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26 January 2014 @ 12:04 am
What?  Two posts in one day?  What's the world coming to? :)

Well, as I write, David is about halfway through his second-last performance of Richard II (a matinee).  In a few more hours it will be all over.  It must be exhausting and I'm sure he'd really be wanting to relax with his family a bit and get all of those thousands of words he's memorised out of his head! :)  Instead, he'll be getting on a plane and heading off to Canada to start filming Gracepoint.  Whew!

I'm sure the first thing he'll do is get the hair extensions removed.  I actually feel a little bit sad that they'll be going.  I loved the plait!  However, I don't think that hairstyle would be very suitable for the role of Detective Emmett Carver!

I'm sure it would be difficult leaving his family for such a long time.  I hope they can visit him while he's over there.  He'll be missing out on a lot of important aspects of his children's lives.  Babies aren't babies for long.  I'm a grandmother to a six month old boy, and it is the most amazing thing to watch them reach new milestones.  I'd hate David to miss out on baby Wilfred's first steps, which would most likely happen during those next few months.

I wish him the best of luck and hope he's successful with this new series.
Current Location: Australia, Perth
Current Mood: okayokay
25 January 2014 @ 11:42 pm
As usual, I'm late with my review!

A lot has been said about The Time of the Doctor, with varying views of it's success.  I'm not too hard to please.  Without getting into deep analysis (I'm never any good at that, anyway), I have to say that I generally enjoyed it.  It was a bit busy, trying to tie up all of those loose ends, but it worked.

It was an unexpected twist that it was Gallifrey and the Time Lords on the other side of the crack.  It worked well that this was how the Doctor received his new "set" of regenerations.  So, they give him the means to (hopefully) find and rescue them.  When and if the time comes, they'd better be suitably grateful (both parties)!

The regeneration/destruction of the Daleks looked spectacular.  However the weird regeneration sequence on the TARDIS was a bit disappointing.  Eleven's final speech was wonderful and very sad, but the sudden "popping up" of Twelve didn't really do it for me.  Anyway, I'm looking forward to the Eighth season - and Peter Capaldi. :)
Current Location: Australia, Perth
Current Mood: okayokay
25 December 2013 @ 10:18 pm
It looks like I'll have to keep off the Internet tomorrow.  Or at least any of the Doctor Who sites.  No simultaneous broadcast of The Time of the Doctor means I'll have to wait until 7.30pm on the 26th to watch it.  That's 16 hours after the UK.  It's one of the disadvantages of living in Australia!


ETA:  Still waiting...  Four more hours.  It's so annoying having to be careful where I go on the Net!  :)
Current Location: Australia, Perth
Current Mood: tiredtired
16 December 2013 @ 03:38 pm
My long overdue comments about the 50th Anniversary and Richard II.  Better late than never? :)

The Day of the Doctor

I woke up around 3.15 am to make sure I was awake enough when it started at 3.50.  Later in the day I saw it at the cinema, which was packed with Whovians, who all laughed, gasped and applauded at the appropriate places.  Nothing will beat that shared experience.  Finally, I watched it again that evening on TV, along with the general public who wouldn't have even considered the early-morning start!

I loved the Day of the Doctor. It was worth all the anticipation in the weeks prior.  I loved the interaction between Ten and Eleven.  They really sparked off each other well.  Billie Piper as the Moment was a wonderful way of bringing her into the story.  Still, it was rather heartbreaking that she and Ten were so near, yet so far from each other.  I wonder what he was really thinking when the War Doctor exclaimed, "Bad Wolf girl, I could kiss you!"  With so much going on at the time, he'd just have get on with what had to be done.  I'd like to think after everything was over and they were relaxing with their cup of tea in the gallery, that he would have asked the War Doctor what he meant by those words.  Probably didn't happen, and he wouldn't have remembered it anyway...

It was wonderful to see a glimpse of Twelve (Fourteenth incarnation?) in the final bid to save Gallifrey!  And I most certainly wasn't expecting to see Tom Baker.  I was so glad at least one of the Classic Doctors made it to the 50th!  The final scene with all the Doctors was a fitting end to the episode.

