WANT! Doctor Who Stamps

In England the Royal Mail has released a 50th anniversary set of Doctor Who stamps. Here they are:

 

First Doctor: William Hartnell
Second Doctor: Patrick Troughton
Third Doctor: John Pertwee
Fourth Doctor: Tom Baker
Fifth Doctor: Peter Davison
Sixth Doctor: Colin Baker (this is my favorite of the batch)
Seventh Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
Eighth Doctor: Paul McGann
Ninth Doctor: Chris Eccleston
Tenth Doctor: David Tennant
Eleventh Doctor: Matt Smith

Does it always have to be so dramatic?

This is the synopsis of an upcoming Doctor Who episode called “A Good Man Goes to War.”

Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her as the drama continues. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap. In her cell in Stormcage, River Song sadly acknowledges that the time has come at last – today will mark the Battle of Demons Run and the Doctor’s darkest hour. Both sides will make their sacrifices and River Song must finally reveal her most closely guarded secret to the Doctor.

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I love Doctor Who but, quite frankly, I’m becoming a bit weary of the new series. I used to think it was just my intense dislike of Amy Pond (which hasn’t improved with the few episodes I’ve seen of her second season) but now I think I’m just getting really tired of the end of the world happening every freaking season.

The Girl in the FireplaceThis started back with Tennant’s last season. The entire planet Earth was moved to a different region of space. Then, Matt Smith’s first season ended with all of reality being completely rebooted. Now, there’s this Silence thing going on and we’re about to see the ‘Doctor’s darkest hour.’  How are they going to end this season? They’ve already rebooted the freaking universe. How do you top that?

It would be nice if the show runners could just back off a bit and let the Doctor have more adventures that don’t have the fate of the universe, the time lord race, the Dalek race, the human race or all of reality hanging in the balance. A few more “Girl in the Fireplace” or “The Unquiet Dead” episodes would be nice. And could we have a season-long story arc that doesn’t lead to utter destruction?

Oh, and while we’re at it, could we have a new companion that isn’t the most important person in the universe? God, that’s getting old, especially when the most important person in the universe is a narcissistic bitch in a micro-skirt.

At least I’m not apathetic about the apathy

It’s kind of a dark time for me right now – which is kind of ironic. For the first time in five years I’m out of debt to anyone who can sue me and overall things are going well. I have a job, I recently got a (small) raise, the car is still running and we even had enough from our tax return to get the hi-def television we’ve wanted for ten years now.

But I’ve been overwhelmed by apathy for a few months now. I have trouble motivating myself to get work done at home as well as at my job. I’m only doing what I have to do and letting the rest slide. I feel like that little prick on the next-to-last season of Scrubs whom Doctor Cox fired because he was so damn lazy. I’d go look up the character’s name, but I just don’t feel like it.

I can’t really tell if the apathy is stemming from burn-out or from a deeper depression. I’ve always struggled with depression, but usually I had a reason for being depressed. Right now, things are looking brighter than they have in a long while but it’s just not sinking into my brain.

Maybe that’s what’s causing the apathy. The nightmare is mainly over and I don’t have nearly as much to keep me worrying and my brain is saying, “All right, it’s safe to shut down for a while. What? You don’t have vacation time until June? Well, sucks to be you, but I’m switching off. See you in the Spring.”

The only thing that gets me out of this funk is thinking about and planning my gardens, and I won’t be able to even start implementing those plans for at least a month. Cleanup could possibly start in a couple of weeks, but we still have at least two feet of snow out there and the temperatures are staying right at freezing. And it just will not stop snowing.

I just checked. It’s going to be in the low 40’s this weekend. Maybe the end (of winter) is near.

And maybe I’ll get lucky and this will all just be seasonal depression. I certainly hope so. I haven’t written anything substantial since I failed to win NaNoWriMo last November.

Yeah, this was a downer post for which I apologize. So here’s something to lighten the mood. Because, as we all know, Fez hats are cool.

