The rumors have been swirling ever since Moffat announced that he would be leaving Doctor Who at the end of this upcoming g series. It started with the BBC supposedly wanting to usher in new show runner, Chris Chibnall’s era with a brand new Doctor. Of course, the theory was that they wanted a younger, more heart throbby Doctor to win back some of the fans they had lost with Capaldi.
It’s been a long time since we have had new Doctor Who. It will be exactly one year when the new Christmas special airs. In all fairness, this year may have felt really long to those of us who are “new” to the series. Let’s remember, thought, that from May of 1996 until March of 2005 there was nothing. No Doctor Who on TV for nearly ten years. The last episode before the 1996 TV movie was aired in 1989. Our little one year break is really nothing.
Another week is in the books, and we are bringing back our “This Week in Geek” feature. In this feature we are going to take a look at a few of the stories that happened this week in the world of Geek. We aren’t a news site, so this won’t necessarily be a comprehensive list, just a few highlights. If you see a story throughout the week that you think should be featured here, then send it along to me and I will include it. You can send it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alright, let’s get to This Week in Geek.
Wow. What a season of Doctor Who. I am still trying to catch my breath. I think we saw Peter Capaldi start to reach his potential as the Doctor during season 9. I enjoyed him last year, but this year he has really taken ownership of the character. He has become the Doctor, and what’s more, he seems like he is really enjoying his turn as our favorite Time Lord. This season was also an emotional roller coaster in a lot of ways, and the writing has been stronger than it has been in a long, long time. Last year there were a few good episodes, or at least ok episodes, and a lot of really sub-par episodes. This year is the opposite. I think there was only one episode I really didn’t care for, and it was in the second half of the season, and we’re going to talk about it.
With this weekend’s episode “The Zygon Invasion,” we are now starting the second half of season 9. It’s all down hill from here. As I was watching the latest episode, it got me thinking about what we have seen so far this season. It led me to a couple of conclusions. Number one: I wish these seasons were longer. Number two: So far, season 9 has been pretty decent. An improvement of season 8. My only disappointment is that each story this year has been a two -parter. Sometimes I enjoy the quick, one parters. That might be nit-picking, though, which I know is strictly forbidden in the Doctor Who fandom. Let’s take a look at each episode as it aired, starting with “The Magician’s Apprentice.”
I was asked by my brother a while back what my favorite episode of Doctor Who was. That’s not an easy question for me to answer. Not a title I like to give out very easily, because there are so many episodes that i really like quite a bit, and for a variety of reasons. That being said, we have a new, very strong contender in the favorite episode department. “Under the Lake” was a really good episode for a very specific reason for me, and it was a big enough reason that I may call it my favorite for a while. No, that reason isn’t that this was a creepy ghost story just in time for October. That was fun, but not enough to make this my new favorite. The reason this was my new favorite had to do with one thing, well, person. Cass.
It’s finally here- the new season of Doctor Who, and I for one was very excited about it. It almost feels like Christmas when my favorite shows start showing new episodes again, especially Doctor Who. There always seems to be so much anticipation and hype leading up to the new season, and this year was no exception. A new season of Doctor Who also means a new round of “day late reviews” from me, starting with “The Magician’s Apprentice.” Now, to ensure that this post is absolutely spoiler free, BBC America has done something cool with this first episode- they put it up for free on YouTube. The whole episode, commercial free. Check it out:
If you haven’t watched the episode yet, please watch it now, or wait to read this post. You have been warned.
The episode starts with scenes from a war ravaged planet, with quite the mixture of technologies. Two men are seen trying to combat some propeller planes equipped with laser guns only using a bow and arrow. One of the men sees a child in the middle of this battle field and follows him to try to help. They get stuck in the middle of a hand mine field, and one of the hand mines takes the man, and the child is petrified as he stands in the middle, now all alone. The Doctor shows up at this point, and it looks like he is going to save the boy, even throwing his screwdriver to him, until the boy says his own name. We learn the boy is Davros. And it appears that the Doctor doesn’t save him, but abandons him, leaves him to die.
Next we see The Colony Sarff, servant of Davros, going from place to place looking for the Doctor. On the planet Karn, he delivers his message to the Sisterhood and says that Davros Remembers, Davros knows. Apparently, Davros remembered that it was the Doctor he came to save him, and then abandoned him. He is looking for revenge before he dies himself.
Back on Earth, Clara is teaching school when she notices that all the planes have stopped, they’re all frozen in the sky. Clara rushes to UNIT to help them figure out what is going on. She tries to reach the Doctor, but she can’t. They begin to try to work out how the planes all got frozen. That’s when they are contacted on “the Doctor channel,” a channel set up for the Doctor, a channel he never uses. They discover it’s Missy, and she has frozen all the planes to get their attention.
