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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.

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Watchful Wednesdays

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment

I’m starting to think along the lines of organizing my posts according to the days of the week.  Mondays can be reserved for work-related, educational posts (with maybe a Friday thrown in for reflection on said posts).  I’m also thinking Fridays can be used to post some of my favorites things, a “Friday Favorites” so to speak.  A part of that will also be some of the pictures I’ve taken, but I may do something else with those.

Wednesdays can be reserved for things I’ve been watching on television, in the theaters, or reading in the media.  For example, I could talk about the new Doctor Who (which I’ve done before) or perhaps Agents of Shield as well (which I have also done before).

Or I can review some sports related items I’ve watched (I do like sports!).

For today, I think I’ll start this “Watchful Wednesday” with something I did watch today (at least technically).

The lunar eclipse, aka the “Blood Moon.”

Blood Moon

Lunar Eclipse – Taken early morning on 10.8.14 by me 🙂 The secret ingredient . . . is blood. No, not really 🙂

Yes, it was cold.  Yes, it threw my sleep pattern a bit of a curve . . . but it was interesting to watch and photograph.

It also got me thinking about something I had said in class the other day, when I had the students imagine for themselves, ways to explain natural phenomena without the use of research or the scientific method (to a certain degree).  Some of the responses they gave were along the lines of storytelling, which the students thought was an interesting way to explain things (stories are usually explanations anyway, are they not?).  We were reading about earthquakes and volcanoes and how the ancient Romans and Hawaiians had explained volcanic activity and I started thinking . . . “I’d definitely freak out if I saw this eclipse way back when!”

Yes, “way back when” is a technical term for thousands and thousands of years ago.   Coincidentally, I still need to watch the movie “The Way Way Back.”  Heard nothing but good things about that movie, especially the soundtrack!

But I digress.  Back on topic . . . as far as this blood moon, I also started thinking . . . how would I explain this if I did live “way back when”. . .

. . . so in no particular order (and with the use of anachronisms . . . I couldn’t resist these other explanations), here are my explanations as I watched the lunar eclipse.

1) Kool-Aid Man is upping his game.  Instead of a wall . . . hello moon!

2) Old-Testament Plague except moon-style this time!

3) Moon got really embarrassed by something.  Or angry . . . 

Honestly, these were just random thoughts as I watched the lunar eclipse at 4:00 am in the morning (on a break from school no less . . . how fortunate!).  More or less, I was glad I witnessed this as I know it’s not extremely rare . . . but still rare enough to get me out of bed to watch the spectacle of nature and the cosmos 🙂

 

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