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COUNTDOWN TO BEACON: Pop Culture and Feminism

Hello all!

Today, as I count down to my campaign on Beacon (beginning March 3, I’m going to be offering subscriptions to my pop culture writing for $5/month), I thought I’d shine a spotlight on one of my more popular pieces over at Tor.com.

And when I say “popular,” I don’t necessarily mean in the best way.

In this piece, Moffat’s Women: Amy and her Skirt, I talk about how much I love the character of Amy Pond, and how much I hate the fact that in the Comic Relief videos, “Space” and “Time,” the TARDIS crashing is blamed on Amy’s choice to wear a short skirt (rather than on Rory’s lack of concentration while fixing it).

EXCERPT:

Rory being distracted by Amy in a short skirt (not to mention the idea of two of her) is understandable. After all, he knows what she looks like under the skirt, making it even more understandable in his case. This isn’t my problem with the minisodes. My problem is with the too-easy, dated, sexist humor they employ, especially in the second part. First, there’s the issue of Amy being a bad driver and Rory being allowed to “have a go” at driving the TARDIS. Bad woman driver, ha ha. Now, one of the things I love about Amy is the fact that she’s flawed. She’s a complex woman, so if being a bad driver is one of the many things that make her who she is, I can forgive that.

Less forgivable, however, is the final message at the end. Once the crisis is resolved, The Doctor says that they should be safe, but to prevent it from happening again, he says “Pond, put some trousers on.” So, let me get this straight: Rory gets distracted, Rory drops the coupling…and it’s Amy’s job to put some pants on? Yes, it’s just a joke. Yes, she rolls her eyes at The Doctor and gives Rory a glare…but the fact that Moffat chose to have The Doctor reprimand Amy at the end instead of, oh I don’t know, slapping Rory upside the head for not paying attention, soured the experience for me.

If you enjoy this piece, and want to see more like it, consider subscribing to me at Beacon, beginning March 3rd. I’d love to continue to bring you the in-depth pop culture discussion to which you’ve become accustomed! 🙂

2013 Year In Review

It's been a great year!

It’s been a great year!

It’s that time again, kids! Time for my annual Year In Review post written for the three of you who care about reading a recap about my life. 🙂

Previous years: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

I have to say that, in spite of a couple of negative experiences, this was the best year ever, and that has just about everything to do with amazing people who have come into my life that have brought with them love, kindness, and opportunities that have made my life so much better. I am so grateful for 2013.

The best part of 2013.

The best part of 2013.

PERSONAL LIFE:

** Yes, the best part of 2013 was The Boy. We celebrated our first anniversary this month, and he was a part of most of my joyous, wonderful memories of this year, including my very first Valentine’s Day With a Date. He also comforted me through the difficult times, and introduced me, or strengthened my relationships with, amazing people that I now consider some of my best friends. He pretty much rules. 😉

** This was, on the whole, The Year of the Upgrade. There are things that I thought I was “losing” at the time, but now realize were being set aside for better things. I had to leave my apartment with Hollywood, but that made room for my happily moving in with The Boy. I pulled away from producing Retcon, but that made room in my life for Incredible Girl (and an awesome new friend in my producer, Aurora). Some relationships in my life ended, but that made room for not only new friends, but better relationships with people I’d initially thought would only be acquaintances. Life’s made of peaks and valleys, and you need one to get to the other. 2013 taught (and delivered) me that.

** After a four-year hiatus, I dipped my tootsies back into acting for a bit, doing background on Coffee Shop Squatters S1, and performing a small role in the short film, Watching, Waiting, which is now making the rounds at film festivals. It’s been fun, precisely because I haven’t been trying to make a career out of it. 🙂 2014 will see me acting a little more, as my producer on Incredible Girl thought it a good idea that I play one of the supporting roles that “sounds like [me].” Sure! Why not? I’ve missed this.

Lurve. 2013-style.

Lurve. 2013-style.

