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…
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.
Oh my God.
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:
- The Room of Death. (*Spoilers*) Rory’s death.
- The Statue of Liberty.
- 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.
Same rules apply as the previous quizzes. Good luck!
- Who was lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who up until David Tennant’s final episode?
- Who is the current lead writer and exec. producer of Doctor Who?
- In the first episode of the fourth series (with the Adipose), what happens when you aim two active sonic devices at each other?
- In that same episode, how do the Doctor and Donna meet?
- Where does the Doctor take Donna in the next episode?
- Who were the monsters in that same episode?
- Which of the Doctor’s assistants returned in the Sontaran episodes?
- What is the first thing the Doctor’s Daughter says when she sees the Doctor?
- Who are the monsters in The Doctor’s Daughter?
- True or False: the actress who plays the Doctor’s Daughter is currently David Tennant’s wife.
- Which famous crime writer plays a big part in The Unicorn and the Wasp?
- 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).)
- Still in that same episode, which person is the murderer?
- Who are the monsters in Silence in the Library?
- If somebody has been affected by the monsters, what are they most likely to say over and over?
- What is the final piece of advice given to the Doctor and Donna by the welcome computer, in order to stay alive?
- What’s the name of the library’s main computer?
- 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 ___ ___).
- In the following episode, what is the name of the planet that the plane is flying over (and is also the episode name)?
- In the episode after that, at the T-junction, which way did Donna turn, leading to her meeting the Doctor?
- When the past is altered, and she turns right, what is on her back throughout the episode?
- Which of the Doctor’s assistants constantly appears throughout that same episode?
- What two words does the assistant whisper in Donna’s ear as she lies dying on the road?
- Which famous Doctor Who villain is brought back for the finale?
- What is the Doctor doing in the cliffhanger between the final two episodes, and why?
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.
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! 😀
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!
- 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…)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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! 😀
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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?
- 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! 😀