Tuesday, March 23, 2010

There's Knowhere Like Home

Thanks to everyone who commented on my Angel/Twilight post, though I admit the story itself prompted attention more than my own meagre critique. However, despite the occasional tone of belligerence, many good points were made. Enough, at least, that I honestly don't know where I stand at the moment.

The Buffy Series 7 comic has that unfortunate trait of several monthlies wherein every time a new one comes out, I struggle to remember what exactly happened in the previous issue. (This happens for me lately with Bendis' New Avengers and anything Tony Daniel ever writes.) I never thought I'd associate that lack of memorability with anything Buffy related, but there it is. And while I enjoy the 5 to 10 minutes it takes me to blow through an issue (yeah, I'm still used to my Buffy doses coming in 42 minutes) I honestly don't think about it very often until a new solicit pops up on whedonesque.com, or the next chapter is on the shelves.

In short, I've adopted a wait-and-see attitude towards Meltzer's whole arc. Obviously, I would never just give up on something considered Buffy canon, but sadly I can't manufacture excitement. Hell, TNT's reruns of Angel Season 4 has been getting me more excited than the comic, and I've seen them a few times before. (And yes, I said Season 4. Urgh.)

Moving on, I thought I'd do another little pop/culture round-up, since I've become so reprehensibly infrequent in my blog postings. Just 'cause I don't write anything, doesn't mean I'm not blowing all my money on comics, or counting down the days (with a Buffy like mix of joy and confusion) till the new Doctor Who premieres. So let's get to it.


Marvel Cosmic Universe:

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!! Flarkin' fantastic. Completely my favorite comic being made right now. Went back and read Annihilation, Annihilation: Conquest, then all GOTGs and Novas. Loved everything. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are my new heroes, and I'm reading everything I can find by them (Realm of Kings). Never used to be into the cosmic stuff at all, but I've now read all the Thanos/Warlock Infinity stories, even all the Avengers space battles (Kree/Shi'ar War, Korvac Saga, Galactic Storm, etc.) Thanos Imperative looks pretty sweet, though I'm not entirely sure what it'll consist of (twisted versions of heroes from The Fault versus Nova, Star-Lord, and Thanos? Must be a lot more to it than that, and I can't wait to find out.)

Hard even to pick a favorite character. Never knew I liked Richard Rider so much, or that his dorky annoying younger brother could turn out so cool (smacking down Strontian? Sweet.) Peter Quill? Goldmine. Phyla-Vell? Remarkably useful for a 'failure'. Mantis? Incredibly cool to read Avengers: Celestial Madonna and then go back to her and Moondragon hanging out on Knowhere. Vance Astro? New Warrior and Avenger in Space!! (Here's hoping Nova jogs his missing future-timeline memory.) Rocket Racoon, Groot and Cosmo? Possibly the three greatest comic book characters ever. Can't get enough. Hell I even like Jack Flag now, and look forward to a possible Bullseye reunion one day. Many thanks to www.richlovatt.com for recommending the work of DnA highly, not to mention being a staple of my internet browsing--er, 9-5 serious work hours on a daily basis.


Very pretty. Cap's Back. Love seeing Young Avengers side by side with the A-listers. Story's okay, but it seems its entirely about The Sentry, who it seems will be dead in a month or two, based on solicits.

Also, I'm currently rereading the classic Marvel Knights' Inhumans' miniseries by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee and am a bit surprised by the similarities. An ancient, apparently-impenetrable city of God-like humanoid creatures who live in isolation from Earth under the protection of a noble strong King, come under siege by twisted human forces who have been manipulated and aided by the King's own mad, power-hungry, jealous brother.


I'm sure I'm not the first one to make the connection between Loki, God of Mischief and Maximus the Mad but, thought Bendis was a bit more original. Kinda feels like a vehicle to get us to Heroic Age. And I think I'm all right with that. Optimism in comics? @*&! yeah.

Blackest Night:

Still going on? Oh.
Only one more issue to go? No way.
Sinestro as Great White Light? Meh.
Geoff Johns? Turn gay and go out with me.


