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I’ve Seen the Gracepoint Pilot, and We’re Going to Be Okay

The Paley Center is screening new fall pilots this weekend, so I braved New York’s latest heat wave yesterday to sit in an air conditioned theater and watch television. I was there for all of it, from Ioan Gruffudd’s suave man scarves in Forever to the comic book fun of The Flash, but I was especially there for Gracepoint. When David Tennant’s name appeared onscreen, we heard an audible swoon from a group a few rows ahead of us, and we knew we were amongst friends.

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It’s Raining Tens: A Weekend at Gallifrey One

FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 14. LOS ANGELES.

“They always throw it on Valentine’s Day because Doctor Who fans are available.”

That’s what actor/ writer/ comedian Toby Hadoke said on Friday night to a packed room full of Whovians. Fair play, Toby. But if you’re not going to surround yourself with people who love something enough to fly across the country and talk about it, what exactly is the point of Valentine’s Day?

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The Doctor Who Episodes I’d Show You First

One of my coworkers started Doctor Who last month. I’d just left a screening of David Tennant’s Richard II (gold. nail. polish) when I saw his “Doctor Who: it’s happening” Facebook status and promptly offered the constructive comment “SHUT YOUR FACE.” Other friends chimed in with their own excitement, but when my coworker finally responded to the thread, all he said was, “Kelly, I was waiting for your comment.”

I think I’ve been found out. I want to share this show with everyone. If we spend any time together, I’ve probably got a gateway episode all picked out for you, which I will never, ever bring up in conversation, because that’s too much pressure. You can’t watch Doctor Who for anyone but yourself. But if you ever decide you want to watch it for yourself, I’ll be at your place within the hour with ice cream and a personalized guide to ruining your life the British sci-fi way.

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2013: The Best of TV

Welcome to 2014! Sherlock is back (and Greg Lestrade is lookin’ FINE). Community is back. Victor Garber is back. David Tennant is coming to American television. Parks and Rec hits its 100th. I’m finally going to watch Scandal and The West Wing (#resolutions). It’s all very exciting. But before we jump into the new year, let’s look back at the best of the last. (more…)

Doctor Who Review: “The Day of the Doctor”–Home the Long Way ‘Round

“You told me the name you chose was a promise. What was the promise?”

Craig Ferguson said it best: intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism. The Doctor is the one who makes people better. He couldn’t even handle calling himself the Doctor and fighting a war at the same time, because war doesn’t fit who he promised to be.  (more…)

It’s Bigger on the Inside, or How I Fit Fifty Years of Feelings into a Single Weekend

This weekend was like Doctor Who Christmas: the 50th anniversary. FIFTY YEARS, YOU GUYS. Ours is the little show that could, and now it has, and like its title character, it’s still making people better.  (more…)