Little Red Riding Hood

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TeeFury Battle

It’s another TShirt battle, Whovian-style!  There’s about 2 and 1/2 hours left on this one.  Click on the image below to see/vote:

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50th Easter Eggs

Moffat Interview – 50th

I’ve been purposely avoiding the site to avoid spoiling things for people.  However, it’s been 4 days.  At this point if you haven’t seen it run away now… actually, no, just get off the entire internet.

So from here on in, we’re a spoiler-included site.  Fair warning.

BBC America posted an interview with Steven Moffat about the 50th, Rose’s role and other fun stuff.:

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, clearly on a high from the achievement of “The Day of the Doctor,” its astronomical U.K. ratings, and Guinness book world record for biggest TV drama simulcast, gave a lively interview to a group of journalists as the Doctor Who celebration in London came to a close. And finally, he had the freedom to discuss the decisions behind the closely-guarded Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, which was finally made public yesterday (November 23).

Interestingly, Billie Piper, who returned for the episode, never had any interactions with her Doctor, the also-returning David Tennant, instead sharing all of her dialogue with John Hurt‘s War Doctor. And certainly she wasn’t playing the Rose Tyler we’d come to know. But Moffat explained his approach to Piper’s return in today’s roundtable discussion.

“I thought the story of Rose, which was beautiful, was done,” he said. “I didn’t want to add to it, and I didn’t feel comfortable adding to it, really. That was always [former Doctor Who showrunner] Russell [T Davies]‘s story. But we did want Billie. And I liked the idea of bringing back the Bad Wolf version. The way Russell ended it in “The End of Time,” by just sort of looping it around, was perfect. I didn’t want to stick another bit of it in. That would be wrong. I just wanted to get Billie Piper, one of the absolute heroes of Doctor Who, back in the show, but without interfering with the story of Rose Tyler. I just thought I might spoil something. I might trip over my bootlaces doing that.”

If Billie had declined the role, Steven says, “There would have been options” in terms of other Who actresses to bring back. But, he said, “none of them would have been as perfect as Billie, who, in some ways for me, represents the revival of Doctor Who more than anybody else. I know I’ll get in trouble for saying this, but if you look back at the first two years of Doctor Who‘s revival, it’s all about Billie. It’s all about Billie. It’s her show for two years. I mean, it’s really startling watching ‘The Runaway Bride’ and you’re going, ‘Where is she? Where’s the star of the show?’ So it was great to have her. We’d have done something else [if we couldn’t get her.]”

Speaking of Mr. Davies, he and Moffat are clearly still in close contact. Moffat said Russell was the first email after watching the 50th anniversary episode. And Moffat also revealed a bit about their working relationship in the interview when asked if he prepared Russell for the plot of “The Day of the Doctor.” “It’s difficult with Russell because he doesn’t like spoilers. When we worked together on the show, we tried not to spoil each other. I’m really serious. When I was doing ‘Silence in the Library,’ [he said], ‘I want you to have River Song pre-figure something about what’s going to happen to Donna, and I said, ‘Don’t tell me what’s going to happen to Donna!’ And I said, ‘What kind of thing is it?’ ‘It’s sad, Steven. It’s very very sad.’ I said, ‘OK OK, I’ll put something sad in.’ [Former production head] Julie Gardner was sitting there saying, ‘You’re working on the same TV show. You can’t behave like this.’

“But [for ‘Day of the Doctor], we did coordinate around some stuff and I said to him I was possibly treading on your toes, so here’s roughly what we’re going to do. He said, ‘I read half your email and then I stopped.’”

As far as singling out Tom Baker as the only classic Doctor to return for the 50th, Moffat said, “I know I had all of the 11 Doctors there, but you can’t have a scene with 11—or even 12— people there. You can’t do it. To have the longest-standing Doctor make an appearance and show the current Doctor [Matt Smith] where to go, well, that’s irresistible, isn’t it? It’s important that you get to hear that voice again and get all his little mannerisms into one scene. It’s just wonderful.

“But, you know, I get the impression—I don’t know the man at all—that he’s warmed up to doing Doctor Who and to that part of his life. He’s doing the audiobooks for Big Finish.” However, on having Baker return again, Moffat said, “I have a slight paranoia about ‘it seems like every bugger is playing the Doctor, more or less all of Equity. It’ll have it’s own Spotlight section next.’ I think, quite soon, it’s going to go back to a militant ‘There’s one Doctor and that’s who he is.’ He’s one man with many faces, he’s not a committee of people with unusual hair. Because we had John Hurt as well. So very shortly, we’re going back to just one Doctor.”

