Thursday, January 22, 2009
David Register dropped by tonight and we drank some good rum and watched some cool Doctor Who. We reviewed some episodes and finally found one that he had not seen. Before showtime, however, we watched some extras from the Season Four DVD set, especially the one called "Four Years On" where they tell the story of how the series came back and how it prospered.
This is a special episode for me. It taught me a profound moral lesson. I had been to Bangladesh and I had seen some pretty severe poverty, and when people asked for help my Bangladeshi hosts would tell me, "You can't save them all." Donna confronts this in the episode and that is what the Doctor tells her. She responds, as I learned to, with the line, "Yes, but I can help one." I don't need to save everyone, I just need to help someone.
This episode is and will be special for me.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Just having spent a month abroad it was good to be back home and a good time to restart Doctor Who Theater. Jeffrey Nelson and Sherry Hovden came over and we had some great conversation (as we always do) about lots and lots of things, from Persian civilization to the world of high stakes Scrabble (where Jeffrey is very involved on a national level).
They wanted to see more Martha Jones as a companion, since they had just seen the "Smith & Jones" starter episode and liked her quite a bit. We picked the Shakespeare Code so that we could see the bard try and use his many pickup lines on Martha. She was, indeed, very fresh and full of energy as she embarked on her first real time travel escapade.
It was a good return, a great visit and a great Doctor Who episode.
More to come next week.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
And I am there.
Matt Smith has been named as the successor to David Tennant. He seems very promising.
WIRED reported on the naming of the new Doctor and what this might mean for the series.
They decided to quote their reputable top Doctor Who fan source -- me. They had previously named me as top Doctor Who fan. When this story was in the works they contact me for reaction. I am flattered.
You can download a pdf at http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/wired-mattsmith-jan09.pdf
See the previous article (even with a photo of me) at