Archive for the 'Doctor Who' Category

14
Jun
10

Call Centre Frustrations

Seeing as the Judge was sharing some ANZ bank ads, I thought I would share my favourite one too.

I don’t know how the ANZ got the rights but this ad features the Robot from Lost In Space and a couple of Daleks from Doctor Who. Hilarious even though it does show the frustrations one gets when one gets put through to a call centre.

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20
Mar
10

New Doctor Who trailer – Woah!

Just saw the new trailer for the new series of Doctor Who that starts on 3 April 2010 in the UK and 18 April 2010 in Australia. It’s bloody exciting. Daleks, Cybermen and lots of Weeping Angels. Not to mention an old favourite of mine returning (although they’re not in the trailer).

Can’t wait. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan look great.

02
Jan
10

Out with the old and in with the new…

I have just watched the final two episodes of David Tennant as Doctor Who, “The End Of Time” and what a brilliant finale for him. The first episode was a little muddled (but still fun) but the conclusion brought it all together with an overly sentimental postscript that would bring a tear to a glass eye. Even I had a tear or two trickling down my cheek as he bid farewell to each of his companions.

We got to see a glimpse of the new Doctor, Matt Smith, and he looks like he is going to be a very good Doctor when he has his proper debut in April. There is a trailer for the new series on the official site but in their infinite wisdom, the BBC have restricted it to UK residents only. They obviously don’t realise that www stands for world-wide web. Still, a quick search of You Tube will satisfy those of us from outside the ever-so-small borders of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The story itself was a cracker. As mentioned before, the first episode was muddled with a few too many story strands but with the unveiling of the Time Lords as a cliffhanger, the second episode got down to business.  Older fans would be thrilled at the return of the Time Lords while newer fans would be excited to be finally seeing this oft mentioned ancient race. Timothy Dalton was very commanding as the Lord President but was he really Rassilon? I’m sure that conundrum will keep fans speculating as will the wonderful Claire Bloom as that mysterious woman. Some are already saying that she is the Doctor’s mother but a more likely explanation would be that she is the latest incarnation of Romana, the previous President, suitably bowed behind Rassilon.

Bernard Cribbins as Wilf, Donna’s grandfather, has been absolutely amazing in the show and he gets his share of the limelight as the Doctor’s companion in this final two-parter. Possibly the only travelling companion who doesn’t get to snog the Doctor, although towards the end, he does blow a kiss at the Doctor when he thinks no one is watching.

Jacqueline King as Sylvia, Donna’s mother, is a brilliant but under-rated actress. She really shone in an earlier story “Turn Left” but the look of pure emotion on her face when she realises that the Doctor has been back to meet her deceased husband is simply magic.

Am I alone in thinking that the circumstances of reappearance of Midshipman Frame (Russell Tovey) is no simple coincidence? The set up seems to be for a new love for Captain Jack after the death of Ianto in Torchwood so don’t be surprised if he is announced as joining the cast for the next series of Torchwood. The more I think about it, the more of a good idea it becomes.

This was also the final hurrah for Russell T Davies, executive producer and head writer for the show. That man is a genius. He reinvented the show after a 16 year hiatus and returned it to its former iconic glory plus some. I would love to meet him, just to say thank you not just for Doctor Who but also for the brilliant show Queer As Folk that he created and wrote.

Although it is sad to see David and Russell leaving the show, at least they are doing it on a high. I am excited about what is to come. Matt Smith is a very good actor and has that quirky quality about him, an essential characteristic of the Doctor. Steven Moffatt, the new executive producer and head writer, is a man passionate about the show who has already written some of the best episodes in the show’s history. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.

22
Jul
09

New look for Doctor Who

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The new Doctor with his companion, Amy Pond

The new costume for the 11th Doctor, played by Matt Smith, has been unveiled. Not sure what I think yet.

Here is my favourite shot where the Doctor’s unruly hair  actually complements his preppy and ever so quirky look.

