Doctor Who 50th:  Day of the Doctor Spoiler Free Review
You, like Im sure most everyone else in the world, has already seen the Day of the Doctor the 50th Anniversary spectacular that aired this past Saturday.  Yet, if you are one of the few that has not seen it yet, Im going to keep Spoilers (Spoilers) out of my review, outside of the typical trailer fair.
First off, its good to have Who back, these long breaks are tough to handle, so I badly needed the fix.  With that out of the way, Ill be honest, I found much of the story line itself, well, rather drab.  Moffat and company scored some nostalgia points, there were a TON of nostalgia to go around though, by bringing back the shape shifting Zygons, but I found them dull as the main monster of the special. 
Its an episode that starts fast, but quickly bogs itself down with too many early plot lines, between 11 and the modern Zygons, 10 and Elizabeth and the Zygons in the past.  And then the other Doctor, who we met in the Season 7 finale and we found out in the “webisode” Night of the Doctor is actually “The Warrior”, kind of Doctor 8.5, which both fills the gap between 8 and 9, and gives #8 fans a final chance to say their goodbye.  His mission, and existence, is in fact is the main plot.  So, with all that going on, the first 30 or so minutes of the episode is clutter, confusion, and honestly, a little boring.
But, once the exposition is out of the way, the show gets going, dealing with heavy moral issues and delving into the very essence of the who the Doctor is/was/is going to be (the answer is Who Knows).  Even with all the deep character exploration, the interplay between Smith and Tennant keeps things light and fun, inducing many a school girl giggle from yours truly, as I was delighted to get “my” doctor back for one more run.  The story rounds out to a fantastic, goosebump inducing climax, that really needs to bee seen (multiple times) for full effect.  
All in all, even with a slow start, this is a truly tremendous gift to all Doctor Who fans, from the long time fans, to the recent converts.  Every Doctor (yes all of them) has a role to play, and its fun to take a trip down memory lane with your favorite.  This is not just a fan service special though, this is really an amazing story, that should stand the test of time as one of the absolute best Doctor Who stories of all time.
Image Credit AndyDaRoo
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October 1, 2013 VIEW POST
Tennant, you never fail to hit me in the feels
Saw this quote this morning from David Tennant discussing working with Matt Smith, and it really just hit me right in my Tardis loving heart.  There is something so sweet and genuine about it, and I cant quite grasp that the 50th Anniversary episode is going to allow me to say “hello” to an old friend only to have to say “good-bye” to him again.  Its going to be fun, albeit bitter sweet.

“I suppose you’d expect me to say we’re new best friends and I love him like a brother. But that is sort of how it was. I had a fantastic time and that wouldn’t necessarily have been the case. I’m coming back onto a show that’s effectively somebody else’s show and used to be mine and that’s potentially quite a weird situation to be in. Going back to something I knew so well and had such fun memories of might have backfired. It’s a quite rare set of circumstances: Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig don’t get to play James Bond next to each other. But actually it felt familiar enough that it was like coming home and working with Matt proved to be a real joy. I hope I’m speaking for him when I say we really enjoyed bouncing off each other and playing sort of two aspects of the same character. It was everything that I hoped it might be and nothing that I feared it could be.” - EW
August 21, 2013 VIEW POST
Kirk-Fu!  Star Trek Martial Arts
Just in case you find yourself face to face with  Khan Noonien Singh, or the Gorn this 4th of July weekend, you may want to keep this handy dandy Kirk-Fu guide with you.  Remember, start off with the double handed back blow, then maybe roll on the grown, or get thrown into a bunch of other bad guys.  Once back on your feet, hit ‘em with the one two chop, this should sun them, while stunned… roll around on the ground again, or maybe make a cannon out of bamboo.  Once your done with that, your adversary should be some distance away, still stunned/impressed with your previous attack.  Now is the time to finish them off with the patented Kirk drop kick!  With these moves, you can take on the Klingon Empire single handedly!
I found this print over at the site of the very talented Rabittooth.  While perusing his site, I stumbled on the below ST manipulation, which I will leave you with.  Enjoy!
 
