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Last week the BBC released its first images of Peter Capaldi in his official costume as the Twelfth (Thirteenth if we count the War Doctor) iteration of our favorite Time Lord, the Doctor, and oh what a costume it is!

My basic reaction? Love!

His coat and vest is similar to the last rendition of Matt Smith‘s costume, which is a nice homage to Eleven, but gone are the bowtie and fez. Well, that really remains to be seen I suppose, but I really doubt Capaldi’s Doctor will have as much childlike pleasure in wearing different hats as Smith’s did.

In fact, here’s the direct quote from Capaldi about the new look:

He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.

I couldn’t agree more. To me this costume choice harkens back to the Third Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee. During that time, the Doctor’s costume was almost like a dandy magician’s, with a cape that sometimes appeared along with the various velvet dinner suits he wore, including his iconic first costume that featured a very familiar looking red lining.

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You can see how the new is reminiscent of the old, and I wonder if Capaldi’s Doctor will be likewise a slight nod in that direction. The Third Doctor was the one banished to Earth for breaking Time Lord law, after all, and with Gallifrey sort-of-back, kind of a little bit, and with the amount of rule breaking the Doctor has done in the last several hundred years, he might be heading back into the full on rebellion mode again. This is also interesting because Matt Smith has said that he patterned his own Doctor after the Second, portrayed by Patrick Troughtan. Could there be similarities?

Regardless of any connections, real or implied, I’m excited to see what direction the show goes as it enters its eight season since the 2005 reboot. I’m ready for an older Doctor, and I think it will be interesting to see who he is after everything he’s been through, losing his home and then finding it again. I’m also still holding out hope for improved writing for Clara (seen below, with Capaldi wearing Smith’s last costume), who has so much potential but, in my opinion, not well utilized at all. But this isn’t about that. This is about costume. And I love the new look for the Doctor. Bring it on!

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Tonight I am revisiting the Clara Oswald episodes from this past season of Doctor Who. While watching “The Bells of St John,” I noticed something interesting, a very specific detail that got my mind rambling off (as it does) on all sorts of little theories. I’m going to ramble about them now and see if I get anywhere. Coming with me? Geronimo!

“I don’t know where I am.”

The episode begins with a warning: people are being uploaded into a giant computer database and they all say this same phrase. They don’t know where they are because they have ceased to exist in the physical space.

Clara, of course, gets uploaded twice; the first time the Doctor interrupts but not before she’s received her “computer package” which makes her as smart at computers as the giant database, or so it seems. The second time, she’s “fully integrated” and the Doctor must get everyone in the database downloaded to get her back. Each time she keeps on repeating “I don’t know where I am,” just like all the others.

Clara really is one for the repeated phrase. We know, thanks to “The Name of the Doctor,” that her catchphrase is from the moment she jumps into the Doctor’s time stream. “Run, you clever boy, and remember” is repeated each time she’s about to die in the other episodes. What’s really interesting is that at the very beginning and at the very end of “Name,” she repeats another phrase: “I don’t know where I am.”

She says this as she’s falling through the Doctor’s time stream, living through his entire history and stopping the Great Intelligence from killing him at every point in time. She was born to save the Doctor and she saves the Doctor again and again by being born. The episode implies that she sends the leaf that causes her parents to meet and have her…

…which means that Clara is essentially a time loop. This is where we get into Wild Speculation with a dash of Theorizing and Guesswork for good measure.

If Clara sent the leaf that caused one of her selves to be born, and we think it is the “original” Clara (Clara Prime), then she creates herself. That’s a bit confusing and a bit too Bad Wolf for my liking. But, if the Clara that sends the leaf is a version created when she jumped into the Doctor’s time stream, then where does Clara Prime actually originate? Is the Doctor traveling with Clara Prime, or is he traveling with a “Saving the Doctor” Clara? Or is it a combination?

