The eighth season of Doctor Who is finally upon us! Hooray! And is it ever good! Now there will be spoilers in this post, so you have been warned, but I just had to share my thoughts on the new everything.
First we have a new opening sequence and theme tune. I’m not sure I’m sold on either just yet, but I’m sure it’ll grow on me in time.
As for the new Doctor himself–oh. My. Gosh. Capaldi has surpassed my wildest hopes and dreams; words cannot adequately express how much I love his Doctor. It was just a bald statement of fact–he is the Doctor. Even in his post-regenerative muddle, his presence never ceases to be sharp and commanding. He was so much the Doctor that Matt Smith’s surprise cameo left me kind of “meh”. Everything about Capaldi just screams Doctor, and it’s hard to imagine a more perfect actor for the part.
Jenna Coleman is also in fine form as Clara Oswald. In my opinion, she plays off Capaldi better than she did with Smith, and I’m really looking forward to seeing her future interactions with Twelve. Apart from the Doctor, she is a stronger character in her own right, more so than from last season. She’s quick to decipher the mysterious ad in the paper and does well in holding her own against the androids, figuring out that the best way to escape their notice is to hold her breath. About the only thing I didn’t like was her skepticism about the Doctor’s regeneration–I mean, she was inside his timeline; she understands regeneration in a way most companions never will! She’s seen all of his different faces, so a new one shouldn’t have been quite so jarring.
All things considered, “Deep Breath” was a joy to watch, and I can’t wait to go “Into the Dalek” next week!
In my previous post, I talked about how I was finally getting around to watching the X-Men movies, and at that point I had only seen two of them. Now I’ve seen four (the original trilogy plus X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and I have reached a decision. It will undoubtedly ruffle some feathers, and I am prepared to dive behind my couch to avoid the flying vegetables that might be pelted in my direction.
*Inhales deeply* I like the X-Men movies better than the Avengers franchise! *Dives behind couch*
Yes, I know the Avengers movies are bigger and more popular, and I’m not saying I don’t like them–I do. Iron Man was good; Captain America was really good; Thor was…middling but still enjoyable (thanks in large part to Tom Hiddleston’s relentless screen hogging–seriously, how are we supposed to root against the villain when he’s more compelling than the hero?), and The Avengers in general was a fun, fast-paced ride. But these movies do tend to be oddly serious at times, a seriousness that doesn’t always fit the premise. Come on, it’s a comic book–maybe I’m old school, but I want some fun and light-heartedness in comic book-based movies! (Sometimes the darker tones work well a la Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but that’s another post entirely.)
The X-Men movies do deal with serious themes, but there also seems to be a more fun, almost tongue-in-cheek aspect to them as well. After all, you can only be so serious when dealing with mutants in odd costumes. But what really gets me is the compelling storylines behind the characters themselves. For instance, Erik/Magneto was an unexpectedly understandable and relatable character–he already lived through one holocaust and feared he would see another, but he thought the only answer was to kill the ordinary humans before they could kill the mutants. And then we have Logan/Wolverine taking responsibility for Marie/Rogue’s safety to the point of risking his own life to save her, Kurt/Nightcrawler’s insistence that faith and love are more powerful than hatred–this is all really compelling, detailed character development.
I’ve been impressed with the X-Men movies. I didn’t think I would like them, but I have. I’m interested to see how the others play out and if there will be any others in the future. And maybe one of those future movies will explain why Wolverine’s hair is so weird.
It’s always a brilliant sensation when you encounter someone who shares your likes and beliefs, be they the mutual love of a book or TV series (here’s looking at you, fellow Whovians!)…or a religion.
Being Catholic myself, I always find it uber-exciting to discover another Catholic well-known to the mainstream media–here’s someone in the glaring public eye with whom you can actually relate on some level! And it may not even be someone you suspected of sharing any similarity with you at all. For example, I’m finally getting around to watching the X-Men movies (don’t judge that it took me so long, okay?), and I was going along enjoying the movie when all of a sudden, WHAM! I discovered Nightcrawler is Catholic.
Alan Cumming as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in “X2: X-Men United”
This is Nightcrawler, whose real name is Kurt Wagner. Kurt is a blue, freaky-looking teleporter. He is also a devout Catholic, so to me, the freaky-looking blue aspect doesn’t matter at all, and the teleporting is a sweet perk. It was just so exciting to have a character to have some sort of trait that enabled me to identify with him, and not just any trait, either, but one that is so deeply rooted in me.
Not only is he Catholic, but he also has a strong understanding of his faith. I wish I could find the scene where he was talking about how he pitied those who hated the mutants instead of hating them in return, but YouTube has decided to fail me and not have any clips of that scene. Still, that just cemented his unique self into my head, and he is now on my List of Fictional Characters with Whom I Would like to Converse.
The countdown to the final Hobbit movie is upon us, and going by the trailer, it is going to be quite the spectacle. Retitled The Battle of the Five Armies, it will wrap up the second Middle-Earth trilogy (that was never meant to be a trilogy in the first place, but I digress) with fire, wizardry, battles, death, and (apparently) a reprise of the haunting “Edge of Night” from The Return of the King.
All of this has made me realize something, though–I am really going to be sad that there are no more Hobbit movies after this one. Geeking out about them with my friends and then posting reviews on here have been high points in my life since I started this blog. I’m going to have to find more stuff to write about after this!
Well, I won’t panic too much just yet. I’ll just enjoy the end of the series (and try not to cringe too much at the changes I fear Jackson has made to this part).
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the two year mark on My Turn to Talk! Can you believe we actually made it this far? Honestly, I never thought I would make it this long; I thought I would run out of ideas. Seems kind of silly now, huh?
A lot happened this year, same as last–National Blog Post Writing Month was another rousing success (complete with loads of posts for Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary), my review for The Desolation of Smaug, and getting to see the touring production of The Phantom of the Opera! But the biggest part of last year was you, my faithful and loyal readers. I can’t believe there are over a thousand of you now (where did you all come from?). I may not always respond to your comments, but seeing them appear on my posts and getting new emails whenever I get a new subscriber bring me more satisfaction than I know how to accurately express. Just…thank you.
And now for the traditional posting of “One Day More”:
Here’s to the next year!
I just happened to watch this video of Phantom‘s original Christine and Raoul, Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton, and I was so impressed that I had to share it here. You see, I was never too familiar with Steve Barton, and I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve heard him sing for more than five seconds. Now that I have heard him, I am officially impressed. He has got to be the best Raoul I have ever heard. He just encapsulates the character so well, bringing out both his gentle nature and his firm determination. I mean, I loved Hadley Fraser’s performance in the 25th anniversary, but after watching Steve Barton, I was ready to stand up and applaud–and it was just a video!
By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Doctor Who will be exploding back on to our screens on August 23, but now we have definitive proof…now we have a trailer.
All I can say is I am about ten times more excited now seeing Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Such gravitas! Such presence! Such flat-out awesomeness!
…when is August 23 again?