** I celebrated my 34th birthday with an amazing 4-day birthday weekend filled with friends, fun, and love. Probably the best weekend of the year. Granted, it caused me to get lazy about my discipline in several areas of my life…but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

** I became a mentor with the organization WriteGirl! While I haven’t been paired with a weekly mentee yet, I’ve already met so many wonderful girls at their monthly events, as well as several wonderful women writers that I’m enjoying getting to know. It’s a great organization, and if you’re looking to start your 2014 with volunteering or donating to a worthy cause, definitely check them out.

** I also celebrated my 2nd L.Aversary with some great friends by having a picnic and game day in NoHo park and getting drunk on boxed wine. 🙂

Hanging with the bride before her big day!

Hanging with the bride before her big day!

** Another highlight of 2013 was my trip East in October, when I visited both my old stomping grounds in NYC and the DC/MD/VA area (or The DMV) to visit The Boy’s family. It was the first time I’d brought The Boy home to meet my family and many of my friends, too, and he passed every test with flying colors. However, we weren’t just on the East Coast for those introductions. We were there because one of my best and oldest friends (I’ve known her since I was 5 going on 6 and she was 3 going on 4!) Joanna was getting married! She was my Single Buddy for so long that we were marveling at the fact that I was now attending her wedding with my boyfriend. 🙂 Well what do you know? Pigs do fly! Another wedding of note: that of my friends, Diana and Sebastien. I couldn’t go to the wedding itself, but I did go to the wedding brunch the next day, which was a lot of fun! I also got to meet Liz and Alex’s new baby, who is just as cute as can be! The entire trip was fun, and it was great seeing everyone – but I also learned two very important things: 1) 3 weeks is way too long to be in one place on vacation unless you have your own sleeping accommodations, and 2) I’m too damn old to be sleeping on a Flip-and-Fuck futon. Real beds or couches only from now on. My hip and lower back thank you.

** 2013 also saw several of my friends from the East Coast visiting me out West! Deb visited in January, Adam in February, Lindsay in April, and Robin in July. I love having guests in town!

Judi, Matt, Robin, Marissa, Me, and The Boy at Casa Vega during Robin's visit. If you look closely, you'll see that Robin features a coming attraction for 2014 in her belly. :)

Judi, Matt, Robin, Marissa, Me, and The Boy at Casa Vega during Robin’s visit. If you look closely, you’ll see that Robin features a coming attraction for 2014 in her belly. 🙂

WRITING LIFE

** The Year of the Upgrade affected my writing life, too. In 2013, I started feeling a bit “geeked out,” and after over 6 years of writing about geeky pop culture, I needed to move on. So, I no longer write for GirlGamer, Al Dia, or PopMatters…but that opened the door to my relationship with Ms. In the Biz, where I’m still a guest contributor (though not contributing regularly anymore), as well as freed me up to pursue the writing I actually want to be doing, rather than staying stuck in the niche I’d created for myself. So, you see? It all works out.

** The end of 2013 also gave me my biggest job opportunity yet. I don’t want to say too much about it yet, because I’ll be signing an official assignment agreement after the 1st of the month…but I got my first assignment from a national magazine! 🙂 Who says print is dead? 😉

Coming soon! (And by "soon" I mean whenever we finish our second draft, and an agent likes it enough to sell to someone. Details.

Coming soon! (And by “soon” I mean whenever we finish our second draft, and an agent likes it enough to sell to someone. Details.)

** One of the biggest things that happened in my writing life in 2013 was that my friend Adam and I formally decided to be a writing team! 🙂 I don’t think it’s something either of us ever thought would happen, but after having such a wonderful time completing our first hour-long spec pilot, we both think that this partnership is really worth holding onto. I’m so proud of our show, and am looking forward to all of the new things we’re going to create together (there are already a couple in discussion)! 2014 will likely find us writing more scripts and seeking out representation as a team. And he and his girlfriend are going to move out to L.A. whether they like it or not! 😉