July 3, 2013 VIEW POST
Who should be the Next Doctor Who?  Lara Pulver?
Of all of my speculative “Who Should be the next Who?” post (Here and Here), I think this one is the MOST feasible.  Lara Pulver is a relative unknown, her IMDB page list only a handful of roles, most of them short lived.  She is know for her work on True Blood playing the role of Claudine Crane, but known better for playing the role of Irene Adler on another great BBC show Sherlock, it is this experience where I want to make the case why Lara Pulver should be the next Doctor.
Lets address the elephant in the room, Pulver is a lady, there has never been a female Doctor, and with all the clamoring for a female for the role I think Ms. Pulver would be an excellent choice.  Now, as for what she would bring, all one has to do is look at her work on Sherlock.  She played seductive (which would be nice with a male or female companion), playful, and intense, and although seductive has never been a trademark of the Doctor, it has made an appearance a time or two.  Her range and gender would suit the role well I believe, as well as adding new sense of unknown.  What could we expect from a female doctor?  how would this change the show dynamic?  How would the role of the companion change with a female Doctor?
There is also the already existing Moffat link.  As you may or may not know, Moffat is given creator or co-creator credits for most of the Sherlock episodes, and has written the vast majority of them, including “A Scandal in Belgravia”, which stars our Lara Pulver as Irene Adler.  With Moffat already aware of Pulver’s style and talents, she may already be on the radar of the Who think tank, giving us another reason to speculate why she could already be in the running to be the next Doctor.  
So, I have made my case why I think Lara Pulver should be the next Doctor Who, but what do you guys think?
July 1, 2013 VIEW POST
Neil Gaiman’s Thoughts on the 12th Doctor
There is a lot of speculation about who should be the 12th Doctor and people, myself included, have been throwing around some big names.  But, and I said this in my last post, it’s not going to be any of those big name stars.  Yes it’s fun to speculate and imagine “what if” but realistically, the next Doctor will be someone we have never heard of.  I like Gaiman, want to be surprised!  I want to meet this new Doctor for the first time, knowing nothing about them, and I want to, as corny as it sounds, fall in love again.
There will always be growing pains.  I hated Tennant at first, and boy, did I REALLY hate Matt Smith.  Even going back and watching the old series I hated all those guys too (Yes even Tom Baker), but after a little while it clicks, and that is a very satisfying, and special feeling.  That first time I stopped comparing 10 to 9, and 11 to 10, and starting seeing them as the just “The Doctor” changes everything.  Its a wholly unique experience, unlike any other show or series out there, where the main character is constantly, and literally, reinvented every so often.  But then it hits you, as Gaiman so eloquently states, “This is the Doctor.  Of course it is.”  Really, though, who else could it be?
 Image via Reddit, quote via Neil Gaiman’s Tumblr
June 18, 2013 VIEW POST
Who Should Be the Next Doctor:  Nathan Fillion?
Following up on my last post where I proposed DOCTOR Bashir, Alexander Siddig, should be the next DOCTOR, I now offer up my next candidate, Nathan Fillion.  
First off, WHY NOT AN AMERICAN NON BRITISH DOCTOR?  Everyone is clamoring for a black Doctor or a female Doctor (don’t worry, I will too), but all the suggestions I have seen have been British.  North America is best (amiright?) so why not have the newest Doctor regenerate as an North American?  Come on guys! (Props to Jaguars Soul for pointing out that Mal is Canadian.. I have edited where needed)
All kidding aside, Nathan Fillion would be a tremendous choice to put on the bowtie and chucks.  Just like Siddig, Ole’ Captain Mal has a very broad acting range, from the funny, goofy to the down right scary and fearsome.  If I am the first person to ever tell you this, than please let me know and we can have a conversation, Nathan Fillion starred on a little show called Firefly (bring it back!) where he played as the flawed, but lovable Captain Malcolm Reynolds, but he has had numerous other TV and movie roles, most notably Castle.
I think Fillion’s great strength is that he doesn’t, and in turn his characters don’t, take themselves too seriously.  The Doctor’s of Doctor Who have always demonstrated this, they always seem to know their limits, but are continuously able to over come those through guile and, more often than not, luck.  This humble attitude is perhaps why the character is so endearing, yet fun to watch.  But, Mal can bring the hammer (get it) down when needed. Look at the last fight in Serenity, or “The Train Job.”  There is a deep anger and fury that Fillion has brought to his characters that I believe will serve our fair Doctor well.
Now, and I don’t need to say this, Nathan Fillion will not be cast as the next Doctor for a number of reasons BUT that doesn’t belie the fact that he would be great in the role… hey a girl can dream right?
As always, let me know your thoughts, suggestions, criticisms (compliments?) in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter.  Here is hoping we don’t know the next Doctor for a while, this speculating is just too much fun!
Do you think Nathan Fillion would be a good 12th Doctor?
June 13, 2013 VIEW POST
Who Should Be the Next Doctor:  Alexander Siddig?
As we already know, Matt Smith is leaving us.  I’m sad(ish), you’re sad (probably), we have all accepted it right?  Good, now let’s shift our attention to speculating who will be the next Doctor!
First up, I nominate Alexander Siddig.  Mr Siddig has played in number of roles and styles, however he is best known for his work on the most underrated of the Star Trek Series Deep Space 9 as the lovably enhanced Dr Julian Bashir (hint hint Doctor… it works!), a role he played for the entire six year run of the series.
In my professional opinion, I think Siddig would be a prime Doctor.  First off, he is older… which is nice.  Matt Smith did a great job bringing in a younger crowd, with his hipster waifiness, and lack of eyebrows, but to me I always felt like he was a young guy playing old, and I think that hampered his overall performance.  Siddig brings an age, and range that Smith lacked, which harkens back to the tradition of older Doctors.  Look at Siddig’s body of work, as Bashir we saw… well everything, rage, angst, loneliness, despair, joy, whimsy, which character does that sound like to you? Also, Alexander Siddig is British (African actually but he was raised in London) which should appease traditional Whovian.  
So, my first suggestion for the new Doctor is Alexander Siddig.  What do you guys think?  Let me know here in the comments, and keep an eye out for future suggestions on who I think should be the next Doctor.
 
June 6, 2013 VIEW POST