the master

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.



A little over a week ago, we witnessed the regeneration of The Doctor into his twelfth incarnation, and the course is set for the next season of Doctor Who as Peter Capaldi now takes up the role. Now, with several months till the series 8 premiere, we have nothing to do but speculate about what the future of Who may entail, and Steven Moffat is helping us out by feeding the beast. So what villain may be The Doctor’s Big Bad for series 8? Which friends will be making a comeback? Read on. (more…)


Earlier in the week I made a crack about The Venture Bros. having more characters than Game of Thrones. And dammit, they do! They have more characters than any cartoon has right to, but I wouldn’t wish for single one to be cut. The world created by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer easily rivals the depth and richness of Westeros, except there are no winners and everyone’s an utter failure.

The show’s littered with washed-up heroes, vengeful but incompetent villains, and former child adventurers gone mad. Drawing inspiration from Johnny Quest, comic book superheroes, to any and all 70s pop culture references, The Venture Bros. features a vibrant world with dozens of insanely, colorful characters. Here, I’ve gathered what I consider to be ten of the best “other” characters from the show. Not the boys, or Brock, or The Monarch. Not even Molotov Cocktease or Shore Leave made the list. And not because they aren’t great characters, they’re two of the best, but because I wanted to showcase those one-offs or rarely recurring characters who add that special ingredient to an already robust cast.


With the Doctor Who 50th anniversary coming up, fan-boys and other geek sub-species everywhere are hyped about what Steven Moffat has planned to celebrate.  Two major developments appear to be cresting the horizon.  The first is the rumor that the Doctor may be facing down his nemesis, the Master, during the show’s 7th season.  The other is the release of a video game featuring the Doctor and River Song as the main protagonists.  Neither development, however, appears to be as advertised.

Steven Moffat says one little thing and the media is abuzz.  He mentioned in a recent interview that he’d like to use the Master as the chief villain for the Doctor’s anniversary special and, more specifically, that he was looking towards Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to play the role.

Since then, the British tabloids and the various nameless mouths of the internet have been insisting that this casting is set in stone.  Considering that Moffat is producing both Doctor Who and Sherlock, the assumption is not completely insane, though perhaps a little hasty.

Other sources, namely Matt Smith himself, say that the rumor is just that – a rumor.  He states that he knows nothing about Cumberbatch playing opposite him as the Master [via Daybreak ].

“I know Ben and I’ve not heard anything about it. But he’s a wonderful actor and a mate. … I think he’s a bit busy being a Star Trek villain, and he’s Sherlock Holmes of course, so he’s a busy man.”

Unless Moffat is keeping him in the dark for some reason, it is probably reasonable to trust what Smith has to say.  He is, after all, the Doctor.

Still, given that the 7th season of the show just recently started shooting, you never know what might develop between here and there.  With Cumberbatch’s resume listing Sherlock, Star Trek 2 and The Hobbit among his recent roles, a foray into the world of the Doctor would be a natural progression.