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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An Everlasting Companionship: The Doctor and his T.A.R.D.I.S

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When you hear the term ‘the Doctor and his companion’, you immediately envision the Doctor with either Rose Tyler, River Song, Amy Pond, or the so many others that the Doctor has travelled with on his seemingly endless journey across all of time and space. However, what most of us forget is that one companion who has been with the Doctor since the beginning of his journey. Who was the one who stole a Time Lord just because she wanted to see the whole universe?

It was none other than the T.A.R.D.I.S. She has been the one who has forever and more been with the Doctor during his time of joy and disappointment, no matter who the Doctor turned into, and whom he brought along, the T.A.R.D.I.S was always there like a solid rock much like a promise that sustains the Doctor through his many forms.

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The bond that the Doctor and the T.A.R.D.I.S share makes you wonder when and if you will ever be able to find that companion of yours who will stay by your side and be worthy of comparison to the T.A.R.D.I.S.  Will you find someone who doesn’t always say what you want to hear, but definitely says what you need to hear? Someone whom you can go to at the end of your day when your shoulders are drooped because of all the burdens and worldly sorrows, and that person will soothe you and calm you, allowing you to recuperate in their presence? 

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How many of us are truly so lucky as to find our own Doctor or T.A.R.D.I.S? it is a question that I have often asked myself, and so far it hasn’t happened. Oh wait, it did happen once, almost, but he didn’t quite turn out to be the Doctor, no, he was more like an empty shell of person worthy of being a valued addition to the hoard of Cybermen, lacking any and all emotions, and completely self-centred.

Maybe someday, one day, one can only hope that one finds someone who is like the Doctor or the T.A.R.D.I.S, whom they can be the perfect companion to. Someone you can steal away from the world, and take away with you to your own Mind Palace. Someone old, someone new, someone borrowed, someone blue.  

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When Rose is lost and Donna forgets,

When Martha leaves and the Ponds are taken,

When River bids goodbye and Clara seems impossible,

Who is it that keeps the Doctor sane?

It’s me; I think you call me Sexy.

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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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To Date or not to Date a Whovian

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Chillaz guys, this post is not about the pros and cons of dating, oh wait it actually is, well sort of. It is about what it would be like to date a girl who literally worships Doctor Who. What would the relationship be like? Would it drive you up the wall, or want to travel to and settle down on another planet in order to escape the madness? Do you have what it takes to deal with the intense passions that she will portray, and intense she will be because no girl could show such devotion to a TV character and not be passionate or intense by default.

One thing you can expect from a girl who is crazy about Doctor Who is to show you endless loyalty, to put you on a mighty pedestal and worship you, as she will be picking her lessons from Rose Tyler herself. She will follow you to the end of the world and beyond, all you have to do is ask. Also, she will be extremely intelligent and smart, as no pinhead would even be able follow Doctor Who in the first place, so you might want to watch your IQ there, and make sure that it’s a match.

She will expect you to say the three magical words all the time. Only, they won’t be the usual ‘I love you’, instead, they are, ‘I’m the Doctor’. Yep, no kidding. Anytime you have an argument, simply mutter these words into her ear, and she will be putty in your hands. If you are looking for the kind of love that will last beyond time itself, then who better to love than the fan of the Time Lord herself?

Lemme warn you though, it is not going to be fun and games all the time, she will also have high expectations in return of the kind of devotion she deserves. She will expect you to defend her should the occasion arise. Mind you, she will be no damsel in distress, but she will occasionally need your help, and when she calls out to you, she will want you there by her side. She will want you to be romantic enough to burn the sun in order to say a goodbye. 

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Well, I never said it was going to be easy. You cannot have the best of the best without reciprocating along the same lines. It just doesn’t work that way. Things will be hard, sometimes you may not get the things that drive her, make her cry, or the things that she obsesses over; but if you hang in there you will have a lifetime full of passion, romance, love, devotion, loyalty, intelligence, and unmatched values that are so missing in the best of the people in this time and age.

 

Doctor Who Ruins Me

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Last night I watched the finale of Doctor Who Season 2, and man, was that emotionally excruciating or what! Its been a while since I have experienced such an intense emotional upheaval, and it was a refreshing change from the zombie-like mental state that I usually am in. the last 15 minutes of the finale will get your tear ducts running overtime, so if you have an emotional capacity of a thimble, then you might not really get the point of it all.

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There is a lesson in there somewhere, that maybe loving someone is actually knowing exactly when to let go. The whole phenomenon of sacrificing for the greater good is no longer something that resonates with the idea of a sermon on a mount, but with ordinary people doing the most selfless things. Rose Tyler, who had been the Doctor’s companion for two seasons, was madly in love with him, but in the end she risked it all for the greater good. Just before she is transported into the parallel universe for good, there is a small window where the Doctor could have pulled her back, if he had tried, but he couldn’t risk it, knowing that his role in the preservation of the universe was far greater than saving his love. When Rose Tyler says, “Please don’t leave me”, it just rips your heart into two. Hell, it would rip a zombie’s heart into two!

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I know I sound preachy, and believe me I want to be anything but that, however, I cannot help marvel at what happened in those last few minutes of the finale. I haven’t felt that hollow in my chest for a long time now, and watching that episode taught me more about love and sacrifice than any B-grade Mills and Boons novel (yes, I have read one, only one, and I gravely regret it). Love isn’t always easy, like falling in love with an elusive billionaire, and finally making him fall for you (for those who haven’t read the MnB crap galore, this is the basic plot of all of the books in that series), its more than that. When the Doctor cannot tell how he feels to Rose in the end  because the connection breaks, there is nothing worse than that, nothing worse that not being able to tell  someone how much you love them before the time is up.

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No one gets why I love Doctor Who so much. What they fail to understand is that it is a one stop shop for all your nerdy and emotional tendencies, with its sic-fi themes, and the spaceships, aliens, cyber men, and best of all, the tragic and cursed fairytale that just cannot have a happy ending, and yet it will tug at your heart, or rather wreck it. It makes you want to find a man who would  burn up the sun just to be able to say goodbye, and not leave like a fucking coward without a backward glance (if you are looking for a logical reason behind this outburst, then read “The Ass Wipe Diaries” from the archives). The TV show is exactly like the Doctor explains, “It’s the stuff of legends”.

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