It bothered me in the 50th special, “Day of the Doctor,” that even though the season ended with Clara and the Doctor both inside his mind, that there was no explanation for how they got back out of his mind. He asks her to trust him, to let him save her, and they see the War Doctor… and then she’s in a school?

No. We’ve missed something.

So, then, is it possible that the entire 50th anniversary episode takes place in the Doctor’s mind? It would be tricky with all the other Doctors there, but, if versions of Clara are throughout the Doctor’s timeline, then couldn’t there also be versions of the Doctor scattered around, too? And I hope this doesn’t get too Timey Wimey, but couldn’t that also account for why the War Doctor was able to reach two future Doctors are once, and not just, say, Ten?

And what about that computer database? It is, of course, the Great Intelligence, but is it the original Great Intelligence, or is It one of Its own versions that also went into the Doctor’s time stream? Are the players in “Bells of St John” their Prime selves, or just copies?

It’s…complicated.

I’m hoping that the Christmas special “Time of the Doctor” will reveal how they got out of his mind, or at least give a hint to it. I know sometimes there are coincidences, but repetition of key phrases? That’s very Moffat, isn’t it Sweetie?

“I don’t know where I am.” And we don’t know where the Doctor and Clara are, either.

Note: On a second watching of “Bells of St John” and other episodes, I have to say that I still think Clara’s character isn’t written well, but with my newly found affection for her thanks to the 50th special, I’m enjoying her a lot more in these. I hope the writers continue to give her more depth, because I like her attitude and independence. She’s the first modern companion who isn’t either A) interested in the Doctor or B) has or is looking for another love interest (remember, even Donna was constantly dealing with weddings and marriage). I like that she’s perfectly content to just wheel around the universe with him, having a laugh. She’s got a lot of potential.

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I kept the title basic enough, but you should know this post has SPOILERS, sweetie.

So. Peter Capaldi is going to be the new Doctor.

I think most of the world collectively said, “Who??” when they made the announcement, but he looked really familiar and it didn’t take me long to find out why. Peter Capaldi has been all over our TV and movie screens for years, it’s just that he’s usually a character actor. We see him all the time.

The reason I recognized him was from his role in The Hour, which is a BBC drama I love. He came on for the second series (it’s a mini series with six episodes per run) and was fantastic, fit right in with the rest of the cast. He’s known for other things, too, but I think the most entertaining is one of his most recent billings: as “W.H.O. Doctor” in World War Z.

Anyway, that’s enough of the summary, you can get more of that elsewhere. Here are my two cents about it.

I like the casting choice. The Doctor has been getting younger looking lately, and I think it’s about time we had an older actor in the role. It’ll be interesting to see him not as the “heartthrob” any more, but as the over 1000 year old guy he is. And I’m really hoping that with a new Doctor that the writers will maybe fix Clara’s character up a bit, too. It’s been known to happen, where the characters get a bit, well, edited between seasons. It even happened with the Seventh Doctor (and I liked him a LOT in his second season).

All of that being said, I know there are people very upset about Matt Smith’s departure from the show. My friends’ six year old daughter bawled her eyes out about it, channeling fan-girls everywhere, I suspect. The thing is, the actors who play the Doctor always change. That’s the point, if you will. And I’m interested to see where the show is going next.

I also can’t help but remember the heartbreak over David Tennant’s departure, and how people said they just couldn’t see Matt Smith as the Doctor because he wasn’t David Tennant. Well, we (almost) all grew to love Matt Smith’s Doctor, and I’m sure we’ll love the new one, too. The Whovians are all in this together, and I think it’s going to be exciting.