I understand the need to set the series on a new trajectory once Eleven is gone, and searching for Gallifrey is going to be an interesting journey.  I still feel it's a shame that Nine, Ten (and most of Eleven's) lives had to undergo the pain of loss, horror and shame of what they thought they had done.  However, it was these things that gave them their character and allowed them do all of the heroic and necessary things to keep the Universe in one piece.

Richard II

Before I start, I have to admit that I've never read or seen a Shakespeare play on stage before.  It just wasn't a part of my school curriculum.  The only Shakespeare I've ever seen were the movie adaptations of Romeo and Juliet in 1968 and Othello in 1995 with Laurence Fishburne.  This was an entirely different kettle of fish.

I loved the staging - minimalist is an understatement, but the backgrounds were extraordinary.  The  cathedral-like backdrop was gorgeous.  Discussions from technical people in the intermission included explaining how this was achieved - many, many layers of hanging steel balls (a bit like those ball-linked key chains) had the images projected onto them.  It gave the background great depth.

Not having studied Shakespeare, I found the language a little hard to follow.  This was no doubt due to the era in which it was written. Also, the play was spoken entirely in rhyme, yet unless I specifically listened for it, I didn't really notice.

The cast was very strong, with very experienced older actors through to younger newcomers. All of the actors were excellent, but David was just extraordinary!  You can't take your eyes off him!   His stage presence is riveting and you can see that he's obviously in his element on stage.  To put it mildly, I was blown away by David Tennant's performance.  He really is an amazing actor.  He took you from the pampered, flippant and immature-acting King all the way through to the realisation of his fate; deposition, imprisonment and then his death.  In the final scene he stands above the new king and his men, a ghost looking grimly down from on high.

At the end of the show, the cinema audience applauded, along with the audience at the theatre.

I know it's a rather obvious, but one thing I noticed, was that while David was on stage he was completely in character, yet the moment everyone came out to take their bows, you could see that David had transformed back into "himself".

I'm so glad I saw it!
Current Location: Australia, Perth
Current Mood: excitedexcited
18 November 2013 @ 10:25 pm
Even though I'm not a very big contributor (see how much I post!), I'm so very glad to be a part of the fandom right now.  There's so much going on - new photos and video clips coming out every day.  I love reading people's views on various websites.  It's rather varied, depending on the views of contributors.

What I love most is being around while it's all happening.  It's only been three years since I was dragged, hook, line and sinker into the fandom.  I started with Nine and followed through all the episodes until Ten's demise.  It took a while to warm to Eleven.  In fact, I didn't even start watching those episodes in "real time" until the beginning of the 7th season.

So, now that we're leading up to the 50th, I'm really enjoying getting caught up in all the hype!  This time, NO ONE knows any more than I do!  And in 5 days, 5 hours and 25 minutes, I'll be sitting in front of my TV like millions of other people across the world, taking it in as it happens.
Current Location: Australia, Perth
Current Mood: excitedexcited
12 November 2013 @ 01:29 pm
It's all getting a bit exciting now, with the trailers finally here and various photos popping up here and there.  Loving the buzz of theories online!  Just 11 days!

The Day of The Doctor will be showing here at 3.50am on the 24th November.  I already have the alarm on my phone set for 3.30am. Looks like it'll be an early night on the 23rd, though I probably won't get much sleep due the anticipation. :)  Then a mere 12 hours later, the 3D version!  :) :) :)

I've also purchased a ticket to see Richard II in the cinema on Saturday the 14th December.  I've read reviews, watched stage-door videos and seen lots of photos of David Tennant in costume.  I can't wait to see the show myself, even if it'll be a month after the fact!
Current Location: Australia, Perth
Current Mood: excitedexcited
20 October 2013 @ 01:15 pm
Maybe I'm getting old.  No.  Scrub that.  I AM old!

