Doctor Who Wednesdays #46

The Doctor: “But a hundred and one places to see, and you haven’t been to any of them, have you? That’s why you keep the book.”

Clara: “I keep the book ’cause I’m still going.”

The Doctor: “But you don’t run out on the people you care about. Wish I was more like that. See, the thing about a time machine is that you can run away all you like and still be back for tea, so what do you say? Anywhere, all of time and space right outside those doors.”

— Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald, The Bells of St. John’s


Doctor Who Wednesdays #42

“I am not running away. But this is one corner of one country on one continent on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and growing and never remaining the same for a second millisecond, and there is so much – so much to see, Amy. Because it goes so fast. I’m not running away from things, I am running to them. Before they flare and fade forever.”

— Eleventh Doctor, The Power of Three

Doctor Who Wednesdays #29

“It’s funny. I thought if you could hear me I could hang on somehow. Silly me. Silly old Doctor. When you wake up you will have a mom and a dad and you won’t even remember me. Well, You’ll remember me a little. I’ll be a story in your head. That’s okay. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one eh?

‘Cause it was you know. It was the best. The daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away. Did I ever tell you that I stole it? Well, I borrowed it. I was always going to take it back. Oh that box. Amy, you’ll dream about that box. It’ll never leave you. Big and little at the same time. Brand new and ancient and the bluest blue ever. And the times we had, eh? Would of had. Never…had. In your dreams they’ll still be there. The Doctor and Amy Pond. And the days that never came.”

— Eleventh Doctor, The Big Bang

This is one of my favourite quotes from the Eleventh Doctor. And possibly one of my favourite quotes from all of Doctor Who (though don’t hold me to that since there are so many good ones). But I love the use of and reference to story. I like the notion of thinking of life as a story and working towards making that story a good one. Even if you’re the only one who ever really reads it.

I also love how the Doctor weaves this short story for Amy to help her remember him during her Wedding. He couldn’t know for sure if it would work, but he told a story banking on the possibility that Amy remembering him would be enough to bring him back. And it worked.

Something Old. Something New. Something Borrowed. Something Blue.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #28

The Doctor: Okay then. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell you a story. Can you hear them? All these people who lived in terror of you and your judgment. All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite. Eat now with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow, so… so come on then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’re got a big a big appetite. Because I’ve lived a long life. And I’ve seen a few things. I walked away from the last great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space. Just me! I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman! And I watched universes freeze and creation burn! I have seen things you wouldn’t believe! I have lost things you will never understand! And I know things, secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken! Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! So come on then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!

— The Eleventh Doctor, The Rings of Akhaten

Okay, so this week’s quote has been giving me a bit of trouble, because I don’t really know how to describe why I love this quote so much. And I feel that the quote loses something when it’s just words on the page because you don’t see the emotion behind the words as the Doctor attempts to save a world from a sun creature that feeds on memories. You don’t see the pain and the loss as he speaks of the experiences he has had in the span of his long life.

And so, as a change, this week I am including a link to a clip of this scene as my reason for why I love this quote.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #16

Wait, what?! Why is there explanation happening before the quote? Shhh, listen, and I’ll tell you. Following this months theme, this week’s Doctor Who quotes come from the first episode of the Eleventh Doctor. Yes, you heard that right, quotes, plural. Because here’s the thing, I tried very hard to limit myself to one quote from this episode but I couldn’t. Because I really wanted to include a serious quote and a goofy quote. I struggled to decided. And then I realized that, hello, this is my blog and my series, and I make the rules. So you get two quotes today for the price of one (and quote two is quite long).

“Beans are evil. Bad, bad beans.”

— Eleventh Doctor, The Eleventh Hour

As you can probably guess, this is the goofy quote. While saying this the Doctor spat out the beans into the sink. And I love it because I completely agree that beans are evil. I actually love the whole scene where he goes through any number of foods trying to find something that he might want to eat. I also love how he uses his crazy shenanigans to determine that Amelia Pond has a very scary crack in her wall – why else would she be completely fine with this crazy man who came out of a blue box, claimed there was a swimming pool in it, and then proceeded to try any number of foods before settling on fish fingers and custard.