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Impossible Astronaut Day was the 23rd. I kept finding these weird marks on my arm, but the only thing I heard was silence…

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Here are eleven things I have learned from The Doctor:

The least important things sometimes, my dear boy, lead to the greatest discoveries.
1st Doctor

Logic, my dear Zoe, merely enables one to be wrong with authority.
2nd Doctor

A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.
3rd Doctor

There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t act a little childish sometimes.
4th Doctor

You may disguise your features but you can never disguise your intent.
5th Doctor

What’s the use of a good quotation if you can’t change it?
6th Doctor

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way.
7th Doctor

I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there.
8th Doctor

The past is another country. 1987′s just the Isle of Wight.
9th Doctor

Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.
10th Doctor

My experience is that there is, you know, surprisingly, always hope.
11th Doctor

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If you haven’t seen this episode yet, just STOP. There are SPOILERS, sweetie!

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Now that I’ve seen the Doctor Who episode called “The Cold War,” I have some observations. They are below the cut because SPOILERS, sweetie.

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Because this is the new episode, all of my THOUGHTS will be after the page break. After all, SPOILERS, Sweetie.

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As this weekend was Earth Day, it was also the opening weekend for the new Disneynature movie, Chimpanzee. And as I have every year, I went with a group from the zoo to go see it.

It’s always interesting to go see an animal movie w/ zoo people because we see things with that perspective. So the comments afterward were along the lines of this:

“At least they didn’t personify the chimps quite as much as in the lion one last year.”
“Why does there have to be an ‘invading force’ and all that, why not just say the other group needs more food to support itself?”
“Why are all of the ‘bad guys’ in these Disney movies named things like Scar? Or Fang?” (My contribution? “I like the name Roscoe…”)
“I wonder how much they edited it in the studio for _______ scene…”

You get the idea.

The footage was beautiful, though. I especially liked the parts where they filmed rain in slow motion as it poured down on mushrooms and leaves, and a part where they showed phosphorescent fungi. This is what I really like about these type of movies– the high definition, gorgeous footage of the wildlife and of places I’ll probably never see in my lifetime.

So yeah. I liked it overall.

Last thing for tonight and then I’m going to bed (I’ve been up since 4:30, which is a whole other matter). A friend sent me this:

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Sojourn

sojourn (n.) a brief period of residence; (v.) to live somewhere temporarily

I spent November outside of Hawaii. I meant to blog about it as soon as I got back, but life can be a whirlwind (plus I’m still enjoying as much of my on-vacation-laid-back attitude as much as possible) and I haven’t gotten to it yet. Today I find myself with some unexpected time, though, so I’m going to take a little time to tell you about it.

Mostly you can see what all I did (which consisted of getting good nights’ sleep, not stressing about my house being dusty, and visiting some old haunts) at my photo blog. I still haven’t gotten to captions, but will manage it eventually I’m sure. In the meantime, I’m going to show you some things I did using nothing but the photos I snapped with the camera on my phone.

These are mostly the things I sent to J so he could “participate” in what I was doing and are in no way comprehensive. Mostly they’re just funny. Hope you enjoy! (Warning: LOTS of photos, though I did make them smallish, at least…)

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With the second half of Doctor Who’s series six just two weeks away, I’ve been chewing on a lot of the bits we still don’t understand. Chewing MENTALLY, I didn’t write them down and then start gnawing on the paper. Yet.

Anyway, the bit I’m thinking about today was triggered by two things.

Thing One: I re-watched my favorite episode from the first half of this series, “The Doctor’s Wife,” again recently.

Thing Two: The head writer and producer, Steven Moffat, has said of companion Rory Williams dying (and then not really) in almost every episode that it is actually for a purpose and that Rory really died one time. (When asked at Comic Con Paris why Rory kept dying, Moffat said: “Well, I do bring him back, and he only really died once! (…) But there will definitely be a pay-off for his deaths.”)

It is this last bit in particular that has me interested, and I have a small theory about when that might actually be.

