The Moment I Fell for Matt Smith

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Well, I admit, when I began watching season 5 of Doctor Who when Matt Smith begins to play the role of the eleventh Doctor, I was not so very thrilled. I missed David Tennant terribly, and honestly, I didn’t like Matt Smith one tiny bit. Agreed, he is good looking and everything with some amazing hair, but somehow, every time I would watch an episode with a really tensed and intense moment, my mind would automatically begin to envision how David Tennant would play it out.

While my conscious mind was busy re-enacting the scenes with David Tennant in them, Matt Smith was very cleverly seeping into my subconscious mind and wrecking havoc there. The result, by the time I reached the eleventh episode of season 5 named The Lodger, I instantly fell in love with Matt Smith. Funny isn’t it, me falling in love with the eleventh Doctor in the eleventh episode, almost like it was the eleventh hour of the season? Blimey, a lot of elevens there!

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I don’t know exactly how it happened, as The Lodger isn’t one of the most spectacular of episodes in the season, but it did. I think it was the voice, Matt Smith’s voice that is, and I don’t care what the reviewers say, but that episode is one of the most amazing episodes according to me. It has that witty sort of humour, and also that alien-detecting machine that the Doctor creates on his bed is so hilarious and adorable at the same time.

David Tennant will always be MY Doctor and there is no one who can change that, but Matt Smith holds his own, and he is spectacular in his own right.

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The Drug that Never Fails

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Ummm, so what is that feeling? Those tiny butterflies that tingle in the insides of your stomach, and you are so restless and anxious all the time. What is it that makes you feel that way? Oh don’t get all gooey, I am not talking of the arrival of the love of your life, no, what I am referring to is the arrival of a book. Yes, a good old brand new book! Thanks to all the online shopping sites with their prompt delivery options, you can simply sit on your bum and acquire your favourite book without breaking a sweat.

Just yesterday I ordered The Complete Sherlock Holmes, and also Inferno by Dan Brown, and there in started the tingly feeling at the pit of my stomach that only abated upon their arrival today. Have you ever opened a brand new book, poked your nose in, and taken a deep breath, inhaling the smell of the pages? Man, there is no drug like that smell of those freshly printed pages.

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I have read most of the Sherlock Holmes stories, but never owned the volumes, and now I do! Its like finally coming face to face with a person you love, but have only spoken to over the internet. Dan Brown is one of the very few American authors I admire, and can’t wait to take the plunge into the book and lose myself in the depths of history that all his works promise.

Keep your eyes peeled for a review, however, it won’t happen for long, as I am going to cherish every word of the book to the fullest possible extent!

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Why Choose Books & TV Shows Over People

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Ever since I learnt how to read and discovered the world of books, I haven’t stopped one bit. I have devoured one book after the other, and have loved every second of it. I discovered TV shows, great TV shows that is, a little later, in my late teens, and blimey, what a ride it has been. Never one for small talk or random conversations, I was always content with a book, holed up in my room.

However, there were times when I wished that sometimes I would experience a great friendship, a unique bond, like the ones described in so many books. Come on, who wouldn’t want friends like Harry, Ron and Hermione? And I found friends, not like I didn’t, not that socially inapt I am mind you, but it was never quite the same. Its human nature to expect; and it is the same very human nature to move on to the next best shiny thing that life throws at you. So people left, yeah, and there I was clutching my books and my external drive with lots of TV shows in it, and a thought struck me: why am I running after people, when I have all the company and support that I need right here, in the palm of my very hands?

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That is the day I realised that there isn’t a single human being that is better than a good book and a mind numbing TV show, cos if you pay attention closely, they have the most marvellous things to teach you. Where else would you find someone like Dumbledore, who is the greatest of great men and yet is so humble, where else would you find someone like the Doctor who would make other people’s problems his own?

Any good book is like a teleport that can take you to a whole new world, and so is a great TV show. I know this for a fact, because whenever I watch Doctor Who or Sherlock or read harry Potter, I am instantly in a whole new world, and when I finish the episode or a chapter and return to reality, it takes me a few moments to get my bearings. Are there people on this planet who can make you feel this way? Nope!

