Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Celebration that called for a Gunnies World Record Award

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special won the Gunnies World Record Award for the largest simulcast of a TV drama ever. Here is a look at the things that made the show shine across universes.

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Its almost been a week since the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, and the Whoniverse is still glowing in the aftermath; at lease I know that I am. I have been oblivious to other shows and the world in general since I watched the Special episode. There have been some vague registrations on my sub-conscious mind related to Carrie from Homeland apparently relapsing into her neurotic Brody-crazed self, and also there seems to be a new teaser trailer out for Sherlock. But as I said, I am oblivious.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special was unlike any wonder I have ever witnessed, and to think that it has been a creation of a human being is a little surprising. Steven Moffat must by all means donate his brain to science and I am dead beat sure that NASA’s search for extra-terrestrial life will end right there, as nothing that displays this magnitude of brilliance could come from a human brain (sorry Dr. Sheldon Cooper, but Moffat steals your ‘alien’ thunder). Minute after minute the episode makes you gasp, laugh, cry (a little bit, not too much, and I am grateful for that), and squeak, yes, squeak with excitement as Matt Smith, David Tennant, and John Hurt bring to you nothing but sheer magnificence. 

I can go on gushing and puffing, but where’s the fun in that? So I am just gonna break it down in terms of what I loved and where I found the episode a little lacking. Worry not, there is nothing very much ‘lacking’ per say, you will get what I mean when I get there. 

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The Bad Wolf Girl: Yes, we were literally dying in our pants to figure out what or who Billie Piper plays in the Special episode, and I would be speaking for most Whovians across the globe (read galaxies) that we were not disappointed. To bring back Rose Tyler would have been a stretch since she is safely locked away in the parallel universe with her metamorphosis Doctor, and to take their story further would have seemed like a stretch. Billie shined as the Moment, and fit in perfectly in the episode.

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John Hurt: It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to admit that everyone was a little bit scared of what damage John Hurt would inflict on the show with his tremendously shocking appearance in The Name of the Doctor. It was a touching experience watching him play the Doctor on the day it was impossible to get it right. He doesn’t miss a beat, and not even for a fraction of a second does one doubt him being the Doctor.

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Tom Baker: The curator of the national museum, or the retired Doctor? Tom Baker was a marvelous and simply unforgettable addition to the episode; it was one of the most magnificent moments, almost like a full circle. His exchange with Matt Smith was so touchy-feely that I am sure there were gigantic grins on Whovians’ faces everywhere.

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David Tennant and Matt Smith: Watching either of them play the Doctor singularly is in itself an overwhelming experience, imagine the crackers that burst and the sparks that flew when they were on screen together! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it is one that the Whoniverse will not forget for years and may I say centuries to come. They are both sizzling and hilarious in their own right, but David steals the show with his classic gut-wrenching ‘I don’t wanna go’, only this time it is with a lot less despair and a lot more hope.

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Blink and you may have missed it: Yes, of course, I am, referring to the intense and glorious stare that Peter Capaldi left us with to prepare us for the oncoming storm that he is going to be. Obviously it was yet another stunt by Moffat to make the audience scream and maybe even wonder if it was a hallucination. It worked, sweetie.

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The absence of the 9th Doctor: Christopher Eccleston’s absence is not something that I could get over. It was like the omnipresent Black Hole that created a bit of a dissatisfaction that is hard to ignore. This is the ‘lacking’ that I had mentioned earlier, and I it would have been an early Christmas if he has been there. Oops! Christmas is not to be mentioned, not with The Time of the Doctor arriving so soon, taking away… I cannot bring myself to say it. 

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All in all, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special was fantastic, brilliant, cool, and then some. It was just the right mix of all the Doctors put together, and for all those people who said that nothing this hyped can ever turn out to live upto the expectations of the audience, its time to go home and eat a humble pie.

