks at BBC America are not stupid. They know a ratings cash cow when they have one, and Doctor Who has consistently gotten stellar ratings for the BBC's U.S.-based cousin. But what happens to crop up in the run up to a spectacular mid-season cliffhanger? A blasted U.S. holiday that signals the start of the "get off your lazy butt and go out and do stuff outside" season while network TV is in reruns. Rather than compete with a hiloday weekend filled with barbeques and beach outings, they decided to delay Doctor Who by one week in order to preserve their viewing numbers.
Uhhh, ok ... good idea. The fans come second to advertising revenue, and a bad showing in the middle of the season would mean that BBC America might lose a few hundred thousand in ad revenue per week next year. But ... since it is ad revenue that keeps Doctor Who on the air ...
Let me start over: BBC America made the wise scheduling move of delaying the broadcast of Doctor Who, thus improving the shows long term survivability....
More later this week with "The Rebel Flesh," and I promise not to go online and find out who River song really is and ruin it before "A Good Man Goes To War" airs in two weeks.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
As I was sitting and watching the new episode, I was thinking to myself "Not again with that new opening!!!" I'm sorry but it just doesn't work for me. I'm old school. But I do like the new logo ( want that on a jacket, just what I need another jacket lol). But now I'm doing what Jim tells me "I didn't ask for how the clock works, just what time it is" lol.
So as I was saying......I was watching the new episode and as I heard Buzzer (Marshall Lancaster) voice, I know that I saw him in something else......it took me a few sec. to remember, but I remembered, He played on Life On Mars and Ashes to Ashes as Chris Skelton. Now some of you Doctor Who fans may remember that the new Master (John Simm) also was on Life On Mars as Sam (great show!!) I do hope that they bring John back as the Master, I really like him.
So I know that Jim said a lot of cool things on this one so I won't go into a lot of stuff. I just want to say a couple of things that I thought was kinda cool. First, when I saw the Doctor with the "Flesh" I was thinking 'how much do you want to bet that they are going to make a second Doctor". Then when I saw the lips saying trust me I know that there would be one. The CGI is getting really good, but you would think that they could do better then a snow globe for the Doctor checking the storm. I mean really!! Couldn't they come up with something a lot better.