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Written By: Gary on September 8, 2012 No Comment

I’ve said before, Daleks are one of my least favorite Doctor Who villains, but “Asylum of the Daleks” is probably one of my favorite episodes and I can’t stop thinking (remembering?) a specific part. Last week, when The Doctor thought he was going to die, he told Amy to “make them remember you”. Why?

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The episode has a bit of remembering. Most significantly with Oswin Osawld saying “remember me”. Amy made Professor Bracewell (a Dalek robot, not a Dalek) remember his humanity back in WW II. Those two things have a bit in common. But there were also the human/Daleks with their insides scraped out, who were still intact inside.

Or did he just want to stir up her memories to get her thinking about her and Rory?

But I think back to early when he first met her when she did not know what a Dalek is. She didn’t remember them attacking Earth in her time. Yes, I know we’ve re-written history since then, but she didn’t know that before then.

But it also makes me think back the day he first met Amy, there were no ducks in the duck pond. No ducks in the duck pond where Amy Pond lives. This is significant. It has to be. It’s been referenced a few times.

Not to leave you with the my concerns of the ducklessness of duck ponds, I’ll change topics. The other surprise was the old model Daleks on the ship, I thought they’d be exterminated at the end as they were in “Victory of the Daleks” in World War II. Another Dalek inconsistency that I’ll have to live with.

Wait! This is actually important and likely (possibly) Spoiler containing. At Christmas we will get a new companion named Clara, her’s some thoughts about here. Is Oswin Oswald actually Clara? Will Clara someday be nicknamed Oswin and grow up to be the “woman” we met last week? Remember The Doctor never saw her, so if he meets her later he won’t recognize her. More significantly, she never asked the question; when he said “The Doctor” she did not say “Doctor Who?”. If this doesn’t make any sense (spoiler coming) it’s because the new companion that we get as a Christmas Present, Clara, is played by Jenna-Louise Coleman and Oswin (who you met last week) is also played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Or is Jenna-Louise Coleman just playing two different characters. That’s kind of a coincidence if you factor in there are only four episodes between last week and the Christmas special. Amy and Martha both had appearances (as different characters) in earlier episodes, but they didn’t know that they were going to be playing companions in the future, this was done knowing that. On purpose…

I actually thought they were bringing her in early and lying about her starting at Christmas. That would have been a fun surprise.

And yes, that’s right, I said only four episodes in-between last week and the Christmas special. Sadly, this half-season of Doctor Who is only five episodes, September 1-29th…

Written By: Gary on August 9, 2011 5 Comments

Doctor Who has been around for almost fifty years, I never got into it, I knew he was a SciFi icon but it wasn’t my thing at all, which is strange in that it’s about a time traveler and I love time travel. In 2005 they reintroduced the series after being off the air for over fifteen years (kind of a reboot). I caught an episode here or there but it just didn’t click and then I was watching an episode and it clicked. They were a year behind in the US so I started looking for episodes to get all caught up and ending up watching the two seasons out of order with the two different doctors but eventually I figured it all out. Now I love it and I feel all giddy when it comes to all things Doctor Who.

So why do I love Doctor Who?!? It’s this story about hope and learning and redemption. It’s about friends and love and understanding and learning. It’s about forgiveness and balance and making things right. It’s about doing the right thing and making peace and hope. Yes, I know I said hope already.

Did you notice that I didn’t even mention adventure, time travel or aliens? That’s the fun part but not the heart of it.

Actually, as I wrote that last part it made me think of something that Rose said at the end of the first season (2005) when she was trying to figure out what to do without The Doctor in her life, I thought maybe I’d steal an item or two for my list, but I’m just going to cut and paste the whole thing:

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“It was a better life. I don’t mean all the traveling and seeing aliens and spaceships and things. That don’t matter. The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life. … You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say “no”! You have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away!”

– Rose in The Parting of the Ways

It’s got lots of running and lots of holding hands; I’m big on holding hands so maybe that part has more impact on me. And it’s fun, with a capital FUN.

Just so you know this is part of the Ten Day Doctor Who Challenge (and I have no idea where I got this list from, maybe Tumblr?) so I’ll be doing these for the next few weeks.

Written By: Gary on June 28, 2008 One Comment

Amazing episode! Should have been a movie!

Can’t say much about it without giving much away. But lots of names in the main opening credits…

BIG Cliffhangers!Sadly, the one thing that I didn’t want to happen appears to be happening (and I think it’s happening they way I particularly didn’t want it to). But it’s Russell T. Davies, so you never know what’s going to happen until it’s over…

The Doctor’s hand (Christmas 2005) got some excessive screen time this episode and this season, so there is still hope it might be able to fix the one item I’m not happy about…

Written By: Gary on June 22, 2008 2 Comments

To make up for not seeing Donna last episode, I think we see The Doctor even less this time around. And while most episodes just take place in a different time/place, this is more of a a time-travel type episode (my favorite);it’s another excellent episode by Russell T. Davies.

I won’t tell you much about the episode except that we still don’t know what’s up with the bumble bees (I’m starting to wonder if we will this season) but we do finally get to really see Rose. That’s not really much of a spoiler since Billie Piper’s actually in the main opening credits!I watched the amazing preview for next week: Imagine a guest star that could possibly be on the show and they’re probably on next week (or the week after), I’m so excited!

It seems like there is so much to happen still? Are they going to have a cliff hanger? (No, that’ll goof up the Christmas episode). Continue it in another series? And who’s going to travel with The Doctor next series (season).

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