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Flawed redemption still a happy anniversary

 

Screenshot from 'The Day of the Doctor', Doctor Who copyright 2013 BBC

It was 1978 or 1979. I was in grade 8 and quite liked my home-room teacher. Mr. Pritchard also liked me, the bright, nerdly kid who had made the school's "newspaper" his own, contributing articles, editorials, cartoons — and (yes) even reviews.

One afternoon after class, as I watched over the Gestetner machine chunking out its blue mimeo pages and Mr. Pritchard watched over me, I mentioned I was looking forward to Saturday, when another episode of Doctor Who, this British television program I'd recently discovered, was going to be broadcast, right before the hockey game.

Mr. Pritchard looked up and laughed, his moustache bristling his delight. "Really!" he said, "Is that still on the air? I used to watch it when I was your age!" He was probably about 30 then, meaning I had barely been born when he was my age!

Learning of that long continuity delighted me as much as — and maybe more than — it did Mr. Pritchard. And now that 15 years of the program's history has become 50, and my personal continuity with it is twice what my teacher's was, the fact that Doctor Who is still on the air delights me even more.

All of which makes me doubly-pleased that the program's 50th anniversary episode, "The Day of the Doctor", exceeded my (admittedly, low) expectations by a wide margin. While not without some significant flaws, Steven Moffat's long-awaited 2013 series finale (of sorts; the upcoming Christmas special will probably mark the real series end, as well as the transition to the next) was a well-crafted entertainment, that balanced humour, drama and nostalgia and, even, pathos, without getting bogged down by the Enormous Anniversariness of it all.

Though some nonsensical elements demonstrated yet again Moffat's tendency to confuse plot with story and maguffin with plot, structurally, "The Day of the Doctor" was a happy anniversary present for this jaded and weary viewer.

Certainly it was the most entertaining multi-Doctor special to come down the pike since, well, forever. I really did laugh and I really did cry, on both first and second viewings — and it's been quite a while since a Moffat-scripted episode of Doctor Who hit me like that.

As usual, my full review is liberal with spoilers. And yes, I spend quite a lot of time exploring those "significant flaws". If you don't want your pleasure challenged, I recommend staying away; if you want in read on click here for The Day of the Doctor: The Bad, the Good, and the Meta.

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Announcing a special emergency bonus round of the [community profile] who_at_50 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon to take us up to the end of 2013! For this month, we have a variety of themes in no particular order:

1. More multi-Doctor-based fanworks, because you can never have enough.

2. Fanworks anticipating the oncoming debut of Capaldi!Doctor (whatever his number is now)

3. Hurt!Doctor themed fanworks in commemoration of The Day of the Doctor

4. Any fanworks people may have pending from earlier rounds of the fanwork-a-thon-a-thon

5. Absolutely anything else you can think of and want to post to the comm. At all.

If you're interested, check out the announcement/signup posts as follows:

THE LIVEJOURNAL VERSION

THE DREAMWIDTH VERSION

And remember - all types of fanworks, in any form whatsoever, are welcome!
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The Night Before the Day of the Doctor

Resurgence of hope?

Screenshot from Doctor Who mini episode, Night of the Doctor, Doctor Who copyright 2013 BBC

Doctor Who returns tomorrow, in yet another special, this one to be simulcast all over the world, the better to prevent the spilling of spoilers before their time.

Do I sound cynical? Those (few) of you who have been wondering what happened to my long-promised review of "The Name of The Doctor", first broadcast last spring, might well expect me to be.

I won't disappoint you: I still am.

But I ran across a bit of a surprise a couple of nights back, in the form of an eight-minute (mini) episode called "The Night of the Doctor." I don't suppose many of you reading this are still in the dark about it, but just in case, I'll offer no details here. Beware the spoilers that lurk in my review!

The surprising pleasure I received from the above-noted short film, saw my cynicism tempered, a little, by hope that this Saturday's long-awaited extravaganza might also surprise me. That hope saw me finally re-visit last spring's ostensible finale, "The Name of the Doctor" — and, yes, to also finally review it. That review is behind this cut. Spoilers, of course, and also a return to much wailing and gnashing of critical teeth. You've been warned on both counts.

