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My thoughts on the announced Doctor Who movie

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The best two paths this could take :
1) The Time Wars – what formed the reboot Doctor?
2) the start of the Doctor as we know him – as a young Gallifreyan, with Rassilon. What made him a renegade Timelord?

Epic coolness there with both. Basically, lets see what forms our doctor, hmm?

If the intent of the director is to ignore canon, i fully agree with the quote featured in this article from a comment on the first news of this :”I’m just going to say this: it might be a good film. It might be a great film. It might be the greatest film ever made but without it being part of the Whoniverse, it won’t be a Doctor Who film

In one of those lovely quirks of irony, I was showing my seven year old son the Doctor Who episode Dalek on Sunday. You might remember it. Written by Robert Shearman, it’s arguably the finest Dalek story since the show returned in 2005, and the bit that stuck in my head tonight was the moment when the solitary Dalek managed to absorb the entire Internet.

It struck me that if he’d tried to do that, around twenty minutes after Variety uploaded its story regarding a film being made of Doctor Who, it might just have imploded there and then.

via A few thoughts on the Doctor Who movie news – Den of Geek.

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Sarah Jane Smith, Best Friend to us all

You know i said before i probably would always be reduced to tears about Sarah Jane…well, watch the final bit of the last of her series. No wonder i am weeping.

We already said goodbye to Elisabeth Sladen, one of Doctor Who’s greatest stars, back in April. But with today’s final episode of the Sarah Jane Adventures, we’re having to say goodbye to Sarah Jane Smith, the character she played since 1973.

via A Final Goodbye to Sarah Jane Smith, Doctor Who’s Best Friend.

How sugar molecules secretly shaped human evolution

Sugar. How it has changed us. There is a speech i cherish from the seventh Doctor Who, storyline Remembrance of the Daleks, (the anniversary episode) which goes :
JOHN: Hmm? Your tea. Sugar?
DOCTOR: Ah. A decision. Would it make any difference?
JOHN: It would make your tea sweet.
DOCTOR: Yes, but beyond the confines of my tastebuds, would it make any difference?
JOHN: Not really.
DOCTOR: But
JOHN: Yeah?
DOCTOR: What if I could control people’s tastebuds? What if I decided that no one would take sugar? That’d make a difference to those who sell the sugar and those that cut the cane.
JOHN: My father, he was a cane cutter.
DOCTOR: Exactly. Now, if no one had used sugar, your father wouldn’t have been a cane cutter.
JOHN: If this sugar thing had never started, my great-grandfather wouldn’t have been kidnapped, chained up, and sold in Kingston in the first place. I’d be a African.
DOCTOR: See? Every great decision creates ripples, like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.
JOHN: Life’s like that. Best thing is just to get on with it.

See? Life’s like that, and as it turns out, more than we think.

Three million years ago, a gene mutation switched off a sugar-making enzyme in early hominids. Our ancestors actually became unable to breed with those who still had the enzyme, possibly causing the emergence of our evolutionary grandparent, Homo erectus.

via How sugar molecules secretly shaped human evolution.

Perfect tv finales

Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor

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As pointed out in the comments of this article, Sylvester McCoy‘s*  classic speech to Ace in the seventh Dr Who episode Survival, which becam the final (until new Who), was a surprisingly apt choice (noone at the time knew it was the end) – and it has long been a favourite of mine:

There are worlds out there where the skies are burning, where the seas asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice…and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on Ace…we’ve got work to do!

And of course, as they list, the Blackadder series wraps up with the shocking end to the hilarity – so poignant, bitter, and appropriate. Someone in the comments also counts Season 4 as the best place to end Babylon 5 on – and oh, how I agree!

via Six to watch: perfect end-of-show finales | Television & radio | guardian.co.uk.

 

* did i mention i have met Sylvester, Colin Baker, and the lovely Katy Manning – splendid chaps, all of them! Colin called me a Titian beauty, and claimed that, as my name is Romana, and Tom Baker briefly was married to Lalla Ward, Romana no 2, i am married to him and Sylvester, who laughed and agreed. Oh, swoon….

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Doctor Who tribute to Brigadier

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

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There are some actors who affect you profoundly with their character. For many other people besides myself, Nicholas Courtney provided one of those characters. Like the radiantly special Elisabeth Sladen, his Doctor Who character, The Brigadier, Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, provided a sparkling human counterpoint to the Doctor. Strong but flexible, this actor played the character as if he was the man. He has been deeply mourned by the community. I cried when he died, as did many others. He was one of the few ‘human’s in the series who you felt could make things ok.

I am glad they are honouring that.

He has battled an insane half-human, half-flesh mutant called Jennifer, crash-landed in Nazi Germany and met up with his old foes the Cybermen in the series so far.But on Saturday night the Doctor will take time off from saving the Earth – and himself – to pay tribute to one of the shows most popular actors, Nicholas Courtney, who died this year after playing the Doctors companion, Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, over a period of more than 40 years.

via Doctor Who tribute to Brigadier actor Nicholas Courtney | The Guardian.

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Tom Baker on the death of Elizabeth (Lis) Sladen

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“I heard the news today, oh boy…”

Elizabeth Sladen – THE Doctor Who companion of my generation, has died far too young, too vibrant, still being our companion in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Tom Baker talks about working with, being friends with, and losing Lis Sladen

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Colour me wildly not panicked!

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Doctor Who vs Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Andrew Orton’s “Doctor Who: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Daleks (The Peter Jones-y Edit)” mashes up the BBC Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy classic TV series with a Tom “the best Doctor Who” Baker encounter with the Daleks.

Mike Richards adds, “An utterly magnificent addition to the only reference book anyone needs. Animated in the same style as the 1980s BBC TV adaptation with a spookily accurate VoiceOver in the style of the late Peter Jones.” “

thanks to Boing Boing.

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Sweet dreams are made of these….

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“I don't know what it's like to be God – obviously,” Gaiman told the BBC.

“Until that very first moment when you get to sit down and type the words in your script: INTERIOR. TARDIS.”

He said: “Suddenly I got a very good idea of what it must feel like. I went: ‘I’m writing it now this scene in the Tardis. I’m writing it!'; And that was amazing, it was wonderful.”

via BBC News – Neil Gaiman reveals power of writing Doctor Who.

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