One fat geek's SUCCESSFUL attempt to regenerate into a not-so-fat geek by watching the entirety of Doctor Who while walking on a treadmill

Three Million Steps!

May 16 2018
Three Million Steps!

I am still sick. Not horribly miserably sick, just sick enough to feel like my body is comprised of 90% phlegm. So I skipped push-ups yet again today, but I forged through on the treadmill which managed to bring my overall total to more than three million steps since I started this ridiculous project.

This morning's viewing was the first Eleventh Doctor story, so let's talk about that.

The Eleventh Hour

(TARDIS Data Core recap)

This story marks the biggest sea-change in the program since the end of The War Games. The entire cast and production crew changed over, so as of today's episode we have the youngest Doctor ever in the person of Matt Smith, and writer Steven Moffat (The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, Silence in the Library / The Forest of the Dead) has taken over as show runner. We also get a brand-new HD camera-friendly TARDIS console room, a brand new arrangement of the title theme, a new logo, a new opening credits sequence...  It's just new, new, new all over the place.

Regarding the Logo: love it

Regarding the new theme arrangement: not a fan, too bombastic and overwrought.

As for Matt Smith, he nails it right out of the gate (although, in all fairness, this was actually filmed fifth in production order - so he had already had plenty of time to settle into the character before shooting his first-to-air episode). His opening interactions with young Amelia Pond are priceless, up to and including the fish fingers and custard. After so much time spent in Lonely God mode, now we get the Madman With a Box and it brightens up the show considerably. No mistake, he will get his chances to be dark and brooding, but for the time being we are back in romp mode.

The gist of the story is that the TARDIS crashes into Amelia Pond's yard, the two of them bond over the mysterious crack in Amy's wall, and then the Doctor goes back into the TARDIS promising to return in five minutes. Unfortunately those five minutes actually take twelve years, and by the time he gets back Amelia has grown up and become Amy (dressed in a sexy Kiss-O-Gram Policewoman outfit, no less). The mysterious Prisoner Zero has been hiding in Amy's house all this time, and the alien Attraxi are hunting for him and threatening to incinerate the Earth if he is not returned. Of course in the end the Doctor does a Very Clever Thing, along the way finding his new distinctive look (including a bow tie, because bow ties are cool).

He manages to disappear again for two more years before returning for Amy, who runs off with him to see the universe. She fails to mention, however, that the reason she needs to be returned home by the next morning is because she is getting married to Rory the next day. Oops.

There are just so, so many hints and setups in this story. Of course the crack in Amy's wall, which will run throughout the season. Then there are the mentions that the Pandorica Will Open and the fact that Silence Will Fall. Moffat has a grand plan from day one that will take him all the way to the big Fiftieth Anniversary celebration and beyond.

If I didn't feel so crappy, I'd feel awesome about it all. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

STATS:

Doctor(s): Eleventh
Companion(s): Amy Pond, Rory Williams
Episode(s): The Eleventh Hour
Steps Walked: 7,561 today, 3,003,074 total
Distance Walked: 4.00 miles today, 1,566.55 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 0 today, 3,714 total
Sit-ups Completed: 0 today, 929 total
Is Anything Cool?: Yes, of course. Bow ties are cool!
Weight: 252.94 lbs (five day moving average), net change -54.36 lbs


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