1. Second Coming. Not looking forward to this 14 chapter plodding, sprawling epic. Even Messiah Complex wasn't that long, but goddamn it felt like it. Hope's got the Phoenix powers. A bunch of X-Men are gonna die (my money's on a couple students, Nightcrawler, and then Rogue closer to the end of the series. Kinda want to be wrong about Rogue though) Don't like the paint-y covers so far, but it's not as if I'm not gonna buy them all. Just hope it's better than the last few X-crossovers. (Speaking of which, isn't Necrosha still going on? These monthly comics are all about the cliffhangers, and yet they space them out so much that it becomes completely anticlimactic. I MISS ONE-SHOT COMIC BOOK STORIES. Used to be, you pick up an issue of Uncanny X-Men and you had a full story, that fit into continuity, but gave you something different and independent.)

2. X-Men Legacy. Best X-comic out there right now, by a long shot. Rogue as the star? Perfect. Love having her powers under control, her personality as an intelligent, compassionate leader in full use, and even her new costume. Again, hope she doesn't die, but Carey pretty much gave it away when Destiny said goodbye to her an issue or two ago.

3. Utopia. Second Coming better end with them getting the hell off that stupid, cult-like, commie experiment island. And while they're ditching the whole socialist society thing, might as well get out of California as fast as possible.

4. KITTY PRYDE IS RETURNING!!!!!!! Fraction hasn't won me over with his work on the X-Folks, but this pretty much makes up for any Sisterhood/whatever-group-that-other-group-was crap storylines he's done. Course he could write her horribly, or Colossus, or the whole story, but she's back! And no one can get rid of her for awhile! That's all that matters.

Red Robin:

Best DC book for me by far (Batgirl's pretty close, actually.) Yost has done a crazy good job with Tim Drake, my favorite superhero character. I'm increasingly impressed with his writing skills, and think he's becoming one of the absolute best. Even felt sad when I heard Fabien Nicieza was taking over. Mostly cause, while I love all that Nicieza has done over the decades (Robin, Batman, X-Force, New Warriors, etc. etc. etc.) and the man's kind of a living legend, he still feels a bit stuck in the old style of comics while trying to be modern. Worried he'll make it a boring, standard super book, with some lame Gotham crime and a few brand-new, uninteresting villains trying to get into Tim's rogues gallery. Also, how does Brightest Day impact Tim? Just Bruce returning? Or maybe he can cut the cowl a bit, let his lovely hair blow in the Gotham breeze?


Young Allies? Not sure 'bout this. Don't like the art. Not crazy about Nomad, or most of the characters really. Except, of course, Firestar. (Re-read old early New Warriors recently, and really really want to find the back issues of all their interactions with Emma Frost, Hellions and New Mutants.)

Avengers family: New Avengers looks like it's the same book so far, the main Avengers looks pretty cool (especially when Captain Britain and MI:13 come to visit!), Secret Avengers I dunno what to make of yet, though I'll give it a shot (especially if Beast is an Avenger again) and Avengers Academy I will not buy...unless they really have Nova as one of the teachers.

Return of Bruce Wayne: Screw Grant Morrison. Hasn't he spat on Batman enough? Can't believe they gave him this story too. Not gonna like it. Still gonna buy it. MOSTLY CAUSE TIM DRAKE WAS RIGHT WHILE EVERY OTHER SUPERHERO WAS WRONG. That can't be emphasized enough, in my opinion.


Best New Show: ARCHER. Hilarious.

Most Underrated: Parks and Rec.

Most Anticipated: DOCTOR WHO.

Pretty happy it's time again for more new Doctor stories. I'll admit, I'm nervous about Matt Smith and Steven Moffat and the entire new production team. Even little nervous that the red-headed companion will be lame, despite being pretty. But I still squealed when I saw the new extended trailer. Despite the whole 'no past characters' thing, which I hate (I mean, Rose and the DonnaDoctor are living out a nice life on alternate earth, and all our fave peeps are still on our Earth) they have Cyberman showing up, Daleks, River Song, Weeping Angels....I guess Moffat means 'no past RUSSEL T. DAVIES characters'. Fair enough.

Alright, I'm fairly sure there's a whole lot more to discuss, but the phone's are off the hook and as the lowest member of this particular hierarchy, I must be available for random callers to yell at me. But don't feel too bad--I've got an hour long lunch break, and Jenkin's Inhumans waiting for me. And then post-5 I'm thinking pizza, beer, and DVR-ed Angel and Castle. Not too shabby.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Angel is Twilight

This shit is ridiculous.

I know Joss loves shocking his fans/viewers/readers, I know he loves an unexpected cliffhanger, an unpredictable reveal, but this doesn't work for me.

