Into Syria with the Doctor aboard the TARDIS

I have easily a hundred ebooks on my Kindle that I’ve never read. Either they were freebies, or I made them from files off Project Gutenberg, or I got them as part of a bundle where I was interesting in only two or three specific titles, or I bought them cheaply from one of the … Continue reading Into Syria with the Doctor aboard the TARDIS

Raffles in the World of Sherlock

Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat has said recently that Matt Smith, former Doctor Who star, could appear in Sherlock, if it were the “perfect part.” What could that “perfect part” be? My first thought was Stanley Hopkins, the best of the Scotland Yard inspectors and the one closest to Holmes in intellect. What if Sherlock had … Continue reading Raffles in the World of Sherlock

Two Doctor Who Thoughts

Two quick things. First, the more I see of Matt Smith and David Tennant together, the more I really wish the “two Doctors” series idea Matt pitched to Steven Moffat had come to pass. They have such brilliant chemistry together. They’re both goofy, but in entirely different (and complementary) ways. And second, I would really … Continue reading Two Doctor Who Thoughts

Thoughts on “The Day of the Doctor”

Years ago, a little more than a decade now, EB Games put me and thirty-odd other managers through a pilot management training program. Our instructor was a man by the name of Harry Friedman. He had created a sales management training program, and EB wanted to see if it would work for the company. I … Continue reading Thoughts on “The Day of the Doctor”

On Doctor Who Casting News

The news has broken on casting for November’s Doctor Who anniversary special — in addition to John Hurt, the special will also guest star David Tennant and Billie Piper. Fandom, naturally, is sharply divided. There is wailing that there’s no Eccleston from the new series. Classic Doctor Who fans are wailing that the pre-new series … Continue reading On Doctor Who Casting News

On Imagined Doctor Who Conversations

I woke this morning to discover that Doctor Who fandom was in turmoil. The reason? Matt Smith has signed for a movie to begin filming in May. You may be saying to yourself, “What’s the big deal?” And no, it’s not a big deal. Smith is an actor, and actors like to work because actors, … Continue reading On Imagined Doctor Who Conversations

On What I Want for Doctor Who’s 50th-Anniversary

My last panel at Philcon this weekend was on 50 years of Doctor Who. It was a very good panel — it was mainly about why the series has lasted as long as it has, and there was also some good questions from the large audience. (It was the best attended panel I experienced all … Continue reading On What I Want for Doctor Who’s 50th-Anniversary

On Matt Smith’s Desire for a Sherlock/Doctor Who Crossover

Well, this is interesting. Matt Smith is expressing an interest in a Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover. Though I’d much rather see John Munch turn up in an episode of Doctor Who, I have to admit that the idea of the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes crossing paths isn’t a bad one. With the Canonical Holmes, there’s Patricia … Continue reading On Matt Smith’s Desire for a Sherlock/Doctor Who Crossover

On BBC America’s “Asylum of the Daleks” Screening

Yes, I scored tickets to BBC America’s “Asylum of the Daleks” Doctor Who screening in New York yesterday. You may have heard horror stories about acquiring tickets. My luck may be lousy in everything else, but the one time it counted the luck came through. I made two “immediate reaction” tweets. The first: “Holy fucking … Continue reading On BBC America’s “Asylum of the Daleks” Screening

On Widows, Blue Boxes, and Christmas Trees

Saturday night, as I did my last Christmas wrapping, I watched Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. It’s been my Christmas Eve tradition for several years now, though last year, as I was in Raleigh for Christmas, I didn’t have the opportunity to watch the film. As I watched the film this year, I had a … Continue reading On Widows, Blue Boxes, and Christmas Trees

On New Doctor Who Christmas Special Announcements

The BBC has made some announcements about this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith. Filming began last week. The story will be set during World War II and its guest cast includes Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Alexander Armstrong, and Arabella Weir. Weir, by the way, played the Doctor in Big Finish’s audio play … Continue reading On New Doctor Who Christmas Special Announcements