Clara meets with Missy, and discovers that the Doctor is in real danger, and needs their help. Clara looks for the Doctor and they try to figure out where and when the Doctor is. They find him throwing himself a party in some medieval town. This is where the Colony Sarff finds him, and brings him to meet with Davros. Clara and Missy insist on going with him, so he brings all three.
They arrive where Davros is, which looks like some kind of hospital floating in space. They are held in a chamber, until Davros sends for the Doctor. Missy and Clara, alone together in the cell figure out that they are on a planet, even though it looks like it is floating space. The Doctor faces off with Davros-possibly for the last time. Clara and Missy go exploring and discover that they are really on the planet Skaro. The episode then takes a Moffat like turn as both Clara and Missy are killed off by the Daleks.
The episode ends with the Doctor back on the same war-torn planet, now closer to the young Davros, saying he is there to save his friends. That’s when he pulls out a weapon, very un-Doctor like. It looks as though he will be killing the young Davros in order to save his friends, but I guess we will have to wait until next week to see what happens.
The Good: This was overall a very good episode. I enjoyed it from start to finish. I think we are seeing more of Capaldi’s vision of the Doctor, he seems to be getting more comfortable in the Doctor’s skin, and I like the mad man who is coming out as a result of it. It will be interesting to see how it all develops this season with this great opener and then with it being Clara’s last run.
Last season, at the very end, I was pretty harsh on Missy. I still feel like the gender change was a gimmick, and it still felt gimmicky to me at the time. That being said, Michelle Gomez shines in this episode as Missy. I was not excited when I heard she was going to be back, but I was glad she was back as the episode progressed. She has one of the better portrayals of the Master character in this episode. I am actually excited to see more Missy.
There were some great references to some Classic Who in this episode, and I love it when they tie New Who to Classic Who. I love the bit they play from the 4th Doctor talking about what he would do if he had the chance to face an enemy and prevent everything he knew that enemy would do. Tying that bit of dialogue to what they Doctor faced at the beginning of this episode was brilliant.
The Bad: The Doctor should never have a gun. It is one of the things that I like the most about the character. He solves his problems without using weapons, so I always struggle with it when he has one. I don’t think he will go through with it. I don’t think he will actually kill Davros. We’ve been down these sorts of roads before with Moffat, but in the end, the Doctor always comes through.
The Final Verdict: This was a very solid opener, and it made me even more excited for the upcoming season. I can’t wait to see where it goes this year and what will happen with all the characters on the show. This first story has me very excited, and I can’t wait to see the conclusion next week. I would give this premier a solid 4.5 out 5 stars.
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It has been quite a while since I last shared a geek-craft here on The Geeky Mormon. I thought it was probably about time I shared another and hopefully I can make this a more regular thing. Today I am sharing the pattern for a crocheted TARDIS pencil bag. Last year I shared a Ninja Turtle pencil bag as my very first geek-craft and since school it is back to school time again I thought another pencil bag would be a good idea.
The pattern is similar to the Ninja Turtle bag, this year on my blog I have shared a basic pencil bag pattern based on the Ninja Turtle as well as a couple of other variations. When I was trying to think of another geeky themed bag the TARDIS seemed like an obvious choice since it is already a rectangular shape. The tricky part was trying to add the texture to the doors and windows so that it looked like the TARDIS.
I used a combination of front loop only (flo), back look only (blo), front post (fpsc), and back post (bpsc) to create the texture. I also used a few color changes to show the windows and the signs. If you want to you could embroider the words POLICE BOX on the black strip and window panes on the windows so make it look even more like the TARDIS.
The back has a simple button flap closure just like the Ninja Turtle bag.
