Doctor Who Countdown: Best of the Eleventh Doctor

In this second installment of our Doctor Who countdown, we take a look at the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor. After fan-favorite Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) faded away in regeneration’s golden light with a rather emotional final plea, the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) came tumbling into our (and Amelia Pond’s) lives. As Ten was notably different from Nine (Christopher Eccleston), Eleven is notably different from Ten – and for more than just physical appearance.

With the newest season airing on tomorrow at 9PM ET on BBC America, we’re taking a look at some of the defining moments of the Eleventh Doctor:

The Eleventh Hour
The newly-regenerated Doctor crash lands in Amelia Pond’s back yard. While the TARDIS is undergoing repairs, he spends time with the young Pond, trying (rather amusingly) to figure himself out. After we get a glimpse of this flighty, whimsical side of the newest Doctor, he reappears in Amy’s (nee Amelia) life over a decade later and saves the planet from Prisoner Zero and the “shoot-first-ask-questions-later” Atraxi.

And it is here we see the real difference from his previous incarnations: the Doctor is now menacing. Nine was fierce and direct. Ten would offer salvation to his enemies, but would easily let you suffer your own poor choices. But Eleven grandstands and threatens. It wasn’t good enough for Eleven to firmly order “leave and don’t come back” (like Ten did with the Sycorax) he had to say, “Look at everything I’ve ever done. Run.” This particular personality twist is a bit polarizing among fans, but I admit I respect it. He’s a badass.

The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone
River Song and small, armed, religious contingent join the Doctor and Amy as they investigate a mountain filled with dormant Weeping Angels. As the Angels slowly revive by siphoning the energy from a crashed ship, they threaten to enslave Amy’s mind and kill the rest of the group. Naturally, the new side of the Doctor didn’t take that threat too lightly.

Once again, the Doctor channels his badass-itude as he takes another brazen stand (perfectly highlighted with Murray Gold’s score.) The last Time Lord lets the Angels know: when you threaten the Doctor, you’re in trouble; but when you threaten the Doctor’s friends, you’re dead. (Or, more accurately, erased from existence.)

Hit the jump for the full list of the Doctor’s defining moments!

Doctor Who Countdown: Best of the Ponds

Doctor Who will continue its reign as television’s longest running sci-fi series when series 7 (or season 7 for us silly Yanks) begins airing this Saturday, September 1 at 9:00 EDT on BBC America.

We. Can’t. Wait.

But we can’t help but feel a little conflicted about this premiere: of course, we want more Who in our lives, but every episode is one step closer to the Williams’ Ponds’ final flight onboard the TARDIS. Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) have been two of our favorite companions, so their farewell in episode 5 (“The Angels Take Manhattan”) airing later this year won’t be taken very lightly.  To prep our hearts for what we are told will be an emotional mid-season finale, we decided to rewatch some of the greatest moments of the Ponds — to remind us why we love them so much and just how significant it’ll be when they’re gone.

In no particular order:

The Beast Below
Following the introductory events of “The Eleventh Hour,” the Doctor takes his new companion, Amy Pond, to the distant future to visit Starship UK. Carrying the British population after living on Earth was unsustainable, the ship, the pair uncovers, is not powered by engines, but rather by a Star Whale that is being tortured to carry an entire nation on its back.

This wasn’t exactly the best episode of Doctor Who we’ve seen, but this episode highlighted a part of Amy we hadn’t seen in the previous episode. She wasn’t just the sassy kissogram girl with the imaginary friend; she was also clever, perceptive, and full of compassion. Even when the Doctor is resigned to perform a mercy killing to stop the creature’s agony, it is Amy that figures out the truth.

Amy’s Choice
Amy is every bit the fiery woman that her hair would imply, and, while she has her tender moments, we rarely see them with her soon-to-be husband. When the sadistic Dream Lord traps the time travelers between the waking world and a dream, Amy must determine if what she is experiencing is reality or not — something even the Doctor is unable to differentiate. When Rory falls dead in one of the two worlds, however, Amy makes her choice: it doesn’t matter which world is real, she doesn’t want to live in a world without him. Her bitter, deadpan snap (“Then what is the point of you?”) to the Doctor is brilliantly acted by Gillan.

Hit the jump for our full list of the Ponds’ best episodes!

Cancer Gets LOST

  Fans of the Abrams-verse, start your engines!  Prominent Lost bloggers Jared and Jo have called together the casts and crews of Lost, Fringe, and Alcatraz for a not-for-profit auction called “Cancer Gets LOST”. In honor of Jo’s friend Jackie, who passed away earlier this month from brain cancer, all

New Fringe Season 5 Promo!

