Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Ninth Doctor

This is the second of reply-to-posts that I originally replied to Amy Ratcliffe's Blog with! Her post was a sweet message to say why Matt Smith was her Doctor:

And here's my response that I feel took a lot of reading time for just a reply! XD (But hey, she wanted to know about other peoples' Doctors, so...!):

Matt Smith is definitely one of my favourite Doctors, but I haven't pinned it down; maybe it's the whimsy, the adventure or probably because he's downright mad!

But my Doctor is definitely Christopher Eccleston; his Northern charm and non-nonsense attitude...His eccentricities and his emotional weight...All adds up! I was introduced to Eccleston, not just as the Doctor, but the actor himself when 'Doctor Who' re-started in 2005. Since then I've been keenly following his other works, such as the first episode of a series called 'Accused', where I spotted a hint of Doctor #9 as his character walked to court, with the weight of his recent past on his shoulders. Also more recently was the adaptation of 'The Borrowers' where he played Pod Clock! ^^ And, it almost goes without saying, I cannot *wait* to see him in 'Thor: The Dark World'! (The God of Thunder vs. The Oncoming Storm! ^^) Which brings me back to 'Who'...!

The main thing for me in the Ninth Doctor was the gravitas Christopher brought to the role; a similar acting approach to the first three and the eccentric fun of #4. Plus all the fun #9 had, especially at others' expenses (i.e. how clever and important he is), could easily have been a foreshadowing to another character Steven Moffat has control of; Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock. And I believe I loved Cumberbatch's Sherlock for more-or-less the same reasons.

Since 2005, the Ninth Doctor has inspired me in many ways, mainly for how he was written and the amazing dialogue he had. Best example was when I actually composed my own Ninth Doctor speech made from a couple of his key quotes strung together with my own writing*...I performed it for my College course; twice! Had the leather jacket too! And sonic! ^^

Anyway...Everytime I see the final moments of 'The Parting of the Ways', my heart-strings are tugged...This is the Doctor who showed me many ways of looking at things with a positive and caring attitude, not with fear, but with wonder and amazement and acceptance, sprinkled with a new-found sense of adventure...My Doctor. When he cheekily reclaims how fantastic he was, I can't help but agree; "Absolutely fantastic!"

And that's my reply! ^^ Like the previous post, I still stand by my reply! Hehe

*Here's the speech (Updated in 2010 with 11th Doctor reference...It starts with the TARDIS materialising sound, then me walking on stage with the Sonic, as if I'm searching for something, then the lights come up):

"Who am I? That’s a very good question...! You could come along and find out, if you want! As long as you don't ask silly questions and don't wander off! Mind you, when I tell you I'm an alien, you probably would wander off...You think I was joking, don't you? You know, people have said to me ‘if you’re an alien, how come you sound like you’re from the North?’ I say ‘lots of planets have a North’...Well...Apart from ones like Ansoth...That’s only got a Southern Hemisphere; imagine a planet with no Northern Hemisphere! Sitting there, in orbit, like a bowl of hot soup! And then you get others who think they're clever when they ask ‘why do you look human?’ Well maybe it’s to do with the fascinating Earth, maybe it’s to do with me visiting for decades, maybe it's an accident in interplantary geography! Simple fact is; nobody knows...Not even me! And that's saying something! But I’ll tell you what I do know; I’m a Time Lord from a planet thousands of years and miles away. How did I get here? Would you believe it? Even if you don't, you're still listening...! Think back to when you were a kid, and they tell you that the world’s turning for the first time and you just can’t quite believe it because everything looks like its standing still. I can feel it; the turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles-an-hour and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty-seven thousand miles-an-hour and I can feel it; we’re falling through space – you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go...That’s who I am. Some people say I’m a legend; others call me ‘the oncoming storm’. But I’m a traveller; a voyeur through space and time. I’ve come across creatures, beings and odd-things and entire civilisations just as important, if not more, than the human race. I survived a war that ravaged two of the greatest species in the universe and I’ve defeated entire armies of cybernetic organisms. It made me the man I am, today. So, do you want to come with me? ‘Cause if you do, then I should warn you, you’re going to see allsorts of things; ghosts from the past, aliens from the future, the day the Earth died in a ball of flame. It won’t be quiet, it won’t be safe and it won’t be calm. But I’ll tell you what it will be; the trip of a lifetime!


