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August 1st, 2014
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August has special Doctor Who nostalgia to me personally. Not only is this the month where I will be watching my first ever Doctor Who series premiere, but August 3rd of last year is when I watched my first ever episode of Doctor Who, “Rose”. I would say that it’s a bit strange that I remember the exact date, but then again it’s safe to say that I’m officially obsessed with this show, and it’s no surprise that I remember petty details such as the exact date I watched my first episode.

Although I have only been a fan for a short while, I am still overcome with as much excitement for series eight as any other long time fan. My favorite series so far is definitely series two of the revived series, so I am looking forward to there being multiple companions again. Rose, Jack, and The Tenth Doctor were the perfect “Team TARDIS” in my opinion, and I’m looking forward to seeing if Danny, Clara, and The Twelfth Doctor will be just as amazing! (Or maybe better!) I was a bit late to the chase with series seven, but I did manage to catch the worldwide premier of “The Day of the Doctor” and the United States premier of “The Time of The Doctor”. I wouldn’t consider this a “tradition”, but with both premiers I put on my favorite TARDIS shirt and snuck away to the peace and silence of my basement. Being the only Whovian you know can lead to locking yourself in dark rooms in order to escape multiple questions you still aren’t entirely sure how to answer. (Such as any question having anything to do with “The Pandorica Opens”). The premier of “The Clock Strikes Twelve” may be a different experience for me though, as I have successfully gotten one of my closest friends obsessed with the show too. I having been getting midnight texts saying things such as “That did not just happen!” or “Did they really just die!”. Although I’m excited that I’m finally not alone in this amazing obsession, I’m afraid to see how they are going to handle “Journey’s End”. If they are anything like me then I’m going to feel awfully bad for inviting them onto this rollercoaster of emotions.

It is a bit of a challenge to say exactly what I am expecting or hoping for in the upcoming series. Mostly because I am hoping to be surprised. It has been leaked that The Master will be returning, but the question is how is he returning? I am sincerely hoping that his return is completely unexpected like it was in “Utopia” when he turned out to be the scientist who was building the rocket all along. Although, if I am expecting the unexpected, then I will be expecting the unexpected to happen, then it won’t be unexpected. It looks like I’m having a real life paradox right now, but nevermind that. It also is no secret that The Daleks will be returning this series, since they did appear in an official series eight trailer with over one million views on Youtube. I would like to see some traditional Dalek episodes where they basically try to destroy Earth, but I would also like to see an episode where an unexpected turn of events takes place such as “Daleks In Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks” where the current leader of The Daleks, Dalek Sec, turned into a half Dalek, half Human hybrid and tried to change The Dalek race for the better! I also am hoping to see episodes with original storylines and new alien species. Almost everyone loves a good Dalek episode, but the reason why I personally love Doctor Who is because of the creativity and brilliance of the alien races and brand new worlds that the creators come up with. I honestly think that what I am hoping for in the upcoming series is what all whovians are hoping for. It is a well-known fact that current show-runner, Steven Moffat, has been a huge fan of the show since he was young, and I’m hoping that all of his ideas really reflect what fellow whovians want to see. Many whovians are not fans of some of the episodes that he has written such as “The Girl in the Fireplace” or “The Time of the Doctor”, but almost every Whovian who I know in real life and on the blogging website, Tumblr, loved the 50th Anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”. All we can do is hope that all of series eight is just as great as that one episode.

It is becoming strange to think that after over half a year of not having any new episodes, a whole new series is quickly approaching. Since December I have been struggling to fill my craving for new episodes by trying to find new shows to watch, or by becoming a writer for a popular fan website. Although I have been managing to keep myself entertained during the hiatus, I can not even start to explain how excited I am to watch my first full series as it premiers to the rest of the world (Well, at least the United States premier. Those of you who live in the UK are lucky).

