I love Doctor Who and the 11th doctor’s run. Having been a Whovian since I was a child in the 80s Tom Baker is “my” doctor; I’m open to changes in the show and the character. However, I obviously wouldn’t be writing this if I was happy with how things are going with New Who. Matt Smith has acted masterfully even if most of the episodes have only been enjoyable cheese fluff. My now all time favorite episode from all 50 years worth of Doctor Who is one of the serious episodes from Matt Smith’s tenure. Vincent and the Doctor.

The thing is Matt Smith has become my favorite New Who doctor… for all the WRONG reasons.

His Doctor the most like any of the classic doctors as are his stories. The thing is that Old Who was a different era when it came to television. Though, I love Old Who I do see that there are inherent things that just do not transition well into the 21st century. A prime example is the Doctor’s attitude toward women. Something it would seem that Steven Moffat does not see.

I am a fanboy and proud. But, a fanboy should not helm a series: because there will be too much fan service. Also, since Moffat is a fanboy of the original series he is slowly molding New Who into what Old Who was. Though canonically it is the same Time Lord and therefore in some ways the same show. There are huge differences between the two. Having some fan service is great. I bounced up and down in my seat the first time I saw Matt Smith’s face in the credits. That is good fan service. Little references that only fans of the original series is also good fan service. Bad fan service is trying to mold the new series into what the old one was.

In both the 9th and 10th doctor eras there were some really serious themes that made you give a damn. In the 11th doctor’s era we’ve learned not to care. What started out with promise became one convoluted plot twist after another. I found myself caring less and less as our intrepid hero and his hapless companions are put through one trail after another… unscathed.

If Steven Moffat really wants to go back to some of the old ways; how about this one: Kill someone and have them STAY dead.

No easy outs. No magic McGuffins that somehow someway explain why the doctor was able to save everybody. Now, I will admit this is not just Moffat. Yet, he has shined a spotlight on a glaring issue with New Who in general. No one dies. In Old Who with every adventure you had to worry that a companion would die. This went up as the number of companions did. New Who needs to ask for some cajones from Robert Kirkman when it comes killing off their darlings. It is time for them to keep things secret and stab every one of us fans in the heart. Make us CARE, really care about a companion and then yank the carpet right out from under us. Make us scream at the TV.

Make us know that this time, maybe just this once… everyone doesn’t survive.

However, one thing I will say positive about Moffat is that he stays to cannon. The problem is it is only Old Who cannon. It isn’t good that he makes it blatantly obvious that he couldn’t care less about New Who cannon. There needs to be a balance between the cannon of both. I feel I maybe in the minority here. However, I agree with bringing Gallifrey back. It was the only way the doctor could be given another set of regenerations. So, Gallifrey had to come back. But, we did not needed the huge middle finger that the War Doctor was to New Who cannon. Don’t get me wrong. I loved Day of the Doctor, I saw it both the day it aired as well as in 3D in the theater. However, there was no need to rape cannon in order to bring back Gallifrey. I’m not going to get into my theories about The Moment at the moment.

Now… we move onto series eight with Peter Capaldi as the 12th doctor. I’m tentatively hopeful that we are going to get an intense, serious, (hopefully) curmudgeonly doctor. I think we need some serious stories without the cheese that was what made Matt Smith’s era fun.

Not serious like walking away from exploding space stations (Don’t even get me started on The Waters of Mars… just don’t). But, the kind of seriousness that makes us really care again. The kind that makes us seriously wonder who other than the Doctor is going to survive. The kind that gives the show a meaning again beyond silly silly fun.

Oh and bring the Rani back nothing says she was on Gallifrey during the Time War.

Till Next Time my Fiends and Fans,
Maverick:

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2014 Year in Preview ~ Life & Times

by Omega Orion Maverick on 2013/12/27

2014 Year in Preview
2014 will be a wonderfully insane year.

It is going to be the year to change the game for me; I truly believe this.

52/365:

Starting out, I plan to write, edit, and release 52 10~15,000 short stories in 2014. I am also taking this to the next level by releasing them in audio around the same time they are released in written format.

