Commentary From StormCage: Will the Real River Song Stand Up? Or The Problem of Tasha Lem

By Rachel Stewart / notprolificnotprofound

What a difference a month makes. [Spoilers ahead.]

While The Day of the Doctor brought tears of joy to the eyes of many Whovians, The Time of the Doctor left many feeling angry or overwhelmingly confused,  like they’d experienced a whole series in a one-hour episode. Whereas Steven Moffat had plenty of time to refine and revise plot points for the 50th anniversary special, Matt Smith’s sudden exit this summer left him in a predicament: how to wrap up three series worth of plot points precisely in a Christmas special? Some touches were inspired — the Silence are priests!?! – while others felt plucked straight from previous episodes — Eleven sending Clara away made me instantly think of Nine and Rose in Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways. There were moments of perfection: Eleven’s finale monologue, and Amy Pond appearing, a hallucination in his pre-regeneration haze, to say goodbye one last time, not in tears, but with grace and peace.

And then there’s the problem of Tasha Lem.
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Commentary From StormCage: Echoes of River Song in Day of the Doctor

By Rachel Stewart / notprolificnotprofound

This blog contains spoilers. Proceed with caution, sweeties!

  • As a River Song fan, may of us were going in looking for any hints that she may come back. While the plot focused on the Doctor’s struggle to destroy Gallifrey and the Daleks — as well as his decision to change his mind — there were small touches that made many River fans happy.
  • When surrounded in the forest, the 10th and 11th Doctors point their sonic screwdrivers like weapons. The War Doctor asks if they’re planning to build a cabinet, a joke River Song threw at Eleven when they were fighting the Silence in Day of the Moon.
  • Eleven takes to defacing part of the Tower of London to leave a clue to their location, much like River defacing a cliff face in The Pandorica Opens.
  • As people pass through the Black Archive, there’s a quick shot of River’s red heels from Time of Angels. [Dangerous weapons, indeed!]
  • When Ten asks Eleven how he could forget the staggering amount of casualties in the Time War, Eleven utters “spoilers” instead of answering the question.
  • The War Doctor ponders if there are many more marriages in his future. Eleven confirms this — although his marriage to River wasn’t a ruse to prove she was an alien life form. [Well done, Ten!]
  • When Eleven meets the Curator, River Song’s wedding theme is played. This musical cue was also used when Eleven spoke to River Song’s data ghost at Trenzalore.

All these moments reinforce my theory that she may be back at Christmas for Eleven’s regeneration. The Silence played a huge role in her life–from her separation from her parents to her backwards timeline with the Doctor–and her connection to Clara in The Name of the Doctor has still not been explained. We’ve got a little under a month to see how this will play out and if she’ll meet the newest Doctor. Now, what number he’s supposed to be–12, 13, 14?–is a completely different matter altogether.

About notprolificnotprofound

Rachel Stewart has been obsessed about all things pop culture from an early age, but countsDoctor Who and Jem and the Holograms among her main obsessions. She blogs about her cosplay adventures at conventions, weekly geek-inspired outfits and whatever else takes her fancy at her blog notprolificnotprofound.

Commentary from StormCage: What the Rain Gods Brought Us

By Rachel Stewart / notprolificnotprofound

“That’s not a plan, that’s just hoping!” – River Song in the mini-episode Rain Gods

This week, River Song fans got a treat via the upcoming series 7 box set of Doctor Who: a mini-episode featuring River Song and the Doctor on a date in the rain. [Check out the clip here.]

The scene came from the original opening sequence of The Doctor’s Wife, written by Neil Gaiman, which was cut due budget concerns. It was then rescued and restored in comic form, only to morph into this mini-episode, under Steven Moffat’s direction. [In the original draft, much of River's dialogue is spoken by Rory Williams. How's that for timey wimey?]

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Commentary from Stormcage: Top Five Cosplay Tips

By Rachel Stewart / notprolificnotprofound

Another Dragon*Con might have come and gone, but cosplay is year-round hobby for many, including myself. It’s not uncommon for me to be working on multiple cosplays at once, or be considering what characters or costumes I want to tackle next.

Tip 1: Research, research, research. As soon as I see a costume I want to cosplay, I search the Internet for screencaps or promotional images. Seeing an outfit’s details from every angle can help you whether you’re planning on tracking down a screen accurate item or buying and altering a similar garment. When using online forums, scan past posts and tags before asking questions. Many times your questions might already be answered if you’re cosplaying a popular character. [For Sherlock fans, Sherlockology has everything covered. Seriously. Everything.] Search for online tutorials to get ideas on how to make things, style your hair or wigs, or apply makeup. If you’re feeling gutsy and have the right information, you might even reach out to actual costume designer to inquire about a hard-to-identify piece. If you do, just be straightforward and polite in your request and thank them for their time. [What information they give you might rely on what they're allowed to say or based on their memory of working on the project.]

