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Karen Gillan - New Doctor Who CompanionKaren Gillan has been announced as the new companion for Doctor Who. She has actually been seen before by Who fans as the soothsayer in the “Fires of Pompeii” episode.

I am starting to get a little concerned that the Doctors and Companions are seeming to become very young. Gillan is 21. It’s not that I don’t want to see someone who is younger play the part, but I don’t want to see Doctor Who become a teenage drama show.

That being said, I hope she does a good job, and of course, I can’t wait for the next special and the new season to start.



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Well, it took a while, but we finally got around to watching the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks.

The Amazon link above also has The Edge of Destruction with it, which is the next serial.

The Daleks

Doctor Who - The Daleks

It is hard for those of us who are a bit younger, and who grew up with much more action and color, to watch older shows like the original Doctor Who. But I think it’s necessary to get a full understanding of where The Doctor came from.

In this serial, the Daleks are introduced (if you didn’t get that from the title). Unlike the first Doctor Who serial though, I think that William Hartnell started to give The Doctor a personality. He is more condescending to Barbara and Ian in the Daleks. He treats them like they are inconvenient to him, because they are stupid and because they don’t share his curiousity about things.

However, Ian does take charge in this serial. I thought it was kind of wierd as he is telling The Doctor what to do.

The basic plotline is that The Doctor, Susan, Barbara and Ian have landed on a dead planet and discovered a city. The Doctor tricks them into going to the city where they are captured by the Daleks. They then discover that there is another race on the planet, the Thals. The Daleks and the Thals had a war years before and a bomb was exploded to destroy the planet.

The Daleks set a trap for the Thals, who then fight back.

That was a very short synopsis, but I’m sure you would rather watch it than read about it.

Doctor Who and The Daleks

The Daleks From Doctor Who and the Daleks Movie

After a few years, the BBC made a TV movie called Doctor Who and The Daleks. This was based directly off of the serial, although with a few differences. First, The Doctor was played by Peter Cushing, and he took a bit more control than in the Serial. Ian was more of a clumsy boyfriend to Barabara. Barabara and Susan are also both granddaughters of The Doctor.

The Doctor is also a human inventor, not an alien.

We watched this as well, and I do have to say, color does not make everything better. Although I like that The Doctor took more control, the whole movie was (I believe) done in bland way. I think it was made to introduce more people to the serial, but the fact that they changed so much doesn’t make sense.

The Daleks in this movie are also taller than what they were in the series. They also are colored. Some are blue, some are red. The biggest problem is that in this movie, they talked so slowly and haltingly, that it was very hard to listen to.



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Yes, you read that right, a Dalek was found at the bottom of a muddy pond in Beaulieu, Hampshire, UK. Can you imagine if you were the one cleaning up the pond and a Dalek comes up to the surface?

Dalek Found in a Pond

Marc Oakland (who found the Dalek) said “I’d just shifted a tree branch with my foot when I noticed something dark and round slowly coming up to the surface. I got the shock of my life when a Dalek head bobbed up right in front of me. It must have been down there for some time because it was covered in mould and water weed, and had quite a bit of damage. One of the dome lights was smashed, but the eye-stalk was intact and the head and neck stayed in one piece as I carefully lifted it out.”

The team did some searching but didn’t find anymore Dalek or alien parts. They are keeping the actual location of the pond secret to prevent fans from coming and getting into it.

The Pond Warden, Tony Brown, said “We discovered the BBC often took the Daleks out on location for filming, and they travelled to Hampshire on at least one occasion in the 1980s, when Colin Baker played the Time Lord. Who knows? This might be the remains of one of the originals from the old TV series. I’m told they were built to last.”

That is pretty cool. I’d love to have a life size Dalek to put on display in my house.



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So I am a big kid! All I wanted for Christmas was a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver. It is so awesome. It sounds just like the actual Sonic Screwdriver. It is actual a pen, so you can imagine the stares I get when I pull it out of my purse to write with it! It also writes on the psychic paper, to reveal the message you use the UV light attachment.

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver w/ UV Light & Psychic Paper

Although I am a little disappointed that you can’t actual open doors or fix things with it, it’s still a pretty cool toy. And it didn’t come with the Doctor, but you can’t have everything.

Buy a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver at Amazon.

If you are in the UK, here is a link to Amazon UK:

The UK link also has the Journal of Impossible Things included.



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A new magazine and DVD series called The Doctor Who DVD Files is being launched this week. However close the name of my site is, it isn’t related to the DVD series. I’m just lucky.