I read comments on different sites and am amazed at some of the people's reactions to the various teasers that have been released by the BBC.  It seems that nobody has any patience any more.  First there was the "sting".  So many were disappointed that it was just the date that the 50th Anniversary will be shown and not the trailer.  So, where is the trailer?  It'll be shown when the BBC has always intended; on its scheduled date and not a moment before.  And that's as it should be.

The 50th Anniversary Tribute trailer was released today.  I was blown away by it.  I read other reactions.  Most of them were positive, and people were just as (or more) excited than I was.  But there were others still demanding, "Where's the REAL trailer?"  I think that people these days (there you have it - old person speaking) are so used to getting information instantly by whatever means they can on their smart phones, tablets, etc that they don't understand why they can't get what they want RIGHT NOW!  They don't know the meaning of patience!

We have 5 weeks go go.  The anticipation is building.  I feel like I "can't wait", but know that I must, just as I've always had to wait for things I've looked forward to.  I love that "thrill" of excitement when I think about it.  It gets better and better as we move closer to the date!

I shall be setting my alarm for some ungodly hour in the morning of the 24th November so I can watch the Anniversary episode live.  I also have my cinema ticket to see the episode in the theatre (in 3D) later that day.  The countdown is on!

After this is all over, I shall await reactions to the episode.  I don't doubt that they'll be mixed.  So many have expectations that they've been nurturing as to what they want to see (and don't want to see) and many will be terribly disappointed.  I'm amused and a bit annoyed at the people who grandly declare that if the episode doesn't show what they want, that they'll never watch Doctor Who again... *sigh*  I'll say no more.  I'm sure it'll be a great event and may the next five weeks whiz by!  (Yes, I know they won't.  See the above!)

I'm also looking forward to the Christmas special...  Vale 11 and Matt...and bring on 12 and Peter!
Current Location: Australia, Perth
Current Mood: excitedexcited
18 October 2013 @ 07:10 pm
I'll never get to see David Tennant act.  I live on the other side of the world.  For the first time, I'm enjoying the glimpses of his performance in Richard II from (very) afar.  I wasn't in the fandom when he played Hamlet.  I've seen the photos, but the play was over long before I saw them.  This time, it's happening right now.  He's out there on the stage every night while I'm asleep (at 2.00am).

I've enjoyed looking at the stage door photos and videos.  He's such a giving actor; taking the time to autograph programmes and have photos taken with his fans.  Finally, reviews and photos from the play have been released.  I'm very impressed with both.

It seems that many people are horrified by the hair extensions.  It's for a play, people!  Get used to it!  They're going to be in there for the next few months!  Personally, I love this hair. :) :)

Current Location: Australia, Perth
Current Mood: excitedexcited
04 August 2013 @ 10:26 am
I'm quite excited about the soon-to-be-revealed 12th Doctor!

Fortunately, we will be receiving the simulcast of the reveal.  Unfortunately, since I live in Perth, the reveal will occur at 2.00 am on Monday morning!  And there's no way I'm going to miss it!  I'm currently unemployed, so I can "afford" to sit up so late and be able to sleep in late afterwards.

This is the first time I've been around to see the arrival of a new Doctor.  I already knew that Matt Smith was the 11th Doctor when I became a Who fan.  Being a 10th Doctor and David Tennant fan, it took a long time for me to accept the new Doctor.  I've come to accept, and like Matt Smith as the Doctor.  Now for the new one! Who will it be?  All will be revealed tonight! :) :)

Current Mood: excitedexcited
06 April 2013 @ 07:19 pm
I meant to post this to LJ when I posted it to Teaspoon.  Oh well, better late than never!

New Man

Who is this new man? This new Doctor, made from a hand and...Donna? How can he be the same man?

He tells me how, and he offers me his forever. I ask them a simple question. He won’t say, but he whispers those three words into my ear; words I’d never hear from his lips. I kiss him and I know it’s true.

Suddenly, shockingly, he’s gone. Together, we’re alone.

His hand takes mine; it still fits. I look into his eyes and see uncertainty. And hope. I realise then that he’d left me with his greatest gift. Himself.
Current Location: Australia, Perth
Current Mood: happyhappy