I Feel Like Being Picky Today…

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Doctor Who: Farewell To Matt Smith

I hope they air this in Canada as well, but I’m not hopeful:

The description:

Bid the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, a fond farewell in this hour long retrospective documentary special about Doctor Who series five, six and seven – “the Matt Smith Years.” This compelling documentary, narrated by Alex Kingston (Doctor Who’s River Song), features highlights from Smith’s run with interview footage from the man himself, his cast-mates, writers, producers, guest stars and celebrity Whovians.

Vortex Manipulator

You can pick up your very own Vortex Manipulator from Ruppertoe Replicas!  I kind of want one…

You know, I often wonder what the cast/crew things of Whovians.  They must think we’re insane…


Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty

After the 50th aired, there was an “after-party” show.

I haven’t found a link to the whole thing, but here’s a clip where they tried to talk to One Direction live:

For what reason they wanted to talk to them, I have no idea.  But this was terrible.  I have to give credit where credit was due – Matt Smith fielded a horrible question quite wonderfully.  Aside from them (the show-runners themselves) just not knowing enough to give up, we were also subjected to one of the boys readjusting himself on camera.  Seriously?  Poor Steven Moffat had his head in his hands.  He looked horrified, and rightly so.

On a side note, I’m rather impressed to see that Matt Smith shares my affection for crazy socks.

There were a number of technical glitches during the show, some more glaring than others.  All in all, some of it was pretty painful to watch.  At the same time, it was nice to see some former Doctors and all of those companions.  I understand there’s a link where you can watch it if you’re in the UK (I’m not) so that’s an option for you if you’d like to try.

Oh, and I’ve seen a few other reviews of the show… and mine is really nice in comparison.

The New Yorker Screening

A rep from The New Yorker visited The Way Station for a screening of The Day of the Doctor.  The writer may not be a Whovian (a couple of small but glaring mistakes make that obvious), but this is one of the better articles from the mainstream media I’ve seen.  He’s certainly done his research, and I have a lot of respect for that:

“Twenty minutes until ‘Doctor Whoooo!’ ” shouted Kati Delaney, the bartender at The Way Station, in Prospect Heights, to cheers and applause. It was half past two on Saturday afternoon, and about a hundred people had crowded into New York’s preëminent “Doctor Who”-themed bar to watch “The Day of the Doctor,” the fiftieth anniversary episode of the British sci-fi series, which was being simulcast, by the BBC, in more than seventy-five countries. Outside, hundreds of people had already been turned away, redirected to other nearby bars which were also holding screenings. Inside, the fans with the best seats had arrived at nine forty-five that morning, and the anticipation had reached an almost unbearable level. People cheered the BBC’s “Doctor Who” pre-game show, which featured freaked-out fans from around the world; at the bar, a group absorbed in debate—Who was the best of the many actors who’d played the Doctor?—ordered a round of shots.

It can be hard to explain the appeal of “Doctor Who” to people who don’t already love it. The show is science fiction, in a broad sense, but where most science fiction cultivates an aura of plausibility, “Doctor Who” is so zany that just following the plot means becoming a fan. In one episode, the Doctor is helping Kylie Minogue survive an attack on an interstellar cruise ship; in another, he’s going up against an army of headless monks from the fifty-second century. As Jill Lepore explained in her recent magazine story on the history of “Doctor Who,” the Doctor, a two-hearted Time Lord from the planet Galifrey, can “regenerate,” changing his appearance and temperament. Over nearly eight hundred episodes, he’s been played by eleven different actors.

Amidst this infinite variety, the show is held together by its outsized emotionalism. Loosened up by the weirdness of the story, you often find yourself misty-eyed over one of the Doctor’s mournful, inspirational speeches. “Doctor Who” is, essentially, a sad show—the Doctor lives forever, while his companions, to whom one gets attached, must age and die—but it’s also about discovery and surprise. In its best moments, the characters, filmed in close-up, weep and shout, transformed by sadness, wonder, or joy.

The mood at The Way Station was ebullient. The place was jammed, and everyone was taking pictures of each other in their costumes. Kristin Sirota had come dressed in the Scottish sexy-cop outfit worn by one of the show’s heroines, Amelia Pond, in her début episode. (The police vest, she said, was “actually from Scotland.”) Tiffany Knight, an actress, and John Paterakis, a retired banker, arrived as the tenth and fourth Doctors, respectively; a number of other women looked like the glamorous River Song, a space archaeologist who, in an affecting plot from 2008, married the Doctor—a good thing, except that they were moving in opposite directions in time, and were therefore never quite in sync. (“You know when you see a photograph of someone, but it’s from years before you knew them?” Song explains. “He came when I called, just like he always does, but he’s not ‘my’ Doctor.”) A girl in a statue costume was doing an admirable job of impersonating one of the show’s “weeping angels”—creatures that look like statues until you look away. She turned out to be a professional, working around the city as “the Living Statue Galatea.”

Even the cocktails were “Who”-related: I had a sonic screwdriver—that’s what the Doctor calls his signature multi-tool—and a Captain Jack, named after Captain Jack Harkness, a sexually irresistible fellow-traveller of the Doctor’s who, a few years ago, got his own spin-off show, “Torchwood.” “Nice jacket,” someone told me, snapping a picture. (My everyday clothes, it turns out, look a little like the Doctor’s.)

