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Nerdy Haul: Captain America and the Winter Soldier Review

nerdy haul

Hello people of the internet!

The other day me and Joe went on a little shopping trip and bought a few nerdy items that we want to share with you all.

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So we will start off with my Heisenberg jumper (or sweater).

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I am absolutely in love with this. I got it in the Primark men’s section and fell in love immediately, it is so comfortable and so amazingly cool. To buy this jumper I had to break my rule of not buying merchandise of a TV or film series without seeing all of it first. I’m only up to season 2 of Breaking Bad and I’m already hooked, besides, this jumper was too cool not to buy and really cheap too because Primark, am I right?

The next things I bought came from Waterstones (who are having a buy-one-get-one-half-price sale on all activity books, just saying).

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So we will start off with my Maps Activity Book by the Mizielinskis. I saw this book a few weeks ago and fell in love with the illustrations. I love doodle books like this, I think they are a great thing to just have lying around on your desk when you need to take a break from work or homework, they are really fun and easy and I love this one particularly. I think the illustrations are beautiful and the activities are nice to do when you’re bored and feel like a doodle. YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD FOR ACTIVITY BOOKS.

The second thing I bought from Waterstones was a Wreck This Journal. Everyone seems to have one of these at the moment and I thought it was about time I got one too. It’s such a perfect outlet for basically every time you’ve just wanted to throw a book onto your desk or stuff it in your bag but didn’t want to scuff up the edges. Personally I consider myself quite a perfectionist and there is nothing better than a perfect, neat journal, but this journal breaks all the rules and I love it, it makes me feel so free and I’m so excited to really get into it. Some of the activities are a bit weird, like ‘glue some bugs here’, but it says all instructions are open to interpretation so, hey, I could do anything right? 100% recommend this book for perfectionists, control freaks and anyone who is a little OCD.


Joe’s bits and bobs

Evening all, well this haul is actually quite important to me as I spent it with my first job earnings because I kind of have a job now, and nope it’s not doing this blog I do not get a penny from this thing, shocking I know because between you and me, Daisy is a real slacker when it comes to writing and sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who contributes. DISCLAIMER: This was intended as a joke, and I am  the serial slacker and Daisy sometimes feels like kicking me off the blog and has already changed the password once on me.

Anyway I got this rather wonderful guide to the TARDIS, from the makers of Doctor Who Magazine.

Look at it. It's shiny.

Look at it. It’s shiny.

Now Doctor Who Magazine (DWM) is a great publication and I’ve been a subscriber ever since I was a wee lad in 2007. DWM391_COVERBack then you used to get three great specials alongside the regular 13 issues yearly, but recently these specials got kind of lackluster and now they’ve done the pretty cheeky thing of making three more specials, but selling them outside of the subscription and charging £10!!! That’s a heck of a lot of money, but this time I couldn’t resist and so I forked out my hard earned cash, which took me two hours dressed as Batman at a kids party to make. And it hasn’t disappointed featuring in depth interviews with people involved with various iterations of the TARDIS, including a guy from America who out of pure luck managed to buy Paul McGann’s TARDIS console and restore it. It features lovely photographs of all the TARDIS sets giving them nicknames like Tennant’s Coral TARDIS and Smith’s Copper and Toyota models. Alongside each TARDIS interior, it profiles a standout story from that particular TARDIS, for example the Copper interior and my all time favourite story The Doctor’s Wife. Not only does it do all that but it also teaches you how to fly the machine and gives you a little bit more education on the real Police Box, that inspire the television programs spaceship. My only qualm would be that John Hurt’s War Doctor TARDIS is not analysed only getting a brief mention towards the beginning. 4.5/5

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And I got a bow tie because bow ties are cool.


 

Captain America and the Winter Soldier

The final thing we bought was Captain America and the Winter Soldier on Blu-Ray 3D.

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(back to Daisy) Before we watched it, Joe sold it to me as just as good as Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not sure that’s how it turned out to be but I did thoroughly enjoy this film. I thought it was exciting and compelling and full of juicy action. The only criticism I have is that it was lacking in the sense of fun and wit that we had with the Guardians. They had me on the edge of my seat and chuckling. Captain America and the Winter Soldier does what it says on the tin, I wouldn’t say I loved it but it was a great improvement from the first film and overall a great film with not much to fault. I think this film lost a lot of wow factor for me because I basically knew everything that was going to happen already, I knew all about Hydra and I knew Nick Fury was gonna die and then come back so there were no surprises for me.

