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Journal of the Emerald Specter 55: The Actual Journey

I have returned to talk about a plethora of topics, or at least that is the intention laid out in front of me. I have to touch on certain things, I want to touch on other things, and I am fairly hungry as I write this… so that will be fun. Why does my appetite matter? Well, I can get distracted easily.

What about just getting going with the column? Ok… 

Coming out of the “summer” TV season, I wanted to talk about a few things that my wife and I have been watching as well as what we’re looking forward to getting into for the fall season.

If you aren’t watching GLOW on Netflix, then you’re just plain missing out. One of the best things I’ve enjoyed is, while I never watched GLOW when the company was actively on in the 80s, watching a few episodes and then watching a YouTube video of one of their actually produced events is an eye opening experience. Terrible, but eye opening. I recommend you give GLOW on Netflix a chance, I think that the building of this company is interesting and a great watch.

Game of Thrones season 7 has ended and there is only one season left. If you haven’t watched the latest season, then you’ll want to skip to the next section of this column (or at least the next paragraph). Where we left our characters in the finale, I don’t understand why a little bit of humility on the part of Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen) will go a long way when he learns who he really is, considering he was “giving the sword” to Daenerys as someone who has “bent the knee,” but actually is the heir to the Iron Throne. I don’t know why lineage matters with all we’ve been through because the removal of the Mad King should have removed the line of succession completely.

Defenders (as well as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) series on Netflix continue to rock. I think Defenders ran a little weird as far as pacing but ended fairly decently. The character of Danny Rand just seems completely out of touch with what actually needs to happen and that is a little disappointing.

Things that are coming back on that I’m amped to get back into: Agents of SHIELD (as well as the Inhumans TV show coming out, too), Star Trek Discovery (which isn’t “coming back,” it’s bringing Star Trek back… and I’m hoping it IS a reboot, because the franchise really needs it), Westworld (well, it’s coming back next year, but I’m still waiting anxiously), and those are just some of the “big shows” making a comeback.

I can’t wait!

The Aki Basho starts on Sunday and since I’ve been following as closely as I have, this will be the first Basho that has the potential to really not be as exciting as the past shows.

Hakuho, the best in the world right now, may not be up to full health… Kisenosato and Kakuryu might be out due to health issues. Ura is in a need to sit out early, and for the love of Pete, that is a lot of the talent to be following sitting out if they either don’t show up or bow out early.

I’ve wondered if Hakuho would retire once he set the all time win record (which he did last Basho) but he appears to be continuing on. He is really going to bury that record, I guess. If he’s healthy enough to keep going, I hope he keeps going, but I am interested in seeing how his absence would be filled once he leaves (as with any top tier competitor in a sport).

Kisenosato and Kakuryu need to rest. I really want to see Kisenosato compete fully healthy because I think he’s the next best thing to Hakuho. Harumafuji has made a statement as of late but if Kisenosato is up and running, I think he’s really the next best thing in modern sumo.

Ura, the “biggest thing since sliced bread” rikishi, also needs to heal up. He popped into the top division and made a big splash and I think he’s honestly going to be an Ozeki a lot faster than we’ve seen in the past, but he needs to be healthy in order to perform. Ishiura is almost as good as Ura but we’ve already seen the holes in his technique, so he has a lot to work on.

All in all, Sunday starts the Basho and I’ll be watching. If I had a means of putting money towards watching this in a high quality, I’d PAY FOR IT, but sumo outside of Japan seems to be nearly impossible to accomplish. Really, though, take my money.

A couple of months ago, I made an offer to my wife that has resulted in my trips to the theater descending exponentially. I ordered to not go to every single Marvel Studios movie (like we had been) and we haven’t been to a movie since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. When Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out on iTunes, I’ll buy it (like I did with every other Marvel Studios “Phase” movie). That will be the first time I see it.

I decided a long time ago that I don’t care about spoilers. Movies, when spoiled, become a “I want to see how they got there” rather than a “I want to see what happens” thing.

More to the point, though, not going to the theater has saved me a sum of money already and looks to be giving me a chance to go to a different type of movie from here on out. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 30th Anniversary theater run is coming up (starting next Sunday) and I am going to see it. I love that movie, I can almost quote the whole thing from start to finish, and it’ll be something that is different than superheroes.

