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2012 In A Nutshell

Gotye confused but excelled with his cubist video.

Call Me Maybe knew that this was crazy, but buy me maybe.

Harry Hill bid us goodbye.

Viewers cringed at the Jubilee Thames pageant on TV.

Grace Jones showed the Queen how to be a hula-hooping Slave to the Rhythm.

Britain cried with Andy Murray.

People groaned at Danny Boyle.

People then praised Danny Boyle.

Britain cheered and cried with Andy Murray.

The Paralympic ceremonies confused others but surprised me.

The world went Oppa Gangnam Style!

It was decided that Anything Could Happen.

We let the Skyfall when we crumble.

Doctor Who brought people to their knees and behind the sofa.

The world didn’t end after all.

RECENTLY THIS YEAR:

Steven Hawking revealed his hatred of the Go Compare man…

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Beware Of The Snowmen

On Christmas Day, it was guaranteed that if snow did fall in the near future, NOBODY will set foot from their houses and play in the snow. Those Joker-like Snowmen who do worse smiles than Sheldon (and that’s saying something) really were scary.

But scary snowmen have been around for a long time…on Top of the Pops; the Flying Pickets created an Xmas No.1 hit in 1983 with an al capella cover of Yazoo’s Only You. But in one memorable performance, they dressed as snowmen. The video is below (keep an eye on the snowman with the black lipstick waggling a pipe in his mouth. Yes. You heard me):

If you want something even more scary, look up The Snowmen’s “Hokey Cokey” on Youtube; THAT is one scary snowman song!

Live long and prosper!

The Doctor Hates Endings

In fact, we ALL hate endings, don’t we! There are some of us with no self-restraint who have a sneaky peek at the final paragraph of a book (which, if you were reading Catching Fire, would result in a MAJOR MINDBLOW); some get hooked to the book they’re reading because they’re impatient to find out how it ends; and then there are the remote few who rip the final page out and leave it in a hamper in New York, only to find that it is perhaps the most valuable page of their life.

Yes, for those of you who saw Steven Moffat’s episode epic worthy of being a Hollywood blockbuster yesterday, this is what this post is referring to. If, for some reason, you have been hiding in a cave yesterday (or sitting out the back on a suitcase, waiting for your Raggedy Doctor to return), then I should warn you that this post contains SPOILERS. Right from the onset.

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IS A WEEPING ANGEL.

Yes. That’s right. The Statue of Liberty is a gimassive monster statue with screaming eyes and fangs, hands so big that they could crush a skyscraper to rubble.

The prologue of the episode was genius. The disappearing statues. The roaring stone angels. The little girl mimicking the angel’s weeping peek-a-boo hands. The red velvet corridor. The room that shows you your future; your DEATH. Running up the staircase. Standing on the roof.

What the?

Oh my God.

You–are–KIDDING ME.

Cut to a wide shot of the Statue of Liberty towering over the skyscraper, its fanged jaws screaming and its piercing eyes glaring.

My heart did not stop pounding throughout the episode. I was close to having a cardiac arrest when the “EEEEEOOOOOWWWWW” sounded and the titles played.

I had been impressed by the previous episode’s use of seamlessly stitching together elements of fear, humour and sadness. But this time, Steven Moffat showed Chris Chibnall how the professionals really do it. Who would’ve known that a trip to get some coffees could result in so much danger and disaster?

The episode was a riot. A rollicking, rolling riot. I could write a whole essay as to why it was so brilliant. But I won’t, since even I can sympathise with being a bit put off by an essay on a blog. So here are the three main reasons why this was perhaps the greatest Doctor Who episode this millenium:

  1. The Room of Death. (*Spoilers*) Rory’s death.
  2. The Statue of Liberty.
  3. The Gravestone.

To paraphrase Eurythmics, sweet dreams are NOT made of episodes like this!

Glue back together the torn heart strings, and live long and prosper.

Doctor Who Quiz! (Series 4)

Same rules apply as the previous quizzes. Good luck!

