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The Doctor has changed appearance ten distinct...

The Doctor has changed appearance ten distinct times. These are the eleven faces of the Doctor. (Top) L-R: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker (Middle) L-R: Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann (Bottom) L-R: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I write this, the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who has aired, and we are counting down to the Christmas episode, which is to be the last episode for Matt Smith.  Since the first teaser for the 50th, the Whoverse has been a buzz about where the John Hurt Doctor fits in, and how that affects everything that we know about the regeneration cycle.

I have written about this in the past, but it seems fitting that I should revisit this in light of both the events of Day of the Doctor, and comments made by Peter Moffat which seem to throw more curve balls at the Doctor’s regeneration cycle.


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Saturday Songs – November 30, 2013

In keeping with the general theme of the week, I present a a clip from Doctor Who at the Proms.  It is a full orchestra playing the Doctor Who theme, with a few guest appearances.


Quote of the Day – November 29, 2013

Billie Piper at the book signing of her autobi...

Billie Piper at the book signing of her autobiography, Growing Pains, in October 2006. This picture was taken by me, when my friend and I attended the book signing. It should be in the ‘Billie Piper’ article. Eve Harper 19:16, 18 August 2007 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They’re you. They’re what you become if you destroy Gallifrey. The man who regrets and the man who forgets. The moment is me. You have to decide.

Rose/The Moment (played by Billie Piper)

Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor

Quote of the Day – November 27, 2013

English: John Hurt at the 2009 Tribeca Film Fe...

Oh the pointing again. They’re screwdrivers! What are you going to do? Assemble a cabinet at them?

The War Doctor (played by John Hurt)

Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor

Day of the Doctor

It took two days of avoiding anything about it, but I managed to finally see Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor, in a theater, in 3D.

And it was freaking awesome!

It seems only fitting that if I’m going to talk about the 50th anniversary episode, I should precede it with the appropriate warning.


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Day of the Doctor

Sonic Screwdriver Toys

Sonic Screwdriver Toys (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m currently in geek heaven (or is it Whovian heaven?).  I have my ticket Day of the Doctor, showing theatrically in my area on Monday.

Now, I’m not sure if I should bring my 11th Doctor sonic screwdriver, my 10th Doctor sonic screwdriver, or go really old school and bring my 3rd Doctor sonic screwdriver.

5 DVDs I Still Need To Watch

DVD collection

DVD collection (Photo credit: nickstone333)

Unlike what seems like the rest of the world, I still buy DVDs.  Not Blu-Rays, actual, normal DVDs.  I don’t stream off Netflix, and really only use Hulu for recent shows.  I still like to actually watch movies on DVDs.

Of course, I have a tendency to pick up a lot of DVDs, usually the week they are released to get them on sale.  Which means I have a bit of a backlog of DVDs to watch.

Here are five recent acquisitions that I’m looking to watch soon.

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The New Who

In grand fashion, probably grander than any previous cast announcement, the BBC announced who was going to be the Twelfth Doctor on Doctor Who.  The live special features interviews with past doctors and guests (Peter Davison was live in studio, and Colin Baker, among others, in vignettes), along with the customary building of suspense until finally the announcement.

Peter Capaldi is not a stranger to the Who universe.  He appeared in the fourth season in the episode The Fires of Pompeii.  He also had a part on the Torchwood mini-series Children of Earth (if you have never checked out Torchwood, definitely check out this mini-series, available on DVD).

Most ironically (and something a lot of people have already pointed out, so I will to), Capaldi was in World War Z as a physician working for the World Health Organization.

Yes, that’s right, he was a W.H.O. Doctor.

Here’s looking forward to the adventures of the Twelfth Doctor.

Quote of the Day – July 9, 2013

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

Oh no, of course, you mostly went hands-free didn’t you? It was like, “Hey, I’m the Doctor, I can save the universe using a kettle and some string! And look at me, I’m wearing a vegetable.”

The Doctor (played by David Tennant)

Doctor Who

(the line itself is from a Children in Need segment featuring Tennant and Fifth Doctor Peter Davison)

Theories of the Doctor


John-Hurt-the-Doctor (Photo credit: Rlei_ki)

Since the airing of the Doctor Who episode The Name of the Doctor, people have been speculating fast and furious about the version of the Doctor introduced at the end of the episode, the one played by John Hurt.  Granted, more speculation has been given to who is replacing Matt Smith when he leaves after the Christmas episode, but there is still a lot of mystery about this version of the Doctor, a seemingly darker version that is supposedly not worthy of the name Doctor.

Who exactly is this Doctor?  Where does he fit in?  Naturally, I have a few theories.

(For clarification sake in this post, I will refer to the Doctors by their incarnation – One,  Two, etc. – when the circumstances merit, and the John Hurt version as the Hurt Doctor)

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