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Transmissions From Atlantis 55 – Doctor Who Missing Episodes, Nick Fury and Shark Avalanche!

JC and Rita are back to 100% and fired up to talk about the news of the discovery of missing classic episodes of Doctor Who. They also review the latest episode of Agents of SHIELD, talk about this week’s big blockbuster Gravity and Halle Berry coming to television. In Horror news, we give you our review of Halloween Horror Nights of Universal Studios Orlando, the lowdown on a spinoff from the Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow news and Avalanche Shark…yes Avalanche Shark. They also give you the latest on the 50th anniversary, Matt Smith, Paul McGann and Alex Kingston!

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Links and Schedule after the jump!

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Commentary from StormCage: Regeneration + River Song

By Rachel Stewart / notprolificnotprofound

“This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper.” — The Hollow Men, T.S. Eliot

When the clock strikes 12 for the Doctor this Christmas, will his favorite “bespoke psychopath” be by his side, or will Steven Moffat terminate what’s left of her time line? 

River Song is a character that tends to divide fans. Online, there seems to be a mix of hate and loathing for who River Song is and what she represents, while at conventions I’ve seen nothing but love. When Moffat introduced her back in series four of Doctor Who in the two-parter Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, did he know all along what he was doing? I’d like to think so. And even though her story with Eleven has reached its natural end, with the Doctor finally admitting his love for her and acknowledging the loss of her at his tomb at Trenzalore, I’d love to see her pop up in Twelve’s timeline.

Oh yes, there’s no doubt that Eleven is her Doctor and they are very married. But if you read her diary entries presented throughout The Eternity Clock game, she has her “spotter’s guide” — and opinions — on all the Doctor’s incarnations. The only Doctor she can’t stand to meet initially is his first incarnation. She hears Susan’s voice and can’t deal with meeting his granddaughter, so she vortexes out. Based on this information, it makes perfect sense that River Song should show up in Twelve’s timeline. Continue reading

DOCTOR WHO GOES PULP

The name’s Malone. Melody Malone.

Coming soon from BBC Books is a new Doctor Who tie-in e-book entitled The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery featuring a very pulp-inspired cover. The cover also appears in The Angels Take Manhattan episode of Doctor Who, airing September 29 on BBC and BBC America.

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TFA Episode 5: Alex Kingston and the Naked Captain Jack Harkness!

We ring in the Fourth of July with a Gallifreyan extravaganza – Transmissions From Atlantis style! First, we give you the lowdown on our meet up and photo op with the one and only Alex Kingston (River Song from Doctor Who). We also give you a little bit of the Q&A with Alex from Hurricane Who Summer Nights. We talk Mickey in the 50th and a sonic screwdriver remote! In addition, we give you a peek into the Whovian Pub singer Ken Spivey’s video shoot and give you a quick interview with Doctor Scott Vigue of Articles of the Shadow Proclamation. If that’s not a Who hoot, we also give you the 411 on Asylum of the Daleks, we discuss whether Matt Smith should be the Doctor “forever”, we talk about the Doctor’s regenerations and last but not least – naked Captain Jack Harkness!

Of course, for you non-whovians, we serve up a little a-spicy meatball for you! First we break down the creepiest film scores in Sci-Fi and Horror. We talk the new Riddick movie, JJ Abrams’ Star Trek 3, the new Wicked book and Barrack Obama vs. Mitt Romney vs. the Alien Overlords’ impending invasion.

We also receive the transmission of the author of the apocalyptic thriller Second World, Jeremy Robinson.

Rockets red glare on this week’s episode of TFA!

The schedule and important links are after the jump!

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Alex Kingston on The Late Late Show

Guess Who's Promoting Doctor Who on the Late Late Show :-)

We’ve gotta hand it to Craig Ferguson; this man never fails to stand up for what he believes in – making sure everyone in the United States sees and falls in love with Doctor Who, and who else to help him bring The Doctor to the masses but ‘River Song’ herself Alex Kingston.

Read the story here and check out the show on this upcoming Thursday (well technically Friday at 12:35am) on your local CBS station.

1st look at the filming of Doctor Who’s U.S. episode *WARNING SPOILERS DARLING*

River Song is back in Series 6

It sucks that we can’t see that pivotal Sarah Jane Adventures story “Death of the Doctor” in North America next week, but while we wait for the Christmas Special to give us our much needed Doctor Who fix until the series returns in 2011, how about having a look at the filming of the opening two-parter?

See the images and video here