Thoughts on "The Time of the Doctor"

In the 2007 short Time Crash, the Tenth Doctor met with the Fifth Doctor through some wibbily-wobbly timey-wimey stuff. In the episode, after a beat near the end when Ten (played by David Tennant) has acted starstruck and gushed effusively about meeting his predecessor (Peter Davison), he said to Five, "You were my Doctor."

I understood that the line referred both to the fact that Ten had enjoyed being Five, "...dashing about and playing cricket" (Davison was less stodgy and authoritative than his precursors), as well as the fact that the Fifth Doctor was the one on the air when Tennant was a boy. He would have been about 9 or 10 years old at the time Davison began his run. What I didn't comprehend at the time was the emotion that Tennant displayed when he said that line. However when I watched Matt Smith say farewell as number Eleven in The Time of the Doctor earlier, something dawned on me.

Eleven just isn't my Doctor.

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A Late Review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I've been hearing that the reception for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't been as great as when it was premiered at the San Diego Comic Con back in July, but since its regular run on ABC started in September, I haven't had the chance to actually see for myself. There have been ten episodes aired so far, so I thought I'd be set until the series comes back from break on January 7, 2014. Today I decided to give it a chance despite all the stuff I've been hearing. Here's what I found out:

This show is boring as shit.

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Fan Casting for Marvel's Netflix Series

A few months ago, the rights to Daredevil reverted from Fox to to Marvel studios. I was glad to hear it, but given how Daredevil performed in 2003, I was less than optimistic that we'd see another Daredevil movie. It's not like Marvel chased after the rights, it's just that Fox didn't bother with it so the paperwork says they go back to Marvel after some time. So, when the news broke that Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones are getting Netflix shows, I just completely lost. my. shit.

What they're going to attempt it similar to their Marvel Cinematic Universe, where each character starts off with their own show but eventually, there'll be a massive crossover. And if the way they do the MCU is any indication, it's likely to be brilliant.

My mind started racing. Who would make for the perfect Daredevil or Iron Fist? The show being on the small screen, the casting possibilities are broader. See, movies tend to rely on the star power of the main cast, whereas shows tend to be star-makers. Who would you cast?

Daredevil/ Matt Murdock

This actor should be able to play a smart mouthed lawyer with anger issues. He should be able to project a strong sense of duty and embody darkness. Regardless of whether they'd go with the Miller DD - very catholic and angry, or the Brubaker DD - a super lawyer ninja who is still very angry, the demand for good acting is still ever present. On top of that, he'd need the right Daredevil build and be able to get his ass kicked convincingly. See, DD is like a pitbull. Relentless and aggressive, and he usually gets his ass beaten but he just keeps coming. He fights best centered, though.

Oh, and he's supposed to be blind so the actor needs to be able to convincingly act like he's acting like he can't see but can actually see just not in the conventional sense.

Scott Adkins

Adkins is an English martial artist living in the US. He's been in a lot of action movies as mostly the main antagonist's muscle or big time fighter (Expendables 2, Bourne Ultimatum) but he's been getting a lot of pretty big acting roles lately as his acting skills improve. He was in Zero Dark Thirty as John. You might remember him as Boyka in Undisputed III. Here he is being a complete and total bad ass.

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How Not to Book a PPV: Hell in a Cell 2013

If there is any company guilty of near-shameless monopoly and overexposure right now, it’s certainly the WWE. The utter domination of the mainstream professional wrestling scene not only in America, but all over the world, coupled with the comical mismanagement and the general lack of resources of its competitors to keep up allows them to force-feed the Vince McMahon product to viewers who don’t know any better. Sometimes, it’s palatable, if not tolerable, but some other times, VKM’s complacency allows a show with a lot to be desired to slip through the cracks.

The glut continues the previous week with the third big PPV event in two months – this year’s edition of Hell in a Cell. This – bottlenecking September and October with more pay-per-views than the business model (and the fans) could handle – has been a practice for the past few years now, forcing rushed resolutions, unnatural conclusions, and shoddy writing and matchmaking for the near future. The WWE keeps changing up the before and after, keeping the October slate in a state of flux as they look for a reliable formula; in previous years we’ve had Bragging Rights, the revived Vengeance, this year Battleground, but they seem intent on keeping Hell in a Cell the lead-in to Survivor Series. It never works. This has always been a problem, and it will continue to be as long as Vince is greedy.

This column, however, is a look into the PPV that had just gone by, and not a big-picture assessment, so let’s get right into that. This is How Not to Book a PPV – the Hell in a Cell 2013 edition. The disclaimer remains: I don’t care who gets offended at what they think I know or don’t know.

First off, though, because I’m not a completely negative person, I will admit that this show learned a little from some of the mistakes I pointed out in the last one. Whether it’s because they truly learned their lesson or certain factors forced some changes, they managed to avoid some mistakes this time around.

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WWE Battleground: How Not to Book a PPV

People involved in the wrestling business are a proud bunch. Wrestlers, bookers, and promoters have little respect for what the outsiders – fans like you and me, and especially the vocal ones with outlets like this article and blog – think about the business side of it. In all objectivity, they have a right to this pride; they are the ones who spent the past, present, and future years of their bodies getting into the industry and entertaining the crowds every night, no matter how big or small they might be. Or if they’re the bookers and promoters, they’re the ones who have actual experience with what consistently puts asses in seats.

Sometimes, however, they seem to forget that those asses in the seats are connected to a brain up top, each perfectly capable of discerning what it likes and doesn’t like.

Hello, fellow wrestling fans. It’s time for another big PPV event from the biggest wrestling company in the world – and as you might have noticed when you walked in here, this isn’t a Running Diary. I decided it was time for a change to my PPV review format; thanks to the wonders of the Internet and social media, I could not help but catch wind of fans’ reaction to the show after it had concluded, and while I hadn’t been terribly spoiled by what I heard, I knew I was only going to repeat gripes I’d previously expressed in, say, Night of Champions or Payback.

It’s time to properly dissect the things going wrong in the WWE’s actual monthly gameplan, and it’s time to step it up from just mentioning them in passing. I don’t care who listens, or who gets offended by what they think I don’t know.

Ladies and gentlemen, fellow fans, this is How Not to Book a PPV – the Battleground edition.

5. Do not set one of your World title matches as a curtain-jerker.

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