Sunday, March 25, 2012

Doctor Who: Out With The Old...

This week in Doctor Who news: the BBC announced that British actress Jenna-Louise Coleman will play the Doctor's new companion in the upcoming Season 7. She'll make her debut in the 2012 Christmas Special.

That of course means we'll be saying a reluctant farewell to the Ponds about halfway through the season.

I'll be sorry to see them go; Amy and Rory are the first married couple to ever travel with the Doctor and I've enjoyed having them on board. Rory especially. It was fun watching him evolve from a nerdy, milquetoast character into a kick-ass action hero. His relationship with the Doctor went through an evolution as well: the Doctor was initially dismissive of him, but eventually grew to respect and rely on him, as they become close pals.

But if you don't like change, then Doctor Who isn't the show for you. Nothing stays the same, not even the main character!

One thing that worries me about the Ponds' departure: showrunner Steven Moffat says their exit will be "heartbreaking." Gee, that doesn't sound ominous at all, does it? He'd better mean "heartbreaking" as in "sad to see them go." If he means "heartbreaking" as in "I'm gonna kill off one or both of them" then I vow to personally fly to Cardiff, knock on his door and punch him right in the d*ck when he answers.

So far nothing is known about the character Jenna-Louise Coleman will be playing, neither her name or if she's even human. That sweater she's wearing in the photo above looks a bit retro; could she be from the 1960s? She's cute, I'll give her that. The Doctor seems particularly skilled at attracting beautiful young women to accompany him on his travels, despite the fact that he's now over 1,000 years old.

The BBC seems reluctant to ever pair up the Doctor with a male companion. Maybe they fear that two blokes traveling around in the TARDIS would look a bit gay? I think it might be interesting to try it for a while though-- it'd be a sort of Holmes/Watson dynamic, with the kind of banter that Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law had between them in the Sherlock Holmes movies.

Anyway, here's another photo of the striking Jenna-Louise Coleman at a celebrity function. . . wearing a little black dress. . . and. . . looking at. . . . . . camera. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  I'm sorry, I lost my train of thought there. I can't seem to remember what I was going to say?

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