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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Earth Station Who Episode 58 – The Time of the Doctor

Earth Station Who Ep 58On Christmas Day 2013, the Eleventh Doctor’s time was up! Mike, Mike, Jen, the Phantom Troublemaker, and guest Josh Wilson sort through their first impressions of the 800th episode of the franchise. Did Moffat and co give us the Christmas present we wished for most, or did we find coal in our stockings? No matter how we felt, it is going to be a long wait until August 2014 when the Peter Capaldi era begins!

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Earth Station Who Amazon.com E-store
ESW on iTunes
ESW on Stitcher
TARDISTOPIA
The New ESO Window Sticker
Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Earth Station Who Episode 57 – The Mind Robber

Earth Station Who Ep 57While they anxiously await “The Time of The Doctor,” the ESW crew decides to take their minds off the impending departure of Matt Smith by taking a trip fantastic with the Second Doctor! Mike, Mike, Jen, the Phantom Troublemaker, and guest Nathan Laws encounter a different kind of Master, white robots, unicorns, minotaurs, sword fighters, and a gentlemanly Gulliver. We see a different face for Jamie and notice a different side of Zoe. Gather round, all you Karkusmaniacs!  It’s time to play “Who’s your birth Doctor?”

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Earth Station Who Amazon.com E-store
ESW on iTunes
ESW on Stitcher
TARDISTOPIA
The New ESO Window Sticker
Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Transmissions From Atlantis 61 – Mid-Season Finale Madness

We have a special Transmissions From Atlantis as NY Times Best Selling Author Debbie Viguie and Doctor Geek himself, Scott Viguie join us for this amazing episode!

This week we give you our thoughts on Gal Gadot being named as Wonder Woman, Disney buying the rights to future Indiana Jones movies as well as the mid-season finales of the Walking Dead, Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow.

We tell you what we hated about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary’s The Day of the Doctor plus what we think about the announcements of a complete series 8 and Matt’s Doctor being the 13th and last Doctor.

The lineup and links after the jump!

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Earth Station Who Episode 56 – An Adventure in Space and Time

Earth Station Who Episode 56Mike, Mike, Jen, and The Phantom Troublemaker continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by traveling back to where it all began! And thanks to writer/producer Mark Gatiss, we don’t need a TARDIS to do it. The ESW crew reviews the docudrama that re-enacts the birth of a phenomenon. Plus, we Rant & Rave about other news and events in the DWU.

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Earth Station Who Amazon.com E-store
ESW on iTunes
ESW on Stitcher
TARDISTOPIA
The New ESO Window Sticker
Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Earth Station One Episode 191 – The Fourth Annual ESO Geek Gift Guide

Earth Station One Episode 191It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Also, the most stressful. In the never-ending battle to fight the holiday blues, the ESO crew steps up once again to provide some gift ideas for the geek in your life. To make things easier, you can find just about every item suggested by Mike, Mike, the award-winning author Bobby Nash, Doctor Q, and Nikki Rau-Baker in the ESO Amazon Estore. Listen, click, and you’re done wish shopping for the year! Plus, we give author Stuart Jaffe the greatest gift of all… some time in The Geek Seat! All this, along with the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report and Shout Outs!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: The Fourth Annual ESO Geek Gift Guide
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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.

Earth Station One Episode 190 – ESO Reviews Catching Fire

Earth Station One Ep 190Happy Hunger Games! This week, ESO crew was selected to compete in the podcasting arena. Jennifer Hartshorn from the Higher-Learning District dominated her opponents Mike Faber (Info Tech District), Mike Gordon (Tiki District), Bobby Nash (Award-Winning District), and Ashley Bergner (Blogger District). However, all the tributes participate in the tour of the popular books and movies. We also chat with Forgotten Realms writer, Richard Lee Byers, who must come up with more than The Q Word for The Geek Seat. May the odds be in his favor! Plus, a huge rave for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary along with the usual Khan Report and Shout Outs!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: ESO Reviews Catching Fire
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Transmissions From Atlantis 60 – Day of the Doctor, Sleepy Hollow and Catching Fire

JC and Rita are finally down from their Day of the Doctor high, have collected their thoughts and are ready to provide them to you! Did they love Day of the Doctor? Did they hate it? And what about Adventures in Space and Time?

Plus – is Matt’s Doctor actually Doctor Number 13 and what other rumors of the Christmas Special are out there?

They’re also back to their regular features of Sci-Fi News and Horror News, reviewing Thor and Hunger Games: Catching Fire while also catching up on episodes of Sleepy Hollow and the Walking Dead.

Links and more after the jump!

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Earth Station Who Episode 55 – The Day of the Doctor

Earth Station Who Episode 55After 50 years, The Doctor finally had his day and what a day it was! After the record-breaking global broadcast, the ESW crew celebrated the 50th anniversary with an event co-hosted with TimeGate Convention, Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor and DragonCon British Media Track. Mike, Mike, Jen, and the Phantom Troublemaker had a blast sharing initial reactions to The Day of The Doctor special along with the award-winning author Bobby Nash, Beau Brown, Kirby Bartlett-Sloan, and the main man of the night, Alan Siler. It was an added bonus to hang out with many friends and fans throughout the evening. So much fun, it should be an annual holiday!

Links
Earth Station Who Amazon.com E-store
ESW on iTunes
ESW on Stitcher
TARDISTOPIA
TimeGate Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration
The 20mb Doctor Who Podcast
The Needless Things Podcast

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