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Originally published at Lord Andrei's Blog. Please leave any comments there.

While working on his work project, Andrei digresses to bring about another t-shirt review. Now with commenting working again!

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I've been going through some blog evaluation. Thus my quiet time on LJ with the exception of my daily twitter blasts. That being said... I can't just let EoT pass by without my opinions and comments.

Here there be spoilers!
The Doctor is Dead! Long live the Doctor! )
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[livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy got some good, bad, and hopeful news concerning the medical specialists we're hoping to speak with. She titled a filtered post, "The Good, bad, and hopeful"

I of course immediately responded to her:

Heather stars in, "The Good, The Bad, and the Hopefull" :
"OohWeeOohWeeOohWeeOooh.... womp womp waaaaah;
OohWeeOohWeeOohWeeOooh.... womp OWWW!"

Which I thought was funny right up until I found out she's never actually seen the film.

The theme means nothing to her.

I tried to explain that the theme to "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" is the Spaghetti Western direct equivalent to the theme to Doctor Who.

Unfortunately, the youtube quality is epic fail.

ZOMG: Without my pop culture analogies... I'm NOTHING !!!!!!


But before I go... while I'm on the topic for you WHO fans out there. Came across this amazing pair of comparison videos. See all the Doctor Who intros synched together over the years. One for the pre star field intros and one for the post. It's quite amazing to watch.

Pre Star Field
Hartnell-Tom Baker
Star Field To Present
Tom Baker to present
(including the movie)
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This doesn't actually fit on icanhaztardis or lolcats or pretty much any of my boards.

But the second I saw this image from the assoicated press, the caption was unbelievably obvious to me.

Granted, you have to know my fandom and opinions to get the most out of it.
Image behind the cut to soften the blow )
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Doctor Who - Blink!!

Kitty style

(Don't blink!!!)

Muchly thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rimrunner for posting the link.
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Let's start with the relevant icons to explain:

So... we have the new Prius. And it has all the trimmings. Including the ones we couldn't get when we first went shopping for one 3 years ago. Satnav (Atmos can not be disabled!), Bluetooth, 5 disc CD.. and a cassette deck.

Today I purchased a cassette adaptor. I plugged it into my iPhone and fired up the Doctor Who theme for [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman

Playing on the car's really nice sound system...Aiden was giddy. He loves the theme.

Afterwards as usual he babbled a bit at said he requisite, "Doc-Doc?" Which is very good and we encourage him.

Then he blew our minds. After babbling from the back seat we hear him go:

Ooooh Weeee Ooooh.

It took the better part of 5 minutes for us to recover ourselves. The toddler grinning ear to ear at his accomplishment.

This is my boy and I AM a PROUD father.
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... I've now seen "Turn Left"

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...or Doctor Who

This Friday... The topic line should be your hint. [livejournal.com profile] s00j will be performing at the Horizon Oasis Temple.

Odds are highly likely that we will be packed in for that. (Small space, lots of SJ fans)

We will probably catch up on Doctor Who Saturday evening after the Cancer-North BBQ and social.

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I have enabled a new personal filter called: antiDoctor

This filter is everything in my subscription list except
I realize the 4th series has completed in UK. I realize that most of my Stateside friends have downloaded it and watched it.

The family is watching it on Fridays as it airs on the Sci-Fi channel. (You can't get captioning on YouTube or less-than-legal downloads)

So, please do me the honour of not spilling the beans to me until the show has run its course on Sci-Fi.

Actually, it's been made clear to me that I must truly suffer. The finale runs on Friday August 1. I will be out of town that weekend and will not be able to see the episode until I return late on the 4th.

So, if you see me that weekend... Don't ask. I'll be stewing in my own Gallifreyan blood.

Thank you for your understanding.
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Usual drill:

Aiden maaaaayyy go down from 7-8ish... So we have to be wary of that.

Friday's Agenda

Doctor Who (Series 4) "The Unicorn and the Wasp" (Last week's; for the most part local fans were at Ave Q or in Greece)
Doctor Who (Season 26) "Survival" Part 2 (postponed from last week)
Doctor Who (Season 15) "Invasion of Time" Parts 5 & 6 (Probably while Aiden is being put to bed)
Doctor Who (Season 4) "Silence in the Library" (We may not get to this one as it's 1 of 2)

We'll probably be doing this more regularly.

Consider getting into fan mode for these things ;) (Dress up, wear buttons...SCARF!)

If you're not one of our regulars (and I know who that is) drop me a comment so I know who to expect.

