Welcome to the latest Kasterborous newsletter, in which we reflect upon last week’s most popular articles (mainly those involving Jenna-Louise Coleman!) and take a look into the use of language in Doctor Who.
Right at the bottom of this edition you will find some hints about what is coming from Kasterborous. We’ve been teasing you for a while via the newsletter and a few of you have got back demanding answers.
That’s what you get for teasing, I suppose!
However, while answers aren’t available just yet, we’ve got a few more clues for you. But you’ll have to read the newsletter or jump to the bottom to find out more…
But you don’t want to do that yet! Let’s take a look instead at the most popular items of last week on Kasterborous.
- Top news stories
- So: Who Is Jenna?
- The Wrong Doctor?
- What’s In a Name, Jenna?
- Who Is Mr Invincible?
- The Next Undead Doctor
- From the Vortex: Dictionary Corner
- Win Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
- Sneak Peak Coming Soon From Kasterborous…
So: Who Is Jenna?
You’ve got to hand it to IMDb. The way it makes it so easy for people like you and me to update it regularly makes it less reliable than Wikipedia, especially when it comes to shows that have a big fan base.
Which is why an entry for Jenna-Louise Coleman is causing such a stir among Doctor Who fans on Tumblr.
It would be easy to dismiss this as nonsense – after all, Red Dwarf‘s Norman Lovett was supposedly cast as Davros in The Parting of the Ways back in 2005 – but we won’t be drawn into any unnecessary spoiler-breaking about the nature of the Doctor’s new companion, regardless of how fan-baiting it is.
In fact, rewind. This isn’t fan-baiting. It is positively explosive!
The theory, of course, is that young Susan is the daughter of the alt-Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, and either named after you-know-who or perhaps an earlier incarnation of An Unearthly Child.
What do you think? A load of old space junk or a glimpse into the vortex? Let us know!
If you chose to avoid the spoiler, you’re best off avoiding the comments below, too…
The Wrong Doctor?
On Saturday morning, nice and early at 7am, Matt Smith was in Cardiff Bay ready to begin his leg of the Olympic Torch Relay, a custom dating back to 1936 in the lead up to each Olympic Games.
But many Doctor Who fans have been a bit upset that David Tennant, the previous incarnation and the one who actually carries the torch in the much-maligned Fear Her, wasn’t asked, despite a long-running online campaign.
Matt joins a string of celebrities to carry the torch, such as perma-tweeter Will.I.Am (who clearly has no idea on how to pronounce his name) and departing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. In fairness, he looks great carrying it and seems to be thoroughly pleased to have been asked – understandably so.
Of course, all of those people saying “where’s David Tennant?” should probably consider that there is plenty of time for the ex Time Lord to get involved. The torch still has to visit Northern Ireland, Scotland and the North East before heading back to “that there London” and the games in July.
So sit tight, you never know…
What do you think? Fan of the Olympic games? Appalled by the celebration of a custom introduced by the Nazis for the 1936 games right here in the UK? Find it all a bit trivial and over-egged?
Or would you rather just ignore it all and watch Doctor Who? Tell us below!
What’s In a Name, Jenna?
Those of you who haven’t been living in a cave for the last few months (nothing wrong with a good solid cave, excellent for staying off the grid and not getting disturbed by rowdy football fans on match day) will have been hearing all about the new girl that’s set to climb aboard the good ship TARDIS during the Doctor Who Christmas special 2012. The Ponds will be long gone and the Eleventh Doctor will be ready and waiting to welcome Jenna-Louise Coleman’s character with open arms.
But there’s still so much that we don’t know, the Doctor’s newest friend is shrouded in mystery and is apparently going to provide a fiendishly fun back story. But apart from a few tantalizing and cryptic hints, we’ve got nothing.
…other than the unlikely possibility that she might be called something amazing…
…and this one additional little morsel.
This is all based on rumour mind you and nothing has been confirmed by the Doctor Who team but fans who were watching the recent filming for the 2013 set of Doctor Who episodes with Coleman’s character in them swore blind that they heard her character’s name used, which is apparently “Clara”.
Let’s be honest, you were probably expecting something completely different weren’t you? Maybe “the Emperor”, or “the Controller” or “Mavis” but never Clara!
