Theatre Thursdays: The Tempest

I’m not going to lie to you: the main reason I wanted to watch this movie is because I have become an unabashed Ben Whishaw fangirl following Skyfall, and I needed more of his stupid face in my life.

Whishaw plays Ariel, and he does an awesome job, but he turned out to be just one impressive actor in a sea of great performances. This movie features, among others, Helen Mirren, Alan Cumming, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, and a bunch of other fabulous people. Continue reading

The New Doctor I Didn’t Know I Wanted Until Just Now

I love Doctor Who. Love love love. But the role of the Doctor has been a white British boy’s club since its inception, and it’s really time that changed.  Personally I don’t think there should be a non-British doctor – the show is so iconically British that I think that would be a terrible move. But there are lots and lots of nonwhite British dudes and lots and lots of British ladies that would love to step into the role. (And before we get tetchy about the Time Lady thing, it’s in canon that Time Lords can switch genders over regenerations – see Eleven talking about the Corsair in “the Doctor’s Wife”.) I’ve always thought that the first step should be to get a person of color piloting the TARDIS, but I read something the other day that absolutely knocked my socks off and made me want a Time Lady ritenowplzkthxbai.

Helen Mirren mentioned recently in an interview that she thinks it’s time for some more female representation in the TARDIS – specifically of the Gallifreyan variety.

“I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don’t want to just be his sidekick.”

(As an aside, I love her mentality. So many people who watch this show want the Doctor to come take them away. She wants to be the one initiating the adventures. It pleases me.)

Will this actually happen? Who knows? I know it’s usually relative unknowns who get their start from the show, rather than Academy-award-winning big name stars taking over, but I would love to see this. Matt Smith can’t be the Doctor forever. (And bless his soul, but I’m hoping he won’t be the doctor for season 8.  How great would a regeneration into a lady Doctor be for the start of the 50th anniversary season?)

And oh, what a regeneration scene that would make.

Any thoughts on the idea of a Gallifreyan Helen Mirren, dear readers?