Farewell, Twelve

In a bit of, “well, bugger” news, it was revealed today that Peter Capaldi will be leaving the role of the Doctor on Doctor Who.


This saddens me. While some of the stories have been absolute garbage (including one of the worst stories ever in the series’ history), I did always like Capaldi as the Doctor, especially during season nine, where he sort of settled down into the “ageing rock star” kind of character rather than the grumpy old man.

I had really hoped he’d stick around for the new showrunner, Chris Chibnal, to take a stab at the character. It would have been interesting to see what could have been done. But the ratings have been down, and I’m sure Chibnal wanted to bring in new blood, so there you go.

On the plus side, this frees up the character, and the actor, to come be a part of Big Finish. Hopefully that’ll happen sooner rather than later, but as long as it happens at all, I’ll be damn happy.

Meantime, let the speculation begin as to who will be the next Doctor. I’ll tell you this: it probably won’t be a white male, and my personal preferences would be either Idris Elba, Alexander Siddig or Helen Mirren, if she’s still interested.


An Era is Ending

146 years ago, the Ringling Brothers Circus was founded. As Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, it still tours the nation, entertaining, as they like to put it, children of all ages.

But that’s coming to an end. The circus is, sadly, going out of business. Despite desperate efforts to remain relevant and entertaining to modern crowds, the reality of the business environment is that a circus just can’t really pull big crowds like it used to. Taking away the elephants last year seems to have been the final nail in the coffin, as ticket sales plummeted.

I was fortunate enough to see the circus last year with my friend. We had a good time. The people involved did some incredible work, and it’s sad to think that that’s coming to an end. But all things do. And that’s that.

I leave you with this.

A Great Rumor Confirmed!

It’s been confirmed that the BBC is releasing an animated version of “Power of the Daleks”! All six parts are to be animated, and aired over the course of six nights.

This pleases me to no end. I recently watched the story, and while I didn’t hate it, I couldn’t help but think it would be so much better in something other than still-photo reconstruction form.

Now this is being done because a: it’s the first story with the Second Doctor, b: it has the Daleks in it, and c: It’s the 50th anniversary of this story. That’s a pretty rare combination that happens in exactly zero other stories.

Still, this gives me hope. If they’re willing to animate the six missing episodes of this serial, maybe they’ll finally go back and do more animated versions of missing episodes. Some serials, like “The Crusade”, are only missing two. Surely that would be one third the cost.

On a side note, I was getting ready to rip BBC America a new one. I was scanning the program guide, and saw  that on several days, anywhere from 18 – 20 hours of programming is Star Trek: The Next Generation, with occasional movies like First Blood and Anaconda thrown in for good measure. From time-to-time they even seem to find room for actual BBC programming, but it’s clearly an afterthought. My hope is that this is a sign that they’re learning, and will refocus on what they should.

Something I Really Want to Be True

However I remain suspicious.

Over at my other blog, I’ve been working my way though Doctor Who, and just recently entered the Second Doctor’s era. His first story did not impress me, and part of why was because of the reconstruction format.

But now comes word that we just might get an animated version of this story released on DVD.

I really am quite suspicious here.

First off, all six episodes are missing. Not one, not two, but six. That makes this very expensive to animate. Better to work on things like “The Crusade”, which is only missing two episodes, or even something like “The Highlanders”, which is missing all of them, but that’s only four.

Second, from what I understand the Mirror is…how to put this…shite. I gather it’s basically the British equivalent of a supermarket tabloid and about as reliable. So while it’s possible that this is going happen, I don’t trust them as a source.

Still…the Second Doctor’s first story! If they announce it, I’ll buy it, and quite happily so!

Sic Transit The Nightly Show

In a bit of sad news today, Comedy Central announced the cancellation of The Nightly Show, the 11:30 show that took the place of The Colbert Report.

This is a pity for several reasons.First off, it was good. It was a bit choppy in the early days, but found its legs quickly, and become quite excellent. It wasn’t always easy viewing, especially when racial topics were being discussed, but it was a good show.

Second, that racial element. With Larry Wilmore gone, this means that the only non-white voice in late night is Trevor Noah over at The Daily Show. Not to disparage him, but he’s just not quite the same as Larry Wilmore.

This is disappointing, as we need more diverse voices.

But, oh, well. Hopefully someone at HBO just raised an eyebrow and realize that now they have something excellent to pair with John Oliver’s show.

In Case You Haven’t Seen This…

…watch it now!

I am very much looking forward to this. I was extremely disappointed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because it really wasn’t a good movie. This one has potential.

Of course, I thought that one did, too, so what I know? But I remain hopeful.

A Fantastic Discovery

Details have emerged about the new TV-ish series, Star Trek: Discovery. Yes, a potentially fine show with the sad abbreviation of STD.

Still, I’m fairly bullish here. Bryan Fuller announced that the main character will be a: a woman, and b: not the captain. That last is particularly interesting. There will also be a gay character, which is good.

We also know now that the new series will be set about ten years before TOS, and set in the “real” Trek universe.

I find the time period to be very interesting. Ten years before TOS. This kind of looks them down to a certain aesthetic and technical level, but I still think it could be very interesting. I’m also hopeful, as is pretty much every fan, I think, that we might get to see at least a glimpse of the Enterprise under the command of Robert April.

Either way, I remain unconvinced about the show’s potential to get a large audience. CBS’ plan to air one episode on TV and stream the rest on their $6/month video service is stupid, and almost certainly won’t work. I haven’t any real plans to pay for it regularly. I’ll do one month after the series has been released, binge watch it, and then cancel. Why pay for more than that?

But, hey, who knows? Maybe I’m wrong and it’ll be the best thing ever and help CBS to really be something online. But it probably won’t.