Here are some amazing examples of art inspired by the TV show Doctor Who!
Posted by jayaye1587 on September 10, 2013
Since Doctor Who came back in 2005 it has evolved from being a Saturday teatime treat for British children (and their nostalgic parents) to one of the chief geek shows on TV. Heightened episode quality coupled with the increased popularity in America have turned Whovians into a force that have Trekkies quaking.
Who has relished this new found popularity, becoming increasingly dual layered. While the core child audience can still enjoy the fantastical stories, episodes have hidden hints and seemingly throwaway references that provide clues for fans about where the show is heading.
Unfortunately, with this comes plot threads that don’t end up explored; for every reference that gets a payoff down the line, there’s one that fans put weight on that never becomes anything. While this is certainly more prominent with Steven Moffat’s writing, it’s been a problem across the whole series.
Coming up are nine such plot threads I doubt we’ll ever get any resolution to, along with one long standing arc we’ll likely get enlightened on very soon. I’ve decided to stick with nu-Who, primarily because this is where the continuity began to be fully chronicled, highlighting these dropped threads.
The biggest change made to the series when it was revived, the Time War killed off all the Time Lords and Daleks, making the Doctor the last of his kind. Slowly hinted throughout Davies and Moffat’s era we gradually gleaned small bits of information regarding its events; it’s time locked, the Time Lord’s went mad, the Doctor ended it.
Still, there’s a big air of mystery around the war and fans have long been waiting for something more than a throwaway comment. The Time Lords’ presence in The End Of Time helped, but they were more confirming what we suspected rather than offering anything new.
But The Time War doesn’t make the main list because, if the popular fan theories end up true, the 50th Anniversary special may finally shed some light on it. Which Doctor John Hurt is playing has been the key debate since his shocking reveal at the end of The Name Of The Doctor and the enduring theory is that he is the one who killed the two races, placing him between Paul McGann. This is the longest plot thread in nu-Who, but likely one we’ll get an answer to very soon.
Forget the sonic screwdriver and Tardis book, what really put River Song on the map as an important character was her knowing the Doctor’s real name. The show’s biggest mystery since it’s inception, having a character know it was a bigger deal than the Dalek’s returning, again.
Fans jumped at the theory that River knew this because she was his future wife, having learnt it at their wedding. This was initially confirmed in The Wedding Of River Song when the Doctor said as such to the audience, until five minutes later it was revealed he’d said something completely different. The problem here is obvious; if the Doctor said “look into my eye” (revealing he was actually the teselecta) instead of his name, when did River have an opportunity to learn it? The implication for the Library two-parter was that there was only one time the Doctor would give his name, so he either wasn’t referring to a wedding or they weren’t married properly in this alternate reality rush job.
Unless the Doctor’s real name is Lukintomyeye this is not only a dropped story thread, but a major plot hole. Given that this hasn’t been mentioned once since I think its just assumed River learnt the name then somehow.
Potential Solution: The Doctor said more than one thing to her.
When Steven Moffat took over as head writer he brought a different approach to overarching stories, not only lying clues but actually having the plots of earlier episodes directly link into (and often not make sense until) the finale. Some argue he went too far with the River Song/Silence sixth series, but the only time he really dropped the ball was in the very first episode of his tenure.
There was always something off about Amy, as the Doctor kept repeating. It was eventually revealed the crack had claimed her parents, creating an odd, messed up world for her. But while that explained a lot of things that initially seemed off, there’s still some elements in The Eleventh Hour that still don’t make sense.
When running around the small village Amy and Rory live in (living in London was so Russell T. Davies), the Doctor makes a throwaway remark about there being a duck pond with no ducks. Given this is a disappearance, in the same way people have disappeared into the crack, many assumed it was directly tied into the series overarching mystery; the first clue in a deep mystery. But unlike other odd moments throughout Series 5 that didn’t make sense (what the Doctor said to Amy in Flesh And Stone), this was never explained (or even mentioned again).
Was it the crack in general or was it more directly related to Amy? We’ll never know.
Potential Solution: The crack somehow took them.
