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TV and Film: Doctor Who

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dskjhfdToday I’m recommending Doctor Who once again, because yes, it’s that time of year. Doctor Who is back on our screens and well into its ninth series with only two or three more episodes to go.

Many people were unsure about Capaldi’s doctor last series, but I think he’s now well-adjusted and has settled into the role quite successfully. I love his unique relationship with his companion Clara, who keeps him balanced when he could quite easily go off on one or be mean or too extravagant.

The episodes this series have been quite incredible with interesting plots and characters. There have also been a lot of two-parters which is actually really good so we can gain more detail from each story. There have been ups and downs as you would expect with any good TV show and… there have been incredible speeches from both the Doctor and Clara.

I’ve been loving these episodes massive amounts so… If you’ve missed this series, or never watched Doctor Who, it is never too late to jump in and I hope you really enjoy it!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2015/10/watch-a-promo-for-doctor-who-series-9-episode-4-before-the-flood.html
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YouTube: BBC Doctor Who

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series-9-wallpaper-4x3This Wednesday I’m recommending the BBC’s Doctor Who YouTube Channel.

As you might know, if you’ve been on my blog long enough, I really love the BBC show Doctor Who, both old and new episodes.

Every week on this channel, there is a ‘Fan Show’ video hosted by Christel Dee. I love this show especially recently since they have been ‘reviewing’ the latest Doctor Who episodes. Christel, joined by Luke Spillane, and usually one or two other guests, discuss the events of the latest episode sharing their favourite moments, their theories and their anticipation for what’s to come. I find these videos very interesting.

Other videos shared on this channel include interviews with the cast, behind the scenes videos, introductions, teasers or trailers for the coming episodes, scenes from old and new episodes and the odd tutorial.

See below for a couple of the Doctor Who videos…

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/4dd992c8-2b50-4450-a7c1-46b275a20397

Quote: Peter Capaldi

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doctor-who-photo‘I love people where, at the end of the day, they’ll pick up a paintbrush and paint clouds. They can physically make things.’

‘I was always admiring people who seemed to conduct themselves with ease in the world. Maybe that’s a great gift to give your kids if you can do that. Because they can move through the world without neurosis, this anxiety about everything, which our own parents gave us.’

‘I’m sure if Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be doing classic guitar solos on YouTube.’

‘My adolescence was a kind of motorway pile-up. I wish I had known that one day the geek would inherit the Earth.’

‘Real heroes are all around us and uncelebrated.’

‘The best advice is to get on with it. I’m very prone to falling into depressions – not clinical, just ‘can’t be bothered.’ It’s such a waste of time.’

‘When I was acting, I was always asking about the mechanics of filmmaking. I decided I would learn what everyone on set was doing, so I would feel less threatened.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from http://www.thewrap.com/peter-capaldis-doctor-who-will-be-darker-and-a-lot-less-patient-photo/

Film and TV: Doctor Who and Whocon!

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Today I’m recommending two things… Doctor Who and Lincoln Whocon at The Ritz.Whocon Banner

Saturday 23rd August 2014. A very busy day. I attended Lincoln’s (in England) annual Doctor Who Convention and then got treated to Deep Breath, Episode 1 of Series 8 of Doctor Who.

ritzFirstly, Whocon was absolutely fantastic.  It was held at The Ritz Cinema and Theatre which is such a cool (and small) venue. The convention was worth every penny and more; I had a standard ticket which cost me £25 plus a booking fee. This was totally reasonable for everything that was involved and bearing in mind that the Ritz are trying to fundraise to continue refurbishing and repairing the venue and trying to restore it to it’s former glory, it’s very reasonable. So Whocon… From start to finish, I cannot express how brilliant everything was. Everyone from the guests to the Ritz staff were so kind, so nice and so genuine. They invited amazing guests including; Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Simon Fisher – Becker, Peter Roy, Frazer Hines (who actually lives 15 minutes away from me!), Nick Joseph, Nev Fountain, Terry Malloy and Colin Spaull. Part of the festivities was an incredible video with Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann with the event organiser Steve Healey, who also, as far as I know, organised the brilliant opening ceremony that actually made me emotional. Then there was a beautifully organised raffle and auction which were both made amazing from the prizes/items themselves (DW figures, signed photos, board games, DW Guitar signed by all the guests, a replica working light Handles, as a few examples) and Steve’s commentary during this was hilarious. I loved the impromptu joke session too with Steve and Colin Baker, which was amazingly informal and included everyone there! AMAZING. THANK YOU SO MUCH STEVE and the rest of the RITZ team!…. I think it is worth going to the Ritz because they’re doing a lot of hard work restoring a wonderful place and it’s so great to see and to support.

Doctor Who Series 8Now onto the exciting bit… DEEP BREATH has finally hit all of our screens! Don’t worry this will be brief and therefore contain no spoilers… well, not really. New Doctor, good. Scottish sounding Doctor, good. New Theme, good. Clara, good (we all have opinions on Clara’s character but I personally love her), Strax, Jenny and Vastra, good. This episode provided a good backdrop for the rest of the series, this is because it has set up a lot of puzzles and storylines that are to be explored and figured out during Series 8. It also sets up the further characterization of the Doctor and his companions and it definitely leaves us needing more. I can’t say much more before spoiling everything but if you haven’t seen it, WHY NOT? But go on, find the episode, watch it, love it like I did. It’s such a great introduction to the new series.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above pictures they are from: http://www.ritzcinema.org/ , https://www.facebook.com/events/464390153633500/?fref=ts and http://techwarriorz.com/v2/im-excited-doctor-series-8/

Book: Wit, Wisdom and Timey-Wimey Stuff

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DW WholeThis week’s book recommendation is definitely for the Doctor Who fans because I’ve been reading Wit, Wisdom and Timey-Wimey Stuff: The Quotable Doctor Who which is a lovely book filled with quotes from across the last 50 years of the programme. Written by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright and published in 2014; this book has only recently been released following the incredible 50th Anniversary celebrations of last November.

The book is incredibly well designed, starting with the hardback cover which is just so lovely to hold and finishing with the beautiful illustrations inside.

I feel like this book is perfect for any whovian; whether they’ve only just started watching or whether they’ve only watched the revived series or whether they’ve watched all of Classic Who. I, myself, have watched all of the revived series and many serials from Classic Who but there are still loads I have yet to watch, even so, the quotes in this book are good for those who don’t recognise them, as they still provide information about the Doctor, his companions and his enemies, and for those who do recognise the quotes, it allows the reader to revisit those episodes and to reminisce which is always nice if you’re a fan of the show.

I really like the book, I like the way it’s organised, it’s illustrations and I love that it’s the type of book you can just pick up for a few seconds or if you have more time, sit and read for a while.

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