David Tennant’s Special Recognition Award at the 2015 NTAs

Honestly, I couldn’t be happier for him. The National Television Awards presented David Tennant with their Special Recognition award, for his vast body of excellent work in British television. The presentation, which included a montage of his works and statements by various people about him (including one from his father), is something to watch.

From this journal, it’s no secret that I adore Mr. Tennant. His Doctor is certainly my favorite of the fourteen Doctors so far, but that’s a character personality / story arc assessment. I like him for so much more than that, and in fact, his Doctor is not my favorite character of his: if I had to choose, I’d have to name Alec Hardy from Broadchurch, or possibly Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing.  It’s really just his talent, his ability to interpret and portray a vast array of characters that mesmerizes me. It’s hard to explain. I watch one of his shows and I forget that it’s David Tennant playing a character, because he is that character. Want a great example? Listen to the Doctor Who audiobook, Dead Air. He narrates as the Doctor, but does the voices for the other three characters, and while he is simply switching between them as he reads, he sounds like four different people playing the characters. He’s unbelievable.

He also has a fantastic sense for selecting good projects to get involved in and great characters to interpret. Broadchurch is the shining example, of course, as with his reputation, he probably has the pick of any project he might want to do. The show captured Britain’s attention and Hardy is simply a fantastic character. I think the only program that I’ve seen of his so far that was truly bad was The Decoy Bride; even the silly, campy things that he’s done, like St. Trinian’s 2 and Nativity 2 were entertaining and fun. Of course, he doesn’t only do television, movies, and theater. He does audio plays, audio books, and narration (Wings 3D was stunning, and I just love his bedtime stories for CBeebies). And outside of his performance work, he works tirelessly for the charities that he’s dedicated himself to.

I think, though, one of his most stunning attributes is his humility. Watch that video: it’s very apparent that he was not only completely surprised by the recognition, but embarrassed by it. And this is constant across all of his interviews and media appearances. Though of course the focus is on him, he seems honestly stunned that anyone wants to see and listen to him. He seems surprised that people think he’s any good, and I think he’s actually rather shy, when it comes down to being himself. It’s refreshing to see in a celebrity, especially one so talented, and rather endearing.

Congratulations, Mr. Tennant! You have the love and respect of your audience and deserve every bit of that award.

Eeeeeeeee!

fdr-dtAccording to Geekcritique, at a con recently, Colin Baker let slip that the BBC is planning to release a 50th anniversary box DVD set (and blu-ray, hopefully), and it will include The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot! It’s just a rumor at this point, but I am BOUNCING. I adore FDR – it’s the best part of the 50th, in my opinion – and have always wanted my own copy of it, and though I already have “The Day of the Doctor” on blu-ray, I will buy it again if it comes with FDR.

I sure hope this is true!

 

Playing favorites, redux

Someone else's favorites

Someone else’s favorites

So, I found the meme to the right, which I can’t give attributions for because I can’t read the type in the lower right, but I thought I would list my favorites in the same style, with a couple of extra categories, mostly because it’s a lazy way of getting a blog post written. I haven’t watched Torchwood or Sarah Jane Adventures yet (I know! Blasphemy!) so it’s all Doctor Who.

Favorite Doctor (oh, big surprise here)

Favorite Doctor (Oh, big surprise here. Both of them.)

Favorite Companion (again, big surprise)

Favorite Companion (Again, big surprise.)

Favorite Villain

Favorite Villain

Least Favorite Companion

Least Favorite Companion

Favorite Alien

Favorite Alien

Favorite Regular Episode

Favorite Regular Episode

Favorite Special Episode

Favorite Special Episode

Favorite Webisode

Favorite Webisode

Saddest Episode

Saddest Episode

Funniest Episode

Funniest Episode

Scariest Episode

Scariest Episode

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Favorite Main Theme Version: Season 1-3 Theme

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Favorite Theme (that’s not the main theme): The Doctor Forever

Most Annoying Character (the woman Leela is slapping)

Most Annoying Character (the woman Leela is slapping)

Favorite Male Actor (non-Doctor)

Favorite Actor (non-Doctor)

Favorite Actress

Favorite Actress

Favorite Writer

Favorite Writer

Favorite Couple

Favorite Couple

Favorite Friendship

Favorite Friendship

Favorite Gadget

Favorite Gadget

Favorite Guest Actor

Favorite Guest Actor

Favorite Guest Actress

Favorite Guest Actress

Favorite Group Shot

Favorite Group Shot

Favorite Master

Favorite Master

Coolest Thing

Coolest Thing

Being a bit lazy

Busy week, then bad day today. So, here are more images. Back tomorrow. Enjoy!

The Third Doctor and Sarah Jane!

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I had no idea I had this awesome pic of the Fifth Doctor and the Master! I need to organize my images folder.

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This one takes a bit of explanation. I play a very obscure game on Facebook called PackRat, in which you collect themed sets of cards (drawn images). For Valentine’s Day this year, they did a set called Supercouples, in which the cards were pictures of twelve of the most famous and devoted couples in history and fiction. The card below is called Rormy.

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First and last lines.

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Still busy

The Master (Delgado)

The Master (Delgado)

The problem with being busy is that I  have so much Doctor Who to watch and no time to do it in. Right now, we’re trying to rewatch the Eleventh Doctor’s seasons and wanting to hang out with our friends watching series 4, while also having a Netflix copy of “Horror of Fang Rock” waiting to be watched these past three weeks. I also want to watch “Remembrance of the Daleks,” and I just received this month’s purchase of DVDs (buying 2-3 a month to build our collection), which features the Master this time (two Roger Delgado episodes and one Anthony Ainley). But we’re busy every night until Friday, and who knows what’s going to come up on the weekend?

On the other hand, this is one of the thing’s that so cool about Doctor Who: there’s so much to see! We’ve been enjoying other shows, like Grimm and Castle, but they only have a few seasons to watch and they’re done. I am quite sure that it’s going to take us a good two years (total) to see every single Doctor Who episode available.

Anyway, tomorrow, if I have the time, I’ll post some thoughts on “The Talons of Weng-Chiang.” If not, well, more random ramblings for a bit.

Busy weekend

Too much to do today, no time to write. Here are some more images, just for fun. Ooo, and I found a nice brown tweed women’s blazer that fits me perfectly at the Goodwill yesterday. I guess that seals it as the Eleventh Doctor being my next costume project.

Love the hat.

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The Seventh Doctor and Ace!

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Gorgeous photoshop.

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Production shot from my favorite episode – quite a small group for an episode. Apparently, they wanted to do a Children in Need spot, but had to be able to shoot it in a single day and use no special effects, and from those restrictions, “Time Crash” was born.

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Eye candy

No, not that kind of eye candy. I don’t have a chance to really write anything today, so here are a few images from my “cool Doctor Who images” folder. Enjoy!

A cool photoshop of the modern female companions (except Clara and the one-shots Astrid, Adelaide, and Rosita) . Amy wasn’t added well, but it’s still cool.

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A message that appeared on the London Underground on the 50th anniversary.

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Cool art. Attribution is in the image.

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I just love this little clip. I think I really love it when the Doctor is taken over and loses control – probably the most terrifying thing to ever see. Which is why I love “42” and “Midnight.”

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