Archive for April 2016

This post is really dumb.   Leave a comment

You’ve been warned.

One of my first reactions to Bill was “great hair!” This observation caught my attention because I’m not normally into hair. I haven’t jumped on David Tennant’s hair bandwagon, and Clara’s constant hair variation  in S8 mostly annoyed me. However, I do see the appeal of Capaldi’s curls. What is it about the Afro that works for me where the “sticky-uppy” look and elaborate Ren Faire ‘do don’t?

It might be the flat-haired longing for body and bounce. Or it might be nature-girl’s appreciation for an under-styled look. I don’t like hair gel; when other fangirls gush about touching Tennant’s hair, my reaction is one of mild revulsion. (Gooey or crunchy, either way ick!) I’m sure Capaldi and Mackie have some chemical assistance with their look, but both seem pleasantly uncomplicated.

There’s also a racial component to hair. Though I have not witnessed it, I understand that natural African hair has traditionally been discouraged in certain social and professional environments. People of African or Mediterranean descent have felt the need to flatten their hair or cut it short in order to be accepted into the dominant (white) culture. Bill rocking that Afro – and to a lesser degree, the Doctor’s Italian variant – feels like a step in the right direction. Pearl Mackie looks forward to seeing cosplayers take on the look; I love the idea that her portrayal could help people feel free to let their true self show.

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Posted April 26, 2016 by Elisabeth in Piffle

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All about Bill   Leave a comment

If you’re not familiar with BBC America’s “Doctor Who’s Day Roundup,” go check it out – a weekly post about cool stuff happening in the Whoniverse. This week’s is of particular interest at the moment, because it’s all about Bill: all the video teasers in one place, plus interviews, fan art, and other related awesomeness. It’s here for my reference but you ought to enjoy it too.

New Companion Roundup

I imagine I’ll be looking at this a lot over the next year-plus before we see her again…

Posted April 26, 2016 by Elisabeth in Companions, Cool Stuff, Piffle

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Companion news   Leave a comment

Probably everyone’s seen it by now, but just in case:

Official BBC Announcement

Mackie is a 28-year-old stage actor and children’s acting teacher. She apparently has minimal screen experience – which I like, I love it when they pick an unknown. She also has amazing hair.

It seems I’ve been out of the rumor loop: the last I heard was Rakhee Thrakar months ago, though a number of other names have come up since. I was intrigued by the possibilities Thrakar offered – favorite one-off companions have included Rita from “The God Complex” and Nasreen from “The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood” – but I have no complaints about Mackie. I’m very happy to have another woman of color in the role. I wouldn’t have minded someone a bit older, but at least she’s not 19. And an older companion may be a better match for a younger Doctor: can you imagine the Eleventh Doctor running around with Evelyne Smythe, or a less-vampy River Song?

So far we don’t know much about Bill*. She’s mouthy, full of questions, apparently fearless – in other words, excellent companion material. I look forward to getting to know her.

 

*I can’t help being reminded that “Bill” was David Tennant’s nickname for Billie Piper. Still love them… ❤

Posted April 23, 2016 by Elisabeth in Companions, Season 10, Speculation

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On the slow path   Leave a comment

I haven’t been whisked off to time and space (sadly). I’m still here. I’m perhaps a little sad about the long wait for season 10. A little bummed out by the lack of streaming, or by the gap between my meetup’s meetups. But I haven’t given up.

My Eighth Doctor Alice XZ comic came in at last, and it is glorious – though I haven’t yet had a chance to read it. I asked for – and got – my library to purchase both 12th Doctor trades as well as Cornell’s “Four Doctors” collection. (I have them all on hold.) Another Tenth Doctor comic is expected anytime, and I still have to order Alice XZ’s Fourth Doctor cover.

“Aliens of London” and “World War Three” will be screened a week from Monday. And then, as our network shows take the summer off, as we catch up on Daredevil and Orphan Black, it will be time for a second pass at Season 9. Even without any new Who, fall always flies, and then there will be a Christmas special to look forward to.

And of course there remains an infinity of classics to watch.  🙂

One day at a time, in the right order…

Posted April 15, 2016 by Elisabeth in Piffle

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Bits of fun   Leave a comment

A couple of entertaining and informative articles:

The Third Doctor

The Sixth Doctor

Enjoy! 🙂

Posted April 3, 2016 by Elisabeth in Classic, Cool Stuff, Piffle

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