First some background

As I’ve mentioned before due a the weak tip jar over the last two years I’ve had to take an overnight job at a warehouse. Because this job involves repetitive menial work we are allowed an ear bud as we work and while most people listen to music I listen to my big finish/bbc Doctor who audios in Chronological Doctor (1st doctor thru 11th Doctor). I am currently on the 4th Doctor with Romana 2 the 2nd time around since I’ve been employed there..

I occasionally get new Doctor Who episodes due to sales at Big Finish and huge markdowns on Amazon for pre-orders I listen to those as they come in unless they happen to fall in sequence with episodes I’m currently listening to. Such was the case with Big Finish audio The Well Mannered War arrived at my house on my day off. As it would be in the sequence of episodes I would be listening to this week I decided to put it on my Ipod and wait till it came up at work before hearing it for the first time.

There is a brief amount of overlap between my shift and the previous one and in the section where I’m currently working two of us from the 3rd shift share a space with anywhere from 4-12 people of the 2nd, most of whom are foreign born and several of who speak little or no English. Such was the case Monday night when I was listening to this episode for the first time.

Now Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor mostly due to the comedy and his re-teaming with Lalla Ward is still new enough that it absolutely delights me As I listened to the episode I wore a large smile on my face and occasionally broke into laughter when I heard sequences like this.

and this

That laughter and my grin apparently drew a very odd look from a 2nd shift fellow at the next table who was working across from the other 3rd shift man. He asked him in Broken English “That guy crazy?” (in broken English). The man who worked with me for the last year or so tried to explain that I just was listening to stuff on my Mp3 player that wasn’t music.

Apparently that explanation didn’t wash and the fellow moved himself to the table as far away from me as possible.

Nobody from 2nd shift came within 10 yards of me for the rest of the night.

Over the next several days I’ll be listening to several other 4th Doctor episodes that I haven’t heard before, I anticipate smiles and laughter as a norm until I get to Peter Davison sometime next week, I suspect the opinion of the folks that’s now spreading among 2nd shift won’t be changing soon

Big Finish, Tom Baker, Lalla Ward et/all, it’s all your fault.

keeper

Dominic You: We need no friends, and fear no enemy!x
British Captain: I may have been misinformed. I understood Mr. LaFitte commanded at Barataria.
Jean LaFitte: If your offer is good it will stand up under fire

The Buccaneer 1958

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

Mike Rogers of Granite Grok

To a person completely unfamiliar with the blog, yesterday’s post by JD Rucker might cause some confusion as his statement concerning the election contradicts my own from by Double Down Trump post. Let me begin by informing such people that my writers are informed up front that with these exceptions:

  1. They may NOT advocate or enable Abortion
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When people are accepted as writers here, they may write what they wish on the subject that they wish and say what they think with no thought or fear that if I disagree with it I will censor it,  after all, this isn’t Twitter.

But while I agree with JD’s piece in many respects, particularly in terms of what we should do post election his argument against voting Trump in this election is not plausible because wild speculation not withstanding the truth is this:

 Baring sudden death either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States

For a conservative to come to the decision to either vote 3rd party or to leave the ballot blank under the theory:  “Donald Trump is unfit therefore I shall not support him even if it means a Hillary Clinton victory” strikes me as the argument of Code Pink vs fighting ISIS or a British Pacifist during World War 2.  “War is evil and I won’t aid it”.

And to that argument CS Lewis gave an excellent answer

for those who are unwilling to sit through the entire CS Lewis doodle (which I’ve been looking for an excuse to show you for weeks) let me get to the nitty gritty quote.

In the liberal society the number of pacifists will either be large enough to cripple the state as a belligerent or not.  If not you have done nothing, if it is large enough, then you have handed over the state which does tolerate pacifism over to its totalitarian neighbor who does not.  Pacifism of this kind is taking a straight road to a world where there is no pacifism.

Or put simply, all staying home or voting 3rd party does to a conservative is to enable someone who wants to destroy you and give them the weapons to do so.  Conservatism of this kind is taking a straight road to a country where conservatism is not allowed.

Now you might say, “But DaTechGuy, I believe Donald Trump is unfit and my personal honor does not allow such a vote?”

