26 June 2013

Quotes from "Captain Jack Harkness"

Tosh: My grandfather’s eighty-eighth birthday today.
Jack: I thought you’d gone to all this trouble for me.
Tosh: Eighty eight is a joyous year for the Japanese. I’m off to London to watch grown men throw rice.
Jack: You can get that in the Balti after stop-tap.

Tosh: Why does that man have your name? I'm lost enough here without you holding back on me!
Jack: It's not my name. It's his. I took his. But I didn't realise he was...so hot!
Tosh: Jack?
Jack: I know too much.
Tosh: Then share.
Jack: You wouldn't want that, trust me.

Jack: I went to war when I was a boy. I was with my best friend. We got caught crossing the border over enemy lines. They tortured him, not me, because he was weaker. They made me watch him die. And they let me go.
Original Jack: Who were they?
Jack: The worst possible creatures you can imagine. I persuaded him to join up. I said it would be an adventure. He hadn't lived.
Original Jack: Have any of us?

Jack: (about Captain Harkness) Tomorrow’s their last training exercise. Just another day. They go out on a sortie and are surprised by two formations of Messerschmitts. He destroys three of the enemy. His men listen to his whoops of joy over the radio. Then it all goes quiet. He can’t bail out because his whole plane is on fire. But his men all make it back to safety.

Owen: Good job you're a crap shot.
Ianto: I was aiming for your shoulder.

24 June 2013

Special: The End of Time, Part One

Summary:
The Doctor has delayed his visit to the Ood and now wonders why they have advanced so fast. The Ood tell him that the Master will return to Earth but there something much worse returning in his wake. After hearing that, the Doctor races back to Earth but he is too late to stop the resurrection of the Master. Meanwhile, Wilfred is searching for the Doctor and gets help from some of his friends. They find him while he hunts the Master, who is a homeless now. The Doctor and Wilfred start to talk and Wilfred begs the Doctor to talk to Donna who is just outside the café. When the Doctor says he can't do it or she'll die, Wilfred is sad but then the Doctor suddenly tells him that he will die soon and that he has to stop the Master. They part and the Doctor searches the Master. He finds him and the Master lets him hear the drums in his head before he gets kidnapped. Together with Wilfred the Doctor follows the trail of the Master but what does he want with the medical arc?

"The End of Time" is the first part of the Tenth Doctor's final moments. The episode has many funny but also many heartbreaking moments. It's so sad to see the feelings on the Doctor's face when he watches Donna from afar but he can't talk to her and when he tells Wilfred that he will die soon. This is just heartbreaking and makes it even harder to think about the imminent regeneration of the Doctor. On the other hand, it's brilliant that they have brought the Master back as the last foe of Ten. Their relationship is always one that lies somewhere between hate and love because they know each other so well. It's quite creepy when the Master takes over the human race and you can see this insane guy dressed in different clothes all over the world. That's something that you wouldn't want to happen in reality. Having Wilfred as a companion in this episode is so lovely because he brings so much fun into this dark episode and the Doctor needs someone like him by his side in his last days. Oh, and with a cliffhanger like this, you just can't wait for the next part to happen.

23 June 2013

19 June 2013

Quotes from "Combat"

Owen: Trust me, the bigger the crowd, the more alone I feel.

Jack: You know what they used these warehouses for during World War II? Storing the bodies of dead GIs. Sometimes you can know too much history.

Caller: Don’t interfere in things you don’t understand.
Jack: Oh, I understand this better than you. ‘Cause I know how this is going to end. We’re gonna hunt you down. We’re going to ensure that you’re punished for what happened here. And we’re going to make you surrender that creature that you kidnapped. Is that clear enough?

Gwen: The shittiest part about being a police officer and I can't get away from it. (Owen ignores her) Thank you for your kind words of support.
Owen: What do you want me to say? She'll be all right in the end?
Gwen: "You can always count on Owen, to make you feel better." Tosh mentioned you and Diane. Did you...
Owen: .I didn't want her to go. She went.
Gwen: Why are we still doing this, me and you?
Owen: Fine. Let's not. I was getting bored of your fuck-tricks anyway.
Gwen: You can be such a wanker sometimes Owen, do you know that?
Owen: I do, as a matter of fact!

Jack: In your absence, Toshiko’s had a great idea.
Owen: Well, it had to happen sooner or later.