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Books and TV shows do not judge. No matter whether you have shaved your legs or are sitting about in your bathrobe without a care in the world, it will not matter to them. Also, books and TV shows won’t leave. They will be there for you at even 2 in the night, and will see you through your tough times. There is no drama involved, no fights, no arguments, you simply pick a book up, or watch an episode if you feel like and you are all sorted out.

They are both great conversation starters, and will not embarrass you in front of other people. Say if you talk of being a Doctor Who fan, your ‘cool’ proportion increases by a million folds; whereas if you are in the company of person who eats with his mouth open and burps in public, you will wish that the floor beneath you parts and swallows you up. 

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Fandoms unite, they do not discriminate, and this very blog and the number of amazing people I have come to know through it is living proof of what I am blabbering about. I could go on and on, round and round the merry go round, but the bottom line is that there is not a single being on this planet that is better than your favourite book and TV show, unless it is a 903 year old alien in a suit. Very specific, I know, its not like I woke up one fine morning and had a craving! Allons-y Alonso! 

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Puberty Works Differently in the UK

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Okay, I have to admit; right now I am trying to scrape up what was once my jaw, off of the floor and trying to fit it back onto my face. Why is my jaw on the floor, you ask? Because I just happened to watch these pictures:

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This is Matthew Lewis A.K.A Neville Longbottom of the Harry Potter series, and by God, just look at the transformation! The once plump and teddy bear-like boy can now give Adonis a run for his money.

If this wasn’t enough, I came across this

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This is Harry Mellings A.K.A Dudley Dursley, again from the Harry Potter series. These pictures are the reason that my jaw is now firmly logged onto the floor. Puberty is really a different story in the UK. Mind = Blown out of proportions!

Doctor Who Saved Me

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It is only recently that I came across the show Doctor Who, last month to be more precise, and it would not be an exaggeration when I say that the show saved me. People who have never watched Doctor Who would roll their eyes at this, muttering to themselves, “She has gone utterly bonkers. How can a mere TV show ‘save’ someone?” where as people who have watched the show will be nodding in agreement, speechless, for they themselves will have experienced the same thing.

If you ask how, the answer is not simple. However, I would like to explain. Last year I suffered a terrible loss, one that ripped me to my very soul, and still comes to haunt me occasionally when I divulge into my vault of memories. I was so very lonely, almost self-destructive, angry and hopeless almost all the time. I treated my family badly, was cruel to my best of friends, and hated myself for it all. I watched a lot of TV shows, just to keep my mind occupied, but none of them really touched me deeply.

Last month I discovered Doctor Who, and I have not been the same since. The show has taught me that there is so much more out there than personal suffering, and sometimes the best way to deal with one’s pain is to experience the pain of others. How the Doctor tirelessly travels across universes, saving lives, never for one fraction of a second giving up on his duties. Come to think of it, they are not really his duty, he can merely travel and be a spectator, but he chooses to help, to make someone else’s issues his own.

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The Doctor taught me that the simplest of human being is worth rescuing, and everyone is important, no matter how small or insignificant he or she may seem. The Doctor taught me that everyone deserves a chance. Even when he is out there trying to stop the baddies, he gives them a choice, a second chance to retreat and mend their ways before destroying them.

The Doctor taught me that sometimes loving someone means knowing exactly when to let go and say goodbye. It is not about endless time spent together, but spending the time together really well and cherishing the memories that you shared. He taught me how to forgive. The Master treated the Doctor so badly, but in the end the Doctor forgave him. That takes strength, unlike seeking revenge.

I know I am sounding like I am giving out a sermon, but these are the little and important things in life that we people forget to implement so often that we end up leading destructive lives. The Doctor rescued me from becoming an irreversibly bitter person, got me out of the trance of self-loathing. The show has taught me more about life than any religious book out there, and for that I will always be grateful.

Thank you, Doctor.

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Doctor Who Racist? Go Screw Yourselves, Academics!!!

