August 24, 2014

Deep Breath

I thought it would be hypocritical to write a Doctor Who “Deep Breath” review today, since I saw the episode more than a month ago (yes, I am one of the many bad whovians who couldn’t resist and watched the leaked episodes), but I decided to do it, anyway. Well, sort of; as I am going to write a more generic spoiler-free review of the new series. So far, the only episode that made me (a) jump off my seat and (b) actually care for the Doctor (like all post-regeneration, introduction episodes should) was the fourth one, “Listen” (probably one my new favourite Who episodes ever).

There were a few things about “Deep Breath” that I really liked, like Madame Vastra’s speech (when the veil disappeared, I was happy for Clara), the Half-Face Man (great visuals, by the way – not present on all occasions but that’s another story; we should be more interested in the plot, right?) and, well, Capaldi himself. He has a strong presence and he gets so much better on the following episodes.

I knew 11 was going to call Clara but I was expecting a voice, to be honest. Seeing Matt Smith on my screen, truly surprised me. Not as much as other things on coming episodes (hint, hint), but it did. By the way, 11 was not one of my favourite Doctors but I did like him. Yes, I know they didn’t think up the phone scene for me but for all the fangirls out there who already miss Smith and wished for a younger Doctor, but I did enjoy the cameo.

Another pleasant surprise was the fact that I am (finally) starting to like Clara – both role and Jenna’s acting have improved. Hopefully she is going to make it through the season (whenever I start to like someone on a TV series or a movie, they either die or really die). Not sure about Missy, yet.

Speaking of Clara, why the heck did she make so much fuss over the Doctor’s change of face? She’s seen all of them! She knows how it goes. She can’t be that ignorant and superficial. Or are they suggesting we (whovians) are?

Finally, I like the new take on the theme. Very 80’s. The opening credits, not so much (sorry, Billy; I envy you, that’s all).

August 12, 2014

Les Yeux Sans Visage

Dr. GĂ©nessier, a famous surgeon, feeling guilty over his daughter’s facial disfigurement in an accident for which he was responsible, uses his assistant Louise to kidnap young women in order to transfer their faces to Christiane’s.

August 5, 2014

The Tanagra Figurines

The Tanagra figurines, dating primarily from the 3rd century BC, were named after the site in Boeotia (central Greece) where they were found. Well-dressed young women in various positions, usually standing or sitting, are the main subject matter of the statuettes. On occasion the figures pull their garments around them closely, veiling the face, or they may wear a hat or hold a fan or mirror.

The Tanagra figurines were all manufactured with molds, but the use of separate molds in combination (different arms, heads) lent interesting variation. The figures were all originally covered with a white coating and then painted. The garments were generally bright shades—blue, red, pink, violet, yellow, and brown. The flesh was reddish or pinkish, the hair auburn, the lips red, and the eyes blue. Gilt and black were used for details. The authentic statuettes that survive are missing their white coating and bright paint.

On their discovery, in the 19th century, they became enormously popular and were extensively and expertly forged, even with paint.

Found here. Further reading here and here.
Clay replicas (similar to the one I have), here.

Image source references on all file names.