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A Question of Regenerations

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2012 by urbannight

The Great Peter Cushing

My roommate and I ended up having a discussion on how many time the Doctor could regenerate, so I felt the need to do a little research.  I thought, that when I was young and watching it on PBS, one of the early doctors had said they could only regenerate 7 times.  For that to work, a normal, single body, life span would have to be much longer than a human’s.  This was a rather old episode and they were still filming new episodes of the old series back then.  It may have been one that was taped over and lost forever.

Somewhere, the old writers must have realized they could possibly run through 7 actors and extended the number 12.  That means with his first life, before his first generation, he would have a total of 13 bodies.  We are on 11.  So we can have 2 more faces.  Anything you can search out online indicates the 12 and/or 13 number.  If there are 13 regenerations, then there are 14 ‘lives’.  Perhaps the 7 number is one that my memory made up from a dream.

There have been hints that Time Lords could circumvent this limit by various means as the Master had done so.  On a couple of occasions, non-Time Lords have regenerated with less than idea results and through a variety of methods. 

During an episode of Sarah Jane Adventures, or maybe an interview regarding the show, the Doctor indicates that he can now regenerate 507 times, which may have been just a way to say that either do to the end of the rest of the race, or as a consequence of the Time Wars, he may now have an unlimited number of regenerations.

Now if you simply try to count faces, there are FAR more faces than current regenerations can account for.  Two separate actors have filled in for the first doctor. Once due to an injury and another time due to the fact that the first actor was already deceased and they needed someone to do the part.  But the intent in those cases was for the other actor to actually be the first doctor and not a different regeneration.

Other actors have performed the part on stage and the intent was for them to actually portray an existing regeneration.  So we can discount those as well.

Radio programs were sometime recorded with the correct actors and often with other voice actors playing the part of a known regeneration.

Other actors occasionally play a role where people are interacting with someone they think is a third-party but it turns out to have been the doctor. 

Then we get into the weird world of televised shows where people play ‘alternative’ doctors.  These do not show up in any of the series groupings and may have been stand alone series/shows.  American readers will recognize the names Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley.  But this is actually a long list of people, 17 people total if you go by the Wikipedia article.

I am going to completely exclude people who were deluded and thought they were the doctor and con-artists pretending to be the Doctor.

This brings us to one VERY big name who remains unaccounted for.  Two films were done, cinema films, in 1965 and 1966.  The Doctor is not identified as being any particular regeneration.  Nor is this counted a his own regeneration, as the Eighth Doctor was in one televised movie in a failed attempt to reboot the series in 1996.  No.  This unaccounted for Doctor is played by none other than Peter Cushing, well-known for his many Hammer Films, often playing opposite Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.  He is also well-known for playing Sherlock Holmes and Star Wars fanatics will know him as Grand Moff Tarkin.  A fun, fan, factoid is that he was even considered for the part of Obi-Wan.

I have not seen those movies.  I think I would give my eye teeth in order to see them. 

And to think I looked up all this info because of a random comment by my roommate asking if the Doctor hadn’t already gone past his allotment of regeneration.

Sources are IMDB, many random articles and sites, and then a fairly huge set of charts on Wikipedia.

The Site Stats Page Makes Me Crave More Information

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2012 by urbannight

Today is a strange day at work. It is an even stranger day on Word Press. I’ve had very few views. But they come from Russian Federation and Australia with one view from the UK and the USA.

The search terms are even stranger.

Game of Thrones Forehead. Since I don’t have cable, I don’t know why there is a forehead reference in conjunction with Game of Thrones. I do understand how I might have popped up in a search and I think I have three blogs that have dealt with the title and the book and why I wasn’t watching the show.

Mary Kate Daddy Issues. Yep, I wrote a blog on this last week. I am just surprised my humble little blog would pop up in a search.

Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Blue. Hmmm, this one is harder to figure out. I’ve not used the saying before. I’ve not had many blogs about weddings. I HAVE had a fair number of blogs about the Tardis and Doctor Who in which I have mentioned blue any number of times and may have used it as a tag. Most often this happens in the blogs where I discuss the Tardis Project.

In fact, when I go to my all time summary of search terms, “Tardis” is the search that has most often brought people to me. To be completely accurate, out of all the Tardis searches it is Tardis Graph Paper that pulls people in.

Variations on twilight anesthesia are also common. I guess I’m not the only one who had an unpleasant experience when I was coming off the anesthesia.

My views have drastically dropped since WordPress isn’t sharing with Facebook in the manner it should. This has been more than a little disturbing for me. I didn’t think I cared about that until the numbers started dropping so terribly low.

When I see some of the odder countries, at least odd in relation to what I’m posting about, I wish they could tell me what was viewed. What did that person in Kenya read? How did that person in Singapore get routed to me? What have I talked about that Albanians find interesting?

I think stat’s page gives me just enough info to actually make me more curious and crave more information than it is capable of detailing.

The Life of a Madwoman.

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Food, Life, Movies and Theatre, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by urbannight

I must be mad because this doesn’t feel sane.  I’ve got a Tardis project going.  Friends are suggesting I do some Daleks a scarf like garland and make it all ornaments for a Doctor Who themed Christmas tree. 

I’m working on designing a wedding sampler for some friends who are getting married in December.   I have to finish designing it and start working on it if I want it to get done in time.  I’m starting to cut it too close.  I’m starting to chang Keep It Simple Stoopid to myself.  Sure, I’m aware of the misspelling there.  I don’t think it good to call yourself ‘stupid’ so I’m splitting hairs and changing the spelling instead.  That has to be another indicator of my insanity.

