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Thoughts on Regeneration

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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Shows I Gave a Second Chance To

We all have them.  Those shows that we didn’t watch the first time around, but now, for some odd reason, we love them now.  There have been a lot of different reasons why we never stuck with them, but we all have shows like these.

Fringe – For me, Fringe is a special case of second chance shows.  I really liked Fringe when I saw it the first time.  And, I really tried to keep up with it, which was not easy for me since I worked nights.  While I tried using Hulu and Fox’s sight to keep up with the show, it eventually fell by the wayside for me since the plotlines were very complex and often continued through multiple episodes.  The second chance for Fringe comes with DVD sets.  I have purchased Seasons 1 and 2 and have powered my way through both over the course of a week each.  Now I just await Season 3 to do the same.

FireflyFirefly failed to catch my interest the first time around mostly because of FOX, which decided to not broadcast the pilot first, but the second/third (depending on whether you consider the pilot one episode or two).  At that time, the series did not click for me.  it was not until the Sci-Fi Channel picked it up for syndication and aired them in the correct order than I really appreciated how good the series actually was.

EurekaEureka was a victim of my ill-conceived “Siffy” boycott (when I decided I was not going to watch the Sci-Fi Channel because the changed their name to Syfy).  I really liked Eureka, mostly because it was just the right amount of quirky to really draw me in.  I got pulled back in during the last season when a trip to the past altered the reality that was Eureka.

Doctor Who – Yes, surprisingly, Doctor Who is on this list.  Not the new series Doctor Who episodes, but the classic ones.  I started watching it when our local PBS station scheduled it in the afternoon.  I really liked it, and kept watching.  But then I ran into a problem, one called pledge break.  This particular pledge break lasted for the whole half hour that Doctor Who was supposed to be on.  And when the next day rolled around, I found out that the whole episode that was not aired for the pledge break was still not aired.  It kind of stunk to miss part 3 of a 4 part story.  After that, I just could not keep track of when it was on, or who was the Doctor (I was a kid, I didn’t know about the who regeneration thing until The Five Doctors aired).  Now, with the new series going strong, a lot of the older stories are finding their way to DVD, which has been a real boon to me.

Family Guy – I love Family Guy, except maybe those first episodes where the art was not quite right, and the stories were fairly mundane (much like the Simpsons).  However, I just don’t get the time to really sit down and watch it when it is first run.  For me, I usually catch up with it either on Hulu when I’m bored late at night (when Coast to Coast AM does not have anything interesting on) or when I just need a laugh.

How I Met Your Mother – Another show that I don’t really watch when it airs on CBS, but often end up watching it when it airs in syndication.  Unlike Two and a Half Men, which got tiring after the second or third viewing, How I Met Your Mother still remains watchable to me.

Psych – When I first watched Psych, I had a real problem with it.  it was not the whole concept of a really observant guy pretending to be a psychic, it was Shawn, the guy pretending to be a psychic.  In the early episodes, Shawn just always came across as unlikable, pretty much a major jackass.  And, unlike House, none of the other characters were likeable enough to counter the jackassery (if it isn’t a word, it should be) of the main character.  I have caught a few episodes since that first season and it seems that they’ve really toned Shawn down.  He’s still a jackass, but he isn’t that big of one.  I probably still won’t plan on watching an episode, but if one was on, I probably would not be searching for something else to watch.

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