Sure, I didn't expect or predict that Angel was the masked villain acting as Buffy's "Big Bad" for the past four years, but that's because...it's stupid and doesn't make sense.

Let's count the ways this is retarded:

1. In his own series, and then his own canonical comic book continuation of his series, Angel and the city he protects, LA, went to Hell. Or became Hell. Or just became more blatantly evil, with demons fighting over territory, dead allies returning, old friends turned into vampires, and Angel himself turned into a human; the one thing he always fantasized about most, at the worst time possible. Somehow, with his son and warrior friends, he reversed the whole Hell thing Wolfram & Hart unleashed, and set up shop in his old HQ, that Hyperion Hotel from the mid-to-late seasons of the show (halcyon days, except for the disastrous Season 4.) The point is he's been pretty damn busy. Dying, living, saving, fighting, moralizing, avenging, etc. etc. Far too busy to assemble an army of sexist American military men looking to kill young superpowered women. Far too busy to recruit old personal enemies of the woman he loves and sic them on her and her allies. Far too busy to use her other ex-boyfriend as a spy slash weapon. In short, where the hell did he find the time to be Twilight?

2. Angel isn't evil. Sure, that isn't a blanket statement that applies to him at all times, historically, but for the overwhelming majority of the time Angel is as noble and moral and committed to the protection of innocents as Buffy...perhaps more so, as he has a guilty conscience and years of horrors he constantly tries to make amends for. And I can imagine Scott Allie and Joss' arguments here; who said Twilight was evil? "His aims are the same as Buffy. He seeks to protect humanity from the dangers of magic and the hellmouth." Albeit by eradicating magic, which he himself, far after parting ways with the Scooby Gang, used on a weekly basis to fight his own battles, and protect his city as well as his own people. Even as Twilight he uses magic to track the slayers, and his involvement leads to the deaths of at least dozens of young girls and army soldiers alike. He. Has. Killed. People. That is not Angel. That's Angelus, and either they wrote him sloppily or they're retarded, cause Angelus is a character you'd recognize, whether or not it was in comic form.

3. Buffy didn't recognize him. She fought him. He beat the crap out of her (something Angel would never do, unless he had been turned evil or they were training, of course. But he wouldn't. He loves her.) And he also talked a hell of a lot. Said some nasty things, but the point is, they conversed heavily. Judging by Angel's briefly heard Irish accent, he's not very good at changing his voice. And this is the guy Buffy lost her V-card too, killed and sent to hell despite loving him more than anything, resurrected him with her love (unwittingly), dated him again, broke up, and then saved each others' lives a few times, laying the groundwork for a potential reunion years in the future. So now he puts on a mask and displays some new powers, and she can't recognize his voice? His build? His hints? ("I know that move" - because he saw her slice Caleb in half with it.)

4. He can fly. Buffy's got some thin plot twists to justify her new superpowers. But Angel, who has been magically multitasking between Los Angeles and Scotland, never could, and shouldn't be able to sans magic, which he is trying to end forever.

So, to be honest, I don't really believe it yet. They've officially confirmed the news, they've released cover pictures and Trade Paperback solicitations that show Angel, someone even changed Twilight's entire wikipedia page. But I don't buy it. Maybe Angel comes in as a character, which was never ruled out, just as Spike was never ruled out. Doesn't mean he's Twilight. His past with Buffy and place in her story is more than enough to merit him cover treatment and even the main story of an arc or two. Doesn't prove he's the villain of the piece.

And neither does the editors and writers and artists saying publicly and officially that he is Twilight...at least not for me.

Why must Joss cause me so much pain these days? Back when he wrote Buffy I felt pain, sure, whenever tragedy struck. But it was never for tragedy's sake. There was always a story, and I always felt it in equal parts with love for the show and characters. The comic has been flimsy, despite no one wanting it more than me. It has fumbled in the past year, and dragged on, saying little and stretching out a legacy and world that gave Joss all the attention and adoration he now enjoys, more for entertainment purposes it seems than the need to tell an actual meaningful story. Why did he have to stab that slayer in the chest? Why did he re-open the long dead romantic tension with Xander and Buffy? Why make Faith so boring and Buffy sexually experimental? Why build up a villain for so long, keeping it secret, and leaving so many plot holes and characteristics that make no sense and violate continuity? It sounds a lot like running out of ideas, but refusing to let go.

