Peter Capaldi is the next Doctor

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The new title character for Doctor Who was announced Sunday on live TV. His name is Peter Capaldi, he’s 55 years old, and he’s from Scotland.

I think it’s a good choice. It could have been a lot worse. I’m not sure I liked how the doctor was getting younger and younger with each regeneration. If they kept this going, before too long, the Doctor was going to be played by a teenager, or worse, Justin Bieber.

Capaldi will debut as the doctor in this year’s Christmas Special. It won’t be his first episode of Doctor Who. He played Lucius Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii from the fourth season. He’s not the first actor from Doctor Who to do double-duty, in fact, he’s not the first actor even from The Fires of Pompeii to play two roles. Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond, one of the greatest companions in Doctor Who history, also appeared in the same episode, as a Soothsayer.

Capaldi is a life-long Doctor Who fan. He once wrote a letter when a was 15 years old to The Radio Times complimenting them on their coverage of the 15th university of Doctor Who. That’s hard-core, Doctor Who nerd behavior. Now he’s going to be the Doctor.

That’s pretty awesome.

Doctor Who: ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’

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Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who made me realize something about this season that I didn’t know was even possible: An episode centered around the Daleks I enjoyed, Asylum of the Daleks, and an episode starring the Weeping Angels, The Angels Take Manhattan, that I didn’t like.

Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who made the Weeping Angels look silly and ridiculous. Turns out the Statue of Liberty is in fact, a gigantic Weeping Angel that lurches through the city when nobody is looking. That’s right, the City That Never Sleeps has a 225 ton statue that enjoys strolling around the town, zapping people back in time where they “live to death.” Even if I’m to believe nobody can see the Statue of Liberty walking around lower Manhattan, I find it hard to believe nobody can hear it when it’s taking a walk. It’s really quite loud.

The Statue of Liberty Weeping Angel reminded me too much of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters, and not in a good way.

The episode also featured the end of Amy Pond and Rory Williams as companions to the Doctor. I’m going to really miss them, especially Rory. The episode would have been a lot more poignant if I hadn’t known well ahead of time that this was their final episode. That fact that I knew they were leaving the show this season and this episode was when it happened, kind of ruined it for me.

I would have preferred not knowing it was going to happen until it happened.

Ustream, more like U-don’t-stream

Ustream, more like U-don't-streamThe 2012 Hugo Awards were announced last night at the 70th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago. The award show was being broadcast live over the Internet on Ustream. That is, until the people producing the award show had the audacity to play an actual clip from an episode of Doctor Who. The episode was up for an award. Ustream acted swiftly and promptly to this blatant copyright infringement by cutting the feed.

Neil Gaiman was accepting his award for writing the Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife when the feed was cut. It never returned.

Ustream, in their defense, did what any company would do in a similar situation, they blamed their outsourced, third-party robot censor overlords.

It’s hard to take Ustream too serious when they have R2-D2’s idiot cousin working the dump button for them. It’s one thing to have software flag possible copyright infringement, it’s quite another to have it pull the plug without any good old fashioned human intervention.

God forbid somebody sees more then a couple of minutes of Doctor Who on the Internets.