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So last week was an ode to Dr. Whos, past and present. Then the week culminated with the introduction of a new Who. Doctor Who that is.

I always have a little trouble making the transition to a new guy. I was just getting used to Christopher Eccleston when he morphed into David Tennant. Okay, so that wasn’t too painful. I mean, David Tennant. But I liked him so much I was not prepared for his transformation into Matt Smith. I did end up liking Smith. He does have mournful, puppy dog eyes. And he hung around long enough that I bonded with him.

And then there is the whole, revolving-door-companions-issue. O.O

Obviously, I have trouble with change. And no control over the show. LOL

And here we are, arriving at BIG CHANGE. A new Who.

And not just a new Who. A departure from previous Whos.

I’m still getting used to Clara, the current companion and impossible girl. And I know that some Whovians did not care for the reboot, The Day of the Doctor, but I loved seeing it in the theater and seeing it again last Saturday before meeting the new Who. What can I say? I’m a fan of reboots. Of twisted, convoluted plots and I love, love, love time travel, which often involves resets and changing of time lines.

Wasn’t wild about the episode where Smith makes his exit. I guess it figures the script after Day of the Doctor would be on the weak side. It was like one of those prolonged death scenes the Carol Burnett used to make fun of on her show. They threw in everything but–wait, I think I even saw a kitchen sink in there. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect every episode to wow my socks off. And the poor ep had to follow on the heels of Day of the Doctor. Probably never did have a chance.

Which brings us to the new Who.

My first reaction was about the same as Clara’s. What the heck!?! I’d seen photos, seem some teasers, but it was still a shock. And I can’t imagine how hard it would be to try to break new ground in a show that’s been around as long as Who. I’m not a fan girl yet–possibly never will be–but I didn’t hate him by the end (had a few moments of wondering I will admit!) and I’m willing to give him time to settle in to the part and make it his. Hey, the whole franchise is about taking an adventure.

I’m sticking with it. Probably always was. I mean it’s Who. Who bails on Who?

What about you? Did you check out the new Who? Are you a Whovian? Not and never will be? I’ll still like you. 🙂 And I love comments. I enter them into my monthly drawing for AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). I announce a winner the first blog post of each month.

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Perilously yours,

Pauline

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  • August 27, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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    I am a huuuge Doctor Who fan and screamed with joy when Capaldi was revealed as the next Doctor. I thought he was smashing in Deep Breath and think he and Clara work far better together than Eleven and Clara (I loved Matt Smith and liked Tennant though I was ready for Ten to leave when he did and hated the ‘thing’ with Rose. Also thought Eccleston was fantastic, pardon the pun.)

    The show has influenced my writing, and my Quality Times series is my attempt at a Doctor Who series… But without TARDISes, Time lords or Daleks.

    Have you guys heard of Big Finish? They are a British based company who make great Doctor Who audio dramas with the original cast – fourth to eighth doctors and companions from Susan to Ace. 🙂 Some of the stories are -dare I say it – better than a few of the TV episodes.

    • August 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm
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      I had not heard of Big Finish! That sounds so cool! I will have to check them out. Will check out your series, too. So glad you stopped by! I’m also going to have to look around for Deep Breath! 🙂

  • August 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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    I’m almost afraid to admit I don’t keep up with Dr. Who. But this reminds me of a year ago in the summer of 2013 at what was then called Space City Con. I sat down waiting for Jim Butcher’s panel to start, the room was full, and as soon as I sat down the girls next to me were searching on their phones and one of them asked me in a very urgent tone, have you heard who the new Dr. Who is. She said they were supposed to make the announcement any time but she hadn’t heard anything yet. Only at a scifi, fantasy, comic con would that be a question you would assume you could ask anyone siting next to you and get an answer. I was probably the only person there not waiting for the news.

    • August 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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      That is hilarious! I was waiting for announcement, then had no clue who the new guy was! Oh well, it is not a series for everyone. I am sometimes surprised by how much I like it. LOL

  • August 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm
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    I’m older than most of the current Whovians. I have also seen every available episode of Dr. Who, not in order, but all that still exist. So, I’ve seen the original to the new. They’re all wonderful in their own way. Once the bad guys were rolling salt shakers, now they’re CGI impossibles…all scary, all defeated eventually. You have to appreciate each Doctor for what he is…unique yet all the same. It must be hard to have all those memories, but I will still watch the show every time I can.

    • August 27, 2014 at 9:06 am
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      I’ve been working my way back through some of the older Whos and yeah, they each seem to bring something different to the table. It is a fun concept and much better, IMHO, than just revolving them out and expecting us all not to notice, like new Darrin. LOL

  • August 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm
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    I’ve never become involved with the whole new Who. I’m old enough to remember the original schlocky, low budget, terrible SFX show starring William Hartnell. Daleks, Cybermen and cardboard sets.

    The new one hasn’t had the vibe for me. It has been too camp, the Doctors too young and ‘sexy’, and a bit too inclined to do things with known personalities like Dickens. (Although I thought the 1st weeping angels was good). I think Capalbi will do a good job of getting a bit more serious. I might – might even watch it.
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    • August 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm
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      The weeping angels episodes were deliciously creepy and very fun. Loved them in New York. I will confess I don’t mind a sexy Doctor. LOL Though really, only Tennant was, IMHO. I have enjoyed the storytelling and can see some of same elements in Sherlock, which I love. I’m still trying to warm to Capalbi.

  • August 25, 2014 at 10:28 am
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    Great post, Pauline. I felt a little like you with “what the heck?” Loved the retrospectives last week with the “old” Doctors. I’ve only seen the episodes with Doctors 9, 10, & 11 (I was late to the party). Loved, loved, loved David Tennant. Same with Matt Smith. So I was apprehensive about Capaldi. I blogged about that today, too. Brilliant minds… 🙂

    • August 25, 2014 at 11:02 am
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      I happened to see a few of the early episodes, but could never find it regularly back in the day. But did start watching it with Eccelston. And have been thoroughly hooked since. So I’ve been through this two times now, but it was harder on Saturday, definitely harder. I think its the shift in style and Clara looks SO young next to him. I will keep watching, but I wonder if this means that the shows will be darker, too? Oh well, only time will tell. LOL

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