Posted in Film, Science Fiction

New Doctor once more.

As the rumour mill start to grind again, I will simply repeat my observation that Peter Dinkalge should be the new Doctor Who.

Maybe someone out there connected to casting my see it? Maybe it will get passed on to the right people? Maybe it might come true.

Maybe?

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Posted in General, Science Fiction

The Return of the Doctor…

We have had the day of the Doctor, the Name of the Doctor and the Time of the Doctor. Soon we will have the return of the Doctor. Yes I for one am eagerly anticipating Peter Capaldi’s take on the role.

And there have been some interesting rumours about what is to come. More on this in a bit. While thinking about all this though I came to a sudden realisation.  There has been a subtle decline in the series lately. Or maybe it was not so subtle and I was just blind to it. Who knows?

The decline I mean is that some of the gravitas of the Doctor has been replaced by humour. There is an excellent example of this with the Daleks. In the last episode we see the Doctor accidentally dropped into a Dalek ship whilst carrying a part of one he has obviously previously defeated.  He makes a quip and a quick getaway. Returns to chide his cyber man pet and then appears to disregard the fact their is a Dalek ship there!

Think way back to Dalek – when Christopher Ecclestone’s Doctor encounters a lone Dalek. A captive and helpless Dalek. His reaction is not humour or running away. It is fear. Utter fear and dread, And by this time we had to realise that despite appearances the Doctor was a formidable opponent to cross. Therefore anything that scares him must he worth fearing.

More than anything else it was that reaction and the superb way it was acted that made the Daleks scary again.

Now, by the Moffat/Smith era they are nothing more than the foil of some throwaway jokes. They are not scary anymore, making the whole concept of the time war etc. a lot less horrific in the process.

So where does that leave us?

One of the rumours I have heard is that the next series will have less humour and be darker. But how  many times have we heard that? Still I remain optimistic that Peter Capaldi can bring the right gravitas to actually achieve this.

Which brings me to the other rumour doing the rounds.  The Master will be making a return this season. And it won’t be John Sim playing him. In fact they want a heavyweight Hollywood actor.

This is more promising.

It gets better! Top of the wanted list (and in rumoured to have already been cast) is Charles Dance!

Now that is a prospect to salivate over. Dance’s Master up against Capaldi’s Doctor.

And to top it all it would tie in beautifully with my own personal master plan i. e. to get Peter Dinklage as the 13th Doctor!

Posted in Fantasy Fiction, General, Science Fiction

Peter Dinklage – an Idea….

I have just finished season two of Game and Thrones and I want to talk about one actor in particular – don’t worry no spoilers!

In a series packed with good writing, good directing, and good performances his is, for me, the stand-out performance of the show.

One of his early roles was in “Living in Oblivion” where he played a dwarf actor frustrated with the limited and two-dimensional roles he kept being offered. A feeling he must have been all too familiar with.

So the role of Tyrion Lannister must have been a godsend. A role to get your teeth into.

Even so  – it still could easily have come off like a pantomime role. Another, lesser actor, could have said all the same lines in the same situations and it would have been a comedy part with no depth.

Not so with Peter Dinklage. He has given the character real depth and humanity. You can see the fierce intelligence battling with his humour and situation. His basically good morals fighting with his lusts and passions. His expressions and eyes do most of the work.

There is a scene where he is trying to win an important argument. His opponent says –

“Oh you think you are so clever with your scheme and plots!”

In a look that lasts only a millisecond or two you see him fighting with his urge to correct her. Don’t get distracted – you can almost hear his mind screaming, stick to the point. He fails.

“Schemes and plots are the same thing.

He quickly moves on to his point.

Brilliant!

Anyway – while I was contemplating all this a sudden thought struck me.  Maybe it is  almost sacrilegious to think about this seeing as the current incumbent has not even started yet (and I am excited about that too) but when he inevitably hangs up his coat how about this?

Peter Dinklage – as Doctor Who!

Posted in General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Poem a day challenge #68 (Time Cycle)

Time Cycle

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Time and time again
So it is out with the new
In with the older

Get the previous ones here
http://wp.me/P3kG6h-bb

Posted in General

New Dr to be announced this Sunday

Dr Who Experience
Dr Who Experience (Photo credit: williamsdb)

If they choose the current front runner –  Peter Capaldi I would be quite excited. It would be a good shift in direction I think. Perhaps an older somewhat in the mould of the Peter Cushing version?

