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Sad news from the BBC

David Tennant has announced that he will be leaving the role of the Doctor after he finishes filming the next four specials that will air in 2009 and 2010. Of course, that means we have two years or so of Tennanty goodness before the eleventh Doctor takes the helm of the TARDIS.

I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for more than half my life. I started watching the show when Tom Baker was the fourth Doctor, and he remained the quintessential Doctor for me even through part of Christopher Eccelston’s tenure (I became a convert about halfway through Series One of the rebooted series). But David Tennant has infused the character with a brilliant, manic intensity and even an emotional depth that none of the previous actors to play the character did. Tennant really made the character his own.

So the speculation about who would take over the role of the Doctor is running rampant. My personal choice, though I don’t know if he’s really in the running, is Simon Pegg. True, he’s moved on to movies after doing television shows, and he already played a villain in the new series (as “The Editor” in the first series episode “The Long Game”), but so what. As Shaun and as Nicholas Angel he’s proven he’s got the skill and the potential and word is he’s going to do a decent job as Scotty in J. J. Abrams’s rebooted Star Trek this December. Nick Frost would also be an interesting choice. Of course, if they really wanted to mess with our heads, they could cast John Simm as the next Doctor.

I say we start a “Draft Simon Pegg” movement right now.

What do you think?

Mixing Messages

This past weekend, we went and visited Jennifer’s sister up in Washington. On Friday night, while sitting around and watching the Olympics, we caught this ad:

Followed immediately by this one:

At the time, I didn’t really catch the irony. I was mostly stuck on the whole notion of premium M&M’s, which strikes me as just absurd. But the more I’ve been thinking about it, the more I am struck by the mixed messages that are being sent by these two ads, particularly since, as the Hathor Legacy points out, the Green M&M is almost always portrayed in a sexualized way. Even this commercial makes me a little wary, mostly because the intent of Green’s photoshoot is pretty obvious in the reactions of the Red, Blue, and Yellow M&M’s at the end of the commercial.

I just can’t help wonder what sort of mixed message my 7-year-old niece would have gotten if she’d been awake and watching television with us at the time. “You’re beautiful as you are, hun, but you’d be even more beautiful if you threw on some high heels and sexy stockings?” Seems somehow wrong to me.

Funny, but while I was writing up this blog entry, Jennifer pointed me at this video, the LHC rap:

Which is cool not just because it’s a rap about the Large Hadron Collider, but also because the lead rapper/artist/presenter/scientist in this video is a woman. Makes me want to be a high energy particle physicist all over again.

And buy a chemistry set for my little niece.