Sure the comics are pretty. And it's all Buffy. So of course I'm gonna keep buying it and reading it. But if Angel really is Twilight? If he's not even evil or manipulated, and its all some shades-of-grey saving-the-world-a-different-way rationalization? Then I might stop buying and reading. Well, no that's a total lie. But my own respect and adoration for Joss' and his work will most certainly continue its' steady and continuous descent.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The End of Time Part 2, or How Being Human Gets You Killed

It is official. David Tennant is no longer the Doctor. On New Year's Day, at the end of his final story, the Tenth Doctor regenerated into the Eleventh, played by Matt Smith.

Aside from the intense mourning and inevitable goodbye to Tennant that characterized this episode, it seems Russel T. Davies' main aim was to redefine the regeneration process in itself. All the considerable emotion of this game-changing episode was built around the fact that when he regenerates, the Doctor doesn't just change his body like a change of clothes--he dies. His character, his mannerisms, his personal connections, his idiosyncrasies, even his vocabulary, dies and is replaced in some new, unpredictable permutation.

To imbue this process that has allowed the series of Doctor Who to last as long as it has, and to continue indefinitely, Davies' wrote a two-parter for Tennant which finds the Doctor to be more human than we have ever seen before. His fear is palpable in the first part, reserved and bordering on the edge of desperation, which breaks free in the second as on a couple different occasions he rages against his fate. He cries, and breaks things, and screams. He reminisces about the people he's loved and the places he's seen. He laments the things he has yet to do and see. He fails to understand how all the good he achieved and all the friendships he built cannot change the inevitable brevity of this life--a four year stint in this body for a 906-year-old soul, which makes his life all the shorter and The Doctor all the more reluctant to let it go.

Tennant is truly and unbelievably good in his final episode. From the powerful, unbeatable, action hero Doctor, to the mortal, emotional, conflicted Doctor, Tennant takes a character we have all loved and grown attached to and shows us why we love him. He makes him more accessible even than during his love story with Rose Tyler, still commonly considered the most poignant successful storylines of the new series (think Buffy Season 2 and her doomed love with Angel.)

This episode, perhaps more than any other, was about the acting rather than the special effects or the Big Bad, as proven by the climactic battle between the Doctor, the Master and the returning TimeLords occurring only about 2/3rds of the way through the episode. We see The Master, the Doctor's only contemporary and the other, often opposite, half of his own character. We see him twisted and desperate as he too faces his end, and the contrast between his raging-against-fate and The Doctor's shows us not only, once again, that the Doctor is hugely human and noble, but just how incredible and unprecedented it is that a TimeLord, ancient and wise and brilliant and powerful, has managed to cling to these painful and formative emotions.

This is enhanced even more with the return of the TimeLord's, led by an insane Timothy Dalton, who manages to break free from the Timelocked Timewar (with TimeWarner Cable?) and emerge on Earth with the intention of destroying...well everything. Including Time of course. We learn more clearly what the TimeWar consisted of---what the Doctor saw that the Master missed--how the leaders of the TimeLords grew twisted and violent and megalomaniacal, and why the Doctor ended his own kind as well as their enemies the Daleks.

But again it's as if Davies took the standard formula for a Doctor episode: running around, exponential dangers and enemies, explosions, threats from his past, etc. and turned into a foil for the Doctor's character. By providing the corrupted comparisons of every being left in his species, we are shown why the Doctor has embraced Earth and the human race.

In the previous episode he told Wilf that humans look like giants to him, perhaps in the amount they do, in their courage and creativity, despite such short life spans. Wilf himself, Tennant's final companion, plays no direct part in the final battle between the Doctor, the Master and the Lord President of the TimeLords. Instead, as the battle begins, without even thinking or hesitation, Wilf rescues an anonymous lab technician from a radiation chamber, locking himself in instead.

As it turns out, that IS really the final battle for the Doctor. Once all the other TimeLords disappear into some convenient and unexplained white void, the Doctor briefly believes his death sentence was averted, until the oft-prophesied knocking turns out to be Wilf in the radiation chamber. Cue rage and total heartbreak.

Originally, I was actually a bit pissed off. Had he not vented his feelings to Wilf at that Chiswick cafe, and then returned for him, taking him along for his final adventure, he would have faced one of his greatest and most personal significant challenges, and still survived! But as I thought more, aside from the fact that the anonymous white lab coat guy would still be locked in the chamber, the more fitting the end became.

