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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 12:49 pm 
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Amy Falls Into The Earth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FITGdsc4kHc

Marking 10 years since The Hungry Earth.

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 5:05 pm 
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My wife Karen Gillan at Dungeons & Dragons Live 2020:
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 6:50 pm 
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Hard Quiz (Australia) on Wednesday May 6 2020 had for Tom's round the subject of angels.

One of the questions was

"The Weeping Angels are known to terrorise the heroes of which television series?

A. Westworld

B. Lost

C. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

D. Doctor Who"

Carmen (who was there for her subject of Gossip Girl) and Nelson (Tiger Woods) correctly answered D while Chris (Jack the Ripper) and Branwell (Julia Gillard) went for C.

There was a big cheer when Tom revealed that D is the correct answer.

Also during this Hard Quiz was a question about Laurel and Hardy and in the final round George Bernard Shaw was brought up.

The one thing Weeping Angels, Laurel and Hardy and Shaw all have in common is my wife Karen Gillan.

As Amy, my wife Karen met Weeping Angels in The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone, The God Complex, the mini-episode Good as Gold and in her swansong The Angels Take Manhattan.

The Angels and my wife Karen as Amy would have separate cameos in The Time of the Doctor.

In The Impossible Astronaut, my wife Karen as Amy saw the Laurel and Hardy movie Flying Deuces.

Shaw had written Pygmalion which eventually became the inspiration for the short-lived Selfie starring a post-Doctor Who Karen.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 11:00 am 
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My wife Karen Gillan in IMDb LIVE at the Jumanji: The Next Level Premiere:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11341910/?ref_=vp_back

Incidentally this came on my birthday December 9 2019.
Notwithstanding pictures, clips, sneak preview, clips and trailers, my wife Karen is shown playing a game at the 20 minute mark.
She then makes her entrance at the premiere at 55.39 and is interviewed at 1:15.20 as well as seen fleetingly during this time.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 7:09 pm 
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May 29 2020 marked 10 years since the original broadcast of Cold Blood which concludes the previous week's The Hungry Earth.
This came exactly one year after my wife Karen Gillan was announced as the new companion yet to be named Amy Pond.
As well as playing Alaya as she did in The Hungry Earth, Neve McIntosh also plays Alaya's sister Restac. Didn't know that both Alaya and Restac were played by Neve until I read the credits.
Having not appeared in The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood guest stars Stephen Moore as Silurian leader Eldane.
Before TV Doctor Who, Moore played Clark Goodman in The Eight Truths/Worldwide Web for Big Finish.

Before his Doctor Who work, Doctor Who fans knew him as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android in the radio and TV versions of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Also for Hitchhiker's he voiced Frankie Mouse.

Sadly Moore died on October 4 2019, just seven months before the tenth anniversary of his guest stint in Cold Blood.

Also guest stars Richard Hope as Silurian scientist Malokeh. He was actually in The Hungry Earth but was not credited.
After The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, Hope reprised Malokeh in The Wedding of River Song.
He then played another Silurian Bleytal in a cameo in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship written by The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood writer Chris Chibnall.
Hope's subsequent work included three episodes of Broadchurch created and also written by Chibnall.
The Doctor mentions celery. No doubt a reference to the Fifth Doctor.
The Doctor referenced the first Silurian story in an explanation to Nasreen.
Interesting that the Doctor gets the humans and Silurians to talk about co-existence with each other with Amy being an unlikely human representative.
Nasreen says it is too big of a leap to expect her fellow humans to agree to co-existence as they have their own population problems.
Things gets complicated when Ambrose unintentionally killed Alaya after the latter infected Ambrose's father Tony with a Silurian venom.
When Alaya's body was eventually presented to Restac she angrily sets a war with the humans by awakening other members of the warrior caste.
However Eldane who came to the side with the Doctor and his human friends on this initiated a "toxic fumigation" resulting in the warriors returning to hibernation for a thousand years.
The incidental music during the fumigation was very good.
Tony, having been infected by the venom, stays behind and joins in the hibernation hoping a cure would be found when the hibernation is over.
Nasreen stays with Tony, her drilling project now dead.
Just as the others made their way back to the surface, the crack turns up.
The Doctor then picks something out of the crack, the object is not seen by the Doctor as it is covered by his hankerchief.