However at this point there are no facts to back this up apart from a few tweets on Twitter so don’t think about this too much just yet.
Although she most probably will be called Clara.
Who Is Mr Invincible?
Torchwood, it seems like only yesterday we were enjoying the marvel that was Miracle Day and now…well now we have to wait for news of a new series.
But worry not, because like any good Doctor Who related project, the show will be kept alive through spin off media that keeps the series alive and fresh!
Coming soon to an audio adventure near you is Mr Invincible, an audio exclusive adventure read by Tom Price (faithful Sgt Andy Davidson in many a Torchwood adventure, last name not to be confused with Davison, eagle eyed Doctor Who fans…) regarding a plot about a gunshot survivor who decides to become Cardiff’s answer to crime by donning a superhero costume to tackle the cities evil doers. But this is Torchwood; nothing is ever going to be that simple:
“Ross Chapman is one of life’s losers. So when he survives a point-blank shooting, dons a superhero costume and becomes a crime-busting vigilante, something strange is clearly going on.
And Ross’s transformation isn’t the only odd thing happening in Cardiff. Time is distorting – around the city, some people are ageing, dying and decomposing in a matter of minutes, while others are reverting to childhood.
Sgt Andy Davidson knows he’s out of his depth – so when Jack Harkness sweeps into the police station, he’s glad of the help that only Torchwood can provide. But for Jack, the stakes are higher than ever. He’s seen a vision of Gwen, dead, murdered by an unknown gunman. And if he can’t solve the mystery of Mr Invincible, he can’t save her….”
Torchwood: Mr Invincible is an AudioGo exclusive title that will be available from June priced at £10.20 on CD or £6.79 on download. Written by Doctor Who regular Mark Morris, it’s an adventure that you don’t want to miss, and you can pick it up for the lower price of £6.83 on CD from Amazon.
The Next Undead Doctor
British actors and television serials seem to be all the rage in America at the moment. Doctor Who has reached unprecedented levels of success, Simon Pegg is the new “actor of the moment” over there and the three biggest superhero franchises, Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, all have British actors in the lead roles (the newest Spider-Man actor, Andrew Garfield, was in Series 3 of Doctor Who – Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks).
Meanwhile, you may have noticed a wonderful little series called The Walking Dead, based on graphic novels by one Robert Kirkman, which focuses on survivors of a zombie outbreak in America. Andrew Lincoln (from Channel 4’s Teachers) plays the lead role fantastically as he leads his wife and son through a series of perilous misfortunes as they try to survive in a dead world.
The series has not only shown American audiences what Lincoln can do for acting but has also created a competent and addictive zombie drama that demands repeat viewing.
This year will see yet another British actor lend his hand to the effort as David Morrissey (The Next Doctor) prepares to begin filming a part in the drama. Morrissey will play a nasty Governor (we’ll say no more) in the third series of The Walking Dead.
The creator of the series, Robert Kirkman, insisted that he was the right choice for the role, and he would know, and had only praise and excitement for his forthcoming filming sessions:
“He knew this is a complicated character, and he knew this was a character that people are going to hate to love.”
The Walking Dead season 3 will air later this year.
Back in 2007, Thomas Shelton considered the changes in language between the First Doctor and the Tenth Doctor
Over the history of Doctor Who we have seen many changes. Not only have the Doctor, the companions, the monsters and the format changed but also the language.
Looking at the language and scripts of William Hartnell (World’s End), Tom Baker (The Sontaran Experiment and the City of Death), Sylvester McCoy (Remembrance of the Daleks) and Christopher Eccleston (The Empty Child) we can look over every decade (except the 1990s when Doctor Who was virtually “cancelled” apart from one day in 1996) and see how much language has changed in forty-four years. The method is to look at the first page of each of these scripts, when the Doctor’s language is more natural and not completely involved in the eventual story and by using two Tom Baker scripts, it should become apparent whether the an alien companion instead of a human one affects his language.
The first in a series of articles will look at the change in archaic language (language used to give an old-fashioned flavour) in Doctor Who.