GEEK HIGHLIGHTS

Just because I was “geeked out” writing-wise doesn’t mean I wasn’t doing geeky things! 2013 found me attending Wondercon 2013 in Anaheim, seeing Neil Gaiman read/speak at an LA Talks event in Glendale, going to see Catching Fire, and attending a Cornetto Trilogy Screening! But of course, the BIG thing this year was the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who, which I saw at a simulcast screening (and loved!), and the departure of Matt Smith from the show (which I didn’t love – he deserved better. Still, THANK YOU, Matt. You are “My” Doctor.). I’ve been enjoying finding the fun in geeky things again, after they became “work” for a couple of years. I’m really much happier being a fan than being invested in the reporting of geek culture, thankyouverymuch. Though, one day I hope to create something wonderful and geeky that OTHER geek writers will write about!

Well, that’s all I’ve got to say about 2013. It was a great year for me, despite some severe lows thrown in to balance things out, and I’m very excited about what 2014 has in store! After I post this, The Boy and I are going to cozy up and watch a movie before ushering in the New Year in a low-key fashion with champagne and cuddles.

I wish you all you want and need in the coming year, and I hope your 2014 is filled with love, laughter, and adventure!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

The Doctor Who 50th: We're All Just Whovians

This past week was Who-tastic! The BBC pulled out all the stops when celebrating the 50th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite Time Lord.

First, there was a new prequel short called “The Last Day”:

Then, there was the most badass Doctor Who prequel short EVER, called “The Night of the Doctor” (starring Paul McGann!):

Then, there was an (by all accounts) amazing biopic about the beginnings of Doctor Who called An Adventure in Space and Time (I’ll be watching it soon, and will buy it on iTunes):

Then, there was the wonderful 50th Anniversary special itself, “The Day of the Doctor,” which was simulcast all over the world, and has just gotten into the Guinness Book of World Records for largest simulcast of a TV drama ever, being shown in over 96 countries on 6 continents:

But if THAT weren’t enough, Saturday also saw the release of a hilarious short film called “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot,” written and directed by the Fifth Doctor himself, Peter Davison, and starring him and too many other fabulous people to list (it’s half an hour long – and WELL worth the time, especially to discover John Barrowman’s secret shame).

I could talk about the joy of going to see a screening of the simulcast on Saturday morning, sitting in a room full of Whovians all dressed up and raring to go (I wore my K-9 shirt). I could talk about how fun the entire week was, as all of my friends did nothing but talk about Doctor Who for a good five days.

But what strikes me the most is the fact that Doctor Who has become a worldwide phenomenon in ways that would make Sydney Newman and Verity Lambert proud. Just looking at the sheer number of mediums used for the 50th Anniversary alone, it’s incredible to see how Doctor Who’s storytelling has evolved. It started on television, then there are the radio plays, audio plays, novels, the TV movie, then a new TV show, and stories from that series augmented by additional stories on the web. Oh, and the comics that never stopped.  And because of the genius premise of the show – that it takes place anywhere in space and time; that its main character regenerates and is centuries old – it’s a story that can go on and on and on and never get boring. It can expand forever, in any direction and in any medium, because there’s always something new to say, somewhere new to go, and some new angle at which to explore every facet of the universe. I can easily see Doctor Who going on another 50 years, and beyond!

And that fact made me think about the idea of “Classic” Who and “New” Who.

Whenever I’ve been asked to write or talk about Doctor Who, it’s always been from the perspective of my having started the show at the 2005 reboot. I didn’t grow up with the show the way many people did. Rather, I started watching the show on DVD in 2006-2007 and became immediately enraptured. Knowing that the show had a history going back to the 1960s, I sought out the older Doctors, and am still happily involved in watching all the old episodes with several Doctors and many companions yet unseen. However, I have friends who, when they’ve tried to watch the old episodes of the show don’t like them as much, and stick to the current incarnation.

And there’s nothing wrong with that.

