Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

The TARDIS and Doctor from Doctor Who with Pumpkins and a Robot Spider

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Doctor Regenerates in 2009

The Unicorn and the Wasp
Today David Tennant announced he will leave Doctor Who after the special episodes that precede series five.  Russell T. Davies will write his final story for the Tenth Doctor in which he regenerates  into the Eleventh Doctor since 1963.  In his book The Writer's Tale, Davies said that he would like Russell Tovey to take the role, after the actor played Midshipman Frame in the 2007 Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned."  Of course, no replacement for Tennant has yet been announced.  There are still five special episodes for the Tenth Doctor, with the next installment premiering on Christmas 2008.  This announcement came as Doctor Who and David Tennant won National Television Awards in the UK for best drama series and performance.  It's a surprise to find out that Tennant will be leaving so soon, at the height of his popularity as the Doctor, but I look forward to seeing the new directions he will take in his career.

"'Cause you know what, Doctor? You were my Doctor."
(Time Crash)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Doctor Who: The Master Action Figure

The Master appeared in Series Three of Doctor Who, played by John Simm. This figure includes Toclafane Spheres and Laser Screwdriver.

Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia

Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Stadium 2007

Phillies Cap

Phillies Cap
Phillies Cap, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

Watching the 2008 World Series, with the Phillies cap I got on a visit to Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park in 2007.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Master and the Doctor


The Master and the Doctor, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

Doctor Who action figures from Dapol, the Master and the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Daleks

Daleks
Daleks, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

The Seventh Doctor and Ace with the Daleks

Watching TV


Watching TV, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

The Doctor tunes into baseball's World Series with the Phillies and Rays on a visit to 2008.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Two Tenth Doctors

The Two Tenth Doctors
The Two Tenth Doctors, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

Rose and the two Doctors
Rose and the two Doctors

Rose and the Doctor
Rose and the Doctor

Halloween Pumpkins


Halloween Pumpkins, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

Doctor Who question mark and cat pumpkin, 1998

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Doctor and Rose on New Earth

A Robot Spider spies on the Doctor and Rose
A Robot Spider spies on the Doctor and Rose
Cassandra and her Robot Spider with the Doctor and Rose

Cassandra and her Robot Spider with the Doctor and Rose

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Doctor Who Dapol Action Figure: Ace

Ace, played by Sophie Aldred, was the Seventh Doctor's companion on the Doctor Who TV series from 1987 to 1989. Ace has also appeared in the Doctor Who New Adventures novels, BBC Books Past Doctor Adventures, comic books, Big Finish audio stories, and short stories.

The box has a list of Dapol action figures on the back, which can be viewed here.  

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Ood and Donna


The Ood and Donna, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

Donna invites the Ood into the TARDIS for a chat.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Time Crash


Time Crash, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

The Fifth Doctor finds himself in the Tenth Doctor's TARDIS.

TARDIS


TARDIS, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

The Doctor plays some music for Rose and K9.

K9

K9
K-9, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

Dapol action figure of the Doctor's robot dog K9 from Doctor Who, in the TARDIS.  Such a good dog!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy 50th Anniversary, Paddington Bear!

The Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond have been published since 1958. I've enjoyed the novels, and when I first visited England in 1992, I got this toy representation of the character at Paddington Station, where his name comes from. Today Google features Paddington Bear on its front page as part of its Google Doodles series!

TARDIS with Action Figures

TARDIS with Action Figures
TARDIS with Action Figures, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

The Doctor and his companions fly the TARDIS together.
The Fifth Doctor, Rose, Donna, Martha, Captain Jack, The Tenth Doctor, The Other Tenth Doctor, K-9

Sunday, October 12, 2008

23 MUNI Bus

23 MUNI Bus
23 MUNI Bus, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

Sunset District, San Francisco, with Sutro Tower

Friday, October 10, 2008

Life in New York

The American version of Life on Mars premiered on ABC last night, which stayed close to the British show, but didn't have the originality of the UK version.  The BBC series aired from 2006 to 2007 and starred John Simm as Sam Tyler, Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt and Liz White as Annie Cartwright.  Set in Manchester, England, it was followed by the series Ashes to Ashes, currently airing on BBC One and featuring Gene Hunt in 1981.  

Like the first episode of the American The Office, the US Life on Mars pilot has many of the same situations as the initial story.  In subsequent episodes, The Office made the show its own with more exploration of the characters' ongoing lives at Dunder Mifflin.  It remains to be seen whether Life on Mars in New York takes the show in a new direction or continues as a copy of the British version.  The first version of the US pilot was remade, with recasting of many of the characters.

Life on Mars US is well acted and directed, yet takes many of its cues from the original.  The pivotal scene that is in the trailers for the show is when policeman Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) gets hit by a car while trying to save his girlfriend from a kidnapper and wakes up in 1973.  This is accompanied by David Bowie's song "Life on Mars," from which the show takes its name.  Sam is playing it on his iPod in 2008, but in 1973, the same tune is coming from an eight track player in his car.  One addition that makes it resonate with American viewers as uniquely New York is when Sam turns around and sees the World Trade Center in front of him.  This is when he realizes that he has really traveled to a different time.  

The US show, like in the UK, has a great soundtrack that sets the tone of the retro setting.  However, some of the situations in the remake are condensed, like Sam's scenes with Annie Norris (Gretchen Mol), focusing more on trying to find the kidnapper rather than Sam's struggle to fit in to a new time.  He conflicts with Gene Hunt (Harvey Keitel) at the police station over the different methods of crime solving without the technology Sam is used to.  The BBC version has more freedom to portray the realism of the world of police and criminals, with more humor in its portrayal of the culture of 1973 Manchester.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

TARDIS


TARDIS, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

This is a drawing I did of the TARDIS from Doctor Who in 1998.

Doctor Who Logo


Doctor Who Logo, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

My drawing of the Doctor Who Logo (made in 1998)

Doctor Who 45

Doctor Who 45
Doctor Who 45, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

My Doctor Who Drawing (made in 1998, updated in 2008)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Doctor Who Time Crash Action Figures


Comic-Con 2008 Exclusive 1849/3000  

This other picture has a description of the "Time Crash" episode that is on the back of the box (spoilers!)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Doctor Who in the Garden


Garden, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

The Doctor and Rose are taking a walk. That is the Seventh Doctor's umbrella, which the Doctor must have found in the TARDIS wardrobe. :-)

Doctor Who in the Garden


Garden, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

The Doctor shows Rose San Francisco from a higher vantage point.

Sunset in San Francisco

Sunset in San Francisco
Sunset in San Francisco, originally uploaded by monikalel42.