Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Doctor Who Meme Part 1

Hello again my fellow Whovians... (you thought I was going to say prisoners again, didn't you?). With the series premiere of season 9 just around the corner, the BBC has released the prologue episode to fill in the gap between the Last Christmas special and the upcoming The Magician's Apprentice. So, here's what it looks like... enjoy!





To tell you the truth, I barely know what any of it means, so I guess I'll have to wait for Emergency Awesome to do a breakdown on it. I'm simply just a'typin' this here blog post up as a means to conclude the proposed trilogy of memes that I hinted at the possibility of in my previous installments. Of course, this conclusion here doesn't set anything in stone and there's always the possibility that I might revisit it sometime in the near future... you know, like how a famous producer keeps stating that he'll never do another sci fi space opera again, and then turns around and sells it to the Empire only to milk it a little more, and then even goes as far as say... make some more stand alone movies to fill the gaps in between each official release while simultaneously making all of the expanded universe entries non canon? I mean, it's bad enough that you have to make a term like nerdgasm a sad reality, but is there no end to all this? You know why the original trilogy was actually better? Because it stems from a time in Hollywood (well, actually the last few fleeting years of it, anyways) where moviegoers went to the theater just to see their favorite actors and/or actresses act in a new film. Whereas now just about anybody can be an actor, and some studio executive made the decision to cast virtual unknowns because they feel that this formula worked for them the first time around... you know, like when they initially cast Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and the like...?

It's sort of like when they replaced the last batch of clone troopers with storm troopers, you know?  However, in this case... the new batch of storm troopers (i.e. actors) actually exhibit more clone-like qualities and really don't come across as anything remarkably near memorable.  But then again, I'm only going by the prequel trilogy which had some good moments, but it was all just riddled in this CGI green screen nonsense, so you can easily see why it's harder for any actor's performance in that franchise to come across anywhere near believable.  It's like storm troopers that can't shoot their way out of a Sarlacc pit, but then again...


No wonder they can't see anything in those helmets!!!
While I'm at it, here's another gem I found whilst surfing on the web...


Special thanks goes out to the Pinterest community for sharing this image.

Ok, enough with the crossover jabs between these two particular franchises... the real reason why I why I typed up this blog piece, (or dare I say--- the reason you're reading this?) is for the meme to complete this here trilogy-in-progress.  And you may notice that everything is chronologically out of order, just the way the Doctor would have wanted it!  But at any rate... this image below was what started it all.  The subject matter is none other than my favorite animated robot Bender Bending Rodriguez from the Futurama cartoon series, made famous (or infamous) by the same people that brought you The Simpsons.  Anybody ever notice the similarities between him and the Cybermen before?



What's even more coincidental is the fact that Turanga Leela was named after the Fourth Doctor's companion.  And also note, that that very same beloved Doctor also made a couple of cameos in that short-lived cult hit tv series.  So I guess this might have been Stephen Moffat's subtle way of returning the favor for the obscure yet blatantly obvious reference?  Who knows, eh?  Who knows...?  But then I stumbled across this video, which led to more coincidences that I thought I'd point out; which is none other than the Daleks making a cameo in Mr. Bean.





And did that crazy connection end there?  Hell no!!!  Rowan Atkinson eventually went on to film a special for Comic Relief in which he portrayed, you guessed it!  The Doctor!





Not only did this one-off special also star Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha from Absolutely Fabulous fame, but it also featured Richard E. Grant as the 10th incarnation of the Doctor in this spoof.  And in case you didn't realize it, this is also the same actor to play the Shalka Doctor in the flash animated series developed by the BBC to fill in the void between the series cancellation and the failed revival for an overseas release (more on that later).

And whilst we're on the subject of Daleks... did you ever notice that the set design of the interior of a Dalek in the Into the Dalek episode looks awfully similar to the set of the Death Star?  Yes, I know I promised no more jabs at Star Wars franchise, but then I realized something else...







Holy shazbot, Batman! Yes, it's true...Peter Cushing not only portrayed Grand Moff Wilhuf Tarkin, but he was also the re-imagined version of the role made popular by the very first Doctor William Hartnell prior to Patrick Troughton taking over the role, and with it the whole explanation of the Doctor's regeneration trick being further explained and developed...

And then... I noticed something else, which was incredibly coincidental, which occurs at the art gallery scene in the movie Blind Date when Kim Basinger's character Nadia Gate's crazy ex-boyfriend David Bedford, portrayed John Larroquette shows up and makes trouble for Bruce Willis' character Walter (which also happens to be his real first name, by the way) Davis' night out on the town.  Check out the similarity in the wardrobe...


Doctor John?  No, that's somebody completely different...

And if that wasn't entirely too coincidental enough, I also spotted something else which was pretty noteworthy, but took me quite sometime to spot because I never noticed it before in all the countless number of times I saw this movie.  And that was the fact that the art being exhibited was actually from Necronomicon; the series from which the Alien costume is based on, painted by none other than the late great H. R. Giger.  And what does any of that have to do with Doctor Who?  Well... 



It just so happens that both Paul McGann (AKA: the eighth doctor who starred in the aforementioned tv movie pilot/ill faded attempt to bring the series over to America) and John Hurt (AKA: the ninth or War Doctor) each starred in the Alien franchise.  Paul played Golic in Alien III while John played Kane in the first Alien film and forever changed the history of the whole sci-fi horror movie genre with the immortalized shot of the infamous chest bursting scene, which is not to be confused with the parody from Spaceballs below...




And who could forget the crazy joke that Peter Capaldi dished out in the Last Christmas episode when one of the dream crabs' victims compared the organism to being like a facehugger (at approximately the 20:50-21:02 minute mark of the episode).  I've taken the liberty of meme'ing it, since the DailyMotion video sometimes takes a little too long to buffer... so enjoy!



But wait... there's more!



It just so happens that one of the choices to play the incarnation of the master (before Eric Roberts was ultimately chosen) was none other than Doc Emmett Brown himself; Christopher Lloyd.  His character in the Back to the Future trilogy is not only a fellow time traveler who at one point has to eventually get accustomed to wearing cowboy hats, but he also comes across a female by the name of Clara!  Of course, this companionship is a bit more of the romantic persuasion, than anything else... but still it's a bit too coincidental, isn't it, folks?  Well, that and the fact that these two characters' Lego counterparts are set to be interacting in the same video game playing universe pretty soon.  Now that right there is a true nerdgasm if I ever did see (or have) one!



And last, but certainly not least... let's not forget the incredibly true real life coincidence of actor David Tennant (AKA: The tenth or technically the eleventh and twelfth incarnations of Doctor Who) being married to co-star Georgia Moffett (who played the genetically engineered daughter of the Doctor, Jenny) and just so happens to be the actual daughter of Peter Davison (AKA: the fifth Doctor).  So does anybody here think that she may be having from some kind of science fictional daddy issues?  Before you answer that--- let's check in with Tom Baker to see what he has to say about all these peachy keen observations of mine...



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