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The Doctor

July 23, 2017 2 comments
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Here’s a new shot.  Not as crisp as I would like, but just something I tossed together for the announcement of the new Doctor.

For those in the know, if I refer to “The Doctor,” I’m referring to the Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, located in the constellation of Kasterborous, the “Oncoming Storm,” etc. The Doctor has also known to be somewhat . . . eccentric.

Yes, the Doctor is fictional but beloved very much by a large number of fans, myself included.  The Doctor represents a number of high ideals, things to aspire to (like all great fictional characters), like kindness, intelligence, courage, passion, and loyalty.  As stated by the Doctor, “Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in” which also sounds suspiciously like something said from Galaxy Quest as well.

When the new Doctor was announced . . . it was sad.

It was sad on two fronts. The first was a contingent of fans who felt the need to voice their displeasure at the casting, also vowing not to watch the show again, because the Doctor was going to be a female. Cries of “pandering” and “SJWs” at it again rang through small sectors of the web, still making quite the call when it came to the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the new lead.

Never cruel or cowardly. Never cruel. The responses I came across were exactly that, cruel. Not most of them, fortunately. But it was saddening to read. One commenter even said something along the lines of “they’ve taken away a real great role model, someone who didn’t need a gun to save day, someone who used their intelligence instead of their strength.”

I think I latched on that comment the most. Honestly, I think I can see their point but . . . is the Doctor being female going to change all that?

It’s the Doctor. She’ll come around, after the regeneration, and will do what’s right. It’s what the Doctor does. Never cruel or cowardly.

I have no idea who Jodie Whittaker is and I haven’t seen her in anything else, though if the reviews from fellow actors, like David Tennant (10th Doctor from the video above) are any indication, then I can’t wait to see what Jodie Whittaker will bring to the proverbial “Who” table.

Which brings me to the second sad point, something that Whovians sometimes experience, is the reluctance to let go of the last doctor.

As for myself, Peter Capaldi grew into that role beautifully, and one of the best episodes of television, at least for myself, came from the season before last, the Heaven Sent episode. Honestly, that whole season was spectacular (mostly, I should say), as it had some standout scenes that showcased the type of Doctor that Capaldi was.

The first was this speech. Now, the Doctor is pretty good at making speeches, but some of Capaldi’s were incredibly moving and quite brilliant. It melded the angst and frustration of a being who has lived for over two-thousand years, who has seen countless horrors and even believed to contribute to the horror himself, yet intertwined within the embers of that anger . . . was still hope. The following speech best encapsulated that dichotomy of belief and nearly overwhelming bitter emotion.

 

The defining episode of the Capaldi era, at least for me, was the Heaven Sent episode. If there’s one thing the Doctor exhibits is the persistence and determination that is nearly god-like. Of course, the Doctor is also referred to as the Lonely God sometimes. But back to the episode. The Doctor has just lost his companion, who died doing something rash (semi-spoiler there, sorry!), but believing it was the right thing to do, like the Doctor. Guilt is definitely racking his soul and it’s evident with the clip below. Now, to give further context to what’s happening int he clip, the Doctor is in a prison of an unknown design, but has discovered a way out. The Doctor could’ve also been released, if he just confessed to a secret that is way too powerful to let into the open. The way out he just discovered, however, is basically a wall made of super-strong diamond, twenty feet thick. Essentially, the Doctor is trapped, with no way out of the prison he’s in. Which leads to this:

This whole scene, the interplay in the Doctor’s head, also leads the Doctor to actually going for the solution he had known. He wasn’t going to divulge the secret, something that could destroy the universe. Instead, he would choose the hard way . . . the right way:

2 billion years. He sat in the prison for 2 billion years (it was later revealed that he was actually estimated to have been in the prison for 4.5 billion years). Not giving up. Not giving in. Doing what was he thought was right.

That’s the Doctor. The 12th Doctor. And he will be missed.

Time moves on, however, and I do believe that most people are ready for the 13th Doctor. Myself included.

Friday Favorites

October 10, 2014 Leave a comment

So, here I am, a little refreshed after having the week off for Fall Break (though it still feels weird to have a break now) and somewhat ready to go back to work.  For the next few days, I’ll be readjusting my mindset to “school-mode,” which honestly, isn’t all that different from “non-school mode.”  Just less swearing.

Anyway, I have continued with my 365 Photo-A-Day Challenge and yes, I feel I’m a better photographer than when I first started.  It also helps that I upgraded my equipment midway through!  Honestly, it just reinforces the idea that working hard at something will yield some positive results.

So here are a few more favorites from the past few weeks.

 

 

If you’d like, I’m also on Instagram if you’d like to follow me there.  I’m at photo #283 right now and yes, I’m pretty proud of myself for staying consistent with this idea.  If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see a progression from the beginning of the year to now, in terms of the photographs I’ve taken.  It’s been fun!

Other Favorites from the week:

1) Agents of Shield is definitely picking up well during the second season.  May have to write more on this later.

2) I’m also liking Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.  Very alien and also a very good foil to the human companion(s) on the show, especially Clara.  Also, apparently Clara is one of THE most important companions in the Who-Mythology.  Her run as the companion has seen her influence a number of critical events in the mythology of the show.  More on that later as well!  We’ll see how it goes with a possible “Clara-less” show this Saturday.

3) Great Basin Sweet Potato Waffle Fries.  Holy smokes I can’t get enough of those things.  I’ll see if I can’t get a picture of em’ the next time around.

4) NBA basketball.  Huge basketball fan (Lakers fan) and any fan should appreciate seeing Kobe Bryant back in action.  Yes, he’s older and performing off two very extensive and devastating injuries, but the guy keeps hustling.

That’s it for now.  I’ll be back Monday 🙂

 

Summer Continues :)

So this week, I had an opportunity to watch Neil Gaiman at The Warfield on Wednesday night.  This was a “bucket-list” item for me, as seeing one of my favorite authors read live is something I’ve always wanted to see.  A big thank you goes to my family who set this up for my birthday.

As far as the experience itself, it was a fascinating show, filled with music, laughter, and art, but for me, hearing Gaiman read live was a rather interesting experience.  Not to mention the classic beauty of The Warfield itself.

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For the first time, aside from watching YouTube videos which clearly doesn’t replicate the ambiance of setting (especially in the case for The Warfield), the “flow” was truly felt (I’m a big fan of “flow”).  Neil was there to read his story The Truth is in a Cave in the Black Mountains, accompanied by FourPlay, a very talented string quartet, and Eddie Campbell, a very talented artist (known for his Bacchus comic) who helped illustrate the tale.

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During the show, it was apparent that Neil had a subtle charisma, if there is such a thing, that radiated through the audience.  Many people were thoroughly engaged and at certain points in the performance, it was eerily quiet as everyone seemed perched on a precipice, waiting for each word of Neil’s as a life-line.  It was amazing to watch and to be a part of, without a doubt.  Throughout the night, it was like peering into the thought process of how an author visualizes his own work, which to me, was invaluable.  It was all parts funny, sad, dramatic, and beautiful.  With FourPlay (also a very funny source for a few bits earlier in the show – they played the Doctor Who theme!)  also enhancing the artwork by Eddie Campbell which was being shown on the big-screen behind Neil, it was an immersive experience as well.

The rest of the trip to San Francisco was just spent trying find a few good spots for pictures 🙂  Are a few of them I took as well.

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I’ll write later about the Art Club Field Trip as well 🙂

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