The beauty of a show with this kind of longevity is that there are always going to be new fans jumping onto the most current stories. They should definitely check out older stories if they can, as watching the evolution of the Doctor as played by twelve (soon thirteen!) different actors is a fascinating exercise.  There’s also the fact that, if you don’t like the older television stories, there might be something for you in the audio dramas, or the comics! However, sometimes you just want to stick with the stories that are most relevant to you, and that’s OK, too. Because fetishize them though many do, several of the older stories were downright BORING, with many of the six-part stories containing two parts devoted entirely to running (and nothing else). Then again, many of them aren’t, and you should treat the old show the way you treat any current show you enjoy – love the good episodes, bemoan the crappy ones, and keep watching.

Fifty years in, we’re all just Whovians. We each have our preferences in Doctors and companions and storylines, but the idea of being a “classic” Who fan vs a “new” Who fan is irrelevant. After all, many “classic” Who fans grew up with Tom Baker as “their” Doctor…but there are people who grew up with Hartnell and Troughton. There are people who grew up with Colin Baker. And there are people like me who never heard about Doctor Who until a friend lent me her DVDs of the Eccleston series and told me that this show would change my life.

It did.

Happy Anniversary, Doctor Who.  Here’s to many more!

SONG OF THE DAY: "Still Not Ginger" – Chameleon Circuit

Song: “Still Not Ginger”

Performed by: Chameleon Circuit

Album: Still Got Legs (2011)

This weekend was a big one if you’re a Whovian. Saturday marked the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, and the BBC (and fans!) marked it in several ways, which I’ll talk about in a later post.

But, because I’ve still got Doctor Who on the brain, today’s Song of the Day is related, too. Here’s “Still Not Ginger” by Chameleon Circuit in honor of the current Doctor. Enjoy! Then, go eat some fish fingers and custard. 🙂

** DON’T FORGET THE POUND BY POUND PLEDGE DRIVE –RUNNING APR. 5TH 2013-APR. 5TH 2014 **

GOODBYE, MATT SMITH!

This weekend, Whovians read the news that Matt Smith, the fabulous and wonderful Eleventh Doctor, will be regenerating in this year’s Christmas special and leaving the show, making room for a new actor to assume the Doctor’s mantle.

I’m a New Whovian, and while I love much of the classic series immensely (I’m currently watching all of Romana I’s episodes for an essay I’m writing, and I love her!), my first Doctor was the Ninth. I’ve only been through two regenerations that are properly mine, and they were increasingly painful (as much as the death and rebirth of a fictional character can be).

But Eleven was special to me. While it took me several episodes to fall in love with David Tennant’s Ten, I fell in love with Matt Smith instantly. The moment he entered Amelia Pond’s house and started spitting up apple chunks and eating fish fingers and custard in “The Eleventh Hour,” I knew he was the Doctor. His way with children was amazing, he was brilliant, and he carried with him a perfect balance of ancient wisdom and childlike wonder. Matt Smith astounded me numerous times with his performances, and he totally deserved to be the first actor ever nominated for a BAFTA for this role, because honestly, he’s been the most amazing actor at it. He never seemed to treat it like “just good fun.” It was a deep, meaningful role for him, and he treated it with respect. And it showed.

I’m looking forward to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special and the Christmas special. And I’ll be sad to see Smith go.

** DON’T FORGET THE POUND BY POUND PLEDGE DRIVE –RUNNING APR. 5TH 2013-APR. 5TH 2014 **

SONG OF THE DAY: "I AM THE DOCTOR" – MURRAY GOLD

Basically…run.

I’ve had trouble thinking of a Song of the Day for today. Usually, it’s in some way related to my mood or something I’ve been thinking about…but I’m in a wonky mood today. Not a bad mood, just a weird one. I feel off-kilter for some reason. There are a lot of things I’m currently in the middle of doing that I haven’t yet finished, things that are important to me creatively, and so I feel unfinished. I don’t know…

What I DO know is that whenever I’m feeling hopeless, or like I can’t do something, the opening notes of Murray Gold’s “I Am the Doctor” get me in the mood to take on the world. No, not the world, the UNIVERSE. 🙂

So here, for your listening pleasure, is “I Am the Doctor” by Murray Gold, played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for Doctor Who, Series 5. Enjoy!

