Monthly Archives: July 2017

Happy Birthday, My Turn to Talk!

We’re celebrating the 5th birthday of My Turn to Talk today! Woo-hoo! I never expected to last this long! And what an exciting year it’s been, from the premiere of Star Trek Beyond to overanalzying Dracula to the 50th anniversary of Star Trek to discovering “Scream of the Shalka” to celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera (even if the Facebook page decided to remove the videos) to surviving National Blog Post Writing Month to the awesome French Beauty and the Beast adaptation to saying farewell to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine to the premiere of Doctor Who‘s tenth season to tracing the parallels between Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings to the introduction of the Thirteenth Doctor.

Whew, I never realized how busy I was last year until I typed all that out! I can’t wait to see what else I’ll accomplish in this coming year! And it is you, dear readers, that inspire me to come back and keep typing away–even it’s something I think is a little silly, I do take pleasure in thinking that somewhere out there, these crazy ramblings of mine are making someone smile.

And now for the obligatory posting of “One Day More”:

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Mauve Alert! Doctor Who Christmas Trailer Released! 

The moment is coming for the Doctor to regenerate, but he’s going out in style with help from his first self and a man who may or may not be the Brigadier.

I should be sad because it’s Capaldi’s last episode, but WE HAVE THE FIRST DOCTOR IN THIS EPISODE! 

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Farewell to a Doctor Who Legend

It was announced yesterday that Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor’s companion Victoria Waterfield, lost her battle with lung cancer at the age of 69. Victoria joined the Doctor and Jamie in their travels after her father was killed by the Daleks in 1967’s “The Evil of the Daleks” and was introduced to a world she never imagined existed. Although she enjoyed seeing all of time and space, she eventually settled down in 1968 as the adopted daughter of Frank and Maggie Harris.

I had the opportunity to meet Deborah Watling at a convention last year (even got her autograph), and she was such a kind and sweet lady–so much fun to talk to. I dearly hope she rests in peace.

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Thirteenth Doctor Announced

The wait is finally over…

I can’t say I’m sold on the choice of actor, but I’m going to watch a couple of episodes before passing judgement.

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Some Thoughts on “Doctor Who: Kinda” and “Snakedance”

Recently I had the opportunity to view a pair of Fifth Doctor episodes, “Kinda” from 1982 and its sequel “Snakedance” from 1983. Since the two stories are so closely connected, I thought it made sense to review them together.

Both stories feature Peter Davison as the Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, and Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka; Matthew Waterhouse appears as Adric in “Kinda” but is not present in “Snakedance” (being trapped on an exploding spaceship will do that to you). In “Kinda”, the TARDIS lands on the peaceful planet of Deva Loka, but, of course, the TARDIS crew manages to stumble into trouble. While Nyssa is confined to the TARDIS as the result of mental distortion the planet effects of those of her species, the Doctor and Adric become the captives of a mad commander. As for Tegan–well, she becomes possessed by an alien force known as the Mara, who hopes to use her as a gateway to regaining corporeal form and destroy Deva Loka. In “Snakedance” we learn that although the Mara was banished to another dimension at the end of “Kinda”, it retained its hold on Tegan; through her it pilots the TARDIS to its old home world of Manussa and once more works to regain a flesh appearance.

“Kinda” really made an impression on me for several reasons–Hindle was a truly insane villain; Todd was a fun character that I would have liked to see join the TARDIS (she was smart, savvy, and willing to listen to the Doctor’s theories but also not afraid to put him in his place), and the Kinda were a truly unique, intriguing civilization. Also, Janet Fielding gave an outstanding performance not only when Tegan was trapped inside her own mind but also when the Mara gained control of her body. But as outstanding as she was in “Kinda”, she was absolutely on fire in “Snakedance”. Seriously, I was a little bit sad when Tegan was finally freed of the Mara’s influence; she made such a good villain. That snake skull was a good yet creepy addition, too.

By returning to the Mara’s home world in “Snakedance”, we got the chance to learn more of the backstory than was featured in “Kinda”, and we also got to see the effects it had on the culture despite having been banished from Manussa about 500 years ago (at which point it fled to Deva Loka). Interestingly enough, it was prophesied that the Mara would return, but most people passed it off as a myth. It’s entirely possible that the people might have assumed the Mara was a myth as well if its banishment hadn’t been a well-documented historical event.

On the whole, I think these were two of the Fifth Doctor’s best stories (I think “Kinda” might even outrank “The Caves of Androzani” as my favorite Fifth Doctor episode now), and I definitely recommend you watch them. You won’t be disappointed.

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Independence Day Speech

This time last year, I had never seen Independence Day. That has since been rectified, and I can safely say this is one of the most inspiring movies speeches I’ve ever heard. It may not be Aragorn’s “Men of the West” speech (then again, what is?), but it’s still awesome and makes me want to go out and fight aliens.

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The Reason I Love Nightcrawler

I’ve written on here before about how Nightcrawler is one of my favorite X-Men, but I’ve never been able to find the video clip that made him my favorite. Today that all changed. Today YouTube has finally yielded the video for which I have searched for a long time.

Behold, the scene that made Nightcrawler one of my favorite X-Men and made X-Men United one of my favorite films of the franchise!

 

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