It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for

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By the time you read this, I will probably be glued to my TV screen, watching this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special - which, incidentally, will also be the last episode to feature Matt Smith.  As of next week, Geek's Dream Girl will have stopped producing new content, so I won't have written my thoughts on the new regeneration.  And honestly, I'm finding the timing kind of fitting. My first post for GDG went live on February 23, 2009.  To demonstrate just how long a time that's been, … [Read more...]

The Day of the Doctor: Looking Back, Moving On

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After literally years of waiting, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special has aired.  I feel a bit like the winter holidays have started early, actually.  Let's discuss a little of what went on and what we can expect for the future.  It might be obvious, but this will contain spoilers for those who haven't yet watched the episode. Truth and Lies We all knew the special would be a multi-doctor event in that it would contain both David Tennant and Matt Smith, but we weren't sure of anything … [Read more...]

Who Anniversary: Get Ready

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The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is drawing ever closer, and I for one am getting more and more excited (trust me, it's possible).  Many of my friends are preparing by brushing up on past episodes - specifically, rewatching the most recent season.  I don't think that's a bad idea at all (after all, Moffat's plots do get rather timey-wimey) but recall that the 50th Anniversary celebrates the entire history of Who, not just the last few seasons!  Here are a few other options to get into the Who … [Read more...]

Who History: Regenerate

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The history of regeneration in Doctor Who is convoluted - not surprising when you consider the facts that a) the show has 50 years worth of writers and b) it was a concept invented on the fly.  It happens to fit perfectly in a show about aliens and travel through time and space, but it was borne of necessity.  Regeneration was conceived when the First Doctor, William Hartnell, had to leave the show due to health issues.  Rather than introduce a new character, or substitute another actor and … [Read more...]

Summer Not-So-Doldrums

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As each year passes as a "cordcutter," I find myself watching fewer and fewer TV shows.  It's not intentional, but some shows - like Game of Thrones and Mad Men - just seem too heavy to start up again, so I keep putting them off.  Others, like the US version of The Office, have simply reached their end.  I definitely don't give as many new shows a shot as I used to, and for the past few years the shows I have - Alcatraz, The Secret Circle, Vegas - have all been cancelled, so I'm beginning to … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor

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So, this series of Doctor Who I know I've been a bit harsh about Steven Moffat - well, as harsh as a self-proclaimed Moffat fangirl can get, anyway.  I've mentioned that his cleverness has turned into "cleverness," that there's been a lot of hype that inevitably disappoints, that there are so many threads that we're meant to just forget about.   Some of that is still true, and no writer (or showrunner) is without fault.  However, the season finale, "The Name of the Doctor," has reinstilled my … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Impossible Leak?

As you likely know if you're a fan of Doctor Who, next Sunday the finale for season seven will air.  It will be the last episode before the 50th Anniversary Special in November, and it promises to tell us, once and for all, what the deal is with Clara and her various incarnations.  Plus all the usual epic finale stuff, I'm sure, and maybe a setup for the Anniversary Special.  Waiting this last week sure is difficult! ...Unless you didn't have to wait.  On Sunday, I woke up to this on my … [Read more...]

Who History: Dr. Who or Doctor Who?

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We've all seen them: the images floating around Tumblr and Pinterest.  The threads that pop up on forums and Facebook.  The little snide comments on Twitter.  They usually boil down to something like this:  Person A: Oh hai guys, I'm almost done with the first season of Dr Who! Boy that gas mask mummy kid was scary. Person B: OMG. Okay, first of all, its not really the first season, there were eight Doctors that came first. Second of all - it's DOCTOR, not DR.  NEVER abbreviate it. Sheesh, … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Clara Who?

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The first episode of this half of the Doctor Who season has aired!  And, frankly, I wish I had a few more answers. Earlier in the year Moffat had claimed that the seventh season of Doctor Who would be more self-contained stories, as opposed to the convoluted arc of the previous season.  Amy and Rory Pond's last adventures were exactly that.  However, it seems that this half of the season has sent us off on the trail of another grand mystery, as we try to figure out just who - or what - the … [Read more...]

Who History: The Doctors Revisited

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In preparation for Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Celebration, I've been discussing various aspects of Classic and New Who.  However, if you subscribe to BBCAmerica, you can also catch Doctor Who Revisited, which combines a retrospective about one of the Doctors with a classic episode from the same.  They're airing one a month, in order, so this month features Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor.  And having seen the first two, all I can say is that I'm waiting for more.   In general I'd been rather … [Read more...]