My wife has complained in the past that I choose all the movies, and going to more than just superhero movies is too many times at the theater. She’s now got the chance to name her choices and we’ll see what we end up going to, which so far isn’t anything. I’m sure something will pop up but nothing so far.

Jon Jones loses his championship due to drugs. He comes back, almost fights DC for the belt and gets suspended for drugs. He comes back, beats DC to regain his championship, and gets stripped for drugs.

When is Jones going to get the hint to stop doing drugs? When is the UFC going to stop allowing him back in because he’s always on drugs?

Over the course of the last few months, I’ve been longing for a few “lady fights.” UFC can have 7 events completely scheduled out and of the potential 77 fights, they’ve only got 3 lady fights. There are a lot of women on the UFC roster, so why aren’t they fighting more often?

I understand that I’m a rare breed, wanting to see the women fighting where most people just want to watch the men, but for the love of Pete, why have women’s divisions if you aren’t going to have at least 30 fights a year? You’ve got 3 divisions, start ramping UP your women fights instead of “treading water.”

The men’s fights are starting to get “watered down,” so if you’re going to tout them as the main attraction, start giving me bigger matchups. When was the last time the UFC Heavyweight Championship was defended? I can’t even tell you.

I’m going to be podcasting a little about BuJoRPG2 but writing about if more often than not. If you only get your information from one source, it’ll be in written form. I can reach a larger audience that way, though the upcoming Specter Show (episode 32) talks all about BuJoRPG2. Check it out.

I’m going to be out in the open about my developing B2, so hopefully the feedback starts coming to me as I start releasing and developing this further.

Listen to that episode, it’ll explain more and what the plan actually is from here on out.

Serial fiction report: I have started a mind map of what needs to happen.

Wait, what?

A mind map is basically a visual representation of what needs to happen, who is involved, where things are going, and helps cohesively put together the story I’m trying to tell. I have three main characters we’re following, I’ve shifted the focus to different parts of the world (as opposed to being stuck in my initial location, which I completely biffed) and help me plan out the future.

Initially, I had all three of my characters stuck on an island. This time, three of the characters start on the island but two of them immediately move to different areas of the world so I can expand the rest of this world for you. I’ve even done a few more things based on what Game of Thrones did, to properly set you up (as the reader) for what is going to happen down the line.

Yeah, I’m referencing one of the best TV series of our time for my serial fiction.

This mind map is almost complete for “season 1,” then I’ll rewrite episode one and start working my way into the next episodes… which I’ll also be developing “season 2” and expanding the character focus from three to five or six (which will have you going in more directions, learning more about the world, and really getting the gist of what is possible in this series).

I just need to write this damn thing, too. Not having a goal in mind really is what has been holding me up.

There is a podcast that will be created in reference to my Masonic research (no, I am not a Freemason) but it isn’t anywhere near ready, yet. It’ll be a longer form than the Specter Show or Greatest Show, but hopefully you’ll be as interested in it as you are in the other two shows. I also think the show will be monthly, no more often than that, because of the research and write up that needs to go into producing it.

I said I want to write the comic book of my dreams and I’m still not ready to do that. I want to try this mind map serial fiction and if that works I’ll see what I can do with a “second project.”

Thank you for reading and see you next week.

The Greatest Show 134: He was Also the Danish Girl

DJ (the Emerald Specter), Tricia, Metal Jesus, and guest star Quinny from the Periodic Table of Awesome discuss a hole host of topics. Just scratching the surface, the talk was about Watchmen, Jupiter Ascending, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 & 2, retro gaming, bullet journals, and that is just the tip of the iceberg!

If you want to listen or watch a Greatest Show with some meat and of high quality, this is the place to start!

Quinny can be found at www.theperiodictableofawesome.com!

Emerald Specter 25: Round Up

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I embark on the 25th Emerald Specter column without a specific topic, but I’ll be doing a lot of writing… so strap yourself in, this ride is going to be all over the place.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought, lately, to covering topics on a regular basis on the site. I have seriously toyed with doing a political column/show on the site and it was only this morning that I have decided that would consume an enormous amount of my time to produce, so I’ve decided not to cover that. However, I will be posting a political thing here before Trump’s inauguration… specifically dealing with the promises he made on the campaign trail and we’ll revisit those when his term as President is over. Everyone who supported him supported those things, as well as his misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, and racism… we’ll see if the ultimate liar holds up to his promises or buckles under the weight of actually being the President.