Back when the identity of River Song was just a glint in Moffat’s (and Rory’s ) eye, her appearances were an addition to an already exciting plot, rather than the plot itself (although I have no problem with either). Funnily enough, in her first team up with Matt Smith (in The Time Of Angels) she isn’t the biggest mystery. What really confuses are the militarised clerics.
Here the clerics regarded the Doctor with real respect, looking up to him and even warning him of River’s destructive role in his future. When we see them again in A Good Man Goes To War, about a century or so later in their timeline, they still regard him as a higher being, but this time they’re creating a weapon to destroy him.
Why they call themselves the Church is dismissed away by the Doctor in their first appearance (they’re an evolution of the modern religions here on Earth), but we never get a hint at what causes them to take a complete u-turn against the Doctor. It can’t have been the Silence controlling them as they’d been rendered weak by the moon landing footage and given they knew River would be trained to kill him, it paints them as a pretty dumb sect.
Potential Solution: They became more financially than religiously motivated and the Silence bought them out.
A much bigger story arc than the rest on this list, The Silence have been a presence throughout Matt Smith’s time as the Time Lord – they blew up the Tardis creating the cracks in Series 5, all looking forward to stop the finale of Series 7 – but they were most prominent in Series 6.
The thing is, even though their ultimate goal (to stop The Great Intelligence from destroying the Doctor’s past and causing silence to fall) was seemingly reached on the second attempt (after blowing up the Tardis backfired), you’d expect an ancient religion who’d obsessed over this for millennia would actually double check they’d succeeded. If I’d gone to the lengths of kidnapping a child from the most powerful being in the universe I’d want to be 100% certain it had been time well spent.
In the alternate universe the Silence was destroyed, but as that had Winston Churcill as the Roman Emperor we all assumed it wasn’t real, implying the Silence and Madam Kovarian are still out there. I guess Moffat heard some of the complaints about the series’ serialisation and cut them out.
Potential Solution: The intelligent society went dumb and didn’t check.
Coming at a time when Doctor Who spin-offs were all the rage (Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures were both in full swing) many assumed Jenny, the Doctor’s ‘daughter’ was intended for a similar fate. A purely stand alone episode, there was a tacked on ending that had her regain life and escape off into the stars.
Since then, fans have been waiting four years for her to resurface to no avail. The ending of The Doctor’s Daughter was so explicit in her survival that once a spin-off was off the cards it was assumed she’d be key in stopping Davros or The Master or whoever the next major villain was after she failed to turn up.
Steven Moffat was allegedly behind her resurrection, leading to all manner of crazy fan theories relating to his Whoniverse, but now I think it’s time to forget this one. Doctor Who rarely has threads hanging over a period this long and when it does, they aren’t just dropped and picked back up suddenly, but slowly teased out, like with River Song.
Potential Solution: She went on to live a normal, unremarkable life. Maybe with a human version of the Tenth Doctor.
The David Tennant specials were a mixed bag that exemplified the Davies era. There was traditionally Who-ish concepts realised disappointingly (Planet Of The Dead), an assured, different one (The Waters Of Mars) and an overly bombastic finale that threw everything in the mixing pot with only some of it working (The End Of Time).
The best of the lot, The Waters Of Mars introduced two really interesting avenues to be explored that were cut short by the end of the episode.
The first was something mostly absent from the Davies stories – messing with fixed events. We got to see a Doctor finally disregarding the rules of the destroyed Time Lords and changing time. Yes, time does correct his actions much to his disdain, but there was a major character change here that would lent itself to more stories.
The second is something that we did finally see with Matt Smith in Series 6; a Doctor who was ready to die. After the previous example had been corrected, Ten expressed a desire to die that was absent when we saw his next in his final adventure. It’s a shame this change was reverted, but even though Tennant is returning for the anniversary special this is an avenue that was never explored beyond one scene
I guess Davies wanted to look at these elements of the character, but given the short time left he rushed the job a bit. The themes are given focus, but not as much as you’d imagine they warrant.
Potential Solution: It’s all off-screen.
Here’s one that when the episode aired I immediately jumped on as key foreshadowing, but others seemed to miss (there were much bigger reveals to be dealing with I guess).