There is a slight infraction where people were hoping that the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special would answer some of the loose ends of the previous season related to Trenzalore, but I think those questions are being held off for the Christmas Special. However, a lot of people are unhappy with the lack of explanations, but don’t you think that too many explanations and full circles would spoil the charm of the show?

Doctor Who is about a ‘mad man in a blue box’, and mad men do not go about explaining every move of theirs. Also, if everything was so clear-cut and spoon-fed, where would there be room for wonderment and amazement? We wouldn’t gather around with a hot cuppa soup (wink) and discuss in wonder as to what may or may not have happened. To all those people who snort and have this holier-than-thou attitude I say- use your imaginations, and trust the Doctor.

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Latest Pictures and Thoughts: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

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Okay, so here are some of the latest pictures that have been released by BBC from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special episode. My head is spinning so fast it is a wonder that it hasn’t fallen off of my shoulders and hit the floor. There are so many thoughts that come to mind when looking at the pictures, so here is what went through my mind when I saw the pictures.

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This has to me Matt Smith, given the skinny pants and the shoes. There is not a shadow of a doubt that this is going to be one heck of a heart thumping moment when the 11th Doctor is dangling from his TARDIS, hanging on to dear life!

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There is definitely no contest when it comes to whether or not John Hurt looks abso-friggin-lutely delectable trying to fly the TARDIS. He would have made a brilliant Doctor, not just for one Special episode, but for a number of seasons. A number of questions are going to be answered through John Hurt, and lets just hope that ‘the question hiding in plain sight’ doesn’t get answered *wink*.

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Now here is a picture that will warranty cardiac arrest on a scale that would be so hard to measure.  Three fantastic, brilliant, and cool Doctors in a row with death-like serious expressions on their faces. What are they staring at?

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Oh yes, this is MY Doctor, the 10th Doctor, David Tennant! Need I say more? It is going to be so magnificent to watch him fly his beloved TARDIS and in action once again, there are no words to express the emotions that will run through the hearts of the fans. However, where is Rose?

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And finally, here is the 11th Doctor. He may not be MY Doctor, but I still love him dearly, and this sad and troubled expression bothers me to no end. Of course, I have witnessed this expression a gazillion times on his face, but it seems so much more intense and meaningful now. Its almost like him saying, ‘my time is running out, and I know it.’

This episode is going to be a whirlwind of adrenalin running high, tears, laughter, nerve-wracking action and so much more that any number of blog posts cannot convey to the fullest extent.

The First Look at Official Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Posters

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They are finally here! These are the first posters that BBC has released for the upcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special which is scheduled to release on the 23th of November, 2013. My only question is this: What happened to David Tennant’s uppy-sticky hair?

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Haters Be Hating The Doctor

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Yeah, I have gone all Ghetto here and frankly, I don’t care what you haters make of it. Every day I read posts and blogs that keep trolling Doctor Who. Initially, I was outraged, but now I smile in amusement, cos you never know how great you have become until a ton of people start bitchin about you. Then you know that you have made it.

What is it that they detest about the show, I do not understand. Is it because it is so successful? How does it matter if the show is a little over the top, it is pure entertainment. Some people have a problem with it being a children’s show; well, the Harry Potter series started off as a children’s book, and look what a phenomenon that was.

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Others keep comparing it to Sherlock. Bitch please! These two shows couldn’t be more different when you take into consideration the fact that Sherlock cannot be caught dead with knowledge of the solar system, and the whole premise of Doctor Who revolves around the whole of the universe! There are millions of people out there who simple adore the show, and for good reason. All of them cannot be delusional now, can they?

I have read so many people say things like the show helped them when they were trying to get clean, helped them through the loss of a loved one, proved to be a companion to the loneliest of people, and yet so many people have a problem with Doctor Who. The show gives you infinite hope; hope that one day you may just prove to be as brave as Martha Jones who travelled all over the world spreading the Doctor’s word all by herself, that one day you may have a best friend like Donna Nobel who will save you from yourself, that one day Amy and Rory’s story of infinite patience and immovable love will be yours.