Along with that topic, I’ve also been considering covering the sports that I enjoy watching as a reporter… specifically the UFC, One Championship, the NFL, sumo, the Barclays Premier League, MLS, and professional chess. Once again, that would eat up an enormous amount of my time but that is still on the table. I don’t need to report all the injuries, the play by play, or anything like that… covering sports is different than, say, politics, but I’m still not committed to doing that, yet. Starting out small would be the preferred way to do that, obviously.

Dude, you’ve talked a lot about nothing so far and you’re already almost 300 words into this column. 

Yes, I am, but I’m far from done.

My SpecterFit column went into the 40s for numbering and then just suddenly stopped. There are a couple of reasons for that but I’ll concentrate on the real barrier first: free time. SpecterFit requires that I put a little more effort into it than just a regular column and since I’ve gone back to delivering mail rather than supervising, I am finding it hard to squeeze all the things in I want to do in a day. This column, the Emerald Specter column, has been written ahead of time for the past month or so and as I write this I’m only a single column ahead (where I was four ahead when I initially got this thing back up and running). The other thing that stalled out the SpecterFit was my attempt to resurrect WAFFLE in the SpecterFit form… something I just don’t have time to organize and run like I did before. SpecterFit will return with less soul crushing “dictating from on high” and will morph more into a “tips and tricks” type thing. I’m also probably going to go with the “Nerd Fitness” type thing where I relate fitness to something you can geek out about in the process. Time will tell.

In the world of comics, I collect myself some titles. Spider-Man (the Miles Morales one), Moon Knight, Harbinger: Renegades, and I’m looking into a few others. Yes, that’s two Marvel comics and a Valiant. I really, really want to review comics and whatnot but with me only having three titles, and DC not really having anything that interests me at the moment, I don’t think I’d be doing the medium a service. I also don’t believe that many people would follow that, so I’m going to hold that on the back burner… the WAY back burner.

Where does all that “I’m not doing this” leave us? Well, it lets me cover the items I am doing and explain what is probably coming down the pipe in the near future.

Obviously, the Emerald Specter column is living and still breathing, so I’m going to go ahead and say this is safe to stick around for the future. This would be the only column that is currently running regularly and I’ll surpass the SpecterFit column in numbering before I pick that one back up. I think the self titled stuff should all be higher numbered than the other stuff, don’t you?

The three year running Greatest Show is doing just fine, too. We’ve just finished episode 102 as I write this and we’re going to be entering some non-typical shows into the mix so that we aren’t exhausting our discussion topics weekly. Episode 103 will be a Greatest Show Fight Series event (GSFS), which will be all of us in the UFC 2 game simulating a fighting event. I’m talking about this in the “coming soon” tense but you’ll have already seen it because we needed to take a week off for Thanksgiving. We will have more shows like that, some that are different in nature, some that will happen between discussion episodes, and then there is what we discussed on our last episode that will be likely helping us through the next 100-150 episodes (at least).

We are going to start roleplaying on the air.

In episode 102, I ran Bob and Metal Jesus through character creation for a game called Green Team, which is utilizing the White Wolf Storyteller system and is a story of my own design. Metal Jesus and Bob will also be running stories but mine will be the first one. The likely format of this bad boy is probably going to be a three hour show, beginning with a half hour (or solid hour) or witty banter, followed by two hours of roleplaying, then either just ending the show or finishing with another half hour of witty banter as a “wrap up.” While my story will be the one pushing the first few episodes like this, I’m hoping a rotation of games will fall into line so that if I don’t feel like running the game, I can certainly play instead.

Moving right along… the Specter Show.

I’ve been talking about doing this damn show for over a year now. I was going to launch the show in January of 2016 and as I write this in late November of 2016, you can see not one episode has been produced. I am going to launch this show, I am just trying to figure out when would be a good time. The topic will be whatever the hell I want to talk about, some will be longer, some will be shorter, but I’m aiming for a 30-60 minute weekly show to start things off, with the intention of running five episodes a week (Monday through Friday) as if I was on the actual radio. I’d like to be on the actual radio, too, so that is part of why I’m angling the show to be what I’ve just said. Wouldn’t that be fun?

