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The Minoan Labrys; or, Cutting Through a Historical Mystery

Close up of Minoan Labrys

So, I’m watching The Librarians on TNT, which is similar to Warehouse 13, except with more well-known actors.  It’s based off a series of TV-movies starring Noah Wyle as the Librarian, a person tasked with gathering dangerous magical artifacts so they are not misused by others. The new series does not feature Wyle, whose character has gone off to deal with the Big Bad, while leaving junior Librarians to deal with the everyday business. This week’s episode featured the Golden

Barbie Queen of Scots

Another winner from Grumpy Eleanor of Aquitaine: I love the disclaimer on the source page: Yes, I know her costume is not historically accurate – she was a commission and was specifically requested *not* to be! To be clear, I in no way blame the maker for this.  He or she was following directions.  But how does one phrase that request?  “I’d like a Mary Queen of Scots Barbie doll, just so long as she doesn’t look like Mary Queen

Time of the Doctor: Death of a Plotline and Other Thoughts

If you don’t want spoilers, don’t read.  I would say if you want warning, go ahead and read, but even the worst review in the world is not going to keep a Whovian from an episode, much less a regeneration episode. And it’s not the worst review I could give… I had more than a little trepidation about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode, Day of the Doctor.  I feared showrunner Steven Moffat would be overly interested in convoluted “cleverness”

Death and Doctor Who

Amy and Rory

While I disagree with some of the specifics,What Steven Moffat Doesn’t Understand About Grief, And Why It’s Killing Doctor Who illustrates the power of death in fiction and, arguably, why Doctor Who needs more of it. When the new series started, the Doctor had been forced to kill two warring races before they consumed the universe with their Time War.  It was powerful.  It was emotional, and it was a great starting place from which a character could develop, a place

Multiple Personality of Elizabeth I in Doctor Who

Doctor Who and Queen Elizabeth

First of all, for all of my concerns, the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who was amazing. I was left more than satisfied. Indeed, the only major complaint I have with it is its treatment of Queen Elizabeth I. The Marriage Proposal In 1562, the Doctor is suspecting that shape-changing aliens called Zygons have infiltrated the Elizabethan court. In order to test the Queen, he makes a variety of statements she would be unlikely to simply accept. Some of them

Guide to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

11 Doctors

Whatever is going to happen this weekend for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, it is expected to be big.  Clearly it is pulling together a variety of threads from many years of the show.  If you’re less than a die hard fan but have still seen some of it, this might be helpful, particularly if you’re only a new-Who fan.  Also potentially helpful for friends of Whovians who are a bit baffled by the whole thing. I wrote this in