*** DON’T FORGET THE POUND BY POUND PLEDGE DRIVE – RUNNING APR. 5TH 2013-APR. 5TH 2014 ***

WHO REVIEW: The Rings of Akhaten

So, I used to review Doctor Who over at Tor.com, but I don’t do that anymore. Last week, I participated in a dual review of “The Bells of Saint John” over at Slate.com. I figured I’d keep the Doctor Who love going here. Because why not. 🙂 You can look forward to them on Fridays, so that you have something new to read/talk about before the new episode tomorrow after you’ve read all the other recaps and whatnot earlier in the week. Enjoy!

“THE RINGS OF AKHATEN”

The Doctor takes Clara on her first adventure in the TARDIS! But not before he spies on her parents in the 1980s, trying to trace her origins to see if she could actually, possibly be just an ordinary human girl. He insists, despite watching her parents meet in an ordinary, if incredibly adorable way that involves “the most important leaf in human history,” that she is “impossible.” He and Clara then travel to the Rings of Akhaten, a group of seven planetoids orbiting the planet Akhaten, a huge planet with a pyramid on top that houses an Old God. On one of the planetoids, the Doctor takes Clara on a tour of an alien marketplace where stories and memories are currency, introducing her to several new species and generally wowing her with awesome, just like she asked. Clara gets separated from the Doctor and ends up bumping into a little girl who is running from someone. She calls herself the Queen of Years, and once Clara helps her hide, she explains that her name is Merry Gejehl, and that she was chosen to be the Queen of Years when she was a baby; chosen to be a vessel for all of her people’s history. She knows every poem, every story, every legend, everything, and has been trained to sing it all in a song to feed the Old God (sometimes called “Grandfather”) at the Festival of Offerings, an annual ceremony where everyone gathers together to feed the Old God stories, memories, and emotions in order to keep him asleep. Merry is afraid she’ll get the song wrong, but Clara helps her find her courage.  She sings the song, and for a while, the festival is beautiful, but the god is apparently hungrier than anyone thought. Or is it? Nope. It just so happens that Akhaten itself is a planet-sized parasite that was scheduled to wake up anyway. It feeds on the energy in stories and emotions. So, what does the Doctor do? Saves Merry from being sacrificed and offers himself instead, figuring that 900+ years of stories would do the trick, but it’s not enough. Here comes Clara to the rescue offering something brilliant – The Most Important Leaf in Human History – which contained not only all the stories she and her family have already lived, but all the infinite possibilities in the days that will never be, because her mother died early. The Planet-God is overstuffed with potential, and is more than satisfied. Clara saves a planetary system.

I LOVED this episode, and it seems to have broken the Moffat second-episode curse. You know the one. The one where the second episode that airs after a premiere always kinda (if not REALLY) sucks (ie: “The Beast Below”, though that’s grown on me upon multiple viewings, or “The Curse of the Black Spot,” which can only grow on a person like a cancer)? It was as if Neil Cross wrote a Doctor Who episode just for me! As unfeeling as I thought “The Bells of Saint John” was, this episode had all the character-driven emotion I think is essential to a successful Doctor Who episode. However, I didn’t like the episode simply because of the warm fuzzies it gave me, but because I thought it brought up some interesting explorations of the Big Themes of Doctor Who, and some interesting tidbits that might figure into not only the mystery of Clara Prime, but the 50th Anniversary of the show.