(Joe hello) I saw this when it came out and I loved it finding it to be a great action thriller in a superhero context. I was shocked by the revelations that Hydra had been infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. since it’s inception and I was really intrigued to see where the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes from here. But on repeat viewings, it didn’t quite hold up as well, probably because I knew exactly what to expect and wasn’t shocked by the twists and turns. It’s still an immensely enjoyable film and one of Marvels strongest but it is definitely overshadowed now by Guardians of the Galaxy, easily my favourite film of this year. Also I yearned for more of Bucky/The Winter Soldier and was slightly disappointed by the title characters lack of screen time. However I think they’ve set up some really interesting stuff here for later films, and I can’t help but think  Steve Roger’s days as Cap are numbered. 8/10

 

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Liebster Award

Getting a comment saying that we had been nominated for the Liebster Award (an award, that to our knowledge, is passed on by bloggers to new blogs with less than 200 followers) was probably the most exciting thing that has happened to us in a while. When we created this blog, all we wanted was to share our love for nerdy things with the Internet, we never expected to get many views or follows, but deep down we had dreams of becoming a successful and famous blog. Now that is still a long way down the line, but to know that our blog could be read and be nominated for an award by another blogger is amazing, so Juliana Mare we thank you.

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Daisy

Hello, so followers of our blog will know that there are two of us running this show so I guess you will just have to deal with double the facts!

So without further ado…

11 Random Facts About Me: 

I hate and refuse to eat fish, seafood, or any food that has come from in or around water.

I was born in Malaysia, but I was raised and live in the U.K.

The thought of bellybuttons makes me feels sick, don’t ask me why, they just do.

I lived in Malta for one year when I was 9, and me and my new friend Imogen won the ‘Best Buddy’ award, not bragging but…

I have my own Hogwarts acceptance letter that my mum gave to me for Christmas.

Following the Christmas theme: I absolutely adore Christmas as much as I love Halloween. I just love decorating my house for the holidays, and if it involves fake spiderwebs and toy skeletons, the more the merrier!

Like millions of other people, I have been on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and I loved it and I love to annoy Joe when we are watching the Harry Potter films by saying, “I’ve been there”.

hogwarts yeahhhh

For my 16th birthday my mum gave me a scrapbook called ‘The Book of [my real name]’ (because Daisy and Joe are just ‘code names’ I guess you could say) to document my life which I have done 7 pages of so far.

I love cheese.

When I was 4 or 5 I ripped my thumb nail off trying to open a gate in my Primary School and the Head Mistress gave me a froggy plaster.

I have a missing knuckle on my right hand, nobody knows why, it’s just not there.

11 Questions from the Nominator:

1. In a fruit salad, what piece of fruit do you always choose first?

I always choose the strawberries first, because strawberries are amazing.

2. When you travel, do you prefer planning every detail or just seeing where the road takes you?

Well I have never been travelling alone, I’m not old enough to do that just yet, but I guess I would just go where the road takes me, because my motto more or less is ‘Just go wherever the music takes you kitten’.

3. Fill in the blanks. If I can accomplish _____ by the time I’m ____, I’ll die happy.

I don’t really like to set goals for myself, I prefer to just go with whatever I feel like at the time, if I set goals I will just be disappointed when I don’t achieve them. Besides, I want to be an interior designer one second and then a forensic psychologist the next, I will never make up my mind and my opinions and dreams always change. That said, if I can have my dream home (it doesn’t have to be a huge mansion, it can be the smallest bungalow, as long as I have decorated it to make it perfect) by the time I am… 35? then I will most probably die happy.

4. If you could go back in time and change one event in history, what would it be?

I wouldn’t, I would be too scared I would kill off the entire human race, make a paradox and suddenly I’m an Indonesian banker working on Wall Street with 197 cases of fraud hanging over my head.

