Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Began Season 2 of GOT 3 days ago. Would have liked to see more of Daenerys. But there is a lot happening. Joffrey seems to be turning into Nero, his mother unable to control him. At least he is not undergoing a Draco in Leather Pants treatment, the fandom know he is a Medieval Caligula, but with a better-spoken Uncle. Horrific ending, as Joffrey tries to wipe out Rob's true children. As Littlefinger showed his mockingbird I gave the whistle. Now I wonder if this is what happened to Panem. We see Stannis Baratheon is claiming the throne. Meanwhile in the North the fight goes on. Stannis shows some more prudence then Ned in sending the news of Joffrey's parentage across Westeros. Who will be King?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

51st anniversary of Doctor Who. To celebrate released another two chapters of Game of Doctors, Disyo-2 and Master-World. Also released first 2 chapters for new fanfic The Gathering of the Doctors, Shoreditch and Telos, which shows the Doctors before they get caught up in The Day of the Doctor. Listened to The Time Machine, Finale to Destiny of the Doctor arc which was released for the 50th anniversary. Received and listened to it precisely a year ago, before watching The Day of the Doctor.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Three days ago finished GOT Season 1, with ep9 and 10. Not especially surprising what happens to Sean Bean, but still shocking when Joffrey has Ned Stark executed, after a confession is forced from him. Interesting hearing Tyrion's story of how he found love and lost it. He continues to be a great character. His father is an unpleasant figure. Meanwhile across the sea evident bad things will happen from the deal with the witch to save Drogo.

An appearance from David Bradley. Quite a loathsome figure here. But we see difficult choices must be made, with the arranged marriages. At the wall good moment having Jon talk to Aemon Targaryen. Which way will he choose? Many stories, but all interesting.

Ep10. Joffrey further demonstrates his cruelty quickly, having the singer's tongue cut out and forcing Sansa to see her father's head. Heard of George Bush controversy over heads but hard to see. Good to have Sansa gain some strength in insulting Joffrey. Though when he said a King shouldn't hit his lady I worked out someone else would do it for him. Meanwhile Arya is escaping King's Landing. Will she meet Jon? As for Jon good to see some debate over whether to help his family or the Watch. Look forward to seeing more on the White Walkers.

Tywin seems to be appreciating Tyrion with the favourite son gone. Sure with Tyrion and his sister-son we can expect some good scenes. Tense as Jaime shies from telling Catelyn why he tried to kill her son. When will the twincest come out? Dramatic moment hearing the cry of King in the North. The Starks are now openly rebelling against King's Landing.

Upsetting to see Daenerys having lost so much, her child dying to save her husband who is catatonic. But can see some logic from Mirri, the stallion will burn no cities and she had endured much hardship. Still sad to see Daenerys smothering her husband. Dramatic ending as she emerges from the ashes with dragons. I look forward to next season.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

It really is astonishing how poor popular culture has history. http://www.cracked.com/article_21672_44-important-parts-history-youre-picturing-wrong.html