Potluck food, snacks, drinks appreciated.

Crash space as avail by request
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Usual drill:

Aiden maaaaayyy go down from 7-8ish... So we have to be wary of that.

Tonight's Agenda
Doctor Who (Series 4) "The Doctor's *@&#&!" (Blanked to avoid spoiler)
Doctor Who (Season 26) "Survival" Part 2
Doctor Who (Season 15) "Invasion of Time" Parts 5 & 6 (Probably while Aiden is being put to bed)
And some Vids

We'll probably be doing this more regularly.

Consider getting into fan mode for these things ;) (Dress up, wear buttons...SCARF!)

If you're not one of our regulars (and I know who that is) drop me a comment so I know who to expect.

Potluck food, snacks, drinks appreciated.

Crash space as avail by request
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I'm not one to typically post about FanVids. If you have access to digital footage and a cheap editting program they are relatively easy to put together.

But like many things you discover they're easy to learn, hard to master.

I've seen FanVids that are basically blasts of images to videos. Sometimes interpretive, usually just literal. I'm old enough to remember the horrible day that MTV showed every submission to the "Madonna: Make my 'True Blue'" video contest.

However, there is a Doctor Who fan who is a highly competent video editor on YouTube. Like many people on YouTube he's turned his postings into 'a channel'

I've placed his commercial below:

Some of his other noteworthy edits:
Spin-Off: The Gallifrey Chronicles (Starring William Hartnell)
Trailer: The Time War (Starring Paul McGann, Christopher Eccelston, and Tom Baker)
Tribute to the New Series: Edited retrospective of series 1-3
Episode Summary: Classic Series
Character: The Master
Character: Doctor 10 (Like you've never seen him before)

Edit Saved the best for last
Trailer: The NEW Two Doctors (starring Tom Baker and David Tennant) Wow
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Now.. there are still no confirmed stories that David Tennant has no intention to leave at the end of series 4, or at the end of the 4 specials.

Statements have been made that he has a commitment to being in the 2009 specials.

But eventually, The Doctor will regenerate. (Because I refuse to see the show go away again)

So... now we start looking for potential actors.

Right now I have two front runners.

The first is Chiwetel Ejiofor
Which everyone on my reader list with the exception of [livejournal.com profile] s00j should easily recognize.

But I think my front runner is Alan Davies. Alan is best known in Britain as Jonathan Creek. He's got a very subdued humour which gives him a very Steven Wright quality. He delivers comedic moments in a manner that I often describe as "Joke Grenades" He also has a very Heath Ledger look about him which I think has that 'sex hook' that the Doctor always naturally carries. Despite his subdued nature he has an amazing range.

My only concern is that he looks TOO much like Tom Baker. And it may be viewed as treading backwards on the series.

Judge for yourself:

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Freeple will be doing another Who night tomorrow.

It's part 2 of the Sontaran Stategem. And we'll even watch a little Sarah Jane and maybe throw in a Torchwood or Two.

Please RSVP here. Seating may be limited.


dooo weee ooooo, woop wah dooo

doo doo doo, whaaeee whaooo


And for Lauren:
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Why do I subscribe to online surveys? Is it the $2.50 I might get?


Do I feel that people care about my opinion on Budweiser?


It's those rare moments when I get an official survey that asks the following:

Please write a few sentences about why you are "Very Likely" to watch the new season of Doctor Who.

Oh, yeah....

My response:
I have been watching Doctor Who since 1978. I introduced my wife to the new series when it debuted. She is completely hooked. I have introduced several friends to the series. They are hooked. My toddler (born after the new series debuted) dances when the theme comes on. It's very likely I'll host a Series 4 debut gathering for "Partners in Crime"

I may skew your survey. To me Doctor Who is the number 1 show I seek out. Period.
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Why do you like Doctor Who?

Bless you to the person who wrote this.

I was a kid in the 70's and Early 80's. Let's just start there. Cartoons really had gone to complete sh*t by the time we hit 1984. I knew that Warner Brothers cartoons were 'way old' and that the 70's hey day of Bullwinkle and Rocky and other such shows were being replaced by He-Man. And no matter how much we joke. He-Man really was a crap of a cartoon.

So let's look at science fiction in the 70s and 80s. Star trek was history and all we had was the filmation Star Trek cartoons. A wonderful article posits:
Between groundbreaking classics that were light years ahead of their time ("Star Trek," "The Twilight Zone," "The Prisoner"), envelope-pushers that were canceled far short of their creative peak ("Battlestar Galactica," "V"), and overcooked turkeys that should never have been green-lit in the first place ("Galactica 1980," "Automan," "The Starlost"), Phillips and Garcia give each of the successes and the failures their balanced, fun and informative due.