Greetings, Fringe fans!  Except for the bright spot that was SDCC, it’s been a quiet, Fringe-lite summer.  Well, we are closing in on the premiere of season 5 (September 28! 38 days!  Not that we are counting!) and Fox has decided to release a little teaser promo.  Check it out

Enter to Win a ParaNorman Gift Pack!

Click for full image! LAIKA, the animation company behind Academy Award-nominated Coraline, brings us their second 3D stop-motion comedy thriller in ParaNorman! Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a misunderstood boy in a small town with the ability to speak with the dead.  When his town comes under siege by zombies, he’s

Editorial: Drawing a Line In the Sands of Geekdom

Earlier this week, our resident ladygeek of the ever-growing geek girl army put in her two cents about the geek gender conflict, in light of the recent furor over the CNN article that — let’s say — received mixed feelings. Amy challenged statements in that article, in light of her own experiences, and you should check it out.

There’s not much I can say about the gender conflict: my dude-itude means my geek cred has never been challenged purely on my gender, and my general unattractiveness means I’ve never been objectified. But as a proud geek/nerd, I did have a pretty big problem with Joe Peacock’s article:

It is inherently drawing subjective dividing lines where there should be none.

When I read the article, it seemed to start off well enough. There is one point I agree with: I am not a fan of the stereotypical attention whore. That was true in high school; that’s true now. But from there, it tends to fall apart. Joe assumes he knows how to spot attention whores; he assumes he is able to mentally divine the great dividing line between who’s fake and who’s real at SDCC, presumably within the minutes that you actually interact with random con-goers on the Exhibit Hall floor.

Spot the fakes.

He assumes that people — actually, no, not all people, just girls — that are a “‘6’ in the ‘real world'” will actually spend $175 on convention tickets, $1000+ on a hotel, and a few hundred more on travel expenses just to throw “on a Batman shirt… [to] instantly become a ‘9’” in the eyes of the geeks on con floor. No, they don’t actually care about any of the myriad pop culture topics that are celebrated at SDCC, and instead they are begging people to take their pictures, just getting off on the nerds that give them attention.

Do you see how this thought process could be a problem?

Hit the jump to read on, as our Editor-in-Chief weighs in on the debate!

Weighing in on Booth Babes, Geek Girls, and the Boys That Love Them

Recent Internet controversy is swirling in the form of Joe Peacock’s CNN article “Booth Babes Need Not Apply” and the intense backlash that has reverberated across geek girl and feminist sites. I would be remiss in my role as the sole regular female blogger here on the Fridge if I didn’t drop my thoughts into the mix.

We’re about the news and the reviews around these parts, and we don’t get too personal, but a little about my geek girl self – I’m a huge Trekkie first and foremost, a veteran of too many comic and Star Trek conventions to count, and an avid fan of nearly all scifi television of the past 20 years, a Harry Potter fiend, a nerd for great literature, and I worship at the altar of Whedon. I dressed up as Batman for Halloween when I was 7 and it took me a long time to get excited about girl world – shoe shopping and eyeshadow were not fun for me until college. But I’m closer to 30 than 20 these days, and I’ve emerged into adulthood a full-blown geek lady who can argue the finer points of The Next Generation in my sassy heels. I now know the houses of Westeros AND the fashion houses of Europe. You get the idea.

Dressed as DC heroine Donna Troy at a recent superhero costume party with OTF Sr. Editor Tek (aka Hal Jordan!)

Knowing what you now know about me, perhaps you can see why Peacock’s article garnered my rage. He starts out ok, saying geek culture has produced wonderful kickass female characters that women can identify with, and he’s glad genre work is attracting fans of all kinds (yep, and I am too!).  He also says that being a beautiful woman at a convention is not a crime, especially if you’re cosplaying as a beautiful female character. But! He immediately contradicts this, going off the feel-good track and saying he’s sick of “wannabes who couldn’t make it as car show eye candy slapping on a Batman shirt and strutting around comic book conventions instead” before thoroughly denouncing booth babes and the “fake geek” aura they perpetuate. He calls them attention addicts, poachers, and a pox on our culture. He’s insulted that game developers and companies with booths at these cons think he’ll like their product better because hot girls in tight outfits are enticing them to stop by. He rails on companies targeting socially-awkward male geeks who aren’t used to pretty girls smiling at them, crying about how insulted he is. Boo-hoo, man. You’re doing a great job of garnering the sympathy of geek women everywhere who, of course, are never insulted by the male geek masses ::eyeroll::

Hit the jump for the full, thoughtful editorial from OTF’s very own lady geek!