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Farewell, Matt Smith

As you should know, I am a Whovian. I am a very, very big fan of the Doctor Who franchise.

In recent news, the youngest actor to ever portray the time traveling alien has resigned from the show. This of course does not mean Doctor Who is ending. This just means a new actor will take the reins from Matt Smith. 

But, Matt Smith’s portrayal of the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor was an instant favorite of mine, and with his deep emotional range and childish charm, he won the hearts of many Doctor Who fans. Some still stick with David Tennant, the man who played the tenth incarnation of the Doctor, but Matt Smith definitely did not disappoint viewers.

He singlehandedly brought back tweed jackets and suspenders and bow ties and fezzes and top hats and stetsons. Some call him the hipster Doctor, actually.

In his tenure as the Doctor, Smith had large, floppy, bouncy hair. In recent pictures, he shaved his head, a hint to many that the manchild was ready to leave.

Now, I’m not one to pay attention to celebrities, however, being that Doctor Who is one of my three favorite shows, I am inclined to be very sad about this departure. Smith took his departure very seriously and his exit was done in a respectable public fashion.

Onward to bigger and better things, Matt, stay cool.

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Earworm: Read more if you want to find out the song in my brain right now.

Burn me at the stake for this one, boys and girls.

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Earworm: “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac

Top Gear series 19 episode 2 featured in their ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car‘ drummer and namesake of Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood.

During the interview, Jeremy talked about the success of the band and the history of their best selling album, Rumours. I never learned so much about the history of one album in such a short span of time.

A song that I’ve heard countless times before, Go Your Own Way, was mentioned, and it’s been stuck in my head ever since.

Here it is.

Something I Need

I need my favorite show(s) to air already.

Top Gear UK (in my opinion, the only Top Gear that should be around) has begun airing series 19, and they don’t cease to disappoint.

Well, as you see, my favorite shows are those from the BBC. Doctor Who, Top Gear, and Sherlock compose of my Top 3 live action shows.

Sherlock, I believe, hasn’t even begun shooting the 3rd series (someone correct me if I’m wrong) due to Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) just finishing with all the hullabaloo of The Hobbit.

So, here I am, waiting for Series 7 Part 2 of Doctor Who. My last taste of the longest running sci-fi show in history was the last episode of the series to date, which introduced a new companion for that maniacal alien.

The writers for the show are genius (and actually, also write the adapted stories for Sherlock) and pretty much fill my brain with new ideas. I need the shows back to occupy my brain!

Anyway.

Top Gear is back with a new title intro, and Doctor Who has done the same. I can’t actually find a video that showcases all the title intros for Top Gear, but I have found one for Doctor Who. So, enjoy. (Don’t mind this space. This space right here, within the confines of these parentheses, are for the future embed link that I shall procure for all of you in the future that showcases the title intros for Top Gear)

Doctor Who title intro (All)

Earworm: “Canned Heat” – Jamiroquai

For some reason this song has been stuck in my head for a few days.  I recently heard it on Sirius XM, and it sort of brought me back to one of my favorite movies of all time, Napoleon Dynamite. Jon Heder doing that dance to this song is just EPIC.  JayKay also happens to be a big gear head and has made multiple appearances on one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Top Gear.

Anyway, the song is way trippy, as is the video.  It’s just a joy to listen to, puts you in a sort of feel good mood.  I don’t know, i’ve listened to it a few times over the past few days and it has made me feel a bit better.

 

And as an extra, Jon Heder’s EPIC performance from Napoleon Dynamite.

 

 

Top Gear US Season Opener

 

Season 3 of the US version of Top Gear premiered today, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It’s still lacking something, but, it has gotten better since it the first season.

My only gripe still is, that they only really have about 45 minutes (1 hour, save time for commercials) so, they can only do so much.  They covered the Crown Vic’s replacement on the law enforcement side, which proved to be entertaining.  I still don’t get why it always ends up Rutt in a Chevy, Adam in a Chrysler, and Tanner in a Ford.  I have some expectations for this season, as they do seem to get better and better with each episode, and the chemistry between the 3 presenters also get better.

Check your local listings for re-runs.  Next week’s episode seems fun, with 3 urban vehicles being tested.

It shows on the History Channel at 9 EST every Tuesday.