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Peeling back the curtain – Four episodes in

Eleven times in the past we’ve adjusted to a new Doctor, we’ve slowly learned a little about who The Doctors is and now it’s time for number 12: Peter Capaldi to take center stage.

I’ve been watching The Doctor since John Pertwee (#3), admittedly that was mostly peering out from behind the sofa. The first bars of the theme tune sent me scurrying there like a whole generation of British kids.

The first Doctor I watched while proudly sitting on the sofa was Tom Baker, the person I consider my first Doctor. A somewhat disheveled man with a questionable taste in scarves (mentioned in the first Capaldi episode with a great throwaway line) and slightly strange eyes. However we had one thing in common, a love of Jelly babies.

The David Tennant to Matt Smith transition was pretty seamless, both younger doctors with similar personalities. So we’ve had close to a decade with similar Doctors, and then Peter Capaldi shows up. He’s a big departure, when he was announced my first thought was “Malcolm Tucker is going to be the Doctor? Should be interesting”.

If you don’t know who Malcolm Tucker is, watch the video, but I warn it’s very NSFW, but it’s worth 2 minutes 43 seconds of your time

Michele and I talked about this last week and we come to The Doctor from very different places. She knows very little of The Doctor before the Christopher Eccleston reboot. Michele wonders not only can Capaldi play The Doctor well, but her expectation is that he plays a good Matt Smith type Doctor. But, I want more than a simple continuation of what’s we’ve had for the last decade, I want to keep looking at the dark side that David Tennant first gave us a glimpse into.

We’re four shows in, and I like what I see. This is a different Doctor, his humour is darker, much like his outlook. He’s an older, angrier Doctor who is learning about who he is, the world around him and dealing with his personal demons.

Will Steven Moffat keep peeling back the curtain and let us see who The Doctor really is?

My geek-dar is hoping so, and if it’s half as good as the War Doctor we are in for a treat.

Two people, three days and 18 shows.

Yesterday the largest performing arts festival finished it three-week run and drew to a close. While I’d loved to have been there for the entire run catching the brilliant, the passionate, the totally absurd and occasionally absolute rubbish, we only had time for three days. But we packed a lot into those three days. If… Continue Reading

10 things I’ve learned about writing…

A year ago I seriously I seriously started to put finger to keyboard writing a book about my journey since Mum died and my divorce being final. I’ve learned a lot about the process of writing and telling a story, but that’s only been a small part of the journey. It really has been fun,… Continue Reading

What was on my bedside cabinet this year?

It’s no secret the last three years has seen some quite astounding emotional churn and coming out the other side I’ve done so much to help myself. Some of what I did turned out to be a great idea, getting the courage to leave a bad relationship tops that list. While others… Let’s just say… Continue Reading

Lets Talk About War Movies

Continuing my favorite movie theme (see here, and here if you care) it’s time to think about war movies. Now war movies are almost exclusively a male thing, and I’m male so feel fully qualified to talk about this one. Like sci-fi or period movies there are many sub-sets of the genre. There are big… Continue Reading

Creatures, aliens and monsters

The have been a lot of movies full of CGI creatures, aliens and monsters. Lots of directors want you to know they spent a lot of money on them, spend way too much time showing them off and leave little to the imagination. I’m someone who can happily sit through badly dubbed dialogue of just… Continue Reading

Big news!!!! To some…

It makes me unreasonably happy to hear, but filming will start later this year on the next Bond film (number 23 in the Eon series, it’s complex), and Daniel Craig is signed on the play Bond once more. I do like Craig’s version of Bond, I think it’s the closest to Ian Flemings Bond, slightly… Continue Reading

A little Christmas rambling

This post is a little rambling, it kinda reflects how I feel today, but I hope worth it. Christmas this year was about spending time with my family, and I have a wonderful, supportive family. I’m doing something about living 4800 miles away. Arrived at Heathrow on Christmas Eve. SeaTac was busy, the plane packed… Continue Reading

Books reviews and liability

Over the weekend at BWE10 I was given a couple of books to look at and review. It was nice to be recognized and approached, but I’ve been back a couple of days and you will notice there are no book reviews on the site. Friday lunchtime I found myself sitting across from a lawyer… Continue Reading