I’m probably alone in this but my favorite Doctor Who joke to this day is when 9 and Rose go to the end of the world and a jukebox is uncovered to which Cassandra says “and now a traditional ballad of my people” Toxic by Britney Spears starts playing.
Its astounding how u can make a post about the plague doctor from darkest dungeon use the pronoun SHE in the post referring to the plague doctor and people will still refer to her as He or Him in the tags like,,, for the love of,, god,, yall, please read,,
Also includes a young Dmitri in episode 9. And two other Russian sounding names. Perhaps an old flame of Red’s.
Healy will be appearing in Season 5, Michael Harney confirmed it.
Laura Prepon is pregnant in real life, this might indicate that Alex will not be in the start of Season 6 (maternity leave?)
Edit: I also feel like I should talk about casting, last night I looked through all the episodes on IMDB, sometimes looking at the cast can give hinters/create more questions (little side note, Natasha nor Laura are listed for any of the episodes, but I’m not worried about that.) Also note that a lot of these are nitpicky, but I feel like it’s still interesting to point out new cast members, especially if they’re significant/known to characters.
Episode 1 - Nothing significant about the casting of this episode, apart from Ilyana Eberhardt as stunt double for Maritzia,
Stefanie Flores as a stunt double for Flaca, Dejay Roestenberg as a stunt double for Brandy
Episode 2 - David Bodenschatz is cast as CO James Shulock, Martino Caputo is cast as a local cop (he was in The Animals in season 4 and will also be in episode 12, Tattoo You, of season 5), Skylar Dunn is cast as Susan, Hunter Emery is cast as CO Hopper (he is in it to episode 9), Elodie Flanagan as a girl scout and finally Danny Wolohan as Lloyd Berlin,
Episode 3 - Dean Ciallella is cast as a pedestrian with a newspaper, Joanne Lamstein as a stunt double for Judy King (also stunts for episode 4)
Episode 4 - Rebecca Benhayon as Ashley (also in episode 5), Michael Cuomo as Andres, Sara Harman as Corinne, Shirley Roeca as Vasquez, Stephanie Vovou as a stunt double for Maria
Episode 5 - Kat Harley as CERT member #4 (in it to episode 12, CERT stands for ‘computer emergency response team’, so that’s interesting…), Mary Kate Malat as a Prep School Student, Booch O'Connell as a Thurston Academy Student (Google states that it’s a Martial Arts school, but it could just be a fictional school), Anthony Caravana as ThurstonAcademy Headmaster, Blanchard Ryan as a reporter (also in episode 12), Tequilla Whitfield as Tanisa and Chantelle Antoinette as wobble dancer #8
Episode 6 -Thea McCartan as Susan Logan, Frank Ridley as a drunk guy and Morgan Wolk as Kristen Master
Episode 7 - Nothing significant apart from 7 stunt doubles, for which characters are unlisted
Episode 8 - Danny Ramirez as Paolo (Paolo may be Nicky’s mum’s boyfriend, whom she mentioned in the pilot episode, although the actor does look to be in his 20s while Nicky’s mum is like 50+, so yeah, probably not that Paolo…),Chelsey Cary as a stunt double for Leanne,
Stefanie Flores as a stunt double for Dwights and Alexa Marcigliano as a stunt double for Doggett (also in episode 13)
Episode 9 -
Gabriel Furman cast as a young Dimitri, Zack Gafin as Max, Miguel Izaguirre as Diablo (looks like we’ll be seeing more of Blanca’s boyfriend/ex), Xenia Leblanc as young Red, Pavel Shatu as
Kostya, Samantha Lee Johnson as someone’s family member,
Chad Knorr as a stunt double for Piscatella (also in episode 10 and 11) and
Joanne Lamstein as a stunt double for Red (also in episode 10 and 11)
Episode 10 - Allegra Edwards as Anchor and Stephanie Vovou as a stunt double for Linda (also in episode 12)
Episode 11- Gregory O Nicolas as Miguel, Ian Paola as
Yadriel (looks like we’ll be seeing more of Maria’s ex), Jesse Ray Sheps as David and
Myra ‘Dakota’ Bown as a stunt double for Norma
Episode 12 - Shae D'lyn as Mary-Bethany,
Oscar Pavlo as a CERT member (also in episode 13) and
Benjamin Thys as Gilbert
Episode 13 -
Sal Cecere as CERT officer Rein, Maria Rivera as Paiz,
Frank Alfano as a stunt double for Luschek, Orien Elizabeth as a stunt double for Alison, Alexa Marcigliano as a stunt double for Lorna, Kevin Michael as a stunt double for Humphrey (looks like Daya doesn’t shoot that mf…), Kara Rosella as a stunt double for Sankey, Valisa Tate as a stunt double for Janae and 11 other stunt performers for unlisted characters
So far, that’s it. Feel free to add if you know more, rumored or not.