Clara Is a Person

The thing that worried me most about “The Snowmen” and “The Bells of Saint John” seemed to worry writer Neil Cross, too. I worried that Clara was all puzzle-piece and no humanity. Up until now, Steven Moffat was writing her that way, but with this episode, not only do we get to know her as a fully-realized human being, but she insists on it saying that she wants to travel with the Doctor “as me. I won’t compete with a ghost!” In her interaction with Merry, we get to know that Clara is warm and loving, and confident that warmth and love are powerful things. Her parents loved each other a great deal, and she learned from them. When the Doctor takes her around the marketplace and they meet an alien named Do’reen who seems to speak in a series of barks, Clara barks back, trying to communicate in her native language. She is also someone who didn’t need the Doctor to teach her that “we don’t leave anyone behind.” She came in knowing that, and we see her first wanting to rescue Merry, then going back to save the Doctor when he needs it. Clara was also smart and insightful enough to realize that there was something greater than all the stories that happened, and that’s all the stories that never happened. That was a brilliant solution that she came up with without the Doctor’s help, and I wanted to cheer as I sat alone in my living room watching this episode. 🙂 Also, I loved me some Amy Pond, but Clara gives killer banter.

And then there’s Clara being the companion who constantly surprises us. For example, rather than say the usual, “It’s bigger on the inside!” when referring to the TARDIS, she says “It’s smaller on the outside!” When the Doctor asks her where she wants to go, her first response is You know when anyone asks you what your favorite book is and straight away you forget every book you’ve ever read?  I loved that response, as it was such a keenly observed bit of human behavior.

Finally, I saw the same spark that I saw in “Asylum of the Daleks” when we got to know Oswin, and I’m looking forward to getting to know Clara as Clara a lot better. Jenna-Louise Coleman is rocking it.

Matt Smith Is Amazing With Children (not to mention monologues)

If there is suddenly an epidemic of exploded ovaries among Whovian women, it’ll be Matt Smith’s fault. From the moment he interacted with Caitlin Blackwood as Amelia Pond, I knew he’d be trouble. Whereas both Eccleston as the Ninth and Tenant as the Tenth Doctors were a bit prickly, Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor is totally The Children’s Doctor. Perhaps it’s because he’s the youngest to play the role, but Smith has a great rapport with young costars, and one of the highlights of this episode was the scene in which the Doctor describes The Big Bang to Merry, convincing her that she doesn’t need to sacrifice herself for this parasite, who did not, in fact, create the Universe.

The other highlight, of course, was the Doctor’s monologue at the end, when he is telling the parasite to take all his stories. I was mesmerized and, I’ll admit it, I cried. Matt Smith continually acts the living bejeezus out of this role, summoning a depth beyond his years, and I consider this his best performance to date. “I have lost things that you will never understand!” That line killed me.

Though I could’ve done without “Take it all, baby!” I’m sorry, but the word “baby” should never be in a serious monologue. Not even one spoken by the Doctor. Ever. That should be a rule.

Faith (and respect for it)

I’m always interested when science fiction addresses issues of faith. Doctor Who does this a lot, to varying degrees of success, and this episode came at it in a way that was a bit uneven. On the one hand, when Clara asks if it’s true that all life came from Akhaten, the Doctor says things like “well, that’s what they believe.” But he doesn’t say it in a belittling way, rather, he respects the story they tell. We see this attitude at the Festival of Offerings, too, when the Doctor starts singing along with everyone and encourages Clara to do so as well. The Doctor has a lot of answers, but he’s also not about to shatter someone’s faith unless there’s a very good reason, like an alien minotaur (“The God Complex”), or as in “The Rings of Akhaten,”  a parasitic planet about to kill a little girl for her soul.

However, there was one thing that rubbed me the wrong way. When the Doctor faces down this planet-sized parasite, he is very accusatory while having very little information. He berates it saying, “You like to think you’re a God. You feed on them…” When I heard this, I thought….How do you know what it thinks? Why do you assume it’s purposely taking advantage of them? The people of the Seven Worlds willingly accepted the planet as a god, but how can the Doctor assume that that’s what the parasite needed or wanted? It’s a parasite. It’s going to feed however it can. But I don’t think it was “using religion” to get what it wanted, and I think that this was a bad metaphor for that happening in life, if that’s what this was ultimately trying to be. Which I’m not sure it was.

