Doctor Who Season 9: A Primer

The Doctor and Clara

The good news is that there is a new season of Doctor Who coming. It has some great guest stars, familiar faces and a core of writers and directors who have never worked on the show before. Maybe an injection of new blood can tighten things up a bit this year. The bad news is that there will be no new Who for 2016, as Steven Moffat will be erstwhile-detained working on Sherlock. There has been no word of any specials or one of episodes for the coming year.

Some things that are different from last season include continued development of The Doctor by Peter Capaldi. His Doctor will still be mysterious and reckless but he’ll have more whimsy built in this year. He’s also going to have some fancy new jackets and pants as the season goes on. As with the Matt Smith Doctor before, we see a changing fashion style percolating into the lead character.

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I Lost My First Doctor, or The 11th Doctor is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself

Forewarning: The following is a rambling overview of one fledgling Whovian’s reaction to the Eleventh Doctor and his televised adventures. If such a thing does not interest you, I offer this TL/DR five-words-and-a-pregnant-pause synopsis: “Yeah, that was…pretty good.” If such a thing does interest you, bear in mind: if you have not seen the entirety of Matt Smith’s run, then you face spoilers.

Doctor Who: Matt Smith goodbye to the bowtie

I did not, like many of my compatriots on this site, grow up with Doctor Who. My first exposure to it was actually one issue of the Marvel/Tom Baker series which made no damn sense to me whatsoever (looking for the image just now, I see it was actually issue #1–I really should find a copy and re-read it…see if I understand it now). And as time went on, I continued to look at Who from the outside like something impenetrable–you would have to already be on board the train to understand what the hell was going on. Unlike, say, X-Men comics, about which even people who have been on board for decades have no idea what the hell is going on.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:39+00:00 January 8th, 2014|Stimuli|4 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #171: Drunk at the Trader Joe’s. Again.

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that survived another bout with DragonCon and now peppers the podcast with confidential material in an attempt to make life hell on its non-editor.

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Doctor Who dinosaur

Agenda:

  • Serv assembles…stuff…and checks different things out
  • Bragging on kids
  • Alcohol report
  • DragonCon debrief
  • Inexplicable Grimm outburst!
  • Rox’s Adventures in Babysitting
  • Rox and the real gypsy
  • Zombie Mister Rogers
  • Aaron Poole, Sherlock and drinking. Bitches.
  • Aaron, wannabe denizen of Newark and online whore
  • Leigh vs. Samichlaus
  • Wrong Trader
  • Night of a Thousand Fistbumps
  • Leigh’s email problems
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:30:11+00:00 September 14th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|9 Comments

    Win a Signed Copy of Sherlock Season 2 on Blu-Ray!

    Sherlock Season 2 Blu-Ray

    It’s the second season of BBC’s Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and brought to you by the mad minds of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. It’s out on Blu-Ray today from BBC Home Video. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

    In “A Scandal in Belgravia,” the first new episode of the second season, Sherlock gets embroiled in the complex plans of the dangerous and desirable Irene Adler (Lara Pulver, True Blood), and finds himself employing every one of his remarkable skills to survive as the unlikely duo square off in a battle of wits…and perhaps emotions? In “The Hounds of Baskerville,” the increasingly popular detective and his companion Watson travel to the wilds of Dartmoor to investigate the claims of Henry Knight (Russell Tovey, Being Human) and discover the beast lurking in the eerie landscape. Meanwhile, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott, The Hour) is still out there in the shadows, and is determined to bring Sherlock down–at whatever the cost–in “The Reichenbach Fall.” Nothing is what it seems, and nothing will be the same again, when this thrilling season reaches its conclusion.