At that moment Restac, now dying from exposure from the fumigation, uses her last strength to kill the Doctor but Rory saved his life by getting that shot instead.
Rory not only dies but the crack absorbs his body, erasing him from existence and causing Amy to lose her memory of him but the Doctor still remembers him and will not tell Amy about him.
In retrospect Rory’s death in the dreamworld in Amy’s Choice foreshadowed his death in ‘our’ world.
The Doctor and Amy says their goodbyes to Mo, Ambrose and Elliot and then the Doctor and Amy then got a wave goodbye from future Amy and future Amy alone.

After Amy gets back in the TARDIS, the Doctor finds out what he got out of the crack and it is a burned piece of the TARDIS sign! Spooky.

Chibnall's next episode Dinosaurs on a Spaceship had the said Silurian cameo but is not a sequel to The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.

When Chibnall became showrunner he cast Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor and they previously worked together in Broadchurch.

Shortly before her full Doctor debut, Jodie revealed that she had been up for a part in Matt Smith's first season but didn't get it and does not remember what it was about.
The Radio Times' Huw Fullerton speculated The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood as a possibility.
Fullerton did not go into which character which would either been Ambrose or would she had gone under prosthetics to play Alaya/Restac.

Another possibility from Fullerton is the Mother from The Eleventh Hour played by Jodie's future Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman.

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood would later be given a backstory in the Brilliant Book 2011 short story The Little Planet by David Llewellyn.

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 6:55 am 
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https://tinyurl.com/y84npjb6

Artwork by Drombyb who says it takes place shortly after the crack erased Rory from existence. Amy feels a bit sad without knowing why and out of concern, the Doctor takes her to a peaceful planet.

Marking ten years since Cold Blood.

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 7:43 am 
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Karen Gillan: Meet the Actor:

https://tinyurl.com/yahvo9kh

A 2013 podcast in which my wife Karen talks about Not Another Happy Ending, her first post-Doctor Who work.

Posting this on May 29 2020, 11 years since she was first announced as the new companion yet named Amy Pond.

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 11:23 am 
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Doctor Who Endgame (1963-2019):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkcGmnk ... VRK20GFMgI

Includes my wife Karen Gillan.

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 11:57 am 
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My wife Karen Gillan reteams with Jumanji co-star Awkwafina for Shelly:

https://deadline.com/2020/05/awkwafina- ... 202945290/

My wife Karen will play Dianna Park, the former high school tormentor to the said Shelly (Awkwafina).
For my wife Karen she gets to have the shoe on other foot because when she played Eliza Dooley in Selfie she recounted her own high school tormentor Corryn McWaters (Julianna Guill).
Funnily enough Shelly is the name of the Jumanji avatar played by Jack Black.

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 3:43 pm 
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10 'What Ifs' That Could Have Changed The Course Of Doctor Who:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwllPvdkVCY

Includes what if my wife Karen Gillan as Amy was with David Tennant and not Matt Smith in Series 5.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:25 pm 
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iZombie 5.9 The Fresh Princess had Peyton (Aly Michalka) saying breaking and entering as she doing just that.

NuWho's own season 5 also has an episode in which breaking and entering.

However it was not in 5.9 Cold Blood but instead narrowly the episode before The Hungry Earth when Amy says that it was breaking and entering when the Doctor opened a gate with the sonic screwdriver only for the Doctor to say it was sonicing and entering which is completely different!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:01 am 
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Blindspot 5.2 We Didn't Start The Fire:

Coincidentally my wife Karen Gillan sang the song We Didn't Start The Fire with her Avengers: Endgame co-stars in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

This Blindspot episode is 5.2 and my wife Karen Gillan was in NuWho's own 5.2 The Beast Below as Amy Pond.

Bill Nye is back as Patterson's dad as she recruits his help for access to a high level conference in Helsinki.

When Weitz spoke on the podium he gets a message from the team to keep talking as there is a bomb and as they discover the next speaker is the intended target of an assassination.

Funny that Weitz had to keep talking coming up with things to say before he could not talk anymore.

Luckily the team defused the bomb by then.

Patterson's first name is revealed and it is William named after her father Bill Nye.

Bill also mentioned that she has a space camp name but it has not been revealed. Wonder what it is.

Weitz gets paid the consequences of delaying the bomb with an unexpected meeting with Ivy Sands in the lift.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:12 pm 
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June 5 2020 marked ten years since the original broadcast of Vincent and the Doctor.
Written by Richard Curtis.
Of the writers for Matt Smith's first season, Curtis and Simon Nye (Amy's Choice) are the only ones to have written for Doctor Who for the first - and only - time.

