This fall will see the beginning of Jodie Whittaker‘s tenure as the 13th Doctor. Regardless of arguments about if 13 is the appropriate number for her Doctor (after the meta-crisis and War Doctor, etc.), there has been quite a bit of uncertainty and outright hatred from some fan circles for a female Doctor.
However, Doctor Who has long implied this was not only possible but probable. When David Tennant regenerated into Matt Smith, Matt touches his hair and says, “I’m a girl!!!” before finding his adam’s apple.
In the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” the Doctor says,
“The mark of the Corsair. Fantastic bloke. He had that snake as a tattoo in every regeneration. Didn’t feel like himself unless he had the tattoo. Or herself, a couple of times. Ooo, she was a bad girl.”
In Peter Capaldi’s episode “Hell Bent” he shoots the General who regenerates as a woman.
So the groundwork has been laid for gender switching, but there is a more significant indicator that all will be well with a female Doctor. The Time Ladies that preceded Jodie.
Here are a few of the beloved female “Time Lords” from the Classic and New Who runs of the show.
It may not be doing Jurassic World business, but I’m sure that some of you, in spite of yourselves, have already seen Terminator: Genisys. You may have questions, like, how does Jai Courtney keep getting work? Or, why is the mean guy from Whiplash now more Mulder than Mulder? But seriously, there were a lot of left over questions from the film, presumably to encourage the audience to be proactive and ask so that we then start demanding a sequel. Mission: accomplished? Hard to say. I guess we’ll find out when the final box office numbers are tallied on Sunday afternoon, but if you’re one of those obsessive types that just can’t wait for answers, the Genisys screenwriters offer an answer. (more…)
There’s a scene in one episode of Community where Abed is analyzing a fight amongst the study group in the meta-contextual way only he can. As Abed explains the situation, as he sees it, Jeff cuts in infuriated and says, “Why do you have to take everything that happens to us, and shove it up its own ass?” (Or words to that effect.) That thought came to mind while watching Terminator: Genisys, the third attempt by directors who are not James Cameron, to find a way to continue a story that James Cameron so thoroughly and soundly concluded at the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. To its credit, Genisys does it better than either of the previous attempts, but it also proves that the idea is a fool’s errand. (more…)
Fans of the iconic BBC sci-fi serial, Doctor Who, cite Russell T. Davies with reinvigorating the franchise both as a show runner, and for writing some of the more memorable episodes from seasons 1-4. It’s true, he brought the show into the 21st Century, but even RTD has to adhere to the most sacred tenants (pun intended) of the Time Lords – you can’t go back and revisit your own timeline.
In what should shock absolutely no Whovian on Planet Earth, Davies recently shared with RadioTimes that he had no plans of returning to Doctor Who as a guest writer in the foreseeable future: (more…)
Marketing for the big releases next year are well under way, and now Paramount have decided to test the water this coming Thursday with the release of the Terminator: Genisys trailer. With the controversy surrounding the images that were released by EW recently, and the story details that have emerged lately, fans are already bracing themselves for more mediocre affair following the release of the terrible McG directed disaster, Terminator Salvation. There has obviously been an effort from director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) – or at least we hope so – to make a decent film, and we have the original T-800 – Arnold Schwartzenegger – back on board and not some crappy gimmicky CGI version of him. (more…)
Word has reached the Internet water cooler that Matt Smith (Doctor Who) has signed the dotted line to star alongside Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) in Stefan Ruzowitzky‘s Patient Zero, and surprisingly IT IS NOT based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Maberry. What role might Smith play and what the heck is Patient Zero about? (more…)
I hate to say this, but this new information about Terminator: Genisys actually has me intrigued. I know! I’m so gullible. Anyway, we’re starting to get some legitimate plot details about the next phase in the Terminator franchise, Genisys, which comes out next summer and, if all goes according to plan, it will be the first in a new trilogy of Terminator films. A lot has remained unknown about the film, including where in the Terminator timeline the movie will fit, and what role Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s paradoxically Old Terminator will have in it, but this new information from a very reliable source makes me wonder if that Terminator resurgence just might be in the cards after all. Or, you know, gullible. (more…)
With each new casting announcement we have to ask ourselves, is this really happening? Because it appears that the answer is yes. When Seth Grahame-Smith‘s revisionist spin on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hit bookstores in 2009, it was an insta-hit in the making. Blame the high concept of undead Austen, or blame the lukewarm reception to that other Grahame-Smith book adaptation Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, or even blame Canada, but for five long years there’s been no sign that P&P&Z was, ahem, coming to life on cinema screens. But now, it has a distribution deal, and two new cast members in the form of a pair of Game of Thrones actors. Prepare to be Lannistered! because Lena Headey and Charles Dance are coming for romance. And zombie killing! In that order. (more…)
Just when you thought this project had been buried for good, it comes back from the dead and bites and infect others. So it has happened again. As development on the long-in-the-works adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s cult-favorite spin on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, goes into full gear (again), another cult-figure has stepped up to help make it a reality. A man already well-known for his involvement in another British institution, has stepped into the important, yet not as flashy, role of Mr. Collins in the undead take on Austen’s seminal work. Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith is on his way to 19th century England, this time, to battle zombies and court romance. (more…)
There maybe a new man playing The Doctor now every week on Doctor Who, but the fans still have a soft spot in their hearts for the man who just left the role, Matt Smith. At Toronto Fan Expo Saturday night, Smith re-united with one of his companions, Mr. Rory Pond, Arthur Darvill, and took questions from a packed house of people who paid for a special ticket for the privilege. The result was as frantic, and funny, and insightful as any Doctor Who adventure, but it was mostly just funny. (more…)