One thing an early January start-date allows for Doctor Who is that there’s not much broadcast TV competition. What makes it even sweeter is that the season, two episodes in, has really leaned into the show’s mythology more than every episode combined last semester. For a fan like me, that’s a great thing. Last night’s episode ended with a quick trip to Gallifrey . . . or what remains of it. The show appeared some in previous “Nu Who” stories, but not much and always just a little different. “The Day of the Doctor” was the best I’ve seen it, and that was in 2013 and told mostly in a kind of flashback. Regardless, here’s what the Doctor finds upon returning home after an ominous claim is made by the Master:
There’s no guarantee, of course, that much more will be done with the story anytime soon. That’s been one of the most frustrating realities of the rebooted Who since 2005. From what I gather, Gallifrey has always been something of a Mad Lib for creators, filling in whatever blank is needed to tell whatever story they want. This story of “the Timeless Child” could be interesting. I’ve got thoughts, but they aren’t much yet.
Doctor Who gets one more week before the conclusion of the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths. There’s also Dracula on Netflix, which is tricky to watch after the humor of What We Do In the Shadows.
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Today was the first day back for the new semester. And what a day it was! We had some alumni share in chapel about their high school experiences. We had a first round of classes. And we ended the day with our first Spirit Week assembly for the week. Not enough time in the day. So tonight I’m writing emails, prepping for the next round of classes, and watching the HPU Sharks online (and for free tonight!). The days are packed!