As opposed to a final blaze of glory, or being murdered by the master, or saving the world, the Doctor, in the end, must sacrifice himself for one human. Not just because it's Wilf, whom he loves ("I would be proud, if you were my father" made me cry) who is the father of Donna, whom he loves, but because Wilf is a human being. And, as Davros showed the Doctor (and us) in last season's finale, throughout this brief live dozens of humans, in different times and places, and even a few aliens, have sacrificed themselves to save the Doctor, and to let his story continue. Davies' desire to bring things full circle creates poignancy here, and while the Doctor rages, he does it briefly, and steps into the radiation chamber because it's simply his duty and ultimately his fate.

Now for the epilogue, which was really the main part of the show. Honestly, I could have skipped all the Master stuff, all the TimeLords returning drama and end of the human species, and just watched the Doctor visiting his old companions. Let's take it one by one.

Martha Jones (& Mickey): Unfortunately, Martha didn't get a line with the Doctor, but she had a
cool action sequence and the revelation that she married Mickey (what ever happened to her Doctor fiance who she had met when she was saving the world against the Master third season?) was a surprise and a surprisingly possible match the more I think of it. It was also interesting to see she really has become the consummate soldier, but by far the best part was when the Doctor leaves and they hug each other, obviously knowing he appeared to say goodbye. I hold out hope that they will both appear in Torchwood when it is restored.

Sarah Jane Smith: The rescue of Sarah Jane's son Luke seemed a bit forced (he has a near death experience at the same time that the Doctor is dying and the events of Christmas just happened?) until I watched Doctor Who Confidential and it turns out Davies was making a joke about the way the child actors of The Sarah Jane Adventures never look both ways when they cross the street. That somewhat explains the anger on Tennant's face after he saves Luke, perhaps an admonishment for not being careful, but still one of the expressions in the episode I found out of place. And when he says, or rather waves, goodbye to Sarah Jane, her big smile was confusing to me as well, though it could very well have been a sad farewell smile, or an I-know-you'll-be-back-but-I've-known-you-in-different-bodies-and-I'll-probably-know-the-next-one. And, depending on the success of Matt Smith's Doctor (I have no doubt that the ratings will remain enormous) I predict he will be on Sarah Jane Adventures, especially after the Doctor's last crossover in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, which was awesome.

Verity Newman: The most unexpected of his farewells, the Doctor visits a descendant of the woman he loved, Joan Redfern, when he was in hiding as a human in the third series. He shows up at her book signing, as she has uncovered her Grandmother's journals and put her and the Doctor's stories into a book. The actress is the same as the one who loved John Smith (the Doctor's human identity), Jessica Hynes, and she is spectacular in the brief 30 seconds she is given.

Captain Jack Harkness: Of course the Doctor finds Captain Jack at an intergalactic, inter-species bar, drowning his sorrows after his own heartbreak at the end of Children of Earth where he lost his friends, his headquarters, did morally questionable things, and his lover, Ianto Jones, died. Again, the Doctor doesn't exchange words, but in an act of forgiveness he reaches out in a war that he knows matters to Captain Jack--he sends him a note telling him the name of the cute sailor human who just sat next to him at the bar. 'His name is Alonso' - and it's none other than Russel Torvey, Mr. Midshipman Alonso Frame, from the Voyage of The Damned (one of the weakest specials, second only to Planet of the Dead). It's wonderful as always to see Captain Jack, and Alonso was a treat, and I sincerely sincerely hope they get together and he brings Alonso into Torchwood.

Donna Noble and Wilf: Donna's storyline in this final two-parter was the biggest disappointment by far for me. The shockwave thing that emanated out of her when she was surrounded by Master-humans, incapacitating them, is only ever explained as a "defense mechanism" that the Doctor put in her. She begins to remember everything the Doctor made her forget, and then wakes up like normal, without the memories at the surface anymore. I wanted more! I wanted her to at least SEE him, and if she has to go back to not-remembering, that she at least has a moment of clarity. However, he does come to say goodbye, in effect, by observing Donna's wedding. Again, Russel tries the full-circle thing, as the first time we met her she was on her way to get married, and that never worked out. But it didn't mean that much to me (except that Donna obviously loves black men.) The lottery ticket was cool, and seeing Sylvia Noble cry with emotion and finally feel love for the Doctor was nice, but I have to think, wouldn't the Doctor know that Donna, before she met him or rather with her memory stripped clean, was rather shallow and vapid? Consequently, wouldn't becoming a millionaire not be the best thing for her? Still, it's a lovely gesture and an attempt to keep her life secure and happy. His goodbye to Wilf, again, seemed rather angry. When Wilf saluted, he just turned and walked away. Of course, he hates the whole saluting thing, and Wilf is pretty much directly responsible for his impending death, but still, a half smile would have been acceptable I think.