That one Doctor, after Matt Smith‘s departure in the Christmas special, will be Peter Capaldi—which, I’ll have you know, is pronounced “cah-PAL-dee” and not “cah-PAHL-dee,” lest you want a tongue-lashing from Moffat on proper Scottish pronunciation. The Thick Of It star has obviously [spoilers!] already appeared on the show, in a stunning close-up, in “The Day of the Doctor,” which was always the plan. “All The Doctors, all The Doctors would fly in to save Gallifrey and change The Doctor’s timeline – how could you not do that? I knew there was gonna be a new one [Doctor] so I wrote it with not knowing who would be doing that. We did manage to cast somebody where you can use half his face for less than a second and everybody knows who he is. He looks cross!”

Capaldi has shot his regeneration, which Moffat teased: “He’s brilliant. The energy, the vitality he brings to his performance. I mean, he works. He’s likeMatt [Smith]. He works, he’s a worker. And he’s an extraordinarily vital and physical performer. People keep talking about this elderly Doctor, as if that’s something of an achievement. But this man is not at all elderly in style. He leaps around the place probably more than any other Doctor in that first scene. But that’s not how he’s going to play it. That’s just him in the post-regeneration madness. It’s something we’re still working at.”

Alice In Wonderland

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Workbench

Rubbertoe Replicas decided to Who-up the workbench.  Love it!  Also loving the posters in the background

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Dalek

Season 1 of New-Who, episode 6.  The TARDIS arrives in a museum with old foe in glass boxes (like a Cyberman and a Slitheen arm).  Rose and the Doctor suddenly find themselves surrounded.

A shot of a helicopter flashes by.  Normally not worth mentioning, but the copter name is “Bad Wolf One”.

Next we see a quick point of view look through a Dalek’s eyestalk, then back to our Doctor.  A collector has found him trespassing in his personal museum.  For some odd reason, he wants to show him his only living specimen, while leaving Rose with some of his staff.  Only he doesn’t know what he actually has… the Doctor does, though.

As soon as the Doctor introduces himself to the darkened room, the Dalek flips and the Doctor realizes what he’s locked in with.  Luckily it’s unable to attack him.  In another dark scene for the Doctor, he torments the Dalek, telling him his race is dead.  Then, when questioned, he tells him the Time Lords are also dead.  They each realize they are alone and there’s a moment of sadness before the Doctor decides to take out his anger and kill the Dalek.  The collector (Henry) steps in to save it, but only with the hopes the Dalek will speak to him.

Rose makes friendly with Henry’s cataloguer Adam, because you know that will end well.  They decide to patch into the coms system in the Dalek’s room, just in time to see someone torturing it.  Rose freaks out and goes running towards danger.

This is the first time we’ve seen the Daleks in New-Who.  Henry and the Doctor have a chat about the time war, and Henry realizes he has another alien.  Cut scene to the Doctor chained up.  He’s being tortured and he’s terrified that the Dalek will get out and kill them all.

Meanwhile Rose and Adam go to talk to the Dalek.  As soon as she says Doctor the Dalek plays to her sympathies.  She touches it, giving it the time energy it needs to regenerate itself and escape.  Henry releases the Doctor after being convinced it’s his only chance of survival.

The Dalek passes by the guards and sucks the energy and all the data from the internet through a control panel (interesting concept).  It then starts dissolving bullets fired at it and shooting down everyone in its path.  Kids show?  Really?  The stack of bodies suggests otherwise.  This was mainly done to show the New-Who fans that Daleks are scary and really, REALLY dangerous.  The Classic-Who fans already knew this.  This is the same reason they showed it levitate.

After killing the soldiers the Dalek talks to the Doctor via video screen.  It tells him he’d make a good Dalek due to his hatred and want for it to die.

That didn’t stop him though.  With Henry’s help he sealed off the bulkheads, leaving Rose trapped with the Dalek.  Rose said her goodbye to the Doctor and he heard an extermination shot.  He began screaming at Henry for causing it, then we see Rose.

The Dalek couldn’t kill Rose because it received feelings through the DNA transfer.  It felt fear and realized it was contaminated.  It held her hostage to open the bulkhead, knowing that the Doctor would do it because of his feelings for Rose.

The Doctor sorted through a stack of uncatalogued weapons while Rose tried to reason with the Dalek.  She discovered it wanted its freedom, and so she walked it out.  When they saw sunlight there was a melancholy moment where it opened its case to feel the sunlight.  The Doctor arrived to kill it and Rose talked him down.

The mutated Dalek asked Rose to order it to die, but she couldn’t do it right away.  Once she realized it was no way for a Dalek to live, she gave the order and it self-destructed.  Guess we finally know what those balls on the side of the case are for.

I get the purpose behind the episode, since we’ll see the Daleks a lot more later on, but there was just too much feely going on.  I mean, evolving the Daleks?  No thanks.  They make better mindless killers.

Henry was quickly disposed of by his female assistant, who decided to fill the place in with cement.  That left the Doctor and Rose to jump into the TARDIS with Adam and move on.