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Less than a minute ago I read a blog post on how academics all over the world (Americans) declared Doctor Who to be an abysmally racist show that confers with the most traditional and primitive views. Well, dear academics, this is utter horse shit, and you can screw yourselves!!! Yes, please do that as by doing so you will be making a better use of your time, and leave Doctor Who alone! If you were actually real academics, would you be bothered with a television show? Isn’t there something more important in the world to study? Why pick on a show that has turned into a geek religion, because you never mess with the geeks and live to tell the tale. Like Tony Stark said, “You know the thing about smart people is that they have their asses covered.” So let me try and penetrate that thick ‘academic’ skull of yours with some smart and valid arguments.

Firstly, in the very first season, Rose Tyler the Doctor’s companion is dating a black guy named Mickey Smith who is played by Noel Clarke. Agreed, in the beginning Mickey isn’t the stand up macho dude who would have a huge impact on you, but the character development was such that before the end of the second season he is named the Defender of the Earth. Oh yes, he is. Would this have been possible if the entire cast and crew along with the production house of Doctor Who would have been racist?

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In the third season the Doctor had a companion named Martha Jones played by Freema Agyeman. FYI, she is black. Yes, the Doctor did not fall madly in love with her, he couldn’t have because he already loved Rose, but he did treat Martha with a lot of respect and was always concerned with her welfare. He battled monsters and rescued her heroically before she crashed into the sun. Would this have been possible if the show had been based on a racist mentality?

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Now you ask why the doctor did not fight slavery, oh you daft ‘academics’, the Doctor cannot change fixed incidents in time. He keeps warning his companions against it too, and so there is no way that he could have saved the mankind from slavery. The Doctor creates a sense of belonging. All over the world people are connected with the help of this fandom, irrespective of their nationality or the colour of their skin. It is a TV show people, leave it alone. Spend your time studying something that is legitimate instead of flinging your crappy views on a TV show. Watch it if you like it, if not, for the love of God stop passing judgments.

Application for the Role of the Doctor’s Companion

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Dear Doctor

I would like to apply for the role of your companion. There is nothing in this world that would give me more pleasure than accompanying you on your time travelling expeditions all over time and space. I have made a compilation of my traits that would make me eligible to be your companion

I do not wish to date you, I merely wish to travel with you through time and space, like how Donna Nobel did. I simply want to be your mate, not mate with you, space boy!

Also, I have been practicing running. I know how crucial that is when accompanying you, and since you have also been giving out lessons to Queen Elizabeth the First, I am quite well versed with it; in fact, I love it!

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I shall not wander off. Yes, I know how annoyed you get, and so I shall refrain from running off on my own when you tell me to stay put. However, sometimes if I wish to be rescued by you, then I may, but that is going to be rare at best *wink*.

PS: This application is only for the 10th Doctor. I do love all of you, but David Tennant is my Doctor. Get over it.

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The Adventures of a Serial Killer

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Just saw the official trailer of Dexter season 8, which by the way is going to be the last season of the series, and now I have a hole the size of a spaceship in my chest. There is something so heartbreaking, so poignant about the trailer, that I have a lump in my throat that just won’t go away. For those who don’t watch the show, Dexter is a serial killer who works for the Miami Police Department as a blood splatter analyst, and has made it his mission in life to kill the criminals who escape the clutches of the law.

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There is nothing heartwarming about the show, it merely feeds on your deep seeded psycho-pathological tendencies that you are terrified to explore, and so want to live them through watching Dexter act on his own tendencies. However, after watching seven nerve wracking seasons, you do grow fond of this psychopath, and his sister, Debra Morgan, who has the personality of swearing sailor and a devil-may-care attitude that is hard not to admire.

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This final season is not going to have a fairytale ending, everyone knows that, it just wouldn’t make sense. We all know that Dexter is either going to go away for life in prison, or is going to die. Chilling as it may sound, these are the only two possible and sensible endings to this show, unless they decide to let him live the life of an outlaw, constantly on the run.

Speculations apart, this finale is going to be be heart wrenching, and emotionally draining. Watching the strong and dynamic Debra Morgan crumble after having killed Maria Laguerta is just too much to bear. No matter what, one thing is for sure, that this final season is going to be the death of all the fans, and is going to stay with you long after the show ends.