Basically what this new series means to me is that for the first time in a while I will be able to escape the stress of everyday life for just a small amount of time every week to watch my favorite show. I admit that my life isn’t all that stressful, but it feels good to be able to sit down and watch brilliant stories come to life on my television screen every once in a while. Although I do have a good amount of hopes and expectations for the upcoming series, whatever the show creators decide to do is fine by me. I am honestly just overcome with joy that my favorite show in this universe is finally returning. Hopefully this will be one of the best series so far, and every whovain young and old will enjoy watching exactly what they waited so long to see.

July 1st, 2014
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Visible microphones, badly drawn backdrops, completely human-looking aliens, and the occasional sighting of a background crew member are common occurrences in the early days of Doctor Who. Not to mention that everything was in black and white. Many new whovians don’t watch The First Doctor’s episodes because of these reasons. They have no idea what amazing stories and adventures they are missing. In my opinion, The Keys of Marinus is one of the greatest episodes of Doctor Who ever. It is also the fifth Doctor Who episode ever to air.

Keep in mind that this article will have a few spoilers about what happens in this episode, but I will leave out enough information that you will be able to enjoy it yourself if you so choose.

The episode starts out when the TARDIS appears on a the beach of distant planet. Ian, Barbara, Susan, and The Doctor step out of the TARDIS and onto the beach. Everything seems normal at first, but they soon realize that this is not a normal beach. They also soon find man-made suits and vehicles alluding that they are not alone. At one point Susan goes back to the TARDIS, but when she comes out she sees footprints leading to a tall structure. She follows the footprints without telling the others where she is going. Concerned about where Susan is, the others also head towards the structure too. Ian, Barbara, and The Doctor then split up to find Susan. Little do they know that she had accidentally activated a hidden door. One-by-one each of them fall through a door, leaving the others to wonder where they have gone.

This is probably one of my favorite scenes in Doctor Who. Not only because it is amusing to watch Ian and Barbara wonder where Susan and The Doctor have gone, but this is also probably one of the worst edited scenes in all of Doctor Who. There are mic shadows in almost every shot, the backdrop looks faker than a $5 spray tan, and you can see visible crew members turning the doors that are supposedly accidentally opened. This should probably make me like the episode less, but instead it makes me love it more. This just shows that you don’t need fancy CGI or special effects to make a great show. This gives hope to aspiring film and TV show directors who may not have the budget they are looking for. Plus it’s always a good laugh when an alien or two looks completely fake.

After Barbara, Susan, and The Doctor accidentally enter the building they are taken as prisoners, but Ian continues to walk around. Suddenly he sees a man in a dark suit similar to one they found on the beach. He is attacking a man in what looks like some form of formal robes. Ian saves the man in the robes who lets Barbara, Susan, and The Doctor free in return. He then tells them all about how he needs them to retrieve keys for his invention to work so he can stop the enemies who attacked him. They originally decline his request, but are forced to accept it when he takes away their access to the TARDIS. The first serial ends when all three companions and The Doctor are given watches that allow them to travel to the location where the keys are hidden. Barbara travels before everyone else, and when they arrive they find her watch on the ground, with blood on it.

This is a great example of a Classic Doctor Who cliffhanger. Almost every serial ended with a cliffhanger that would immediately prove to be no big deal the following week. Although these cliffhangers can be extremely irritating if you do not have access to the next serial right away, they were a great way to get the audience excited for next week’s episode.

The next serial begins the exciting adventure to find the keys of Marinus. Like I stated before, I do not want to spoil this episode too much, but I will tell you that to retrieve all four keys Ian, Susan, Barbara, and The Doctor must overcome a deadly mind control, withstand freezing temperatures, escape a living jungle, prove themselves innocent of a crime they did not commit, and craftily defeat a fierce enemy. They make new allies and enemies along the way, and in the end they make a narrow escape from a powerful explosion. The whole episode is basically one form of excitement after another. Each serial feels unique, and even though The Keys of Marinus is over two hours long, it definitely doesn’t feel dragged out.