Andy Heidel, who runs The Way Station, used to work in sci-fi book publishing. He leased the space without really investigating the interior; once he got inside, he realized that the toilet was located right next to the bar, and wasn’t enclosed in a separate bathroom. “Let’s build a TARDIS!” a friend suggested, referring to the Doctor’s time machine, which looks, from the outside, like an old British police box. (Famously, it’s bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside.) It was a fateful decision. Laurel Dagrosa, a baker and “Doctor Who” fan, said that she’d discovered the bar when, walking down Washington Avenue, she spied the TARDIS through the window. “I saw it, and I just started jumping up and down,” she recalled. For the anniversary event, Dagrosa had baked a TARDIS-shaped cake, as well as dozens of Jammy Dodgers—the Doctor’s favorite cookie—which were circulating on trays. The bar, Heidel said, hosts screenings on Sundays, and it’s similarly packed for season premières and finales. (On Sunday, he plans to hold repeat screenings, at two, four, and six.) Heidel said that he’d hold off on really watching the episode until later, when he could concentrate.

As the bartenders drew the blinds, the crowd started an enthusiastic countdown—”Three! Two! One!”—to the start of the show; they cheered during the episode’s most exhilirating moments, including a conversation between three different versions of the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, David Tennant, and John Hurt, which took place in the Tower of London.

And yet the silliness in “Doctor Who” often serves as a counterweight to the show’s humanistic gravity. Watching everyone’s upturned faces, what struck you most was their seriousness. The most recent episodes of “Doctor Who” have been dark and sombre. When we last saw him, the Doctor was forced to travel far into the future, so that he could break into his own tomb. (“How can you have a grave?” one of his companions asks. “We all do, somewhere out there in the future,” he replies, “and the trouble with time travel is that you can actually end up visiting.”) Many of the best “Doctor Who” episodes are on the theme of memento mori, which, from H. G. Wells onward, has always been an aspect of time travel. In the previous episode, the Doctor’s tomb hadn’t contained a body but a glowing shape, floating in mid-air: “My personal time-tunnel,” he says. “All the days.” When I asked the Whovians in attendance about their favorite episodes, they almost always cited the saddest ones: Tiffany Knight, the actress, mentioned an episode in which the Doctor, to save the life of a friend, must erase all of her memories of their friendship. “It was heartbreaking,” she said.

“The Day of the Doctor” turned out to be serious, too. It revolved around the use of a genocidal weapon by the Time Lords—possibly, even, by the Doctor himself—against their mortal enemies, the Daleks, a race of fascist maniacs whose rallying cry is “Exterminate!” This weapon, we were told, was so powerful that it had become self-aware. “How do you use a weapon of ultimate mass destruction,” one character asks, “when it can pass judgment on you?” The room was silent—not a single sonic screwdriver whirred. That’s the genius of “Doctor Who”: in it, silliness and seriousness, death and vitality, the ludicrous and the real are all squeezed together. It’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Christmas Special

The Mirror is claiming surprises in the Christmas special.  Anyone wanting to avoid spoilers, stop right NOW.

Doctor Who will face the end of a 50 year story in the Christmas special – when Time Lord Matt Smith reveals he is actually the 13th and ‘final’ Doctor.

Actor Matt, 31, has long thought to have been the Eleventh Doctor on the hit BBC sci-fi show, which can only regenerate 12 times according to the show’s folklore. Fans have worried for years that the show will have to end once the 13th Doctor dies.

But on December 25, current theories among millions of fans will be exterminated once and for all when Matt says in a dramatic speech he is the 13th Doctor and adds: “I’m dying and there is nothing I can do about it.”

On Saturday night at the end of the show’s 50th anniversary special, all the Doctors lined up, including John Hurt who was previously not thought to count. David Tennant’s Time Lord also used up an extra regeneration to save himself in an episode called Journey’s End.

A show source explained: “There have been two David Tennant Doctor Whos technically and with John Hurt playing another Doctor in the film, it basically means he can’t regenerate again.

“The riddle of the regeneration problem, something fans have talked about for decades, will be faced head on at Christmas. There is going to be another huge cliffhanger and somehow Peter Capaldi has to join and the series has to continue.

“The show’s big fans, known as Whovians, won’t believe their eyes at Christmas.”

On Saturday, 94 countries around the world tuned in for the 50th anniversary film The Day of the Doctor which featured the first glimpse of Peter Capaldi. In the UK alone It was watched by a peak of 10.6million – easily beating The X Factor which could only manage 7.7m when they went head-to-head.

All the previous Doctors were also included, with fourth Time Lord Tom Baker, 79, appearing as an art gallery curator at the end of the episode in an emotional scene that fans praised.

The show’s executive producer Steven Moffat admitted he was “terrified” by what the reaction would be as the episode had not been previewed anywhere.

Asked about the Christmas episode and the regeneration of Doctor Who, Moffat confirmed Matt was the 13th Doctor and told the Mirror: “The 12 regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology – science fiction is all about rules, you can’t just casually break them.

“So if the Doctor can never change again, what’s Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas special?”

On the huge ratings, he said he felt “astonished and moved” so many people had tuned in.

Moffat was amongst the audience at London’s BFI cinema along with Matt Smith and fans gave him and the film a standing ovation at the end.

Speaking immediately after the show ended, star Matt Smith said: “I think what’s really clever about it is that what he [Moffat] has managed to do is change the mythology of the character – which, after 50 years, is an achievement.”

Hurt and Coleman Interview

Now THIS is new!