November 24, 2013

All Thirteen

SPOILERS!
Six months of waiting and 50 years of dreaming. Yes, the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who aired last night and it was far from what we all expected.

I have to admit that I enjoyed more the BBC docudrama “An Adventure in Space and Time” on Friday. David Bradley as the First Doctor was heart-breaking and Mark Gatiss captured the essence of both William Hartnell and Time Lord shockingly well (excuse my surprise).

The “I don’t want to go” line, used on both “Adventure” and “Day”, made me want to smash something – David, David...

Back to the “Day”, now, I knew the moment I saw the scarf round UNIT scientist Osgood’s neck that you-know-who-Who was going to make an entrance (ah, my first Doctor and highlight of my weekends as a child).

Peter Capaldi also made his first appearance as the 12th Doctor (13th, in this one) with a close-up of his eyes (and that voice) during the battle to save Gallifrey. I think I am going to like him. Really like him.

And, of course, there was the final scene where I felt like a child again – my heart was pounding so fast!

WHO knows, believe you me.

Someone’s (and something’s) missing, no?

Overall, I liked it although it did start awfully slow and the story was weak. The scenes between the three Doctors (8 ½, 10 and 11) were really fun to watch and Hurt opposite the madmen brought balance to the episode. I also liked Piper and Tennant on the same shot again (Rose wasn’t exactly my favourite companion but the chemistry between her and 10 was great). My favourite scenes were the Battle scene (was that debris or a spaceship in the end?) and the Baker scene, thank you very much. Oh I also loved the fact that they used the original opening sequence (“scary, you say?”) and all of the Doctors.

To be fair and square, there was also the “Night of the Doctor”, a mini Who (brilliant) episode broadcasted a few days prior to the “Day” where Paul McGann wore his green velvet coat again and made us beg for a web mini-series starring the 8th in boots and everything. It worked as a link to the next regeneration, the 8 ½ Hurt Doctor, to whom we were introduced on the final episode of the previous season.

Well-written and acted, the mini episode was set during the Time War and it opened the door to all sorts of speculation (mainly mine) of what the “Day” was going to be about. Not the first time I was wrong about things.

50 years of Doctor Who
1. William Hartnell (1963 - 1966)
2. Patrick Troughton (1966 - 1969)
3. Jon Pertwee ( 1970 - 1974)
4. Tom Baker (1974 - 1981)
5. Peter Davison (1981 - 1984)
6. Colin Baker (1984 – 1986)
7. Sylvester McCoy (1987 – 1989)
8. Paul McGann (1996)
9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)
10. David Tennant (2005 – 2010)
11. Matt Smith (2010 – present)
• John Hurt, the Warrior Doctor
• Peter Capaldi , the 12th Doctor (can hardly wait!)

November 15, 2013

The All-Seeing Eye

The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle.

Imagery of an all-seeing eye can be traced back to Egyptian mythology and the Eye of Horus. Buddhist texts like the Mahaparinibbana Sutta also refer to Buddha as the "Eye of the World" (although no imagery is used). It is frequently used to depict the image of God in Caodaism.

In Medieval and Renaissance European iconography, the Eye (often with the addition of an enclosing triangle) was an explicit image of the Christian Trinity. Seventeenth-century depictions of the Eye of Providence sometimes show it surrounded by clouds or sunbursts.

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November 2, 2013

Heniokhos

Behold the latest addition to my collection of things unnecessary yet desired: a bronze bust of “The Charioteer of Delphi” (also known as Heniokhos, the rein-holder). Not exactly what one expects to find in a lady’s boudoir but it does suit my obsessive need to control (emotional) states (and other things, as well). Gosh, I’m so self-aware.