Doctor Who

Sunday General Debate

Good morning.  Grab a seat, I’ll be right back with the breakfast menu.  In the mean time, feel free to chat among yourselves.

Today’s topic:

Which Doctor Who is the real Doctor Who, and why?

This is the new Doctor [NSFW]

Peter Capaldi has been selected as the new Doctor Who.

Let’s hope he unleashes this sort of shock and awe onto the Daleks and Cybermen.

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Dr Who is a racist?

It could only be academics who would suggest Dr Who is racist. They probably got a grant for it too.

Doctor Who has been accused of many things during its 50 years on TV – most to do with cheesy special effects – but “thunderingly racist” is probably not one of them.

A group of academics claim the popular British sci-fi show is steeped in attitudes “that continue to subjugate people of colour” and shows contempt for “primitive” people.

In a new book, Doctor Who and Race, they argue that the Timelord is dismissive towards his black companions and question why he is more interested in battling Daleks and Cybermen than fighting slavery.  Read more »

Daleks Designer Dies…Exterminated

The inventor of the Daleks, easily the scariest of all the Doctor’s enemies, has died.

Raymond Cusick, who has died aged 84, designed the Daleks, the genocidal plunger-toting alien foe of the BBC’s heroic Time Lord, Dr Who.

Though the scriptwriter Terry Nation came up with the idea of the Daleks, it was left to Cusick to work out exactly what they would look like. He first considered mechanical creations, but hampered by time constraints and tiny budgets, and wary of technology that was “bound to go wrong” on set, he set about crafting a terrifying being around a human operator.  Read more »

Peter Jackson to direct Dr Who?

If the rumours are true then this is awesome news. Of course Helen Kelly will probably want to boycott this too:

Kiwi director Peter Jackson says he’ll be there to direct it if an idea to film Dr Who in  New Zealand goes ahead.

Matt Smith, the 11th actor to play the time traveller in the hit BBC series, told the Waikato Times today he would start a campaign to film an episode in New Zealand with Sir Peter Jackson directing.

”I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who,” Smith, on the phone from the UK to promote the latest series of the show, said.

”I’m told it’s glorious. I’m told it’s quite similar to England. ”

Let’s get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there,” Smith, who has never been to New Zealand, said.

”There’s clearly a great film industry out there. It’s something I would be very interested in it’s just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over.”

The idea is not as far fetched as one of the cult sci-fi series’ plots with Jackson telling the Waikato Times today he was keen to help out.

”I’m a huge Dr Who fan, and I think Matt’s fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!”

There is a big difference between New Zealand and England…we don;t have nearly som many whining Poms here.

New Dr Who trailer

Mashable

Can’t wait…awesome:

Fans of the BBC series Doctor Who have been waiting a long time to see the universe’s last Time Lord return to TV. There haven’t been any new episodes since the 2011 Christmas special (apart from a bit of Olympics-inspired silliness) — the longest viewers have had to wait since the series returned from the dead in 2005.

From the look of the latest trailer for Series 7, it’s going to be well worth the wait. The first episode has promised the return of the Doctor’s greatest enemy, the Daleks, and the trailer shows more Daleks in one place than ever seen before. There’s also dinosaurs, cyborgs, scolding robots, someone who appears to be Cleopatra and another of the Doctor’s marquee bad guys, the Weeping Angels.

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Brilliant!

via Mashable

Mashable has featured this Kiwi made video as it’s Video of the Day.

If you’re a fan of the long-running UK sci-fi show Doctor Who and know your Internet memes, this video will strike you as a brilliant mash-up of both.

literal version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was one of many literal music videos that circulated widely a couple of years back. For the unfamiliar, the idea is to take a well-known video and replace the lyrics with words that describe the onscreen action. The meme is said to have begun with this version of “Take on Me”.

Now one Doctor Who fan in New Zealand has taken the practice to a new level. In her “Literal Eclipse of the Heart,” YouTube user zeborahnz posted a video that keeps the literal lyrics, but replaces the original footage with clips from the show.

In the video’s accompanying notes, Zeborah says she wanted to do a literal music video, but had seen too many that were “fairly incompetent.”

“I wanted some kind of un-narrative going through it so decided to have the Doctor illustrating all the lyrics sung by PersephoneMaewyn (or Bonnie Tyler in the original) and various Companions illustrating the others,” Zeborah says. “I genderswitched large chunks of stuff accordingly.”

The result: Doctor Who Internet heaven, for about five and a half minutes. Let us know what you think!

Oh dear

Just as well Kris Fa’afoi has a Tardis.

Is this one of the “slashes” that Labour were raising money for? If so I can’t think it will be helping.