The Doctor Who Files will be available every fortnight, and will have a DVD with two episode, and a magazine with information and references about the shows. The first magazine will feature Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Rose in “Rose” and “The End of the World” episodes.

I think any Who fan would be crazy not to get this DVD magazine.



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That’s right, BBC announced the Next Doctor today and it is Matt Smith, the youngest Doctor ever.

11th Doctor Who - Matt Smith

Smith has been on a number of BBC shows, though I’m pretty sure he is unkown to most of us Americans.



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Spoiler Alert. If you haven’t seen the Christmas Special yet, and don’t want to know what happened, read about the first Doctor Who Series “An Unearthly Child”, but don’t read the rest of this post.

Well, we recently watched the Doctor Who 2008 Christmas Special, and I was right. I wrote before about the The Next Doctor being the 11th Doctor Who. If you read that, you’ll see that I said that I don’t think that this special will show us the next Doctor Who.

The Next Doctor - Doctor Who Christmas Special

I was right.

Sorry for sounding arrogant, but I was. I don’t want to go into detail, but the ‘Doctor’ was a human who lost his memory and had the Doctor’s memories implanted in his head; he thought he was the Doctor.

The current Doctor thought that David Morrissey’s character was a future incarnation, but soon learned the truth.

So with an old screwdriver instead on a sonic screwdriver, a hot air balloon instead of a TARDIS (although he did call the balloon the TARDIS, an acronym for “Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style”), and a companion that wouldn’t do what he told her, Jackson Lake become what he thought the Doctor was.

Was anyone hoping that David Morrissey would become the 11th Doctor? I thought he did a good job, and was sort of a good intentioned, but a bit daft, Doctor.

I am looking forward to the next Doctor. I like David Tennant a lot, but I can move on. I am thinking someone completely different. Maybe Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear as The Doctor? I think that would be cool.

UPDATE:

Matt Smith is the 11th Doctor Who. This was just announced today on Doctor Who Confidential.



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Could it be? The next Doctor Who?

They’ve done things like this before, and tried to trick us.

Watch this video and see what you think.

Could this guy be the next Doctor? I think that he may be an older Doctor, and he crossed paths with himself, but if he was, then David Tennant’s Doctor should have recognized him as being himself. A little confusing I know, but then that what happens when you travel through time and space.

If you don’t believe how bad traveling like that can be, read this, an excerpt from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:

One of the major problems encountered in time travel is not that of accidentally becoming your own father or mother. There is no problem involved in becoming your own father or mother that a broad-minded and well-adjusted family can’t cope with…
The major problem is quite simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr. Dan Streetmentioner’s Time Traveler’s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you, for instance, how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. The event will be described differently according to whether you are talking about it from the standpoint of your own natural time, from a time in the further future, or a time in the further past and is further complicated by the possibility of conducting conversations while you are actually traveling from one time to another with the intention of becoming your own mother or father.
Most readers get as far as the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up; and in fact in later editions of the book all the pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy skips lightly over this tangle of academic abstraction, pausing only to note that the term “Future Perfect” has been abandoned since it was discovered not to be.

Anyway, back the Doctor, I think that he would recognise one of his previous incarnations, but I think that is what it is. It would be too easy for that to be the next Doctor.



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So I decided if I was going to be true Doctor Who fan I needed to start from the beginning. It may not be as visual exciting, and the 1963 Doctor, William Hartnell, is no David Tennant, but you have to admire the creativity and the writing for that time.

An Unearthly Child (also known as 100,000 BC) is the first episode in the series. It is our first introduction to the Doctor and his companions. The show opens up with teachers who are trying to figure out about a mysterious student who seems to know about the future. Well the student leads them to the Tardis where Doctor Who, her grandfather, is very unhappy to have humans in his Tardis. They all end up in 100,000 BC, get caught, lose the Doctor, find him, and escape.

The Doctor is very untrusting of humans and is very moody throughout the series. It is hard to watch after seeing the new Doctor Who’s, but as with anything it is best to start at the beginning.

If you would like to buy the DVD’s and watch them (which I highly recommend),Amazon has Doctor Who – An Unearthly Child.



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I am very sad that my first post has to be about David Tennant turning in his keys to the Tardis after 2009. He was absolute brillant playing the Doctor and will be greatly missed.

I haven’t heard any news about who will take over the keys, or what will cause the 10th Doctor to regenerate. As soon as I do, it will be posted! So loyal Doctor Who fans how do feel about David Tennant leaving? Do you have any predictions on who will be the 11th Doctor?



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