Points to consider:

  • Rory either appears to die or really dies in multiple episodes, starting with the time that he dies in a dream that he, Amy and the Doctor are all sharing. At another point he is erased from existence in Series (season) 5. He gets sucked into the bright light and only when they hit the big Universe Reset Button at the end of the series does he come back as a regular person.
  • We get the (in my opinion, very annoying) information about the “almost people” or “gangers” in the last few episodes of the first half of the current series. Gangers are sometimes “flesh” forms that are mentally connected to the real people they resemble, and sometimes are animate and independent, but still with the memories of their original mental occupant.
  • Amy has supposedly been a “ganger” for the entire series– the Doctor says “since before America,” which was the first episode.
  • When the Doctor, Rory and Amy land on on “House” (the talking planety thing) in the episode called “The Doctor’s Wife” and Rory and Amy get essentially kidnapped by House, Rory is separated from Amy four times. The first three times there is a door closed between them and lots of time passes for Rory while none passes for Amy, until the third time she finds him dead. The fourth time, however, is very different. I’ll get to that in a minute.
  • The Doctor knows Amy is a ganger for a long time but the audience doesn’t… and then Amy’s daughter Melody turns out to be a ganger as well, and Madam Kovarian (the bad lady in that last episode who’s been substituting the gangers, apparently) tells him she’s thrilled to have tricked him twice the same way. If he knew about Amy, then he wasn’t really tricked… except with Melody. Right?

So, given all of these points, I would like to propose that Rory Williams died when he was kidnapped by House in the episode “The Doctor’s Wife.” Remember I said I’d get back to the fourth time he’s separated from Amy? The first three times a door simply closes between them. Amy is confused and upset by the gradually longer time that passes for Rory and we are, I think, supposed to believe this is her own subconsciousness dealing with guilt over how long Rory waited for her in the finale of Series 5 (it was 2000 years that he waited, by the way). But that fourth time… The fourth time she suddenly thinks she is in the pitch dark and cannot see him… Rory runs around the corner and we hear him get hit and then see him lying on the floor in a pool of blood with a gaping wound on his head… and Nephew Ood standing over him. But we hear Rory’s “voice” calling Amy to come to him. Nephew seems to be acting as House’s body at that point and frightens Amy very much; she walks past Rory in the “dark” and finds Nephew, screams, and then Rory pops around the corner again to grab her hand and tell her to move.  They decide that House is messing with their minds and the episode continues.We are meant to think that was House giving her that false call.

Here’s the problem: The other times Rory reappeared, the “false” Rory vanished and we see the empty space where he was a moment earlier. This time, we are distracted and do not ever see the floor where Rory’s body was. It could still be there. This seems out of place, but Moffat likes to plant clues that seem like continuity errors at the time (remember the Doctor with his coat being on and then off again?) all over the place. There is already evidence that something is off with the Doctor himself in this episode (he seems to switch sonic screwdrivers for a single scene, for instance, and have his old blue one again instead of the current green one), so what if we’ve also had a Rory change?

My thought is that there is now an independently moving Rory ganger traveling with the Doctor and is either unaware the switch occurred, or the ganger inherited so much love for Amy that he’ll do anything to save her. It’s also possible he knows that Amy is another ganger and therefore wants to help her more than the “real” Amy; the gangers show a huge amount of loyalty to one another. He could even be helping Madam Kovarian in exchange for ganger rights of a sort. Lots of possibilities.

So there is my thinking.

Side note: I’ve been wondering a lot about Rory and Amy’s changing attitude toward him between the beginning of Series 5 (when she ran away the night before her wedding) and the end when she marries him after he’s been erased from history and then brought back by her own memory. Is it possible that Rory isn’t even real and only exists because Amy believes in him? I also wonder if she genuinely loves Rory at the end, not just because of her own character growth but because the Doctor tells her, as he’s going backward through her timeline, to “live well and love Rory.” So maybe she didn’t love him as much as she could until the idea was planted in her mind as a child, and then how could she help but love Rory? The Doctor planted enough of an idea in her head to recreate the TARDIS and himself, so why not create a true love where there had been only affection? Just something to ponder.

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