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I can’t help it   Leave a comment

Let’s watch that Christmas special trailer again!

Caught a definite glimpse of Polly on that last pass. What are you people doing??

Also, I haven’t watched it yet, but this looks intriguing and awesome:

The Fan Show is the best thing to happen to Doctor Who since the reboot. It is awesome and I love it. I am a Christel Dee fangirl! ❤

Posted July 28, 2017 by Elisabeth in Christmas Specials, Cool Stuff, Squee!, Video

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DW Day   Leave a comment

Anglophenia’s Doctor Who’s Day Roundup, which I’ve mentioned before, weekly gathers fan art and video, official announcements, and other bits and bobs from around the web in one easy to find place. It was the go-to spot for our introduction to Bill, and unsurprisingly, it offers the same for our new Doctor:

Doctor Who’s Day New Doctor Edition

So much fan art! 🙂

Also included are videos of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing some beloved S10 music – including Bill’s Theme!

Posted July 18, 2017 by Elisabeth in Cool Stuff, Fan Art, Music

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Character arcs   Leave a comment

A friend of mine – who is not a fan – shared some silly list of other characters that should now be feminized in the wake of the latest regeneration. It annoyed me right off, but at first I couldn’t figure out why. How is the Doctor any different from, say, Darth Vader or Frodo (the two examples I remember)? Why does it work for one to change and not the other?

(Of course regeneration is unique to the Doctor, but that’s not it.)

The difference is this: Each of the other characters on the list, as far as I can recall, has an arc. Beginning, ending, done. The song has ended, and the story’s over too.

The Doctor is infinite.

There is no beginning for the Doctor, and no ending. There is no story arc; it’s more of a sine wave, up and down and back to the start again. There’s only one other set of characters that in any way compares: characters born in the middle part of last century and who have ever since been reinvented, rewritten, reimagined, reborn. Those are comic book characters.

And what have those characters done? We have a Latino Spider-man, an Asian Hulk, a Black Captain America.

And Thor is a woman.

The Doctor will be brown one day. Thor will be a man again. Miles Morales could make it to the big screen. Their possibilities are infinite. They are infinite.

Frodo’s story is done, like Rose’s and Bill’s. But the Doctor’s goes on and on and on.

Posted July 17, 2017 by Elisabeth in Commentary

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So that happened.   Leave a comment

The Doctor is a woman.

It’s been a long wait. I’m not talking about the 50ish years since Sydney Newman first suggested the Doctor try a gender switch; just the 6 months since Capaldi announced his departure. Last week I wondered if SDCC would be the time/place for an announcement, but decided it’s far too American of an event. I figured we’d have to be patient for months yet.

But the Christmas special has wrapped. There were two possibilities, I thought: either the regeneration had yet to be filmed, pending casting, or the regeneration had been filmed, and it was only a matter of time before someone leaked. Either way, it behooved the production team to get it done and out in public.

So Friday came the teaser, and I didn’t know how I would get through the weekend.

The Wimbledon final began at 6am in my time zone. The estimate from Doctor Who News was 2-5 hours of play, with the announcement to follow. I woke up at 8, grabbed my phone, pulled up Twitter. Already Federer had won, but still we knew nothing. Fans wailed and gnashed their teeth.

I hit refresh.

I brushed my teeth, hit refresh. Made tea, hit refresh. Picked up my book – you get the idea. Click click click.

Then there was a name. And a video.

I yelled for my husband. Too impatient to boot up anything with a proper screen, we huddled over the phone. There were tears. There was disbelief. There was much rejoicing. Then we booted up the proper screens for a morning of rewatching, reposting, commentary, and squee.

I had heard Whittaker’s name mentioned among the cast of thousands, but I didn’t take it seriously. Her prior roles haven’t moved me to a great degree. But something about her face, the way she gazed at that old blue box, made it clear she is the Doctor.

I’m ready.

Posted July 17, 2017 by Elisabeth in Squee!

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It takes all kinds   Leave a comment

I’m seeing lots of posts about “now little girls can see themselves as the Doctor” which is totally great btw until they add “instead of the sidekick/arm candy/also-ran/companion” which I think is massively unfair to the companion.

It’s okay to be the companion: to retain your humanity, to expand your mind, to try new things, to have a home and a family, to become better than you know yourself to be. It’s awesome to be the companion.

It’s also awesome to be a genius and a little bit mad, to crave adventure, to always step in when someone needs help, to be alone, to be alien.

It’s not that little girls get to be the Doctor instead of the companion. It’s that they now get to be ALL THE THINGS. Anything they want to be.

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Just as it should be.

Posted July 17, 2017 by Elisabeth in Commentary, Companions

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Posted July 16, 2017 by Elisabeth in Squee!

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Quivering with Antici-   Leave a comment

In as little as twelve – thirteen? – hours, we’ll know.

Posted July 15, 2017 by Elisabeth in Squee!

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