I was going through some student records to track “longitudinal progress” across the calculus sequence at Komplexify U when I cam across the following entry in an industrial engineering (the branch of engineering concerned with optimizing complex processes) student’s record:
I just found out that actress Daveigh Chase stars as both the Hawaiian troublemaker Lilo in Lilo and Stitch and the haunted TV terror Samara in The Ring. All I know now is that the latter makes watching the former a lot creepier.
The opening of Doctor Who has been pretty much set in stone: an ever-improving visual of the Time Vortex and a glance of the Doctor, or the TARDIS, or both, all set to the iconic OOO-WEE-OOO WEE-OOO-OOO theme. Don’t believe me? Here’s fifty years of Doctor Who openings:
You just don’t mess with a classic.
…Except, of course, when you do.
Like most web-savvy Whovians, one from Leeds called Billy Hanshaw decided to make his own opening sequence, opening within the cogs of a Time Lord’s pocket watch before firing the TARDIS not through the Time Vortex by rather an infinitely spiraling clock (a bit like Clock #9 from my clock post) and ending with the Seal of Rassilon:
It turns out that Doctor Who showrunner Stephen Moffat saw Hanshaw’s title sequence and pretty much thought it was the bee’s knee’s and the Dalek’s … knaleks, I guess? And so with Hanshaw’s permission (and some minor tweaks) it became the Series 8 opener. Here’s a side-by-side for comparison:
So, apparently, a fan can occasionally buck with a half century of tradition it becomes and official part of Who canon. With that in mind, I present you Stephen Byrne’s opening for the Animated Adventures of Doctor Who:
Get on it, Moffat. I would watch the hell out of that show.
So Superbowl XLIX (which I cannot help by pronounce as ex-licks) is over, much to my relief, partly because I dislike football in general*, but mostly because I don’t think I can make any utterly immature jokes about Tom Brady’s or Bill Belickick’s deflated balls that haven’t already been made.