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Hello everyone.... A terrible earthquake happened in Kathmandu, Nepal. There are 688 people killed ... some of my team are still there and there was some difficulty in communications. There was an avalanche in mount everest too. My sherpa friends... i tried to call them but i cant contact them.... 😢😢😢.

KIndly Please pray for Nepal... this is going to be a MAJOR CRISES for them... I just thank the Lord that i haven't left for Nepal.. which i am supposed to go there since last month with my team... 😢😢😢😢

(Pic taken during my trip to Kathmandu, Nepal)
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Last night after work, I was going through my Netflix queue looking for something to watch, and ended up checking out Digimon Tamers, a newer series of Digimon known outside Japan as season 3 of Digimon Adventure. Watched the first 3 episodes last night and it seems pretty cool. Basically, it's related to Digimon Adventure in that some Digimon from DA are mentioned, but in the Digimon Tamers universe, the events of DA and DA02 are a TV show which has spawned a TCG, which hero Takato plays with his friends. However, his card scanner from the TCG somehow morphs into a real Digivice, and when one night he tries to scan the drawings he's made of a Digimon he made up called Guilmon, his notepad gets stuck in it and the device of its own accord scans the pages and creates Guilmon for real.

The main difference so far between this show and DA is that all the action - including battles and Digivolving and stuff - takes place in the real world, rather than the digital world. Battles are supposed to take place in a "digital field" represented in the real world by a strange mist, but the last couple battles haven't. The advantage of the field is that battles can take place with no real-world damage (like this one battle that happens in a parking garage where a few cars get damaged). Also obviously the main characters are different, though Takato kinda looks like Taichi from DA.

Anyway, it's worth checking out!
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+00 Gundam Oh I am very familiar with the games. I've been playing them since Blue Version. The only ones I haven't played are the Gen 3 ones (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald) and the newest ones (Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire). At the time the Gen 3 games came out I had sort of fallen out of love with anime so I didn't play those. 

I also am very familiar with Tamagotchi. I'm 30, I lived through that.
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"Do you think he changed them, in their graves?"

Started watching "The End of Time" Part 2 and Wilf asks The Doctor this when mentioning his wife being dead.

Somehow this line seems more chilling given what The Master does in the Series 8 finale...
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+Megan McClung  I quite agree with you, I have hated this season. The biggest issues I have with this series come down to two characters Clara and Danny. Their romance, I didn't buy it for one second. I understand nervousness around someone you're attracted to but, my goodness, that was just a whole different level of uncomfortable before "The Caretaker." 

I also only liked Danny in "The Caretaker." When he was introduced, he was the same, boring soldier character I've seen so many times before and he never really developed beyond that role until "The Caretaker." His first introduction awful. Crying I front of your class? seriously? that scene was meant to make me pity him but it just made me against him the rest of the season, not because I believe in gender roles or whatever, but because Danny tried so hard right up front to make us pity him and make his class pity him. It didn't work though because I wasn't emotionally invested in this character so why should I care. 

I don't want to talk about the finale so I will list the only things I liked. I enjoyed the female version of the master and the death of osgood. those two things can't save the episodes and I will never watch those episodes again, but they were good. 

When it comes to the Christmas episode, my main issue is I became so confused. So we've got the face-hugged a from alien climbing on peoples faces so inception can happen. Inception is tied with Les Misérables for my favorite movie so I should like the dream within a dream stuff, but here, I just don't. I was so confused on if everything was a dream or not and there were so many fake-out endings. Okay, so santa is meant to show that your in a dream, right? So why was there a tangerine on Clara's windowsill at the end of the episode? Are they still in a dream? Also, does that mean all of Doctor Who is a dream because, remember in "A Christmas Carol" when the Doctor showed a kids a picture of him, Einstein, and SANTA at a club or something. 

I didn't really care for the elves or Nick Frost in the episode either to be honest. 

Also, I think now that the series is over the show needs to be renamed after the main character of the show, Clara. Did you notice how the new doctor was basically put on the back burner so Clara could have the spotlight?

Any way, that's my thoughts on this season. I have many other issues, but those are the main ones. Other than the first season of the revived series, I think this is my least favorite season. I got through it though, something I can't say about the first season.
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So finished watching "The Waters of Mars." All I can say is, dang. This really is when all the loneliness and stuff gets to Ten and he just cracks. Goes totally mad. I mean, the whole time he knows what's supposed to happen to Adelaide and her crew, and he knows he can't stop it, since it's a Fixed Point. That's why when he realizes where he is he keeps saying he has to leave. Like Adelaide says, he's not a coward. He just knows he can't save them, and he knows that the longer he stays the more he's going to be tempted to change history and save them anyway. And he almost does walk away and let them die, almost DOES overcome the temptation. But then he stops, he sees the base blowing up from afar, and he thinks of all the times he told people all the other Time Lords were dead, that he was the last. And even though it's wrong, and he knows it's wrong, he goes back and saves them, just cause he knows that with no other Time Lords left there's no one to stop him. He can do whatever he wants, Laws of Time be d***ed, and no one will know. And when he does manage to save Adelaide, Mia, and that other guy, he considers it a victory and even kinda gloats about it. It's only after Adelaide shoots herself to preserve the future The Doctor told her about (her granddaughter becoming a space pioneer and stuff) that he finally realizes what he's done, realizes that he went too far. It's a very humbling moment for him I think. I doubt he imagined he would even go that far.