I have three sessions of dogstitting this month and I took a trip to see my grandmother.  My cats are going bonkers and last night, the first night home after 4 nights away, one kept stomping me all – night – long……   I guess he needed to make sure I was really there.  At one point I put him out of the room.  I then kept dreaming people were repeating things to me over and over and over.  I think it was because the cat sat outside my door and yowled, over and over and over, for nearly an hour.  I let him back in.  Then the whole trampling me thing resumed.  I eventually got up and slept on the couch.  He can’t trample me there.  He goes back and forth walking across my head and neck.  On a couch, there is no room.  All the can do is lay on me.  At least he then sits still and I can finally fall asleep.  I have one more weekend gone.  They are going to go nuts next weekend.

At least the dog sitting slows down then.  But I am also trying to work in more time on writing.  I kinda stopped for the most part last November when our office moved.  It was something I did during the down time that used to crop up for short periods during the day.  It was a way to keep busy and look like I was working.  Now I’m taking some of the time from when I would normally be keeping up with the blogs I read.  So I may get behind on some people because I’ve got a fairly large number of people I really love reading. 

Not to mention that I REALLY have to find time to lose the weight I gained the last two years.  I was put on a blood pressure medication that had a bad side effect.  I developed an insanely violent cough and it took forever for them to figure out it was my blood pressure prescription.  In that time, it got so bad that any effort, including the walk up to my apartment, triggered coughing fits.  I had to stop working out at the fitness center because people gave me nasty looks for going to the gym with a nasty cough.  Then I had to stop working out because I couldn’t do much before I started coughing myself sick.  Literally.  By the time they identified it, changed the scrip, and my system normalized again, I had gained 35 lbs, have foot and joint problems, and a 30 minute walk will nearly cripple me for the next three days.   But I have to get started and do something because most of my problems will clear up if I lose the weight.

And I promised my roommate I would make my lasagna.  But tonight is the only night this week where our schedules line up and I can make it.  Only I’m ready to crash.    I didn’t get anything done last night because dealing with server transfer issues took 3 hours last night on SWTOR and I had to deal w/ Blizzard as well because someone hacked my Battlenet account and changed my passwords.  I’ve taken a break from WoW to play SWTOR but I still don’t want my ‘toons robbed while I’m away.

I have two gift scarves in progress, one blanket in progress, and I was going to make fancy smancy dishrags out of sock yarn for christmas presents. 

My brain hurts and I have a mountain of clean laundry that needs to be sorted.  My cats used it as a bed while I was dog sitting and some of it needs to be rewashed.  I also have an end table of books still waiting to be read, a pile of borrowed movies to watch, a huge queue of Korean films on Netflix that I have not watched because I never sit down long enough to read a movie.  I keep trying to multitask instead. 

All of this excludes a project I was trying to work on for work.  Maybe there is a reason I’m so tired all the time.  There simply isn’t enough time in a week to work on stuff.  So clearly I MUST be insane.

Doctor Who Rant of the Day.

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , on June 10, 2012 by urbannight

Six seasons of Doctor Who and it does not include the episode in which David Tennant regenerates into the new doctor.  I have NEVER seen that one and that is the one I want to see.  I feel like I’m being cheated out of the season that was only a series of specials.

Tardis Project Update

Posted in Art, Entertainment, Life, Movies and Theatre, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2012 by urbannight

Holbein Outline Finished

After about a week break, I finally finished the outline.  For some reason, all the shots of the finished outline were slightly blurred.  This was the least blurry one.

Fill-work about half finished.

The fill-work is going quickly. I should finish it this week or this next weekend. But I also have to get some spring cleaning projects done.

Of course, once I finish the stitching, then I need to ‘finish’ finish it. That is, turn it into either a pillow or a wall hanging.

Think Doctor Who and not Star Wars

Posted in Entertainment, Food, Life, Movies and Theatre, Technology, Writing with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2012 by urbannight

Happy Easter! EGGSTERMINATE!!

This photo is making the rounds on Facebook. What is really funny is that the caption makes it clear what is it. But people seem to be thinking it is actually R2D2.

One American’s view of a British attitude from an American who watches British programing and reads British authors.

Posted in Entertainment, Life, Movies and Theatre, Politics, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by urbannight

Some writer wrote an article criticizing the journalist that was saved from walking in front of  oncoming traffic by a Hollywood star.  She had a moment of, “Wow, I was just saved by someone famous”, and then she was over it.

What the writer seems to be missing is that the person involved is a Brit.  That is far more important to this woman’s attitude than the fact that she is a feminist journalist.

The Brits have a different attitude towards actors in general.  British actors are not idolized and put on a pedestal by the British public in the same way that it happens in the United States.  They don’t really get all the hupla about them that happens over on this side of the pond. 

I have some friends who attribute the American attitude towards ‘stars’ to the fact that we don’t have royalty.  Because of this, people in the early days of Hollywood started raising popular or handsome/beautiful stars to iconic levels. 

I’m not really sure if I agree with the theory or not.  I think it is more likely the way the film industry developed differently in the U.S. and in Britain.  In this country, Hollywood became more important than Broadway.  But in Britain, live theatre still seems to be a higher calling.  T.V. is more like what stage actors do between productions.  The last season where David Tennant was the Doctor was changed from a full season to a series of specials to accommodate some work theatre he wanted to do.  (If I remember the articles I read back then correctly.)

While they still have teenagers (and sometimes adults) going all dreamy over stars, they don’t elevate them in the same manner.  The woman is pointing out the fact that if the person who stopped her wasn’t a star, he wouldn’t have gotten all this attention. 

Why is the fact that a star stopped a woman from walking in front of a car so much more important that if anyone else performed the same action?  This really is a good question we should be asking ourselves.