Curtis is a friend of showrunner Steven Moffat and was the executive producer of the 1999 parody The Curse of the Fatal Death written by Moffat.

Long before Jodie Whittaker, The Curse of the Fatal Death briefly featured at the end the female Thirteenth Doctor in Joanna Lumley.

The Vincent in the title is Vincent Van Gogh played by Tony Curran.

Also guest stars Bill Nigh, albeit uncredited, as Dr Black and wears a bow tie like the Doctor.

The Doctor takes Amy to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris when he noticed an alien figure, eventually revealed to be a Krafayis, a creature with the ability to be invisible, one that Vincent can see, in the Van Gogh painting The Church at Auvers.

The Doctor and Amy then go back to 1890 meet Vincent and investigate the Krafayis.

For 1890 it is set between June 1 and 3. The June dates are near June 5 when this episode came on in 2010.

The June dates were said by art expert Dr Black saying it was less than a year before Vincent killed himself.
While Dr Black is technically correct, Vincent actually killed himself almost two months later on July 29


In the midst of the Doctor's investigation, pictures of the First and Second Doctors were printed on the TARDIS' typewriter!

The menace that is the Krafayis gets ultimately dealt with.

After that quite a lovely moment when the Doctor, Amy and Vincent lie in the grass with Vincent encouraging his friends to see the sky as he does with his artistic view.

The next morning, the Doctor decides something extraordinary.

With Vincent being unappreciated in his time, factors which would lead to his suicide, the Doctor with Amy brought him in the TARDIS and taking him to 2010 at the Musée d'Orsay.

A moving moment as Vincent sees his paintings with Chances by Athlete playing here.

We meet up with Dr Black again as he gave his enormous praise of Vincent.

He says Vincent was the finest painter of all, "not only the world's greatest artist but also one of the greatest men of all time."

Moved by this Vincent had tears of joys and hugged Dr Black in appreciation.

As our friends leave the look on Dr Black indicates that he suspects that he just talked to the very painter he just praised!

After Vincent was returned to 1890, Amy is convinced that this prevents his suicide and that they will be new paintings.

Sadly this was not to be as he still commits suicide weeks after meeting them.

Here the Doctor says about the pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things.

Vice versa the bad things don't always spoil the good things.

Vincent and the Doctor has certainly been on the pile of good things especially with the incidental music played in its last moments.

The good things that came out of meeting Vincent is that the Krafayis is no longer in The Church at Auvers and Vincent has painted Vase with 12 Sunflowers with a dedication to Amy as Amy gave that hint about sunflowers earlier.

Curran's subsequent work since Vincent included guest stints in SEAL Team.

Like Vincent, Curran's character in SEAL Team also commits suicide due to mental health issues.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:19 pm 
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Vincent Van Gogh Visits the Gallery:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubTJI_UphPk

Marking ten years since Vincent and the Doctor.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:22 am 
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June 5 2020 marks ten years since the release of City of the Daleks, the first in the Adventure Games, although technically it was three days earlier for Beta users:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6G5d6tU7Xk

Written by Phil Ford.

Curiously Amy is wearing the same thing that she wore in her first encounter with the Daleks in Victory of the Daleks a couple of months earlier.
The TARDIS lands in 1963 with the Doctor and Amy hoping to see the Beatles.
Just before stepping out of the TARDIS, the Doctor referenced John Steed and Cathy Gale, the Avengers team-up in 1963.
In a sad coincidence, Cathy Gale actress and Terror of the Vervoids guest star Honor Blackman had died on April 5 2020, exactly two months before the tenth anniversary of City of the Daleks.
When they step into 1963 London it is not what they expected as it is overrun by Daleks.
When their investigation led them into Charing Cross tube station, Amy jokingly said that she wanted to see the Beatles, the band not the bugs!
They meet the last surviving human of this Dalek run world Sylvia but she is soon exterminated.

The Doctor and Amy then went back to the TARDIS and go to the said city Kaalann on Skaro.