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Matt Smith is the Doctor

Filming has started in Cardiff and I’ll be there in a couple of weeks. I doubt that I would be lucky enough to stumble on the filming but you never know…

25
Jun
09

I am Gwen Cooper

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The British TV show Torchwood is returning for a third series in July. I was checking the UKTV website to see when it was going to be shown in Australia and my eye was caught by one of those quizzes, Which Torchwood member are you?

I normally hate these sorts of quizzes but I thought it could be a bit of fun. Would I be dashing Captain Jack Harkness or adorable Ianto Jones?

No, I was Gwen Cooper – she’s the one in the middle of the above picture in case you hadn’t guessed. Seeing as I love Gwen (all platonic of course and definitely not in a stalkerish way), I don’t mind being compared to her. This is what the website said.

You think with your heart. It’s maybe not the most effective way of leading, but your sensitivity and compassion are strengths when it comes to dealing with people. However, “heart” gets a bad rap these days; ruthlessness and ambition are more prized qualities. But you get the job done, and you’re usually able to live with yourself the next day. Now, about that little affair with Owen…

The good news is that Torchwood is being fasttracked to Australian screens and will be shown over five consecutive nights from Tuesday 7 July to Saturday 11 July, only one night behind the UK

The bad news is that UK TV is not part of my Foxtel package! I may have to do something about that. 😉

Here is one of the trailers featuring Gwen:

And here is an extended trailer with a lot more action shots:


31
May
09

New Doctor Who companion announced

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Karen Gillan has been announced as the new Doctor Who companion. She’s Scottish, 21 and quite stunning looking (if you’re into that sort of thing).

We have seen Karen before in Doctor Who. She appeared as the Soothsayer in “Fires of Pompeii”, one of my favourite episodes from last year. You may not recognise her since she had the habit of covering her face with eyes drawn on the back of her hands.

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And when she put her hands down, there was all that weird make-up.

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Still, I have a good vibe about Karen and am looking forward to seeing her in action alongside Matt Smith as the new Doctor.

07
Jan
09

Matt Smith – the new Doctor Who

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Too young. Too pretty. Not right for the role. Pandering to teenage girls.  These were the things being said about Heath Ledger when it was announced that he would be playing the Joker.  People on different internet forums were quick to criticise and at times, get quite nasty about it. I guess that’s human nature. As history has shown, Heath turned in a brilliant performance, earning praise from all quarters and the buzz is that he may very well be nominated for an Oscar.

On the weekend, it was announced that Matt Smith would be taking over the role of Doctor Who from David Tennant. At 26, he is the youngest actor to play the Doctor (although Peter Davison was only a couple of years older) and yes, he is good looking. And guess what? Many people are saying the same things about Matt as they did about Heath without even waiting to see him in action. Hopefully, they will be proved wrong like with Heath.

I suppose that some people are mourning the upcoming departure of David Tennant. David has been a brilliant Doctor and I will certainly miss him. I am also very much aware that he could not play the role forever and that the very nature of the show is the changing of the lead actor. Matt will be the eleventh Doctor since the show started in 1963.

My first reaction was “who?”. I had never heard of Matt Smith. I watched the interview with him (see below) and surfed the web to find out what I could. The feeling I was getting was that he was an actor who could bring something special to the role. Also, I trust the new executive producer and chief writer, Steven Moffat. He is a devoted fan of the show and has written some of the best scripts for it in recent years. He knows Doctor Who inside out and I am sure he knows what to look for in the Doctor.

Matt has an interesting look about him. He is not the traditional good looker. There is something quirky and even a bit alien about him, qualities essential in the Doctor.

The ABC are screening Party Animals here in Australia at the moment and Matt is one of the stars of that show. I watched an episode last night and was impressed with Matt’s performance (I actually enjoyed the whole show and wished I had discovered it earlier). Although I didn’t get a feel for how he may play the Doctor, I am feeling confident that he is a good enough actor. That combined with Steven Moffat and the BBC’s endorsement is enough for me to get excited. I will make my final judgement when I see him in the role.

Give Matt a chance without any prejudice.

By the way, am I the only one who thinks that Matt looks a bit like Peter Davison in the face (definitely not the hair)?




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