If you haven't watched "Children of Earth", DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS RADIO PLAY. Otherwise you're totally going to be spoiled. And that's all I'll say -If you haven't watched "Children of Earth", DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS RADIO PLAY. Otherwise you're totally going to be spoiled. And that's all I'll say - other than this was AWESOME....more
Oh, Rory. Never change (though I am quite pissed about how I got spoiled re: his future on the show, but don’t mind me). The idea of Rory checking hisOh, Rory. Never change (though I am quite pissed about how I got spoiled re: his future on the show, but don’t mind me). The idea of Rory checking his email and letting in all of his spam as holograms had me in stitches. We honestly need an episode like that since the ones in season six so far haven’t been the happiest of episodes as of yet. Regardless, I love these two (semi-new) companions and the fact that they’re (technically) the first husband and wife to be companions on the TARDIS. This story (since I was only sent the first issue out of the four or five that are going to be in this collection when published) is definitely reinforcing that love.
Well, now that we’ve seen the contents of Rory’s spam inbox in the form of holograms (I can’t decide which is better – the talking stapler (which is supposed to be the MS Word talking Paperclip) or the bellowing bittorent demon (probably supposed to be a sendup of demonoid), we know what kind of internet habits he has. Even though most people still get those emails for the little blue pills and whatnot. I love that all of the spamograms turned into actual monsters/demons and threatened to eat all of our heroes. But most of all, I love how the spamograms turn into actual beings with feelings and thoughts and desires, not unlike humans. Just, you know, not entirely solid of body.
But of course, as with nearly every episode of the series, there’s the Moral Dilemma. Or Moral Problem. Or Questionable Moral of the Day. Here, it’s whether or not Holograms are sentient enough beings so that they can be free and have their own planet and live their own lives, not being subject as servants to the whims/orders of others. I think the author here definitely has an interesting point that we all need to think about, especially with the advent of Watson (the new chess-playing supercomputer) – do AI entities have enough sentience to be given and treated as beings with ‘free will’? It’s not something explicitly brought up (aside from the Stapler’s plea for the Doctor to do something), but it’s still given as a take-home for all of us to think about long after we’re done reading this issue of comics.
And again, this is why I love “Doctor Who” – it manages to NOT stuff the Moral of the Day(tm) down our throats, but introduces it in a sometimes so roundabout way that we don’t even notice until we’re done watching that particular episode, or that entire season. It gives us something to ponder on afterward, and for us to work out the answer for ourselves.
This is a great volume definitely not to be missed if you’re a fan of Eleven, Amy, and Rory. And I guarantee that you’ll want to be facebook friends with the Stapler, afterward. I know I do.
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Very heavily based on recent events at the CERN institute in Switzerland, but with that familiar Torchwood twist we've come to love. Oh hay, real scieVery heavily based on recent events at the CERN institute in Switzerland, but with that familiar Torchwood twist we've come to love. Oh hay, real science to boot! Another bridge to Season 3, probably not a good idea to listen to this unless you know what happens at the end of season 2. I loved hearing the entire cast back again, sans, of course, two certain team members lost in the end of season 2. An excellent radio play!...more