Throughout A Good Man Goes To War, the dwellers of the Gamma forest were a unexpectedly key presence. River uses them as an example of the Doctor’s increasingly war like ways and it’s through their simplistic language that Melody Pond’s true identity is revealed. But that’s not all.
The Battle of Demon’s Run not only leaves Strrax dead (a pretty major plot hole given his recurring appearance), but claims the life of the one Gamma resident we actually met, Lorna. As she dies she asks the Doctor if he remembers her and he painfully says yes.
The look on Matt Smith’s face, coupled with his heartbreaking “Who was she?” says it all; he didn’t remember Lorna because he was yet to meet her. There was also a suggestion that, as he’s known as a great warrior to them, he line about them running was the point when even Lorna knew he was lying. The way the script leaned so heavily on it hinted this was going to be a big event in his future, but there was nary a mention of this after the episode.
It may have been that the Doctor had been going so off the rails that he’d begun to forget adventures, but that strikes as a bit too much.
Potential Solution: It wasn’t important after all.
In A Town Called Panic the Doctor references Rory leaving a charger in Henry VIII’s bedroom. In the next episode, The Power Of Three, we see that happen. But wait, the Doctor’s a time traveller, not a fortune teller. What’s going on here?
There’s two theories. The episodes could have just been aired out of the scripted order leading to this slight discrepancy. But one many fans jumped onto at the time was that the episodes were purposely out of order, suggesting the first half of Series 7 was in reverse.
This creates a depressing timeline where the Doctor looses Amy and Rory, but still gets some adventures with his lost friends. This theory can be furthered by suggesting the Daleks picking up the Doctor out of sync with Amy and Rory (he’s post New York, but they’re before it).
This was a popular theory back when the series aired, but the events of The Snowmen, with the Doctor being a hermit after the events of New York suggests he immediately puts his travelling ways behind him, going against his joviality in the earlier episodes. Whatever, the case is, we never got any world confirming it either way and are still left with two episodes that don’t make sense.
Potential Solution: Episode 3 and 4 of Series 7 are the wrong way round.
This is the biggie. The one you’ve been hoping for every time you click next. Well here it is. One throwaway line that changed the perceptions of a character forever.
Clearly Jack wasn’t originally intended to be the Face of Boe and I suspect it wasn’t even a fully formed idea when the Face died. But come the end of Series 3 he revealed his old nickname was the same as the big head in a jar, setting the internet alight with speculation.
Jack’s appeared a couple of times since on the main show and this wasn’t mentioned at all, suggested Davies had little interest in confirming or denying the rumour. It is admittedly more fun to keep it open, but there’s nothing quite like closure.
It’s believable that the immortal Jack would eventually change in appearance (and reproductive system) to the extent where he was alien to what he originally was, but given the variable rules of Who it can’t be taken as gospel until there’s some proof. John Barrowman has been consistently rumoured to be to the series, but given no one from the Davies’ era (Tennat excluded) has been in Moffat’s Who this’ll be something that’s never going to be explained beyond the hint we got.
Potential Solution: Just say it’s true. It’s a lot more awesome that way.
Posted by jayaye1587 on August 28, 2013
Posted by jayaye1587 on June 25, 2013
It has been officially announced that Matt Smith will no longer be the Doctor. Of course that is sad news since he was so good at playing a weird, quirky alien with such a dark, brooding side as well. Even though the news is really sad in a way, like saying goodbye to a great friend, the Doctor’s regeneration is such an important and refreshing part of the show. We also get to have fun speculating who the next actor would be to play the part. The issues are that you need to find someone that can play such an emotional, spread out character. You have to go from threatening to loving to appreciating to hatred in the matter of five on screen seconds. It is a tall task, one in which who ever they pick will be asked to do. So here are 5 actors I would love to see as the 12th Doctor…
5. Andrew Garfield – He has already been on the show as an actor, so who knows if that would work out or if they would have to do some writing around him, but they could do it. The kid has proven that he can carry a movie and I think he has the ability to be dark as well as humorous (like in The Amazing Spiderman).
