Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Princes of the SciFi universe

There are many bands and many songs that make up the soundtrack to my life. But none are likely to be as prominent and significant as Queen. In part because one of my uncles was and is a huge fan and I could not help but be exposed to the music whenever I was at my grandmother's house. But there are two things that cemented me as a fan other than the legendary music of this legendary band. Flash Gordon and Highlander.

It's still rare that a band exclusively handles the soundtrack and score to a movie. But when it happens it can be magical. It would be difficult to imagine either Highlander or Flash Gordon without Queen. I would dare to say that both of these movies legacies would not exist without the music. Lets put this in a contemporary context. Could you even imagine Tron Legacy without the music of Daft Punk?

Yes, Flash Gordon is a little cheesy. But it is the good kind of cheese. And the music of Queen had an epic feel that enhanced the movie and made it a sci-fi classic. The same epic music helped Highlander become another sci-fi classic. A current attempt to remake Highlander seems to be falling apart again and as far as I know (really hope I'm not jinxing this) there are no plans for a Flash Gordon reboot. I think it would be difficult to reboot either without people missing Queen in the mix somewhere. It is possible to go without and still have good films. Anything is possible after all. But there would be high soundtrack and score expectations. Besides, when the originals are this good, there is no need to try and replicate the magic.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Willy Wonka is The Doctor

I know this just exists in the same world as fan fiction, but has anyone ever considered that Willy Wonka could be an unknown incarnation of The Doctor? Lets do the math. Eccentric in manner and dress, has a cheery and playful nature that masks underlying anger and regret, etc. You cannot tell me that this guy...

 ...would not fit in this lineup.

And based on the evidence, stuff like Wonkavision and the other gadgets in the chocolate factory have Time Lord technology written all over them.

Do we even need to discuss the Oompa-Loompas?

They are not of this world. Saving an entire species from extinction, hiding them, and keeping them employed? And giant geese that lay golden eggs filled with chocolate? The Doctor would never be involved in things like that.  And what is with saving a chocolate factory? Well, what if somehow the factory was necessary and critical to some future timeline?

Don't you think the Golden Tickets and selecting a child to run things fit in with something Doctorish? I mean, you wouldn’t really be surprised if The Doctor conceived of this kind of plan, would you?

I know this is just a funny little connection that I cooked up in my head. But it's a fun little thing to dwell on.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Another round of Doctors

With the official confirmation that Matt Smith will finish his run as The Doctor in November, there is even more speculation as to who will Doctor Who. I have already thrown out a few names for the sake of speculative fun. As most of those names are of people that are fairly well known I don’t really see any of them as having a chance to even be considered. As has been mentioned before, Doctor Who has worked so well with having a relative unknown actor taking the helm. This way there is no chance of any baggage from past roles bleeding in. For instance, Benedict Cumberbatch would make an excellent Doctor. But would we be making comparisons to Sherlock? Would we look for and wanting to see elements of Holmes in his performance? Maybe it’s better for a potential Doctor to make the role his or her own while only having to live up to the enormous expectations of following in the footsteps of the past 11 actors instead of living up to the 11 and his or her past roles.

As of this weekend, reports from various sources have the role being offered to Rory Kinnear.

You would have seen him in the past two James Bond films. If true, the role of the doctor is his to pass on. But until the news is official I’d like to mention other names. Two name that have already been brought up and two that I don’t think have been brought up.

Siddig has currently been on Divinci’s Deamons but most would recognize him as Doctor Julian Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. These and his many other roles probably put him out of contention, but it’s still a nice thought. But you have to admit, Alexander Siddig as the Doctor one again going back to World War II, more specifically the Battle of Britain, and meeting an RAF pilot played by Colm Meaney would be a funny nod to Trek.

A more likely choice, Serafinowicz has appeared with Simon Pegg in various projects such as Spaced and Saun of the Dead. He was also Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. He has done dark and menacing, obviously, but his skills in comedy would definitely be a bonus if playing The Doctor.

Newberry is Kieren in the new BBC zombie drama, In the Flesh. He has had various other minor roles including Teddy Lupin in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If In the Flesh does not work out, maybe Doctor? And if not this time, he is young enough for the next time.

My current favorite pick for The Doctor would be Richard Ayoade. I know him best as Maurice Moss in the BBC comedy, The IT Crowd. A series that you should really watch if you have not already. You would have also recently seen him in The Watch alongside Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill. I think it is safe to say that Ayoade has quirky comedy down. He has shined very well in comedy and in the nerd/geek world. The Doctor would be a natural fit.

For now it looks like the role of The Doctor may be all locked up. But if not, there are still some very good choices out there.

You can see my previous picks here:
Who will be your Doctor? Part 1
Who will be your Doctor? Part 2
Who will be your Doctor? Part 3
Who will be your Doctor? Part 4