The reason why this is my favorite episode of Doctor Who is because it feels like more like a movie than a television show. If someone made a movie using this exact plot, only different characters, it would be a blockbuster hit. This episode is over two and a half hours of nonstop entertainment. The reason why the classic episodes of Doctor Who were so much longer is because they explained more. The episodes of today are about 45 minutes long, while the episodes back then were usually four 25 minute serials (1 hour and 40 minutes long). The Keys of Marinus was even longer with six serials! This either made the classic episodes incredibly boring, or incredibly entertaining. In modern day Doctor Who, we all know that The Doctor talks fast, and every scene has some kind of fast paced action. Classic Doctor Who really makes sure you understand what is going on. There were no episodes with confusing pandoricas or tangled up plot lines. This really allows you to enjoy the whole episode without wishing it was longer. Sometimes when I watch one of The Tenth or Eleventh Doctor’s episodes I often wish the episode was longer, and that they explained more. I felt like The Keys of Marinus was carried on enough that you were never confused, but you also didn’t feel like you were getting too much information, and not enough action.

I hope that one day more New Who fans will take a chance and watch the amazing episodes of Classic Who. They really have no idea about what their missing.

Editorial written by Nicole Gormey

June 1st, 2014
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Is The Doctor a good role model? Most of Doctor Who’s younger audience watches the new series from 2005 to current day. So the doctors in seasons one through seven have the most impact on kids today. Is The Doctor a good role model for teenagers who are about to make important life decisions? To answer that question we’ll have to take a look at how the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctor dealt with the challenges they faced in each season.

In the first episode of the new series “Rose”, we are first introduced to The Ninth Doctor when he risks his own life to save Rose from evil plastic, yay! Well maybe not yay. For the rest of the episode he pushes Rose away when she is only trying to help him. In the end he does open up and ask her to come with him, but takes her away from her family and boyfriend. The rest of season one involves him almost killing Rose in the distant future, almost killing Rose in the distant past, almost killing Rose in modern day, and almost killing Rose in front of herself as an infant. At this point it looks bad for The Doctor. Well, that is until you look at the fact that during all of Season One, he does nothing but help people. He risks his life to save others in almost every episode. In “Father’s” day he jumps in front of a group of people to save them even though he risks his own life in the process. He also risks his life again in “The Parting of Ways” when he sends Rose away on the Tardis to attempt to protect future Earth from the Daleks. He also saves people in pretty much every episode. Although The Doctor does almost kill Rose in every episode of season one. He always does the right thing, and even ends up dying to save Rose. The Ninth Doctor is definitely a good role model. In my personal grading scale, I give him a 9/10 on his role model quality.

This is where things get a bit more complicated. The Tenth Doctor was born out of the act of selflessness, but does that trait carry on with him during his tenth incarnation? Season two was full of love, happiness, and victorious triumphs. Well except for the fact that The Doctor met an old companion who traveled with him for a huge part of her life, and had thought for over twenty years that he was dead. What did he do? He pretended that had no idea who she was. Well, on his defense it was Sarah Jane. She was bound to figure out it was him eventually. She traveled with him for three years. The Doctor also ditched Rose to go and party in renaissance France for over 5 hours. All-in-all during series two The Doctor was a decent role model. I give him a 7/10 on role model quality.

This is where things turned bad. Rose is gone so let’s ruin Martha’s whole experience on the Tardis, and eventually make her leave. Season three is a bit painful to watch. In almost every episode The Doctor starts sulking because Rose is gone. Martha is one of the most brilliant companions he’s ever had, and he pushed her away. In this season he did save people, and help solve problems no one else could, but that doesn’t make up for the way he treated Martha. The Tenth Doctor was a pretty bad role model in season three, but he still taught the younger audience that you should always do the right thing, and don’t forget those that you loved. I give The Doctor season three gets a 4/10 on his role model quality. Yes, in my opinion he treated her that bad.