For some, the weakness in this episode was in the science of it. For me, it was in the weak handling of the religion of this world by the Doctor. He respected their right to believe whatever they liked, but he didn’t really understand it, and when push came to shove, he didn’t really try (nor did the episode). Also, it also generally bunches my panties whenever I see people who “know better” think that they can take it upon themselves to “save” people from themselves. As if they have any right. I’m certainly glad Merry didn’t die, and I do believe that if there are facts to be known, they should be known, even by children. At the same time, she was a girl who was raised to save her people, and she was basically robbed of that. It’s like, great, I’m alive – but the only purpose I’ve ever known has been taken from me. Yeah, I’m young. I’ll find a new one, I guess. But still. That sucks. Way to step in and fix my life in a way that’s best for me, Doctor. Can’t have me believing in gods that will swoop in and save me, when I can just sit here and believe that you’ll…swoop in and save me….erm. But seriously, way to leave me a shell of my former self. Donna Noble and I should start a support group for people from whom you’ve taken away a greater purpose and left to flounder.

It’s interesting, then, that the episode considers the stories we tell and the things we believe our most important currency, so much so that Clara calls it “horrible” to be expected to give up something that means something to you in order to buy something else.

Potential Time, Special Dates, and the 50th Anniversary

A lot was made of Clara giving up something of great sentimental value, and the biggest thing she had was something that was made up of days that never could be. I wonder, then, if that’s part of the Clara mystery. Is she someone’s potential futures? Her mother’s, perhaps? And I mean literally, not in a symbolic “I will live the life my mother never could” kind of a way. Is she the Doctor’s potential futures? I can’t shake the feeling (which is probably totally wrong, but how cool would it be if I were right?) that Clara is somehow the Doctor’s mother. Moffat seems to enjoy exploring mother-child relationships (Amy/Melody, Madge Ardwell, Clara and her mother). He also seems to enjoy people’s essences being trapped in places they shouldn’t, hanging on in the ether (the echoes in “Silence in the Library,” trapped in the internet in “The Bells of Saint John”) It wouldn’t surprise me if Clara ended up being the energy of all the days that should’ve been for the Doctor’s mother but weren’t, because of the Time War; turning up at various points in time to remind him to “Run, you clever boy…and remember.” The date of Clara’s birth is the same day that Doctor Who premiered in 1963. The 50th Anniversary is coming up, and that’s technically when the Doctor was born. She was born the same day Doctor Who was… giving the Doctor life….

Or, I could completely be full of shit. That’s just as likely. 🙂

And then there are the dates on Ellie Oswald’s tombstone. Having her be born on September 11th is pretty obviously significant, but so is her date of death – March 5, 2005 – as it’s the same day that the Doctor met Rose Tyler! That’s GOT to be significant in a way that will likely become apparent as we get closer to the 50th Anniversary special.

Well, what did YOU think about “The Rings of Akhaten?” Entertain yourselves before the next episode of Doctor Who airs tomorrow by letting me know in the comments!

*** DON’T FORGET THE POUND BY POUND PLEDGE DRIVE – RUNNING APR. 5TH 2013-APR. 5TH 2014 ***

Talking Doctor Who at Slate!

Doctor Who - The Bells of St. John

Hey there, kids!

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I did a chat with my friend, Mac Rogers, as part of a series of Doctor Who reviews he’ll be doing with prominent Whovians for Slate. Well, our chat about “The Bells of Saint John” has posted!

EXCERPT:

Mac: Fortunately the revelation of the identity of Miss Kizlet’s mysterious “client” was well within the episode proper. And how cool was it that the client was unveiled as the Great Intelligence, now having permanently assumed the always welcome appearance of Richard E. Grant? When it comes to recurring villains from the classic series, it’s hard to think of a deeper cut than the Great Intelligence, which menaced the Doctor in 1967’s “The Abominable Snowmen” and 1968’s “The Web of Fear” and made a surprise return in the this past December’s Christmas special, “The Snowmen.” It’s interesting, between Doctor Simeon in “The Snowmen” and now Miss Kizlet in “Saint John,” we’re seeing the Great Intelligence as an evil mirror of the Doctor, first visiting people in childhood and profoundly influencing the rest of their lives. What do you make of the often nostalgia-averse Moffat bringing back such an obscure villain? And do you think we’ll get to see some Yeti?