And now for something completely different: the ESPL. I’m going to run the ESPL, expanding the depth of the league, for at least 10 years. That will be 10 seasons of the characters gaining specifically assigned positions, the league growing to be at least the two tiers I’ve already announced, and hopefully attracting others that want to be involved. Ideally, I am interested in knowing if anyone out there wants to jump in and take the reigns at some point in the future. I’m not depending on this, I’ll certainly just close the place down when I’m done running the thing, but I am enjoying the logo design (kits are coming in the future, too, kids) and running the simulations. Running this has also encouraged me to run something else I’ve been interested in running for some time…

An MMA simulated league. Unlike the ESPL, though, which is designed to basically be a simulation of realistic teams in a realistic scenario that is completely plausible… and the ESPL was specifically designed to be a way for me to create logos and practice my graphic design skills, the MMA league would be different. I’m going to change the MMA simulation to be more embracing of the digital nature of what I’m doing. That means instead of Heavyweight, Middleweight, Lightweight, etc for weight classes, I’m going to base them more off of digital denotations like Gigaweight, Megaweight, and Kiloweight. These will be “digital fighters” and I’ve already been setting up the framework for what is about to blast onto the scene here at Emerald Specter.com. As with the ESPL, the digital MMA will be an outlet for my graphic designing in the form of the “fight posters” for the events. The ESPL limits me to logos for specific clubs, where the MMA league will be about drawing attention to a more general design for posters and whatnot. If you saw some of my WAFFLE posters, you saw that I was heading into a beautiful era of graphic design… unfortunately, I’ve not had the outlet that I did before.

I want to simulate sumo, too, though I don’t have a graphically specific reason for doing so. As I write this, I realize that the other two leagues were for a specific reason (as would an American Football league, if I decided to launch one of those). I’ve also toyed with another racing league (NASCAR-esq, I have the groundwork laid but I haven’t been driven to design anything for it yet) but that is on the back burner.

Finally (what, finally?), I’d like to talk about the writing that I’ve been trying to get to forever. I really want to write novels, short stories, comic scripts, movie scripts, television scripts, and whatever else but I’ve stalled out consistently and that has left me in a bit of a scenario where I’m not really sure how to accomplish what I’m after.

NaNoWriMo is almost over and I’ve written a grand total of just under 6,000 words, which is 44,000 short of the 50,000 word goal. I need to set up a time and place to write and I need to write a specific amount of words or pages in that time in order to be allowed to move on. If I took a Sunday, for example, and woke up at 8 AM, wrote until I got 5,000 words done and then shifted into the Specter Show, after which I went into simulating the ESPL and the MMA leagues (or designing that which needs to be designed, as that is mostly the point of why I’m doing them), and then finished the day with whatever else I wanted to do, that would be a nice schedule. It shoots one entire day out of the water for doing much of anything else, but with NFL season running right now I’ve not really got a lot planned on a Sunday other than watching a game or two and staying home. No harm, no foul… I just schedule a bunch of other stuff in there and make it a productive day.

If you’ve read this far, then you’re a trooper or you really wanted to know what the hell I was going to write about. Thanks for sticking with this as long as you have and I’d like to tell you that I’m almost double my normal column word count… I try to write about 1,000 words and this sentence is in the 1,800 range, which is pretty sweet. I won’t keep writing, though, I’ve got more to do and writing isn’t going to help get that done.

Until next time, think on it.

The Greatest Show 101: UFC 205, Riots, and Hot Ladies

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DJ is watching the biggest card in UFC history and is supposed to have a room full of people with him. Bob and Metal Jesus are involved but are still in their respective locations, not interested in the UFC 205 fights.

What will happen on the first show after the big 5-hour episode 100 spectacular? FIND OUT!

The YouTube Page. The Chat.

The Greatest Show 90: What 80s Show is Making a Comeback This Fall?

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Deep in the hearts and minds of the viewers of the Greatest Show, that being the Greatest Show Audience, is what the hosts like to talk about. This week, we talk about TV shows, in our TV show edition, and could we have the inside track on an 80s TV comeback? Tune in and find out!

The Event Page. The YouTube Page. The Chat.

The Greatest Show 75: The 75th Epiversary!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Bob? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be DJ? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Tricia? Well, wonder no more… now you can wear our skin and pretend to be us until you’re convicted with our murders!

