Report from the Whoniverse
The world of Doctor Who has gone crazy with the announcement of Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor. Some say he’s too old for the part— even though he’s the same age as the actor that played the First Doctor. Some young and biased fans have been complaining that if the Doctor is played by someone that old, they won’t watch because old people aren’t interesting.
To those ageists I say this: why are you watching Doctor Who then? The Doctor, as a character, has been way over 55 years old since the start. The Fourth Doctor was 500 or 700 (I can’t remember). The Ninth Doctor was 900. The Eleventh passed the one-thousand-year mark early on. And recently the Twelfth has admitted to being over 2000, though he doesn’t look a day over 1999.
Compared to that, a 55-year-old like Peter Capaldi or myself is a mere child. It’s the Doctor, the character, that must be monumentally uninteresting due to age. At least for the silly people who make such bigoted judgements.
Now, the modern series of Doctor Who is not perfect. I’m uncomfortable with the extent that they push sexuality and same-sex marriage at the audience of what was at the outset largely a children’s program. But that’s the world we live in now, where very few television programs are the sort one could watch with under-18 family members in the room.
I very much enjoyed the two episodes featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and am very much looking forward to the next one. Yes, I miss Matt Smith and David Tennant. And Tom Baker for that matter. But the new Doctor feels like THE Doctor to me, just as the others do. He’s the same guy. Just with scarier eyebrows.
If you blog, you probably long for more visitors and more comments on your blog. A blog longs to be noticed.
The über-bloggers out there, like Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop, spend lots of time visiting other blogs and commenting there.
I don’t know about you, but I often feel shy about commenting on other people’s blogs if I don’t know them. For me, doing a blog hop makes the commenting easier. There is less pressure about coming up with a great blog comment, because we are all in the blog hop together.
I love participating in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. There are loads of blogs to visit. But they are all writer’s blogs, and represent all genres. This blog hop was planned to be genre-specific, and to include readers and fans of the genre as well as only writers. I think it will be a good opportunity for bloggers in the genre who would like to get their blog noticed.
You will see that there are not many people signed up as yet. That’s actually an opportunity. You can become one of the founding members of this blog hop!
What about commenting? There are not many blogs on the blog hop to comment on today. But I have a way out. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop was just last Wednesday. You can follow the link above to their web site, and find some additional blogs there to comment on. That way, if your goal is to comment on 10 or even more blogs today, you can make up for the lack of blogs on this blog hop this month.
Next Voyages blog hop is: Oct. 4, 2014
Twitter hash tag for the blog hop: #VoyagesBlogHop
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