“The deep and lovely dark. We’d never see the stars without it.”
The Doctor — Doctor Who S08E04 ‘Listen’
The Doctor at the end of a speech about the “superpower” of fear, and the reasons to harness and use it. The character Clara summarizes and expounds on this idea near the end of the episode:
“Didn’t anyone ever tell you? Fear is a superpower. Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger. … You’re always going to be afraid, even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion, a constant companion, always there. But it’s okay because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. Fear makes companions of us all.” Clara — Doctor Who S08E04 ‘Listen’
Started re-watching the latest season (season 8 of the new series) of Doctor Who, as the last episode should be coming out in a couple of days. For the most part, I haven’t been a big fan of most of this season, but the first several were pretty good. And the second to last one kind of grabbed my attention too. It’s interesting to note that most of the episodes that I have liked from this season were written or co-written by Moffat. The other episodes haven’t necessarily been bad. They had great acting and production values as usual. It’s just that the writing (the plot and banter) just did not grab me and hold my interest. The first time watching many of them, I got involved doing something else while watching. Still there are quite a few episodes, this one included, that grabbed my from the get go and wouldn’t let go.
One of the things I like about the silliness & craziness of the later incarnations of the Doctor in Doctor Who is that when he suddenly turn serious, angry or threatening, it carries VASTLY more weight. You know he’s serious when events manage to crack his child-like persona. Calling this a personality trait of the later Doctors though is a little untrue, as the Second Doctor played by Patrick Troughton was the first to start to exhibit those childlike personality quirks.
Today in honor of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor”, Google did a Doctor Who Doodle that was also a game. You select the incarnation of the Doctor that you want to play. Then you are transported (via TARDIS of course) to a number of levels to rescue the Google letters that were stolen and are guarded by the Doctor’s enemies: the Daleks, Cybermen and even a Weeping Angel. If you die in the game you re-spawn as the next incarnation of the Doctor.
I’ve been re-watching the seventh season of the new Doctor Who series. This extended quote from The Rings of Akhaten written by Neil Cross is really amazing on so many levels. The words were spoken by The Doctor to an innocent little girl who believed it was her destiny to sacrifice her life for her people, but they could have (and should be) spoken to anyone — the bullied, the suicidal… to everyone. Continue reading YOU are unique in the Universe