Wait… that doesn’t sound like any fun at all. Maybe you should just watch the Greatest Show, now with 100% more Kevin. We may have a Morgan stop in for the Epiversary Celebration as well! Who knows?

Fun! Frivolity! Fight Club! Fish! Fury! Fusion! Fromage! Frodo! Fandango! Fee Fi Fo Fum! Fantastic finger puppets! Don’t miss out!

Click THIS in order to join us live.

Join the forums. Join the live show. We’d like to start having giveaways but you need to get online and watch us live! You need to get your friends to watch us live! You need to tweet! Facebook! Google+! Hell, LinkedIn invite everyone you know so we can have a hell of a celebratory celebration of celebrity and the Greatest Show 75!

The Greatest Show: News and Updates

First and foremost, here’s last night’s fresh new episode… embedded here for you for your convenience. In fact, I’ll be embedding more of these videos here on the site in case you’re all wanting to stop clicking through links to get to them.

Bob and I have been working hard at figuring out when we could have time to record. Life has gotten in the way and we’re tired of life getting in the way, so in the video above we discuss what we’re going to do about that. The short answer is: our new recording time is going to be Saturday nights at 7:30 Pacific/10:30 Eastern time. Not all the shows will be this long, as we do try to keep things to an hour normally, we just haven’t seen each other in 4 months, so we spent a little more time together for episode 66.

All in all, we’re happy to be rolling again and we may end up working our way back into a more “professionally polished” looking podcast… but we’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.

Enjoy the show and we look forward to seeing you next week!

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Specter Who 6: A Retrospective

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It’s time to revitalize Specter Who and start numbering this bad boy. The most recent Capaldi season is over and I have decided to start pushing forward with some content and looking at what it is we all love… in a new way.

We all have our favorites: stories, Doctors, companions, episodes… but when I looked at the number of stories for each Doctor, I discovered something I hadn’t realized before. I don’t want to spoil the column, so let’s move to the first part.

William Hartnell was the Doctor from 1963-1966 and has 134 episodes to his run. When I say it like that, you think “damn, that was a lot of episodes.” What I realized was that those 134 episodes are actually only 29 stories (serials, as the BBC calls it). Hartnell’s era was almost non-stop filming, which is a credit to how bad ass production was back then, and he’s set a foundation for the future with only 29 stories.

Patrick Troughton was the Doctor from 1966-1969, taking over for Hartnell after only 8 episodes in Hartnell’s 4th “year.” Troughton only has 127 episodes (nearly filming as often as Hartnell), but that is only 21 stories. Less than Hartnell in every way (years, stories, and episodes). Troughton’s era was the last to have the hefty filming schedule, so things do a bit of changing at this point.

Jon Pertwee was the Doctor from 1970-1974. There was no direct “regeneration” scene filmed with the two of them because when Troughton left, they weren’t sure who was replacing him. Pertwee had 5 seasons and 128 episodes. That equates to 24 stories. He outlasted both of his predecessors as far as years go but didn’t eclipse the episodes nor the stories of Hartnell.

Tom Baker was the Doctor from 1974-1981, setting the stage (in most fans’ minds) for the pinnacle of Doctor Who (classic era) greatness. While I enjoyed the Tom Baker stuff, he’s not my favorite. Baker had 144 episodes (setting the record), as well as 41 stories (also record setting). The reason most people favor Tom Baker is that he’s got the largest body of work to look at… and he is genuinely entertaining in the role.

Peter Davison was the Doctor from 1982-1984, having the only other “shared season” as the outgoing Doctor with Hartnell’s earlier run. Davison ran for almost 3 full years and had 68 episodes (the smallest run yet), which was only 21 stories. This is my first Doctor and I’d happened to start pretty early in his run, so this is the era I remember best.

Colin Baker was the Doctor from 1984-1986, having the shortest run to date with only 31 episodes (the format of these changed from 30 minutes to 45 minutes each), equating to only 14 episodes. There was turmoil at the BBC during this time and Baker was sacked, so he may have lasted longer but never got the opportunity on screen.

Sylvester McCoy was the Doctor from 1987-1989, having 3 seasons and 42 episodes, but that’s only 12 stories. McCoy also has the dubious distinction of being the longest reigning Doctor (despite only having the 12 stories, he didn’t regenerate until 1996) at 9 years. The only mark I have against McCoy’s run is the hokey looking graphics they were using during that era, making it seem like every other late 80s, early 90s TV show that looks odd when watching them now.