5. What’s the worst experience you’ve ever had at a restaurant?

I haven’t really had many bad restaurant experiences that particularly stick out in my mind, I guess one time I was in Yo Yo and Beijing with a few friends, and I hate Chinese food anyway, but I loaded my plate up with a load of things I thought were onion rings, only to bite into one a discover it was, in fact, a squid ring, and if you have read the above listed facts, you can imagine this was quite the traumatic experience for me.

6. If you had to pick one outfit to wear for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It would probably be my favourite grey long sleeve top with my favourite red burgundy skirt and a pair of woolly cable knit tights that I can take off whenever I want, and also my favourite cardigan that I can take off whenever I want with my favourite coat that I can take off, wait for it… whenever I want, and in the coat pocket will be a pair of my favourite cream frilly socks to go with my dolly shoes that I love. This way I have an outfit that, with a little tweaking, is appropriate in all weather conditions.

This is what it would look like more or less.

This is what it would look like more or less.

7. What’s your favourite episode from your favourite TV show and why?

I would say my favourite TV show would have to be Bates Motel and my favourite episode would be ‘The Truth’. In this episode the issues, that have been plaguing the Bates family since they moved to White Pine Bay, are seemingly resolved in one night and we get to see Dylan (easily one of my favourite characters) gain a great personal victory. This episode overall is exciting and satisfying in all ways and we uncover secrets about Norman that we only ever suspected before. Thrilling and gripping, keeping me at the edge of my seat the entire time, this episode is definitely my favourite.

8. Describe the best concert you’ve ever been to.

Well I have only ever been to one real concert in my life, and that was to see Lana Del Rey. I went with my friend Jess, because we missed out on tickets to Beyoncé, and this started me off on becoming a huge fan of the Brooklyn Baby. It was the concert where she first performed her new song (at the time) ‘Young and Beautiful’, which she wrote for the film adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’ by Baz Luhrmann.

9. What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

I can’t remember the exact wording or if you can even call it advice but something I was taught by my NCS Mentor Amy was to always be unique and stay true to yourself because normal is underrated.

10. If you were to face a boggart from Harry Potter, what form would it take?

No ones going to believe me here, but I’m not really afraid of anything or anything that most people would consider to be feared, I suppose, spiders don’t really scare me, I think snakes are cool, the darkness is just the opposite of lightness, and there is nothing to the monsters under my bed. I guess if anything, my boggart would be an inescapable social situation or a room full of people staring at me waiting for me to do something impressive. Yeah.

11. If the Queen of England was invited to dine at your house, what three courses would you cook?

Something me and Joe always talk about doing is having breakfast-for-dinner, so the starter would be french toast (I make the best cinnamon toast), the main a full english, and desert; a big batch of pancakes with various toppings to choose from. I’m sure Liz would love it. P.S. I’ve seen her driving her car out of Windsor Castle, just saying, *sassy hairflip*.

~Daisy

Righty ho I think we’ve had quite enough of Daisy’s hilariously random anecdotes and witticisms for one day (just kidding I would’ve read paaaages more, that girl is the real deal), it’s time for The Joe Show.

11 Random Facts About Me: 

Well the first shocking worldwide exclusive that am revealing today is: my name actually kinda is Joe, in a middle name sort of way.

I currently am sporting a beard and I basically look like this right now:hollywood-beards-jake-gyllenhaalIn fact when I typed in the phrase “beard” into Google images, I did a double take and thought my image had been wrongfully uploaded to the interent without my expressed permission. But that’s life I guess.

I have been told I am one eighth Indian on my mothers side, which roughly equates to 12.5% Indian for all of those fans of Maths out there.

All of my life, I have been plagued with comments from people likening me to dark haired celebrities. In no particular order because quite frankly this list makes no sense, people I have been likened to are: Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Morrissey, Sid the Sloth, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Kevin James. If someone can do a face morph of all those people I’m sure my life will be greatly improved.

Sorry me again, I just quickly whipped up a morph of the above mentioned faces, and honestly, the likeness is uncanny.  

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~ Daisy 

I lived in Canada for 7 years and have dual citizenship with Canada and the U.K.

Ever since I was a young kid I have dreamed of becoming an actor on TV and the silver screen. I do plays from time to time and at my prom I recently got voted “Most Likely To Become Famous”. This was easily one of the most embarrassing things that’s happened in my life although I was quite proud of my speech; *teacher “What would be your dream role?” *me “uh… uh… um… ha I dunno, Doctor Who?” Let’s hope I get that speech thing down if I get any other awards.

