The first episode of Doctor Who I ever watched was its 2010 Christmas episode in which the Doctor must inspire a grumpy old alien (Michael Gambon) to be less mean so he can let an out of control spaceship land. There’s also a flying shark. In the end the Doctor uses a bit of time travel to become the ghost of Christmases past present and future all in one. It’s yet another clever twist on the old Christmas Carol formula and worked as an excellent introduction to the Doctor and his wonderful universe. In fact, his line at the end of the scene above is what sealed it for me, “You know in 900 years of time and space I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important before.” That’s an ethos I can get behind. The episode inspired me to immediately seek out the rest of the Doctor’s run available at the time, starting with the 2005 reboot. I learned that the Christmas episode was kind of a thing and though none have yet topped that first one I saw, it’s always a nice to to rejoin the Doctor and his companions for an hour on Christmas day. This year promises great excitement as it will be the end of the 11th incarnation of the character and the beginning of the 12th. Matt Smith has been my favorite Doctor so far but I can’t wait to see what Peter Capaldi brings to the role.
Day 18 – Your Favorite Comedy Film
Based on a BBC TV series, In the Loop is a hilarious look at the behind-the-scenes politics leading up to a war in the Middle East. With players from the U.K. and the U.S., and some working for the war while others work against it the film can be a bit hard to follow at the beginning until you figure out where everybody fits in and their relationships to each other but once you do the laughs don’t stop. Peter Capaldi is the standout in this film; his facility with the English language and its swearing potential is quite a thing to behold. The script, too, is outstanding (it was nominated for the Oscar and probably should have won). There are so many quotable lines and they really speak for the film way better than I could. “’Climbing the mountain of conflict’? You sounded like a Nazi Julie Andrews!” “I can’t stand to see a woman bleed from the mouth. It reminds me of that Country & Western music which I cannot abide.” “Y’know, I’ve come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I’ll sort that out. You are a boring F, star, star, CUNT!” If you like your films sweary and smart, In the Loop will not do you wrong.