Paul McGann was the Doctor for 1996’s telemovie “Doctor Who,” also known as the Enemy Within. His only appearance in a full-length story was this one episode, leaving him as a “take him or leave him” Doctor for many fans. Some could claim that he’s the longest reigning Doctor, he also has about 9 years, but he didn’t regenerate on screen until just before the 50th Anniversary. The added distinction of not really having “a run” and not truly considered one of the Doctors by some fans leaves the “few months” McCoy has on him in length firmly placed.

Christopher Eccleston was the Doctor for a single season in 2005. We switch from “episodes and stories” being separated to them being combined into (most of the time) single episodes at 1 hour a piece. Eccleston has 13 episodes under him, and since there were technically a couple of “two parter” episodes, the stories can technically be dropped down to only 10 stories.

David Tennant was the Doctor from 2006-2010, having 3 years (and a 4th “specials” year) and 41 episodes. That makes 33 stories (which is actually impressive because of the filming format). Tennant was voted by fans as the best Doctor, knocking Tom Baker out of that spot.

Matt Smith was the Doctor from 2010-2013, having the same 3 years and a “specials” 4th year. Smith had 41 episodes and 36 stories, but was the reigning Doctor for the 50th Anniversary episode. As far as “New Who” goes, there are a lot of Matt Smith fans out there and though I didn’t find him completely appealing (as far as his characterization), there are bright points in his run that I enjoy.

Peter Capaldi is the Doctor (from 2014-present) and so far has had 2 full seasons, with 24 episodes making up his 17 stories. Rumors swirl that his third season might be his final season and he’s the most “connected to the original series” (i.e. the Hartnell through McCoy years) than any of the other modern Doctors. His era can’t really be evaluated, yet, but without having an end so far, I’d like to say that I’m enjoying his run.

Some may point at my list above and ask about the “War Doctor,” John Hurt. Hurt’s only on screen appearance was in “The Day of the Doctor,” the 50th Anniversary special. He’s the missing link between McGann and Eccleston, which is another reason McGann loses on the “9 year reign” to McCoy. Hurt would be an interesting Doctor to see for a few episodes, but his “fleshing out” will come with what I’m about to touch on next.

Each of the Doctor’s above has at least one “adventure in audio” from Big Finish. The actors who are still alive to play their parts (Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, and David Tennant) are all producing further adventures of their Doctor. John Hurt is also having some dramas produced, giving some depth to his character and giving a little background into what went on during the Time War. Steven Moffat, the current “show runner” for Doctor Who, canonized the Big Finish audio dramas when Paul McGann regenerated in a mini-episode “The Night of the Doctor” by reciting thanks for all his audio drama companions. While this is nice to include in the catalogue of stories, the Big Finish audios aren’t included in my list here because they aren’t the video productions that Doctor Who was founded upon.

The stats for Big Finish are too numerous and scattered for me to calculate. There are extenuating circumstances to these, too, as some of them are simply read in the third person, some are “short trips” (short stories told in the third person), specials for one reason or another, and multi-Doctor stories that don’t neatly fit into a time line. The audio dramas are good (the ones with a full cast), and there is merit to the third person reads, but as far as Doctor Who goes I’m more interested in the TV version.

As far as multi-Doctor stories go, I also wanted to touch on the fact that these are rare occurrences. The Three Doctors (Hartnell, Troughton, and Pertwee) for the 10th Anniversary, the Five Doctors (Richard Hurndall as Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, an appearance by Tom Baker’s Doctor, and Davison) for the 20th Anniversary, The Two Doctors (Troughton and Colin Baker) for no particular reason, and the Day of the Doctor (John Hurt as the War Doctor, Tennant, and Smith… with glimpses of Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Tom Baker, Davison, Colin Baker, McCoy, McGann, and Eccleston) for the 50th Anniversary. That’s only four times and only one of those didn’t coincide with an anniversary of some kind.

So, when you look at what I have above, seeing that there aren’t as many “stories” as you thought there were puts some perspective on things. Some Doctors are famous for extremely short runs, some are famous for longer ones, but in all, no one has been the Doctor (actively playing the role) so long that we have been unable to get past their characterization as the Doctor. I suppose we’ll see if things keep moving along as is or if something changes the status quo enough to really get someone energized to do something big.