Doctor Who: Upset that The Doctor is now a woman?

So now we know. Jodie Whittaker is to be the new Doctor, the 13th lead actor in Doctor Who. (Ok there’s the War Doctor – lets keep this straight forward please). And yes. The Doctor is now going to be a woman.

Now, I’ll be honest here.

I have been known to argue why The Doctor should be a guy. (Basic argument was that he was a mostly non violent, male role model). But after these 61 seconds, I’m not just ok with the changes, but looking forward to the new era:

It probably helps that I cant help but think that she so looks like The Doctor. (Please dont ask me how I know if an actor looks looks like the Doctor or not).

It’s also been signposted in the show for a while…


Personally I’m looking forward to new character dynamics in the TARDIS.

But What if you’re upset about the new Doctor being a female?

Here’s a few ideas…

  1. Check out the Big Finish audio stories. They’ve been producing Doctor Who stories for years, featuring many of the previous Doctors. Give them a listen, but if you’re not sure where to start, the 50th anniversary special “The Light At The End” is a good start.
  2. Delve into the Doctor Who DVD catelogue. If you really want to try an old go for The Mind Robber.
  3. Wait it out. Watch the new series, or don’t watch it. We’re talking about a show that reinvents itself every a few years. It will reinvent itself again.
  4. Remember, somewhere, there are going to be girls growing up with a new more relatable hero. Thats got to be a good thing right? And again, if it sucks, well give it a few years and return to the show.
  5. Please try and take some joy in this video, and that other girls may well have the same reaction. Please?

Just a shame that apparently shes not keeping the coat…

Any other suggestions for people struggling with the change?

With thanks to @georgeluke on twitter for the idea for this.
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Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls Review

I’m going to get the fan boyness out the way now. Simply put, I felt Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls was an outstanding season finale. 

There’s obviously loads of spoilers below if you’ve not already seen the episode.

 

The pre-credit sequence felt a little jarring at first, moving the action away from the hospital and to a solar farm, but was over all successful in setting up the episode, bu can we forget about that shuttle coming out the ground? The effect didn’t quite work – but the sight of Cyber-Bill carrying the collapsed Doctor gave people an image to remember. (And one I’m tempted to screenshot for the computers wallpaper).

Doctor Who - The Doctor Falls Review

 

The jarring sensation was used to good effect after opening sequence, as the Doctor awoke to the sight of the Masters debating the best way to kill him.

As the episode settled, the story telling flew fast, and Bills fate as a cyberman was confirmed, The Masters fate post End of Time was suggested, we were told what was happening in the city, and The Doctor received electric shock treatment from a  cyberman.

Fast brutal storytelling. The stuff that a good Doctor Who finale does well.

Thankfully there is space in the episode for character moments. Peal Mackie as Cyber-Bill, stuck in her own perception filter, topped off an amazing season as she struggled to realise what had happened to her.

The Two Masters simply worked fantastically with each other, both slightly scared, kinda flirty with each other, and neither as smart as the Doctor.  The two Masters still seem slightly underused and under developed. As does the relationship that both the Doctor and Nardole seem to have with the kids on the farm.

On the subject of Nardole, I have to admit that I was confused when I heard Matt Lucas was coming back, but the toned down version of his character in this series has only suffered from underuse.

The second half of the episode launched into war movie territory, not full blown action, but one with an unrelenting sense of doom. A sense of doom that only became more fulled as Time Lords fell.

A sense of doom that was only released in the closing crazy moments. As Star Girl reappeared, armed with flash backs to the first episode that almost helped it all make sense and logical.

Doctor Who - The Doctor Falls Review

I’ve not mentioned yet, the speech from The Doctor to The Master Twins, if you ever wanted a manifesto for not just being the The Doctor, but for being a good Time Lord. That was the speech to listen to, and a reminder that perhaps, sometimes its good just to be kind.

After a series like this, it feels too soon too soon to be saying Goodbye to Peter Capaldi. At least we get to say hello again to an old face come Christmas.

Coupling on Netflix!

