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One more Mini Episode before the 50th Anniversary

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With just three days to go, we are blessed with another mini episode! Ok so its no Night of the Doctor, but it is still fun. You can find the episode FREE on iTunes.

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The Rose Colored Glasses of Rassilon

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There is a universal phenomenon in fandom. It is generically called retroactive continuity, but it has many names. It is the effort to make sense of a story or plot point so that it will fit existing continuity. It is an odd phenomenon, because it compels fans to find some way to save their favorite show from plot holes you could fly a starship through. In Doctor Who fandom, I call it, the Rose Colored Glasses of Rassilon, and it is in full force when fans review The Doctor Who television movie from 1996.

Recently, I experienced this phenomenon while recording a podcast for The Articles of the Shadow Proclamation. Over its nearly 50 year history, Doctor Who has never been absolutely faithful to continuity. Just ask a long term fan how many origins there have been for the Loch Ness Monster or when exactly the UNIT stories took place. So why does the 8th Doctor movie cause so many headaches? I think it is because, for the longest time, this was the entire run for this Doctor, and as such people looked very closely at the movie trying to figure out all they could about this regeneration, and where the show might have gone had the movie spun off into a new series. The show had been cancelled, or on a protracted hiatus for quite some time, and fans really hoped this movie meant the show was coming back.

I should probably take a moment here and declare that I really like this movie, especially Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor. Oh and don’t get me started on how cool the console room is. That said it is hard to ignore some of the film’s oddities, like The Doctor being half human, or The Master turning into some sort of snake. So like any good fan, I try and focus on the good things, and try my best to make sense of everything else.

The thing that struck me though is that over time, the cannon of Doctor Who has found a way to absorb some of those ’96 television movie oddities. For example, the gold pixie dust energy which revived Grace appeared to come from nowhere. The TARDIS can choose to bring people back from the dead? in 1996 this was wacky but here in 2012 we have countless examples of similar gold energy being used by the TARDIS to do all sorts of things, including giving a monster a second chance at life. Oh and all of a sudden being half human is not so crazy. After all, a half human Doctor does exist with Rose in another dimension.

Maybe it’s those rose colored glasses I am wearing or maybe in an appropriately Timey-Wimey way, the cannon of Doctor Who is healing itself. The Doctor’s Wife episode was a much better explanation as to The TARDIS’s sentience, and therefore it is so much easier to think that perhaps Idris was behind the odd resurrections. As time goes by, the wacky aspects of the 1996 television movie seem less and less wacky.

Okay, this is not a perfect process. Where was that semi truck full of chickens going in San Francisco at that time of night? At least Doctor Who Cannon seems to weather curve balls better than other shows. If only us Highlander fans could be so lucky.

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Reaction Post: Christmas Carol

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Well…I promised The Vig I’d do something interesting for my Reaction Post. …So I did. There may be a few spoilers. Overall, though, mostly…silliness.

 
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A Christmas Carol – Quick Reaction

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So did everyone see this year’s Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol? Even if it did have commercial breaks, I was thrilled that BBC America aired this episode. On the off chance that there are readers of this site who have not seen the special yet, I will do my best to avoid any significant spoilers. I will just focus on my reactions.
 

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K-9 (A Spinoff too far?)

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K-9 (A Spinoff too far?)

Faced with yet another void of Doctor Who related material till December, I figured now would be a good time to discuss the new K-9 series. Unlike Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, K-9 is not produced by the BBC, but instead filmed in Australia, for Disney XD and Network Ten.

Whether this series is considered part of the Doctor Who canon is a complex question. K-9 was co-created by Bob Baker and the BBC. Therefore, Mr. Baker had the right to use the character of K-9 while the BBC controlled the image of K-9. Ultimately the BBC declined to be involved in the series fearing that with so many other spin-offs, this may be an extension too far. So where does this leave us? To find out, join me behind the spoiler bar.
 

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The Beast Below

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Believe it or not, there was actually a new episode of Doctor Who this past week. It almost feels like Christmas no? After the Gap year specials I think it is going to take a while before I get use to having Doctor Who back on a regular schedule.

Join me now to learn what I thought of the latest episode.

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The Doctor Will See You Now – A Reaction to the Eleventh Hour

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The Doctor Will See You Now – A Reaction to the Eleventh Hour

Can it be? After all this time do we actually have a new episode?

Yes, everything is new. New Doctor, New Companion, New TARDIS, New Titles, New Music …..
Join me to hear my reactions to this much anticipated new story.

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Reaction Post: The Eleventh Hour

Posted by: Whochick

WonderCon was very busy and that isn’t generally my thing, but for Doctor Who I drive to Los Angeles by myself yearly. So, off to San Francisco and a ruddy great crowded Con I went…with my family in tow, no less. Yes. My Mum, Dad, Brother, and Husband. Of the lot, I’m the only one with two boxes of comic books in my closet (WonderCon is a Comic Book convention…technically.) Only my Husband and myself had ever been to a Con before. Witness the power of Doctor Who!

Once we were seated in the auditorium, (and after a quick viewing of the trailer) the fellow from BBC America did his spiel, and then we saw a greeting from Matt and Karen specifically filmed for this showing. And then…the show began and the audience went a bit insane for a moment.

Stand by for my usual brand of disjointed reactions…below the fold.

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The End of Time Part 2 – A Reaction

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Okay, some may say, its about time you guys discussed, The End of Time Part 2, and some may say its been so long in coming, what is the point, but here it is, my discussion of the End of Time Part Two.

This was a very hard episode to review. Unfortunately my fellow blogger here at The Articles could not join me in a joint review, so here goes my best effort. For those that have yet to see the Episode I am sure this review will be filled with spoilers, so join me beyond the spoiler warning at your own risk.

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The End of Time Part One – Reaction

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Hello faithful reader, as most of the world has seen The End of Time Part One, I figured it was safe to give you my reaction to the episode. After seeing the various trailers with the Ood and the dream like cinematography, I thought this episode was going to be a cross between Its a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. I thought The Doctor was being brought to account for his transgressions in the previous episode, and that in the dream Wilfred would guide The Doctor through a nightmare of images.

Well that was all wrong. Join me beyond the spoiler warning to find out what I thought of what really happened.

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