That Tardis time of year…

Finally the months have passed around once more, and here we are now with a new series of Doctor Who. This is the second with older Doctor played by Peter Capaldi, and with that first series gone and done, we hope he can relax into his own focused version of what the character might be.

Many people did think that in that first series with Capaldi, he came across as a strange and uncomfortable mix of confused, depressed and anxious, which just did not seem like the Doctor that most people knew and loved. But then, this is an older actor, older Doctor (visually at least) and after Tennant and Matt Smith.

We are now at the third episode of this series and well, there is obvious change. The first dramatic and fun two-part tale was really great, uniting the Doctor and Clara with Missy, and confronting Davros and the Daleks. This was a fantastic way to start things, many great lines of dialogue and great performances generally I think.

There have been a few slight but noticable changes with Capaldi-Who I observe. Hair style a little more ruffled, character possibly more fun, assured, care-free so far.

One big continued issue with many Whovians has been how prominent Clara has been over the last couple of series, almost taking over the show, some believed. That is possibly an over reaction, but it has been good to see such a confident young female character alongside the lead male, with many regular monents of triumph, courage and opinion. Is it really so bad that we have such a confident, modern companion currently?

So there has been change to the Doctor so far this year, we should wait to see what comes next. When will the sonic sunglasses come out again?

The ways of space travel…

Now you may have noticed that the new Ridley Scott sci-fi movie The Martian is out in cinemas from last week, it has recieved mostly postive reviews it seems. It is a film adapted from an already quickly respected and well recieved novel from only a few years previous.

I may go and see this flick, as I am both a sci-fi film and Ridley Scott fan equally. This does though now have me thinking about the number of SF movies focused on exploring Mars, the Red Planet. Are there too many of these kinds of movies? Why always Mars?

I understand that this mysterious planet is possibly one of the most close to our own in a number of ways, but should we not consider and explore some the other known planets around us which are regularly ignored and forgotten?

Another question which comes to mind now-are science fiction films becoming far too serious again? This may be due to very interesting continuing research and investigations from NASA and other international space missions and tests, but in some ways I yearn possibly for just a little more fiction and imagination.

I understand also that films such as The Martian, Interstellar and Gravity from the last few years were partly made thanks in some ways due to the ground-breaking filming techniques and camera and CG overlap, allowing effects on screen never previously available to such stunning levels.

Such we still expect aliens and first contact in SF movies on the big screen? Are we just far past that time now?