I is for Ianto Jones

A Change in the Programme

Originally, “I” was supposed to be “Its bigger on the inside,” but since my “blue” post was already about Doctor Who, I thought that it was better to find something else. Ianto Jones is a fictional character from the British television show, Torchwood. Yes, yes. It is a spin-off from Doctor Who series, but dammit, Russell Davies is an amazing writer.

Such a stern picture, but he is really a big teddy bear. Just ask Captain Jack. Image from http://www.blastr.com/2010/11/steven-moffat-wont-bring.php

Such a stern picture, but he is really a big teddy bear. Just ask Captain Jack. Image from http://www.blastr.com/2010/11/steven-moffat-wont-bring.php

Just the “help” (spoiler alerts)

Ianto is referred to as the General Support Officer for Torchwood Three based in Cardiff, Wales. This is the third division of Torchwood and they hunted aliens and their technology. Originally, the role of Ianto was to last for five episodes and then he was done, but he appealed so strongly to fans that lasted for three series (seasons). He was a quiet character that ran the administrative duties, made tea, and keep track of the ammunitions.

Ianto comes to the fore in episode four of season one. In “Cyberwoman,” we see him trying to save his girlfriend who has been partially assimilated as a Cyberman as seen in the Doctor Who episode, “Doomsday.” We all know that this will end badly, and Ianto looses his girlfriend. From this point, Ianto does not have much to hide, and we are treated to his sense of humor by way of one-liners peppering the scripts.  It is in the middle of series one, where we Davies hand in exploring human sexuality. What begins as a bit of a fling, turns into a deepening relationship between Ianto and Captain Jack.

Fun in the fauna. Image from http://lgbttvcouples.tumblr.com/

Fun in the fauna. Image from http://lgbttvcouples.tumblr.com/

We are lucky to see their relationship build, and see the tragic death of Ianto while trying to save ten percent of Earth’s children. The Ianto fans, however, lost their shit. They wrote letters. They wrote to anyone who was in any way connected to the Doctor Who franchise. They made websites. They called the writer and producer homophobic (really?). They designated donations in Ianto’s name for the BBC charity, Children in Need.

 A memorial at Mermaid quay for Ianto Jones. Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ianto_Jones_memorial_at_Mermaid_Quay.jpg

A memorial at Mermaid quay for Ianto Jones. Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ianto_Jones_memorial_at_Mermaid_Quay.jpg

The character of Ianto Jones made quite the impression in British cult television. Again, this is a science fiction drama that is relatable to the viewer through the character’s personal struggles. Geek, gay or both it is nice to see it all being portrayed as a normal attribute.

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B is for Blue

TARDISBlue…

Ok, the give-me for “blue” for most geeks is the blue British police box known as the TARDIS from Dr. Who. There is much news in regards to the series within the past week.

Season Seven, Part Two premiere (spoiler alerts)

Saturday night gave us the new installment of Dr. Who with a brand spankin’ new companion. Well, maybe not new in our viewing pleasure. We have seen her before living and dying. We watched Clara in The Snowmen where she lives in Victorian London as an enterprising young woman who slides through society as a barmaid to a governess. Then, we see her attacked, and she fell from the TARDIS to her death.

Clara and the Doctor in the 2012 Christmas Special

Clara and the Doctor in the 2012 Christmas Special

Wait.

That was not the first time we, or the the doctor, saw her. She was the souffle girl from Asylum of the Daleks. As the Junior Entertainment Manager of the starship Alaska, she was the remaining crew member trying to survive. Clara helps guide Amy and Rory out of the asylum, but she is herself trapped. The Doctor fights his way pass Daleks he defeated in previous battles, only to find that Clara, herself, is a Dalek cyborg. Again, we see her death as the planet is destroyed.

Who is this woman, and how is she alive again? We have seven more episodes to find out.

50th Anniversary Special News

Over the weekend, and on Monday, April 1st (no, this is not an April Fool’s joke) it was released that Billie Piper and David Tennant would be coming back for the anniversary special. They are to be joined by “other familiar faces” along with accomplished British actor, John Hurt. On the BBC One Blog, a photo of David Tennant and Matt Smith shows them after their first reading on Monday night. The blog promises more updates as they occur.

Just 50 years…

In fifty years we have seen 11 doctors, 50 plus companions (there is a great debate as to who qualifies as a companion), the Daleks come and go many times, how statues can be the ultimate boogie man, the Master continuing to try to take over the universe, among other old and new adversaries. Dr Who started as a television show in 1963. It has since crossed over into plays, a movie, books, comics, audioplays, animated series, and television spin-offs. Dr Who has been spoofed on  Saturday Night LiveMystery Science Theater 3000Family GuyAmerican Dad!FuturamaSouth ParkCommunity as Inspector Spacetime, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory. The show has infiltrated into the culture so quietly. What would we do with out those buzz phrases “bow ties are cool,”  “brilliant,” or “its bigger on the inside?’ I know that my life would be lacking without having Dr Who in it.

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