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A Review of Doctor Who – Part II

Part Two – The Doctor Explained

Shhhhh...don't tell anyone how awesome this show is

First of all, Doctor Who is a British show (for those of you who love the fake British accent, of course their accents are real, not fake..this little note is dedicated to one person I know who will totally get this while everyone else who reads this will be thinking WTF).

Secondly, Doctor Who is a science fiction program, full of aliens, space travel, as well as time travel and there even is a parallel universe.

Third of all, Doctor who is like a really really old show, originally running from 1963 – 1989, there are probably over 700 episodes out there (no I didn’t watch all 700+, come on, when would I find the time for all that!)…and to date there have been eleven doctors (I’ll explain the bit about 11 doctors later on)…but they “rebooted” the show in 2005, and so far it’s been on for six seasons, a seventh on the way later this year.

The 10th Doctor and the TARDISSo basically the show is about the adventures of a Time Lord, a time travelling 903 year old alien, who looks *gasp* human. He travels through time and space, almost always with a companion, in his TARDIS, which stands for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space. It’s a small blue wooden policebox (the one in the picture –> ) and don’t let the size of it fool you, it’s bigger on the inside, and when I say bigger I mean it’s HUGE…swimming pools, stairs, corridors, bedrooms..you name it the TARDIS has it. If you want to get to the closet you have to take your first left, 2nd right, 3rd on the left, go straight ahead, under the stairs, past the bins, and it’s the 5th door on your left. Kinda makes you wish they really existed and that you had one of your own.

Time Lords come from the planet Gallifrey and The Doctor (no his name is not Doctor Who, just “The Doctor”) is the last of them…the rest of the time lords were all killed along with the Daleks during the Time War. The Doctor looks completely human except that he has two hearts.

Time Lords have this awesome little trick. They have the ability to regenerate whenever they’re near death, which means they come back to life looking completely different, in a brand new body and with a whole new personality. They can end up being older, younger, thinner, fatter and they can even come back as the opposite sex, (now THAT would be interesting) anything is possible. All the incarnations of The Doctor share  the consciousness, memories, experience and basic personality of the previous incarnations. This actually brings a question to mind, if Time Lords can regenerate just before they die, then how the fuck did a whole planet of them get killed off? To quote River Song“Spoilers.” So I guess you’d need to watch to know exactly what happened to them.

As annoying as it might be when The Doctor has to regenerate, it’s probably the reason why Doctor Who’s been so successful. I love how they made something so complicated as a main actor leaving the show into something so simple and normal and part of the show. Of course the downside is that you need to get used to a whole new actor and character, but  it does get easier after a few incarnations. So far there have been 11 incarnations of The Doctor, The 2005 reboot has already had three to date and so far I have to say that Ten is my favorite.

The Doctor has a lot of enemies, but he’s not evil and he’s not a murder, he’s actually a pacifist (he hates guns and doesn’t carry one around with him, his only weapon is his sonic screwdriver, which is really really cool by the way) and will try his best to reason with the enemy, yes even the Daliks who killed off all his people, but we still see a lot of alien deaths.

And now that you know who The Doctor is, and a little about the show, I can move on to the third and final post in my Doctor Who Review (I swear the rhyming was accidental)

TBC in the third and final part: A Review of Doctor Who – Part III

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Doctor Who, TV & Movies

 

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A Review of Doctor Who – Part I

Part One – Why I Started Watching a Show I Never in a Million Years Thought I’d Like

10th and 11th Doctors

A few years ago a very good friend of mine told me that I had to start watching Doctor Who, I think it was in it’s first or second back then. I’m sad to say that I ignored her, you see I’m one of those people who hate anything even remotely related to science fiction, I hate aliens, space, spaceships, shows set on planets other than Earth or set in spaceships (this goes for books, movies and television) and I really hate shows that replace the main actors(s) and then having a totally different dude play the same character.

This hatred of all things spacey” comes from being forced to watch, or should I say put up with, Star Trek the Next Generation & Babylon 5, with my siblings. It was back when we only had 4 television channels to watch and only one aired dramas in English, so if I wasn’t out on the balcony spying on the neighbors and watching people come and go outside, then I was stuck inside while that crap was on. Winters were the worst because then it was either freeze to death in your room or watch that crap with your siblings in the warm living room next to the heater.

But that wasn’t the only reason I refused to watch Doctor Who. I have these distant memories of it airing on TV in Australia back in the 80’s (I was like 8 or 9 I think, but I could have been much younger) and I remember hating it, although I have no idea why I did.

Then when Doctor Who was in it’s 5th season, another friend started telling me how cool it was and saying that I’d love it, she then linked me to a clip of The Doctor and his fez on YouTube, which I have to admit that I liked, so I told her that as soon as I had time I would try out a few episodes. (You see how lucky I am, I’m blessed with friends who have exceptional taste in television shows so I’m kinda screwed because right now I’m addicted to more shows than I can watch or download)

Over a year later I decided it was time to see if this show was even worth watching (not because two awesome people tried to convince me to watch, and not because winter hiatus was coming up in the USA and this year I’d have nothing to watch for a few weeks until my shows were back, and not because I finally had a chance to download all the episodes and specials while I was visiting my sister who has super fast internet compared to mine, but because The Bloggess tweeted that she’d started watching it and that it was awesome..yes this is a true story)

this is the tweet that got me addicted

Although for me it went more like this:

Episode 1: Hmmm, killer plastic….interesting.

Episode 2: Ewww, aliens…this is stupid, total crap.

Episode 3: OMG! I WILL NEVER STOP WATCHING THIS SHOW!!