TARDIS Pencil Bag
You will need:
- worsted weight yarn in blue, white, and black (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Blue Suede, White and Black)
- H crochet hook
- 2 buttons- 3/4 inch-1 inch
- yarn needle
- sewing needle
- sewing thread
*when changing color always change color on the last step of the previous stitch, in other words begin your single crochet as normal by inserting hook in the stitch, pull up a loop, then yarn over with your new color and pull through
*when working with another color, carry the blue yarn by crocheting over it
*make sure to always pull your yarn to the wrong side when you change color so that your color changes look neat
with blue yarn ch 31
Row 1: sc in second ch from the hook and each ch across (30 sc)
Row 2-19: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across (30 sc)
Row 20: (this is a right side row) ch 1, turn, 1 sc, 5 sc blo, 1 sc, 5 sc blo, 1 sc, change to white yarn, 5 sc blo, change to blue, 1 sc, change to white, 6 sc blo, change to blue, 2 sc, change to black, 2 sc, change to blue, 1 sc (30 sc- 17 blue, 11 white, 2 black)
Row 21: (wrong side row) ch 1, turn, 1 sc, change to black, 2 sc, change to blue, 1 sc, 1 bpsc, change to white, 6 sc, change to blue, 1 bpsc, change to white, 5 sc, change to blue, 1 bpsc, 5 sc, 1 bpsc, 5 sc, 1 bpsc (30 sc- 17 blue, 11 white, 2 black)
Row 22: ch 1, turn, 1 fpsc, 5 sc, 1 fpsc, 5 sc, 1 fpsc, change to white yarn, 5 sc, change to blue, 1 fpsc, change to white, 6 sc, change to blue, 1 fpsc, 1 sc, change to black, 2 sc, change to blue, 1 sc (30 sc- 17 blue, 11 white, 2 black)
Row 23: repeat row 21
Row 24: repeat row 22
Row 25: repeat row 21
Row 26: repeat row 22
Row 27: ch 1, turn, 1 sc, change to black, 2 sc, change to blue, 1 sc, 1 bpsc, 25 sc blo (30 sc- 2 black 28 white)
Row 28: ch 1, turn, 25 sc blo, 1 fpsc, 1 sc, change to black, 2 sc, change to blue, 1 sc (30 sc- 2 black 28 white)
Row 29: ch 1, turn, 1 sc, change to black, 2 sc, change to blue, 1 sc, 1 sc blo, change to white, 6 sc flo, change to blue, 1 sc, 5 sc flo, 1 sc, 5 sc flo, 1 sc, 5 sc flo, 1 sc (30 sc- 22 blue, 6 white, 2 black)
Row 30: ch 1, turn, 1 fpsc, 5 sc, 1 fpsc, 5 sc, 1 fpsc, 5 sc, 1 fpsc, change to white, 6 sc, change to blue, 1 fpsc, 1 sc, change to black, 2 sc, change to blue, 1 sc (30 sc- 22 blue, 6 white, 2 black)
Row 31: ch 1, turn, 1 sc, change to black, 2 sc, change to blue, 1 sc, 1 bpsc, change to white, 6 sc, change to blue, 1 bpsc, 5 sc, 1 bpsc, 5 sc, 1 bpsc, 5 sc, 1 bpsc (30 sc- 17 blue, 11 white, 2 black)
Row 32: repeat row 30
Row 33: repeat row 31
Row 34: repeat row 30
Row 35: repeat row 31
Row 36: ch 1, turn, 26 sc flo, 4 sc (30 sc)
Row 37-38: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across (30 sc)
Row 39: ch 1, turn, sc dec, 26 sc, sc dec (28 sc)
Row 40: ch 1, turn, sc dec, 24 sc, sc dec (26 sc)
Row 41: ch 1, turn, sc dec, 22 sc, sc dec (24 sc)
Row 42: ch 1, turn, sc dec, 20 sc, sc dec (22 sc)
Row 43: ch 1, turn, sc dec, 18 sc, sc dec (20 sc)
Finish off, You should now have a rectangle that has one end that is slightly angled on each corner, that is the flap. Half of your rectangle will be plain and half will have the TARDIS design. The plain section is the back and the TARDIS side is the front.
Fold your rectangle so that wrong sides are together and 18 rows are on the back and they are matched up with the 18 rows of the front that make up the TARDIS. Starting in one corner, sc evenly up one side of the bag through both layers, continue to sc up the side of the flap, when you reach the corner sc in the corner, ch 4, skip 1, sc in 16, ch 4, skip 1, sc in the other corner of the flap, sc evenly down the side of the flap and the bag being sure to go through both layers of the bag. When you reach the end finish off and weave in ends.
Fold the flap shut to figure out where the buttons need to be placed. Sew them on, sewing thread and a small needle are usually easiest for this. Now you just need to fill up your bag and enjoy.