Teresa: I have to admit I rolled my eyes. Sorry! You say Moffat’s nostalgia-averse, and I’m like, “What?” All current Doctor Who seems to do (not just the Moffat era, but Davies, too) is rehash old villains from Classic Who: Daleks, Silurians, Sontarans, Cybermen. Moffat’s definitely been better about creating new threats: the Weeping Angels, the Vashta Nerada, the Silence, all genius and horribly frightening. But then he insists on going back to old stuff. For what? To appease the fans of Classic Who? It’s a huge universe. The Doctor could swing 50 cats and never hit another Cyberman again if he really didn’t want to. I long for one, just one season of Doctor Who with completely new aliens and monsters.

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And thanks, Mac, for a great chat! It was fun! (And if only people could read the stuff that was cut out! Hmmm….) 😉

I'M IN A HUGO-NOMINATED ANTHOLOGY, YOU GUYS!

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Guess what I found out yesterday?

Only that CHICKS UNRAVEL TIME HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A HUGO AWARD IN THE “BEST RELATED WORK” CATEGORY!

That’s right, kids, I have an essay in a Hugo-nominated anthology! Career milestone….check.

For those who don’t know, the Hugo Award is the highest honor in science fiction, and is given out and administered by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). It’s basically the Oscar of sci-fi.

The full list of this year’s nominees can be viewed HERE.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this! 🙂 I’m so proud of our wonderful editors, Deborah Stanish and LM Myles, for their amazing work. They are so smart, and were so great to work with in the editing process – they deserve every bit of success! Also, I have to commend the other writers who contributed to the anthology. As I’ve been reading each essay over the past couple of months (I spread things out when reading anthologies), I’ve been marveling at the totally different takes on Who throughout. These essays are so insightful and intelligent (and often funny!). I’m honored to be in their company. And just FYI – if this wins, the award would be going to our editors. I would not be winning one. Still, it’s exciting that something I wrote contributed to something possibly winning a Hugo. That’s super-sweet!

Good luck, Chicks! And we’ll see you at WorldCon! 🙂

DOCTOR WHO WEEK 2013: HAPPY WHO PREMIERE DAY!

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in “The Bells of St. John”. Photo Credit: BBC America

I’ll be off at WonderCon today, so I won’t be online much, and I won’t make it home in time to watch tonight’s Doctor Who premiere when it’s on. BUT, I AM DVR-ing it, and I’ll be watching it the second I get home.

Have you seen the prequel to the episode? If not, now’s the time!

I hope you’ve enjoyed Doctor Who Week 2013! Here’s a recap of the week’s posts in case you haven’t been reading along:

(RIVER) SONGS OF THE DAY

MONDAY – “Not the Doctor – Alanis Morissette

TUESDAY – “Blink” – Chameleon Circuit

WEDNESDAY – “I Need a Doctor” – Eminem feat. Dr. Dre

THURSDAY – “Because We Want To” – Billie

FRIDAY – “An Awful Lot of Running” – Chameleon Circuit

POSTS

Intro Post

5 Thoughts About “The Snowmen”

Classic Doctor Who Was Kinda Racist

Doctor Who Wins a Peabody Award!

Serving First Doctor Realness

I’m Gonna Be Talking Who On Slate.com!

Billie Piper and David Tennant

And lastly, a bit of BREAKING NEWS about the 50th Anniversary! BBC America has announced that both DAVID TENNANT and BILLIE PIPER will be back for the 50th Anniversary! Also joining the cast? JOHN HURT! Filming of the 50th Anniversary episode begins THIS WEEK!

Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait! 🙂

Enjoy the premiere, Whovians! It airs TONIGHT on BBC America at 8PM ET!

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