As the father of a pair of three-year-old boys, I can confirm that one of the great perks of parenting is picking out just the right Halloween costume for the kiddos to go trick or treating in. Some parents opt for the cutest outfits they can come across; others get their giggles by decking the little ones out in a costume that’s a reference the kid won’t understand (see the various Alien chestburster babies over the years). Sadly mine are too big now for me to get away with strapping one of them to my chest so I could hit up a party as Kuato, so I’ll just have to make do with these pictures of an adorable little girl cosplaying all eleven incarnations of the Doctor.
If there’s one thing that unites those of us who grew up in the ‘80s — aside from having way better kids movies — it’s the sweet rush of nostalgia when we hear some chirpy 8-bit composition that takes us back to the hours spent in front of a Nintendo trying to navigate a chubby Italian plumber through a series of incorrect castles. There’s just something about hearing a tune stripped down and piped through a woefully inadequate sound system that puts a smile on my face, and makes me want to go download an NES emulator.
It seems like we’ve been waiting forever to see the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special…I guess some people have technically been waiting 50 years, but whatever. Anyway we’re finally within spitting distance of The Day of the Doctor. We’ve been teased with an amazing trailer and by accounts we’re in for an epic adventure come November 23. Just how epic? Who executive producer Steven Moffat says it will change the course of the Doctor’s life forever, and will begin “chapter two of his life.” For a show celebrating five decades of life, that’s a bold statement.
Moffat sounded off about The Day of the Doctor in a recent issue of SFX (as reported by Doctor Who TV), explaining that “This is where the story starts. This is where he finds his mission, he finds his destiny.” And he’s just getting started. Moffat continues:
We’re not fibbing — this one is going to change the course of the series. And it’s very rare in Doctor Who that the story happens to the Doctor. It happens to people around him, and he helps out – he’s the hero figure who rides in and saves everybody from the story of the week. He is not the story of the week. In this, he is the story of the week. This is the day of the Doctor. This is his most important day. His most important moment. This is the one he’ll remember, whereas I often think the Doctor wanders back to his TARDIS and forgets all about it.
Next month we’ll be saying our goodbyes to the Eleventh Doctor, actor Matt Smith, as he shares one last adventure with his predecessor and prepares to regenerate into Peter Capaldi for the Christmas special. As with many a Doctor before him, Smith proved a controversial pick at first, with some claiming he was too young, and others pointing out the incontrovertible fact that he was not, in fact, David Tennant. Still, many of the skeptics (including myself) eventually warmed to his “old man in a young body” routine and enjoyed many a fine adventure with him. Smith was born on this day in 1982, and GFR congratulates him on another successful journey around the sun.
Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Revisited – The Tenth Doctor
BBC America (1am/12c)
With Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor” finally premiering next month, the year-long retrospective specials on the actors who played the time lord have nearly caught up with us. Tonight the focus will be on the Doctor who became the first Doctor for many fans who only came to the show via its modern incarnation. While Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor has no shortage of fans, it was during the David Tennant years that the revitalized series really seemed to find its footing, and Tennant played the time lord’s dual nature of compassion and retribution very well indeed. He may look like a scrawny sort, but when Tennant said, “No second chances. That’s the kind of man I am,” it was easy to believe him. Enjoy the special tonight and take joy in the fact that we’ll soon get to see Tennant’s Tenth Doctor having one last adventure, alongside the Eleventh and Rose Tyler herself.
As we draw closer to the November 23rd premiere date of Doctor Who‘s “Day of the Doctor” 50th anniversary special, you might want to clear your schedule and fish out some ticket money. It had been announced some time ago that the anniversary special would not only get the usual TV airing, but would also screen in movie theaters. Now we’ve finally got the details about where and when you can see the Doctor(s) on the big screen.
You’ll get two chances to see “The Day of the Doctor” in North American theaters: November 23rd and November 25th. Saturday, November 23rd is the day the special will make its worldwide TV simulcast debut (airing on BBC America here in the States). If you want to see it ASAP along with everybody else but want a more epic experience than your living room TV can provide, this screening should be just the thing for you. And it’ll be in 3D, no less! Tickets are now on sale for theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington DC, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. You can purchase tickets via Cinemark.com, REGmovies.com, and Fandango.com.