Starting with 1964 and William Hartnell, archaisms take the form of full phrases rather that just the occasional archaic word. When peering through the TARDIS scanner saying “It’s not clear, it’s not clear at all,” or when referring to the decayed ruins of a Dalek dominated London saying “take a look for yourselves,” he uses archaisms. Singularly, you might agree these words are not archaic but when grouped together, they create an archaic sound. From the viewpoint of 2007, they appear archaic but possibly weren’t in 1964 (those who were there will have to let me know). If our â€˜New New Doctor’ were to utter these phrases today, he would say “take a look yourselves,” and “it’s not clear.”
Travelling through time to 1975, the Doctor has regenerated into his fourth distinct body but his language still bares the archaic mark of the first. However, the Doctor has moved away from full archaic phrases and have moved towards two-word phrases such as “Old chap,” and “Pithily put,” from The Sontaran Experiment. The Doctor acquires this language from Harry, who, being our stereotypical and old fashioned companion, refers the Sarah as “old thing,” but more to come on language acquisition later.
In 1979, the Doctor has the same body but has swapped companions, opting for a fellow Time Lord companion, Romana and has materialised in Paris for the City of Death. Without Harry by this side, the archaic influence on Tom Baker’s language has diminished and only uses the one archaism in the form of “one,” as in “is one bovvered?” The BBC and Doctor Who were moving away from the Queen’s English in 1979, so this could be explained as a left over remnant of that language.
Taking a time tract to 1988, the scene of another Dalek invasion, the Doctor has now taken his seventh form but still uses archaic language. Unlike Tom Baker, his archaisms are not affected by the language of his companion Ace, who likes to use slang such as “ya know.” The Doctor much prefers his archaisms like “consumables,” and “undertake.” The writers maybe just wanted to create a definite contrast between the Doctor and Ace or perhaps it was a part of his overall characterisation, to be more old-fashioned. Another theory is that by 1988, Doctor Who as we knew it had been running for twenty-five years so some aspects of the language, like archaisms, might have been stereotypical and only used because that is what we, the fans, expect from the Doctor’s language. Maybe this is why, by 2005, a long over due new series of Doctor Who featured none of these old aspects that had been established since the 1960s.
Overall, the main reason the Doctor uses archaisms is because he is characterised as a timeless alien, not belonging to any point in history, just wandering through time putting right the wrongs. That means his language does not have to identify with a particular decade or time period. This role is left to the language of the companion like the 1970s feminist, Sarah or the 1980s teenager, Ace. Archaic language has always been used in Doctor Who (up until 2005) but their causes have changed. Hartnell uses them because they are part of everyday speech. TB’s archaisms derive from language acquisition and an influence from Queen’s English whereas McCoy’s archaisms are deliberate character features. The only dramatic change takes place for the Doctor’s return in 2005 when he was reinvented to be an ordinary genius, whose language would not alienate a general audience but just that of us, the long standing fans.
Begin ending credits music “theme sting” and a next time trailer……
…… Do you want to read more? Because if you do then I should warn you, you’re going to read all sorts of things; repetitions, inversions, high register words, which will all build up to one surprising development later on in the series (almost like a series arc). It won’t be quiet, it won’t be safe and it won’t be calm but make sure to come back next time…….it could be the read of a life time.
You’ve read the reviews, seen the screenshots and enjoyed the video clips; we’ve brought you features and interviews on the game, and now Kasterborous brings one lucky reader the opportunity to win Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock!
It’s the latest game based on Doctor Who and joins a long list that includes Doctor Who: The First Adventure, Dalek Attack, Destiny of the Doctors and many others.
We’re giving away a license code to the winner of this giveaway, which has the following requirements:
- You must own a PlayStation 3
- You must have an active PlayStation Network account
- You cannot be a contributor on Kasterborous or any of its associated sites (as linked to below)
With that all out of the way, here’s what you have to do:
Over the years, there have been several official Doctor Who games. But which one came first?
To enter, send the answer to the question to:
The closing date is Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 – so enter as soon as you can!
Note that the prize is a license code for the game for use on the PlayStation Network and not a physical copy of Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock.
Sneaking these little snippets out from underneath the nose of my collaborator in this project is proving tough, but suffice to say that we’re working on a fantastic new project that combines the stuff you love on Kasterborous with a warm, affectionate look at fandom.
We can say little else about it right now, but you will find that some of the content we’ve been testing in these newsletters might just find its way in…