I have been an obsessive fan of Doctor Who since I watched Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday when I was 9 and since then I have collected the official magazine since 2008, met Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy and made lots and lots of lists, because we Whovians love to make a list.

I have four mirrors in my room right now, not because I have vanity issues but because a) one came with my wardrobe I got from my parents b) another came with the house which by the way is new c) my actual bicycle tire mirror which I think is grand and d) the small flip mirror which I dunno is just there. Oh and by the way two of them are cracked! You know the old saying.

My eyebrows are pretty damn big, but not quite as big as that guys eyebrows who Walter White was rather rude to.

I also like cheese.

11 Questions from the Nominator:

1. In a fruit salad, what piece of fruit do you always choose first?

Ooh definitely the grapes, little pockets of juicy goodness.

2.When you travel, do you prefer planning every detail or just seeing where the road takes you?

Well I’m an extremely unorganised guy, so every detail would not be scrupulously mapped out, however I value my life and do not wish to sail into the abyss of unknowing and die, so I would have a fair idea of where I’m heading.

3. Fill in the blanks. If I can accomplish _____ by the time I’m ____, I’ll die happy.

Well there are quite a few things I’d like to accomplish by the time I die, but I already feel like i’m tempting fate by saying I want to be an actor. However I have always wanted to be able to play an instrument but never could get the hang of it, which annoys me greatly as I am passionate about music. In grade 6, I played the bass guitar for two months in the school band but could only play the b-note and so I quit just before the Christmas concert because I had literally no clue what I was doing. So yeah if I can accomplish playing an instrument by the time I’m 50-odd, I’ll die happy.

4. If you could go back in time and change one event in history, what would it be?

Yeah Daisy has a great point about ending up an Indonesian male banker if she changed time. I don’t find them attractive so it probably wouldn’t work out between us, so ordinarily I would not change time. BUT I think I would go back in time and put a stop to Frozen ever being made because my god the hype around that film is the worst and really makes me agitated. In fact when I saw it I didn’t hate it, I just thought it was kinda average it’s just the hype I loathe so maybe I would talk the Disney executives into giving it an extremely tiny release.Frozen_0

5. What’s the worst experience you’ve ever had at a restaurant?

Once upon a time a dumb shit went to Nando’s and assumed every dish had chicken in it. He ordered the Cheese and Mushroom burger because he really liked cheese. The thing was though he, who I’m just gonna call Cheese Noob to protect his identity, despised Mushrooms and thought he could just pick them out. When the meal arrived Cheese Noob discovered he had in fact ordered the vegetarian option and had in front of him a burger consisting of cheese and and a bloody great bit of mushroom. Feeling very foolish and unsatisfied, craving the famous chicken that he had been promised by Nando’s, Cheese Noob bit into his “burger” which was now just cheese in a bun. A sole tear, devoid of any chicken, ran down his noob-ish face. This was Cheese Noobs darkest day. This was my darkest day.

Yes, I am the Cheese Noob!

6. If you had to pick one outfit to wear for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Well I’m not too big on fashion as it doesn’t bother me that much, but I’d be pretty comfortable in a black and red checked shirt, cool coat, skinny jeans and converse of some sort, although I’d have to be prepared for lots of blisters with them.

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7. What’s your favourite episode from your favourite TV show and why?

As I’ve stated earlier and anyone who reads the blog will know Doctor Who is my favourite show. My all time favourite episode would have to be Neil Gaiman’s 2011 episode The Doctor’s Wife. Season 6 is not the best season due to it’s over reliance on the story arc, but this episode takes a nice break from that with a completely original tale finding The Doctor, Amy and Rory in a “bubble universe”. The TARDIS enters the body of a woman named Idris, giving the time machine a human form for the first time in the shows 50 year history. The episode is a fascinating insight into The Doctor and the TARDIS’s long relationship and offers a profound amount of emotion and humour. It is a joy to see The Doctor interacting with the TARDIS for the first time and we see that in witty, flirty banter, written by one of my favourite novelists Neil Gaiman. Also the subplot with Amy and Rory and the entity called House controlling the machine aspect of the TARDIS taps into the darker element of the show that I enjoy.

