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There are people in Doctor Who fandom who don't like the Tenth Doctor's last line. They say they don't like the way he left. Well, let me tell you few words about it.

First, you have to accept that, at least for the Tenth Doctor, regeneration is death. Stop thinking of other regeneration scenes and think of the process itself. We can see the Doctor is a different person each time. The other characters also form a different relationships with him. His physical appearance, personality, morals, feelings, everything we associate with a person changes. The only things that remain are memories and some basic features, like his will to travel. For some people, it's enough to come to terms he's the same person even when he's not. Now, Time Lords are normally less disturbed with regeneration than humans, as it's natural for them and not for us. But - Tenth Doctor was more human than his other versions. He had more human feelings and needs

Now I want to say why I love the "I don't want to go" line so much. We have no doubt the Doctor doesn't regret saving Wilf; he wasn't forced to do it and he'd do it again. He knows his death had a purpose. Then he accepted his fate. He had a chance to say goodbye to his friends and he did a final favour for each of them. He had everything you could wish for death, at least in storytelling, right? He should regenerate in peace. But - I don't think it works that way. You might be heroic and selfless, you might make brave decisions and accept universal laws, but at the end of the day, you still cling to life. It's instinct, we want to live. There's no way to know if there's anything else after death.

And the Tenth Doctor had a complicated relationship with life. With Rose, his sheer existence made him happy. Yes, he had darker moments, but you could tell he was a man who loved being alive, even if he was somewhat delusional about his future with Rose. Then things went worse and worse. He was close to suicide once; he shouted to the Daleks to kill him; he told Jackson Lake he had no one to live for; he was ready to sacrifice his life several times and only other people's sacrifices saved him. Of course, between those things, he could still enjoy a trip to a different planet, he'd still show off to his companions. But dying wasn't an abstract thought for him and there were moments in his life when dying would be less tragic and more like taking pain and burden of his shoulders. He found peace, we would say on those occasions.

But if the Tenth Doctor regenerated that way - in peace - it would mean that he lost. That he stopped struggling and fighting for life, and gave up. It would be so much more depressing than his despair, because it would mean he was permanently broken and destroyed, and if the Doctor's will to live, that basic instinct, was destroyed, well, what chances do we stand? I find it comforting that the Doctor, despite having a meaningful, but hard life, a purposeful death and time to see his friends for the last time still wants to live.
'You know, you sound a very educated man for a barbarian,' said Rincewind.
'Oh, dear me, I didn't start out a barbarian. I used to be a school teacher. That's why they call me Teach.'
'What did you teach?'
'Geography. And I was very interested in Auriental studies. But I decided to give it up and make a living by the sword.'
'After being a teacher all your life?'
'It did mean a change of perspective, yes.'
'But... well... surely... the privation, the terrible hazards, the daily risk of death...'
Mr Saveloy brightened up. 'Oh, you've been a teacher, have you?'

Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times

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We have a trailer! And a look at the new sonic screwdriver! And some info from Chris! No premiere date yet, that's sad.

I don't think a spoiler warning applies here. It's Chibnall.
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Doctor Who series 11 trailer

We have a teaser!

Okay, it doesn't say much. But what struck me is how it is not about saving the world or the Doctor herself. We see the Doctor with the future companions's eyes, and it's ceratainly more RTD's style than Moffat's. I never liked it when the focus was directly on the Doctor. We're clearly past the "last of the Time Lords" era, and we're past the "centre of the universe" era, and in the teaser new viewers will see that the Doctor is mysterious, can play with time and likes to laugh - that's a nice starting point.

I also like how warm the light and the colours are. It was a good thing in series 10 to get rid of those dark mood of series 8 and 9, and with a new logo I can only be happy the change's doing to last.

Football, football, football

Things I learned during the England - Croatia match:

1. Football matches are far more enjoyable when you don't feel constantly embarrassed and angry with your team because they're already at home.

2. Football isn't that boring when both teams seem to know what they are doing and you could actually see the footballers cooperating and carrying out some strategies.

3. England's coach's name is Gareth Southgate.

4. The cameramen don't pay enough attention to the coaches during the match.

5. I think footballers should consider wearing suits while playing football.



As if I wasn't in love with Great Britain already.

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New Doctor Who composer

So, we finally know who's going to replace Murray Gold in Doctor Who. It's Segun Akinola. When I listen to some pieces of his music, I think he might do fantastic job on Doctor Who. Gold is a hard act to follow, I'm the first person to say it, but his time ended. I just hope we'll get some proper orchestral music, not synthesizers. Can't wait to hear the new intro! (The last one never grew on me.)

And it looks like Doctor Who sends its most important people to San Diego on Comic Con, so we should get some news about the new season soon!

Warsaw again!

I'm happy to tell you I recently made a small trip to Warsaw. I saw a Polish version of "Kinky Boots" and participated in Equality Parade, all on the same day. Here are some photos.

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Spotkanie z GF Darwin w Kielcach

Relacja z wyjazdu do Kielc na spotkanie z Grupą Filmową Darwin. Jeśli nie wiesz, kto to, przestań czytać i klikaj w link.

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This entry is about a meeting with Grupa Filmowa Darwin, Polish filmmakers, in Kielce and is in Polish. Those people create short films and put them on youtube, and I admire how professional and creative they are. I'm proud to be a member of that small community that supports them.  I'm happy I had a chance to meet them yesterday and I had a really good time.
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End of Fannish Year Meme 2017

Is it the time yet? Yes, it is!


End of Fannish Year Meme 2017

1. Your main fandom of the year?

Previously on Doctor Who fandom: Moffat is leaving. Discuss. Peter Capaldi is leaving. Discuss. Chibnall is on board. Discuss. Jodie Whitaker  is on board. Discuss. Season 10. Discuss. So many news, so many discussions and one or two wars. It was certaily a busy year for Doctor Who fans.
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Doctor Who "Twice Upon a Time"

You know what? After you spent three years with a Doctor, you're ready to let him go. I can only wonder how I'd have experienced Ten's regeneration if I had known him for more than two weeks. Saying goodbye to Capaldi was surprisingly easy.

Spoilers under the cut.

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