So the question I keep asking myself now is, “OMG! What the fuck took me so long to watch this!”

I think it’s time to end this post but before I do, keep this in mind, the review (or reviews) that will follow this later on are written by someone who, yes, is addicted to a million and one shows already (mostly crime shows), but also hates all shows like this one…every single thing I swore I’d never ever watch is in this show and let me tell you that it really is amazing, maybe Beiber (gag) was right…never say never.

TBC in: A Review of Doctor Who – Part II

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Doctor Who, TV & Movies

 

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My Latest Hiatus Obsession(s)

Unless you have cable in the middle east, you have to put up with regular free to air satellite channels that either air Arab crap, or a few English channels which all air the same movies and shows over and over and over.

Even newer seasons of shows air a few years after they were shown in the USA (CSI is up to it’s 12th season in the USA but here they’ve only aired up to 9). Hell there are even shows that have never aired on any Arab channel and never will (Wilfred & Game of Thrones are good examples of shows that will never see the light of day on free to air channels). And even the shows that make it end up getting censored. Grey’s Anatomy has all the Calizona scenes censored out, so unless you’ve watched the uncut episode, sometimes you stare at the TV and wonder WTF because you didn’t understand what just happened when the scene was cut half way through, why, because Callie smiled at Arizona, or hugged her, or held her hand.

This is why I download all my shows, I like to watch the latest episode right away and that episode being uncensored is a huge bonus.

I have a bunch of summer shows, so I don’t get bored during the big hiatus and long wait until it’s Fall and all my shows are back, but what does one do during winter hiatus where there are no shows at all to watch? Well I for one get addicted to new shows (like I don’t have enough to watch already). 

unforgettableThis year I decided to give a few new shows a try, and a few old ones, which I downloaded while I was in Dubai last November. The first show I watched was Unforgettable (all 11 episodes), it’s still in its first season, and the reason I wanted to give it a try was because Poppy Montgomery was in it (if you remember she was Sam in Without a Trace). I can honestly say that the show is awesome and I really really hope CBS renew it for another season.

ringer

The second show I watched was Ringer (all 10 episodes), I’ve never liked Sara Michelle Gellar much, I really hated her in Buffy, but I’d seen part of the Ringer pilot on TV and I got hooked.

What really caught my attention was that this show was different and the suspense does keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s about Identical twin sisters Bridget & Siobhan, estranged for the last six years find that their lives are both unraveling at the same time. Bridget, a recovering addict, is on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder. She flees to her sister’s home & they seem to be repairing relationship until Siobhan mysteriously disappears during a boat trip the sisters take together.

Then I had to choose between The Big Bang Theory (all 5 seasons) and Doctor Who (all 6 seasons and the specials). Since I wasn’t that optimistic that I’d like Doctor Who even though I’d promised a friend I’d give it a try (I hate science fiction, I hate aliens, I do like time travel though, and I hate it when shows keep changing main actors every few seasons) so I decided to go with The Big Bang Theory. I’d watched a few episodes on TV and I loved it. I started to watch on a weekend and I couldn’t stop, I think I ended up watching one season a day. I finished it in less than a week.

And finally I was left with Doctor Who, I’ve been watching for almost 2 weeks now and I’m almost half way through the final season, I should be done watching it by tomorrow.

I’m so glad I left the best till last, I’m totally hooked, I honestly can’t stop watching, I spent the last 2 weekends in bed watching one season a day. I stay up till 2am on weekdays after I get home from work watching, every time I finish an episode I promise myself the next one will be the last for the night…it never is.

And yes, I’m writing this blog post while I watch episode 5 of Doctor Who’s season 6, it’s actually the first kinda boring episode so it doesn’t need my full attention…yet.

I may review Doctor Who in a future post, if I ever get around to it…it really is that awesome and deserves one.

Hiatus is now over, actually has been over for a week now and I have a bunch of new episodes of my shows to watch (over 18 hours worth) but I can’t until I’m done with The Doctor.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Doctor Who, TV & Movies

 

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14 Things I Learnt From Doctor Who

Allons-y

My latest obsession is Doctor Who 2005 (Reboot), maybe I’ll write a blog post about it one day when I’m finished watching it and can finally pull myself away from the TV. 

For now, though, here are several things I’ve learnt from the good doctor (seriously this stuff could save your life one day..I am not kidding):

  • Always wait five and a half hours
  • Always bring a banana to a party
  • Always wear sneakers to formal occasions, ESPECIALLY WEDDINGS
  • Speaking of weddings, always make sure your wedding dress has pockets
  • Don’t blink. Don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and DON’T BLINK
  • Stay away from the shadows
  • When you are holding a timey-wimey dectector, stay away from chickens
  • Don’t try the Adipose diet
  • Little blue boxes may not be so little on the inside.
  • Turn left
  • There is no Noddy
  • Beware of the words, “Bad Wolf”
  • Never ever wear a Bluetooth attachment
  • Always RUN!
 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Doctor Who, TV & Movies

 

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English Pronunciation

And my first post for this year will be this lovely poem…I’m just in the mood for making you suffer :P

I wish there was a recording of someone reading this so one would actually know if they pronounced every word correctly.

They say that if you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. 

After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. (I think I may have to agree with the French dude cos I started coughing after reading a third of the poem. Seriously it’s worse than going to the gym!) 

English Pronunciation

by G. Nolst Trenité

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

If you’ve made it till the end (without cheating and just scrolling down) then I applaud you, you are totally awesome…BRAVO!

Stolen from The Poke

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Random Blah

 

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