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My blog, where I talk about my thoughts. I think about all the important things in life - namely, television and other such media. Usually Doctor Who, although other TV shows can and do turn up on occasion.

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Nine Years of the Ninth Doctor: Aliens of London

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So maybe this is it! First contact! The day mankind officially comes into contact with an alien race. I’m not interfering because you’ve got to handle this on your own. That’s when the human race finally grows up. Just this morning you were all tiny and small and made of clay! Now you can expand!

Steven Moffat wrote a short story once, with a lecture about the Doctor. And the lecturer, one Professor Candy, was talking about the effect the Doctor had on people. In this lecture, he mentions a Mr and Mrs Brown, who have to talk to some nice policeman, who are digging up their back garden. “Oh, don’t worry officer,” they say “Peri isn’t dead, she’s a Warrior Queen on Thoros Beta.”

Now, I’ve not read that story, but I imagine it was a very good one. It’s a pretty clever idea, isn’t it? What happens to the companions’ families who’re left behind? Generally, it’s not been explored in Classic Who. Off the top of my head… Victoria had a family, but they died, Adric had a brother, who also died, Tegan had an Aunt who they did visit once, Sarah Jane had an Aunt that was never really present, and then… Ace has her friends, that she returns to in Survival, but I don’t think that big of a deal is made of them.

So, here and now with Rose’s family is pretty much uncharted territory for Doctor Who. It’s a new step in a new direction - and that’s great! Doctor Who should always being going to new places, seeing what works, and how the show can always be innovative.

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I’ve always thought it’d be a cool idea if the Valeyard was revealed to be Jack the Ripper - naturally, that’s already been done!

So I’ve just rewatched Father’s Day as part of my Nine Years of the Ninth Doctor reviews, and the funniest thing happened.

When Rose and Pete are in the car, on their way to the wedding (it’s about 12 and a half minutes in), you can hear Never Gonna Give You Up playing on the radio in the background.

So, Doctor Who effectively Rick Rolled the audience, before that was even a thing. 

jordanianrage:

What up 9 lovers. Im writing an essay for English class about why 9 is the fucking best. Can you guys give me some examples and stuff? It would really help me out. Thank you. 

At the minute I’m doing a weekly review of each Ninth Doctor episode, which could be useful for examples?

Nine Years of the Ninth Doctor: The Unquiet Dead

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Think about it, though. Christmas 1860. It happened once. Just once, and it’s… gone, it’s finished. It’ll never happen again. Except for you. You can go back and see days that are dead and gone, a hundred thousand sunsets ago. No wonder you never stay still.

First historical episode of Series One! Cardiff, 1869. Not Naples, 1860 - you can tell it’s the same Doctor just from his piloting skills…

First new writer of the series as well - it’s Mark Gatiss’ turn to take the stand. And he does really, very well. There’s some very funny lines in there - Charles Dickens asking “What the Shakespeare?” had me laughing aloud, and the “I love a happy medium” part. There’s lots of other clever little bits of dialogue too; plenty of great speeches, talking about wonder and understanding, which is something of a theme for the episode - there’s Rose on her first trip into the past, and Charles Dickens’ becoming just a bit less cynical. It’s really very good. Very Doctor Who as well I’d argue - if one of the central aspects of Doctor Who isn’t about learning, and always keeping an open mind, then I don’t know what is.

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Looking for Doctor Who Blogs to Follow

restnoweleven:

If you post mostly Doctor Who (I’m talking like 80-90%) reblog this post and I’ll check out your blog and maybe follow you! <3 

A Private Eye Companion

So I mentioned a while ago that when I first saw Danny Pink, my first assumption was that he was some sort of detective. Anyways, since then I’ve been thinking about that, and how it might work in a series… Because, you know, if you’re going to have a detective companion, show them doing some actual detection - and who better for them to investigate than the Doctor?

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Nine Years of the Ninth Doctor: The Clockwise Man

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“You know,’ the Doctor said, resuming his pacing, ‘how sometimes you only appreciate something when it is taken away from you.’
'You mean my freedom?'
'I mean more like the hum of the central heating or the air-conditioning. You only notice it was there when it stops. While it's constant, part of the nature of the things, it's unremarkable. Just the way things are. Your brain doesn't even brother to tell you about it, unless there is a change that might be important.” 

