Archive for May, 2011

May 16, 2011

The Doctor’s Wife…Well Done, Neil!

Oh, Neil Gaiman, I love you. I have loved his books and graphic novels for a very long time now, so I was counting the days until the Doctor Who episode that was going to be epic and fabulous, and he did not disappoint. This is by far one of the greatest episodes I have ever seen, and I want to watch it over and over again. The Doctor’s Wife brought a character to life that we have all been dying to meet…the TARDIS. 

Going out of our universe, after being beckoned by “mail” from another Time Lord, The Doctor, Amy and Rory end up on a junk yard planet, which is actually some sort of sea urchin asteroid, where Time Lords have been gobbled up and their TARDIS’ laid to rest. Upon entry this new universe, the consciousness of the TARDIS went into a female, Idris, who welcomes The Doctor with a kiss and a bite, and he sees nothing notable but a crazed woman, played by Suranne Jones. I have found bloggers across the net calling her a “Helena Bonham Carter Lite”. I don’t really think she is anything like HBC, but I suppose any quirky British gal can be deemed the same. The idea of The Doctor landing here is at first sad, because once again he is reminded he is the very last remaining Time Lord, and he has a range of emotions behind that. (Side Note: I am not surprised that we have such an emotional Doctor this time around, as we have been heading down this path for years really. Eccleston was such a hard ass, and then David was turning cynical every day for years. Matt has embraced the emotional Doctor, and this episode we got ecstatic, romantic and sad.) 


Amy and Rory had been coerced by The Doctor to go back to the TARDIS box, so he could discover more about what happened to the Time Lords, and they are transported into space by the Sea Urchin. They are set to their danger by a HAL type ordeal, voiced by Michael Sheen. I didn’t know it was Michael Sheen, because they lowered and computerized his voice, which makes no sense. Why hire Michael Sheen if you don’t want it to sound like Michael Sheen? He’s an A-List actor. Wierd. Once again, I thought they were going to kill my Rory, and thankfully they did not. Why do you people keep messing with Rory my Roman?

Meanwhile, The Doctor has his meeting with the now incarcerated incarnation of his lifelong companion. She was incarcerated for being a bitey mad woman, and after some quotable quotes he finds her to be the TARDIS – (see quotes below)- She tells him that she has been with him forever and makes this noise…making the noise of the TARDIS taking off. Flirtation ensues, she wants to be called by her name…”Sexy”, and love blossoms. They have an adventure together, building a new TARDIS to go save Amy and Rory, and only sadness can come at the end when we know this cannot go on forever.

Questions! Oh, you knew I was going to have questions, because, though this is a remarkable episode, some of the story has left me baffled.
  • How can Idris  absorb the energy of the TARDIS without immediate issues? Rose got electrified and ruined Capt. Jack for eternity, and Donna took on the Doctor Donna role, until she was so overloaded she was about to meltdown. Idris was able to keep the consciousness without problems, well other than those of the diminishing body she had.
  • The ending lever switch…At the very end, when The Doctor is fiddling with the TARDIS, we assume he is trying to make sure she is all repaired after her brush with the the sea urchin. I assumed he was double checking he couldn’t make her talk again. Why did he speak out loud to her, and then she moved the lever? Have we seen the TARDIS make a conscious movement like that before? How can she do that?
  • Why did Amy’s first encounter with the Ood have to be a negative one? and why didn’t The Doctor make sure she knew that the Ood are peaceful? He did say, “It’s an Ood. Oods are good. Love an Ood.” Obviously this one had been overtaken and was not of it’s own gentle spirit. We have seen possessed Ood before, but will Amy get to meet one that is the Ood that we love, or will she be freaked out next time we see them?
Great Quotes: This episode had some of the best quotes, of any episode in Doctor Who time.
 
Idris to The Doctor: Hey! Hey! You’re my thief!  Look at you! Goodbye! No. Not goodbye. What’s the other one? {she kisses him } 
Uncle: Just keep back from this one. She bites!
Idris: Do I? Excellent! {and proceeds to bite The Doctor} Biting’s excellent! It’s like kissing. Only there’s a winner.

The Doctor: ”What have I stolen?” 
Idris: “Me. Are you going to steal me? You have stolen me. You are stealing me. Oh. Tenses are difficult, aren’t they?”

The Doctor: I don’t understand. Who are you?
Idris: Do you really not know me? Just because they put me in here?
The Doctor: They said you were dangerous.
Idris: Not the cage, stupid. In here. They put me in here. I’m the… Oh, what do you call me? We travel. I go {she makes the TARDIS sound}.
The Doctor: The TARDIS?
Idris: Time and Relative Dimension in Space. Yes that’s it. Names are funny. It’s me. I’m the TARDIS.
The Doctor: No you’re not! You’re a bitey mad lady. The TARDIS is up-and-downy stuff in a big blue box.
Idris: Yes, that’s me. A type 40 TARDIS. I was already a museum piece when you were young. And the first time you touched my console, you said—
The Doctor: I said you were the most beautiful thing I’d ever known.
Idris: Then you stole me. And I stole you.
The Doctor: I borrowed you.
Idris: Borrowing implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever give you back?

The Doctor: ”Since we’re talking with mouths – not really an opportunity that comes along very often – I’d just like to say that YOU have never been very reliable.”

The Doctor: Oo. Sorry. Do you have a name?
Idris: Seven hundred years, finally he asks.
The Doctor: And what do I call you?
Idris: I think you call me… Sexy.
The Doctor: Only when we’re alone.

The Doctor: Yes. Yes, I have actually rebuilt a TARDIS before, you know. I know what I’m doing.
Idris: You’re like a nine-year-old trying to rebuild a motorbike in his bedroom. And you never read the instructions.
The Doctor: I always read the instructions.
Idris: There’s a sign on my front door. You have been walking past it for seven hundred years. What does it say?
The Doctor: That’s not instructions!
Idris: There’s an instruction at the bottom. What does it say?
The Doctor: “Pull to open.”
Idris: Yes, and what do you do?
The Doctor: I push!
Idris: Every single time. Seven hundred years. Police box doors open out the way.

AND MY FAVORITE OF THEM ALL…….
The Doctor: ”She’s a woman and she’s the TARDIS.” Amy: ”Did you wish really hard?”
We will see what the rest of the season brings us, but once again I am so perfectly surprised that my favorite episode is a Matt Smith one. My love for David is everlasting, but boy this writing is phenomenal. Please, Neil, give us more. You are welcome back anytime. 
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May 9, 2011

Super Heroes and Stalkers are Killing the Mood

I wrote an article today about the unrealistic expectations that women have for their men and their relationships, because of Superman, Edward Cullen and romance novels. I love the names of the romance novels out today. They entertain me as much as the titles that I pass on the Dish menu, usually on Juicy TV. They usually incite me to yell into the kitchen, “Honey, wanna watch Ass Parade: Threesomes after dinner?” Romance novel titles like Sleeping with the Enemy’s Daughter and She’s Got Balls just crack me up. I kid you not! These are the names on the 2009 Best Selling Books listed on Allromanceebooks.com.
While I was out on my journey of discovery, regarding women who don’t appreciate what they have, I discovered cracked.com and this fantastic article about romance novels. Women today have no idea what they want in a man. Believe me I have been researching this article for days, reading a ton of articles on whether women want to be thrown up against a wall while having their shirts torn off, want an effeminate man who always does what she says and has no power, or just a guy. A good old football watching, probably doesn’t pay enough attention to his girlfriend, “man’s man”. Somewhere between Superman and that creepy stalker, Edward Cullen, real guys got  a honey-do list they will never be able to complete…
  • Keep your body perfect and chiseled. This may include sparkling in the sun. (rather than bursting into flames? wtf Steph? Vamps explode in the sun.)
  • Appear around a corner every time I need saving. You must know when this is without me asking nor hinting at needing assistance. But don’t stalk me, ’cause that’s creepy… unless your a Cullen.
  • Talk about our relationship in terms of lifetimes, none of this living in reality business. You want me now, you want me in the afterlife.
  • Possess the ability to make me wet with a single glance (even if you are a total ass most of the time).
You must do all this and be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, while secretly laughing at me because it’s really you disguised as the normal, red blooded American reporter that I keep turning down. Superman has led Lois on for 73 years. Give up, Bitch! Buy Clark a pair of contacts, ask him to do a little role-playing, and you got yourself a Superman.
May 3, 2011

Doctor Who Series 6 Part 2

So, I think the writers of Who are getting off on messing with our heads. The intro to “Day of the Moon” couldn’t have been more confusing, but I was happy to see that no one died, especially Rory, and it was nice to see that I still loved Mark Sheppard at the end. I thought they were going to make him evil, so that The Doctor had a nemesis. No, thank you. The whole bit with River Song jumping into the Tardis pool was a little bit cheese-omatic, but it’s Doctor Who, so it’s forgiven. I am not sure about some of the intentional mystery thrown into the episode. Like eye patch woman, saying Amy is only dreaming. What?!? Why? I did love the little moment of worry that Rory had to deal with when Amy was talking to him on the recorder. I know I thought she was talking about The Doctor, and it was such a perfect moment when Rory found that she was, in fact, talking about him.
I think they are trying to deal with too many plot points, instead of giving us our entertainment and ending it on a happy note. It’s turning into a serial, and while that isn’t a bad thing, maybe they can try to have less than 5 mysteries per episode. At this point my mind is reeling with the whole Amy baby-who is River Song-How young is this Doctor if he can’t remember kissing River-How can the Doctor live if he just died and when will he die again or is that parallel gone now-Why is that little girl regenerating…(phew)… to even think of the other plots they are throwing in with the Silence.
…..Spoilers!

I have seen on a few websites that the Amy is pregnant plot is going to thicken (so totally want to throw in a joke about a mucus plug here).  Stop reading if you don’t want to know anything, or maybe this is all bull and you have no worries, but some are speculating that the baby in the photo is indeed Amy’s baby, that the baby is River Song, and that the regenerating youngster is in fact River as a child. That’s kinda blowing my mind about now. A couple questions as follow up to that: Why is Amy’s baby a Time Lord? Did the Tardis give her Time Lord Baby Mama abilities just by her being in it? Why is the Tardis waffling on Amy’s pregnancy? I always thought of the Tardis as kind of this great and powerful Oz type thing, and it should know if Amy caught preggers.
I guess we will unravel this mystery together in the future, since the upcoming episode looks like we are leaving these mysteries to be unsolved once more.

May 3, 2011

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