Did you hear the giant sucking sound this week?
No, I'm not talking about the low pressure across the Eastern seaboard thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
I'm talking about the noise of displacement as I was finally sucked into one of the final geek franchises I'd avoided until now.
Damn you BBC and your new Doctor Who
I know I'm late to the party. Like, "the hostess is almost done cleaning up after everyone else has already left" late, but, better late than never.
Don't get me wrong, I've tried Doctor Who
before. It seems like Tom Baker and his scarf were always on PBS in my formative geek years. I did what I was supposed to do. I tried it. It never took. I was a superhero/Star Wars
kid. Baker in his floppy hat and technicolor scarf couldn't hold a candle to Batman or Han Solo.
Maybe it was the production values. The old shows looked like they were shot by college students at a public access channel. I've done this. I know the look.
Man, I hope no tapes of my turn as a trench coat wearing plainclothes detective have survived.
But I digress.
The new Doctor Who has production value and heart. More importantly, for me anyway, Christopher Eccleston's Doctor was engaging. I dug what he did with the character.
And, yes, since I'm saying did in the past tense. I'm on to David Tennant.
Of course, giving the Doctor an engaging Companion didn't hurt anything either.
And, if she's good enough for The Doctor then she's good enough for us.
Please say hello to this week's cheesecake, Billie Piper.
Ms. Piper first rose to fame in the UK as a pop sensation scoring a pair of number one hits, including this one.
Following her pop career, Ms. Piper returned to her first love, acting. This, of course, led her to becoming the first Companion to the new Doctor(s), Rose Tyler.
After exiting the TARDIS for the final time, Ms. Piper has worked steadily, most notably as high-end call girl Belle Du Jour on Secret Diary of a Call Girl
Let's hit the links.
The worst band shirts you'll ever see.
Movies that define "bad movies."
A Ministry of Silly Walks clock? Yes, please.
Don't touch Daddy's electronics!
Doctor Who meets Breaking Bad? My head may explode.
The Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis means that show you like...doesn't really exist.
Tropical storm fun: The Saga of Epsilon and Zeta
Whedon on Romney
Devo – LIVE! – ‘Gut Feeling’, NYC, 1977
Gwar goes trick-or-treating
HuffPo to interview John Lydon, calls Doug Stanhope by mistake. Stanhope does interview as Lydon [AUDIO]
Easy-to-follow instructions from one of the kings of barbecue.
The Easter Island heads have bodies.
And finally, Ron Swanson is the voice of Axe Cop. The universe has once again achieved harmony.