Clara’s Not a Mystery, She’s a Person. Doctor Who: “The Rings of Akhaten”
In the 21st century, Doctor Who has always put a heavy amount of focus on season premieres and season finales. When a new dynamic is being introduced, whether that is a new Doctor or a new companion, the narrative of their introduction is always supported by several circuses’ worth of outlying publicity and viewer anticipation. “Rose,” “Smith and Jones,” “The Eleventh Hour,” and “The Bells of Saint John,” all debuted with this expectation and more or less performed admirably, even though Doctor Who stories aren’t really designed to withstand such scrutiny.
An oft-unspoken result of that scrutiny is that we usually don’t get to see what impact the new companion/Doctor will have going forward until the episode after their debut. “The End of the World,” “Gridlock,” and “The Beast Below” all carry this peculiar tone and “The Rings of Akhaten” is no different. Even though the episode makes no sense.
 [“I have lost things you will never understand.”]

Clara’s Not a Mystery, She’s a Person. Doctor Who: “The Rings of Akhaten”

In the 21st century, Doctor Who has always put a heavy amount of focus on season premieres and season finales. When a new dynamic is being introduced, whether that is a new Doctor or a new companion, the narrative of their introduction is always supported by several circuses’ worth of outlying publicity and viewer anticipation. “Rose,” “Smith and Jones,” “The Eleventh Hour,” and “The Bells of Saint John,” all debuted with this expectation and more or less performed admirably, even though Doctor Who stories aren’t really designed to withstand such scrutiny.

An oft-unspoken result of that scrutiny is that we usually don’t get to see what impact the new companion/Doctor will have going forward until the episode after their debut. “The End of the World,” “Gridlock,” and “The Beast Below” all carry this peculiar tone and “The Rings of Akhaten” is no different. Even though the episode makes no sense.

[“I have lost things you will never understand.”]

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: “The Perfect Mate”
Keith DeCandido

“The Perfect Mate”Written by Rene Echevarria and Gary Perconte and Michael PillerDirected by Cliff BoleSeason 5, Episode 21Production episode 40275-221Original air date: April 27, 1992 Stardate: 45761.3
Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: “The Perfect Mate”

“The Perfect Mate”
Written by Rene Echevarria and Gary Perconte and Michael Piller
Directed by Cliff Bole
Season 5, Episode 21
Production episode 40275-221
Original air date: April 27, 1992 Stardate: 45761.3

Not Some New Man: The Hidden Pattern Behind the Doctor’s Regenerations
by Emily Asher-Perrin

Regeneration can be confusing for even the most ardent Doctor Who fan. Our intrepid hero literally becomes a new person and the adjustment is always a little heartbreaking, as though you have to say goodbye to one friend in order to gain another. The process itself is woolly; the Doctor himself admitting upon his seventh transformation that it was “a lottery” and that he had never been any good at it.

Regeneration can be confusing for even the most ardent Doctor Who fan. Our intrepid hero literally becomes a new person and the adjustment is always a little heartbreaking, as though you have to say goodbye to one friend in order to gain another. The process itself is woolly; the Doctor himself admitting upon his seventh transformation that it was “a lottery” and that he had never been any good at it.

An Eye On LARP: Lizzie Stark and Leaving Mundania
SHOSHANA KESSOCK

From the piece: (Since writing Leaving Mundania, Stark has become a great Larp supporter. “At this moment in time,” states Stark, “I definitely have roleplay fever, and the prescription seems to be more Larp.”)

I know how she feels …

From the piece: (Since writing Leaving Mundania, Stark has become a great Larp supporter. “At this moment in time,” states Stark, “I definitely have roleplay fever, and the prescription seems to be more Larp.”)


I know how she feels …

From “The Host”
Written by Michel HorvatDirected by Marvin V. RushSeason 4, Episode 23Production episode 40274-197Original air date: May 13, 1991Stardate: 44821.3

From The Host

Written by Michel Horvat
Directed by Marvin V. Rush
Season 4, Episode 23
Production episode 40274-197
Original air date: May 13, 1991
Stardate: 44821.3

Tickle Tickle

Abandon Ship! The Legend of Korra: “The Spirit of Competition”
MORDICAI KNODE

Let the story unfold, you will only be pleasantly surprised …
Abandon Ship! The Legend of Korra: “The Spirit of Competition”
Let the story unfold, you will only be pleasantly surprised …
Community Renewed for Fourth Season
STUBBY THE ROCKET
Community Renewed for Fourth Season
From “Half a Life”
Written by Ted Roberts and Peter Allan FieldsDirected by Les LandauSeason 4, Episode 22Production episode 40274-196Original air date: May 6, 1991Stardate: 44805.3

From “Half a Life”

Written by Ted Roberts and Peter Allan Fields
Directed by Les Landau
Season 4, Episode 22
Production episode 40274-196
Original air date: May 6, 1991
Stardate: 44805.3

From “The Drumhead”
Written by Jeri TaylorDirected by Jonthan FrakesSeason 4, Episode 21Production episode 40274-195Original air date: April 29, 1991Stardate: 44769.2

From The Drumhead

Written by Jeri Taylor
Directed by Jonthan Frakes
Season 4, Episode 21
Production episode 40274-195
Original air date: April 29, 1991
Stardate: 44769.2

From “Qpid”
Written by Randee Russell and Ira Steven BehrDirected by Cliff BoleSeason 4, Episode 20Production episode 40274-194Original air date: April 22, 1991Stardate: 44741.9

From Qpid

Written by Randee Russell and Ira Steven Behr
Directed by Cliff Bole
Season 4, Episode 20
Production episode 40274-194
Original air date: April 22, 1991
Stardate: 44741.9

From “The Nth Degree”
Written by Joe MenoskyDirected by Rob LegatoSeason 4, Episode 19Production episode 40274-193Original air date: April 1, 1991Stardate: 44704.2

From The Nth Degree

Written by Joe Menosky
Directed by Rob Legato
Season 4, Episode 19
Production episode 40274-193
Original air date: April 1, 1991
Stardate: 44704.2

From “Identity Crisis”
Written by Timothy DeHaas and Brannon BragaDirected by Winrich KolbeSeason 4, Episode 18Production episode 40274-192Original air date: March 25, 1991Stardate: 44664.5

From Identity Crisis

Written by Timothy DeHaas and Brannon Braga
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Season 4, Episode 18
Production episode 40274-192
Original air date: March 25, 1991
Stardate: 44664.5