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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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So, I mentioned briefly in the comment section of my post about Rory that I think River Song might be a paradox and that is why Rory keeps “dying.” Or, rather, that he only is alive because he must be alive for River to exist. This will undoubtedly cause problems in the next several episodes if that is true. But follow with me for a moment.

Some things about River:

  • She has known the Doctor since she was a little girl.
  • She elicits fear in the clerics who escort her in “The Time of Angels.” They ask if the Doctor “knows what she is” and she doesn’t want him to know yet.
  • She thinks (at least at one point) that she’s living her life back to front in comparison to the Doctor.
  • River has been a professor, a doctor and is an archaeologist.
  • She is definitely an adventurer and knows how to use her laser gun thing.
  • She has hallucinogenic lipstick which works somewhat like the Doctor’s psychic paper.
  • She reveals in the finale of Series (season) 6 part 1 that she is Amy and Rory Pond’s daughter, Melody: Melody Pond = River Song. (Oh, and yes he’s Rory Williams but really they are Mr. and Mrs. Pond. That’s just how it works with Amy.)
  • Because her parents honeymooned on the TARDIS, River has traces of Timelord DNA.
  •  River is in jail for killing “the best man (she’s) ever known.”

So let’s move a little forward with this.

I think the general idea about the Doctor not knowing “what” River is (notice the “what” and not “who” used here) is that the Doctor doesn’t know she possesses Timelord DNA. I have to wonder, though, if the “what” she is happens to be a paradox. Her father is Rory Williams, who has died multiple times (as I discussed previously). We’ve been told there is a payoff for this and that he’s “really” died once. If Rory dies before he and Amy get married and have their daughter, then clearly he cannot actually marry Amy and have a daughter. It stands to reason that if Rory dies and stays dead before the wedding, that River will never exist. If Rory keeps dying because the universe is trying to correct a mistake… what mistake is that, exactly? Is the problem that he is alive or is the problem that he’s alive and there’s a daughter running around. If her dad died before he fathered her, River should not exist herself. A paradox can cause all sorts of problems in the universe (including tearing the universe apart). Another time when the Doctor tried to change a piece of history (by saving someone who was supposed to die to inspire her descendents to greatness) the “universe” acted to correct itself and the character died anyway, so the idea has precedence.

This has some interesting implications. If (as I suggested) Rory only exists because Amy believes he does, then River should not have ever existed. Strange things happen to River, including being pulled into the TARDIS which starts to explode for some unknown reason (in “The Pandorica Opens“). This makes sense– if you put a paradox and nothing else into a time machine, then what will happen? I think it could be very likely that the time machine would explode and put cracks in the universe that seem to “undo” things all around it. When the cracks appear, anyone or anything pulled into them has never existed, including Rory. This could be an extension of the universe (or the TARDIS) trying to erase River, but it’s caught in an endless loop of the same moments because Amy is believing Rory into existence and therefore holding River in existence as well.

The cracks in the universe disappear only after River is out of the TARDIS and the Doctor goes inside… and follows Amy all the way back until her childhood. It tries to undo everything that happened to Amy… but Amy remembers the universe back into existence including Rory (whom the Doctor has reminded her of in her sleep as a child) and therefore Rory must exist in this version of the universe. This also means that River will therefore exist.

Now that you’re thoroughly confused, what about this idea of killing the best man she’s ever known? There are definitely options for this. One theory is that she killed the Doctor (if she is the little girl in the astronaut suit at the start of Series 6, etc), which we see on camera. It’s also possible that this is the extremely put-upon, self-sacrificing twin (ganger) of the Doctor and because he was willing to give his life it made him a “better man” in her eyes. It’s also entirely possible that she kills Rory, her own father, who is quickly becoming a hero of some legend in the universe. It could be that she kills him in a conventional sense and is therefore locked away in the Stormcage, but what if he dies because she is a paradox and because she continues to live it makes people afraid… and so she is imprisoned. It’s an interesting thought. She might not have purposely killed anyone. Or maybe she did, but only when asked by that person (the Doctor? Rory?) in order to save the universe as a whole.

I’m sorry if these thoughts are disjointed, I’m just writing them as I think of them. River’s very interesting to me and I enjoy her interaction with the Doctor, especially because it’s one of the rare instances where he doesn’t know more than everybody else in the room and I think it’s good and healthy for him to have a dose of his own medicine.

Six days until new Who episodes. I’m so excited.

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