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Just a reminder that it's still just about not too late to register your interest in taking part in the next round of the [community profile] who_at_50 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon:

Round Eleven: One

(Secondary prompt: Multi-Doctors)


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50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon, Round Eleven: One

(Secondary prompt: Multi-Doctors)


The Two-tastic Round Ten is still in progress, but as the 50th Anniversary looms ever larger we haven't got a moment to lose in getting ready for the next in [community profile] who_at_50's series of monthly fanwork-a-thons. This month's Doctor is One, the mysterious old wizard with the cabinet of wonders who came walking out of the fog that fateful night in 1963, whisking a pair of unsuspecting schoolteachers out of the world they knew and away into space and time. And fittingly for the anniversary month itself, our secondary theme this time is Multi-Doctors - what better way to celebrate the anniversary than with a bit of self-indulgent, only occasionally sense-making, probably ill-advised multi-Doctor team-up action? If Doctor Who fanwork is of any interest to you, at all, I urge you once again to take the time to look at the signup posts on the comm and, if you want to, express your interest in taking part:

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Just a reminder that it's still just about not too late to register your interest in taking part in the next round of the [community profile] who_at_50 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon:

Round Ten: Two

(Secondary prompt: The TARDIS)


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Doctor Who Fanfiction
Rating: PG
Era: Eleven
Companions: River Song, Rory Williams
Relationship: Eleven/ River Song
Summary: River gets scared and has nightmares too.
Type: Hurt/ Comfort
Length: One- Shot

http://starjargon.dreamwidth.org/687.html
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Doctor Who Fanfiction-
Rating: G
Era: Eleven
Companions: Ponds, River Song
Relationship: Amy/ Rory; Doctor/ River Song
Summary: Reasoning behind the younger Doctor's mood swings in The Impossible Astronaut.
Type: Introspection
Length: One- Shot

http://starjargon.dreamwidth.org/438.html
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50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon, Round Ten: Two

(Secondary prompt: The TARDIS)


The Three-themed Round Nine is still in motion, but as we hurtle into the final stages of [community profile] who_at_50's series of monthly fanwork-a-thons and the 50th anniversary comes ever closer, there's not a moment to waste in getting on with the next leg. This month's Doctor is Two, the clownish cosmic hobo with some serious hidden depths; the Doctor's first turn at being a classic trickster figure, with all that that implies. And also with some of the most iconic companions in the original series' run, including the one and only Jamie. And our secondary theme this time round is based around the most important character in the programme's history never to get a line of dialogue (until Neil Gaiman came along, that is); that's right, the TARDIS. I don't think our 'thon would be a true reflection of the series' half-century if we didn't find room for some blue box love. If Doctor Who fanwork is your thing, at all, I urge you once again to take the time to look at the signup posts on the comm and, if you want to, express your interest in taking part:

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September has actually started, but I've unilaterally decided that it's still not too late to sign up for the next round of the [community profile] who_at_50 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon:

Round Nine: Three

(Secondary prompt: Who Spinoffs)


If you have an interest in Doctor Who fanwork of whatever form, take the time to look at the post on one or other of the LJ and Dreamwidth version of the comm. If it takes your fancy, be sure to announce your intention to take part!

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50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon, Round Nine: Three

(Secondary prompt: Who Spinoffs)


The Four-centred eighth round is on-going, but already signups have begun for the next in [community profile] who_at_50's series of monthly fanwork-a-thons counting down to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. I hope this month's themes will pique your creative interests. The dashing, be-frilled, hard-driving and hard-karate-ing Three is this month's Doctor, as well as everything his presence implies; Jo, Liz, Sarah Jane, the UNIT gang and the Master. And, to keep things that bit more interesting, our secondary theme centres upon Doctor Who's various fully-fledged spinoff series. While that includes the obvious suspects in the form of Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures, it could also take in curiosities like "K9 and Company" or the proposed Rose Tyler spinoff that never was, or indeed the various spinoff series we've seen in other media such at the audios. If you like Doctor Who fanwork even a little bit, I urge you once again to take the time to look at the signup posts on the comm and, if you so desire, express your interest in taking part:

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Just a reminder that it's still just about not too late to register your interest in taking part in the next round of the [community profile] who_at_50 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon:

Round Eight: Four

(Secondary prompt: The Companions)


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50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon, Round Eight: Four

(Secondary prompt: The Companions)


The Five-centric seventh round continues, but already signups have begun for the next in [community profile] who_at_50's series of monthly fanwork-a-thons counting down to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. I hope this month's themes will generate a lot of interest and creativity. The legendary Four is this month's Doctor, and he really needs no introductions; the scarf, the teeth, the curls, the arms, the legs, the everything. And, inevitable as it was that we would get to them sooner or later, our secondary theme centres upon the companions, or assistants if you prefer; all of those special people who have shared the Doctor's travels with him over the years; we all have our favourites, don't we? Although I like to think the Doctor loves them all equally, if differently. If you like Doctor Who fanwork even a little bit, I urge you to take the time to look at the signup posts on the comm and, if you so desire, express your interest in taking part:

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50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon, Round Seven: Five

(Secondary prompt: "Minor" Characters)