Rose Tyler: I was really really hoping we'd get to see Rose in her parallel universe, with her halfDoctor, halfHuman Tennant Clone, leading a happy life, and at least letting them know what was happening, in case they ever try to find him again. (Funny that the halfhuman Doctor, in his mortal body, will actually outlive the authentic Tennant Doctor.) However, when it's revealed that he's visited her mere months before Rose will ever meet the Doctor (Eccleston) there is absolutely a sense of completion as well as the comfort that the past and present and future are all happening at once, that endings can be beginnings, that Rose and the Doctor will be together forever, somewhen in time. And the return of Billie was fantastic, and her outfit, and her housing complex, and her accent were pitch perfect and her huge grin was beautiful. Of course it was far, far too brief, but I pray that Steven Moffat, in a year or two, or someday, will have Matt Smith's Doctor have to go to the alternate universe and find Rose and the half-human Doctor. Which means Tennant can return, at least for a little while! And he can be a true foil to Smith, not just his predecessor, but his predecessor genetically combined with Donna Noble! Would be brilliant.

So the Doctor says goodbye to everyone that he loves, and its beautiful and appropriate the way the series finale of Six Feet Under was. Then we get Tennant's final scene, as he stumbles to the TARDIS (didn't really need Ood Sigma to gross us out again, but I suppose 'singing him to his sleep' was kind) and begins to regenerate. His last word's ever? "I don't want to go." His face, his delivery, makes it probably the most human and heart-wrenching and scary moment of Tennant's entire run.

I, for one, will heartily miss him, and will rewatch his many episodes with glee for the rest of his life, because he is MY Doctor, and probably always will be. I intend to find his lauded Hamlet and watch that, and even to follow Tennant's attempt at mainstream US television in his upcoming lawyer show on NBC.

Still, the final 30 seconds of the special, the first 30 seconds of the eleventh Doctor, were fitting and rather exciting. Matt Smith's hair is a bit messy, but his initially crazy assessment of his new body is spot-on and believable, and his excitement at crashing in the TARDIS nearly overshadows Tennant's farewell with expectation for the future. Confidential showed a clip of Smith walking from his trailer to the set to film his first scene, and we see him go up and speak to Russel T. Davies (for the first time! They never met before!) with the expression and excitement of a true fan, and even a smile at the Confidential camera that shows this guy is a performer and pretty damn stoked about his new, huge opportunity.

The only remaining point-of-interest is the Woman, credited as the Prophetess, who visits Wilf throughout the two-parter, advising him, and then appears in the council of TimeLords at the end that the Doctor faces off against. When she lowers her hands and the Doctor sees her, he is overcome, and then she shows him with her eyes the way to end the standoff he is stuck in. But the question remains who is she? To affect the Doctor so? To be so connected to his final days and his well being? Can it really be his Mother? And if so, why not elaborate? Why just throw something so huge into the mix without explaining? To make him more human in his final moments? More sentimental? Or perhaps it's a Moffat-imbued set-up for a future big story? Either way I'd like some confirmation on her identity.

So, God Bless You David Tennant and your Doctor. A big thank you to you and Russel T. Davies, the both of whom, despite the occasional tepid or formulaic story, made a huge great series even huger and greater, and, more importantly, special and accessible to my generation (and the one or two behind me already.)

Now let's take a look at the preview for Matt Smith's series, which will begin sometime in Spring (arghh!). We've got Alex Kingston back as River Song! We've got a Dalek or two! We've got the freaky statues from Don't Blink! or whatever that critically acclaimed Moffat episode was called! We've got the new redhead companion, who is beautiful, and has lovely hair, and is hopefully more plucky and stronger than she looks! And we have the Doctor, new and old, shaggier and perhaps even more impulsive, with an apparently less strict abhorrence of violence and guns. He also wears a bow tie and his new catch phrase (replacing Allons-y!) is "Geronimo!" I'm all for American slang replacing French, and can't wait to see if it'll work. Enjoy! And get psyched. But not too psyched, cause you have to wait till end of March/beginning of April for more Doctor stories.

The New Logo: