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Doctor Who: 6 Reasons It’s A Good Thing That The New Doctor Falls In Love

5 Aug

Doctor Who Doctor River

It’s a pretty common opinion among fans of Classic Who, and among the more impassioned section of the non-shipper fanbase, that the Doctor shouldn’t fall in love. That it doesn’t make sense for him to fall in love. That any romance is “forced,” or “fake,” or even “stupid.”

There’s some merit in this idea. An aesexual alien challenges a lot of the ideas we have about romance. An alien whose idea of love is purely platonic is an interesting concept.

Mind you, the first Doc was traveling with his granddaughter. Trying to find her a non-biologically-related role overlooks that basic fact. And he’s said on multiple occasions that he’s had kids. But never mind…

So, back to the Doctor being a romantic hero. There is a danger that, by being a romantic object, the Doctor could be turned into a standard packaged “handsome prince” type.

Actually, I take that back: he’s the Doctor. He’ll always be the Doctor. He can’t stop being the Doctor, he can only add to it.

Essentially-and correct me if I’m wrong, and I know you will-the argument about whether the Doctor should be in love is about whether the Doctor, the character we all know and love, is a person who could fall in love. Is he somehow above, or just sideways of romantic/sexual love? Is romantic love forcing him to be relatable, thus destroying his Doctorness?

For some people, their personal opinions say yes. Mine says no. Here’s why:

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Doctor Who: 12 Annoying Characters, Companions And Villains

5 Jul

Adam Mitchell

As much as us fans love our show, all of us have episodes, companions, characters, plotlines, monsters and even Doctors that we dislike. None of these things ever prevent us from watching because – well, because it’s Doctor Who – but most Whovians still enjoy coming together to discuss what they did or didn’t like about every miniscule little detail.

Us Whovians can be a pedantic lot and will argue a point until the Adipose are transported home, but we are also happy to agree to disagree concerning differences of opinion on some things. You didn’t like an episode I enjoyed? That’s fine; each to their own and I love a good, friendly debate. Have at it so long as you’re not going out of your way to offend anybody.

With all of that said, I am now going to put my own head on the chopping block and reveal who and what are – to me – twelve of the most annoying main characters and villains, in no particular order. Please don’t lynch me!

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Doctor Who: Why The Casting Of The 12th Doctor Shouldn’t Be A Deal-Breaker

25 May

Doctor Who Eleventh doctor Face Obscured

In a matter of hours, the identity of the Twelfth Doctor will be revealed. In a live programme broadcast on BBC1 at 7PM, the actor newly cast in British television’s most iconic role (who BBC employees currently refer to as ‘Houdini’) will make his/her first public appearance as the face of Doctor Who and undoubtedly cause internet forums and fansites to crash. Debate around the identity of the new Time Lord is fierce with The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi currently being the bookies’ favourite to take control of the Tardis.

But even though Capaldi’s casting is currently nothing but a rumour, some fans have come out of the woodwork on social networking sites and forums saying that they will stop watching the programme if he is the new Doctor. Partly because of the belief that he doesn’t suit the role (even though we have yet to see the Twelfth Doctor in action) but mainly because he previously appeared in Doctor Who as Caecilius in The Fires Of Pompeii (2008) and as John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children Of Earth (2009).

But if Capaldi is indeed the Twelfth Doctor, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Freema Agyeman, Karen Gillan, and Colin Baker all had one-off roles in Doctor Who before becoming part of the main cast. Colin Baker became the Sixth Doctor even though his previous character had directly interacted with Peter Davison’s Doctor in Arc Of Infinity (1983). A minor role in Doctor Who shouldn’t preclude an actor from playing a different character further down the line if they suit the part. Michael Wisher (the first actor to play Davros) played a total of eight different characters in Doctor Who during the 1970s and it didn’t stop him from playing any of them well. Especially Davros. The same could be true of Capaldi if he is the new Doctor.

peter capadli

But I’m getting off track here. My main point is that whoever the Twelfth Doctor is, we can’t possibly know how well they’ll do until we see the Regeneration scene at Christmas. And even if there are a few issues with the Twelfth Doctor’s portrayal at first (After all, no actor fits into a role perfectly right from the off), the actor will be working with a crew of incredibly talented individuals that will help steer him/her towards settling into the role. So because we won’t know who the Twelfth Doctor is until this evening and won’t see that actor playing the character for another four and half months, planning to abandon the programme if a certain actor who you consider to not be a suitable Doctor is cast is a short-sighted move and betrays a lack of true interest in the programme. And although the programme is mainly about the Doctor, it’s a large scale series that extends beyond just him, with several stories barely featuring him and some story arcs focussing on his companions or other elements such as Series 3 s Mr Saxon arc being about the Master. So even if you don’t like the new Doctor, there are still other elements that you’d miss out on by deciding to stop watching.

People like those who are considering jumping ship if Capaldi is cast are in no way representative of the fandom as a whole but some Whovians have a tendency to react strongly and negatively to change. Let’s not forget that when Matt Smith was revealed as the Eleventh Doctor in 2009, there was a minor but noticeable backlash against him with criticisms of his looks, age, and acting abilities. And it looks like the same will happen with whoever is cast as the Twelfth Doctor.

What we need to remember is that whoever the new Doctor is, the programme will continue for years to come. They are one of many actors who have played and will play the character. And if this new Doctor (whoever he or she may be) does turn out to be a poor choice, another one will come along in a few years’ time. This new Doctor heralds the next step in the evolution of Doctor Who and, as fans, the least we can do is hold our judgement and keep watching long enough to give them a chance.