  1. Who was lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who up until David Tennant’s final episode?
  2. Who is the current lead writer and exec. producer of Doctor Who?
  3. In the first episode of the fourth series (with the Adipose), what happens when you aim two active sonic devices at each other?
  4. In that same episode, how do the Doctor and Donna meet?
  5. Where does the Doctor take Donna in the next episode?
  6. Who were the monsters in that same episode?
  7. Which of the Doctor’s assistants returned in the Sontaran episodes?
  8. What is the first thing the Doctor’s Daughter says when she sees the Doctor?
  9. Who are the monsters in The Doctor’s Daughter?
  10. True or False: the actress who plays the Doctor’s Daughter is currently David Tennant’s wife.
  11. Which famous crime writer plays a big part in The Unicorn and the Wasp?
  12. In that same episode, what is the last thing the Doctor needs in order to get rid of the cyanide in his body? (HINT: the first three were ginger beer, protein and salt (although pure salt is too salty).)
  13. Still in that same episode, which person is the murderer?
  14. Who are the monsters in Silence in the Library?
  15. If somebody has been affected by the monsters, what are they most likely to say over and over?
  16. What is the final piece of advice given to the Doctor and Donna by the welcome computer, in order to stay alive?
  17. What’s the name of the library’s main computer?
  18. What is the name of the mysterious woman who is first introduced in Silence in the Library, and appears continuously in further episodes (most recently in the final episode of the previous series, The Wedding of ___ ___).
  19. In the following episode, what is the name of the planet that the plane is flying over (and is also the episode name)?
  20. In the episode after that, at the T-junction, which way did Donna turn, leading to her meeting the Doctor?
  21. When the past is altered, and she turns right, what is on her back throughout the episode?
  22. Which of the Doctor’s assistants constantly appears throughout that same episode?
  23. What two words does the assistant whisper in Donna’s ear as she lies dying on the road?
  24. Which famous Doctor Who villain is brought back for the finale?
  25. What is the Doctor doing in the cliffhanger between the final two episodes, and why?

Back To School

At the beginning of the summer holiday, I found a box in my yard. A blue box. A big blue box with cream white windows and the words “POLICE BOX” written across the top. A man wearing a bow tie opened the door and grinned at me. He didn’t even need to ask. I stepped into the TARDIS and let the Doctor whisk me away.

For six weeks.

Metaphorically.

I’m leaving this summer holiday feeling like I’ve just travelled through time and space. I broke the laws of time by going through six weeks in a matter of what feels like just a single week. So that’s why I had the anecdote at the beginning. Sorry if I got your hopes up.

Today was spent finishing off my summer homework and preparing for tomorrow. I packed everything, since I didn’t know the timetable. At the end, I lifted up my school bag and thought, “Hello again, my old friend the ridiculously heavy bag.” I also spent it watching about ten episodes of the Big Bang Theory (Season 5) since I got it on my birthday. Watching the consequences of Amy’s date for Sheldon unfold really tickles my funny bone (Super Mario Bros. Theme Tune, strawberry milkshake, then the highlight: spaghetti with little hot dogs cut up in it — if you’re a Big Bang Theory fan, this should be your first meal at university (if you do go); if you’re a Doctor Who fan…fish fingers and custard)!

There are of course, the obvious worries about going back to school: this year promises to be chock-a-block with exams and controlled assessments and difficult stuff to learn; it’s going to be too close for comfort going back to school right after spending your summer chilling out and doing nothing; and if you haven’t seen some of your friends over the summer, you feel a tad strange about meeting them again (although this feeling disappears abruptly as soon as you do meet them).

But there are also the positives: you get to be with your favourite teachers again, be they jumpy and good-tempered, or insane yet intelligent with the mentality of a five-year-old; you get to meet the friends you’ve missed over the summer; and some people (like me) just like going to school because it keeps them busy and they feel totally unequipped without a rucksack over their shoulders.

But school will also mean less blogging, as I have done so much of over the summer that it’s perhaps bordering on obsession. But I enjoy it, so it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to blog any more.  Far from it, I’m still going to blog as much as I can, as long as my homework and revision and other stuff are in control.

Live long and prosper, everyone! 😀

Favourite Songs of the Week: Doctor Who Special Edition!

Today’s the 3rd September! That means the birthday of yours truly, Fearne Cotton…and Charlie Sheen. Yippee. But since today is Favourite Songs of the Week Day as well, I think I’m going to do something special for you lot!

In light of the release of the new Doctor Who series last Saturday, these are my top five favourite Doctor Who songs (apart from the theme tune, of course). Enjoy!

