I follow Whoogle on WordPress which has a lot of Doctor Who news (sometimes my feed is only Whoogle, which is a lot of new stuff). I don’t go through all of it, but every once in a while I find a gem, like this one. A minimalist poster by Stuart Manning of the episode Flatline. Which I thought was a great episode.
Whenever I start a new show I like to watch at least 3 episodes before making any decision on whether or not I like it. With a new person as the Doctor, I thought I would give Peter Capaldi the benefit of at least 3 episodes before making a decision on whether or not I enjoyed him as the Doctor and whether or not I thought the new season was any good. I don’t plan on doing episode reviews of Doctor Who this season, but I have been joining in the discussions over at Those Who Geek. You can start with Season 8, Episode 1 (Deep Breath), and join the conversation there if you want! As of last night I am caught up on season 8 and here are my general thoughts after watching 6 episodes. *MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: I was really really hoping to just fall in love with Capaldi’s version of the Doctor, but I cannot. He always looks angry, he is almost always angry, confused, or in denial, and he’s mean much of the time. Every episode jokes about his angry eyebrows, but all I can think is ‘THAT IS WHAT THREADING IS FOR!’ He’s dismissive of Clara’s well being at times, but needs her to function. His relationship with Clara is extremely unhealthy for her in a similar but not exactly Martha/Doctor relationship way. I’m just not impressed at all. I think Capaldi is a great actor and perhaps we are all supposed to hate him just a little, but every time he is on the screen playing his angry version of the Doctor I want to make angry age appropriate (for me) finger gestures at the television. I’ll be the first to admit my absolute admiration and adoration for Matt Smith may be clouding my judgement at bit, so sure, I’m biased, but I have tried very hard to be open to his interpretation of the Doctor and where Moffat is taking him this season. But I’m not liking it one bit. Now, I’ll also freely admit that this may all be Moffat’s fault, but the Doctor has lost a huge portion of his charm in this version of him, and I can only hope as he grows as a new person he will gain some of it back.
Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald: I’m absolutely in love with Clara Oswald. Jenna Coleman has really begun to shine in the latest season of Doctor Who. She was fine opposite Matt, but in season 8, she keeps blowing my mind with each new episode. I have the hugest girl crush on her. She is gorgeous, smart, clever, and however awkwardly expresses genuine emotions other than anger. I may be a bit hateful where Moffat is taking the Doctor’s character, but his development of Clara Oswald’s character is brilliant. Which is the hard thing about Moffat shows, there is usually one part that I absolute am in love with and another part that I hate. Usually it’s the camp, the really nonscary Daleks, but having it be the Doctor this season is stirring up so many emotions, it’s a bit hard to handle. Clara is my saving grace and the sole reason I continue to watch Doctor Who this season. I could care less if the Doctor appears, I just want to learn more about her and see more of her life. Jenna Coleman shines in her role and I keep hoping Clara realizes she needs to do what is best for her and not necessarily for the Doctor. I slightly hesitant to declare it, but she has become my favorite companion, even out shining Donna to me, and that is saying something.
Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink: OMG what a beautiful man. I love his eyes! His eyes are amazing! Pink’s initial awkwardness around Clara is adorable, and as his character comes into his own through the first of the season, the transformation is just wonderful. Anderson is a great actor and quickly becoming one of my favorite characters on the show. I love finding out more and more about his past and future as the season progresses and I’m far more interested in what he and Clara mean to each other than I am whether or not the Doctor is clever enough to figure out if there are people in the shadows. His confrontation to Clara of who he sees the Doctor as was amazing, and I had to agree wholeheartedly. Which makes me mad at Moffat, I just know that man is playing with my emotions- on purpose!!! Ugh. But if it means more Danny Pink… than I’m all in. Oh so pretty. Such pretty people this season!!!
Michelle Gomez as Missy (The Doctor’s Girlfriend?): We know so little about her, but I find that one of the most intriguing things about this season. We see little snippets of her, she seems to be in charge of some version of the afterlife, or an alternate dimension she is pretending is the afterlife. She seems knows so much and yet reveals very little. She claims to be the Doctor’s girlfriend, yet is too busy to greet some of the people that make their way to her dimension after a bout as episodic companions of the Doctor. Who is she really? What is her true connection with the Doctor? So many questions and yet another draw to this season.
The story telling in season 8 has been a big draw, little pieces of a larger puzzle are falling into place and I’m anxious to find out what it all means. Even if Capaldi’s Doctor is a tad callous for my taste, I respect his acting chomps. I look forward to every scene that has Clara or Pink in it and I eagerly anticipate every new episode. Even knowing that the episode is probably going to elicit explosive comments not to be repeated in front of polite company.
Last weekend Chris and I got married! (Yes, I decided to take the Texas State Bar and get Married in the same year because I’m an overachiever, and a little crazy.) Our wedding day was a whirl wind, full of sunshine, rain, and Kevin Allison. Some of you may recognize the name of the man who runs the podcast Risk! as well as live shows of the same and a storytelling company in New York City. Kevin Allison was our officiant! He did an awesome job and if you haven’t listened to his podcast yet, you must! It is amazing, where people tell true stories they never thought they’d share.
I’m also extremely thankful for my photographer, who capture some brilliant moments as the day is a complete blur in my memory. Kathleen Gray is a family friend who started Eternal Fotography last year. She and her family are moving to the North Dallas area later this year. Kathleen also shoots such sessions as newborn portraits, Mother’s and Father’s Day portraits, and headshots. Kathleen was a great calming portion of a chaotic day and I want to give her a shout out and send some traffic to her blog. Below is my favorite picture from the day and you can click on it to see more pictures from our wedding including my bridal cake with a TARDIS topping and the wedding attendants posing with paper mustaches and top hats or you can click on Chris and Jami’s Beautiful Backyard Wedding.
If you head over to Eternal Fotography to look at the pictures please leave a comment. Ten comments earns me a little prize (an 8X10 printed photo). Furthermore, I would love to give back to Kathleen and Eternal Fotography for their wonderful addition to our special day.
Let It Go – The Doctor Who Version by Arthur Darvill: http://youtu.be/TNDyBBAjRHg
I’m sick today and babysitting my niece. Que telly time. Usually, I’m a good aunt, parks and craft time and playing getting trussed up in jail. Which is loads of fun and loads of energy. I don’t have loads of energy today.
Also, I’m tired of Milan, Treasure Planet, and Rise of the Guardians.
So, I put on Doctor Who.
Que questions and comments. My favorite by far was when Micky gets his hands caught by the plastic trashcan. She goes, “Don’t swallow him!” It took everything I have not to laugh out loud when it did and she turned to me with her shocked face.
Most fun sick day ever.