It was at Kaalann that they noticed that Amy was fading in and out due to Earth's timeline being changed by the Daleks which meant that by all accounts Amy was never born and the TARDIS is able to protect her but only for so long.
When they came across the Daleks records room, Amy funnily came up with a Dalek librarian. I would like to see that.
A couple of times, the first after meeting the Dalek Emperor, the Doctor and Amy has a great fall.
They will later have another great fall in later Dalek episode Asylum of the Daleks.
As well as Daleks, another menace they had to deal with are the Varga plants which still hasn't been seen in live-action Who since the Daleks Master Plan in 1965.
Amy's state of fadeness allows her to be invisible to the Daleks and the Vargas at critical times.
On the subject of invisibility, City of the Daleks was released on June 5 2010, the same day with Vincent and the Doctor which had the invisible Krafayis.

Ultimately the Doctor and Amy solved what they needed to be solved in Kaalann with Earth's - and Amy's - timeline restored.

Funny that it ends with what the Doctor said as a follow-up to what he said at the beginning of this adventure.

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7 fascinating facts about Karen Gillan:
https://www.cinemablend.com/news/254728 ... eZofMEGqlY

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June 12 2020 marked ten years since the original broadcast of The Lodger.
Written by Gareth Roberts.
The Lodger is based on the DWM comic strip story of the same name by Roberts.
The DWM comic strip story had the Tenth Doctor and Mickey plus a brief appearance by Rose.
The TV adaptation however has the Eleventh Doctor with fleeting appearance by Amy and the new character of Craig Owens created by Roberts and played by James Corden in place of Mickey in the original DWM comic strip story.
Roberts did not write the TV episode as a straight-on adaption of his comic strip story as each has a different storyline apart from the Doctor being the said lodger.
Unlike the Eleventh Doctor investigating an alien threat in the TV episode, the Tenth Doctor was having a relaxing time on Earth without the presence of an alien threat whilst Rose in the TARDIS was oblivious of him being on Earth without her. Amy in contrast knows what has been going on whilst she was stuck in the TARDIS.
The Doctor gets separated from Amy after getting out of the TARDIS with the TARDIS going off on her own with Amy in her.
In the meantime the Doctor becomes Craig's lodger as he investigates alien activity there.
There is a stain on the ceiling and the Doctor speculated what caused it before saying “None of the above”.
It is ironic that he said that considering that the ceiling was right above him when he said it.
In the midst of the Doctor as the lodger, Craig is struggling to tell his female friend and co-worker Sophie (Daisy Haggard) of his feelings for her.
There is a Vincent Van Gogh postcard on the fridge, an obvious reference to the previous episode Vincent and the Doctor.
Of the times seeing Amy alone in the TARDIS she is looking through a magnifying glass. Fun that bit.
Wonder if that was in the script or was that improvised.
It was fun seeing the Doctor playing football culminating in a disturbance in time.
The Doctor playing football is an element that was carried from the comic strip story. In the comic strip story the game lasted for four panels. The TV episode spends a considerable amount of time on it.
The Doctor playing football makes up for the fact that Matt Smith had wanted to be a professional football player.
However a back injury killed off that dream and turned to acting instead.
The Doctor’s football shirt was 11 (of course) while Craig’s was 7. So Craig and the Doctor are 7-11!
The Eleventh Doctor interrupts a moment between Craig and Sophie, the Tenth Doctor did the exact same thing with Mickey and his girlfriend in the comic strip story.
When Craig touched the stain in the ceiling and becomes ill from it the Doctor nursed him back to health and he served tea from a Charles and Di teapot.
Matt Smith would later play Charles' father Prince Philip in The Crown.
Fun afterwards when the Doctor filled in for Craig at work including at the planning meeting and hearing how brilliant he was at it.
Craig lost his patience with the Doctor and wants him out.
This resorts with the Doctor having a telepathic conference with Craig by headbutting him!
Craig then sees past Doctors and the current Doctor holding Amy's ankle in The Beast Below and how the Doctor came upon Craig's ad, thus bringing him up to speed.
Things reached climax when Amy looking at plans at the building for the mysterious upstairs only to find there is no upstairs.
Thrilling climax at this upstairs which is really a timeship.
On meeting the ship's avatar the Doctor introduce himself as Captain Troy Handsome of International Rescue.
International Rescue is from Thunderbirds but it never had a character called Captain Troy Handsome.
It is instead a reference to Captain Troy Tempest from Stingray.
Both Thunderbirds and Stingray were created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
What a resolution with the alien menace handled, Craig and Sophie admitting their feelings for each other and as they say destroying their friendship (!) and the disappearance of the said upstairs.
A similar ship would later turn up in The Day of the Moon with the Doctor saying that it was "very Aickman Road", which is the address of the house in The Lodger.
When the Doctor parts company with Craig he (the Doctor) said that he would come back but Craig said that was not true.
To Craig’s ultimate surprise the Doctor did keep his word when he turned up again in Craig’s life in Closing Time.
As the Doctor gets back in the TARDIS with Amy, the episode ends with the return of the crack culminating in the two-part season finale The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang.