People have pointed out that Ten says "and they will obey me" in this episode, which is remarkably similar to The Master's classic phrase "You will obey me" that he often used in Classic Who when hypnotizing people. I've always believed The Doctor and The Master were two sides of the same coin - and in fact that idea is exactly what Missy!Master sets out to prove in the Series 8 finale. That deep down they are not that different after all. The Master as a character was conceived, according to Terrence Dicks, to be the Moriarty to The Doctor's Holmes, and one of the things about the Holmes/Moriarty matchup throughout Sherlock Holmes canon is that they are both brilliant men, equals in practically every way, and yet one is a consulting detective, fighting against and solving crimes, while the other is basically the crime boss of all London. Yet the roles could just as easily be reversed. As for The Doctor and The Master...The Master was good once, and he probably could be again if he really wanted to. On the flip side, episodes like "The Waters of Mars" show That The Doctor could just as easily go dark, become as bad as The Master has become. And in a way, his Companions help with that, help keep him good and sane - Ten himself admits Rose made him better. And later, in "A Town Called Mercy" when Eleven starts going in a similar dark direction, Amy calls him out on it, saying he's been alone too long. Considering that in light of "Waters of Mars"...thank God Amy was there TO call him out on it. Imagine if she hadn't been there. Clara does a similar thing with Eleven in "The Rings of Akhaten" (getting on his case when she thinks they're running away) and with Twelve in "Kill The Moon" when he refuses to help. (Interestingly, she does the opposite in "In The Forest of The Night," telling him to leave and save himself, and he calls HER out on it).

Anyway, sorry for the tangent...but if any episode shows The Doctor's character - and why he needs Companions - it's this one.

(I don't know why I think so deeply about these things...must be my overly analytical Asperger's mind)
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Very interesting you need to write more!
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Anybody out there familiar with dice rolls and modifiers in live-action RP? I tried to use the Doctor Who LARP gamebook Time Lord a while back to help develop a OC Time Lady character I'd created (despite knowing pretty much nothing about LARPing...it was pretty much just a out-of-the-box character development exercise), but the book itself doesn't have much on character creation. A supplement was created, however, to solve this. But although there is an appropriate character template (Experienced Time Lord), I'm not sure how to figure out her abilities. Certain abilities can be raised to a higher number than the base number by dice modifiers. But all it says on the sheet is things like "Strength 3 (1+D3)" or "Awareness (3+D3)." I figured out the parts in parantheses are the dice modifiers, but I don't know how to use them. The same is true for Skill Points - it says "Skill Points 21 (2D6)." I checked elsewhere in the supplement and in the gamebook and couldn't find an explanation. Any help? (I should mention all I have dice-wise is a pair of normal 6-sided dice, which I bought from a collectibles store cause I was reading this "choose your own adventure" book that occasionally required dice rolls).
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I am starting to think my Torchwood crossover adventure for my Alys Reed story is not going to work. Was just browsing this article about Torchwood Three, and apparently the Hub was destroyed during the events of Children of Earth, and it doesn't look like Jack & Gwen stay around Cardiff after Miracle Day. Plus, according to RTD, the Rift has closed for good (his take seems to be that it got closed when The Doctor closed the cracks in the universe). So not any reason for The Doctor to go to Cardiff to refuel either.

That being said, I haven't actually seen Torchwood yet (after catching up on New Who, I decided to take a break before watching Torchwood and the rest of SJA), so maybe once I do I can figure out some solution.
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+Emma Song A bit too much I think. To the point that it probably wouldn't be that plausible. Mainly I was playing with the idea of Eleven meeting Jack and didn't think about logistically how it would work. Obviously couldn't change the year there too much with how careful Jack was not to meet The Doctor before he was supposed to (after getting stuck in the late 1800's when his vortex manipulator broke). Even my plot element of The Doctor and Alys going to The Hub to look for Jack & Gwen is ruined now since The Hub gets destroyed.

There were some promising elements - Alys's reaction to Jack's immortality (she actually thinks he died, and then when she finds out the truth, she gets upset and slaps him), Jack meeting River at the end (a lot of fans want that), and a comment from Jack where he feels sorry for Alys when he learns she believes in fairies (a reference to the Torchwood episode "Small Worlds"). Maybe I can rework it, or maybe I'll have to cut it. At any rate, I'll probably hold off on writing it till I've actually seen Torchwood.
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Just caught up on the first two episodes of Broadchurch Series 2 and who do I see? Adjoa Andoh (Martha's mom) and Eve Myles (Gwen in Torchwood)! Seems more DW actors are making their way to Broadchurch. 😃

Andoh is only in the first episode, as some unnamed therapist Ellie sees (at least I think she's a therapist; the context of the scene suggests that). Eve plays a recurring character named Claire Ashworth who has to do with that other case Hardy was involved with before coming to Broadchurch. 
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LOVE BROADCHURCH AND ITS USE OF WHO ACTORS! :D
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Finally watched "Last Christmas" a couple nights ago. Not as part of the Christmas marathon - I gave that up - but by itself.