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With less than two months to go until Doctor Who Season 9 begins airing, I have begun to think more and more about what I am hoping for in these next few stories. I had mixed feelings about how we left off last season, I didn’t particularly like “Dark Water” or “Death in Heaven.” I did enjoy the Christmas special, though. In any case, I am excited to see where this next season takes us. I am mostly interested in the growth of Capaldi as the Doctor and Clara as his companion, and of course we will be seeing Missy again. I haven’t read a lot of rumor or theories about what is going to happen in the next season, and that is probably on purpose. I want to go in fresh, as fresh as I can, and maybe be surprised a little. That being said, I still have a few expectations of what we might see in the upcoming series. Here are my top three:
Clara Finally Gets a Good Run
I like Clara Oswald. I think she is smart and witty and exactly what the Doctor needs for a companion. I have had a really hard time with her at times, though. I don’t see it as here fault, however. I think the stories and the writers are to blame for most of my issues with Clara. I am fully expecting that to change this season. We shouldn’t have the distraction of finding out what she really is, like we did in the second half of season 7. It was built up all season long that she was the impossible girl who kept dying and kept showing up, and then we found out she wasn’t really anything special, she just fell into the Doctor’s time stream, and as a result got to see and help every version of the Doctor. A fact she seems to have forgotten when 11 regenerates and she just can’t recognize Capaldi as the Doctor. I mean, this point still bugs me. Out of all the companions, she should have understood the whole regeneration process, that he is still the Doctor, just a different face, but she can’t grasp that fact in “Deep Breath.” Sorry, slight tangent there. We also should have no awkward love triangle this season. Danny Pink is dead, and for the sake of Clara and the Doctor, and frankly, myself, let’s hope he stays dead. Without the two distractions mentioned above, Clara should be set to have a good run this season as the Doctor’s companion. I am expecting that, hoping for that. She deserves it.
Missy Won’t be a Major Factor Throughout the Season
I think we have all heard by now that Missy isn’t going to stay dead in season 9. She will be back, and that has been confirmed. I am expecting, though, that she will not play a major role in season 9 like she did in season 8. Maybe I should classify this as a hope, rather than an expectation. I don’t mind the Missy character, but I feel like we did that last season, and I don’t know why we need to bring her back. I would like to see Capaldi’s Doctor move past the events of last season and see some fresh new stories. The character has proven to be one of the more popular aspects of last season, so I could be completely wrong with this expectation. Michelle Gomez also appeared with Capaldi and Jenna Coleman at San Diego Comic Con, hinting that the three of them may become a trio of traveling buddies on the show. This could lead to a different, awkward love triangle. Whenever the Master/Mistress is involved, you never know what could happen.
Capaldi Will Not be Getting a Haircut
We saw his hair start to get longer throughout the season last year, then it got shorter again in the finale, then longer again for the Christmas special. The look in the Christmas special came after he had been traveling for a bit on his own. It is a wilder, less restrained look, and it appears to be what we will be seeing for season 9. I think we will be getting much more of this Doctor’s character, and I think he will be getting wilder and less restrained. I think his confidence is going to go up. Gone will be the days of him wondering whether he is a good man, feeling unsure of himself. He will be confident. We see it in the season 9 trailer when he says “I’m the Doctor and I save people.” I think that line combined with the quick scene we get of the Doctor putting on a pair of RayBans epitomize a shift in the Doctor’s outlook. He is believes in himself as a hero and he can do anything. I think that sounds fantastic, and I can’t wait to see it play out. I got a little bored last year with all the indecision and self-doubt. That is not who the Doctor typically is. It looks like, starting with this next season, that’s not who he will be either.
There you have it, three of my expectations or hopes for this upcoming season. Whatever happens, I can’t wait for September 19. It will be another great season. What about you? What are you hoping to see in the upcoming season? Let me know in the comments, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And in case you haven’t seen the trailer for the upcoming season, check it out here:
To Whom it May Concern:
Maybe that’s too formal a greeting for this letter, but it’s too late now, it’s there, and we’re going to roll with it. I am addressing you, all of you, whom I may know, who do not like Doctor Who. Yes, you folks who simply roll you eyes when I mention the series, or make a disgusted face, or refuse to understand my constant references to the show. This letter is for you. Not to win you over, because the truth is, i don’t really care if you like Doctor Who or not. To be fair, and to give full disclosure, while I am not bothered by whether you like the series, please know that behind your back I am secretly judging you because you do not like the series. I just want this post to be honest…
The point of this letter is for you to be informed about why I like Doctor Who. I don’t know if you’ll ever get the series, but I want you to get why i like the series. In this letter I am going to explain three reasons why I like Doctor Who: The history and mythos that has been created around the character, the Doctor himself, and simply because it is good, clean fun. Hopefully, at the end of the letter, you can at least understand why I like Doctor Who.