Fezes are cool

The problem with Pond

Amy's Choice
Amy's Choice

Last year, soon after it was released, the husband and I picked up the first Matt Smith series of Doctor Who. From the beginning I liked Matt Smith. He’s quirky, like David Tennant, but a bit more old-fashioned and aloof like past doctors. He has the exuberance we’ve come to expect since way back during the 8th doctor’s one time offering but he’s not quite as willing to get overly-close to the humans he picks up.

Which leads us to his newest companion. I have to say it. I don’t like Amy Pond. I adore Amelia Pond, but I loathe Amy Pond.

I’ve been trying to figure out why. My husband likes her and I think the public in general does as well. I have heard a lot of idiotic bleating about how she dresses and that it’s too sexy for Doctor Who. As the Brits would say, this is total rubbish. It’s obvious that the complainers either have a short memory or they have never watched any Doctor Who episodes before Christopher Eccleston. Teagan, who travelled with Peter Davison’s Doctor, wore very short skirts and Peri’s first appearance was in a skimpy bikini. And then there’s Leila who was most at home in her primitive and rather revealing animal-skin outfit.

So, no, unlike those prigs, my dislike of Amy does not come from her short skirts or because she’s very pretty. I’m not in high school anymore.

I think it boils down to the fact that she has no respect for anyone. If something conflicts with her ultimate goal, she seems pretty damned eager to just dismiss whatever it is that’s in her way without any regard to anyone else’s desires and/or feelings.

I think it most hit me at the tail end of ‘Flesh and Stone’ when the Doctor returns Amy to the same evening that he picked her up. As soon as they step out the T.A.R.D.I.S. Amy forcefully attempts to bed the Doctor.

I find the scene disturbing to watch and at first I thought it was just because I don’t like overly-forward people. But after thinking about it for a while, I realize it makes me uncomfortable because if it were the other way around – if the Doctor, or any man, was chasing Amy around her room trying to force her into bed after she repeatedly says no – would that scene seem so damned funny or whimsical? No, it would be disgusting and creepy. And that’s what that scene is to me – disgusting and creepy. I can’t even see it as an aggressive seduction because it is so very clear that the Doctor has absolutely no interest.

Fortunately, Amy does back off in subsequent episodes but she’s continues to make these comments about how she’s still trying to choose between the Doctor and Rory, her fiance. Rory obviously loves her – they are engaged – but the Doctor has never done or said anything to make her think he wants her around for anything other than friendship and to see the universe through her eyes. Perhaps it’s just the way Karen Gillian plays it – and let’s face it, she’s not much of an actress – but the fact that she just assumes there’s a definite opportunity with the Doctor is the height of arrogance and I find it very distasteful.

Amy Pond is pushy, arrogant, rude and insensitive. One or two of those traits may have been acceptable to me, but all together? No, I don’t like it.

Still, even with her awfulness, that’s not enough to make me stop watching the show. As long as the Doctor is intriguing I’ll watch the show. But I sincerely hope either Amy Pond leaves the show after this next season or they at least tone her down. Perhaps having her husband along for the ride (who I like very much) will humanize her and make her more likable to me instead of the bitch companion I just want to slap.

Not even Adric was this annoying.

Looking for the spare key?
Looking for the spare key?

What a perfect summation

This is a few weeks old but I wanted to post it anyway.

Craig Ferguson recently had Matt Smith, the current Doctor of BBC’s Doctor Who, as a guest on his nightly late-night talk show. (The only one I even bother trying to watch). Ferguson likes to do little musical and puppet-show intros for his cold open and that night they did a number to the theme song of Doctor Who. Because of some music rights issues it wasn’t aired but was eventually leaked to the internet.

I think Ferguson sums up the show perfectly: The triumph of intellect and romance (not lovey-dovey romance, but the other meaning of romance) over brute force and cynicism.

Does it all come down to Peter?