  1. Voodoo Child – Rogue Traders (the song title that was possibly responsible for the episode title “The Sound of Drums”, and played during the episode, right after the Master screams, “Here — come — THE DRUMS!” and the Toclafane burst through the rift and descend to Earth. It also might have inspired the witches and their voodoo dolls in the Shakespeare episode…)
  2. I Can’t Decide – Scissor Sisters (plays in the following episode, when we learn that the Doctor now lives in a kennel and the family is trapped on the spaceship with the Master, and the Master dances along to this. It’s quite catchy.)
  3. Doomsday – Murray Gold (Doctor Who has got an absolutely terrific soundtrack, composed by the amazing Murray Gold. He is astonishingly good at producing brilliant songs for different moods, whether it’s Donna’s jaunty theme, or Rose’s heart-breaking piece. But this song just rips out the heart strings from the very first piano note. You don’t even need to see Rose’s howling, bawling face and the Doctor’s look of despair as Rose is trapped in the alternate dimension to feel your eyes turn soaking red. It’s just a genius number.)
  4. The Big Bang Two – Chameleon Circuit (this doesn’t feature in any Doctor Who episode, but every one of Chameleon Circuit’s songs are centred around events from Doctor Who, which Doctor Who fans could probably tell by the name. This was the first Chameleon Circuit song I listened to, and it immediately pulled me in.)
  5. Because We Want To – Billie Piper (Billie Piper started out as an extra and a singer before she became Rose. This was her most famous song, and I have to admit I think it’s pretty good!)

Live long and prosper, everyone! 😀

Well, That’s New!

Well, Steven Moffat’s done it again. He’s done what he does best, and has made a cracking Doctor Who episode!

When Russell T Davies was Head Writer of Doctor Who, the Daleks quickly became cliche and not very scary. When they appeared in an end-of-series episode, we just yawned. Davros made the Daleks fresh again I guess, but they were still pitiful compared to writer Steven Moffat’s heart-wrenchingly scary GMZs (Gas Mask-wearing Zombies), Weeping Angels and Vashta Nerada (before you read this post, did you knew that they were the main enemy of the Silence in the Library episodes with the “Hey, who turned out the lights?” phrase? No? Yeah, not a catchy name, was it). But in this episode, Moffat has taken the tired monsters and made them so fresh they probably won’t have a best-before-date now. I can’t reveal any spoilers since this episode has just been broadcast, but what I can say is, “Don’t Blink!” Don’t miss a single moment! Every scene is genius.

When Moffat became head writer, the pressure probably became too much. His episodes were missing that spark that made his episodes so genius. He even turned his most amazing creations — the Weeping Angels — into cliche in his Maze of Angels episodes.

But it’s unfair to put too much criticism on Moffat. His episodes still had riddles too confusing for even the Riddler to think up; they still had moments that we originally deemed unimportant, to be actually essential to the story, or even the whole series; and they still had carefully planned out episodes (or, when he became Head Writer, had staggeringly well thought out SERIES). His first series wasn’t brilliant, but when the second brought forth Stetsons, doll houses, Melody Pond…AND THE DOCTOR’S DEATH…we knew that Moffat had escaped the stress and pressure from the series’ complete refurbishment, and we smiled.

Moffat is an ultra-talented writer. He can change his writing style in the blink of an eye. He can write for the ultra-talented David Tennant and his tortured but bright personality; he can write for the quirky Matt Smith, who desperately tries to veil his hidden burdens; and he can write for Amy and Rory and their flirting and joking and playful insults.

The episode was scary. The episode was heart-breaking. The episode was, as all Steven Moffat episodes are, full of laughs.

A cracker of an episode.

P.S: Can you imagine a Dalek speaking over the tannoy at a train station? Or speaking over the tannoy at an enormous supermarket. Well, it’s not fantasy; IT HAS HAPPENED!  Nicholas Briggs (the voice of the Daleks) announced train destinations at the Slough train station, and spoke over the tannoy at a nearby supermarket. Everybody, even the police, were beaming at the Dalek’s voice. Even the children were smiling, instead of crying. Everybody was speaking like a Dalek afterwards. Don’t believe me? Check out iPlayer. It’s on Friday’s episode of the One Show.

Gas Masks

For some, it means childhood. For some, it means history. For me, it means nightmares, phobia of second world war museums, and haunting nightmares of cracking skin, bottomless black eyes and screaming. Endless screaming.

I decided to write this post after Doctor Who posted a photo on Facebook of a gas-mask-wearing-zombie (or, as I call them, GMZs). Just one look and all my nightmares, all my memories, all my goosebumps came flooding back to me. What also did not help was dreaming about GMZs yesterday night. I dreamt that I had been given for my birthday a wearable replica of the gas mask from the Doctor Who episode The Empty Child, and I told the giver that I wanted them to return it, because it gave me nightmares and I was scared of it. In fact in that dream, just to prove my point, I remember being a sub-dream where I was being chased by a GMZ. But this was one of those dreams where you can’t run probably, but where you leaping bounds that only take you an inch per stride. The GMZ’s finger was reaching out. One touch, and my face would quiver. My eye sockets would bulge open, my eye balls morphing into bottomless rimmed black glass. My mouth would crack open, and I would cough out a gas canister. A strap would tighten like a vice round my matted hair. And my voicebox, my freedom to speak my mind, would be no more but a servant to the ghastly phrase.

