30 Blogs of November: Day 23 – The Day of The Day of the Doctor

So I was going to write a lengthy post about a certain TV programme that was on this evening, but I am finding it hard to get the words together. Plus I feel that if I did go on a lengthy ramble I will probably reveal a lot of things that could be classed as spoilers (I might still do, but I’ll try not to make them too obvious).

So, The Day of the Doctor really was amazing, wasn’t it? Like a lot of Whovians I’d been waiting for the 50th anniversary episode to come along, hoping that it was going to be brilliant. And it was, which I was so glad about because if it had been poor it would have been the biggest  disappointment in television history – well for me it would have been.

The best things about the episode? Well, everything really, but to highlight a few things:

Seeing David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor again.

The chemistry between David Tennant and Matt Smith. The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors made a great double act, so much so that some of us on Twitter think they should make a spin-off series with them.

John Hurt’s War Doctor – a bit of a surprise really. Before the programme, I’d had him down as a very dark – even evil – incarnation from that little snippet at the end of the last full Doctor Who episode. I was actually glad that his dark side wasn’t that dark in the end, as well as the fact there was a bit of sassiness in him (keep reading for example).

Eleven: “Geronimo!”

Ten: “Allons-y!”

War Doctor: “Oh for God’s sake!”

That little glimpse of Peter Capaldi. Or rather that of his eyes.

The various little nods to the past – UNIT scientist Osgood’s very familiar looking scarf being one prominent example.

THAT cameo towards the end of the episode.

And pretty much everything else in it.

One last mention must go to Steven Moffat. Moffat has had a lot of stick in the past and yes some of the episodes made under his reign so far haven’t always hit the mark, but he really did pull it out of the bag and made an episode that was a real celebration of the show.

I’m going to shut up now as I have actually gone into Day 24 writing this. Meh, it was hard writing this without giving loads of it away.  If you haven’t watched it already, go and do it.

 

 

 

 

 

30 Blogs of November: Day 21 – Quizzed.

Have you ever, in a moment of boredom done those online quizzes? You know the ones that determine what kind of personality you have, which character from Sesame Street you’re most like or how much of a hipster you are?

I find myself doing them now and again, usually when somebody on twitter has posted a link to it revealing what they got. I do them mainly for a laugh – the personality tests in particular. Sometimes I read the outcomes and think they’ve got it completely wrong. That Sesame Street quiz for example, said that I was mostly like Elmo. I love Elmo, but I think I am more like Grover myself. Occasionally, they reveal the odd thing that I agree with. Rarely, they get it completely right. But mostly, I read the result and then do it again giving different answers….which more often than not brings up the same score.

Still, it’s a fun way to waste two minutes.  Just don’t be too pissed off if it tells you you’re 95% hipster.

30 Blogs of November: Day 16 – Awkward moment.

So I did write something tonight. But I posted it on my Tumblr instead. DOH!

Basically, the post I made was referring to the fuss over Lily Allen’s new video (which I posted on here the other day) and the opinions of a certain section who are critical over it. They are entitled to their opinions, of course, however I do feel that they have misunderstood it somewhat. Not going to go into it any further because I’m too tired to go into full rant mode and my brain hurts. I will however, direct you to this brilliant post by Jameela Jamil on the whole thing.

On another note, just had this random thought: If NaNoWrimo participants are referred to as Wrimos, does that make us NaBloPoMo participants Pomos?

30 Blogs of November: Day 8 – The John Lewis Christmas Advert

 

The John Lewis Christmas advert has become as much a part of the run  up to the 25th of December as the Coca Cola  “Holidays are coming” advert and the latter stages of the X Factor. Such an event it has become that teasers for this year’s ad, showing a bear fast asleep,  have been popping up in virtually every break on ITV,  complete with  the now obligatory twitter hashtag (this one being #sleepingbear, of course).

The advert gets its TV premiere tomorrow night on ITV, during one of the X Factor ad breaks.  It’s said that the whole of that particular ad break (around 8:10pm) will be taken up by it – yes people, it’s that big a TV event.  But if you can’t wait for it, or just don’t want to watch XF to catch it, John Lewis has already put the full advert up online. And it is pretty special.  The company have clearly pulled out all the stops for this, hiring animators who have worked for Disney to create the tale of The Bear and The Hare. The style of the animation reminds me a lot of Watership Down and The Animals of Farthing Wood, which is a very good thing. To top it all off, it is soundtracked by a version of Keane’s classic anthem Somewhere Only We Know performed by Lily Allen which, I have to admit, I am not entirely sure about. I guess it is because I know and love the original so much, but fair play to her for giving it a bash anyway.

Most of all, the advert captures the spirit of Christmas perfectly. The cynics and Scrooges of social media will no doubt maul it and take the mick out of it (and some already have), but you know what? Screw them.  This is one of the loveliest things I have seen for some time and if your heart isn’t the slightest bit warmed by it, then you probably don’t have one.

Yes I am a softie and I am not  ashamed.

 

Batty

As some of you might know if you follow me on there, I like Twitter. I like the way it comes alive when certain TV shows are on, the way people have conversations about anything and everything regardless of how geeky/controversial/mundane they are and generally like a lot of the people I come across on there. However, there are some occasions when I would gladly like to collectively bang the residents of the Twitterverse’s heads together too.

I found myself wanting to do this when I woke up yesterday morning and logged on Twitter to find the whole site abuzz with the news that Ben Affleck was to take on the role of Batman in the next Superman film. A lot of the reaction was not entirely positive – in fact there was a fair few who were apoplectic at the very thought of Affleck as the Dark Knight. Their reasons? Well he played a superhero in a film about ten years ago and it wasn’t very good. Then there was that really terrible film he did with Jennifer Lopez when he was all loved up with her, which was also about ten years ago. I mean, those are enough reasons to stop him from playing a character that is so iconic and loved right?

I must admit, I am not too bothered either way about the decision to cast Ben in the role. While I am a fan of Batman, I don’t really care much for the film franchise, being more of a fan of the cartoon and the 60s TV series as well as the comics themselves. However, it does get on my nerves when people start chucking their cyber toys out of the proverbial pram over someone who’s been given a prime acting role before they have even actually played it. Yes Ben Affleck was the lead in Daredevil. It was a poor film, but he wasn’t bad in it. He’d have been even better if the script wasn’t so dire. And Gigli was pretty much not the best career decision he ever made. But those films were made a decade ago. The actor who appeared in them is a different actor now (heck, he‘s an award-winning director now, too). In any case, you shouldn’t write somebody off just because they appeared in a few notable duds. Every great actor has one or two flops under their belt. It’s from doing them that they learn to be better actors.

In general, slating actors before they’ve even had a chance to prove themselves in the role they’ve taken is getting tiresome. You would think that people would have learned by now, given that most of those that have been slagged off prior to their appearance as a major character have turned out to be very good in the role. When Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, the internet was full of cries of “EWWWWWW! THE PRETTY BOY FROM BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN AND A KNIGHT’S TALE?! HE CAN’T BE THE JOKER!” It turned out to be Heath’s best performance – and sadly, his last. When Daniel Craig was chosen to play James Bond, it was all “NOOOOO! HE CAN’T BE BOND, BOND IS NOT BLOND!” Yet Daniel helped give the franchise the kick up the backside it needed, and for me at least, he is now one of the best 007s – if not the best. The news that Matt Smith was to be the eleventh Doctor was met with horrid comments before he’d even donned his bowtie, all from a section of (mostly female) Whovians upset that they would no longer be able to swoon over David Tennant. And recently the news that Peter Capaldi was to take over from Matt had a small section of (mainly young, female) fans crying “EWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! HE CAN’T BE THE DOCTOR HE’S OLD AND NOT CUTE!” This latter reaction made me want to hunt down every one of those fan girls, stick them all in a room and make them watch every available episode of the Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee eras. Or any of the old school Whos even.

Only time will tell if Ben Affleck is the right man to play the Caped Crusader, or if Peter Capaldi will be the perfect Time Lord. Let’s all wait until the respective films and shows come out before we pass judgement on them or anyone else who suddenly finds themselves picked to play a major character and in the meantime, reserve our anger for things that really do deserve it, like the existence of Piers Morgan, Katie Hopkins and Big Brother.