The First of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doctor Who

Summary: Can Clara and the Doctor deal with his new regeneration and a series of murders in Victorian London at the same time?.

Plot: In the middle of Victorian London a Flesh eating Dinosaur appears liked agitated both by being displaced in time and a TARDIS in its mouth.  While the completely baffled London police are relying on Madame Vastra to deal with it the Doctor is still trying to figure out who he is, what he is and how to tell Clara and Strax apart.  But when the when the Dinosaur meets an unexpectedly violent has somebody saved the day or it is another in a string of unlikely murders and will Vastra, Jenny, and Strax live long enough and Clara stick around long enough to find up.

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Writing:  The two regenerations of Steven Moffat are at war in this episode, the adult writer who wants to put together a tight quality script and the fanboy still playing with his Doctor Who toys on his bed. Half of the episode seems like a fan film and the other half is simply spectacular. These aspects were mixed together in such a way that it’s almost impossible to divorce the one from the other. It reminded me of Robot the 1st Tom Baker 4th episode which was written like a run of the mill Jon Pertwee 3rd Doctor episode with a regeneration thrown into it. The majority of the settings, characters and even the villain were throw away characters as if Moffat had written a script and then said, “it would be cool if we did this.” It’s as if Doctor Who doesn’t employ an editor or said editor was on holiday leaving Moffat to play with his dolls on his desk (Who knew Peter Davison nailed him so completely in the fiveish doctors reboot?)

Acting: Like the proverbial British solder who gives a good account of themselves in an impossible situation the two leads take this material and absolutely shine in it. I simply didn’t realize how good an actor Capaldi was but I know it now and his scenes with Jenna Coleman are so riveting. I suspect I’ll be fast forwarding to them on demand for years. McIntosh, Stewart and Starkey characters do a decent job with the caricatures their characters (Vastra, Jenny & Strax) have become, with Starkey having the easiest time because of the comic scene stealing nature of the character but their primary job is to serve batting practice to sluggers and given how Coleman & Capaldi knocked it out like Ortiz in a World Series they certainly did their job. And the surprise guest star at the end was strong too.

Memorable Moments: The same size, Any other murders like this one, Going gray, A room just for sleeping?

Really cool moment: The appearance of Matt Smith in new scenes at the end of the episode was pretty much a fan wet dream.

Oddities: Is anyone not bothered by the fact that Jenny doesn’t mind Vastra eating people? Is it not odd that the Doctor isn’t bothered by it?

Pet Peeves: Unlike Cyberbmen Dinosaurs are not bullet proof and Victorian London was not unarmed nor were they sheep. That large reptile wouldn’t have gotten 100 yards before being shot dead either by the army, or by the various armed citizens taking potshots at it from every possible angle.

Furthermore I’m really getting sick of the caricature of Victorian England, the time of their country’s greatest economic, scientific, industrial and social years as a bunch of bigoted backward dopes as opposed to the inspiration of those who saved France in 1914 & the world in 1941 by not giving in to the Nazis when all else did.

Great Quote(s):

Strax: How do you know?
12th Doctor: Come on Clara you know I speak Dinosaur.

Clara: [indicating Strax] He’s not clara I’M Clara

12th Doctor:We’ll you’re very similar heights, maybe you should wear labels?

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12th Doctor:  Door, boring, not me

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12th Doctor:  So who is it?

11th Doctor: [Speaking on the phone] Is that the Doctor?

12th DoctorIs that the Doctor?

Clara: [To both] Yes.

11th Doctor:He sounds old, please tell me I didn’t get old, anything but old. I was young. Ohhh. Is he Gray?

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12th Doctor:Well

Clara:Well what?

12th Doctor:He asked you a question, Will you help me?

Clara:You shouldn’t have been listening.

12th Doctor:I wasn’t, I didn’t need to. That was me talking.

Final Verdict: Three Stars out of Five  Capaldi’s acting and the multi doctor aspect that appeals to the Doctor Who geek in me forces a third star onto this episode.  What really upsets it is it could have been a five star episode if it had been edited and cut to 45 minutes. Furthermore this was the worst new Doctor intro episode since the revival of the series.

Ranking of Season: 1st of one and I sincerely hope it doesn’t stay there otherwise in ten years Capaldi will spend his lifetime fighting to get ahead of Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy on the favorite Doctor’s list.

1. Deep Breath

Because of the unexpected guest star at the end of the episode I’m going to for the fun of it rank it in the last season of Matt Smith, I won’t rank it as a “special” as it’s a regular (albeit long) episode.

1. The Day of the Doctor
2. The Bells of St. John
3. The Crimson Horror
4. The Power of three
5. The Name of the Doctor
6. The Snowmen
7. Nightmare in Silver
8. The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
9. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
10. Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
11.  Deep Breath
12. Cold War
13. A Town Called Mercy
14. Asylum of the Daleks
15. The Rings of Akhaten
16. Hide
17. The Angels Take Manhattan

 

Chicago's Skyline
Chicago’s Skyline

By John Ruberry

Once the midterm elections are over another major political contest will begin–the Chicago mayoral race. Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief-of-staff, is expected to run for reelection. His three years in office have been at best a mixed bag. Violent crime is Chicago’s biggest issue, it was during his term that the city gained the unfortunate nickname “Chiraq.” Rahm has done little to address Chicago’s pension crisis, a problem he inherited from his predecessor, Richard M. Daley, who was mayor for 22 years. The city’s streets are in terrible shape.

But Emanuel, perhaps because of his star-power, has been able to convince some companies to move their corporate headquarters to Chicago, most notably Archer Daniels Midland. But unemployment remains high in the city.