I have contemplated on whether or not to comment on the 13 doctor being announced on Sunday.
But, I feel I must say something….
I remember three years ago when I was excited that Peter Capaldi was announced as the 12th doctor. It was really the first time that I honestly believed that we had perfect casting. His doctor would be a return to the classic era. I was so happy and when I found out that He was lifelong fan of the show. I was overjoyed.
Capaldi was my 1st doctor that I could relate to out of new who. He had invested his heart and soul into this role. He had taken time out to go to various different convention. He meet with fans anytime of the day. Peter Capaldi set the tone of what an ambassador of DW look liked. He is a great person as far as I can tell. I personally feel that he deserves much more better than what he is getting now.
Three years later….and 3 series down… He decides to call it quits after spending previous months saying that He would stay as long as he could. What happened? Than it dawn on me today that he was probably pushed out by the BBC. This new doctor is going to have its own merchandise. This new doctor is going to be spoiled by the BBC. The merchandise is something that was severely lacking in the Capaldi Era. I had trouble finding merchandise geared towards twelve in stores.
BBC plans on announcing the next doctor after A major sporting event. One week before the series 10 team shows up SDCC. A few days after He had finish filming his final scenes.
I know people are going to say Why are you so upset that they are announcing the next doctor Sunday? Doctor Who is all about change.
Listen, I get it. Honestly. But what I am mad about is the blatant disrespect that is being shown towards Capaldi right now. This should be his moment. We should be celebrating his time as The Doctor and not worrying about which Tom, Dick, Jessica or Harry is going preceded him. I think overshadowing his final Comic Con as The Doctor is doing a great disservice. Also, This passive-aggressive retaliation that the BBC is doing is not cool and When it comes down to it the ratings is all you care about. I mean you could have just simply announce it. But, they had to piggy back off a world event. I am sure waiting another two weeks wouldn’t have hurt. To be honest I would have preferred not knowing until Christmas.
I maybe the only one that believes this is wrong. In the end I guess I expected more. I am not knocking the 13th doctor. I am sure that he is going to be outstanding. Most people who play The Doctor usually is. I just feel with this announcement the focus is not going to be on him and it should not be that way. Not only for him but for every person after him as well.
Hi, I'm studying Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and I'm really struggling to enjoy it, because it feels way more lacking in substance than any Shakespeare I've read (I'm also doing King Lear for my course) so I wondered if you had any advice?
Hello there @goingbacktohogwarts! I’m sorry to hear you’re not enjoying Doctor Faustus! Let me see if I can help you…
Marlowe is a very different kind of writer to Shakespeare, so my first suggestion is that you don’t compare the two too much. There’s a benefit to seeing differences and similarities (I did a post on that here, which you might find interesting), but if you expect to find a Shakespearean play in Marlowe, then you will be disappointed. It’s no different to comparing two modern authors and expecting them to have the same writing style.
I think that you can benefit a lot from situating Doctor Faustus historically. So, for instance, the idea of the good angel and the bad angel, or the Seven Deadly Sins as characters draws strongly on the allegorical tradition and the Medieval morality play. If you read something like Everyman or Mankind (or even The Castle of Perseverance) and then come back to Doctor Faustus, you’ll get an idea of what Marlowe is doing to that tradition.
The other thing the play does is engage with contemporary debates about religion. So if you study the Reformation, you’ll get a lot more from the religious factioning going on in the play, and why Faustus goes about wreaking havoc in the Vatican, given that he’s a scholar from Wittenberg. It can also help you to think about Faustus’ attitude to his soul (depending on whether or not he believes in predestination) and so on. Again, it’s a matter of expanding your knowledge of context to make you aware of the complexity of the play.
I think the most interesting question is the representation of Faustus: is he a hero for refusing to be bullied by the idea of hell? Does he make God look vengeful? Is he a proud fool who should know better? Is he admirable in his courage in spite of his pride? Traditionally, the Faust figure is obviously a bad example, not a sympathetic protagonist. So even if the ending is a conventional restatement of the status quo, I think Marlowe does something significant by making him essentially sympathetic, because it raises questions about individuality and human freedom.
The comic scenes are harder to get into, but it’s worth thinking about how they reflect the main plot or comment on the action.
My last and probably most important suggestion: read it out loud. Enjoy the language; it often works better dramatised. If nothing else, Marlowe has a knack for writing beautiful long monologues (and there are a fair few of those). Faustus’ final speech, for instance, is a work of intense beauty. Maybe get together a reading group. It’s hard work, but really worthwhile to try and voice it out loud: after all, it is a play.