Coupling on Netflix

Sharing this, as I’m far to excited by finding Coupling on Netflix.

This british comedy from Steven Moffat was a little bit like Friends, but British in flavour, and was THE comedy of my university days. And Steves rants (as shown above) were one of the many highlights…

Now Steven Moffat is leaving Doctor Who, and there is no sign of new Sherlock anytime soon, perhaps there is a chance for Coupling?

Its Pancake Day… Yes Its Pancake Day… Yes We’re Still Getting The Pancake Day Song.

Pancake Day 2017, we may have played The Pancake Day song from Maid Marian – a number of times. But we didn’t play the Pancake Day Song again.

Over a week later, at 6:40 in the morning, we get woken up with it for NO GOOD REASON.

And again this morning…


Maybe its stuck in her head?

Or perhaps, she just wants pancakes?

Hope you dont have the pancake song in your head all day…

(Oh yes, that is The Cat from Red Dwarf singing)

The Place of Dads in The Star Wars Universe

Not seen the new Star Wars movie yet?  It may be best to not read the following look, at the place of Dads in the Star Wars Universe – as it very much includes The Force Awakens.

No seriously, don’t read this if you haven’t seen it.  If you still want to read this, please scroll past Darth…

Spoilers below…

Darth-Vader

Still here? Ok…

I came across this little article earlier “Patriarchy and Star Wars: The Mother Strikes Back” where its argued that Mothers don’t seem to be liked much in the Star Wars universe. The thing is, Padme dies in childbirth, Shmi doesn’t die well, and yes it is suggested that Leia sent her son away… but let’s see if Dads do well in Star Wars, by looking at the main male characters and how well they do at the father / child relationship thing.

 

Obi Wan Kenobi

While not a dad as such to Anakin Skywalker, it could be argued that the guy was a father figure in some ways (particularly after Qui-Gon Jinns death). Obi Wan seemed to only really listen to Anakin once he rebelled. In punishment for Anakin’s rebellion, it can be argued that Obi Wan slashed the guy with a light saber and left him to burn in lava. That’s not nice parenting.

Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader

Whilst growing up as a slave, Anakin didn’t seem to have a dad on the scene, until one day this cool guy that could do mind tricks turned up, telling him that he could be free and train as Jedi as long as he left his mother behind. Anakin chose to hang out with this guy who could potentially had been the dad that he’d never had. This “dad” died an hours movie time later.

The replacement father figure seemed a lot younger, didn’t seem to listen to Anakin much, seemed keen to keep Anakin from seeing his mother, and anyone else who he may have an emotional attachment with. This forced Anakin to see his Mum in secret (in time for her to die – and not die well), and for him to have a secret relationship with Padme. Due to not being able to discuss his fears about Padme dying in childbirth, with his father (Obi Wan), Anakin found another person to confide in.

This led to a chain of events that led to Anakin being left burning by his father figure, just to be saved by another one. This new father figure picked him, dusted him down, and gave him a new life.

When Darth Vader realised that his son survived child birth, he went across the galaxy to track him down, and offer him a chance to work with him. Sadly Luke went grumpy teenager, screamed No at him, and jumped down into Cloud City. (Yes Darth cut off his hand, but this was a result of the love shown to him by Obi Wan Kenobi)

After being shown this love, Luke went to see Darth Vader – who in turn took him to see the only family Darth Vader had on the Death Star. This set up a chain of events that led to Luke killing his Dad. Whilst his friends blew up Darths place of work, AGAIN.

Luke Skywalker

Spent his teenage life living with his aunt and uncle who told him that his father Anakin / Darth had died, and felt trapped within his life as a farm boy. Possibly as a result of this sheltered upbringing he didn’t react well to the happy news that his father was alive, snogged his sister, and killed his own father, before setting his father’s dead body on fire.

Since then, it’s possibly the case that he has abandoned his family and went into hiding after a work project had gone wrong.

Han Solo.

Let’s ask how the relationship with his son is? No wait…

In conclusion…

I think it’s fair to say that families in general don’t do well in Star Wars.

Is there anything I’ve missed from the above list?