Friday, 14 November 2014

Four days ago saw Ep8 of GOT. Quite amusing watching Tyrion turning being surrounded by Hill Tribes to his advantage, then introducing them to his father. That dwarf is a dangerous enemy. Not that I feel too worried for that creepy breast-feeding Lysa. Daenerys continues as likeable character, saving the women from enslavement. Dramatic scene for Syrio, helping Arya escape the Lannisters. Her killing the stable boy did feel rushed but still good and understandable instinct. Sansa isn't particularly interesting, with the Queen manipulating her. The Starks are moving for war against the Lannisters. Robb letting the scout go reminds me of story in Herodotus where Xerxes showed Greek spies his forces and let them go so they could scare the Greeks. As for events at the Wall, we now have the White Walkers, well-done scene with the zombies. The Lannisters and Starks are about to fight, Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne. But surely Sean Bean can't die.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Yesterday saw Ep7 of GOT. As Littlefinger was talking to the two whores my thoughts were focused on wondering how many countries this was banned in. Probably in North Korea. Of course in Korea they have things slightly different, the North is the place for violent, treacherous rulers, so they don't need the show. But I detract. The sexposition was distracting, not that I was interested in that. A Vegan can be distracted by long shots on sizzling meat.
Anyway, Edward IV... Robert dies. The connections to the 15th century conflicts in England become more prevalent. The King dies wanting the ruler of the North to become regent. His heir seems illegitimate, so the regent wants them deposed. But the Queen's Family doesn't support the King's will and want to rule through the new King. Ricardians must like this show.
First view of Tywin, Head of the Lannister Clan. Skinning a stag, SYMBOLISM.
Exciting seeing events across the Sea, with the try your own weapon trick that reminded me of the Arthurian story with Medea's cloak. And dramatic ending as Drogo declared war. The Dothraki will cross the Narrow Sea at last. Do not try anything against the Khal's Family.
Like Littlefinger's thoughts on Realpolitik. It's only treason if we loose. When he was talking about who the Goldcloaks would support in disputed succession I was thinking "He who pays them." Which is what happened. Dramatic end as Littlefinger betrays Ned. Seems the idealism of telling the Queen so she can protect herself doesn't work out. They may be honest and more loyal in the North (more like Richard) but they are unused to the backstabbing South. Being a Richard III supporter though part of the cynical, elitist self-deprecating South this appeals to me.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Death in Heaven. Like I thought, Missy killed Osgood, though still shocking. Effective in showing her as terrible villain. Though still odd how love can overcome Cyber-Processing. Not as bad as last time though. And maybe the sonic screwdriver made sure the emotional inhibitor wasn't working properly. Danny's speech of the Army of the Dead saving the world of the living, with the Doctor seeing the soldier isn't bad, could be seen as a nice tribute to what we remembered the next day. Though Army of the Dead reminded me of ghosts from Return of the King. Anyway, nice that the Brigadier was there. I first thought the Cyberman was Amy or Rory, but makes sense it would be the Brig. He saved his daughter, killed the Master (for this story) and the Doctor saluted him. Though on another note not clear how that boy was transported out. How did Danny have the teleporter with him? So you don't need to sing well to Mandos, have Superboy-prime punch the walls of reality or be the Joker, you just need to be wearing a teleporter when you die? And someone else can get out. Odd. But dramatic scene where Doctor sees Gallifrey isn't there and vents out his rage. Good companion departure, with Doctor and Clara lying to each other while hiding their sadness. And Santa Claus appearing at end. Quite an ending, leaning on the 4th wall. What will happen at Christmas?

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Thoughts for Death in Heaven. Seb is part of Missy's mind. Another Time Lord. The Rani. The city appearing will be connected to Gallifrey. The Time Lords are planning to escape that way. Rassilon is involved. Missy got out of Gallifrey through the painting, someone pointed out hand gripping side as Clara leaves was too far to be Clara. Rassilon might have enabled the Master's regeneration so they would help him. She is intending to be the Starscream. Missy will bring back companions as Cybermen to force the Doctor to kill them. Amy, Rory, Victorian Clara. Brig, to be cruel to Kate and 12. She will kill Osgood out of spite. The Doctor will be forced to kill Danny by destroying the Nethersphere. Due to that Clara will split. Or she will have to do it herself. Eventually she will learn to Let it Go. That song is good. Clara will die. Danny will come back somehow. Missy orchestrated their death to lure the Doctor in. The cloud will upgrade humanity. Reminds me of 8th Doctor comic story The Flood but that's another matter.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