Failing all that, if you really can’t get into it, I would say that the study of literature is an objective act, which is what differentiates it from reading for pleasure. That means that you don’t need to enjoy something to analyse it! In fact, it should remove any inhibitions you might have about tearing it to pieces… I hope that helps!
So apparently Jodie Whittaker has said in interviews that she doesn’t care about the role of The Doctor, she only cares that she can push her feminist agenda. She’s also supposedly claimed that, now that she’s the first female Doctor, only women should play the Doctor from now on.
And the people making these claims are convinced that they’re right. They’re convinced that Jodie Whittaker has actually made these statements. They’ve read or seen the interviews where these statements were literally spoken by Whittaker.
They can’t point to any sources, of course. But why should they when conviction apparently amounts to fact?
It’s the Moffat-hate style of thinking being applied to Whittaker, and it’s just as nasty now as it was when applied to Moffat. Maybe even nastier, because it’s so blatantly sexist.
This photo. I’m dead. I *just* joined Tumblr, so I hope I’m doing this right - I just wanted to share this story with everyone.
MegaCon Tampa 2016 was my (and my kids’) first con and it was the most amazing experience. I was so nervous about the photos because I paid a LOT of money for the photo/autograph package and my kids tend to make silly faces in pictures and not smile. My 3yo (mini doctor) does not like strangers (and I wasn’t sure whether, at his age, he would make the connection that this tall bearded man is the actor who plays “the spiky hair Doctor” on TV and therefore we love him.) Afraid he would just see DT as “random bearded stranger”, I was envisioning an awkward disaster, but reminded myself that whatever happened would be a fun memory regardless.
I was elated to find out that our photos and autographs would be 1st thing in the morning since we had purchased the “Ultimate Fan Experience” package. I knew at least the kids would be at their best and probably not cranky yet. We arrived early and stood in line with some of the most amazing people. My mini doctor was finally allowed to play with his sonic screwdriver, and everyone was very patient with his incessant “sonic-ing” at their costumes, jewelry, merchandise, and various body parts.
We walked into the photo “booth” with about 2 people in front of us, as David & Billie’s faces both lit up when they saw the kids in costume. I think Billie even pointed at mini Rose. I told the person in charge that it would be just the kids in the photo, and she motioned me to stand by the cameraman during the photo. I am SO GLAD I was not in the photo because I got to see the entire scene unfold.
**YES I RAMBLE! HERE’S THE GOOD PART IF YOU SKIPPED AHEAD**
David bent down, opened his arms enthusiastically to my son, and said, “Come here!” Then something magical happened - my son went right to him without hesitating and David picked him right up and turned toward the camera. It was adorable and precious and so many other adjectives but mostly just random letters produced by flailing at the keyboard because adjectives don’t do it justice. Both kids and myself were beaming as we stepped out of the booth to retrieve our photo - but the photo checker motioned us BACK INTO the booth (I’m guessing one of the kids blinked during the photo). I was devastated - there was NO WAY the whole scene would go as well the second time. We squeezed back into the area, and David again opened his arms to my little guy. He practically ran into David’s arms, like he was greeting his daddy coming home after a long day at work. It was incredible. In fact, my mini doctor was so enamored with David, he forgot all about his precious sonic screwdriver until David reminded him, “Point the sonic! Right there! Right at the camera!” It was just amazing seeing David so attentive to my son. Several of the people behind us in line also got to witness the magic and have told me that the scene was one of the highlights of THEIR MegaCon as well! And most of my fangirling has been over David, but the fact that my mini Rose is also smiling in this pic is a HUGE testament to Billie’s sweetness and friendliness. We had literally practiced making a nice smile for the photo and all I got was a blank stare. Rose is by far my daughter’s favorite companion and I know she was completely thrilled at meeting Billie and how Billie squealed over her costume (On a side note, Eleven WAS her favorite Doctor - but I think she is a TEN convert now after meeting David!)
We moved on to the autograph line and waited while David and Billie finished the rest of the photos. My 7yo (mini Rose) wanted to say something to David - I wasn’t sure we would have time to say much at all but when we got to David I said, “She wanted to tell you something” and he patiently leaned over the table to hear her and said, “What did you want to tell me?” She told him she loved his performance in Much Ado, and I mentioned that she was a big fan of Shakespeare after watching him in Much Ado and Hamlet. He said “Oh, I love hearing that!”
She also got to ask him a question in the DT/BP panel at the end of the day, but I will save that for another post!