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Mickey Smith: The Man Least Spoken About

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Mickey Smith, the working class boyfriend of Rose Tyler in the TV show Doctor Who, is one of the least talked about character in the show. He is grossly underestimated, and also not looked upon with the gratitude that he so rightfully deserves. You will find numerous pictures and GIFs of the Doctor, his companions and even the monsters that the Doctor fights, but just like Inspector Lestrade from Sherlock, you will barely find anything that appreciates Mickey.

Agreed, that in season 1 of the show mickey was portrayed as a daft and panicky boy, forever awaiting the hint of the sound that marks the arrival of the TARDIS, and honestly, even I wasn’t such a big fan of his. However, in the second season, Mickey is suddenly transformed into an action hero who struts around with a big gun, fighting the Cybermen and trying to save both the universes.

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The character development of Mickey Smith is quite remarkable and the fact that when he landed in the parallel universe with Rose and the Doctor, he chooses to stay behind with his blind grandmother instead of tailing Rose wherever she choose to go with the Doctor. That is the first time I felt an inkling of admiration for Mickey Smith.

Mickey isn’t glamorous, cocky and brilliant like the Doctor, and maybe that is why besides the Doctor he is out shadowed and thus ignored to a large extent by fans of the show. However, Mickey Smith, you are amazing, and worthy of an applause. *clap clap clap*

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A Decade of the Brits Rocking my World

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I clearly remember the day when I first came to know of Harry Potter. It was around the time I was first introduced to Shakespeare. I was all of 13 years of age, awkward with minimal social skills. I had already read Jane Eyre by then, and was in awe with every great piece of literature I came across. Okay, back to Harry Potter. I clearly remember the day, almost like it is seared into my memory. I was ogling at the movie poster of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and I felt this bubble rising in my chest. I was too young to know what that feeling was, but now I know it was the feeling of my life changing forever.

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Between that day and the present time, I have endlessly be in pursuit of everything British, because come on, who can dispute that they have the best of everything; the best theater, the best literature, and the best of history. Hell they ruled most of the world less than a century ago! If I hadn’t discovered harry Potter and Shakespeare, I don’t think I would have been a writer today. The greatest writers and Wordsmiths on this planet, AKA Shakespeare and JK Rowling taught me the power of words, how they can create complete new worlds, make and break a person. That is the ultimate power of it all. And it was then that I decided that I wanted that power, not to destroy anyone, but to express, to put imagination to paper.

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After that I discovered Sherlock; that was more recent, as if I had time to obsess over anything else when the Harry Potter series had been going on. That show is better than any piece of television ever created in the history of mankind. Only 6 episodes so far, spread over two seasons, but what class! TV shows that have over 20 episodes in each season cannot even think of competing with the brilliance that is Sherlock. It’s a masterpiece that must have made Shakespeare weep with joy in his grave.

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Only recently did I discover Doctor Who; yes, I know its late, since the show has been around for quite some time, but has it changed my life or what! Its like I wasn’t living until now, not until I saw this show. People who aren’t watching Doctor Who cannot even imagine the extent of the awesomeness that they are missing out on. Its not just the time travelling with the stunning Doctor and the amazing companions, or the cursed fairytale that cannot have a happy ending, it is so much more than that. Its about responsibilities, about doing the right thing, or perish trying. It is about living to the best possible extent, not an ordinary one and about taking a stand for what you believe in. I could go on and on, there is so much to the show that it would take many more posts to cover it all.

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It’s the Brits, always the Brits with their amazing legacy that have given me more than I could have even thought to take back from this lifetime. One moment I am in Rome watching the fall of the great Julius Ceaser, and the other I am aboard the Hogwarts Express gobbling up a Chocolate Frog. One moment I am marveling at the powers of elimination that Sherlock possesses, and the next I am travelling across time and space in the TARDIS. Thank you so very much for all the amazing memories that you have bestowed upon me, for all the gifts of literature and the TV shows that have been my guiding light all my life.

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