|Posted by goldenplum on December 12, 2015 at 3:55 AM||comments (0)|
From Vulture - Allons-y to the exciting world of audio! Donna Noble might have had her memory wiped at the end of her tenure as the Tenth Doctor's feisty companion, but that's not stopping Catherine Tate and David Tennant from reuniting once again in the Who-niverse for another rendezvous. As announced today by Big Finish, Tennant will be returning as the Tenth Doctor, and Tate as Noble, in a series of three audio dramas for the company.
The specials will be released simultaneously in May 2016, and all feature different and unique plots: Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Technophobia is set in near-future London, when mankind starts to lose its ability to use technology; Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Time Reaver centers around a scoundrel-ridden mechanical planet; and Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Death and the Queen finds the lovestruck Noble in the unknown and mysterious land of Goritania. If history repeats itself, we're expecting a lot of classic Doctor-Donna banter. And running. Lots of running.
|Posted by goldenplum on July 9, 2015 at 5:40 AM||comments (0)|
From Doctor Who TV
The question of whether Gallifrey will return was a very undiscussed topic in the fandom for the first few series, as fans of the show were blindsided by RTD’s writing, his episodes merely explaining more and more about the events of the Time War, however no clues or hints towards a return. Then suddenly after four series of the Doctor parading around with the ‘Last of the Time Lords’ motto, we finally started to see the paving work for a Gallifrey return.
rassilon-doctor-who-end-of-timeWith the return of Gallifrey as a shocking plot twist for the cliffhanger of Tennant’s penultimate episode, the show started to bring more light to the events of the Time War, with a fleet of Time Lords led by Rassilon (Timothy Dalton), claiming victory for Gallifrey with the end of time itself being the consequence.
However the return was cut short after the Doctor destroyed the White-Point Star which held a link between modern day Earth and a time-locked Gallifrey in the midst of a war. The Doctor knew a return would destroy all of time and so he broke his oath of no violence to send Rassilon and the surviving Time Lords back into the time lock.
gallifrey-planet-dayThen it just went silent again. With the odd mention here and there in Matt Smith’s first few series as the Doctor. Then along came the unofficially counted three-parter, with ‘The Name of the Doctor,’ ‘The Day of the Doctor’ and ‘The Time of the Doctor’, where once again we grab mention of the Time Lord’s return. We learn the true sacrifices the Doctor made, why and how the Doctor survived and in a shocking plot twist, we see the Doctor in his darkest hour, change his mind and save Gallifrey in a pocket universe, preserved, like a painting.
We know the Time Lords survived the Doctor’s preservation trick, as the crack in time that appeared in various episodes was soon revealed as the gateway to the pocket universe in which Gallifrey survived within. The whole story arc of Matt Smith’s era comes down to the return of Gallifrey, with Madame Kovarian and her army of Silence identified as a religious order, trying to stop the Doctor from reaching Trenzalore, from saying his name and allowing the Time Lords entry back through the crack in time.
matt-smith-time-regen-towerThe Doctor guarded the entry, in his assumed final incarnation, stopping every creature that was now aware of the Time Lord’s presence beyond the crack, as they all took turns to dispose of it’s existence. If he left, another Time War would initiate, something the Doctor could not stand to be responsible for. As the Doctor grew old, the Time Lords performed one more act of kindness for their guardian, supplying him with another cycle of regenerations after Clara begs for such help in his final moments. The Time Lords did said act before sealing off the crack in which they could return through, remaining lost for the newly regenerated Doctor to search for.
The closest the Twelfth Doctor has gotten to finding Gallifrey so far is the false coordinates supplied to him by Missy, coordinates which got the Doctor’s hopes up, only to tear him apart when he discovers the apparent illegitimacy of them. To this day, the Time Lords are still lost, waiting to be found.
One day the Doctor will return to Gallifrey. Although he is yet to even locate the lost planet, let alone pop in for a visit, he is well on his way home and when he gets there, it’s inevitable that more adventures and stories will come of it. However, the Doctor is not one to stand still, he’s a man who enjoys his freedom, and potentially a return to Gallifrey will make the Doctor realise one again, just why he ran away the first time.
|Posted by goldenplum on June 8, 2015 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
From Doctor Who TV -
Roger Curbishley and Davenport. This couple’s existence as a couple is not a main point of the episode in which they appear, in part due to the fact that The Unicorn and the Wasp takes place in the late 1920’s, thus forcing them to remain closeted. This is later explored in the episode as Davenport is unable to publicly mourn his partner’s death because of this the bigoted times in which they lived, a situation which echoes the frustrations of members of the LGBTQ+ community who are in same-sex relationships and are, in many places, denied the right, among many others, to be legally recognized as a family member and subsequently weren’t allowed to visit a hospitalized partner.
Like Curbishley and Davenport above, the ‘Sisters’ have relatively small parts in the episode in which they appear, namely Series 3’s Gridlock. The two together play a simple ordinary married couple, and even correct Brannigan when he refers to them as sisters in the following brilliant exchange:
BRANNIGAN: Oh, come on, now, sisters. Is that any way to talk to an old friend?
ALICE: You know full well we’re not sisters. We’re married.
Even in small amounts, representation is representation, and Brannigan’s later comment that he is an “old-fashioned cat” seems to be poking fun at today’s opponents of same-sex marriage, who will likely be referred to as old-fashioned in textbooks of the future.
his sexuality, and similarly his relationship with Jack is very well handled, especially during Children of Earth when his sister confronts him with some rumors that have been going around, which echoes the struggles of LGBTQ+ people trying to figure out who they are and are trying to come to terms with their sexuality and/or gender identity:
IANTO: “It’s weird. It’s just different. It’s not…men. It’s… it’s just him. It’s only him. And I don’t even know what it is, really. So… So I’m not broadcasting it.”
Canton Everett Delaware II
Oh Canton, my Canton. What a great character, made even better by Mark Sheppard’s acting. Among other things (humorous, brave, confident, smart; I could keep going), Canton was hands-down one of the most badass characters this show has ever featured. I mean, seriously, just his few final lines in Day of the Moon should be enough to prove this:
Nixon: This person you want to marry. Black?
Nixon: Hmm. I know what people think of me, but perhaps I’m a little more liberal-
Canton: …He is.
Madame Vastra & Jenny Flint
Two of my favorite characters of all time, Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint have appeared in, so far, five episodes between Series 6 and Series 8, and while their apparent absence from Series 9 is very upsetting to me, I have high hopes that they will one day return. Even better, if the Paternoster Gang were to get their own spinoff series, Vastra and Jenny would make perfect role models for a whole new generation of children and would expose them to homosexuality and the LGBTQ+ community at a very early age. The fact that they are very well-loved by younger audiences is what really boosts them to #1, as while a character like Jack Harkness has appeared in more episodes in Doctor Who alone, not counting his 41 episodes in Torchwood and his upcoming audio series, Vastra and Jenny are much more oriented towards younger viewers and seem to be more appropriate choices for characters when it comes to educating and exposing children to the crucial ideas of sexuality and finding one’s self. They balance each other very well, and while on her own, Jenny is a very strong character, the reason why I lumped these two together into one spot is because Jenny seems to be even stronger and more comfortable with herself when around Vastra, who isn’t afraid to out them both to ignorant Victorian London civilians just to get a laugh out of their reactions. One of my favorite quotes from the show in general is the following from The Snowmen:
“Good evening. I’m a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife.”
|Posted by goldenplum on May 23, 2015 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
From Dr Who TV - There’s a school of thought that I’ve probably mentioned in the past, which is that Murray Gold has had his time as a composer. Even now, I cannot reiterate how much I passionately abhor that line of thinking.
Still, this isn’t just a rant. It’s worth taking a brief moment out to look at why exactly some people don’t like Murray Gold’s work, and the most common criticism of him at present is his music’s habit of repetition. This doesn’t seem to be something the show has worked a way around yet. Take Kill the Moon, for instance – it’s made up of a set of brilliant tracks, but the main action theme takes a few too many rounds. And however terrific Death in Heaven’s soundtrack is, it’s hard not to notice that the last few scenes compose of reused tracks.
If there’s one solution to this, though, it’s not to remove Murray Gold altogether – it’s to let someone else give a working hand. One of television’s finest soundtracks is Sherlock, which is worked on by both David Arnold and Michael Price. And if Ben Foster has any time after his work on other shows such as Happy Valley and Our Girl, perhaps he could make a return to the Whoniverse by teaming up with Gold.
Because this brings me onto the point of what I’ve just discussed, which is that the problem of repetition is fundamentally misunderstood by most of the people who complain about it. To be clear, repetition in this case is simply an issue defined by a lack of time. Take a look at 2013, one of Gold’s most demanding years, where many tracks were reused not just for nostalgia but because other new ones were not completed in time. Then take a look at 2012, one of his least demanding years, which was comprised of a set of brand new and superlative tracks. It’s clear that Gold is capable of variety over a wide scope of musical genres, and that he’s still as original and creative as ever. It’s solely an issue of time.
|Posted by goldenplum on March 30, 2015 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
The BBC announced Monday (March 30) that Williams is joining the British staple in the fall, but details about her part or number of episodes are being kept under wraps.
"We're thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on 'Doctor Who,'" says executive producer Steven Moffat. "It's not possible to say too much about who or what she's playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.