Top 5 ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Specials

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"The Snowmen" airs Christmas night at 9pm on BBC America. Photo courtesy of ScreenRant.

“The Snowmen” airs Christmas night at 9pm on BBC America. Photo courtesy of ScreenRant.

Since the reboot began in 2005, there has been a Doctor Who Christmas special every year and this year is no different. The people of modern-day England were given enough grief between the robot Santas, the Sycorax, the Empress of Racnoss, and a starship Titanic, so the Doctor is spending another Christmas away from England. Well, modern-day England anyway since this year’s Christmas special, “The Snowmen,” takes place in 19th Century England: Christmas Eve in 1892 to be exact. Doctor Who fans have been looking forward to the Christmas Special for months, especially since the prequel minisode “The Great Detective” and the first official trailer were released in mid-November, plus the more recently released minisode “Vastra Investigates.”

This year, the Christmas special will see the return of the familiar doomsday atmosphere, this time with living—and seriously scary—snowmen. Some new(ish) faces will debut in the special: the Doctor’s next companion Clara Oswin, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, will officially be introduced (she made her first appearance in the series 7 premiere, “Asylum of the Daleks.”) The new face of the Tardis will also appear in the Christmas special, though a photo has already been released. Since we’ve got some time until the premiere of “The Snowmen,” I thought I’d count down—and watch—my top 5 favorite Doctor Who Christmas specials.

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5 Reasons the World Can’t End on December 21, 2012

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Pictures of fake weather reports showing the end of the world have been circulating the Internet. Photo courtesy of Reddit.

Pictures of fake weather reports showing the end of the world have been circulating the Internet. Photo courtesy of Reddit.

Tomorrow the world is going to end. At least, that’s what we’ve been hearing for years. There have been many specials on the History Channel and articles online—as well as that frightening John Cusack flick, among others—either coming up with theories of how the world will end, or debunking the myths. Either way, some people online have voiced concerns that many violent crimes may be committed because of the apocalypse hubbub. While everyone has been panicking, NASA has done everything they can to calm the public, including the pre-release of the “Why the World Didn’t End Yesterday” press release.

Even though I don’t honestly believe the world will end tomorrow, I had a good laugh back in June when one of my student loan providers sent me an email that said my first payment would be due on December 21, 2012 (oh, how my bank account and I laughed through the tears.) Still, it’s pretty easy to fall into the hysteria. So I compiled a list of movies, books and TV shows that I’m looking forward to in the next year or so to keep me grounded in reality. And, of course, by reality I mean fictional reality.

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Holiday Season Movie Preview

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This year, there are a lot of movies coming out during the holiday season. There are the big ones: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Misérables; as well as the other big ones that just haven’t gotten as much press: The Guilt Trip, Playing for Keeps, Jack Reacher, and This is 40. With the overabundance of movies in theaters this season, it might be hard to narrow down the choices, let alone make a final decision. So this is a guide that should be of some use because the time will inevitably come when your family decides to go see a movie—or you go out with friends/significant other because you’ve spent enough time with your family. Here are some short summaries and a chart to help you make a decision before you’re holding up the line with your debate between The Hobbit and Les Mis.

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6 of the Best Christmas Movies

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ABC Family's holiday programming started on Saturday Dec. 1 this year. Photo courtesy of ABC Family.

Photo courtesy of ABC Family.

Every year ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas begins on December 1 and all of a sudden Christmas movies are everywhere. Although, maybe some people start even earlier, right after Thanksgiving–or even earlier in the year if they just can’t wait–with their own movie marathons. Personally, I like to wait until Christmas is a little closer. But we can all admit that holiday movies are the best way to get into the Christmas spirit. If you’re Buddy the elf, you’ll also do a little caroling to spread the Christmas cheer (don’t worry we’ll come back to Buddy later.) But if your voice isn’t feeling up to it, or you’d just rather curl up with a favorite blanket and hot winter beverage—whether it’s cocoa with the little marshmallows or some good tea—you can always marathon some great holiday flicks with friends, family or on your own. Here are some movies I’ll be watching  to help jumpstart my Christmas spirit.

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Is ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Catwoman a Feminist?

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Anne Hathaway won the role of Selina Kyle over actresses Keira Knightly and Jessica Biel. Photo courtesy of Lost in the Multiplex.

Anne Hathaway won the role of Selina Kyle over actresses Keira Knightly and Jessica Biel. Photo courtesy of Lost in the Multiplex.

Today is the day The Dark Knight Rises comes out on DVD and Blu-ray. In honor, let’s all get out our copies of Batman: Four Film Favorites, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight to have a marathon. While watching my personal favorite, Batman & Robin, don’t forget to drink (water or whatever you’ve got) every time Dr. Freeze or Poison Ivy make a pun. While looking for a way of celebrating TDKR coming out on DVD today, I remembered a blog post I wrote during my junior year of college. In my spring semester, I took a women’s studies course and we were required to keep a blog during the semester to comment on something feminism-related once or twice a week.

When I created Femi-whaaat? I didn’t know how to describe my feminism blog: “so like lesbians and combat boots and unshaved armpits right? Maybe. Debates about why Catwoman is the worst villain ever because her entire shtick is just a mix of the worst two stereotypes about women (old cat lady & femme fatale)? Definitely; as soon as I develop my argument further.” For my final post on the blog I decided to actually write out my full argument. When I reread the post, I realized I still believed Catwoman to be a terrible feminist icon. However, since this argument was written in May 2011, long before The Dark Knight Rises premiered, I thought I should reexamine my argument.

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