8. Describe the best concert you’ve ever been to.

I am ashamed to say I’ve only been to one concert and what’s really annoying is that my parents go all the time without me like they recently saw Fleetwood Mac(!!), but this concert featured The Black Eyed Peas and Weezer and I had a great time. My main memory is of being hoisted into the air on two occasions by an old crazy man in a Hawaiian shirt whilst dancing like a lunatic. Yeah I did scream a bit because that kind of thing doesn’t happen in my day to day life. What was really strange and quite a funny contrast was his wife, who sat in a deck chair the entire concert and read a book. But Weezer were great and Will.i.am had this cool metallic laser mask thing so I won’t forget it.

9. What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

Do not flush kitchen roll down the toilet.

10. If you were to face a boggart from Harry Potter, what form would it take?

Well I have really bizarre fears like whenever I’m ill I dream of this ominous brown paper bag which is alive and taunts me, also swimming pools, hairless cats, animals that display human qualities and sound like they’re talking, and finally what’s beyond the universe. I also fear of ending up alone and the closest people around me dying. So what does the boggart become? I really have no idea and I think it would surprise me but make a lot of sense. So for now I’m gonna go with like a massive hairless cat, but I don’t think it really would be that.

11.If the Queen of England was invited to dine at your house, what three courses would you cook?

Well I’m sure by now The Queen is getting a bit sick of her usual high class fare and going to the Ritz for tea, so I think i’d take her down a peg or two and give her a taste of boring old real life and  just get her a Burger King meal for tea. I mean it’s got the Royals seal of approval otherwise they wouldn’t be able to call it Burger King (duh). And I mean you get the chips for a starter, maybe a triple whopper if she’s lucky for a main, and the drink is sweet enough so that’s the desert. I’m sure Liz would love it and be calling me up all the time, asking if I fancy going round and having it our way. Oh and I’ve seen the Queen and Prince Philip too Daisy, IN CANADA OF ALL PLACES.

Well that’s me done and once again I’d like to thank Juliana Mare for the nomination it really does mean a lot seeing as we expected no one to ever see our blog.

~Joe

So we hereby nominate:

Views from the Sofa

Popcorn Whiskey

Ramblings of Rachools

The Speech Bubble

Sarcastic Goat

Peter Lewis

Dead Guy Comics

The Primitive Entertainment Workshop

Martys Meanderings

Carrying the Gun

Dave’s Corner of the Universe

So there you go guys, keep on doing what you are doing because you are really good at it and have a wonderful day.

Questions for Nominees:

  1. If you could choose your accent, what accent would you have?
  2. What is your favourite meat, and why?
  3. If you could cast a Patronus, what animal would it be and why?
  4. What was the first film you saw at the cinema, and what were your memories of it?
  5. If you could only drink one drink for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. If you could have a superpower for one day only, what would it be and what would you do?
  7. If you had to live one day of your life over and over again, which day would it be?
  8. If you could transport yourself into any fictional world (it can be any book, TV, film, comic book, YouTube video umm… blog? yeah), what world would it be and why?
  9. If you had to live your life in only one colour (that is you have to wear only that colour, paint your walls that colour, everything you own will be that colour), what colour would it be and why? (you can have variations of shade in said colour)
  10. What is the strangest human encounter you have ever had?
  11. What was your favourite album 5 years ago and what is your favourite album now?
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WKTD’s Funniest Search Terms

So fellow bloggers will know that when you peruse your stats there’s a section entitled ‘Search Engine Terms’, here you can see what people typed into Google (or Bing/Yahoo/Ask whatever you go in for) to get to your blog and me and Joe have had some amusing ones so we thought we would share them with you.

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I hate xmen dofp

I’m not sure if this is funny or just offensive. I’ll have you know X-Men Days of Future Past was a great film.

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michael fassbender sitting down

I guess someone just really wanted to know what Michael Fassbender looks like sitting down, I’m sorry to have disappointed you with no such pictures, but here I have one now:

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mcavoy fassbender missed you so much

Clearly there are a lot of Fassbender fans out there. And a lot of James McAvoy fans. And I guess one fan just really missed them both.

3.

killed heart

This one is just disturbing. I promise you we have no killed hearts on this page. Sorry to disappoint.