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Doctor Who: 8 Possibilities For Series 8

27 Jul


The 50th Anniversary Special is fast approaching. Matt Smith is bowing out as the 11th Doctor this Christmas. The 12th Doctor is being cast as we speak. Change is thick in the air for the 8th Series of Doctor Who, slated to hit our TV screens in 2014. What exactly those changes will be is anyone’s guess.

As fans prepare our stacks of tissue boxes for Matt Smith’s sure to be tearful farewell, we’re also engaging in spirited speculation about what might come next. The upcoming 50th Anniversary Special is sure to throw some theories for a wild loop and introduce more into the mix as well. But November is too far away to simply sit idle until then – so, in the (slightly paraphrased) words of the Doctor, let’s “be very clever down here”, and dive into some of the possibilities for what we might see in Series 8.

BE WARNED: Some SPOILERS for Series 7 lie beyond here. If you haven’t caught up, don’t read on!

8. A Female Doctor


It’s an unfortunate fact that 11 out of 12 people you ask assume the next Doctor will be another youngish, white, probably British, man. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that, but this and the next few items on the list deal with possibilities for drastic change on the part of the Doctor himself. First among these, obviously, is the chance that our new Doctor could be a woman.

Many people have a varied slate of issues with this. They range from the fact that the Doctor has always been a male, to the canon-based argument that Time Lords cannot change gender during regeneration. Some, myself included, simply fear what a mangled mess a female Doctor would be in the hands of Steven Moffat. Say what you will about his writing skill, but the man has proved time and again that his work, if not blatantly sexist, at least fails to do much to combat the problem.

Nonetheless, the possible casting of a female Doctor is an intriguing idea that has the potential, if carried out, to not only draw more attention and accolades to an already popular show, but open new avenues for storytelling and character interaction. Just imagine the interplay between Jenna Coleman’s Clara and a female Doctor!

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Doctor Who: Ice Warriors For 2013 Series & 50th Anniversary Special Announcement

12 Apr


Two major announcements have come from the BBC today relating to the upcoming series of Doctor Who and the hotly anticipated 50th Anniversary Special. The first announcement was that the classic villains the Ice Warriors or an Ice Warrior singular, would be returning to our screens in the third episode of the second half of Series 7.

The episode will be penned by Mark Gatiss, a veteran of the revived series and Moffat’s writing partner on Sherlock. Teased as a good old fashioned ‘base under siege story’ set aboard a submarine, similar in style to the classic serials from the Troughton era, it’s befitting that the Ice Warriors, who debuted in the late sixties should return in this type of story. Also Matt Smith will no doubt be on top form having cited Patrick Troughton’s era as his favourite. The Ice Warriors appeared in four stories to date, two with Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, then in colour with Third Doctor Jon Pertwee.

Despite being one of the most famous and best remembered villains from the classic series even warranting a mention in ‘The Waters of Mars’, their last appearance was way back in 1974, nearly 40 years ago. Several attempts were made to bring them back to the series in the eighties, but on both occasions, the series was stopped in its tracks put on hiatus, the second time for good. So this will be their long awaited return, expected to send kids scuttling behind the sofa once again. This very much keeps with the tradition of bringing back classic enemies, previously we have had Sontarans, the Master, Silurians, Cybermen and of course the Daleks. Incidentally the Cybermen will also be appearing in their new shape in Neil Gaiman’s latest script ‘The Last Cyberman’.


Hot on the tail of this announcement was a potentially exciting piece of news about the Anniversary Special. So far the BBC has remained tight lipped about the celebrations in general and so far the only details that have been leaked have been that there will be a 60 minute special in addition to ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ drama documentary. What the BBC officially announced this evening was that the special will be in 3D on the BBC HD channel. Whether this will be limited to viewers with 3D Televisions or if special glasses will be sold remains to be seen. Hopefully the added novelty of the special will be able to reach as many viewers as possible.

It wouldn’t be the first time Doctor Who has ventured into the realm of the third dimension, in 1993 a special short named ‘Dimensions in Time’ was broadcast during that year’s Children in Need telethon, for which special glasses were required. Also the BBC’s Doctor Who Experience currently based in Cardiff has an interactive 3D walk-through exhibit. ‘Dimensions In Time’ was made to pay tribute to the series during it’s 30th Anniversary, featuring a menagerie of Doctors, companions and villains. In a bizarre move the short was a cross over with Eastenders, leading to the short being universally hated by fans of both Doctor Who and Eastenders alike as the fans were originally promised a much more ambitious project. Speculation has been rife about a multi Doctor story for the 50th Anniversary as has been done at most anniversary milestones in the past but as time passes this seems more and more unlikely.

The Anniversary news was made in an article by the BBC’s Commissioning Drama Department, also detailing other commissions for the coming year. There has been no mention of a Series 8 of Doctor Who to follow on from the Anniversary special for the autumn, as seen with Series 6 in 2011 and Series 7 last year. Given that Matt Smith will be in the US shooting ‘How To Catch A Monster’ with Ryan Gosling over the summer, it’s looking unlikely there will be an autumn run of Doctor Who to supplement the remainder of Series 7 and the Anniversary Special. Fans have expressed concern about exactly how much Doctor Who they will be getting in this landmark year and indeed when, but have been reassured that the BBC have Doctor Who’s best interests in mind. The BBC has yet to confirm when the show will officially return after the Anniversary Special, however general opinion is that 7 episodes and 1 Special is lacklustre given up to this point we have been used to 13 regular episodes and 1 Christmas Special each year, many are hoping that there is more to come. A date has not been set for the special episode, fans are hoping it will be broadcast on 23rd November but this will probably not be confirmed until a few weeks before. An announcement about production on Series 8 could come at any time. In addition, who knows what else the BBC have up their sleeve this year as part of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

What has your reaction been to the news? Excited? Disappointed? What else are you hoping for, let us know below.

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