Well that answer comes from this exchange between the 4th Doctor and a man named Tremas in the episode the Keeper of Traken.   Let me set the scene.  A powerful device which gives a person literally power over a series of planets is about to be taken over by an evil malevolent force.  Having escaped temporarily from its clutches the Doctor and his party find their way to Tremas’ quarters where he is looking for a way to stop him.

4th Doctor: Well, the new regime seems to be making rather a mess of things. Tremas. Tremas.
Tremas: Huh?
4th Doctor: Blueprints. Master plans. Do you happen to keep them here?
Tremas: What plans in particular?
4th Doctor: Well, the master plans to the Source manipulator, of course.
Tremas: Yes, in the atmosphere safe. The secrecy of the Source manipulator is a sacred trust.
4th Doctor:  Tremas, we must stop Kassia becoming the Keeper, and for that we need the master plans.
Tremas: But I swore an oath, Doctor.
4th Doctor:  Well of course you swore an oath! Now you have to choose. Your personal honour against the safety of the whole of Traken.
Nyssa: Yes, father.
Tremas:   I can’t, Doctor.
4th Doctor: Well, that’s fine. That’s fine, Tremas. I mean, when this thing has taken over the entire Source you’ll have the consolation of knowing that you kept your honour intact.

As a vote for Trump is not aiding and abetting mortal sin (thus violating the primary duty of a Christian to God) the situation and the decision here is identical to the Doctor and Tremas.

I submit and suggest that when Hillary Clinton and those who enabled her flouting of federal law have been given power, when the IRS is again used as a tool to disable conservatives, when the full power of the federal government is used to either silence Christians, and/or force them to choose between their souls and their ability to function in public places or business, when the Muslim Brotherhood is enabled and America continues its retreat from the world and when the supreme court is packed to make sure that even if a Ted Cruz or a Scott Walker should be elected in 2020 their attempts to reverse these actions will be ruled unconstitutional,  those who have decided to stay home and allowed all this to happen will have the consolation of knowing that they kept their personal honor intact.

I’d say that price is too high.

FYI 1:  If you enjoyed the first part of that CS Lewis doodle on “Why I am not a pacifist I embed part 2 here for you.

FYI 2: In case you’re wondering the exchange between Tremas and the Doctor ends, like this.

[Tremas goes to a blank piece of wall, puts his hand through and removes a scroll.]
Tremas: The original design of the Source manipulator. The means that gave power to our Keepers.
4th Doctor: Good.

FYI 3: (minor Doctor Who spoiler alert) Some Doctor Who fans might wonder if my invoking of the episode of Traken means I’m comparing Hillary Clinton to the Master either in his emaciated decaying state from that episode or the current regeneration as Missy who is just as evil and murderous. That is certainly not the case.

The Master/Missy evil wholly fictional character while Hillary Clinton is an awful terrible fact.


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Judge:You will confine your question to the Bible

Drummond:  Alright, forget it. We’ll play in your ballpark Colonel.

Inherit The Wind 1960

One of my absolutely favorite episodes in the entire 52 years of Doctor Who is the Deadly Assassin.

In this episode (the only one in the original series without a companion) the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) returns to Gallifrey due to a premonition of the murder of the President.  Landing in the Capital the head of security Castellan Spandrell (George Pravda) is after him.  Eluding him The Doctor fails to save the President from Assassination and in arrested for the Murder.  At a Trial presided on by the presumptive successor Chancellor Goth (Bernard Horsfall) the Doctor is able to use a legal technicality supported by his old teacher & jurist Cardinal Brousa (Angus MacKay) to delay his execution. He discovers that his old enemy The Master (Peter Pratt) is behind it having beamed his premonition from the Panatropic network used to anticipate such events.  The Doctor enters the Panatropic net with the help of Co-ordinator Engin (Erik Chitty) and manages to survive an epic battle in a dreamworld created in the APC net by his foes and expose Goth & the Master’s plot. While Brousa decides to paint the now dead Goth as a hero to deflect scandal, the Master, having feigned suicide managed to acquire his goal the ceremonial items of the Time Lord Presidency which unbeknownst to all are the key to the entire powersource of the planet which the Master is prepared to destroy to allow him to regenerate. After one more epic battle the Doctor saves the planet earning the grudging respect of his old teacher as his TARDIS leaves the Master’s Tardis also disappears into a universe that Castellan Spandrell suggests “isn’t big enough for the two of them.”