Seriously why do all these people think it was dumb? True, there's a lot of Whouffle (or Whouffaldi or whatever they're calling that ship now) and that's not my OTP but oh well. Yes it was about dreams like "Amy's Choice" was. (Some people have said "Last Christmas" was just "Amy's Choice" all over again). But I still thought it was good even if the plot was a bit of a mind screw. But then, like The Doctor said, dreams are disjointed, they usually don't make sense, and so it makes sense for a story that deals with dreams and how we distinguish fantasy from reality to be similarly disjointed.

The dream with the old Clara and The Doctor was kinda bittersweet. It was also a nice throwback to "The Time of The Doctor," to that scene where Clara comes back after all that time and The Doctor is really old. They even had him help her pull the Christmas cracker, like Clara did for the elderly Eleven. 😢

Nice that we got to see Danny too, even if he was a dream. Speaking of Danny, they didn't devote much time to the fact that Clara lied to The Doctor about Danny and The Doctor to her about finding Gallifrey - just that one scene where they admitted to each other that they lied, and that's it. Maybe it'll play out more in Series 9.

I never believed in Santa as a kid - that was never a thing in my family - but I actually kinda liked Nick Frost's Santa. He was pretty sassy. (And a bit full of himself; Capaldi points out in one of the Inside Looks that that's why The Doctor can't stand Santa here). Also Dan Starkey (Strax's actor) plays Ian the elf - I thought one of the elves sounded familiar.

Anyway, this is just my initial reaction. At least, after almost 3 months, I've finally watched it!! And plus, having watched it, I have now seen every episode of New Who that has aired. It took a long time, but I am finally caught up!
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+Julia Baker Oh I see.
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Just watched "The End of Time" Part 1 for the first time. I have to say, The Master's eating is kinda gross. I couldn't even watch him eat that turkey.

This episode features Wilf as the Companion!! I love Wilf. He's awesome! I noticed he has those antlers on from "Turn Left" again ha ha (actually he has them on in "Voyage of the Damned" too, I just realized last night). Also liked that scene everyone keeps talking about referencing Bernard Cribbins's real life military career, the one where the mysterious lady says to him that he never killed a man. A great scene.

Wilf leading all those old people to look for The Doctor too LOL.

Also cool to see Bernard Cribbins in a TARDIS again, having seen Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD, the Peter Cushing DW film Cribbins was in in 1966. (I watched it on YouTube via Lionsgate's VOD YouTube channel; it's on Amazon Instant Video now though).
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I think my best friend might be right. Donna Noble kinda grows on you. I hated Donna the first time I saw "The Runaway Bride," thought she was real whiny and stuff, but now that I just rewatched it, she's actually not that bad.

Mind you, she's still not my favorite Companion or anything.
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I don't think she'll ever regenerate since she's not a full Time Lord.  i would, however, love to see her matched up with Capaldi at least once.  maybe that's one of the wrongs he needs to correct, he goes back and 'fixes" her so she gets her memories back without her brain exploding
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A random thought: "Kill The Moon" and "The Waters of Mars" are related. Not only do they have similar plots (early colonists in our solar system led by a woman, danger from native creatures, Doctor refuses to help initially, moral crisis of do we destroy the place we're on or risk destroying Earth?, TARDIS crew has orange spacesuits) but at the end Twelve says the people on Earth seeing the moon egg hatch and give birth to that creature is what re-inspires them to explore space.

"Kill The Moon" is set in 2049. "The Waters of Mars" is set in 2059. So clearly the events of one led to the other, sort of. Humans got interested in exploring space again, and people like Adelaide Brooke stepped up to the plate.

Although I don't understand why in "The Waters of Mars" they keep mentioning Earth having issues with solar flares and stuff if trees protect us from all that like they suggest in "In The Forest of The Night." (And they keep having issues with solar flares until at least the 29th century, as indicated in "The Beast Below"). 
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Look, Earth's used so much human history in its running that there is little left for Doctor Who to explain in some weird and wonderful way.
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Hi there. My name is Lara. That is not my real name but it is the name associated with the Gmail account this profile is associated with.

Primarily this profile is for promotion of my Doctor Who episode analysis blog TARDIS Thoughts. I have included my other, more personal Blogger blog (Misty's Blog) on here as well for the heck of it.

I am 28 years old and I live in Southern California. I am like Rose from Doctor Who - stuck with a humdrum job and longing for adventure. I recently graduated college and am in that limbo time of trying to transition to real life. I am Christian, geeky, a bookworm, and not as girly as I probably ought to be. I'm also an Aspie; i.e., I have Asperger's Syndrome, an autistic spectrum disorder. So I guess you could say my view on the world is...different, to say the least.

So, check out my profile and my blogs and stuff. Ciao!
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