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i know what killed the dinosaurs. mondays

No, silly person, what killed the dinosaurs was…

the ice age

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So at number one we have the baffling…

my rubber live sarin immune to your charms

Clearly a drunk squirrel tried to type out our catch-phrase (I hate to disappoint you but my rubber lips are immune to your charms) and failed miserably.

So that’s our list of funniest search terms, did any of your search engine terms make you chuckle?

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Doctor Who: Into the Dalek chit-chat

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Hello again, WKTD are back with the latest Doctor Who Series 8 review, Into the Dalek. This episode was written by Phil Ford (The Waters of Mars, various Sarah Jane Adventures episodes) and show-runner Steven Moffat. This is the third episode of relaunched Doctor Who to have a co-writer and sees the long awaited return of Phil Ford, who penned the dark and creepy David Tennant episode, The Waters of Mars. Interestingly this series features three episodes co-written with Moffat, we think it’s because he wants to be heavily involved with the characterisation of the Twelfth Doctor. So without further ado, we take a look at Twelves first encounter with the evil Daleks, and the introduction of Clara’s new bit on the side, Danny Pink…

Overall, Daisy and I had conflicting opinions about this episode, and surprisingly I was more negative this time.

 

I did not like this episode much at all. Was it the fault of the writing, acting, or visuals? Mostly no. The problem was the Daleks. What?!? A hardcore Doctor Who fan who doesn’t like the Daleks??? Yes they exist. I view the Daleks as baggage, something that the show feels obliged to feature even though it is more than capable without the. They have existed since the program’s second serial, 1963/1964’s The Daleks, and the pepper pots are responsible for catapulting the show to mainstream success with the “Dalekmania” of the 1960’s. But nowadays what else can they really do? In my opinion there is nothing unique about them, they are purely evil creatures who’s purpose is to kill anything that isn’t them. Now I have seen Dalek episodes I enjoy such as 2012’s Asylum of the Daleks of the and 2005’s Dalek. But I just didn’t feel that we delved into any compelling territory here, the idea of a good Dalek has been explored before in the aforementioned Dalek and look where that got the Doctor, it killed nearly everyone in the base. The fact that the Doctor is foolish enough to venture into his most hated adversary is difficult to understand, as he surely knows there is no such thing as a good Dalek, and he certainly worked that one out by the end of the episode.into the dalek 2

As for Peter Capaldi’s performance, it’s once again very strong. At first I had a major problem with him not showing any ounce of sorrow over one of the soldiers death, and I found the way in which he brushed it off to be rather un-Doctor-like. Thankfully Clara was there to give the Doctor some humanity. However I gave myself some context here and considered that really the Doctor has been trapped on a war torn planet for hundreds of years up until recently and so you would start to become quite resistant to death. I feel that the Doctor’s personal struggle to recover from those events could be his major character arc this season. Jenna Coleman is also very good here, and i’m really enjoying the way she’s being written this series.

Talking of what Clara’s been up to, there’s a new man on her radar and that’s former soldier Danny Pink. I am really intrigued by his character and i’m looking forward to seeing his inevitable encounter with the Doctor, as his anti-soldier agenda will clash heavily with Danny’s background. Also Danny struck me as a very strong man, and has obviously been damaged by the events of his former career. But the fact that a school kid managed to make him draw a tear takes something, and so I look forward to possibly hearing what really went on, and perhaps it’s linked with the Doctor in some timey-wimey way. Coincidences are few and far between in this show.

As for the Missy reappearance, I found it interesting because my original thought was that she was assembling the Doctor’s enemies. But this time we see her welcoming one of the soldiers who fought alongside the Doctor. However one thing I did pick up on was that she was the only soldier who really questioned the Doctor and remained doubtful of his ability to get them out of the Dalek. Perhaps Missy will manipulate her against the Doctor somehow.

Ben Wheatley’s direction of the episode is once again fantastic and the part where they journeyed into the eyestalk was extremely trippy and looked amazing in a creepy way. However I did find the setting very bland and it looked kinda like it was filmed in a Welsh warehouse. The CGI was strong and I did enjoy the Dalek’s shooting from their warship.