Tosh: You want to release a Weevil in the middle of Cardiff!
Jack: Not exactly in the middle, a little to the side.

Mark Lynch: You work yourself stupid, get a house, a car, plasma screen. You end up with a workforce, people there specifically to look after your every whim. You’re officially successful, but what does it bring? Nothing. Success has no worth other than itself. Seriously, I could live without all this. It doesn’t define me. 

Mark Lynch: Ask yourself, what’s the point of your life?
Owen: Mark, mate, I only came here for a beer.
Mark Lynch: There’s so much more, if you know where to look.
Owen: Is that right?
Mark Lynch: It’s closer than you think. Something’s coming. Out there, in the darkness, something is coming.

Mark Lynch: (about a Weevil) I think it’s us, Owen. You and me, in a thousand years time. This is what we become when all we have left is our rage.

Owen: Who are these blokes?
Mark Lynch: Same as us. Ordinary blokes just trying to find meaning in a world that doesn’t have anyone.
Owen: You don’t really believe that, do you?
Mark Lynch: We’re the dispossessed now, Owen. All the certainties our fathers had are gone. We’re a generation of no faith. In society, in religion, or in life. All we can do is reduce ourselves to the basics.

Owen: So these guys are paying to put their lives at risk?
Mark Lynch: It's the ultimate extreme sport. Too much disposable income, not enough meaning,. That's us.
Owen: So what about Dan Hodges, Mark?
Mark Lynch: He wouldn't come out. Just stood in the middle of the cage and let it maul him. I think he got in there and he realised he didn't want to live enough. He surrendered. None of us could get to him in time. 
Owen: And still you all come back.
Mark Lynch: Well, what else is there?

Mark Lynch: When you get in there, when you’re up close with it, take a look into its eyes.
Owen: Open the door!
Mark Lynch: It’s like looking into the darkest recesses of your own soul.

17 June 2013

Happy Birthday, Arthur!

Happy Birthday, Arthur Darvill!


Only Human by Gareth Roberts

"Only Human" features the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness.
The Ninth Doctor travels with Rose and Jack to modern-day London to investigate a time disturbance. There they find a Neanderthal Man and try to bring him back into his time. When this doesn't work, the Doctor and Rose travel back in time, while Jack tries his best to integrate Das, the Neanderthal Man, into the community of London. The Doctor and Rose discover strange humans from the future who are now living in the past. They are there for an experiment and watch the first steps of humanity but these people don't seem very human anymore. The people from Osterberg don't have real feelings anymore because they suppress their feelings with drugs. Soon, the Doctor finds out that people go missing and that there is a strange monster down in the caves of Osterberg. Is he able to save the people around him?

I don't know why but I was a bit disappointed by this book. Maybe this is because I don't really feel a connection to the Ninth Doctor at the moment. The story was interesting and I liked the idea of the different humans all meeting each other in the past but there was somehow some excitement missing. It's nice to have Jack in this book as well and he was so typically himself and it was fun to read how he "trained" Das to fit into modern-day London. The book has many funny moments especially when the different humans come together and the monsters were kind of human too this time. When I think of them though, they are a bit scary and I'm glad that the Doctor managed to kill most of them.
"Only Human" is a good read, I just think a bit more excitement would have been nice.

12 June 2013

Quotes from "Out of Time"

(arriving at a grocery store's automatic doors) 
Diane Holmes: How did it do that?
Ianto: It's automatic. It knows you're there.
Diane Holmes: But how?
Ianto: There are wave bouncing detectors which emit high frequency radio waves and then look for reflections...
Diane Holmes: Bananas!
Ianto: Of course, bananas are far more interesting.

John Ellis: Look at all this. We’d just come rationing in ’53.
Ianto: Yeah, sorry. We are a consumer society.
John Ellis: It’s bloody fantastic! 

(finding a gentleman's magazine) 
Ianto: Welcome to the world of scantily-clad celebrities.
John Ellis: But, there could be children around here.
Ianto: She's a children's TV presenter.

Owen: I've, uh, I've been reading up on you. England to Australia in four days, 1952, that is impressive.
Diane Holmes: Yeah, terrible wind across the Bengal Bay.
Owen: Something you ate?