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Father’s Day

Well after the spending yesterday stressed in shops and garages (and watching naked bike rides!) we were determined to have a more relaxed day today.

It started as I woke to find Alexander (who woke up hours before us) had collected all his soft toys and stacked them on me! He had also managed to sneak downstairs without us!

So we got up and popped over to My parents to drop of my dads card, Were supposed to pop in very quickly but ended up having Sunday lunch.

We then went to Herne Bay Football club where they were having a sci-fi event. It was great, lots of Daleks, Cybermen, Stormtroopers, Several Darth Vaders (including some in the live band) and a real Doctor Who, Colin Baker! What did Alexander run straight to. Bouncy Castles!

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We then  headed over to Tankerton slopes where there was a fun fair and we met up with Rachel’s parents to drop off her dad’s card. Alexander went on more rides and … bouncy castles.

Well at least he should sleep well tonight.

Posted in General

Catch up

Haven’t blogged much over the last week, a combination of a bad eye infection and being totally busy.

Had a good night out with old friends and work colleagues from Migrant Helpline.

It was quite a quiet weekend. We took Alexander out to Kearsney Abbey where he had a great time running around and exploring. We came back and watched the Season Finale of Doctor Who which had the best reveal for a long time.

John Hurt! Great!

We swapped the blu ray player which was indeed faulty and got a new more basic one. So now need to get a HD freesat receiver- preferably with internet access. When I have some spare cash. Hah!

At least it means I finally got to see the Hobbit. Which was a lot better than I was expecting.

Well eye are still sore so will write more later on.

Posted in General

Who is Clara?

I have only managed to half watch the latest series of Doctor Who while other Chaos is going on around me. But..

I think Clara is the Doctor’s first wife/lover. The mother of his daughter, grandmother to Susan. This explains why she keeps appearing as a “nanny”. She looks after children to replace the one she has lost.

In the Episode “Hide” he gave a long speech about the two “monsters” who were actually lovers separated in time and space, calling out to each other. All while he had his arm around Clara.

And she is very Timelord like in her speech and mannerisms.Though she obviously can’t remember being a Timelord.

Also, it is well documented that the Doctor is running away from something – we do not not why – or why he left Gallifrey. And Clara keeps saying?

“Run, you clever boy.”

So I think that for some reason he was forced to run leaving behind Clara and fleeing with his granddaughter.

Could be the “revelation in the 50th anniversary episode?”

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New Supes and Dr Who

Saw the new trailer for Man of Steel today. Still not sure about it. I like the fact that it’s a complete break from the old films – not even a hint of John Williams – and the whole look is good. I like that Henry Cavill looks quite a bit different from previous incarnations.

It is just that I think they may have missed the point again. Not being nostalgic but no one has yet matched Christopher Reeves. And I have a theory why. They have all looked too young.

This seems to be a tendency in everything lately, as the heroes get younger and younger – but I think it doesn’t really work with Superman. I think the story tellers are missing one of the main appeals of the character. His strength.

I don’t just mean his “super strength” but his other strengths. His steadfastness, his reliability, his standing against injustice. All of which make him a bit old fashioned in modern story telling terms, Even a bit unsympathetic (seems all modern characters must have deep flaws for us to relate to them).

So who does that represent in most of our lives. Someone, strong, reliable a bit old fashioned, slightly distant but always there.

Our fathers! That is why I think Christopher Reeve’s version worked. He had that fatherly quality about him.

I can’t really see that in Henry Cavill – at least not in the brief trailers etc.

Still Superman is the ultimate story of adoption.

I also was looking at Dr Who images today fo the upcoming episode (journey to the centre of the Tardis). Noticed a book in one of the images. The History of the time War!

I was thinking about the fact that they revealed the season Finale will be called The Name of the Doctor, and that Steven Moffat had said he was going to reveal the Doctor’s biggest Secret! So will his name be Derek?

I am sure they won’t reveal his name – there’s none that would be satisfying.

However there is also the myth that the Doctor is more than just a Timelord. And I came across an article about the Matrix – a Timelord artefact’s that stores all the experiences of all the timelords in it as well as all their knowledge.

What if the Doctor were really a personification of the Matrix? He said once that he and the Master were practically the same person. That could explain it.

We’ll see.