And I remember all of these very clearly. I should point out... Prisoner came out when I was about 5... Way over my head. Similar with Galactica. It was ships. That's the most I really remembered until I rewatched later. V was historical SF.

So there wasn't a whole hell of a lot.

And one weekend around the age of 10 or 11 I was watching TV. My friends and I liked "Benny Hill" and "Monty Python" because... well, the Brits were cool. Well, the shows weren't on. What they did do was run 2 of 4 episodes of Doctor Who. "The Pyramids of Mars". Fortunately the first 2.

A side note here. You know when you've been into a long running show... you catch episodes in syndication. You ever notice it's like the same 5 stories out of 100 that you always see? For Doctor Who it was "Pyramid of Mars"

So here I was... 11 years old watching this cool guy in a big scarf. Mummies, pyramids, egyptian gods... I hadn't gotten anything like this since The Shazam and Isis Power Hour or even Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. (The latter of which I loved and I will not take any more SHIT about it)

But this... this was magnificent. Even if the interiors were all shot like TV and the exteriors were all shot like a movie. (Yeah, the 11 year old figured this one out) There was story, there was character... It went somewhere... And after 90 minutes on PBS (back when the single episodes were 45 minutes but part of a story).....GAH CLIFFHANGER. Backed into the corner... bad guys attacking cliffhanger!

I was going to be back... Then I started looking up where it would be airing. And then were cons. And helping pledge drives. And mom getting a friend to make me a scarf. And buttons. And collecting the novelizations, and fact books. And all the stuff. It was awesome.

But the one thing that is amazing is having a child. You see, you don't buy stuff for the toddler. You buy stuff to feel your own childhood again. It's why I bought my favourite books for 'him'. "Are you my Mother" "Monster at the end of the Book"... I bought 70's kid shows to share with him.

So then the amazing thing happened. The BBC after 15+ years said.. they were bringing Doctor Who back.

And yeah... I was terrified. This was not just 3 years of my life. This was 12 up to my late 20s. This was well over 10 years of learning a mythos, finding old episodes. I was terrified what they'd do to "MY DOCTOR WHO"

Imagine what would happen if Tim Burton announced that he was doing a Babylon-5 movie without JMS? Um...scary.

All I knew was that the guy that invented "Queer As Folk" was going to be reviving Doctor Who. Not that QAF was a bad show. I've seen a few and it's deep. I saw a few before Doctor Who. So I was terrified.. but admittedly excited.

I was so excited that I grabbed the leaked to the net pilot and burned a DVD with extras and watched it 15 minutes before the show aired in Britain.

And I was THRILLED. The show lived up to the past. It stayed pure to the things I needed to feel. But was deeper. It'd grown up with me. It didn't show the world thru the eyes of a 12 year old.

But the thing that will now always cement the show with me is two fold. One a fact.. one a spoiler.

We watched episodes with our infant. The first season ended before he was born. We watched on DVD. I remember the day we put on an episode and our child got excited to hear the theme. Many friends have seen Aiden to the "Doctor Who" dance. He loves the theme. I honestly think the show is just noise to him. But the theme. Music that is updated but unchanged from my childhood, connects to my son. And this thought alone really makes me begin to sort of get misty. Because it's a kind of bond. It makes me foolishly happy.

The second comes from a short Holiday special that American's are not likely to see until the new season releases on DVD in about 8 months. The show acknowledged in the special and does so in all the extras... that the people working on the show now are there because they loved the show as kids. The current star who plays Doctor Who got into the acting profession because he loved this show and wanted to be the Doctor one day.

It's a show of wonder and dreams. It's a show of magic and science.

It's a show that makes you want to tell your high school friends that your car is your Tardis and the trunk is really bigger on the inside than the outside.

I love the show... I hope this explains why.

It's not just entertainment. It's a fundamental building block of who I am as a person.
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According to SciFi's April schedule:

Fri, April 11: 7:30 pm - The Sarah Jane Adventures Pilot: "Invasion of the Bane"
Fri, April 18: 8:30 pm - Doctor Who Christmas Special: "Voyage of the Damned"

Friday April 25: 8:00 pm Sarah Jane Adventures: Series 1. 2 30 minute episodes
Friday April 25: 9:00 pm Doctor Who: Series 4

And they wonder why I love April so much :-D

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