So overall I wasn’t very enamored with this episode but to be honest this was my least anticipated episode when I went into this series. Next week sees Clara asking the Doctor to visit the infamous Robin Hood and his merry men! I personally can’t wait because it looks very vibrant and upbeat and Ben Miller plays the Sheriff of Nottingham. See you peeps next week.

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WKTD Thoughts on ‘Celebrity Fanaticism’

 

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Hello there again readers!

So following on with our new style of blog post we have going on, recently me and Joe were discussing celebrity fanaticism and how easily people are infatuated by celebrities. The conversation started when I was listening to Ed Sheeran and Joe said ‘How many girls do you think Ed got before he was famous?’, probably not a lot, lets be real (sorry Ed). So this got us talking, why does being famous suddenly make someone 100x more attractive? And then I started thinking about fangirls and stuff and I thought about myself in regards to celebrity fanaticism and I said:

 

Daisy: Is it weird that I can say I’m honestly not a fan of any celebrity?

Joe: Oh yeah, no, not really. I find people that latch onto one celebrity strange.

Daisy: I mean, there is not one celebrity that I ‘love’ and am ‘fanatical’ about; some I like, some I dislike. I don’t really get obsessed.

Joe: Yeah, I know at the end of the day they are just normal people.

Daisy: They are just people, their thoughts and opinions and actions don’t really affect me.

Joe: I have ones that I like but really it’s their character that they play that I like, once they stop playing them, I lose interest.

This is something that I completely agree with and think is the difference between people who are celebrity fanatics and people who aren’t. 

Daisy: I love Loki as a character, and I think Tom Hiddleston is a really nice guy, but that’s as far as it goes.

Joe: People that like Hiddleston and Cumberbatch get REALLY obsessive.

Has anybody else noticed this? 

 

So yeah that was basically it, after that we went on a tangent and started talking about how we should post discussion like this on our blog!

P.S. to any die-hard fangirls reading this I’m really sorry if you were offended, this is in no way a jab at fangirl culture, it’s just interesting to notice the difference between fanatics and non-fanatics (like me and Joe, although his Doctor Who magazine collection certainly says different). It is really interesting to see human passion and what it can extend to and being a fan is just human nature, we hold celebrities on a pedestal in society and we judge them on things we would never judge a stranger on the street for, we see so much of them we feel like we know them, however, they don’t know us at all. Just a few thoughts, I hope you enjoyed. 🙂


This was only a short one but hopefully in future we will post longer discussions, if you agree or disagree with anything we said please comment below. Thank you 🙂

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Doctor Who: Deep Breath chit-chat

Okay (I really need to stop starting sentences with okay, I’m so sorry) just a few things; first off we haven’t forgotten about our Liebster Award nomination, that post is 99.9% done we just need to work out our nominations, we have accepted it please don’t take it from us! Secondly, we were thinking about changing up our blog and instead of doing this whole news reporter thing we have got going on, start posting discussions we have, because me and Joe talk A LOT about a wide range of things and so it would be so easy to just share our thoughts and opinions with you. 🙂


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So today we have our thoughts on the first episode of series 8 of Doctor Who ‘Deep Breath’:

Overall both me and Joe agreed the episode was very good.

Joe: ‘Very, very good. I enjoyed it immensely, although I thought the Vastra and Jenny thing was a bit too far’

If you don’t know what he’s referring to, they referenced to their marriage about 5 or 6 times (probably more) in the episode and in the end ‘shared each other’s breath’ if you know what I mean… and yeah me and Joe felt it was a bit overkill. We get it, you’re interspecies lesbians, welcome to the modern world.

Daisy: ‘I didn’t feel like I was watching Doctor Who’

It’s true I didn’t. Although, as Joe said, watching a new Doctor often feels like that, to quote, ‘when Matt Smith came along I felt like I was watching a whole new show’. That’s exactly how it felt watching ‘Deep Breath’, although there were some familiar characters (Jenny, Strax, Vastra and Clara) it was still very new and unfamiliar.

Speaking of Clara, Vastra and co., these were characters that, up until ‘Deep Breath’, I almost despised. They were highly underdeveloped and void of personality in my opinion and basically plain annoying (please don’t hurt me) but in this episode I really felt we got to see so much of Clara we never saw before and I actually liked and related to her. As for Vastra, I thought she was rude, patronising and overtly sexualised, however, Jenny was likeable and Strax was almost funny at times.

