2 items from 2014
When Karen Gillan left her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who back in late 2012 many people, myself included, were understandably saddened. She brought a certain feistiness to the role not previously seen in a companion of the Doctor and this made her all the more interesting and appealing as a character. Unlike other cast members of the science-fiction show, many of whom have made do with parts in other British television dramas or soaps (and yes there are some good ones), Gillan has managed to make it to Hollywood. She is soon to be seen as super villain Nebula in the upcoming Marvel movie Guardians Of The Galaxy, the only price to pay being the loss of her precious ginger locks.
But before she shaved all her hair off she made a small, independent rom-com called Not Another Happy Ending. Now, romantic comedies are a tough film to get right. »
Feature Andrew Blair 22 Jan 2014 - 07:00
Is the Doctor really "never cruel or cowardly"? Andrew ponders the Time Lord's morality...
Throughout fifty years of storytelling, the Doctor has emerged as an antidote to conventional heroism, using his wits and intelligence to find peaceful solutions, never using violence to save the day. Eschewing guns and fighting in favour of rhetoric and not fighting, in the words of Terrance Dicks, the Doctor is 'never cruel or cowardly'.
It's such a shame that this isn't true.
Still, it sounds better than 'The Doctor is sometimes cruel and cowardly but he means well'.
It's similar to the claims of a popular deity being omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent when reality suggests that any godlike being up there is a bit ditzy, careless and sometimes miscalculates. Maybe the Doctor is a god for rational humanists? We know he isn't real, after all, so that'd save time. »
2 items from 2014