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the mad man with the blue box

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

While Doctor Who is still not my favorite BBC series produced by Steven Moffat (may his name forever be cursed) involving a man with a long coat, a loyal companion he’d do anything for but would never admit it, a nontraditional mode of transportation (TARDIS, uncanny ability to hail London cabs – same diff), and an knack for seeing solutions that elude other people … I’m also beginning to see why it made it fifty years. Because it’s fun, charming, interesting, and oh-so-British all at the same time. Very, very weird and it’s far enough removed from reality that I don’t think I’ll ever feel truly fannish about it. But I can see how it’s nice at the end of a long week to tune in for an hour of this wild ride.

This is my way of saying the one with the zeppelins? *mwah*

Also: “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry”? I love that line. I really, really do because it gives such depth to such a powerful, other-worldly creature. He’s so moral, and his outrage (I’ve seen it three times so far) seems like genuine moral outrage and not just lashing out.

Also also: This meme? Spot on.


In other news I spent a good part of the afternoon in the ER. I thought it was food poisoning, but by the time I was seen I was almost symptom free which made the doctor think unknown allergy rather than actually bad food. They did some tests to be sure and will call me tomorrow with the results, otherwise I’m to be on the lookout for what I eat if it happens again, and maybe go to an allergen if it’s a persistent problem. Essentially: “Well, you’re better now and we don’t know why it happened, so off you go.” Money well spent, that…

So my normal Manhattan day was unexpectedly short-circuited. Which means no “Gravity.” I may try again after I give the exam on Thursday. The cinema gives student prices on Thursday anyway, so that may work out better. Still, it was a day thoroughly wasted in a not-too-fun way, so perhaps a little blue box time was in order.


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Oct. 9th, 2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
Goodness, I'm glad you're feeling better, at least!
Oct. 9th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the health issue. Food allergies can be a real bear to track down too (my daughter ended up spending a mess of money on the fancy blood work to tell her that she's allergic to about 75% of what "normal" people eat...) Keeping a food diary helps, if that suggestion hasn't been made to you yet.

As for Doctor Who...

Yes, it can be silly. I'm not really fond of Steven Moffat's reign as show runner, although Russell T Davies had his own problems and totally screwed up (IMO) where it came to ending David Tennant's turn at the title role.

However, taking a skewed perspective on things has its real benefits. Having fun for the sake of having fun is never a wasted effort. And there is a great deal of morality (or used to be) in the Doctor. Ten talked about books being the greatest weapon in mankind's arsenal, for one thing, insinuating that learning and thinking are the best defense any person can have.

Matt Smith's Doctor never caught on with me because of " 'What's the first rule when traveling with the Doctor?' 'The Doctor lies.' " but Tennant's joie d'vivre was a beautiful thing to watch. Ten spanned the emotions from "Oncoming Storm" to "Tigger" (from Winnie the Pooh) soooo well. Nine was, at first, barely sociable - and watching him come back to life through Eccleston's nuanced acting was a treat.

I never thought I'd get wrapped up in it, honest I didn't. And I battled even watching it, although my daughter in OR kept nagging me about it. I'm glad she did, though - although now she's nagging me about sitting down and watching all the Classic Who. I have watched a bit of it - if the current rumor is true and they've found a mess of formerly lost episodes in Africa, maybe there'll be enough of the first and second Doctor to make it worth my while.

Feel better, my dear. Have you watched 'Blink' yet? That one's my favorite, along with 'The Doctor's Wife'...
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