While it’s a delightful story that you can purchase here  I suspect you are asking the obvious question, what does this have to do with Ted Cruz and the MSM not to mention election 2016?

Well because the relationship between the Doctor, The Master and the Chancellor reminds me so much of the relationship between Senator Cruz, the Democrats and their media servants.

Senator Cruz has been getting some flack from the MSM concerning his refusal to attack Donald Trump either over his statements concerning illegal immigration or his counterattack on John McCain after Senator McCain referred to Trump’a Arizona supporters as “crazies”.

And said flack has not been confined to the MSM

Cruz explained to Kelly that he’s “not going to engage in the media’s game of throwing rocks and attacking other Republicans.” Fine. But that doesn’t mean he should salute an obvious fraud like Donald Trump.

Mirengoff’s is quite correct that Cruz is looking to keep himself viable with Trump’s supporters but that is actually purely incidental to the main thing that Ted Cruz is doing, and that’s defying the construct that the MSM is creating.

And that’s where Ted Cruz is playing the 4th Doctor to the Democrat’s Master. The First thing the Doctor does is recognize the Master’s methods

Castellan Spandrell: I’ve never seen anything like it.

4th Doctor: I have, I’m afraid.

Castellan Spandrell: You have?

4th Doctor: Yes. It’s a technique the Master picked up somewhere on his travels.

Castellan Spandrell: Who’s the Master?

4th Doctor: Who is the Master? He’s my sworn arch-enemy.

Somehow our friends like Senator McCain and Governor Romney never seem to recognize the Democrats for what they are as Cruz does.

Furthermore like the 4th Doctor in this episode he realizes that their friends in the media are looking for a lot more than just wounding Donald Trump

Castellan Spandrell: Four cold-blooded killings in one day.

4th Doctor: Flea-bitings, Spandrell, flea-bitings. Things will get a lot worse

But it’s more than this, as I said there is no better parallel to the relationship between the MSM and the Democrat left as the this episode of Doctor Who.  For example in this episode the Master’s servants create a false reality in the APC net & attempt to trap the Doctor in it.

4th Doctor: It’s an illusion. Dreams, I deny this reality. The reality is a computation matrix.

Figure: I am the creator here, Doctor. This is my world. There is no escape for you.

In he same way the MSM create a reality and try to trap their foes as you can see during this ABC interview with Trump.  No mater what he says the next question goes to the attack again.

TrumpWhat happened is, later on, the Republican candidates, some of whom are registering 1 percent and zero, and they’re very upset that I’m leading the polls by actually a nice margin, they’re extremely upset and they were extremely when the Nevada numbers just came out and they’re through the roof too. They started attacking me —

Raddatz: Mr. Trump, I want to — let’s go back to this issue of John McCain, and you’re talking about the Sharyl Attkisson piece. You said he’s a war hero because he was captured, I believe perhaps he’s a war hero.

and again

Trump… And the vets — I’ve been going around to the campaign trail. They’re treated like third-class citizens. He’s done nothing to help the vets. And I will tell you, they are living in hell.

Raddatz: You — let me tell you this, what the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, John Stroud (ph), said about your comments….

and again

Trump I go all over the country and I speak to vets all the time. And they’re absolutely having miserable times. It takes them six, seven days just to get into waiting in a reception room, just trying to get in to see a doctor. They’re treated horribly. And everybody knows it and it —

Raddatz:   Let’s go back here — let’s go back to your comment about John McCain –…

and again

TrumpMartha, when we had thousands and thousands of people in Phoenix, Arizona, and John — who, by the way, are devastated by illegal immigration, something I’m very proud to have brought to the forefront. We had thousands of people and he said they’re all crazies. He called them crazies.

And frankly, I think he owes them an apology.

Raddatz:Let me talk about your language about him being captured…

and again

Trump…People that were not captured that went in and fought, nobody talks about them. Those are heroes also.

Raddatz: I think people do talk about those people as well.

and again

Trump…And as in the report, it said, from Sharyl Attkisson, four times, I said he is a hero. But you know, people choose little selective like you try to do. People choose little selective pieces. If you read what I say or if you watch what I say, which is even better, you’ll say that there was nothing wrong. But the people that weren’t captured are also heroes, Martha.

Raddatz: I want to talk about you and your deferment.