The Lodger works very well due to how very well it was carried by Matt Smith and James Corden as the main players of it.

It was later revealed in the The Brilliant Book 2011 that the early drafts for The Lodger had the original villain to be that of Meglos the same creature that the Fourth Doctor met in the 1980 story Meglos but as the final version of The Lodger would show, the idea of making it a sequel to Meglos was dropped.

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In 2015, came the question whether the Silence was in The Lodger?:
https://cultbox.co.uk/videos/doctor-who ... the-lodger

Marking ten years since The Lodger.

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Tweetalong Trailers Mega Mix:

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June 19 2020 marks ten years since the original broadcast of The Pandorica Opens, the first part in the two-parter that ends Matt Smith's first season as the Doctor.
Series directorial debut by Toby Haynes.
As well as the concluding episode The Big Bang, Haynes then directed the 2010 Christmas Special A Christmas Carol and then The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon which started the next season.
This makes him the first person to direct three consecutive Doctor Who stories.
The Pandorica Opens marks the debut by Simon Fisher-Becker as Dorium Maldovar.
Also has Alex Kingston back as River. For her this is before The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone from earlier in the season with River in Flesh and Stone giving the Doctor a preview about the Pandorica
This begins with cameos by guest stars from earlier this season.
This starts with Tony Curran as Vincent not long after meeting the Doctor and Amy in Vincent and the Doctor.
Vincent agonised with a painting he has just done but the viewer does not yet see it.
Next we see Churchill (Ian McNeice) and Bracewell (Bill Paterson) despite the latter last seen in Victory of the Daleks running away and wanting to be Dorabella. Wonder how it went between the two of them.
Churchill and Bracewell looks at the painting and reveals that it is a message and they know who the message is intended for as they themselves do not know what it means.
This is the second and last time that Paterson played Bracewell but not the last time that Paterson meets Churchill.
In 2016, Paterson played Charles Wilson, 1st Baron Moran, Churchill's personal physician in the TV movie Churchill's Secret and Churchill was played by Michael Gambon.
Gambon played Kazran/ Elliot Sardick in A Christmas Carol, two episodes after The Pandorica Opens.
River escapes from the Stormcage Containment Facility after getting the call from Churchill about the painting message.
River then steals the painting at the Royal Collection but is caught by Liz 10 (Sophie Okonedo) now much older from when we last saw her in The Beast Below.
Liz however let River go with the painting after River showed her it.
It is then we first meet Dorium as he meets with River.
It is here that Dorium gives River a vortex manipulator taken from the wrist of a Time Agent. (Captain Jack perhaps).
The Doctor and Amy then finally appeared and as they step on Planet One, they see a big message left by River, "Hello, sweetie" with a set of temporal coordinates.
This leads them to 2nd century Roman Britain.
It is here that Amy revealed her deep interest in Roman culture dating back from.
This maybe a reference to Fires of Pompeii which had marked my wife Karen Gillan's Doctor Who debut not as Amy but as the Soothsayer. However no connection was ever made between Amy and the Soothsayer.
They soon meet with River where she pretends to be Cleopatra!
Along with the Doctor and Amy, the viewer finally sees the painting and it is an exploding TARDIS!
River then reveals the painting is called The Pandorica Opens.
River explains that the Pandorica is a prison designed to contain the most feared thing in all the universe.
Vincent left coordinates on the painting of where to find the Pandorica.
The Doctor, Amy and River then head to Stonehenge as directed by the coordinates.
They find the Pandorica which is a very big box.
With the Pandorica name, Amy notes its similarity in name to Pandora's Box her favourite childhood story.
They soon find they are not alone as the Doctor's enemies including Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans have arrived because of the Pandorica.
Desperate for help River sought the aid of the nearby Romans.
With the Doctor and Amy now alone at the Pandorica they get a shock attack by separate pieces of a Cyberman.
Certainly terrifying moment for Amy when she was holding the Cyberhead and it opened and the skull came out.
This Cyberman situation was resolved when it got dealt with by a centurion who came to River's aid.
The centurion is soon revealed to be Rory and the Doctor sure took his time to notice him.
Amy however has no memory of Rory.
Rory has no memory between what happened to him in Cold Blood and becoming a centurion here.
Then comes the highlight of this episode with the Doctor addressing his enemies at Stonehenge. He certainly is talking.
The episode reaches climax when River alone in the TARDIS has the TARDIS take her to Amy's house.
In Amy's room, River makes a startling discovery with Amy's book about Pandora's Box and a picture of Amy with Rory as a centurion.
The centurions including Rory are revealed to be Autons.
Amy's memories has been used as a basis as a trap for the Doctor.
All the Doctor's enemies have gathered around.
They recognised the threats from the cracks and have united together to put the Doctor in the Pandorica.
They believe they are saving the universe from him.
Meanwhile River is stuck as when she opens the TARDIS doors, a wall is blocking her way.
Amy has now remembered Rory but Auton Rory against his will shoots Amy.
The cliffhanger is marked by supernovas, the effects of the cracks.
Earth is now left alone in the middle of a spreading, black void.
Silence has fallen.