Two possible opponents for Rahm next year are Ald. Robert Fioretti and Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. Fioretti, a friendly gentleman who I know a little bit, in my opinion won’t be able to gain much traction as a candidate. I can’t ascertain what he stands for.

CTU member at Occupy protest in 2012
CTU member at Occupy protest in 2012

That’s not the case with Lewis. Even if she wasn’t morbidly obese, she would come across as bombastic. Lewis’ political philosophy is anchored by far-left positions. She favors imposing a transaction tax on each trade made by members of Chicago’s financial exchanges. That was a position championed by the defunct Occupy movement; Lewis’ CTU endorsed the extreme-left group. A race-baiter, Lewis blames “rich white people” for Chicago’s awful schools and utilizes that smear to justify a commuter tax on suburbanites. Yes, the implementation of Chicago’s charter school system has been flawed, but Lewis opposes the use of taxpayer money to fund them. On the other hand, charters are very popular with Chicago parents.

Lewis is black and she has great name recognition, which partly explains why she edged out Emanuel in a recent poll about the 2015 race. I imagine that once Lewis’ ultra-liberal stances become known, her support will drop. Even Chicagoans can tolerate only so much left-wing hooey.

The voters of America’s third-largest city should be wary of the anti-Rahm Lewis. The only other big-city mayor that I can think of who was a labor leader was Detroit’s Coleman Young, who misruled the onetime Motor City from 1974-1993.

You know the rest of Detroit’s story.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Today I was reading the last chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and was struck at how Paul’s cautions and warnings to them apply to us today:

Consider Verse 1

Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted.

Note the warning, call sin what it is, don’t do it in an overbearing way and be careful because you’re vulnerable to that same trap.

The world of today redefines sin and has conditioned people to react to correction, so one must be willing to do it “gently” but with care because the world offers rewards for those willing to give into temptation.

Verses 2 & 3

Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.   For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself.

You’ve got to give a hand but not be stuck up about it, because it’s not all about you.

Verses 4-6

Each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast with regard to himself alone, and not with regard to someone else; for each will bear his own load.  One who is being instructed in the word should share all good things with his instructor. 

Society today is all about self gaining as much of the credit as possible while dodging your share of the blame.

See things as they are, there’s nothing wrong with acknowledging you’ve done but don’t overdo it and remember how you got there.

Verses 7-8

Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit.

No time exemplified this more than this one. How much is society steered to the celebration and the satisfaction and the glorification of the pleasures and rewards of the flesh, whether sexual, sensory or though the acquisition of stuff, while those who cling to their religion are looked at with scorn, rejected and scolded for even daring to say “God Bless You” if someone sneezes

Yet how often are these people happy? Do we not constantly hear about their misery? Look at the example of Stacy vs the Feminists he clashes with, who is happy and who is angry?

Verses 9 & 10

Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith. 

The modern world will wear us down if it can, but our response has to be not only doing good to both those who like us but to those who don’t but we have to persist.

A great example of this is seen in what churches and parishes continue to do. I see the church attacked as obsolete, as unimportant and belief as foolish on a daily basis but while that goes on still the ministry goes on, to the poor, to the homeless, to those considering abortion in fact consider two fields education:

In the field of education, the Catholic Church runs 71,482 kindergartens with 6,720,545 pupils; 94,411 primary schools with 31,939,415 pupils; 43,777 secondary schools with 18,952,976 pupils. The Church also cares for 2,494,111 high school pupils, and 3,039,684 university students.

and healthcare

Catholic charity and healthcare centres

Charity and healthcare centres run in the world by the Church are 117,119 and include: 5,435 hospitals most of them in America and Africa ; 17,524 dispensaries mainly in Africa ; America and Asia ; 567 Care Homes for people with Leprosy mainly in Asia and Africa ; 15,784 Homes for the elderly, or the chronically ill or people with a disability mainly in Europe and America ; 10,534 orphanages , about one third in Asia ; 11,592 creches; 15,008 marriage counselling centres mainly in America and Europe ; 40,671 social rehabilitation centres and 4 other kinds of institutions.

I’d love to see the numbers for Hollywood on these things.

Verses 11-13

See with what large letters I am writing to you in my own hand!   It is those who want to make a good appearance in the flesh who are trying to compel you to have yourselves circumcised, only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.   Not even those having themselves circumcised  observe the law themselves; they only want you to be circumcised so that they may boast of your flesh.

How much of our age is now all about appearance, people are considered good or moral not for what they have done but for what they have said, for having the right opinions. One doesn’t have to live good or do good, they just have to put on enough of an appearance or say the right thing and appear to be on the side that the world wants you to be.

Verses 14-17

But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation. Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule  and to the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.

And here s the counter, the same one that Paul gave to the Galatians. What the world wants. It’s bearing the Cross of Christ, following through with the actions being that new creation that does good and openly bears the marks and signs of Christ at times not caring one jot about what the world says.

It’s really amazing when you see how well this chapter applies to today’s world, but while that’s the theme of this post there is another message that should not be lost and that’s the reason WHY this scripture applies so well to today’s world.

It’s because of a basic reality: It doesn’t matter how technologically advanced we’ve become, or how many gadgets we now have or that if someone farts in France, does a silly dance in Uganda or take a funny spill in India we can see it almost instantly, the same passions that drove mankind in the 1st Century AD does the same in the 21st Century AD.

The sins of man haven’t changed just how we access them, nor has their cost.

Fortunately for us the remedy expressed by Paul in the 16th and final verse of this chapter is just as effective today as it was 2000 years ago when he offered it to the Galatians:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

That’s all it takes.

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