Books! People never really stop loving books. And Doctor Who has a pretty longstanding tradition with books - from Target Novels to the books that kept the show alive during the ‘wilderness era’. So why should this new Doctor be any different?

Across the 13 weeks Christopher Eccleston played the Doctor, there were 6 novels written featuring the Ninth Doctor.. So, as part of this Ninth Doctor lookback, I’ll also be attempting to review each of them.

The first then is Justin Richards’ The Clockwise Man…

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Nine Years of the Ninth Doctor: The End of the World

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You lot. You spend all your time thinking about dying. Like you’re going to get killed by eggs or beef or global warming or asteroids. But you never take the time to imagine the impossible. That maybe you survive. 

Second episode! The End of the World is written, like Rose, by Russell T Davies, head writer and impetus behind the return of the series as it is. It’s also directed by Euros Lyn, who’ll go on to direct a lot of stories later on in RTD’s Doctor Who. He’s a very capable director.

Anyways, this story is about, as the title may have suggested, the End of the World. Not through any diabolical or nefarious schemes however - this is literally the end of the world, as currently expected. The sun expands, and the Earth is consumed. Whilst a party goes on in space.

And, during this party, someone’s sabotaging the station and killing the guests.

That’s one hell of a premise.

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It’s just been announced that JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a trilogy of movies.

So, why not take a look at my proposition for a Fantastic Beasts movie of a similar ilk to an Indiana Jones movie?

(There is no reason why not. Go, take a look)

Nine Years of the Ninth Doctor: Rose

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I can feel it… the turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world. And, if we let go…

That’s who I am.

Today, March 26th, marks 9 years since the Ninth Doctor (as played by Christopher Eccleston) appeared on our screens. That day was nine years since new Doctor Who had appeared on TV.

The Ninth Doctor is, for me, a bit of an oddity. He was the first Doctor I ever saw, true, but I only caught the very end of his tenure - Bad Wolf was my first episode, and then a week later the Doctor regenerated. So, I’ve not exactly got a big emotional connection to him.

As well as that, I don’t tend to watch his episodes very often, so I’m not all that familiar with them - I know the basic plot and sequence of events, but there’s lots of little things that surprised me when watching Rose for this review. 

That, coupled with his relatively short run, means I’m just not quite sure about him - sure, he’s a good Doctor, but how good? If I were to one day rank the Doctors, where would he stand on that list?

Hence this rewatch…

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The human talent for pattern-recognition is a two-edged sword: We’re especially good at finding patterns, even when they aren’t really there — something known as false pattern-recognition.

We hunger for significance — for signs that our personal existence is of special meaning to the universe. To that end, we’re all too eager to deceive ourselves and others.

In the third episode of his fantastic Cosmos series, Neil deGrasse Tyson reminds us of how pattern-recognition both fuels our creativity and makes our minds mislead us.
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I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there. - Eighth Doctor.

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Sylvester McCoy has flat-out lied before for fun. Just putting that out there.

Ahaha, really? That’s actually pretty funny.

To be honest, I did think it a tad dubious - why would he know, anyway? - but I wanted an excuse to talk about the Master, and all the recent rumours anyway, so… here it was.

Also, Danny Pink.

It occurs to me that I never actually said anything about Danny Pink. At least I don’t think I did. I don’t… actually recally… oh well, whatever. You get to hear my multiple thoughts about Mr Pink twice! You lucky reader you.

It’s not actually relevant, but when I first saw him, I thought he was going to be some sort of Private Detective type fellow. It was mainly the name, and his coat. I associate that sort of colour name with detectives. Not sure why. That could be quite an interesting story… hmm. Expect elaboration on that tomorrow.

Anyway, Danny Pink. Cool, another companion. Teams of three are always interesting (it means I can adapt my Eleven/Amy/Rory script and send it in! Huzzah!) and can provide a good new dynamic. It’s also probably easier for the story, at times. You can split them up three ways instead of two!

Generally, as a ticklist… it’d be nice if he wasn’t a love interest for Clara, it’d be cool if he had an Ian Chesterton style relationship with the Doctor (“Mr Red”, “Danny Blue”, “Be quiet Green”!) and was quite sarcastic. Sarcasm is great. 

Beyond that, I don’t really have any judgement. I’d like to wait until he actually turns up. 

Still, looking forward to it!