There was not a question concerning any presidential issue in the entire interview and when Trump pointed to an actual issue, the treatment of vets, Raddatz spun away & turned to attack again

No other topic other than attacking a republican is allowed, Take Bill Kristol later on that same show.  He tries to bring up the  “All Lives Matter” meltdown for Martin O’Malley at Netroots Nation on ABC’s this week, suddenly the subject abruptly changes.  No other member of the panel is to be consulted or made to comment, there is a reality that their Democrat master’s demand is pushed and that alone:

The Master:  Stand. I have a task for you.  There may be difficulties. Others may try to prevent you fulfilling my orders. You will ignore them and obey only me. You will let nothing stop you. Do you understand?

SOLIS:Yes, Master. I will obey only you.

Nothing will distract the media from obeying their Democrat Master’s command.  For example:

Since Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign exactly one month ago on June 16, ABC, CBS and NBC have aired a combined 31 evening news stories discussing his comment about illegal Mexican immigrants: “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” When then-President Bill Clinton was accused of rape, those same newscasts aired just four stories mentioning those charges during a 12-month period from March 1998 through March 1999.

In the Deadly Assassin the Master’s servant created a dreamscape forcing the Doctor to fight in his reality.

4th Doctor: [bleeding from a gunshot wound in the APC net] I deny it. I deny it! [the wound fades away]

The Enemy (Goth):You are trapped in my creation, Doctor.  [the wound reappears] My reality rules.

4th Doctor:All right, I’ll fight you in your reality.

The Enemy (Goth):Then it will be a pleasure to destroy you. Be on your guard.

The MSM monopoly is the same thing, a dreamscape where the Planned Parenthood video doesn’t exist and Donald Trump & the Confederate Flag are the only news that matters and GOP candidates who play by those rules are caught up in it.

And it wasn’t just here, what was the topic the media discussed with GOP candidates on the weekend shows?  Donald Trump’s vs McCain.  What is the only story they are pushing?  The same. Consider Meet the Press this week, here is a screen shot of their main page.  Look at the lead videos.

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Seven videos five GOP vs trump, one trump stupid one defending Iran deal.

 

For the media the story of the day is the dreamscape that you can not get out.  That they won’t let you out of.

So how do you win in that environment,  you use the same advantage that the Doctor had.

ENGIN: He’s created a mental stronghold, a dreamscape if you like. The Doctor’s got caught up in it.

SPANDRELL: So he doesn’t stand a chance?

ENGIN: A very slight one. His opponent is expending energy in maintaining the reality projection. The Doctor can employ all his own artron energy for defence.

You reject their premises like here on Meet the Press:

Chuck Todd: So let’s go to immigration. What do you do with the 11 million?

Senator Ted Cruz: You know, it’s an interesting thing in Washington. That is the question that both President Obama and Democrats love to focus on. How do you solve the problem? You focus on areas of common ground. I am long term optimistic and short term pessimistic on immigration. Long term, I’m optimistic because there’s a lotta bipartisan agreement outside of Washington on immigration. There’s overwhelming bipartisan agreement, number one, that we need to secure the borders. That we need to finally do something to stop illegal immigration.

Chuck Todd: What do you do with the 11 million people though? Do you have to send ’em back, or do you give them a way to get legal?

Senator Ted Cruz: Chuck, I don’t accept the premise that you have to solve every aspect of this problem all at once. President Obama and the Democrats focus on that issue because the question you’re asking is the most divisive partisan question in this entire debate. And I don’t believe President Obama wants to solve this.

and when the left tries, as the TimeLord leaders to ignore burdensome facts

Cardinal Borusa: The story is not acceptable. This is a very difficult, very delicate position. We must adjust the truth.

Engin:In what way, Cardinal?

Cardinal Borusa:In a way that will maintain public confidence in the Time Lords and their leadership. How many people have seen this Master since his death?

Spandrell:Apart from ourselves, Hildred and the two guards who took the body to the Panopticon vault.

Cardinal Borusa:Then we shall rely on their silence. We shall change the appearance of the corpse, Castellan. We all know the posthumous effect of a staser bolt. Within the hour, the body will be charred beyond recognition. Our story is going to be that the Master arrived in Gallifrey to assassinate the President, secretly. Before he could escape, Chancellor Goth tracked him down and killed him, unfortunately perishing himself in the exchange of fire. Now that’s much better. I can believe that.