GOT Ep 6 I saw yesterday. Gripping, as tension mounts between the Starks and Lannisters. Joffrey has hair of gold, not like King Robert. Odd that... Quite amusing as Tyrion confesses his crimes, he remains the best character. That boy at the Eyrie was quite creepy though, with his glee at fighting and flying. Unsurprisingly Viserys Targaryen died. Perhaps shouldn't have threatened the mighty Warrior Chief. When told he would get crown of gold suspected what would happen. Quite unlikable, for some reason reminds me of Feanor. Now Daenerys carries another Targaryen. Likeable character. Reminds me of Kriemhild, royalty married to barbarian lord who causes her brother's death.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Dark Water. I really liked it. Quite the Wham having Danny die, great pre-title sequence. And good acting from Jenna as she shows Clara's reaction to her boyfriend's death. Tense scene in volcano, seeing how far Clara would go. Looking back episode was slow-paced but I was kept interested.
The Nethersphere. Scary idea, being conscious. Find Seb an amusing character, with his Ipad. As for Danny I was surprised to find out his secret of accidentally killing a child, brings a lot to the character. Lot of drama, seeing him face the child, and Seb offering him a chance to erase emotions.
The reveal... The Cybermen were already known but of course good publicity. I didn't realise the beings in the tank were them though. Dramatic as the dark water lowered and the Cybermen are revealed, along with Clara's reaction to the tank in the office. Nice of them to recreate one of the most famous scenes of 60s Who, Cybermen advancing at St Pauls Cathedral. As for Missy... When you go on TV Tropes WMG you think up weird ideas. Maia of the Gold Guardian? At least I wasn't taking Freud's wonder drug. And I did have the idea that the Nethersphere was the Matrix. I wonder how Master able to gather characters from other times.
So, Mary Psychopompins was the Master. What a twist! A lot of people worked that out but still dramatic reveal. Hope we find out how they escaped Gallifrey. As I put down on TV Tropes S8 WMG he (or perhaps she) may have escaped through the crack in TTOTD. Found out in book last year Harvest of Time that one of Master's incarnations female. Interesting. The part where Missy pretended to be a welcome droid was quite amusing. Gomaz plays that pyschotic nature well, such as telling Chang how sorry she is she will kill him. And the usual glee with revealing her identity.
Finally, after three years, a two-parter. Moff said in DWM the problem with two-parters is the second part living up. Which I certainly agree with. (TSE/JE) No next time trailer. Know that UNIT will be here next story. Will Doctor have to destroy Nethersphere and kill Danny to save world? Overall good first part. Slow-paced but interesting. And finally an alliance between Master and Cybermen (in The Five Doctors that wasn't the main event). Look forward to part two.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Missy doesn't seem to have been doing much throughout the series, in the Forest being a Chorus like the ghosts from Stardust. The Robots trying to reach the Promised Land seems the closest to this arc actually affecting the stories. But the trailer looks exciting. Cybermen and UNIT. The Doctor in what looks like Hell. And Missy says the Doctor knows who she is. Who is this Mary Psychopompins?
Ideas are the Master, Rani (one of her experiments and they could say in memory of Kate O'Mara), Valeyard (a being like the Watcher), River Song (in the Library?), someone else in the Library, Romana, Susan's Grandmother, a relative, another Time Lady (agent of Rassilon), Tasha Lem or someone connected to the Papal Mainframe (they can apparently notify the afterlife), a version of the TARDIS (gone evil like in Zagreus), another companion, something from the Matrix (personified thoughts), a being similar to the Hypothetical Gentleman of IDW, a version of Clara, a construction of the Cyberiad, the Moment, Death, Time, a Maia of Mandos, a Maia of the Guardians, a rebellious Maia like Sauron (rebellious Disciple of Light?), one of the Guardians (Gold is Life and Death), an Eternal, a Chronvore, a being from another dimension like the Boneless, something connected to Gus the Computer, G.I, some other Eldritch Abomination like the Animus or Fenric taking a form you are comfortable with, something like the Beast. The possible Hell in the trailer may be connected to that. For more ideas on Series 8 go to TV Tropes WMG page. Or is Seb the real villain and one of these? Will previous dead characters appear? Did a previous villain die and try taking over the Nethersphere, letting the Cybermen in? Is Seb the Half-Face man? Will Davros appear? Will anybody leave the Nethersphere? And she says the Doctor knows her but has he met her yet?
Anyway, I look forward to Dark Water. Which reminds me of the Game of Thrones episode Blackwater that beat Doctor Who for an award last year. I suspect this story will be submitted.
Episode 5 of GOT. Quite shocking when Mountain slew his horse. Lysa and her son were quite odd. See a less moral side to Robert as he wants to wipe out the Targaryens. And Renly is thinking of being King. The Starks and Lannisters are now against each other. How will events turn out?