November 17, 2012

Two five-decade-running pop culture franchises have iconic lead characters who have been played by multiple actors. That discrepancy is directly explained for one, but not the other. But if you look closely, you may see that "Skyfall" provides compelling evidence that James Bond is a Time Lord.
  • Bart Simpson of The Simpsons has been on TV for about 23 years, and has not aged a year. Perhaps not a Timelord, but certainly a time traveler who works for an hour each week and then jumps forward to the next week. (But Larry King's wife is on her eighth Timelord regeneration and still going strong).
  • And let's not even get into the multiple regenerations of Kenny on South Park.
  • ...and I was having a discussion with new Doctor Who fan (started watching the new version a couple weeks ago and is now halfway through Series/Season 6) who wanted my opinion on who would be "the next Doctor". First, I told him I thought Matt Smith would only drop the sonic screwdriver when they pried it from his cold, dead hands (he didn't get the reference, he's kinda young), but then pointed out that much of the speculation involved the likelihood they'd go for a non-British-white-male. And I just now realized that if they do get an Actress for the role, there's a good chance her outfit will lean toward the Magic Nanny look... I don't know if that's a good thing or not.
  • If the next Dr Who is a black female American, that will be it. Especially since there are only supposed to be 12 regenerations. Oh, and there will have to be a laugh track.
  • I could see Whoopi Goldberg handling a sonic screwdriver. No problem.
  • Here's an alternative interpretation of "Skyfall": Bond is BBC's Sherlock because the villain is SO Moriarty. The HiJinks Ensue comic provides various alternative interpretations of pop culture stuff when it's not torturing its various bearded characters (including Wil Wheaton)
  • one more Whovian thought (with a SPOILER, if you're not caught up on the show): with Amy & Rory sent back to the 1930s to live their lives in America, that would have made them about the right age for Henry Fonda & Kathryn Hepburn's characters in "On Golden Pond". Coincidence? I certainly hope so.