I Like Your Wheels—Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut (1).

Previously on Doctor WhoA Christmas Carol.


Ooh, this is good. This is extremely very good. Almost entirely too good, if I’m honest. Because the Doctor is dead. Of course, before he kicks the bucket, he spends nearly 200 years being deliberately ridiculous, as Amy calls it: he lets a lovely lady paint a portrait of him, almost-naked, hides under her voluminous skirt, completely naked, gets taken prisoner, escapes, and appears in a Hardy and Laurel movie; all to make sure he shows up in some history books that Amy and Rory end up reading. He even goes and does ‘Jim the Fish’ with River, knowing full well he’s going to die. That is cold, Doctor.

You know, this isn’t nearly as bad as it looks.

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Just a quick note:

Yes, there is a snippet of the Ninth/Tenth Doctors’ coral TARDIS theme and console in the trailer for Series 6.

However, the guy on the right is NOT David Tennant, it’s Rory (with Amy). You can tell by his facial structure and clothes (and her flaming red hair).

Although I have absolutely no bloody idea HOW that TARDIS theme is going to come back, and how the companions, and perhaps the Doctor end up in there—no, I don’t think either David Tennant or Christopher Eccleston will be back. AND IT’S BETTER THAT WAY. Rory, Amy, and Eleven might end up in the old TARDIS while whatever Doctor’s responsible for it at the time is out, saving the universe. And perhaps he wouldn’t even notice they were there–no damage done, probably, and the TARDIS doesn’t always tell him everything, which could be why Eleven doesn’t know this is going to happen; and we certainly don’t know, because this is one of “the bits in between.”

The strands of golden light might be regeneration energy, they might be a force field, they might be strands of the Time Vortex… could be many things. And I think that that’s a Dalek right slap-bang in the middle of it, but I can’t be sure.

The Tension Is Palpable.

Last night, two things were revealed by the BBC:

A prequel to the first episode of Series 6, The Impossible Astronaut, and an “iconic image,” downloadable as a 16×9 or 4×3 wallpaper.

The image:

The prequel:

No, I’m not scared out of my pants. Not at all, why would you think that? Because I’m currently hiding my face in the collar of my jumper, you say? Or because, last night, when I watched this, I was alone in my almost entirely dark room, and so I shrieked like the sissy that I am when the camera cut around to that thing that is presumably the Silence, or a representation of it?

Pah, trifles.

Anyway. Am I just confused or is that Nixon? He sounds like him, and he looks like him. If so, it’s a nice jab that Moffat paired a taped voice with that old kink he has that’s terrified us ever since The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances—creepy little children calling phones they shouldn’t be able to. Also:

There are no monsters in the Oval Office.

Political commentary, Steven? Why, yes, Doctor Who has a tradition of bringing down the government.

Better a Broken Heart Than No Heart–Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol.

Previously on Doctor WhoThe Big Bang.

This is it. This is what we’ve been waiting for. That gorgeous dose of Doctor Who after six months of tittering behind our napkins in the aftermath of The Big Bang. The Christmas Special and the trailer for Series 6.

And goodness, hasn’t Steven Moffat blown my mind. Again. Please excuse me and hit the jump to get to the spoilers while I scrape my brain from the walls of my room, I’ll be right with you.

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Curse You, Moffat! *shakes fist*

Disclaimer: All cursing Moffat and shaking fists at him comes from a place of love. It’s affectionate exasperation, Whovians. No need for hissy fits.

But on with the blind, unreasoning rage: What? … What? … WHAT?!

Yes, exactly. The BBC have announced they’re going to split transmission of Doctor Who into spring and autumn screenings.

Read the full press release while I try to summon my brain from the various places in my room it has scattered to.

Right, so.

Steven Moffat said: “The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!”

Yaaaay, I’m gonna have two heart attacks! No, seriously, he’s right. The waits won’t be that long, and if the episodes are as good as he promises, then it’s gonna be well worth it. Besides: Behold the awesomeness—second part of Doctor Who and the recently recommissioned Sherlock, possibly on telly at about the same time in Autumn 2011. Catch me, I’m swooning!

[Of course they do it for the ratings, too, but with Moffat involved, it is going to have artistic benefit! It should have, anyway. It better have!]

UPDATE: See this interview with Steven Moffat, which the Guardian put up on its website today.

“That’s when everything changes [for the Doctor, Amy, and Rory].”

A-HA! Rory’s still there, at least for the first half, and: that’s when everything changes? I smell River Song!