This weekend brings us "The God Complex" - the eleventh episode of DOCTOR WHO's Sixth Season/Series, meaning we have only two left to go ("Closing Time" and "The Wedding of River Song").
"The God Complex" is scripted by Toby Whithouse ("School Reunion," "The Vampires of Venice") and directed by the awesome Nick Hurran, who knocked it out of the park with last week's "The Girl Who Waited."
In case you missed previous Docback posts on the matter, YES we'll be returning to vintage/classic/retro WHO festivities as soon as this current Season/Series ends...and YES we'll re-join the new stuff as it comes along, even opening a Docback for Christmas Day's episode.
IF SPONGE BOB DECREASES MENTAL FUNCTIONING...
THIS piece via Yahoo & AP offers the result of a contentious study.
The problems were seen in a study of 60 children randomly assigned to either watch "SpongeBob," or the slower-paced PBS cartoon "Caillou" or assigned to draw pictures. Immediately after these nine-minute assignments, the kids took mental function tests; those who had watched "SpongeBob" did measurably worse than the others.
Most kids were white and from middle-class or wealthy families. They were given common mental function tests after watching cartoons or drawing. The SpongeBob kids scored on average 12 points lower than the other two groups, whose scores were nearly identical.
I've never been an ardent believer in these kind of studies, as I feel a multitude of factors impact how individuals...whether they be young or mature...perceive media.
I could break down these factors for hours - but, suffice to say, I personally believe that...no matter what we're exposed to...television, film, video games, etc...their impact on us is most heavily governed by our own life experience, by how we've already been formed by the world before our exposure. I believe we shape the media we're taking in based on what we bring to the table.
Elements that I feel strongly influence our perception of media include (but are not limited to): are we loved, neglected, or beaten? Are we fundamentally happy...or are we bitter? Have our imaginations been regularly fostered, or have we been treated like lumps? Do we have passions and direction, or are we constantly trying to find our place in the scheme of things? These kind of considerations...as far as I'm concerned...are far more potent indicators of how we'll respond to media than the actual content of the media itself. And, unfortunately, many surveys of this nature tend to not factor in such considerations. I do think media has a number of responsibilities, but I also think it's far too easy...and far too lazy...to summarily condemn its influence.
With all of this in mind: I'll confess that the first questioned which popped into my mind after reading this report is: "OK, so what impact does DOCTOR WHO" have on viewers?" I don't presume to speak for any other Docbackers when saying this, but I find even the most troubled DOCTOR WHO stories to be rather exhilarating...I feel more activated mentally and creatively after my exposure to them.
In the past, I know that DOCTOR WHO has come under scrutiny and fire for its "violent" content...discuss below?
SO, EXACTLY HOW MANY DALEKS CONSTITUTES "AN ARMY"?
WATCH EPISODES FROM THE CURRENT SEASON/SERIES
See DOCTOR WHO Season/Series Six Episode 1 - "The Impossible Astronaut" - in HD HERE and standard def HERE.
See "Day of The Moon" - the second installment of the season premiere linked above - in HD HERE and standard def HERE.
Episode 3 - "The Curse Of The Black Spot" - can be found in HD HERE or standard def HERE.
Episode 4 - "The Doctor's Wife" - is available HERE in HD, while standard def is availabe HERE.
Episode 5 - "The Rebel Flesh" - can be seen HERE in HD, or viewed in standard def HERE.
Episode 6 - "The Almost People" - can be found HERE in HD and HERE in standard def.
Episode 7 - "A Good Man Goes To War" is HERE in HD and is in standard def HERE.
Episode 8 - "Let's Kill Hitler" - in HD HERE and standard def HERE.
Episode 9 - "Night Terrors" - HD HERE, standard def HERE.
Episode 10 - "The Girl Who Waited" - HD HERE, standard def HERE.
Episode 11 - "The God Complex" is in HD and standard def HERE.
[S6 (1) DOCBACKS]
"The Impossible Astronaut"
"Day of the Moon"
"The Curse of the Black Spot"
"The Doctor's Wife"
"The Rebel Flesh"
"The Almost People"
[S6 (2) DOCBACKS]
"Time and the Rani"
"Merrick's Personal Journey With The Doctor / "Frontios"
"An Unearthly Child"
DOCTOR WHO Title Sequences & DW At Comic-Con 2011
"The Daleks," "The Awakening," "The Crash of the Elysium"
"The Gunfighters" / "The Edge Of Destruction"
Why Eccleston Left, Here Comes Caroline Skinner, And Season/Series Six Part 1 on Blu-Ray And DVD
"Paradise Towers" / New WHOvian Documentary / Newsbits
New Trailer For Season/Series Six Part 2
"Marco Polo" and "The Sun Makers"
AN IMPORTANT WARNING ABOUT SPOILERS
The AICN DOCTOR WHO Talkback below - aka "Docback" - is comprised of, and warmly welcomes, participants from across the globe.
Alas, please remember that DOCTOR WHO airs in the U.K. a few hours before it's seen on BBC America here in the States, for example.
While the Docback Code of Conduct (posted below) strongly encourages SPOILER SENSITIVITY at all times, it is quite likely that this Docback will become a SPOILER INTENSIVE ZONE late tomorrow morning U.S. time (Saturday September 10) - when "The God Complex "airs in the U.K.
If you wish to remain free and clear of "God Complex" spoilers until after you've seen the show for yourself, you should tread cautiously if visiting this page after late tomorrow morning U.S. time.
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And, above all...
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