Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten NEXT TIME

Here is the clip of this week’s new episode, “The Cold War”, as seen in the episode premiering on 4.6.13, The Rings of Akhaten.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c6ooJYrhrsA#!

What are your thoughts on how this episode could turn out? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and expect to see a full episode review in a couple of days.

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~Jacob Montgomery

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Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten REVIEW

NOTE: FULL EPISODE SPOILERS

If I were to describe this episode in word, this episode would be epic. Note because of any great fight scene, or a proverbial bomb that the Doctor Who team dropped on us, but because of the message, the back story, and the mood this episode gives.

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When I first began watching this episode, it was off to a slow start. some back story about Clara’s parents, and learning that her mother had been died about 8 years ago. Then, before you know it, the Doctor and Clara are on an alien planet, observing their sun. And, in the distance they can see a gold pyramid, the Pyramid of Akhaten. Clara is curious to see more, so they go into a market.

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The episode continues, going through the usual market-goers procedures, until Clara meets the Queen of Years, Mary. She says she is afraid of getting a song wrong. Clara doesn’t realize the importance of this, and encourages her to try it anyways, one of this episode’s many themes – never run away, a theme that resurfaces when Mary sings the song in front of a massive stadium. Suddenly, she is pulled away towards the pyramid, where the “grandfather” is sleeping, to awake rarely to feast on the queen’s soul.

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Definitely not running away, the Doctor and Clara follow Mary to the pyramid, where they get trapped in the grandfather’s chambers and protect Mary. After both Mary refuses to sacrifice herself and the Doctor refuses to let her sacrifice herself, the Vigil come. They are a group of cyborg-looking beings that deliver the queen’s soul to the Grandfather.

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Once the Grandfather is fully awake, however  it sends a signal to the real Grandfather, and it is revealed that the being the inhabitants of the Seven Planet system have been fearing is just an “alarm-clock”. The real grandfather is the sun, and it desires memories and treasured items. After giving the grandfather all of his memories, the Doctor is shocked to discover that it still wants more.

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In a daze, Clara offers to the Grandfather “the most important leaf in human history”. Contained in that leaf are an infinite number of “what-ifs”. That leaf led to Clara existing. Revealed in a flashback in the beginning of the episode, if that leaf had not grown that way, on that branch, on that tree, and if the wind had not blown that way, at that time, on his face (Clara’s father) then nothing would have been the same. Because of that leaf, he met her mom, and possibly because of that, she died.

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This leads to another one of this episode’s themes, “what-if”. If a strict progression of events had not been followed meticulously, if one thing had been out of place, the world would be different. This is known as “the butterfly effect”, coined after Ray Bradbury’s story “A Sound of Thunder” (can be found here: http://www.lasalle.edu/~didio/courses/hon462/hon462_assets/sound_of_thunder.htm).

No episode of any TV show I have ever seen has not really made me smile as much as this one did. Not because of the aweesome special effects, but because of the message it conveyed. A message so sacred and time-tested, I know it’s true. The universe is a miracle, every life is a miracle, and we need to be grateful for it and not waste it.

 

Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment with feedback in the comments below!
~Jacob Montgomery

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Quirky Little Things I Find Amusing #3

Quirky Little Things I Find Amusing #3

This is a picture I found that I find to be so true. Although bad things happen all the time, think about all of the good. The Titanic, for example. I know it sounds dark, but the Titanic was vastly under capacity. Only about half of the people that could have been on the ship were. Plus, there were survivors. Everyone could have died, but thanks to certain rescue ships, they didn’t.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment with feedback in the comments below!
~Jacob Montgomery

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Title of the new Doctor Who episode?

A few days ago, it was reported that Matt Smith and David Tennant had completed their first readthrough of the script, and later, their second. This picture was released to showcase that: Image

 

At first, I passed this off, relieved that David Tennant joining Doctor Who again wasn’t just a premature April Fool’s joke. However, I you look closely, you can see what appears to be the title of the episode: “Blue Ammends”

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What do you think this could mean? And what other cast members could be included in this?

Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment with feedback in the comments below!
~Jacob Montgomery

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NEWS: David Tennant and Billie Piper confirmed to appear in Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special

Sorry about the Doctor Who streak today, but there is one more thing I want to report on.

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Yesterday, both BBC and BBC America confirmed that both Billie Piper, who portrayed Rose Tyler, the Doctor’s companion for two series, and David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor, from Series 2, 3, and 4, will be appearing in the November 2013 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who. Neither of these two have appeared in an episode since David Tennant’s regeneration, in “The End of Time” in 2010. This is great news for most Doctor Who fans, as they are debateably the most popular partnership of the new series (since 2005). Also set to co-star in this special is John Hurt. John Hurt has played Ollivander in the Harry Potter movies, and Control in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, among other roles.

Read the original story here: http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2013/03/david-tennant-billie-piper-return-john-hurt-cast-for-doctor-who-50th-anniversary-special/

Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment with feedback in the comments below!

~Jacob Montgomery

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Thoughts about the new Doctor?

What are your thoghts about the Twelfth Doctor? Vote for up to two responses below, or write in your own response!

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Thanks for voting, and feel free to comment with feedback in the comments below!

~Jacob Montgomery

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A few things I noticed about the new Doctor Who episode

Note: There are episode spoilers in this post, so don’t read if you haven’t seen the episode. Check my previous post for my episode review.

1. Possibly the best nod to the Ponds yet, (although there hasn’t been much time,) is this book, titled Summer Falls. It is written by Amelia Williams, the same author who wrote Melody Malone in “The Angels Take Manhattan”. Also, after Clara asks the kid what chapter she is on, she replies by saying that “chapter 11 will make you cry”. Chapter 11 is the last chapter of Melody Malone, of course where the Ponds say their farewell.

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2. The episode title, “The Bells of Saint John”, originally confused me. I couldn’t find any reference to a saint, John, or bells, until I looked more carefully at the TARDIS. Emblazoned on the right door is the logo of St. John Ambulance, a worldwide ambulance service and medical training station. The bells, of course, are referencing the TARDIS’s phone ringing, which shouldn’t even be ringing in the first place.

3. Social Media Jokes. When the head of The Shard is asking about it’s employees on social media, like Facebook and MySpace, all of them reply that they are on them and they have posted where they work. Also, Clara makes a joke about Twitter, showing that she is a computer genius (because only computer geniuses can make jokes about Twitter).

Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment with feedback in the comments below!

~Jacob Montgomery

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