You put them on the spot exposing basic truths like Senator Cruz does here with Jorge Ramos

Ted Cruz:  If you cross illegally into Mexico what does Mexico do

Jorge Ramos:  Of course they’d be deported.

Ted Cruz: So why should the United States not enforce our laws?

Or Ted Cruz on Chris Matthews:

or even the way that Rick Perry did on Morning Joe concerning Planned Parenthood

I threw in Perry to show showing that it CAN be done by others if they choose.

That’s how Ted Cruz beat the NYT over his Best Seller, instead of accepting their premise he counted with facts by defeating them in their own reality.

While other candidates are hitting Donald Trump Cruz is hitting planned parenthood

I am calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate – has federal law been violated? And I am calling on state officials and – any location where Planned Parenthood exists – for state district attorneys, state attorneys general to investigate criminal conduct.

“And I’ll say in addition, that I serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe the Judiciary Committee will hold oversight hearings to get to the bottom of what they did. I chair the oversight, federal rights and federal courts subcommittee, and if the full committee doesn’t hold hearings, I intend to hold hearings to get to the bottom of what appears to be barbaric practices being carried out by Planned Parenthood.”

 

So I ask this question of all those who would are coming after Cruz for leaving Trump alone:

What will be more likely to help the GOP win in 2016: Making headlines discussing issues like Immigration and planned parenthood and the Iran deal while politely ignoring the MSM memes, allowing Trump to sink or rise based on the actual votes of voters?. Or ignoring the issues voters actually care about and playing the media’ reality by provoking a man with a large ego a proclivity for attacking those who hit him and a billion dollars spare dollars to do so if he chooses?

You can take your time thinking about it. As the 4th Doctor once said: “I can be there five minutes ago.”

I submit and suggest that Ted Cruz has played this with the wisdom of the 4th Doctor and like that incarnation of the time lord he is content to let the media pretend he is a fool to do so. Would that the rest of the GOP was wise enough to follow his example.

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The penultimate in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary: The Doctor relives the worst day of his existence, will his future selves convince him to do something he will regret forever.

Plot: While planning a day out with Clara the TARDIS is grabbed by Unit for help with a mystery by Royal Command of Queen Elizabeth the first. Upon arriving he is greeted with a Gallfreyian painting of the last day of the time war, he remissness back to his days as the War Doctor (see Night of the Doctor mini episode) on that Day the War Doctor decides he’s had enough of the Time War declaring No More. He steals the ultimate weapons with the intention of destroying Daleks and Time Lords alike to end the war but the weapons has developed a conscience and that conscience appears as Rose Tyler as the Bad Wolf. He suggests he doesn’t want to survive the destruction he is planning she replies that will be his punishment and challenges him to see what destroying Gallfrey will do to his future, what kind of man it will make him, she opens a time rift to the future which promptly produces a Fez…

Meanwhile back in the present the Doctor opens the letter from Elizabeth I which declares a deadly danger has come to her kingdom and when the time is right he is to be made curator to the undergallery. He remembers back to his time as the 10th doctor picnicking with a young Elizabeth where he proposes marriage, after she accepts he produces a machines that goes “ding” and confidently pronounces her a Zygon in disguise right up until his horse converts into a Zygon and chases him them, they are separated and after a dramatic confrontation with a rabbit he finds two Elizabeths. Before he can deduce which is real a time rift opens up and out pops…a fez.

Back in the present the 11th Doctor finds a group of broken statues to be analyzed by his biggest fan in Unit. After he grabs a Fez he spot on display Kate Stewart shows him a group of paintings with glass shattered as if something came out, all these paintings are landscapes but used to have figures in them, as they continue to the next room suddenly a time rift opens, he vaguely remembers it tosses his Fez through and then Leaps through the rift….

landing in front of the 10th doctor and the two Elizabeth the 1sts. After some snappy patter the rift starts getting active and they advise the two Elizabeths to run in opposite directions. He can hear Clara & Kate through the rift and tests it’s two way capacity by throwing his Fez through it. it doesn’t arrive back but seconds later…

…the war doctor appears to the horror of both of them. He is looking for the Doctor and after some snappy patter are confronted by the Queen’s guards. They are in the process of convincing them Clara is a witch about to hex them when an Elizabeth turns up and at the 11th Doctor’s suggestion has them thrown in the Tower where Kate Stewart is…

…meanwhile as Kate Stewart takes Clara to the Black Archive in the tower looking for a message planted by the Doctor. back in the undergallery Osgood discovers that the place is crawling with Zygons barely escaping from her double Clara discovers Kate has been replaced as well but manages to get the code from the planted message and escapes to where the three doctors are using Captain Jack’s vortex manipulator.

