Found and Lost

In retrospect, this episode might have been doomed from the beginning.

Any episode that came after Peter Capaldi’s classic performance in “The Zygon Inversion” (which I’m still thinking about today) was going to suffer by the mere fact of its juxtaposition. So you can’t fault Doctor Who for choosing such a radically different episode to follow it.

But radically different doesn’t always equate to good. And “Sleep No More” suffers less from the juxtaposition than from one fatal gimmick.

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Peter Capaldi’s Master Class

Every Doctor has those moments that define him. That reveal him, his values and ideals. That show he’s worthy of the name.

Of course, they’re also the moments where the actors prove themselves worthy. William Hartnell letting go of his only family. Tom Baker asking “Do I have the right?” David Tennant wrestling with his conscience so many times.

Peter Capaldi’s first series, of course, gave us a perfect I Am The Doctor moment with that speech in “Flatline.” It was that stand-up-and-squee moment we’d been waiting for all season, and for a little while it might have been the Twelfth Doctor’s defining moment.

Until now. Until a scene so powerful, a performance so perfect, that Capaldi needs only three words to break your heart.

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The Signal Boost: Superhero 5K Run

As November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, as I know so many people affected by epilepsy, and as my friend Crystal works with the Epilepsy Foundation of Central & South Texas, I thought I’d help spread the word about this weekend’s event.

Superhero 5K RunOn Saturday, the foundation will be hosting the Step Up for Epilepsy SuperHero 5K Fun Run & Walk. It’s taking place at Mission County Park II (7675 Padre Drive, San Antonio, TX 78214), and it promises to be a fun and family-friendly event for geeks of all ages.

Look for appearances by The Batman of San Antonio, along with a large contingent of Whovians, a strong Imperial contingent (I’m just guessing on that one, but come on, the Empire and First Order are so hot right now), and the Express-News’s Jeanne Jakle (who’ll serve as MC, along with her husband Ross Ruediger – and I strongly encourage you to read her personal testimony about what the foundation has meant for her family).

Most of all, whether by your presence or your donation, you get to support great people and a great cause. So I hope you’lll be there, at least in spirit. And I hope you’ll spread the word.

As always, thank you for your support!

The Boundary And The Price Of Immortality

The last time I was here to review an episode of Doctor Who (too long ago, for which I apologize), it was a really good day. “The Girl Who Died” was another high point for Series 9, and for co-writer Jamie Mathieson, and at this point I can’t be the only one who’d like to see him back with another script or two every season.

But the show should always keep room for new talent. And so the second part of Ashildr’s story was written by Catherine Tregenna, a Torchwood veteran working on her first Doctor Who script. Given her experience, I’m surprised and a little disappointed that it took so long to have her on the show.

And given the story she crafted, I really hope it won’t take so long to bring her back.
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The Signal Boost: Aid the Silent

Part of the mission of this blog – indeed, of my whole writing career – is to use what talent I have to support and promote worthy causes. I’ve written quite a few posts to that end, to say nothing of press releases and talking points and other elements, so it seems a good idea to formalize that part of my blogging as a recurring feature, hence “The Signal Boost.”

Like the name implies, The Signal Boost will be dedicated to supporting organizations and their upcoming events. If you’d like to see your organization or event featured here, please e-mail me with the details.

When you work with individuals with special needs, it changes your perspective, and for the better. It makes you a more sensitive person, more aware of what other people are going through. And it makes you want to help.

I hope my experiences with Morgan’s Wonderland and the Academy there have made me a better person. I know they’ve made me want to help.

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Halloween at Morgan’s Wonderland, or: More Delightful Than Frightful

If you’re looking for a fun and family friendly Halloween event, of course you can count on Morgan’s Wonderland to be hosting one.


This Saturday, from 5:00-9:00pm, the park will be hosting its annual “More Delightful Than Frightful” celebration. The treat is that you get to share the holiday in a safe, fun, and inclusive environment. There really is no trick.

Of course, admission is only $5.00, or FREE with a donation of three non-perishable food items. All the food donations, and a portion of the proceeds, will go to the San Antonio Food Bank.

Great fun, great place, great cause. Every reason to suit up, show up, and spread the word.

Thanks as always for your support – hope to see you there!