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June 26 2020 marked ten years since the original broadcast of The Big Bang which ends Matt Smith's first season as the Doctor.

It concludes the previous week's The Pandorica Opens.

In fact the date June 26 2010 is in itself central to this episode, a hint of which first came in Flesh and Stone and in due course of this writing Flesh and Stone plays its part in The Big Bang.

June 26 2010 got brought up again in The Pandorica Opens.

The Big Bang would have an impact on Torchwood as it played in Russell T. Davies' mind that the collapse of the universe had closed off the Rift.

Although not explicit, the Rift stopped being central to Torchwood's storylines from Miracle Day onwards.

Whilst still on the subject of Torchwood, the corresponding Confidential to The Big Bang is called Out of Time which is also the name of a first season Torchwood episode.

The Big Bang is the last episode by production designer Ed Thomas.

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang would later win the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

Having become the first person to play her in the season opener The Eleventh Hour, Caitlin Blackwood bookends the season by returning here as young Amelia Pond.

Coincidentally The Big Bang came three days after Caitlin's tenth birthday on June 23.

The Big Bang presents a situation in which the universe has collapsed and only Earth is left in existence.

It starts with young Amelia in 1996 and an unseen Doctor directs her to the National Museum.

Among the exhibits at the National Museum are stone Daleks and the Pandorica.

Having read the note, "Come along, Pond" she goes to the Pandorica.

At the Pandorica is another note, "Stick around, Pond."

This made Amelia to hide and stay at the museum after it closed.

It is then the Pandorica opens and revealed to be the adult Amy in it.

Amy says to her younger self "Okay, kid, this is where it gets complicated..."

Certainly a shock to viewers as the Doctor, not Amy, who was last seen in the Pandorica.

When we first see the Doctor he is wearing a fez.

Very recently I came across producer Beth Willis' account to when Steven Moffat told her and executive producer Piers Wenger about giving Matt Smith a fez.

Willis was horrified thinking that once Smith gets a fez he would wear it for the whole of the next series.

Moffat however thought of that and once he introduced it he was going to kill it.

The fez met its demise when Amy took it off the Doctor's head, threw it in the air and is then blasted by River with her gun. However this would not be the last time the Doctor wears a fez!

Amy seeing her younger self determines how old she was which included touching her younger self's head.

At a now defunct message board someone pointed out in Mawdryn Undead when the two Brigadiers had physical contact with each other something adverse happened. (Come to think of it now, the same can be said about the Roses in Father's Day.)

Yet nothing happened with the physical contact between Amy and Amelia.

I suggested that is probably because the universe had collapsed and therefore no more damage could be done.

The Pandorica Opens had River getting a vortex manipulator from Dorium.

Here the Doctor makes frequent use of it by going back and forth instructing Rory what to do.

This saw putting Amy in the Pandorica and Rory guarding it for the next 2000 years.

Action at the museum saw a battle with a stone Dalek.

This gets resolved when River told it to look her up. It does so and begs for mercy!

The Doctor then sets the task of rebooting the universe, the second Big Bang but it meant erasing himself from existence.

He however survives and sees himself travelling back in his timeline.

This included him talking to a closed-eyes Amy on the Byzantium as earlier shown in Flesh and Stone establishing this narrative link between the two episodes.

He then goes back to 1996 and finds Amelia sleeping in her garden as this was shortly after she first met him in The Eleventh Hour.

The Doctor then puts Amelia in her bed and gives what he thought was his parting words to her before going on the other side of the crack so that it can close properly.