52/365 Plan:

Here is where, how, and why I will be releasing them in this way.

All 52 Stories will be released on Kindle and Kobo (possibly other venues as well if I can figure out Smashwords). The first week they are released they will be $0.99 the week thereafter they will go up to $1.99. There will be five short story collections which will equal 104000 words which will be priced at $6.99 making them less than half of what buying all of them would be. The audio will be free.

This will also be your opportunity to watch the evolution of a writer. I’m going to be learning a lot along the way and will be writing here about it.

COVERS:  I will not have time to design covers and I am not good enough to do all 52 covers by far. I also know the time sink digital design can be (I really enjoy it). So, I am hoping to bring some artists along for the ride. I will give anyone who designs covers for me FULL credit. This will be on the cover (which is unheard of), in the book, on the website where they will be being released (PurpleLightningPublishing.com). If no cover is available I will be making a simple one color cover with the title. I will be using different colors for different genres.

EDITING:  At this point I am planning on doing all the editing myself. However, if anybody wants to help with editing you will get full credit in the book and on the website. It could be used to build your portfolio of editing work.

At the end of the 2014 the stories with the most individual votes (sales) will get the “full season treatment” in 2015.

This maybe crazy but I have never been known for my sanity and I will make this happen.

Podcasting:

As I say above, I will be recording the audio of the stories. I will also be producing two and hopefully three podcasts (as long as I can get my equipment upgraded).

1.  Hell is Full: Horror Never Dies!

Continues as my flagship podcast. I have changed it to a short review podcast which cut the production time greatly (which will be exceedingly important in the coming year). However I will also be working to push the brand forward by writing at least one blog post a month.

2.  The Bates Motel Podcast

We’ll see what the future holds for Mr. Norman Bates.

3.  BDSM Related Podcast

This will be my big podcasting project in 2014, I am hoping to have all of the needed equipment in January.

Other writing projects and assorted things & stuff:

As some may know I finished the editing of The True You Manifesto: How I Found My Best Self without Losing My True Self in December. This will be being released as 52 chapters every Wednesday in 2014. Who knows what there maybe that will need to go into that.

Hoping for BOUND to be back in 2014.

I also will be writing here at Omega Maverick dot com more.

I will be doing “The Productivity Report” at the end of every month showing my metrics on productivity in podcasting, writing, and any other endeavors that I have those kinds of metrics on.

The fact that I have never been a focused person in the slightest will make this coming year all the harder. Yet, being that it is one of the things I worked on in 2013, I will have an easier time having laser sharp focus in 2014. Which is why I will both be collecting these metrics as well as why I will be sharing them. Because if my ADD ass can make this type of focus happen so might other people. I will not only be transparent in the metrics I am also going to be such when it comes to my strengths and failures along the way.

I know that I will have a few periods of the year that will be harder than others. The summer is likely to be a tough point as there are normally a concert or five I attend. I also have a party that I go to at least once a month and I am planning to go to Playa Del Fuego in the Spring (Memorial Day Weekend) and possibly in fall as well (Columbus Day Weekend). So, I will have to make sure my word count in the weeks prior is more focused than the rest of the year.

Plus all the whos and whats that will come along along the way.

So, with my 2014 planned out I hope that you my fiends and fans have had a good 2013 and have an amazing 2014.

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Confidence – My Schizophrenic Life – Podcast 004 January 2013 (Recorded Nov 2012)

25 January 2013

In what was supposed to be the November 2012 episode… but I got quite busy. I talk about confidence…

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Emotions & Control – Just for the Hell of it – Podcast 003 October 2012

24 October 2012

In this third episode, Omega Maverick goes on about his emotions and gaining control of them and bi-proxy himself.

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Friends & Family – Just for the Hell of it – Podcast 002

29 September 2012

In this episode of the Just for the Hell of It podcast, Omega Maverick talks about the struggles of feeling close to people and how friends are family.

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A Hoarding Story – Just for the Hell of it – Podcast 001

18 August 2012

In the first episode of the Just for the Hell of It podcast, Omega Maverick talks about letting go of the Ultimate Star Trek collection.

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