Short Trips Vol 1.: The Death-Dealer

short trips 1Writer: Damien Sawyer

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Doctor: Fourth

Companion: Leela

Narrator: Louise Jameson

Running Time: 15 minutes

Summary: Leela and the Doctor arrive on alien planet and find a strange merchant: a merchant who literally sells death and life.

Review: I didn’t care for this one. While the concept of actually selling life and death as a commodity was an interesting one, it was far too short. In fact, this is the shortest story in the entire collection.

Overall: 3/10

 

 

 

Twelfth: Sleep No More

sleep no moreWriter: Mark Gatiss

Director: Justin Molotnikov

Producer: Nikki Wilson

Companion: Clara Oswald

Series: 9, episode 9

Summary: This episode is told in “found-footage” style, similar to movies like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project. A space station has been invaded by strange monsters made of “sleep dust”, the dust left in your eyes when you wake up. These monsters absorb crew members into themselves. The crewmembers don’t sleep, and instead use “Morpheus Pods” to renew themselves, subjecting themselves to a state similar to sleep.

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Editorial: Unlucky 13–My Problems With Jodie Whittaker

jodie whittakerWell, it happened. A couple weeks ago, the new Doctor was announced. And it’s Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to ever play the role. And what happened? Exactly what I predicted. This is why I didn’t want a 13th Doctor. This is why I said it would kill the show. Many fans are rage quitting, although some don’t care. And Radio Times is saying “If you don’t accept her, you’re not a real fan.” (Real smooth) Some fans like myself are claiming that Doctor Who is once again caving in to pressure from special interest people and giving in to the new gender politics. Some of my fellow Christian fans of Doctor Who have considered this the final betrayal and are giving up on the show entirely. I’m conflicted myself.  As I said, I didn’t want this. But I also said I’d watch to see if I’m proven wrong.

First, let’s refute some arguments. No, I don’t have a problem with a female lead. I currently watch Bones, Supergirl, and Jessica Jones.  And one of my favorite Star Trek spin-offs was Voyager.

I also don’t mind gender swaps when they work. The Doctor Strange movie had Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One, who was originally male in the comics. That idea wouldn’t have worked in the movie, because he was stereotypically drawn to look like the typical Asian character–Fu Man Chu mustache, yellow skin, you know the look. That would’ve led to more problems, and Swinton was up to the challenge. Voltron: Legendary Defender changed Pidge into a girl named Katie Holt, who now uses Pidge as an alias. This was fine because the original Pidge was an androgynous effeminate boy, so I think making her a tomboy works better.

No, my problem is that I perceived the Doctor’s masculinity as part of his character. To all you women who love this idea, I want to ask you something. Let’s say they rebooted the Alien movies, and had Vin Diesel playing Ellen Ripley. That would be a bad idea because the whole point of those movies is that Ellen, a woman, is saving the day instead of a man. It’d reduce the movies to a generic sci-fi action flick and nullify its significance.

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Short Trips Vol 1: A True Gentleman

short trips 1Writer: Jamie Hailstone

Directors: Nicholas Briggs and Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs and Martin Montague

Running Time: 25 minutes

Doctor: Third

Narrator: Katy Manning (note: Even though Katy narrates, Jo Grant does not make an appearance. This is the only story so far that does not feature one of the Doctor’s usual companions.)

Summary: The Third Doctor’s landlord recounts a chance encounter with the Doctor when he fixed his bicycle tire, and he met an interplanetary ambassador.

Review: This was a story made for the Third Doctor. I can actually see this happening to him. I can certainly see him as a heavy tipper. And I love it when the title is actually said during a story.

Overall Review: 8/10

 

Twelfth: The Zygon Inversion (part 2)

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Writer: Peter Harness

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Producer: Peter Bennett

 Companions: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave)

Series: 9. ep. 8

Summary: The Doctor travels to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where a Zygon outpost is stationed. Zygons have taken the forms of Clara and Kate Stewart, and have found two devices that could wipe out either all of the Zygons or all of the humans.

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Editorial: Why I Don’t Hate Bill

billBefore I start this, I want to tell my readers that I am a Catholic. I frequent a Catholic Geeks group on FB that’s usually a pretty nice bunch. In fact, it’s the nicest group of geeks I’ve ever joined. Except for a small snippet of fans who HATE Bill Potts. Why? Because she’s gay. According to them, it’s another sign of the “gay agenda”. Please.

I guess I can see their point of view, sort of. There’s some children shows like The Legend Of Korra and Steven Universe that are working in hints that their characters are gay. They think that because Doctor Who is supposed to be a kids show, this is part of that agenda. My problem, however is that Doctor Who isn’t what I consider a kids show, not even in the Classic days. You think the Weeping Angels are creepy? Check out what the Autons did in their first appearance! One of the reasons “The Dalek Master Plan” is such an elusive serial is that some of the foreign markets saw how dark the story is and refused to air it. And today, the show still has that dark edge to it.

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Editorial: Why Class Failed

For the past eight weeks, I’ve been reviewing the first (and now only) series of Class. It’s been announced that the show has been put on hiatus and that Patrick Ness, the show’s creator and writer, has stepped down. As of now, the show will most likely not return.

So, it seems we have a failed experiment. Why? I have a few theories.

First of all, the promotion was sparse at best. It originally aired online a year before Doctor Who returned, and that was the only way it could be watched before it came to BBC TV. I think this wasn’t a good idea, especially since it seems as if it was only available to British markets. Also, when the show did air on TV, it was placed in a timeslot that, for British TV, wasn’t a good one. I hear it did good here in America, but we’re not the target audience.

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