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KevTrump

I wrote a play. It was originally going to be a musical, last about an hour, star a few friends and I, and we would put it on stage the weekend before the election.

As I was quickly reminded, writing is hard. Writing songs is even harder – regardless if you’re just parodying them “Weird” Al style.

So I trimmed most of the songs (just left in two), kept it to one act and sent it to some friends. The feedback was positive…but mostly “polite” positive. I have come to the conclusion that while I truly enjoy it and very much want to put this show on, the effort/reward ratio would not pan out for most involved.

But I don’t want this thing to just disappear. As a result, I hereby post the first (and final) draft of my efforts. It’s about 35 pages.

If you like Doctor Who, you may enjoy it.

If you don’t know much about Doctor Who but are interested in politics, you may enjoy it.

If you’re a fan of Doctor Who and support Donald Trump, you may not enjoy it.

Also – if you enjoy Doctor Who and support Donald Trump…come on, dude.

The .pdf is at the link below. If you’re so inclined, thanks for checking it out.

DOCTOR WHO VS DONALD TRUMP

 

This is for a Doctor Who music video short I am filming.  The finished Dalek will be revealed in the video itself.

 

 

 

Check it out – I’m DOING something!

Kev

Back in February I went to the Doctor Who convention here in Los Angeles.  The main selling point this year for me was the fact that The Fifth Doctor [Peter Davison] would be appearing.  I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was 12 or so, and he’s always been my favorite but I’d never met him.  The foremost objective of the day:  get my picture with him.

This was to be relatively easy, as there were scheduled photo ops throughout the weekend.  As I sat in line, dressed as his character from 30 years ago, I worked out how pitch my photo idea to him.  Then it happened.  This was clearly a “step up, smile, *flash*, move along” situation so I didn’t have much time to explain.  I approached him, shook his hand and said, “I think it would be funny if we were back to back, and I looked really super-excited while you looked scared/angry or miserable.”

We took the shot, I shook his hand again and moved along.  Probably 20 seconds with him, but this is the result:

 

I like it.  A lot.

So much so, that I saw some potential here.

I don’t know how many of you Doctor Who fans read the Target Novelizations of the episodes back in they day, but my friend Bob and I collected the heck out of those things.  We each had over a hundred at one point (although Bob had considerably more).  I found my next challenge…to turn this picture into the Target Book cover of my OWN Fifth Doctor Adventure!

Here is THAT result:

 

I like it.  A lot.

 

This is what I do with my time,

Kev

I had recently discussed my disappointment in the casting of a 26 year old kid as the new face of Doctor Who.  I really want The Doctor to have some gravitas and I find that the idea of a babyface doesn’t really help that.  Then came the rumors of what his costume would be.  Many were reporting that the BBC were going to play up the youthful appearance of the good Doctor and he would be wearing a hoodie and a t-shirt.  I was pretty much banging my head against the wall.  I was greatly concerned that they were marketing directly to the 12 year olds.

Let’s have a look at the past, shall we?

William Hartnell as The First Doctor (the original, you might say).

William Hartnell as The First Doctor (the original, you might say).

The First Doctor:  Whaddya’ gonna’ do?  He’s an old man.  He dresses like it.  Fine by me.

Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor

Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor

The Second Doctor:  This fits his persona as a “cosmic hobo”.  Solid idea for this character.

Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor

Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor

The Third Doctor: This took a fun turn!  From the “cosmic hobo” to frilly shirts and a cape!  Pertwee truly defined dashing in his tenure.

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor

The Fourth Doctor: This is what most non-fans think of when they hear “Doctor Who”.  “That crazy guy with the scarf” and sometimes a mention of a robot dog (K-9).  Iconic.

Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor

Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor (my favorite!): This costume would be perfect if it wasn’t for the silly striped pants and the goofy stick of celery on his lapel.  That celery is being weird for the sake of being weird.  I do have that sweater, however.

Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor

Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor

The Sixth Doctor: We don’t talk about the Sixth Doctor’s costume.

It’s really a shame – especially considering that Colin wanted a costume more like what turned out to be the Ninth Doctor’s.

Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor

Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor

The Seventh Doctor: I’m going to say something that is going to piss off a lot of Doctor Who fans.  I don’t hate the question marks.  I don’t know, I just thought it was fun!  It was a bitch, though, drawing red question marks all over my sweater.

Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor

Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor

The Eighth Doctor: This seems like a throwback to the era of the First and Second Doctors.  Classy.  I like it.

Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor

Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor

The Ninth Doctor: This costume frustrated a lot of fans in the respect that it’s not really a costume.  A sweater (different sweaters with different colors – the first time that The Doctor regularly alternated his outfit), a leather jacket, some dark pants and boots.  Sometimes we like The Doctor to have a bit of flash, but I believe this costume is just what Doctor Who needed at the time of the show’s resurgence.

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

The Tenth Doctor: Ah, David, I’m going to miss you, pal.  You are a heckuvan actor and play The Doctor with passion.  The costume is fun – somewhat timeless.  David suggested putting his personal Converse shoes on with the pinstripe suit was a nice touch.

And now…I was bracing for a friggin’ Russell Brand impersonator…a hoodie…a t-shirt… and here is the Eleventh Doctor:

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

TARDIS, Companion, and The Doctor

TARDIS, Companion, and The Doctor

I freaking love it!  You see, Steven Moffat is smart.  You’ve got this young kid as a 900 year old Time Lord.  How do you give us the impression that he has an old soul?  Dress him like an old school teacher!  Plus – the TARDIS has had a bit of an overhaul as well.  Bigger, bluer and they brought back the St. John Ambulance badge to the right door, not seen since the 1960’s.

After months of nervousness about the direction of my beloved show, I have been re-energized with excitement!

Thank you, Steven Moffat!

Kev

Timothy Dalton as a very important Time Lord, David Tennant as The Doctor, and Jonathan Simm as The Master

Timothy Dalton as a very important Time Lord, David Tennant as The Doctor, and Jonathan Simm as The Master

It seems to be official:  Former James Bond Timothy Dalton will be in one (if not two or all three) of David Tennant’s final specials of Doctor Who, AND The Master (who seems to be having more fun for some reason) is as well.  The Doctor is no longer the Last of the Time Lords.  It’s going to be pretty fun figuring out how that came about!

Thanks to IO9.com for the pic!

http://io9.com/5291509/your-first-look-at-doctor-whos-next-big-guest-stars

karengillan

Her name is Karen Gillan.  She’s 21 years old and will be the new companion to The Eleventh Doctor in Series 5 of Doctor Who.  She looks so…young…probably because she is.  It is going to be real weird watching her and the new, young Doctor running around.  I’ll say this, however:  She was born in the year that I became a Doctor Who fan, so she’s got that going for her.

By the way, I haven’t forgotten about you, David Tennant!

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David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor is a close second to my favorite Doctor (Number Five).  He’s a fan at heart, and still has three specials left until his regeneration!