4. Jesse Eisenberg – Garfield’s co-star in The Social Network would be another great option…Eisenberg could be a wonderful American-born Doctor. He would certainly excel in a role of an inquisitive, fast talking, nerdy Doctor. His Doctor would probably tend to be more silly and socially awkward like early Matt Smith. He has wonderful timing in his delivery for that part of the Doctor for sure, and would probably be more blocky and stiff movement wise than Matt Smith was. Jesse also showed us the ability to be a little dark in The Social Network, although there is certainly a lot to be desired.
3. Rupert Grint – He is a young actor and clearly well known due to his work as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter. He excelled at comedic relief in movies that were often time super dark. The circumstances around him in the HP movies were almost always sinister in nature, but we loved him as an audience. I think he could bring that same idea to Doctor Who. Funny, silly and goofy with that big smile…and finally, the Doctor could regenerate and be a ginger!
2. Benedict Cumberbatch – This one would be too good to be true. Benedict already works with Stephen Moffit on the show Sherlock, so why couldn’t he be the 12th Doctor too? Well, perhaps Moffit wouldn’t like the overlap or fear that the characters would seem too similar…Who knows? But Benedict would be the perfect person to play the dark side of the Doctor. Perhaps too perfect in a way. Despite making the jump to Hollywood in the most recent Star Trek movie, Benedict still will return as Sherlock (shooting now) so who knows what will come of that when they are filming…
1. Hugh Laurie – Sure, Hugh is a little on the older side, but his character of House (who, coincidentally is just a reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes) was exactly everything we love about the Doctor. He was goofy, silly, serious, spiteful, hateful, appreciative, and inquisitive. Hugh proved that he can be mean to a person, appreciate an enemy (a disease), become obsessive over a puzzle, and then turn around and teach valuable lessons all while having a touch of silliness. If I could cast one person as the Doctor, it would be this man in a second. Plus, he could talk in his normal English accent.
Who do you think wold make a good Doctor? Leave your comments in the section below. Would any women out there make a good Doctor?!
Posted by jayaye1587 on June 2, 2013
The Ballad of Russell & Julie – performed by John Barrowman, David Tennant and Catherine Tate as part of the RTD era wrap party video.
This is so good. It is a little repetitive in nature, but so good to see these three SING the story of the two writers who brought back Doctor Who in 2005. They end up thanking the two at two at the end, mentioning how Moffat takes over and those three will no longer be a part of the show. How fun and sad! What a cool wrap party that must have been!
Posted by jayaye1587 on May 20, 2013
About a week ago, I was asked by my friend Andrea (who runs things over at deflectordish.com) to come up with a top 5 list of sci-fi romances. I had some questions for her and decided to come up with just really memorable relationships in sci-fi, whether they be romantic or not. Although most are. Anyway, you can find Andrea’s list that she has provided on her site here! Be sure to check it out.
Here is mine:
5. Rose and Ten: These two perhaps never were romantic on screen. But man did they love one another. Their love was so strong that Rose tried to come back through the time rift to find the Doctor. But their love started the way all love stories start…an alien who looks like a human comes to Earth in a blue police box that is bigger on the inside and whisks a girl away and shows her the world. Rose is the skeptical girl who wants to believe there is so much out there, but has been let down so many times that she just no longer believes it. It is almost like Aladdin or something. Jasmine (Rose is not a princess, but forgive that) is jaded and along comes this dude who can fly her around the world.,.instant love. We get to know this alien, known as the Doctor, more and more and then one day, poof, he dies. But then, he comes back and is different and is hansom and funny and quirky and vengeful and all these things and Rose just falls for him. Now, that is nothing new. A lot of companions fall for the Doctor. But what makes this so special is that the Doctor fell for Rose! The problem is, when he finally realized his feelings, he was just a little too late and…well, she was gone. And the Doctor, as tragic as he is, had to move on and keep living without her.
Memorable moments: riding around on that scooter in the pink skirt, that last scene where he almost gets to say “I love you”
4. Wash and Zoe (Firefly): These two are far more silly. A perfect example of the Olive theory…two completely opposite people complimenting one another perfectly. Zoe is a battle hardened soldier, a veteran of the war, and a no non-sense type of officer. Her husband, Wash, is a clowning, laid back pilot who got the job mostly because no one else was available at the time. But he did have a long list of references. The two grew to love one another and were eventually married. They were the ‘classic’ love on the ship Serenity in Joss Whedon’s show Firefly. The two of them were brilliant together and fun to watch. The episode Wash question’s Zoe’s love for him over that of her Captain’s is still one of the best episodes that show had to offer. Zoe, of course, chose Wash in the end.