I saw The Empty Child seven years ago, and it has not escaped my memory since. The plot was amazing. The characters were amazing. But the monsters were…MORTIFYING. Far off shots of them were  OK. What did NOT help was seeing ‘The Empty Child’ up-close, almost as if you could touch lips with the gas canister. And the voice. That innocent, childish, liquid-nitrogen-cold voice, whimpering tortuously, “Are you my mummy?” And the finger. That dirt-stained finger, wielding the power to put victims through a hellish transformation, turning flesh into stagnant black leather, turning eyes into ghastly glass rims, turning into lips and teeth into a protrusive gas canister which the victim is forced to choke out.

Whenever I go into a ‘Doctor Who Experience’ or a History Museum which is likely to mention the Second World War, I am always on the lookout for gas masks (well, not really. I just keep facing forward in each room and rely on signs or other people to determine if there is a gas mask in a certain room). When I saw the cliffhanger to The Empty Child, and I had just seen shots of GMZs sitting up in their hospital beds, faces taking up entire shots, about to lay their fingers on The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack, I ran from the room wailing with indescribable terror. For weeks my dreams were haunted. This is all no exaggeration. I would hate Steven Moffat for life if he didn’t write such epic episodes; write the greatest Doctor Who episode EVER (Blink – the unforgettable episode introducing Weeping Angels and the most impossible instruction you can ever give that can actually mean life or death: DON’T BLINK. DON’T EVEN BLINK; BLINK & YOU’RE DEAD. DON’T TURN YOUR BACK, DON’T LOOK AWAY, AND DON’T BLINK.); make Fez’s, Stetsons and fish fingers in custards cool; and create Sherlock.

Everyone has a Doctor Who monster as one of their weaknesses. For some it’s Autons (living shop dummies). For some it’s Weeping Angels. For some it’s Vashta Nerada (“Hey, who turned out the lights?”). And for some, it’s the old Daleks and Cybermen. But for me, it’s the GMZ. No other monster has invaded my dreams and remained in power for seven years (the Weeping Angels only invaded my dreams for one night). I don’t constantly have visions of The Empty Child opening the door and marching into my room any more, but he still invades my nightmares and makes me wake up with his close up image emblazoned like a scorchmark behind my eyes. The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, to this day, I have only seen once (the second episode I saw after gathering up my courage out of earshot for quarter of an hour, and it still didn’t help). I also have not braved seeing the episodes in The Shooting Scripts.

Gas Mask-wearing Zombies are petrifying. Period.

My Future Plans

I’m overjoyed that I now have the ability to blog again on this website! I’ve made a list of stuff that I might do in the future:

  1. Continue choosing ‘My Favourite Songs of the Week’. I’m kinda running out of bands and songs that I consider to be genius, but I’m hoping it will last a while. I will continue to post this every Monday.
  2. Continue choosing my ‘Favourite Big Bang Theory Quote of the Week’. As usual, unless something interrupts the schedule, this will happen every Thursday. There are plenty of quotes out there, so it’ll last a while!
  3. Post a story. I’m a bit of a writer, so I’m considering posting a story on here. I have a bit of a selection to choose from, including a story set in a fantasy world which I wrote a year ago; a love story I made for my Spoken Language assessment this month; a story I’m planning to write up over the summer; or I can just make a new one.
  4. Do more quizes. I’m happy to do more Big Bang Theory quizes, but I’m also considering doing a quiz based on something else, like Doctor Who. Does anybody have any suggestions?
  5. Write my own screenplay for(maybe a ten minute chunk of)The Big Bang Theory. Here, I can finally fulfill my wish of having Leslie Winkle appear in another episode! I have an idea for the plot and sub-plot, but I’m faced with two problems: I don’t have a sense of humour as good as the Big Bang Theory writers, and I’m not exactly brilliant at degree-level physics, so I might need a bit of help there…  But I’m going to give it a try! If you want anything else to happen in this episode, please do say (or, alternatively, you could write your own episode)!

And finally, I shall continue to make needlessly long posts about random things for no particular reason! Have any genius, intelligently epic ideas? Please do comment!

Live long and prosper! 😀

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