The Six-themed sixth round continues, but already signups have begun for the next in [community profile] who_at_50's series of monthly fanwork-a-thons counting down to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Five is the Doctor we're looking at this month, the boyish cricketer who thought there ought to be another, better way, but was continually reminded by the uncaring early-80s universe that there wasn't, really. And in homage to the legendary who_like_giants ficathons of years past, our secondary theme is "minor" characters; all of those one-off heroes and villains, aliens and ordinary folk, who the Doctor has crossed paths (and occasionally swords) with over the years, some of them becoming fan-favourites in their own right. If you like Doctor Who fanwork even a little bit, I urge you to take the time to look at the signup posts on the comm...and if you so desire, indicate your interest in taking part:

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Just a reminder that it's still not too late to express your interest in taking part in the upcoming next round of the [community profile] who_at_50 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon:

Round Six: Six

(Secondary prompt: The Time Lords)


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Gui·TAR·DIS [gi-TAR-dis] noun, a guitar shaped like a TARDIS.



and now that I have your attention, allow me to introduce you to Time Crash! We're a trock band based in Chicago, and we've been writing Doctor-Who-related songs for the past year and a half. We've already released a two-song EP (featuring the titles "Little Amelia" and "The Last Human"), and we're hard at work on our first full album.

If you're interested in seeing us live, our next show will be June 14th at the Elbo Room, 2817 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago - more info over here. If you happen to be too far away (or, really, even if you're not), please do consider our Kickstarter! We want to make our music available to Whovians everywhere!
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50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon, Round Six: Six

(Secondary prompt: The Time Lords)


The fifth round is still in progress, but already signups have begun for the sixth in [community profile] who_at_50's series of monthly fanwork-a-thons counting down to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Six is the Doctor under consideration this month; orator, actor, bon viveur, trendsetter... And in light of the fact that they put him on trial for his existence, it seemed apt for June's secondary prompt to examine the Time Lords, in all of their heroic, villainous, godlike, ineffectual, indifferent, meddling glory, all ten million years of it. If you have any interest at all in Doctor Who fanwork, I urge you to take the time to look at the signup posts on the comm...and if it takes your fancy be sure to reply to them!

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It's finale time again folks. Here's your squee post for The Name of the Doctor which is on at 7.00pm. Tonight, we may or may not find out the Doctor's greatest secret (in fact, I propose a betting pool as to how Moffat might get around revealing it. My money's on Convenient Interruption by Injury as previously seen in Dragonheart).

As always, squee, complain, or dive behind the sofa.

Afterwards I'm sitting down with the family to watch Eurovision with the subtitles on (hence the icon) - if you're in Europe and have never actually tried the translations option, you're seriously missing out. One year a song turned out to be about tomatoes.
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Nightmare In Tedium

Neil Gaiman channels Stephen Thompson

(Which is never a good thing)

Screenshot from 'Nightmare in Silver', Doctor Who copyright 2013 BBC

On more than one occasion, the writer Harlan Ellsion insisted his name be removed from a movie or television program and replaced with that of Cordwainer Bird in place of his own. He did it when he believed his script had been butchered: changed to the point where the on-screen result would in some way make him look bad. It was his way of "flipping the bird" at those who had ruined his work and, more, of protecting his own reputation as a screen-writer.

If Neil Gaiman doesn't have a pseudonym for similar circumstances, he should get one — and apply it retroactively to his sophomore entry as a screen-writer for Doctor Who.

"Nightmare in Silver" isn't the worst episode of this year's often-dreadful half-series (far from it) but it isn't very good, either.

It is almost inconceivable that the the writer of "The Doctor's Wife" (not to mention of the Sandman graphic novels) could have handed in a script as dramatically disjointed, as illogical and as frankly boring, as that which showed up on our television screens this past weekend. And surely, it wasn't Neil Gaiman who closed the episode with the appalling spectacle of the Doctor almost literally drooling as he ponders the sight of Clara in a skirt just "a little bit too tight".

A nightmare in silver? More like pewter, or even tin. Spoilers and snark, as usual.

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Patterns of abuse

Screenshot from, The Crimson Horror, Doctor Who copyright 2013 BBC

I know a lot of you enjoyed "The Crimson Horror" and, in comparison to the previous week's travesty, you had every right to.

Nevertheless, what you enjoyed was still pretty lousy television and I guarantee that, unless you make a real study of it, you won't remember a damned thing about it a year from now.

Don't believe me?

Read "Carry On Up the Tardis!" to find out why it was the idea of "The Crimson Horror" you liked, and not the show itself.

As usual, both plot- and fun-spoilers abound, so enter at your own risk.

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