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The Doctor has companions!

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Bradley Walsh, aka Token White Guy, has been rumored for some time. Per Twitter people either love him or hate him: he’s great, he should have been the Doctor, he’ll ruin the show, never watching again, blah blah blah. Having never seen him in anything I couldn’t say. While I do feel that his type has had plenty of representation on DW and elsewhere, I was intrigued by the potential of this dynamic: the typical figure of power and authority playing intellectual and executive second fiddle to (someone appearing to be) not that. I don’t hate the idea.

The other two are a surprise. Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole are soap opera stars, previously known for something called Hollyoaks. Cole has also appeared in the Star Wars universe. Gill’s Yasmin will be the Doctor’s first South Asian companion – impatiently awaited since the too-brief appearances of Rita (The God Complex) and Nasreen (The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood). It’s nice to have some color and gender balance aboard ship – and I kinda hope Walsh turns out to be an alien. 🙂 Just for variety, you know.

I’m surprised at how strongly people are reacting to the number of companions. Three is apparently a crowd for some, in spite of  Ian/Barbara/Susan, Ben/Polly/Jamie, Tegan/Nyssa/Adric, etc. I think it will be a nice change of pace. A single companion is more susceptible to an annoying romantic subplot. A team can tackle a story from a number of different, brilliant angles. (“Boom Town” comes to mind as a fun example.)

I am also intrigued by the inclusion of Sharon D. Clarke. Everyone seems equally confused by the “returning role” bit, since we’ve never seen her before; in fact it seems to have sparked rumors of a return of the Rani. But I think they actually meant “recurring” not “returning.” (Or is that what I’m meant to think?) Either way, looking forward to it.

If only we didn’t have to wait so long.

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Posted October 30, 2017 by Elisabeth in Companions, Speculation, Squee!

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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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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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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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