Favorite Finds: December Edition

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As you've heard by now, Geek's Dream Girl will be closing up at the end of the month.  I'm sure I'm going to be pretty nostalgic next week, but for now, I'm just going to focus on the moment, mentioning some of the things I've been finding awesome and that I won't have time to talk about later. The Room Two You may have already played The Room, a delightfully spooky puzzle game from Fireproof Games available on iPad (among others).  The original game took me forever to complete, because I … [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...]

Who History: New Developments in Missing Episodes

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After waiting so long for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, time has seemingly sped up and it's almost crept up on me!  Even if you're staunchly avoiding spoilers and speculation, there's still plenty of Who-related news to be had: The anniversary will be simulcast in many countries, including on BBCAmerica in the US (I'm just assuming they're going to work out that East Coast/West Coast thing this one time).  Additionally, select theaters will be showing 3D versions of the Anniversary … [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...]

Who History: Name Dropping

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As most everyone knows by now, the 50th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who will be later this year.  There will likely be some amount of celebration and fanfare as the November date draws nearer - but in the meantime, the current half-series of Doctor Who seems to be honoring the 50th in its own way.  In practically every episode, there's been some reference to the adventures of a previous Doctor. Now, some who are used to Moffat's timey-wimey ways wonder if these references Mean Something - … [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...]

Who History: K-9

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By now, most viewers of New Who are familiar with K-9, the tin dog.  He makes his return in the second-season episode "School Reunion," as the companion to Sarah Jane Smith.  Later, he's a familiar face in the spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures.  However, what you might not know is that though both Sarah Jane and K-9 traveled with the Fourth Doctor, it wasn't at the same time.  Imagine if Mickey Smith (the other tin dog, right?) was found, in a future episode, to be hanging out with the Ponds in … [Read more...]