Old Friends, New Identities

“You know everyone.  Churchill.  Liz Ten.”  Amy smirked.  “So who is he?  Your friend, Captain Cornelius.” The Doctor sighed.  “An old friend.  Very old.  Fifty thousand years old.” Amy’s eyes widened.  “You’re joking.” “He’s one of the true immortals.  In different eras, he goes by different names.  In your time, Captain Jack Harkness of theContinue reading “Old Friends, New Identities”

On Things I’ve Been Reading

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8 IDW Publishing Written by Scott & David Tipton Pencils by Gordon Purcell Watercolors by J.K. Woodward Ten months ago, IDW Publishing announced the comic book I’d waited most of my life to read — a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover. Yesterday, I read the eighth and final issue.Continue reading “On Things I’ve Been Reading”

On Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel

In college, two twenty-somethings have a near-miss romantic moment, and in the years that follow they remain in each other’s lives as relationships change, work situations develop, and parents die in a will-they-won’t-they dance until, one day on a foreign holiday, they realize that they really do belong together. But their happiness is short livedContinue reading “On Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel”

On the Almost Adequate “Almost People”

When last we left off in this series of Doctor Who reviews, BBC America had shown “The Rebel Flesh” before taking a brief hiatus for the Memorial Day holiday. Last night, BBC America returned Who to North American television screens with “The Almost People,” the second part of a two-part story about a mining baseContinue reading “On the Almost Adequate “Almost People””

On “Rebel Flesh” Not Rebelling

Suppose that, in the near-future, there are industrial jobs that are too difficult for humans or robots to perform. They still need to be done, but there’s a high risk of death to a human or the loss of the investment of a robot. Either would make the work cost-prohibitive. But it’s the future, andContinue reading “On “Rebel Flesh” Not Rebelling”

On “The Doctor’s Wife” and Commercial Breaks

Doctor Who clearly isn’t meant to be watched with commercial breaks. Last night was “The Doctor’s Wife,” the highly-anticipated episode of Doctor Who by Neil Gaiman. I knew of people at work who, despite never having watched Doctor Who, intended to watch last night’s episode solely because of the Neil Gaiman factor. I wasn’t thatContinue reading “On “The Doctor’s Wife” and Commercial Breaks”

On Amy Pond’s Mysterious Pregnancy

On a different note, because this doesn’t really fit with my review of “The Curse of the Black Spot” from earlier, but it needs to be said — I’m having a real problem with Amy’s Schroedinger’s Pregnancy. If Amy is, in fact, pregnant, she should be roughly five months along, thanks to the three monthContinue reading “On Amy Pond’s Mysterious Pregnancy”

On the Middling “Curse of the Black Spot”

After comparing Doctor Who‘s “Day of the Moon” to The X-Files last week, this week’s episode of Doctor Who, the piratical “Curse of the Black Spot,” continues the X-Files vibe, though not in a good way and not in the way you’d expect. If Doctor Who‘s opener “The Impossible Astronaut”/”Day of the Moon” were StevenContinue reading “On the Middling “Curse of the Black Spot””

On “Day of the Moon” and the Doctor’s Plan

When last we saw the Doctor, Amy, and Rory on Doctor Who, they were in a creepy warehouse in Florida. Their erstwhile FBI ally, Canton Everett Delaware III, had been conked unconscious by persons unknown. River Song was exploring the catacombs underneath the warehouse with Rory where they found what appeared to be a proto-TARDISContinue reading “On “Day of the Moon” and the Doctor’s Plan”

On Doctor Who Intros

Last week I mentioned that, in the United States, BBC America attached a prologue/voice-over to Doctor Who, with Amy introducing the series and its premise. It turns out that Canada and Australia also had the Amy voice-over. Maybe it’s an international thing. I kinda hope it goes on the DVD sets, if only as anContinue reading “On Doctor Who Intros”