Diane Holmes: So what other strides have women made?
Owen: Well, under "strange but true", how about this? You don’t have to have sex to have kids any more.
Diane Holmes: What? How come?
Owen: Get yourself inseminated with a sort of syringe. Cheery little process. Seriously, men donate sperm anonymously. A little shuffle into a pot at a sperm bank. And they say romance is dead.
Diane Holmes: Oh, come on, I wasn’t born yesterday.
Owen: No, but for a bird who's going on 90, you look pretty hot.

Diane Holmes: Do you have a girlfriend?
Owen: No.
Diane Holmes: So who do all those beauty products belong to?
Owen: Uh, me, actually.
Diane Holmes: No?
Owen: Oi, real men can moisturise too, you know.

Owen: I always thought the '50s were uptight, sexually repressed, you know.
Diane Holmes: You didn't invent it, you know.

Jack: There's no puzzle to solve, no enemy to fight, just three lost people who've somehow become our responsibility.

(Jack stops John from killing himself)
Jack: You can’t just throw it away, not without trying!
John Ellis: I’m not as strong as you! You don’t understand.
Jack: I do. I was born in the future. Lived in your past. My time has gone, too.
John Ellis: Why are you doing this? Speaking to me in bloody riddles, keeping me here when my wife is dead, my son is a shell...
Jack: John, you’re still young. You can get work, make friends, start a family.
John Ellis: I did all that, Jack. Years ago. When I was meant to.

Jack: I can’t leave you here.
John Ellis: Then we’ll wait. The sun will rise, we’ll have some breakfast, take a walk...
Jack: Yes. A new day.
John Ellis: And I’ll suffer it all and smile and wag my tail. And then, as soon as your back is turned, I’ll make sure I do it properly. Because I want to die.
Jack: You don’t get reunited, John. It just goes black.
John Ellis: How do you know?
Jack: I died once.
John Ellis: Who are you?
Jack: A man, like you, out of his time, alone and scared.
John Ellis: How do you cope?
Jack: It’s just bearable. It has to be. I don’t have a choice.
John Ellis: But I do. If you want to help me, then let me go with some dignity. Don’t condemn me to live. 

Owen: I don't know if I can do this anymore. This isn't how it works for me. I've slept with enough women, I've done the fuck buddies thing. This is not it. I can't concentrate. All I see is you. All I can think about is what you're wearing, what you're thinking, what your... what your face looks like when you come. It's been, what, a week? And, uh... it's like, I don’t know, when I'm not with you, erm, I'm out of focus. How have you done this to me? I'm scared. I'm fucking scared.
Diane Holmes: I love you, too.

Diane Holmes: The thing about love is that you’re always at its mercy.

Owen: I’ll come with you.
Diane Holmes: I fly solo, Owen. I go faster and further than others.
Owen: You have no idea how this Rift works. You could end up anywhere.
Diane Holmes: That’s the beauty of it.
Owen: It’s too dangerous!
Diane Holmes: It’s what I do.

10 June 2013

Special: The Waters of Mars

Summary:
The Doctor travels alone to Mars to have a look at the red planet. Then he sees a base of the humans and is forced to enter it by a robot. Inside, he soon recognises the people who live there and when he asks for the exact date, the Doctor knows that he shouldn't been there. He is at a fixed point in time and he can't do anything to help the people. When some of the crew are turned into a kind of water monster, the Doctor helps Adelaide to investigate. They soon find out that nobody should touch the water and that the flood had been dormant in the glacier beneath the station. Adelaide and her crew pack their things and try to leave the station but more of them are turned into monsters. The Doctor leaves them there to die and he can listen to their cries when the rocket is destroyed and they have no way to escape. Just then, the Doctor decides that it's enough and that he doesn't care about the rules of time anymore. He returns to the base and saves the rest of the living humans but will there be a happy ending?

This special is my least favourite one of the Tenth Doctor specials after series 4. Maybe that's because I don't like how he changes into this arrogant being, who thinks most humans aren't important. He thinks, he is like a god and that no one can stop him. That's a Doctor I don't really like and I hope we won't see him like that again any time soon. In the end he finds back to himself although at a great cost and we now know that his end is near. Back to the episode then. I liked the monsters or the flood how they were called. When they looked at you with their blue eyes and water pouring out of their pores, they were quite scary. The story was alright but not as good as some of the other ones before. The idea that a human was setting time right instead of the Doctor was interesting. The mentioning of the Ice Warriors was also a nice bit in the episode and it made a connection with the pre 2005 episodes of Doctor Who. All in all, "The Waters of Mars" is a scary and interesting episode but there have been other ones that were better.