(I'm the Doctor by the way;) Run for your life!"

 Please do let me know what you think of that! (And see if you can seperate my writing from R.T. Davies'! Yeah I know, not hard...XD)

And for your amusement, here's an image of me when I first performed it in 2009! (Yes, I know the sideburns are more 10th Doctor, BUT...! Leather jacket for one thing! ^^)

So there you have it! I couldn't love Matt Smith and the 11th Doctor anymore than I do...But if I had to choose, I'd choose my Doctor; the Ninth Doctor.


(Again, many thanks and maybe apologies to Ms. Ratcliffe! I'll try not to 'hijack' her Blog again! XD)

I've recently found the final copy of the speech, so I've edited this one to match it...NOW it's the correct one! XD

Star Wars Detours

As some of you may know, I follow the powerhouse of all that's good with sci-fi and fantasy (otherwise known as 'Amy Ratcliffe') both here and Twitter...Recently she has updated her Blogness with more gusto than I can keep track of...But some of her posts I found I replied to with just as much to say as the original post!

It's not a boast, by any means, but when there's something to say, I may as well share my view(s) with whoever else can listen! Hehe

And yes, there are two I want to share...But first things first!


It's the new animated series coming from Lucasfilm, created by Seth Green with collaboration from George Lucas himself! If you're familiar with Green, then you may suppose that it'll be humour-based? And you'd be right! It's an amusing look at day-to-day life in the 'Star Wars' galaxy, where the characters we know and love have become more like charicatures. The series is also non-canon, but like many things it has automatically gathered more critics than a Sarlacc has victims!

(Yes, I wanted a 'Star Wars' simile in there! Shush! XD)

The point is; it was revealed at Celebration VI last month and straight away gained negativity...Something that annoyed many of the open-minded of us who are willing to give it the chance it deserves. Here's Amy's Blog on the matter:

(Now here's where I more-or-less paraphrase my reply to her:)

I've been a 'Star Wars' fan for as long as I can remember (seriously) and if there's one thing that irritates me it's the people Amy has mentioned that bemoan and complain about anything new...It's the same with other franchises, but when something different comes along, they seem to forget that the key word is 'different'...! XD

I've constantly come across people who say they like 'Star Wars', but these days still shoot down 'The Clone Wars' and even continue to moan about the prequels (which is getting *very* old now...) now, I don't mind if people don't like something, but if they aren't willing to *accept* them, some may say they have a problem...!

(Apologies if *I* sound like I'm moaning too! XD Haha)

Thankfully I haven't come across anyone in person that has bemoaned 'Star Wars: Detours' just yet, but no doubt I will and when I do, I'll direct them to your words, Amy. ^^ (Which I'm now doing!)

Even though I never got to go to Celebration VI, personally I can't wait to check the series out! Mainly because I love Seth Green's comedy anyway and a collaboration with Lucas himself, as Amy points out, must have some gravitas! (Plus, it will do nothing to the official canon at all as the ball-bouncingly funny trailer shows!)

If only a lot more 'Star Wars' fans were more open-minded and willing to try new things and generally more accepting...Then perhaps I wouldn't have watched the announcement trailer for the first time half-thinking 'this is going to annoy some of them, I know it...' Because by the looks of it, it's going to do exactly what it's supposed to do; make laughter and make it enjoyable! And there's nothin' wrong with that! Can't wait! ^^

And that's the end of the 'reply'! Which I still stand by...But since I posted that, I found all the clips that were released online. So for your convenience, here they are (including the trailer to start off with)! See what you think! ^^

Of course it's fine to have first impressions, but (especially) if you're a big 'Star Wars' fan, then there's no reason not to give it a try! ^^


(Many thanks and maybe apologies for Ms. Ratcliffe! XD)