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”

Madame Vastra and Doctor Who Spin-Offs

After last night’s Doctor Who, the clamor for a spin-off series starring Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax the Sontaran has resumed. We met these characters in the sixth season in “A Good Man Goes to War.” Vastra is a Silurian who was awoken from her aeons-long slumber in Victorian London and set herself up aContinue reading “Madame Vastra and Doctor Who Spin-Offs”

On Magnificently Mental Musings

As some of you know, I have a theory about where Russell T. Davies, henceforth RTD, is taking Doctor Who before he’s done next week. My theory is that it involves RTD pressing a Reset Button on his way out the door. The reasons are both narrative and personal. It lets RTD have his spectacleContinue reading “On Magnificently Mental Musings”

On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Four & Day Five

And now, after the brief pause for Shore Leave, we return to Torchwood: Children of Earth. Mid-way through Day Four, I thought I saw where the story was going. Jack Harkness would find a way to deal himself back into the political games surrounding the Four-Five-Six, who made their appalling demands at the end ofContinue reading “On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Four & Day Five”

On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Three

There’s one major problem with the new-look Torchwood — as much as we see the team on-screen, this isn’t their story. They’re not driving events. No, it’s British civil servant John Frobisher who’s in the driver’s seat. And the alien creature known only as the Four-Five-Six. They’re not even solving events. Of course, that couldContinue reading “On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Three”

On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Two

Bloody hell, I love this show. My love for Torchwood isn’t new. I loved the series from the start; it was dark, it was bleak, there was an undercurrent of nihilism that really appealed to me. (Nihilism; it’s the same reason I love Alien3.) I thought the second season lost its way. Sort of. ThereContinue reading “On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Two”

On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day One

I’m running a day behind. I’ve just watched Day One, the first part of the five-day Torchwood: Children of Earth event. Damn! I mean, damn! (I also understand now why my webstats have gone through the roof today, with people wanting to know why Jack Harkness can’t die.) Day One managed to meld the moroseContinue reading “On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day One”

On March’s Greatest Hits

I haven’t done a search phrase round-up in a while. Let’s take a look at the top 20 of March. 🙂 20. “Jason Gronberg.” A friend of mine. He passed away in November. One of my favorite memories of Jason. 19. “Napoleon.” One of my favorite sparring partners in Age of Empires III. Except forContinue reading “On March’s Greatest Hits”

On the Torchwood Trailer and Assorted Thoughts

A Freema Ageyman website posted the Torchwood Season 2 trailer. I watched that this morning, and what can I say? I’m majorly excited. 🙂 There’s very little of Martha Jones in the trailer, but that’s understandable. The trailer was cut for BBC America, and BBC America has yet to show the third season of DoctorContinue reading “On the Torchwood Trailer and Assorted Thoughts”

On “The Sound of Drums”

Oh. My. God. Oh. My. God. Holy. Fuck. The penultimate episode of Doctor Who‘s third season isn’t perfect. But Holy! Fuck! Three years and two series have been building toward this. You can tell. It started last week, as the threads pulled closer. This week? All bets are off. The sound of drums? It’s theContinue reading “On “The Sound of Drums””