09 June 2013

05 June 2013

Quotes from "Random Shoes"

(Opening Voiceover) 
Eugene Jones: The speed of light is 299,792,458 metres per second. Pain travels through the body at 350 feet per second. Even a sneeze can reach a hundred miles per hour. And as for life? Well... that just bloody whizzes by.

(Voiceover) 
Eugene: Now I had the eye and what I realised was if it fell from the sky, it probably, no, no, it almost certainly belonged to an alien. That was the night Dad went away. But it was okay, because I had the eye and the possibility of an alien encounter. I mean, if you leave something really important behind, you come back and get it. Don’t you? God, I wanted that alien to come back and claim his eye more than I wanted anything in my life. I worked out the possible provenance, the lifeform and galaxy, planetary escape velocities, launch windows, necessary fuel capacities and then, I waited.

Gwen: What was (Eugene) doing out on that road?
Owen: Oh, fuck knows. Categorising chevrons? He was a geek.

Gwen: Do you think Eugene committed suicide?
Tosh: There was a road accident and there was no alien involvement
Gwen: See, I'm not so sure because... something seems really odd. I mean I just, I just feel that there's something going on.
Owen: Marvelous, thank you for that Disney moment, now who's making the tea?
Gwen: Yeah well I suppose Eugene's a bit ordinary and local and amateur for you, Owen.
Owen: And why is that only Gwen seems to have a heart, yeah I dunno if you've noticed but the rest of us are human and amazingly we still manage to get on with our jobs

Josh: No disrespect, but Eugene had "loser" written through him like Brighton in a stick of rock. Maybe he just couldn’t live with his... failure.

(Voiceover) 
Eugene: Failure? Is that right? Has my life just been one big failure? I mean, maybe I never quite lived up to my early promise as a maths genius but that’s because I was waiting. For the alien to collect his eye and change my life.

Terry: (Eugene) may have been able to square the root of the frigging root, but he couldn't cross the frigging road.

Gwen: What exactly is, uh, a Sixth Eye, I mean, exactly?
Jack: It’s one in the back. Lets you see behind you, where you’ve been. Kind of puts things in perspective. It’s useful, fun, slightly terrifying. That’s why they were in demand.

Josh: I checked the bid history; Mr. C. Blackstaff is a collector of alien ephemera and Nazi memorabilia. Also Beanie Babies. Teeny bit cuckoo, but endearingly rich.

(Voiceover) 
Eugene: All those cars. All those lives moving through space. All that humanity whizzing by in a frenzy of burgers and chips, Bank Holiday fun, burst tyres, screaming kids, sudden heart attacks. Now I remember. Apart from a buzzing in my ear, where Josh whacked me, I felt good. I was running across a field on a Saturday morning, the smell of exhaust and banana milkshake, a slight nausea, heart beating too fast 'cause I wasn't that fit; all the stuff that tells you you're alive. By rights, I should be well pissed off. My mates had cheated on me and I didn’t get to meet any aliens. But I realised that when I swallowed the eye at the Happy Cook, I was given a chance to look back on my life and see it for what it really was.

Eugene: You know, twenty-eight is one of those perfect numbers. It’s equal to the sum of its divisors. I’m twenty-eight. I was twenty-eight. I think I’m going to have to go soon, Gwen.

(Voiceover) 
Eugene: In an average lifetime, the human heart will beat two million times. You’ll produce over eight thousand gallons of saliva and grow three-hundred-and-fifty miles of hair. You’ll eat the equivalent in weight of six elephants. Oh, isn’t life amazing?

(Voiceover)
Eugene: The average life is full of near misses and absolute hits, of great love and small disasters. It's made up of banana milkshakes, loft insulation, and random shoes. It's dead ordinary and truly truly amazing. What you've got to realise is it's all here now. So breathe deep and swallow it whole because take it from me, life just whizzes by.

02 June 2013

Doctor Who meets Star Trek (video)

I think I haven't seen a Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover before but I really like it. This video is from Kelvington.