Are You There, Ponds? It’s Me, the Doctor…

Here it is, the fifth and final installment of the Pond Life web series and, as I expected, it packs the biggest punch. Don’t wait, watch it now…

So now we’ve seen Rory (Arthur Darvill) walking out on a tearful Amy (Karen Gillan), but we still don’t know exactly what pushed their marriage to the breaking point. I’m sure we’ll get an explanation in the regular series — WHICH BEGINS TOMORROW!!! (Excited much?)
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Pond Life Meets ‘Remains of the Day’

In the fourth episode of Pond Life, the threads of the previous installments start to come together: Yesterday’s Ood is back, and we’re getting the impression there’s something wrong with the TARDIS that is contributing to the Doctor not being able to sync his personal timeline properly with the Ponds’ relative “present day.” Or maybe I’m just reaching.

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The New Carrie Looks So Very…

Looking at these latest behind-the-scenes photos from the forthcoming remake of Carrie, I suddenly realized how attractive the powers-that-be are making Chloë Grace Moretz’s version of the character, in contrast to Brian DePalma’s 1976 film version and especially compared to the fat, acne-ridden character as written in Stephen King’s debut novel.

A few weeks back, we saw Chloë in her character’s wardrobe of an ill-fitting, dull-colored dress and sweater, and also a black one-piece swimsuit. Her hair is also drab, but it’s not a rat’s nest of tangles. Yes, those were not the clothes of a hip young woman, but they don’t make Carrie look like a misfit.
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Pond Life: Don’t Go in the Loo!

Today’s installment of Pond Life was built entirely around a rather juvenile joke, but it made me smile. It also addresses one of the big problems some people have been complaining about — namely, “too much Doctor.”

This “June” entry lets Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill shine by highlighting the unspoken chemistry the pair have developed to great comic effect.

DOCTOR WHO’s Matt Smith Doubts He’ll Regenerate…

…at least, not as part of some grand 50th-anniversary story next year, that is…. Matt Smith seems to be of the opinion that show-runner Steven Moffat is not about to do something as obvious as an anniversary regeneration story.

He told Britain’s Radio Times:

“We want to make [the anniversary] as big and bold and as brilliant as we can because, we hope, it can be one of the monumental bits of TV history,” Smith told us. “But I doubt there’ll be a regeneration … “

Which is good great news as far as I’m concerned, because I absolutely adore Matt’s portrayal of the Doctor, and I’m seriously sweating him being “forced out” of the role by a contrived regeneration shoehorned into a “50th anniversary” story just because fandom assembled assumes that would make the tale “special.”
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The Doctor Keeps Domesticity Fun in ‘Pond Life’

The first two episodes of the DOCTOR WHO online spin-off Pond Life have not been what I was expecting — but they are loopy, fast-moving and quite entertaining, if all-too-brief.

In case you’ve fallen behind because you’re perched in front of your TV screen, waiting breathlessly for the premiere of Series 7 on DW this Saturday evening, Pond Life fills in fans on what it’s like to be the Doctor’s pal. Even if you’re not traveling with him at the moment, he’s still getting into trouble and bringing it to your doorstep, either via phone message or personally appearing in your bedroom at night…

Part 1 (April)

Part 2 (May)

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Bill Nye Resists Holy War on Science

We’ve all heard the numbers — so often that it sometimes feels numbing: The United States ranked 25th in math and 17th in science in a ranking of 31 countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The U.S. led the world in high school and college graduation rates 25 years ago; today, the U.S. ranks 20th and 16th, respectively. At this point, it’s no longer about leading the global rankings; it’s about not slipping further behind.

So along comes Bill Nye, known to legions of children as “Bill Nye, the Science Guy,” and he makes a calm, reasonable, common-sense case for teaching children about science and reason, pointing out the challenges our country faces — and the advantages of having a scientifically literate populace to respond to those challenges.

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