    Bonus features include:
    · Audio Commentary for episodes “A Scandal in Belgravia” and “The Hounds of Baskerville”
    · “Sherlock Uncovered,” a behind-the-scenes featurette

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:31:37+00:00 May 22nd, 2012|Contests|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #144: Cumberbitches, Just For the Hits

    It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that spends an undue amount of time discussing Sherlock. But we are not Cumberbitches. Cumberbastards, maybe. Anyway. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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    Eric Roberts as Doctor Strange, no, The Mandarin, no The Master from Doctor Who the TV Movie

    Agenda:

  • Jon and Serv think globally, podcast locally
  • Alcatraz and Lost
  • Florida and Hawaii winters
  • Leigh’s dog guest stars on the show
  • Fun with dead cons
  • Whose penis made that noise?
  • Kim makes an entrance
  • Sherlock, Doctor Who and Steven Moffat (huge MAJOR spoilers)
  • Writing women
  • Wold Newton and Tommy Westphall
  • Scott’s grandmother vs. dentistry
  • Much love to Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Nobody mentions the Olympics
  • Irene Adler is Catwoman. And awesome. And hot.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:33+00:00 January 20th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Stuff You Need to Know: When Harrison Ford Signs Onto Your Film, Okay, It’s Probably Happening

    Enders Game cover

    Trying to get you pop culture news at least once a week, because doing it more often than that would be excessive and time consuming for everyone involved. One post catches you up to speed on the important bits and you can then breeze through the rest of your day enlightened. Huzzah.

  • I’m now willing to admit that Ender’s Game is probably happening. As I may have mentioned before, the last time it was supposed to kick off, it was Haley Joel Osment as Ender. Now the previously might-be Harrison Ford is definitely on board to play Hyram Graff. Hailee Steinfeld is also locked to play Petra while Abigail Breslin is on tap to play Valentine. Source: Variety.
  • The Bugle, the hilarious satirical podcast hosted by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman that I recently recommended, has gotten evicted by current host The Times Online (I notice the link on their HelloBuglers Twitter page has been redirected to the Times’ front page as well). They report that it will have a new home somewhere in 2012, so that’s good news out of the ashes and madness.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:04+00:00 December 29th, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    DragonCon 2011: Need Coffee vs. Whoniverse

    Matt Smith as Doctor Who

    No Weekend Justice this week as we’re taking some time off for Turkey Day. But in its place we offer up our annual DragonCon panel for the Brit Media track, Need Coffee vs. Whoniverse. Anything Who-related and it’s in our jurisdiction. Rob Levy’s your host with Aaron Poole, Rox of Spazhouse, Kim and Tuffley starring.

    Major subjects include: the most recent season (by this point, the break had just ended–so we were caught up with “Let’s Kill Hitler”), the inevitable Torchwood bitching, and thoughts about what’s coming next.

    You iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don’t bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed for all our podcasts is here.

    To download this episode directly, DragonCon 2011: Need Coffee vs. Whoniverse, then do that thing.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:35:04+00:00 November 25th, 2011|Podcasts|0 Comments

    Doctor Who Fall Trailer: Our Caffeinated Analysis

    Matt Smith, The Doctor

    So the trailer for the second half of the sixth series of the new Doctor Who is up and we have a date: August 27th. And with the trailer live, you can be certain every single bit of info we can glean from it is important and a clue and is simply Moffat screwing with our heads. But that’s part of the fun, yes?

    I, Doctor Who novice that I am, have taken a moment to give the trailer some intense scrutiny and share with you both the trailer and some items you may have missed–but I with my eagle eyes did not. That’s after the break. Thanks to Rob Levy for letting me know the vid has been posted to begin with.

    PLEASE NOTE: my analysis is so stunningly accurate it will no doubt contain spoilers. You have been warned.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:39:02+00:00 July 25th, 2011|Stimuli|2 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #115: If Christ Left Chicago On a Bus…

    It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that is celebrating its last pre-Rapture show. One way or another, we’ll be here next week. You can bet on that. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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    Streets of Fire

    Agenda:

  • Life in a pillow
  • The End of the World numerology…dissected (full list for your convenience at the bottom of the post)
  • Better suggested days for The Rapture
  • Blondie vs. The End of the World
  • Home Alone vs. Left Behind
  • The nature of light in heaven
  • Streets of Fire
  • Chaos in a cycle
  • Alcohol report
  • Shaved pussies
  • Looting post-Rapture
  • Ben and Jerry’s on sale!
  • The Great Cupcake
  • Jon and family at the movies
  • Cinema problems
  • Rox at the movies
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:40:56+00:00 May 20th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment