Fifty years ago, a small low-budget TV show started airing on BBC. Featuring a mysterious old man from another planet and his time machine, Doctor Who became an overnight sensation and has become one of the longest-running science fiction franchises. Last weekend, Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in style. Who would have thought that that small black-and-white show with the wobbly sets and starring the old man who can’t seem to remember his lines become this big – and effectively take over half of the posts of this blog in the process?
To celebrate the 50th year of Doctor Who, Ade and Comicgasm co-editor RJ will sit down and talk about the festivities connected with the anniversary.
WARNING: SPOILERS AND CAPS LOCK AHEAD!
Ade: Before anything else, here’s a reminder: the Philippines needs your help after Typhoon Yolanda left Tacloban and parts of Visayas in shambles, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. I didn’t want to join in the noise by writing a blog post about it and be accused of jumping in the SEO bandwagon, but at the same time I didn’t want Yolanda to be unacknowledged. So there.
RJ: I do believe that this is the first time I’m writing for your blog after the 1:43 fiasco.
God knows what kind of trouble we’d end up in this time.
Ade: HEY 1:43! YOUR BAND SUCKS STINKY SWEATY SALTY BALLS. Aaaand that’s the sound of angry fanboys going to my blog. Dude, we have an audience! Let’s do this.
RJ: Let me just say that the 50th Anniversary Special is AMAZING. This will probably be our longest round table review yet, to the point where you (yes, you!) would stop reading half way.
Ade: You’d stop reading halfway and start to wonder what it is you’re doing with your life and possibly make some life-changing decisions and in the process find God.
RJ: We’re going to offend all sorts of people in this post, aren’t we? CAN WE START THE REVIEW YET? Continue reading
I tried watching classic Doctor Who, but aside from a few great episodes, I really have a hard time getting into it. I don’t blame the show though. The 60’s, 70’s, and the 80’s were a totally different time. Plus a sci-fi show like Doctor Who running in a public channel like BBC wouldn’t have much of a budget. The crew had to find creative and low-budget solutions to creating visual effects.
This led to novel solutions like:
A monster made out of bubble wrap.
A toy tank in the middle of a warzone
Cybermen made up of spare parts. (I find this the creepiest version though)
And my favorite, Disco Cybermen.
Add the fact that I’m a 30-year old guy spoiled by CGI, watching a show meant to scare the crap out of kids living the 60’s-80’s with makeshift effects, the pacing of Doctor Who was totally different. One story/serial meant around five 30-minute episodes, so a simple plot like “The Fourth Doctor goes back in time to destroy the Daleks before they could evolve into existence” meanders into a series of redundant chases. Continue reading
Hello, everyone. It is time once again for my review of the latest Doctor Who episode, so please indulge me as I bore the shit out of you while I talk about the various intricacies of the Christmas Special. Ok, ready, guys? Here we go.
I wasn’t able to talk about the last two episodes before The Snowmen, mainly because The Power of Three and The Angels Take Manhattan were two of the most heartbreaking Doctor Who episodes I have seen since Rose Tyler and Donna Noble’s respective exits. I really, really, loved the Ponds, ok? Rory’s my second-favorite companion after Donna, and we all know about my unhealthy obsession with Amy Pond and her ginger sexiness. Which is why I was both dreading and anticipating Clara’s debut as companion in The Snowmen. How the hell is she going to live up to the Ponds? Also, is she going to be another sassy, sexy, companion in the same vein as Amy and River?
Last Saturday marked the premiere of yet another new season of the fantastic British sci-fi time travel show, Doctor Who. I’m pretty sure there are a lot of people just discovering the joys of this show, and since it has almost half a century of history behind it, there’s bound to be some confusion at one point. As the guy responsible for making most of his friends watch Doctor Who, I feel it is my duty to educate the newbies on the basics of this show so everyone gets up to speed in no time.
Doctor Who is about the adventures of a guy named The Doctor, who travels around time and space in his blue box.
Sometimes he’s a cranky old man, sometimes he’s this eccentric dude with a fondness for jelly babies, and sometimes he’s this mopey whiny dude in a nice snazzy suit. His current incarnation (played amazingly by Matt Smith) is a madman with a fondness for bow ties and questionable hat choices, but the core of the show remains the same. He bounces around space and time – often with no idea where or when he’s going – and ends up in trouble. But he always manages to save the day, because he’s clever like that. Continue reading