SPOILER ALERT: This post discusses things that have happened in season 5 of the new “Doctor Who” series

I’ve really been digging the new “Doctor Who” episodes. I’m warming up to Matt Smith even faster than I warmed up to David Tennant (whom is one of my top three favorite Doctors).

But I’ve noticed something about some of the props and story lines and it makes me wonder if maybe that non-cannon Doctor will finally be brought into the proper canon of the series. I’m talking about Peter Cushing’s Doctor, of course.

Peter Cushing starred as Doctor Who (they even called him that) in two feature films – Dr. Who and The Daleks (1965) and Dalek’s Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966) His Doctor was nothing like the television series Doctor. He was much more grandfatherly and even a bit of a bumbler. However, it was Peter Cushing so it was played perfectly. (Yes, I have a bias. Can you tell?)

In this 5th season of the new run of “Doctor Who,” it has been made very clear that past continuity will not be ignored. I loved the first 4 seasons, but Russell T. Davies – the show runner for seasons 1-4 –  was sometimes very self-indulgent and the stories often tended to ignore what came before Chris Eccleston as if it didn’t matter. If Davies didn’t come up with it, then it wasn’t pertinent.

Now that Steven Moffat has taken over, that sense of ‘oh, let’s just forget about all those other doctors’ has vanished. The first episode of the 5th season even featured film clips of all 10 doctors that came before Matt Smith. Yes, this happened during one of the Tennant Christmas specials, but this time it seemed more epic – like we were being reminded of his past incarnations for a reason and not just something to keep the fans happy.

I have a theory.

(But be warned – my theories rarely ever pan out. Almost every theory I’ve had about “Lost” has been completely wrong.)

It’s clear that the Arc Story of season five is this crack in space that Amelia Pond found in her bedroom when she was a little girl. It’s unclear whether this crack is everywhere, or if Amelia is creating it whenever she visits different places and times. What is clear is that it seems to be causing amnesia of some pretty important historical events – she doesn’t remember the Dalek attack on Canary Wharf for one. Unless she was vacationing with Donna Noble, it seems pretty hard to believe that she would just forget about something like that. And no one could forget seeing multiple planets in the sky when the Daleks once again tried to destroy Earth at the end of season 4.

There’s this issue of the new Daleks. They’ve very colorful. The series has had different color Daleks before, but not Technicolor. The only place that has had rainbow Daleks (that I can recall) is — in the Peter Cushing movies.

Movie Daleks
Movie Daleks
Series Daleks
Series 5 Daleks

Yeah, but so what? you ask. It could just be an hommage to the Cushing films. And you’re right, it very well could be.

But then I found out today that the new design of the TARDIS is very close to the TARDIS design from the films.

Here’s a quote from Moffat himself:

It’s not only the Doctor who’ll have regenerated in the new series. The Tardis has also undergone a significant makeover.

“There is a plot reason for it,” Moffat confirmed. “I always liked the Tardis from the Peter Cushing [Dr Who] movies, and wanted to make it more like that.”

Cushing's TARDIS
Cushing's TARDIS
Smith TARDIS
Smith TARDIS

Sounds like more hommage stuff going on, but what if it isn’t? What if Moffat is trying to reconcile not only past series contradictions but is also trying to bring in Cushing’s Doctor as well? Cushing has passed away, but that doesnt’ mean he can’t be mentioned or referred to.

Yes, just more wild speculation but there’s a big part of me that hopes I’m right. I don’t know how I would feel about there being Doctors in parallel universes but that’s one possibility of bringing in the Cushing Doctor.

(There have been two parallel universes that I have seen – one with John Pertwee and one with David Tennant – and neither of those had a ‘mirror’ Doctor. Doesn’t mean there isn’t one, but I had always hoped that the Time Lords were immune to the multiple universe theory.)

So, there’s my off-the-wall theory for the day fueled by my love of story continuity and admiration of Peter Cushing.