In the past the Doctor’s discover the Zygon’s are planning to invade earth by hiding in 3D painting when the time is right and have captured the black tower, Kate Stewart is freed by the Osgood and is determined to destroy the weaponry there before the Zygons can use it to conquer earth. Will the Doctors & Clara be able to stop the Zygon Invasion, the Destruction of London and will these actions cause the War Doctor to finally decide to destroy Gallfrey and end the time war?

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Writing: Steven Moffat’s story reads like the type of story a Doctor Who fan would write if he wanted a multi Doctor Story. The dialogue is snappy and the interactions between the doctors are clever. The inclusion of Osgood complete with 4th Doctor Scarf is a brilliant stroke as is the inclusion of the curator at the end, however I see no reason why the rest of the doctors couldn’t have been included in the big climax scene as it would not have added much time to the show, nor why they could have not been included in the epilogue, but these are 50th anniversary quibbles and these don’t reflect on the quality of the episode itself which is VERY well done. I particularly like the last ten minutes but I don’t want to spoil it.

Acting: Lots of strong performances, by the regular cast, David Tennant seems to be having a lot of fun, John Hurt is so good that you can believe he has been playing the Doctor forever but the single best performance is Billie Piper who absolutely owns her role. The Curator at the end steals his scene, but that’s just his nature.

Ultimate Anniversary Moment: “No sir Thirteen!”

Memorable Moments: I wasn’t expecting that, you’re basically just a rabbit, I’m not judging you, Timey Wimey?, Breath that could stun a horse, weak and feeble woman, sorry about the Dalek, Bad wolf girl I could kiss you , Who nose.

Really cool moment: The Daleks on detecting the Doctor stop killing time lords En Masse to go after him…very bad move

Oddities: Shouldn’t the time lords only be acquainted with Doctors one through War doctor (8 1/2) How do they recognize the ones after him?

Pet Peeves: If the Daleks are that obsessed with the Doctor couldn’t he have led them away from Gallfrey simply by showing up elsewhere? How does the Doctor’s interaction with the General in Arcadia effect the actions of Rassilon & the high counsel. How would the Zygons know about what happened to the Sycorax?

Great Quote(s):

War Doctor: Don’t sit on that!
The (Bad Wolf) Moment: Why not?
War Doctor: Because it’s not a chair, it’s the most dangerous weapon in the universe.
The (Bad Wolf) Moment: Why can’t it be both?

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10th Doctor: It was the horse. I’m going to be King. Run!

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10th Doctor: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Oh, very clever. Whatever you’ve got planned, forget it. I’m the Doctor. I’m nine hundred and four years old. I’m from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I am the Oncoming Storm, the Bringer of Darkness, and you are basically just a rabbit, aren’t you? Okay, carry on. Just a general warning.

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10th Doctor: What are you doing here? I’m busy.
11th Doctor: Oh, busy. I see. Is that what we’re calling it, eh? Eh? Hello, ladies.
10th Doctor: Don’t start.
11th Doctor: Listen, what you get up to in the privacy of your own regeneration is your business.
10th Doctor: One of them is a Zygon.
11th Doctor: Urgh. I’m not judging you.

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War Doctor: You’re me? Both of you?
10th Doctor: Yep.
War Doctor: Even that one?
11th Doctor: Yes!
War Doctor: You’re my future selves?
10th & 11th Doctor: Yes!
War Doctor: Am I having a midlife crisis? Why are you pointing your screwdrivers like that? They’re scientific instruments, not water pistols.

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Clara: Hang on. Three of you in one cell, and none of you thought to try the door?

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10th Doctor: Ow! The desktop is glitching.
War Doctor: Three of us from different time zones. It’s trying to compensate.
11th Doctor: Hey, look. The round things.
10th Doctor: I love the round things.
11th Doctor: What are the round things?
10th Doctor: No idea.

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11th Doctor: Alien technology plus human stupidity. Trust me, it’s unbeatable.

