30DWC: Your Favorite Doctor

When I was first watching, I loved every Doctor equally. All three of the ones I was able to watch on TV were great and it didn’t matter to me which one showed up on my screen. Then the series got revamped and I became infatuated with the leather jacket wearing 9th.

Now after careful consideration. I totally dig the new guy. 11 has qualities of some of the older incarnations and he is still good for the new fanbase. I also like that he challenges his companion to think instead of just letting them be stupid people he needs to save with his screwdriver. I was worried he would be overly reliant like a few other Doctors, but so far so good.

Behold the awesome of #11.

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*8/5/11 – After 1.5 seasons of Moffat. My allegiances are back with #9. So much of what I like about #11 I was having to create on my own to fill in the narrative gaps. I can mostly see what is trying to be portrayed, but I have to do too much in my own head. I still respect Matt, but he isn’t getting much to work with.

30DWC: Your Favorite New Series Episode

I have two.

1. Blink

Steven Moffat took an episode that had very little Doctor in it and still made it a classic. Creepy statues. I think it helped the story that the statues were not real, but people in makeup.

2. Partners in Crime

When the character of Donna Noble was introduced and basically loathed by a large number of the fanbase, this episode made her brilliant and showcased the chemistry between her and The Doctor. Hell, it is one of my favorites simply for making me like Catherine Tate.


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Doctor Who Challenge

There is a meme on Tumblr at the moment called the Doctor Who 30 Day Challenge. Being a bit of a fan, I feel compelled to do this.

I just don’t feel like doing it on Tumblr. So it will go here.

Here is the list of demands.

Sanctuary (2.08): Next Tuesday

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Magnus and Will hang out by the pool chatting about their social lives.

This episode starts off a bit too familiar with a flying vehicle going down. The previews tricked us. We were promised action and suspense, but there was more focus on Magnus and Will arguing about whether or not Will should spend his time trolling for women at a geek conference. There is a throwaway line about him being lonely after Invisible Girl died, but she just died a few episodes ago. So the supposedly sensitive guy plans to mourn the loss of his love by chasing smart tail in another country a short time after they put her in the ground.

I guess it is one of those episodes that caters to the Magnus/Will shippers, but I do not happen to be part of that camp. Even though Dunne only seems to have decent chemistry with Tapping, it is just not pretty to think about.

One of the problems I had with the episode was that you keep forgetting about the abnormal they captured and are trapped with. Another was that the viewer probably does not care why Magnus did not want Will galavanting across the world chasing women. She could have told him she thought it was tacky and it would have had the same resonance.  After she admitted why, I wanted more of that part of the conversation, and was very disappointed with the result.

This story was one of the small set/low budget ones and the abnormal looks like it could have been made in Paint. The previous episodes which used this approach were written much better, even Magnus’ reveal of her intentions was dragged out long enough for interest to fade. The bad science involved in their methods of escape was worse than the bad logic in Magnus’ plan at the end of the previous episode.

Also, it is really beginning to bother me that Will is a psychiatrist and worked in the Sanctuary with Magnus and the others for some time, and still could not figure out why Magnus did not want him to take his field trip. In the beginning, the deal was that he was smart and figured things out that other people could not, but he does not seem to pick up on details that the viewers figure out 15 minutes into the show. They took his glasses out and spiked his hair a bit to distance him from the “Daniel Jackson revisited” jokes and have been writing him considerably dimmer just to funnel weak plot. This bothered me in the episode Fragments when he could not interpret the abnormals gestures until much later than should have been acceptable.

It seems that the conversation in the story could have been had by Will and Magnus over coffee that morning, adding a cheap squid to the mix did not do the show any favors. This episode was definitely filler, and it showed.

Lite Day

If someone asks you to rip up a really old floor, say no.

Working on getting a serious schedule for the show. Seems folks dig it live, but we have been doing the episodes on the best night for the guests. If anything there will at least be some kind of posted schedule soon.

In an unrelated development, I am annoyed that I have to make my Fable character good for a bit just to get the laugh expression, that goes against my gaming principles.

Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday.

Spider Sense

So I was watching Warehouse 13 and the big thing on the season finale was that there was going to be a betrayal amongst the group. As a viewer, I thought about which one would be most likely to screw everyone else over.
Instead of taking into account actions of the characters from previous episodes, I went with instinct.

I named the character I thought it was at the beginning of the episode.

I decided it was going to be the character I was most attracted to.

Turns out I was right.

Now it is really starting to bother me,  that’s usually how it goes.

Realtime Bludgeoning


In this brave new world of instant gratification, it is understandable that some want to take advantage of immediate updates. In an instant message/chat situation where it is just you and a few other people, instant is great. When there is a larger number of people involved it just turns into scrolling colors after a while.

Don’t get me wrong, I personally love a good river of information. But more often than not that same river freaks out the average Joe. The most current example of this was the recent Friendfeed redesign. While the new look is only on the beta site, I showed a few friends of mine the look and they all but ran away screaming.

One of the reasons many people have cited for not joining FF in the first place has been the flood of information. Unfortunately for the regular guy, the new interface helps the flood rise. Now while the obvious solution to most current users is just to pause the feed, quite a few folks who already use the service still have a problem with the initial tsunami of information.

Sure average person off the street will not immediately be following hundreds or thousands of people, but it is doubtful that they would jump on a service that they have to immediately turn down to use.  Most users want the interface to be easy and something they can grasp quickly, hence the popularity of Twitter.

While I can completely understand the reasons why certain changes have been implemented, expanding the user base might become a bit more tricky with the new model.

But it is a beta so who knows?