It’s time for Donna! Everybody loves Donna. She is Sassy, funny, and brings The Doctor out of his Rose depression. In this season he causes Pompeii’s volcano explosion to happen, but that’s just about the worst thing he did, and that was to save all of mankind and possibly the Universe. This season is all about saving those who need you the most, saving people even though they weren’t so nice to you, and of course an amazing friendship! The Doctor also finds a way to literally “save” his future wife. In the end he does what is best for Donna even though she doesn’t like it. He also does what is best for Rose even though neither of them like it. Basically The Doctor was a great Role Model in Season Four. I give him a 10/10 on his role model quality.

Season Four specials were a bit of a different story. His actions like the “Time Lord victorious” had good intents, but ended up being a failure. “The Waters of Mars” over all was a pretty depressing episode. Not to mention it was kind of scary. The Doctor did try to save everyone, so he does get some points for that. Season four specials were basically The Doctor trying not to die. Spoilers, he dies. In the end he ends up once again sacrificing himself for someone he cares about. He has a horrible attitude while doing though. Instead of saying “Wilfred, you are my friend of course I’ll save you!” he’s screams “I can do so much more!” and has a bit of a temper tantrum. After that he tells Wilfred that “it’s an honor to die for him”, but that doesn’t make up for his temper tantrum. In the end he helped all of his companions he had during his tenth incarnation. He even ended up saving some of their lives. The Doctor was a pretty good role model in season four specials, but he was also really depressing. The Doctor in season four specials gets an 8.5/10. He was still a good role model, but not quite as good as season four. In all the Tenth Doctor gets a 7.5/10. He was a decent role model, but far from the best.

Season Five started off with The Eleventh Doctor telling a little girl he’d be back in five minutes, then leaving for twelve whole years. He then says he’ll be right back and returns another whole two years later. Oh, and let’s not forget when he told his companion’s fiancé that he kissed her. He then let her fiancé get wiped out of existence. Poor Rory. In the end of the season he once again sacrificed himself for his companions and future wife. If Amy didn’t remember him then he would have had never existed. Like usual in season five The Doctor saved tons of people, and even a star whale. He also attempted to change Vincent Van Gogh’s future by showing him how much people will love him one day. “Vincent and The Doctor” was one of the most emotional episodes of New Who. The Eleventh Doctor did have some moments in Season Five where you may think he’s a really bad role model, but he truly was a wonderful person that everyone should strive to be. He put himself first, and tried to change history just to save Vincent’s life. I give The Doctor in season five a 9/10 on his role model quality.

Season Six starts out with “A Christmas Carol” this is personally one of my favorite episodes. In this episode The Doctor travels back in time every year on Christmas to help make an old man’s life better. He also saves 4,000 people from dying in a space liner crash. In this season The Doctor takes Rory and Amy back to Earth to save them before they are end up killed while traveling with him. He also makes sure to check up on one old friend, Craig, before it’s too late. There are not many points in Season Six when The Doctor is a bad influence. In this season he pretty much always does the right thing. The Doctor in season six gets a 9.5/10 on his role model quality.

Last but not least, we have season seven. Part A of season seven was short, yet heart breaking for some viewers. In these five episodes The Doctor of course tries to always do the right thing and help everyone. Except, in the first episode of the season, “Asylum of The Daleks”, when he finds out that the girl who helped him was really a Dalek. Instead of saving her he just left her to die. I’m not saying that Oswin should have become a companion, but he at least could have brought her to safety before the planet exploded. He also ends up ditching Amy and Rory in “Power of Three” when he has to leave them on their own just because he can’t stand to be in one place for too long. He’s like the universe’s oldest three year old. Things go rapidly downhill after “The Angels Take Manhattan”. After Amy and Rory were sent to a time The Doctor couldn’t reach he became depressed for a hundred or so years. He ended up making his friends go out of their ways just to help him. Luckily a girl named Clara gets him out of his slump before she sadly dies. It turns out that there is another Clara in the future! In the second part of season seven The Doctor and Clara travel space and time together. The save tons of people together and even take the kids that Clara is babysitting on the best field trip ever. They do almost get killed, but they got to fly in an antigravity ride. I would almost die any day if it meant I could go on an antigravity ride in the middle of a giant amusement park. In the end, The Eleventh Doctor spends what he thinks is the last 600 years of his last life protecting a small town called Trenzalore. He does end up being kind of rude to Clara, but it was for her benefit. If she has stayed with him she would have died, and if he hadn’t stayed then a whole town would have died. The Doctor was a bit of a bad role model towards the middle of season seven, but he did the right thing in the end. The Doctor in season seven gets an 8.5/10 on his role model quality.