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11th Doctor: Hello, hello, Gallifrey High Command, this is the Doctor speaking.
10th Doctor: Hello! Also the Doctor. Can you hear me?
War Doctor: Also the Doctor, standing ready.
GENERAL: Dear God, three of them. All my worst nightmares at once.

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General: I didn’t know when I was well off. All twelve of them!
12th Doctor: No, sir. All thirteen!

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11th Doctor: I could be a curator. I’d be great at curating. I’d be the Great Curator. I could retire and do that. I could retire and be the curator of this place.
Curator (elderly 4th Doctor): You know, I really think you might.
11th Doctor: I never forget a face.
Curator (elderly 4th Doctor): I know you don’t. And in years to come, you might find yourself revisiting a few. But just the old favourites, eh?

Final Verdict: 5 Stars, could it have been a better 50th anniversary episode? Yes. Was it not as good as the fiveish Doctors? Yes. but is it a spectacular story in it’s own right? Without a question.

Ranking of Season 1st of 16 Frankly if it wasn’t the BEST episode of the season it would be a failure.

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. Cold War
12. A Town Called Mercy
13. Asylum of the Daleks
14. The Rings of Akhaten
15. Hide
16. The Angels Take Manhattan

Ranking in Matt Smith Era to this point (top 10 shown) 1st but again if a multi doctor story that’s the 50th anniversary isn’t the best of the era it would almost be a failure

1. Day of the Doctor
2. The Bells of St. John
3. Let’s Kill Hitler
4. The Girl who waited
5. The Doctor’s Wife
6. The Pandorica Opens
7. A Good Man Goes to War
8. The Eleventh Hour
9. The Big Bang
10. The Crimson Horror

Summary:  Can the forgotten heroes of ages past gain their rightful due?

 

Plot:  Peter Davison , Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy find themselves getting more and more concerned as the filming dates for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special comes ever closed ad they’re not called.    Their repeated calls to Stephen Moffat offices go unanswered and they are driving their families up the wall.  Finally with time running short they decide along  to act with Paul McGann (schedule permitting) to do something about it as Tom Baker is caught in a time eddy.  But if they can’t get Stephen Moffat  to change his minds can they someone sneak onto the set and get themselves in the episode without getting caught and thrown off the set?

 

Writing:  Peter Davison story is simply fantastic poking fun at all the idioms of both Doctor Who and the fleeting attention of fame.  The genius of the story is that while Doctor Who fans   a person who has never seen the show can easily understand the plot and the comedy.  It both respects and lampoons all the people involved.   The perspective of dealing with the fans on a daily basis really make a huge difference

 

Acting:   Davison Baker and McCoy all pull it off brilliantly McGann in a smaller role work very well.  John Barrowman who was also disappointed in not making the 50th has a great atypical part.  The number of cameos from not only those involved in the show but the  great and famous from Olivia Colman to Peter Jackson are all excellent but my favorites are the families particular  Colin Baker wife who is just hilarious.  Russell T Davies & Steven Moffat

Anniversary:  Do I really have to say it?

 

Great Moments:  The Dream sequence, playing with toys,  don’t tell anyone, celery and ice cream, I’ve locked all the doors,  Autographs That’s the making of Documentary,  Russell’s call.

 

Oddities:    If you look at the Shroud Scene in this picture and in the actual special they sure look alike, (and one of the shrouded Zygons in the actual special is suspiciously short.)

 

Pet Peeves:   Why are John Barrowman CD’s legal tender to get into the Doctor Who Experience?

 

Great Quote(s)

Jenna Louise Colman:  You were always my mon’s favorite…pause, camera moves forward then back to her  You were always my favorite

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Janet Fielding: Your dreaming Pete, they’re not going to call you Pete, They don’t want you Pete, they don’t want any of you Pete, Get up and walk the dog.

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Colin Baker: Oh you’re in the hobbit I didn’t know

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Peter Davison: this is not some flash in the pan 500 million dollars picture, this is important!

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Final Verdict:  Five Stars and easily of the 4 50th anniversary specials including the big finish , the Night of the Doctor and the Day of the Doctor the best of the batch.  Simply

If we were to rank this in the Doctor who specials of the Matt smith Era, it would be first.