Joe: ‘I thought Clara was great, very well developed’

We spoke about a few more things to do with the episode; what we thought of the new TARDIS, who ‘the Woman at the shop’ is, the sonic screwdriver, Capaldi’s outfit… you get the idea. We also spoke about what we thought of the theme of the new series.

Daisy: ‘They’ve gone for a very steampunky feel’

That they have, cogs, clockwork, Victorians and top hats galore. I think its a very bold move and some people will love it some will hate it but overall I quite like it.

We also discussed how the episode was shot. Before, me and Joe criticised the way the old series’ were shot (particularly David Tennant’s era). To quote Joe, ‘It’s shot like a soap, do you not think?’, I’m not sure I fully agree but I certainly think the show was lacking in the visual department. We decided the Tennant’s era was shot in very orange-yellow tones and Matt Smith’s era was shot in very blue-green tones, and although we’ve only seen one episode, this series seems to be very grey-brown. If this makes any sense to you please comment below so we know we aren’t crazy.

Okay so now to hear our theories on ‘the Woman from the shop’:

I’m probably wildly wrong but I’m 99% sure it’s the weird woman who was at the end of the episode in ‘heaven’ and at first when she said ‘boyfriend’ my mind immediately dubbed her as some incarnation of River Song, however, I’m less confident of that now as Joe has informed me she is supposed to be some Gatekeeper-of-Another-World that will appear in the finale.

Joe reckons ‘Missy is a bit too obvious’, whatever that means. He also thinks ‘the Woman’ is someone from Galifrey and he reckons the ‘heaven’ shown at the end is also Galifrey however I’m a little skeptical as I thought Galifrey was supposed to be more orange. He’s also talking about Clara going to another dimension and being sent back to the Doctor by this Gatekeeper chick because ‘she wants them to stay together’. He’s read the synopsis’ for every episode in series 8, but I have no clue what he is on about as I have not (spoilers). I really should leave the Doctor Who stuff to him, I’m just not a die-hard fan like he istumblr_n7zb7gLHy01saqi8wo5_500.


 

Hello it’s Joe here, and yeah Daisy’s said pretty much everything I thought but here I’ll geek out with all of the tidbits I’ve picked up concerning Series 8. Regarding this Missy character she has been referred to in promotional material as the “Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere”. Now I don’t know about you but that sounds pretty inter dimensional to me, a bit like that Heimdall dude from Thor. Gallifrey that planet of The Doctor’s, is frozen, existing outside of our own universe. Perhaps this Gatekeeper, guards the passage into the pocket universe in which Gallifrey is located. Maybe she’s assembling an army of the Doctor’s foes from this series, as she knows The Doctor’s new mission is to find his home. She could be there waiting ready to stab him in the back when he arrives, which begs the question, who the hell is she? She could possibly be The Doctor’s first wife/girlfriend, y’know the one who he must have had in order to have a granddaughter Susan. I mean for all of Doctor Who’s 26 year original run, Gallifrey remained intact still out there in the cosmos. But The Doctor avoided it like the plague, every chance he could to get away. He was even president but neglected his duties. So maybe he was just trying to get the hell away from his crazy Mrs and abandon his family. You guys with me?? Guys? Okay moving on.

The two part finale is entitled Dark Water and Death in Heaven, which confirms this heaven and Missy thing is the recurring arc of the series. All that we know is that the Cybermen  and The Gatekeeper feature and Steven Moffat cryptically hints, ” It’s about Clara and the Doctor and the fact that the way they interact might not be healthy for everyone around them.” My guess is that The Cybermen aren’t the main attraction here and we are in for somthing much much worse.

Anyway I thought Deep Breath was a fantastic start to a new era, Capaldi so far has been a very funny and complex Doctor, who I’m sure will show many different sides in the coming weeks. Also I loved Matt Smith’s cameo at the end as we’ve never seen a Doctor check in to reassure his companion and I thought it was a great and heartwarming moment, giving us faith in this new mad Scotsmen called The Doctor. Hopefully next week we do the same thing, with episode 2, ” Into the Dalek”, which sees The Doctor and Clara literally inside a Dalek, can’t wait! ~Daisy and JoeNDWs08-Trailer-1196