So is he a good or bad role model? If you take the average of all of my personal ratings I gave him he gets a (drumroll please) 9.35/10! That’s would equal an A on a school grading scale. Based on how The Doctor acted in seasons one through seven, I would say that he is a good role model. He does have some scenes where he could be considered a bad influence, but in all he is a pretty good role model. He almost always does the right thing and he always puts his friends first. I believe that if we all make The Doctor our role model that the world would be a better place.

Editorial written by Nicole Gormey

May 1st, 2014
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Is three a crowd? The First Doctor definitely didn’t think so. In the first ever Doctor Who episode; An Unearthly Child he took not one, but two completely ordinary British teachers with him to explore the wonders of all of space and time. He seems to be repeating himself because The Doctor’s latest companion, Clara Oswald, is also a teacher. Up until now, The Doctor and her have been a dynamic duo, but that is about to change. Danny Pink, one of Clara’s fellow teachers, is about to join Team TARDIS. How will this affect Clara’s relationship with The Doctor? Will one of the companions just become nothing more than a Tin Dog? The truth is no one knows what the show runners have in store for Season Eight, but based off what took place in past seasons, I have three theories about what could happen when Danny becomes a companion.

Clara and Danny could turn into a couple. For a while it looked like her and Eleven had some chemistry. He appeared to have a thing for her, and it was obvious that she liked him, but after the Time of The Doctor things are looking shaky. Not to mention his appearance aged twenty years. Just imagine, “Look mum and dad, my Scottish boyfriend now looks like a different person and is your age”. I think they would get just a bit concerned. Perhaps she decided to move on, and started to go out with Danny. If that’s so then they could turn out to be like Amy and Rory. A couple that is best friends with the doctor, and adventure through time and space together! Although that would be awesome, the Ponds didn’t leave the Tardis all that long ago, and the show runners wouldn’t have almost the same exact type of companions twice in a row, or would they?

There is also the chance that someone could become a third wheel, or as I like to say, a Tin Dog. Back in Seasons one and two, Rose ditched Mickey for the Doctor, and he felt so left out by them that he stayed in a parallel universe without much hesitation, not thinking he would ever see Rose and the Tardis again. Danny could develop feelings for Clara, but she could still fancy The Doctor. When Martha Jones had a crush on the tenth doctor and he didn’t have mutual feelings drama escalated fast. So couldn’t take it and ended up leaving. Are we looking at another drama filled season?

Lastly, there is a chance that no relationships develop. Clara could no longer fancy The Doctor, but not want to be in a relationship with Danny or anyone else. They could just be three best mates traveling time and space together! The last time Team Tardis was three friends was with Jack, Nine, and Rose. That didn’t last very long though. Will they all become friends only to have one of them to leave or change how they feel only a few episodes later?

There are many more theories about what role Danny Pink will take. Some fans even think he may be The Master. Although we don’t know what is in store for him, I personally hope that they all just stay friends, because I don’t think I can handle another emotion inducing episode like Doomsday. In my opinion Doctor Who has its golden moments when there is more than one companion. There is so much more room for different personalities, stories, problems, and problem solving. For now all I know is one thing is for sure, season eight is going to be absolutely amazing, and hopefully The Twelfth Doctor is just as brilliant as all the others.

Editorial written by Nicole Gormey

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