We really can’t rank this as a Doctor Who episode but If we were to rank this in the Doctor Who episodes of the Matt Smith Era it would be 1st.  If I did rank it as an episode in the Matt Smith era it would be just behind Let’s Kill Hitler at 3rd.

Oh just watch it now

auntie matterMy Review of the 4th Doctor Big Finish Episode The Auntie Matter Staring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Mary Tamm as Romana #1 is available at Amazon.com here

It really drives home the loss from Tom Baker not joining up with Big Finish right at the start.

You can get these and other great Big Finish Doctor Who Videos in the US at Mike’s Comics

The BBC has made a concerted effort this year to push Doctor Who in America. One of the things that might confuse people are the different faces.

Doctor Who has been around almost as long as I have. The First episode premiered just six months after I was born. The series the actor in the lead role William Hartnell was an elderly man and when it became plain that he couldn’t continue the brilliant idea of having the Doctor “regenerate” into a totally new body (and a new personality) came up.

Each doctor is the same man, with the same memories, but with a different appearance and personality.

So to those of my readers who are not familiar with the history of the Doctor Who here is the complete history of Regeneration from Daily Motion via user regenerating Tardis who did a marvelous job putting it together (sorry about the ads they come with the package).


Regenerations: An Extened Look – Part 1 by RegeneratingTardis

The second set of regenerations 4-6


Regenerations: An Extened Look – Part 2 by RegeneratingTardis

These videos were first put on YouTube but were blocked there all except for this one which was ironically blocked by Daily Motion

And this last one brings you up to date:


Regenerations: An Extened Look – Part FNARG… by RegeneratingTardis

If that doesn’t get you interested in the series I don’t know what will.

4 days short of the start of Season 6 of the New Doctor Who. Some crushing news for fans of Doctor Who:

Sladen had been suffering from cancer, BBC entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba said. It had not been widely known that the actress was in ill health.

He said: “She was one of the most popular Doctor Who companions of all time, and one of the people who managed to do both old Doctor Who and Doctor Who when it came back.”

She has been active in the Doctor Who series since 1973 staring opposite the 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee, Stayed on two years with Tom Baker, appeared with the 5 doctors special with 5th Doctor Peter Davidson, Appeared in audio adventures for Big Finish (including Zagreus with the 8th Doctor) and in the Dimensions in Time Special along with Doctors 3-7, Came back triumphantly in the Second Series of the New doctor Who series appearing 4 times with David Tennant, and during the run of her current series the Sarah Jane Adventures appeared opposite both Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier) Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and 11th Doctor Matt Smith. If she had lived there is no doubt the series would have continued as long as she did.

No person has been more closely associated with the series or more universally loved by fans of the show. Tens of millions will mourn her.

Update: At Big Finish Nick Briggs reveals that she was going to be doing new audio adventures with Tom Baker at Big Finish if she had lived, how wonderful those would have been.

You know it when you dream that your wife has taken you to a shop that specializes in Doctor Who stuff and in the dream the owner hands you a 14 foot Tom Baker Scarf and you wake up just as he hands it to you and am about to put it on!

You would think at age 47 I wouldn’t wake up with a huge smile at that point but I did. Sometimes I think men at heart never stop being kids. (The proof is yesterday my youngest got the Complete Three Stooges Yesterday and when he went to call his 55-year-old uncle to tell him his delight that same uncle shared his own delight at the very same gift!)

Speaking of which don’t think we didn’t notice that during yesterday’s Doctor Who Christmas special A Christmas Carol (which BBC America sneakily put on at the same time as my show, so I had to watch the steam online several hours earlier) that the little kid was wearing a Baker scarf at one point given to him by the 11th Doctor.

Other than the opening which makes Christmas simply the “winter solstice” (consist with the praying to Santa nonsense in The Eleventh Hour and the ignoring of the consequences of non-timelords meeting themselves in a time-line (Maudwin Undead) it was a cute sentimental story that is very enjoyable.

However I didn’t find it timeless, I have a nasty feeling that Steven Moffat is stuck on the same gimmick and can’t get off of it. You will like it but will you want to watch it again and again?

There’s the rub.

I will likely pre-order the boxed set from Mike’s comics but I have this comment to make. You should give them a ring concerning the new episodes The cover art is a vast improvement over the last set.

Demon Quest vol 1 of 5

Anyways I’d drop an e-mail to Mike’s comics right away if you don’t want to wait for boxed stuff.