Memorable moments: the scene they first meet, Wash’s tragic death
3. Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan (Starcraft): These two! With a love this complicated, and quite frankly, truly epic, how were they ever going to miss the list? A love that spans years and planets with bloodshed and war, somehow these two met up and fell in love. But that, my friends is just the start. Kerrigan was a ghost, a special forces agent who would go into hostile territory to scout and, if need be, nuke a planet. Raynor was a rebel, someone who was content minding his own. But then the war happened. And the Terran (human) race had to band together under the rule of Arcturus Mengsk. Mengsk betrayed Kerrigan, leaving her to die in a swarm of Zerg, an evil alien race. Joke was on him however, as his betrayal forced Raynor to leave the Terran dominion to find Kerrigan, who was now a human/zerg hybrid. Following with me so far?
Kerrigan goes on a rampage of revenge, doing all she can to destroy her enemies, chief among them, Mengsk. Her rage burns so hot that she basically kills off any rivals to her own army and then starts unleashing war on anyone in her way. Raynor tries to get through to her, and eventually, does find her. The thing is, despite the way she looks and the things she has done, Raynor still loves her. He loves her with all his heart and Kerrigan even loves him back. Which makes the last scene of the most recent game so heart breaking. Kerrigan finally, with the help of Raynor, gets her revenge on Mengsk. And just when you think Raynor and Kerrigan can finally settle down with one another, he looks at her and he knows she has to go. They can’t be together. At least not now, not the way the world is now. And he knows he has to let her go. And they both know they have to keep fighting so they CAN be together. A whole race of the universe will have to be wiped out first so these two can finally be with one another. That, my friends, is literally Epic.
Memorable scene: Kerrigan being overran, Raynor finding Kerrigan, Raynor letting her go.
(Nerdy tie in: The voice of Kerrigan is that of Tricia Helfer who plays Caprica 6 on Battlestar Galactica. Caprica 6 is on Andrea’s list making her the only person to have two different characters on our lists.)
2. Han Solo and Princess Leia (Star Wars): You know the only thing I have to bring up is this simple but powerful exchange:
“I love you.”
Wow. Be still my heart. Han the hansome rouge and Leia the warrior princess…these two had no business being together at all. But fate, or random events and choices, however you look at the world, brought them together. And, well, the rest is history. We all know this story, so just watch this and know that I am right on this one:
Memorable scenes: “Who’s scruffy looking?”, “Hold me.”
1. Admiral William Adama and President Laura Roslin: The slowest building relationship out of all of these, these two had to wait and wait and wait until they could not only admit their feelings, but until they would ALLOW themselves to feel these feelings. Adama was in charge of the safety of the fleet and every human left in existence The President was in charge of making sure the human way of life was some what preserved and that we didn’t fall victim to killing ourselves. Those two tasks, given the fact that humans were continuously being chased down by robots trying to kill them, seemed like they would take up about 100% of your waking hours. But as there was starting to be some light at the end of the tunnel, these two relaxed a little bit and started to grow into one another. They even talked about finally finding Earth and building a small cabin together where they could live out their days. When Roslin was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer, it was Adama who came down to read to her. And it was Adama who waited for her in a raptor by himself with no guarantee she would ever show up. These two were so damn heart warming and heart wrenching. Two people that started off as adversaries jockeying for control of the last remaining humans, figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of one another, then starting to grow together and finally starting to love one another. It was a beautiful thing to watch unfold on screen. Finally, as Roslin passes away, we see Adama content in life and start work on his cabin he promised her. Ugh, my heart.
Memorable moments: These two dancing at colonial day, Adama waiting in the raptor, Adama introducing Roslin to a thunderous applause.
Remember, your trip through space relationships is not done yet! Punch it over to the deflector dish to see more love among the stars!
Posted by jayaye1587 on April 28, 2013