Among the things he said was that they are all stories in the end so make it a good one.

This line about stories would later be written in 2018 in The Haunting of Hill House 1.2 Open Casket.

This was written in by series creator Mike Flanagan. Flanagan is a Doctor Who fan and even cast my wife Karen Gillan in his movie Oculus (2013).

Then comes the pivotal date of June 26 2010 and it is Amy's wedding to Rory and now has parents which she didn't before.

At the reception Amy gets reminders of the Doctor and demands loudly that he, her imaginary friend, comes to her wedding.

The Doctor then indeed comes and Rory's memories of him also returns.

Later at the dance the Doctor amusingly does the giraffe dance.

The Doctor afterwards sees River and he wonders who she is. She says he will find out very soon when everything changes and leaves abruptly via her vortex manipulator.

The Big Bang ends this season with Amy and Rory becoming the first married couple to travel with the Doctor.

Before that the Doctor received a call about an Egyptian goddess being on the loose on the Orient Express in space.

The Doctor, albeit the Twelfth, would follow this up in Mummy on the Orient Express.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:03 am 
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June 26 2020 marks ten years since the release of Blood of the Cybermen, the second in the Adventure Games:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6z62qH3KMA

Written by Phil Ford.

Guest stars Sarah Douglas (Ursa in Superman II).

Douglas played Elizabeth Meadows.

It is mentioned that Meadows has a daughter named Daisy.

Incidentally my wife Karen Gillan later played a character named Daisy in NTSF:SD:SUV::

As stated in the title this has Cybermen and in the previous week viewers saw the Doctor and Amy facing off a Cyberman in The Pandorica Opens.

Blood of the Cybermen was released on the same day with the broadcast of The Big Bang the finale of the 2010 season.

This is set in the Arctic Circle where members of a survey team has been converted into Cybermen.

With the setting in the Arctic anyone who thought that The Thing had an influence here got this confirmed when it was referenced by Amy and the Doctor asking which version.

On reflection Meadows feels kind of like Mercy Hartigan from the TV Cybermen episode The Next Doctor.

This plus the somewhat unexpected way the resolution was achieved.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:03 am 
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Doctor Who HBO Max trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TfwBPp ... =emb_title

Includes my wife Karen Gillan.

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I saw the movie Happy End (2017) and I watched it because it is similar in name to Not Another Happy Ending starring my wife Karen Gillan. Ultimately it was absolutely nothing like it.

This is not the only coincidence relating to my wife Karen.

It featured Toby Jones who had played the Dream Lord in Amy's Choice.

Happy End has someone singing Chandelier for karaoke.

My wife Karen sang the same song for karaoke in Selfie 1.10 Imperfect Harmony.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:16 am 
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Saw the animated movie Ballerina (2016) and it was about a redhead girl Felicie auditioning for the role of Clara in The Nutcracker.

Somewhat coincidentally Doctor Who's own Clara is the companion that came after Amy, a redhead girl.

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August 2020 marks ten years since the release of The War of Art, a short story by Paul Cornell:
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/hi ... of_art.pdf

It was written as a reward for winning Amy's History Hunt, a special online game.

Whilst Amy was on that hunt, The War of Art presents what the Doctor was doing during this time.
Enjoyable little story of the Doctor looking for his favourite painting in an art gallery in the future where they are androids of famous artists.
Fun the mayhem that it ensues.
Given the subject of art, it should not be surprising that Vincent is mentioned here with Vincent and the Doctor and then him briefly in The Pandorica Opens being recent to this.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:11 am 
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August 2020 marked 10 years since the release of Amy's History Hunt.

Amy's History Hunt was a game that was on the BBC Doctor Who website.

Here is Amy's introduction:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LE-37nxIH4


More on the game:
https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/Amy%27s_ ... video_game)

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Jacksepticeye: The Funniest Interview I've Done So Far (Jack Black & Karen Gillan):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LemCB5Vk8C4

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On Australian TV:

Saw an ad for Fetch TV which included my wife Karen Gillan in Jumanji: The Next Level.

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Riverdale 3.6 Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter was directed by Rachel Talalay.
This came on November 28 2018 exactly three years after Doctor Who: Heaven Sent which coincidentally was also directed by Talalay.
November 28 incidentally is also my wife Karen Gillan's birthday.

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My wife Karen Gillan is Chucky from Child's Play for Halloween 2018:

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