The History and Mythos of the Show
One of my favorite things I hear from you non-Whovian types is this: “Oh, I tried Doctor Who once, and I just didn’t get it, so I don’t watch it.” Doctor Who has been delivering classic stories and entertaining fans around the world for over 50 years. While the series was “rebooted” in 2005, the reboot was a continuation of the original series, feeding off the history that had been built since 1963. There are hundreds of episodes of Doctor Who, hundreds of stories. In fact, there are so many stories that we don’t even know where some of them are. The original tapes have been lost, or are secretly being kept hidden from us, depending on who you believe (the truth is probably somewhere in the middle). The Doctor we see on TV today is the same character we watched in 1963, and by we, I mean other people who were actually alive back in 1963. There have been thirteenish incarnations of the Doctor, and each one has been different and unique, some I have liked more than others. The point is, there is a lot of Doctor Who out there. So much Doctor Who, I would say it is almost impossible to decide whether you like the show based on just trying it once.
Any series that has been on the air for any length of time has had its ups and downs. Not every season is the same in caliber or quality. Look at a show like The Office that was on for like eight or nine seasons. Overall, the series was pretty good, but there were some stretches in there that were pretty sketchy. It only makes sense that there would be runs of Doctor Who that were the same. If all your basing it on is some very old reruns you saw on PBS, I implore you to give it more than just one try. You may find a Doctor you like, or you may find a story you like, something that might draw you in. As pointed out, there is a lot of material, so there is probably something for everyone.
The fact that there is so much history behind the show is something that I love. I don’t get sick of learning about Doctor Who, because there is so much and I will never learn it all. While to most of you, my non-Whovian friends, I may seem like I know a lot or that i am obsessed, let me just say that compared to a lot of other folks out there, i know nothing. It is so intriguing to look back at the history of the show and the characters and there is just so much. As a history buff, I love it. It is a back story and history that is as intriguing as Star Trek’s or Star Wars’. I know, it seems like with this latest surge in popularity for the show that it’s all about the fangirls, I promise there is much more depth there.
The Doctor Himself
To be clear, his name is simply the Doctor. Well, that’s not actually true. We don’t really know his name. Doctor is the name he chose for himself. In any case, it’s not “Doctor Who.” In reality, the name of the show is really kind of a running joke throughout. Whenever the Doctor introduces himself as the Doctor, it’s almost always followed up with, “Doctor? Doctor Who?” That’s really not the point here, though. The second reason I really like the show is the main character, the Doctor himself. I know that when I write this next part, it might be confusing to you. I think the Doctor is easy to identify with. Wait…Easy to identify with? He is an alien, time traveller who is currently over 1000 years old. How is that easy to identify with? He is also a generally good guy, but he’s not perfect. He has had to make decisions and choices that he’s not proud of, but he somehow finds a way to keep going and generally tries to make the universe a better place. Don’t we all think of ourselves as the heroes of our own stories? And don’t we all make mistakes? The Doctor reminds me of myself, in some small way, in that I am always trying to move forward and make the best of whatever situation I might find myself in. Like the Doctor, I have the hardest time forgiving myself. Like the Doctor, I would like to think I am generally a good person. Like the Doctor, I have an almost magical blue box that can travel throughout space and time…oh wait…I guess two out of three then.
I also really like that in a world that almost worships violence, the Doctor uses his brain to get out of trouble. He never carries a gun, and his weapon of choice is his sonic screwdriver (or spoon). Do you know what a screwdriver does? It fixes things, usually without making other things or people dead. The Doctor is a fun example for my kids of someone who is not afraid to stand up to a bully, but does it without violence. He uses words and reason instead. I think we need more heroes like that in the world today.
It’s Good Clean Fun
That actually leads into my last point. Doctor Who is fun, entertaining series, that I can watch, and I don’t get nervous when my kids are in the room. The stories keep me entertained, and some are even a little creepy, but I don’t worry about the language or the sex or the violence. In fact, I am tempted to just have my kids watch nothing but Doctor Who and see what happens. i think they we would be nicer to each other, instead of always beating each other up. Seriously, some days it’s like the Thunder Dome at my house. Doctor Who was originally a kids’ show, and it hasn’t totally lost its roots. It is still family friendly, but they have made it more appealing for adults. Or maybe, we as adults are just more open-minded to this kind of entertainment than previous generations were. In any case, the show is good clean fun, and we need more of it in TV today.
That’s it, my friends, three reasons why i like Doctor Who. No I turn it over to you. What questions might you non-Whovians have about Doctor Who? Let me know in the comments, or email me at email@example.com. I would love to hear from you.
For my fellow Whovians, please feel free to share this with your non-Whovian friends through Facebook of Twitter or Google +. Also, feel free to let me know why you love Doctor Who. Everyone has their reasons, and yours may be totally different from mine.
I can say this, i do believe Doctor Who could be for everyone, if everyone gave it a chance, and everyone should.
Jake Dietz, the geeky mormon