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Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but make sure that you have earned them. I am not saying that every person who watches the show has to be absolutely mental about it, that is simply not possible, but when there is no valid reason to hate it then why despise something that means so much to someone? Agreed, some people fall in love with the love stories in the show, but come on, its not like it is along the lines of Twilight, which is by God the parameter against which all the garbage on this planet is measured. I mean, the Daleks falling in love with the Cybermen will be a better love story than the Twilight horse shit. So be reasonable, be kind, and don’t judge.

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PS: Just had to add this picture of David Tennant’s, cos he is ADORABLE!

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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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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Brainy is the New Sexy

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These men that you see in the picture above- Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Martin Freeman, and Matt Smith, none of them conform to the supposedly ‘ideal’ hunk-like male prototypes that we are so used to seeing on screen; more often than not they look like a part of their physical growth was stunted after the age of 18, or like puberty washed its hands off of them. And yet these are a few examples of men with an average physique who are so very popular that make women’s panties drop so hard they make a hole that leads all the way to China. It is not their bodies that we fell in love, but their immense talent and personality. Irene Adler, you smart and saucy woman! You got it so right, brainy is indeed the new sexy, no doubts about that. The million dollar question is: What is it that makes these men who are so different from the regular superhero-type men that people are bound to approve of?

  • Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict Cumberbatch is rather more famously known as the modern-day Sherlock Holmes from the TV show Sherlock. Tall and lanky with high cheekbones, alabaster skin, and ocean blue eyes, Sherlock is what makes Irene Adler want to improvise on her ‘recreational scolding’. He is a high-performing sociopath with an IQ that’s off the charts, rude, self-obsessed, a compulsive loner and every time he talks in his obnoxious manner, people around him are itching to act on the urge to punch him hard. Although that is not true if you are a woman, in that case you are only itching to grab hold of him and… well, I will leave that to your imagination. There is nothing hunk-like to his physique, and yet I bet there isn’t a single straight woman in the entire solar system who would be able to resist him.

  • Martin Freeman

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Martin Freeman plays the role of Sherlock’s ever faithful companion, Dr. John Watson. If you passed by him on the street there isn’t a fraction of a chance that you would look back to glance at him again, or even notice him in the first place. A very plain looking bloke and it is what he represents in terms of his character and his stability that makes him such a darling. He puts up with all the loony bin traits that his friend Sherlock is so famous for. Never does he waiver in his role as a true companion. His bravery and loyalty is surreal in today’s ‘to each his own’ kinda world. Even though Sherlock hogs all the attention with his high cheekbones and upturned collar, Watson holds his own and we love him for that!

  • David Tennant

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David Tennant is the eleventh Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who. By God, I have hated this man since David Tennant had also played the role of Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and since then I have despised him for everything that he put my darling Harry through. However, all it took was ONE of the Doctor Who Christmas Special Episode, and the effect was mind=blown! That man has talent and then some. I watched that episode four times just to experience over and over again the extent of his talent, and also his magnificent looks. The goofy grin and the adorable quirks just make it impossible to resist this man

  • Daniel Radcliff

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Well, my obsession with Daniel Radcliff started when I watched the first Harry Potter movie at the age of 13, and it hasn’t abated the slightest bit. Instead, it has only grown as the years have passed. A number of psychoanalysts will have a field day analysing my obsession over Daniel, and even they wouldn’t get it. For almost 8 years I have lived and breathed Harry Potter (I still do; only now there are a number of other fandoms added to the list). Again, Radcliff has the boyish good looks and the slight physique that has no Thor-like quality to it, yet, it is the talent, always the talent that gets my motor running!

Clean shaven men with boyish good looks were never my thing, but all of that has changed since my encounter with the men mentioned above. These men are the television equivalent of Nutella, and that about explains it all.