The Doctor: “C’mon then! The Doctor will see you now!”
Atraxi: [After scanning The Doctor] “You are not of this world.”
The Doctor: “No but I’ve put a lot of work into it.”
Atraxi: “Is this world important?”
The Doctor: “Important? What’s that mean, important? Six billion people live here, is that important? Here’s a better question: is this world a threat to the Atraxi? Oh come on, you’re monitoring the whole planet! Is this world a threat?”
Atraxi: [After looking at a montage of world events] No.
The Doctor: “Are the peoples of this world guilty of any crime by the laws of the Atraxi?”
Atraxi: [After viewing another montage about Earth]: No.
The Doctor: “Okay. One more, just one: is this world protected?”
[As the Atraxi views a montage of all the aliens who have attacked humanity in some way]
The Doctor: “You’re not the first to have come here. Oh, there have been so many. And what you’ve got to ask is, what happened to them?”
[Atraxi looks at a montage of the past ten Doctors. The Doctor steps through the montage when the 10th Doctor is shown]
The Doctor: “Hello. I’m the Doctor. Basically. Run.”

This scene occurs close to the end of the episode and is sort of the “official” introduction of the Eleventh Doctor. I love the idea of the montage (with Eleven’s theme music getting louder in the background) showing all of the Doctors and ending with Eleven stepping through. Kind of like – yeah you’ve seen them all, and now you will know that I am also that guy. And you are not going to get away with threatening to blow up the Earth. So don’t even go there. And then he ends with that consistently present word – Run.

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Catching up on Who

Just under a year ago (I think it was end of November/Beginning of December while I was writing papers) I started watching Doctor Who (finally). I had been planning on checking out the series for awhile but had just never gotten around to it. Then my friend and I got to talking and it turned out she was also planning on checking out the series (in large part because of David Tennant as the 10th Doctor). Part of my hesitation to start watching had been based on not knowing where to start. Do you start with the First Doctor ever? Do you start with the most current Doctor (that would have been Matt Smith) or someplace else entirely? Eventually, (mostly based on her experience talking to people) we both settled on the beginning of the reboot (in 2005 with the 9th Doctor) as the best place to start.

(From Pinterest) The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) was my First Doctor.

She started before me, (and I’m pretty sure was already into or mostly through the 10th Doctor by the time I started the first episode of 9) but it wasn’t all that long before I followed. I started watching while I was working on papers for Grad school – probably not the wisest decision since I was immediately hooked, but what can you do? I sped through the first Series and then, since it was Christmas Time, picked up a box set of Series 1 through 6 at a phenomenal price so I could watch easier on my T.V.

(From Pinterest)

I spent the next Semester watching on and off depending on how much school work I had to do. I watched episodes both by myself, and with my friend during our frequent work on school stuffs and hangout sessions. Eventually I worked my way through 10 (so many feels!) and then, after a gap between seasons, started watching 11. It took me a little bit to get into Matt Smith as The Doctor but eventually I found I loved pretty much everything he brought to the role. And just when I was starting to get comfortable with the thought that Matt Smith might just be around forever (unrealistic expectations, I know), the announcement came. Series 8 will see our Raggedy Man regenerate and once again become a new version of himself. (I am super excited to see what Peter Capaldi brings to the role, by the way).

Anyways, after that long introduction/digression you’re probably wondering where exactly the “Catching Up” comes into play since it seems much of my catching up is already done. Somehow, however, what with finishing Grad school, doing Summer things, and job searching, I became stalled in my Doctor Who watching. I am currently hovering at the start of Series 7. I think that part of the problem is that I now know this will be Matt Smith’s last season (I had the same delay at the start of what I knew would be David Tennant’s last season). I mean, there will be two more episodes with him in it (the 50th Anniversary and then the Christmas special) but essentially this is it. I think that some part of me hopes that if I just don’t start the Series the Eleventh Doctor will never leave. (Ridiculous, I know, but there it is).

I can’t, however, find myself behind in the Series when the 50th Anniversary airs (considering how much time I’ve had to catch up, that would just be ridiculous). In theory, catching up on the Doctor between now and then (November 23rd) should be much easier than catching up on Once Upon a Time was; as there are only 15 episodes (including specials) and I have over a month to do it. That being said, it’s amazing how other things come up to delay watching a show so I must be diligent! I will let you know how I progress and what I’m thinking of the series. Geronimo!

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“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.”
— The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6

“Amy Pond, there’s something you’d better understand about me ‘cause it’s important, and one day your life may depend on it: I am definitely a mad man with a box!” 
— The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 1.

“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”
— The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 13

(From Pinterest)

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