Farewell To Matt Smith

You can now watch Farewell To Matt Smith online!  For those of you that don’t know, it aired with the Christmas Special, or so I’m told (not in Canada, unfortunately).  I haven’t had time to watch it yet, but it seems to be narrated by Alex Kingston (River Song) and looks pretty good… and entirely depressing.

Carve out some time for this one, because it appears to be about 45 minutes long.

Watch it HERE

Tom Baker Talks About His Return

From Unreality Primetime:

Following his surprise appearance in last Novembers Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, former Time Lord Tom Baker has expressed his thanks to fans and wished them all a happy New Year!

Baker, who appeared on our BBC screens as the fourth incarnation of The Doctor from 1974 – 1981, appeared briefly in the global celebration of the hugely popular BBC family sci-fi series, The Day of the Doctor, helping to guide then current Time Lord, Matt Smith on his quest to save the world from himself.

His appearance was warmly welcomed across the world, and Baker has revealed on his official website how he felt “swamped in love” following fans reactions, as well as revealing that he and Matt Smith did not discuss his appearance in the episode, explaining:

“Wonderful messages came in from around the world following his cameo in the The Day of the Doctor, which he revealed was filmed in Cardiff last spring. Through the wintry darkness of April, I travelled to Cardiff where my scene was to be shot. The BBC decided that I shouldn’t stay in a hotel in Cardiff in case people guessed what I was there for. Matt and I did not discuss the scene or talk about what it might mean; God forbid! No, we started just after eight am and about four hours later I was released.”

Baker also took the opportunity to reveal his experience of the London ExCel three day party held in the shows honour over the weekend of the anniversary, explaining:

“It was tumult: the fans cheered as if I had come back from the dead and the cheering did the trick… I travelled back in time: it was wonderful. I enjoyed it all.”

Finally Baker divulged his power-less Christmas period having been in the midst of the South East storms which left many homes without power over the Christmas period, as well as thanking fans for their support:

“Sue & I had to manage the best we could in the darkness, trying to be cheerful and entertaining ourselves. He looks forward to completing more recordings for Big Finish Productions in the New Year. I have never been happier at work than I am with my colleagues at Big Finish. The actors are well cast and are wonderful company.

“I am constantly touched and amazed by the personal stories people have told in my guestbook about how watching Doctor Who helped them through difficult times and inspired them to make something of their lives. Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories with me and other fans. I certainly find it very interesting.”

Doctor Who returns later this year for its eighth series, with new Doctor, Peter Capaldi at the helm of the infamous Tardis!

The Time of the Doctor – Behind the Lens

All right, this made me cry… Something about grown men getting a little weepy just does me in:

Wibbly Wobbly Shirt

One of my Christmas presents this year.  Unfortunately, a woman’s large is kind of like a men’s extra small.  Buy a much larger size, folks!

Happy Holidays!

I prefer Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, but this is what I could find (no time to make a new one)

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The Time Of The Doctor

I’m back!

I spent the holidays travelling, and spent several days without power.  Now I’m back and (for now, anyhow) the power is on.  Bet you know the first thing I did… In case not, I watched The Time of the Doctor.  Now I’ll admit that it wasn’t without issues, but being a month since the last episode I decided to ignore them and just enjoy it.

Although I couldn’t much enjoy losing Matt Smith.  You see, I’ve grown rather fond of him over the last few years.

If you haven’t watched the Christmas special yet, you may not want to read on.  This is going to get somewhat spoilery.  Myself, I pretty much avoided the internet altogether so that I wouldn’t accidently see something episode-related.  And to a certain family member that watched it first: thanks for telling me absolutely nothing.  Yes, I really mean that and am not just being facetious.

Certain things about the episode really bothered me, and it wasn’t even the big stuff.  For example, the Doctor is running around with a Cyberman’s head and an eye stalk, yet there’s no real explanation.

I purposely tried to watch the episode when no one was around because I felt I may get a little weepy.  The regeneration scene was going to be very different from Tennant’s (or so we were told) but I didn’t really want to risk it.  I was doing just fine at the beginning, but when 11 appeared with an older face I started to feel it.  When Clara held onto the TARDIS and turned around to see him I REALLY felt it.  It pulled at my tiny underdeveloped heart strings.  When he began to regenerate… a couple of tears were shed.  But when Amy appeared… I alternated between happy and really sad.  Fantastic to see her appear before he changed, even if she wasn’t really there.  The ‘everything changes’ speech felt more like Matt Smith’s speech than the Doctor’s, much like Tennant’s departing speech.  It also felt like Clara’s tears were actually Jenna Coleman’s tears…

When Capaldi appeared I could see the Doctor in him.  I have high hopes for him when the show returns.  I also really liked that Smith got one last speech in before he went, as well as the fact that they (sort-of) addressed the numbering.  But to be honest, it really felt like he was mostly gone when his face aged.  Maybe because it didn’t really look like him and maybe because of what was done with the character.  His performance was enjoyable though.

The plan is to re-watch the episode soon.  In the meantime, what did you think?

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… and I will miss Matt Smith…

Gingerbread TARDIS

Did any of you make any awesome Gingerbread creations?

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