Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ginger Swapping Doctor Who!

Words cannot express how excited I am about this post. Cause I've been gender swapping my favorite TV shows lately, and now I'm ginger swapping Doctor Who. See what I did there? And not just the alliteration, but the whole Doctor-wants-to-be-ginger thing. Man, I'm funny.

Quick story on how this came about: I told my sister that I finally finished gender swapping Doctor Who and she said, "Gin- gender swapping. Got it." Then we both started laughing cause ginger swapping sounded hilarious and I immediately decided I needed to ginger swap Doctor Who. Cause of all the funny!

1. Ninth Doctor: Benedict Cumberbatch 

Maybe pushing it a little with the ginger. Benedict is more auburn than anything else. Still, I had limited options. But really, how fun would this be? The answer is super.

2. Tenth Doctor: Simon Pegg

Also a little bit of a stretch. Strawberry blonde...ginger... no big diff. Plus Simon Pegg can do anything. Not only that, but I want him to do everything. We'll say it's also fitting that I have giant crushes on both of these men.

3. Eleventh Doctor: Felicia Day

I know this was the same match up for the gender-swapping, but it works perfectly for the ginger-swapping as well. And I'll keep using Felicia for things like this cause I also have a giant crush on her.

4. Rose: Alyson Hannigan

Granted, I've only seen Alyson in Buffy (although I'm now remembering she was in a few episodes of Veronica Mars), but she was fantastic through all seven seasons. I'm watching Willow maneuver around Buffy's subconscious and talk her out of a catatonic state as I type this. I feel like if I knew Alyson in real life, she'd be one of my favorite people. Oh, and she'd make a great Rose too.

5. Martha: Amy Adams

As I started looking for someone to play Martha I realized that this would be an all white cast since everyone would be a red head. Whoops. But since it's fake, I don't feel that bad. Still works though. Both beautiful, both could do the hardened soldier and super smart doctor, both would be much better characters if they weren't in love with the Doctor. I really need to get over that...

6. Donna: Emma Caulfield  

"What's this," you say? "Emma Caulfield isn't ginger. Why, even in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which she changed her hair often, she was never ginger." ha-HA! I fooled you! Donna Noble is ginger so with the ginger-swapping, she's not! Boom. Maybe this isn't blowing your mind as much as it blew mine when my sister suggested it. It was kind of hard to find someone that had the same physical comedy style, but I think Emma could do it cause she's just great.

7. Amy: Chris Hardwick 

Full disclosure: I've never seen Chris Hardwick act. Nerdist Podcast, Talking Dead, Attack of the Show, Doctor Who PSAs... oh! He was older Sokka's voice in Legend of Korra. Does that count? Anyway, I have no idea what kind of actor he is. I just know that he is awesome and he really likes Doctor Who. Thus, I want to see him in the show. And I picked Amy cause why not? Also, he's super attractive and so is Karen Gillan.

8. Rory: Scott Grimes 


I don't know why. I think I've only seen Scott Grimes in Band of Brothers as Malarkey, but I did love him. I want to see him more. I think he'd do well as Rory.

9. River: Christina Hendricks 

Is there really any other choice?

10. Clara/Oswin: Emma Stone


Quick wit and charm. That's what I think of when I think of Emma Stone, and that's what I've thought of the two episodes we've seen Clara. Although I'd rather her be Oswin. Totally like that name better. But Emma would be a great Clara. Come to think of it, she'd make a great Donna too.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Gender Swapping pt. II: Doctor Who

I won't be doing any classic Who here because I've only seen a handful of episodes. I'm on the Third Doctor and I've only seen what's available on Netflix. This will be the cast that have appeared since 2005.

1. Ninth Doctor: Natalia Tena ('Doctor')

I've only seen Natalia Tena in a few things (About a Boy, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones), but I think she could pull off the Ninth Doctor. He's quirky, but I always felt he was a bit more intense than Ten and Eleven. I get the vibe that she could pull off that playful yet fierce personality.

2. Rose Tyler: Aaron Taylor-Johnson ('Rhys Tyler'. Even though there's a character by the same name in Torchwood.)

This may not be the best pick, but this was really hard. Rose is a lot of fun, strong, smart, but kind of naive and Johnson could probably pull that off. He looks young enough (when he's clean shaven) to pull off the naiveté thing and Kick Ass proved he can layer it up.

3. Captain Jack Harkness: I just can't...

I kept putting different women next to him, but I just can't do it. John Barrowman is a very unique actor and he's just so perfect for this role. I can't imagine anyone, male or female, as Captain Jack.

4. Tenth Doctor: Amy Acker ('Doctor')

I thought this one was going to be crazy difficult, but once I remembered Amy Acker, there was no contest. Her skills embody the Tenth Doctor and she does everything perfectly. Plus, she's adorable. Not as adorable as David Tennant in my opinion (come on, it's me we're talking about here), but look at how cute she is!

5. Martha Jones: Chiwetel Ejiofor ('Marcus Jones')

Martha Jones. The doctor turned soldier. The only thing I don't love about her is how in love she is with the Doctor and how much she pines over him. In this wacky gender swapped version, Chiwetel Ejiofor doesn't fall in love with Amy Acker. And yes, it is a coincidence that these two have both worked for Joss Whedon. You'll probably see more. Anyway, Ejiofor has been great in everything I've seen him hin and I feel like I don't see him enough. He'd be a fun companion. Even though I don't know how to pronounce his name.

6. Donna Noble: Simon Pegg ('Dennis Noble' cause it sounds better than 'Dexter Noble'.)

Donna is for sure my favorite companion. Well... she's at least tied with Amy/Rory. But she's tied with them by a lot. If that makes sense. Basically, I love her. One of the main reasons I love her is because I love Catherine Tate. I also love Simon Pegg, which is one reason why this works. They're both fantastically funny (their style is very different, but I love them both), they're both ginger, and can't you see Simon Pegg being super good on-screen friends with Amy Acker? They probably know each other already. I'm thinking of a very specific picture with him and several other actors I love at Joss Whedon's house. Chances are they've crossed paths. Then Amy would tell Joss to put Simon in all his movies and  I would be that group's cooky non-entertainment industry friend until they get me a job as a movie researcher (it's totally a real thing and I've decided it's another dream job) and my life would be complete.

7. The Master: Emma Caulfield ('Master')

I really like John Simm as The Master. Just the right mixture of crazy and scary, and I've seen Emma Caulfield work that same magic. Plus, hey! More Whedonverse. Although I'm starting to get concerned about how many actors here are American...

8. Eleventh Doctor: Felicia Day ('Doctor')

Come on, you knew I was going to use her eventually and I'll probably use her a lot more. Even this is hard to picture because even the way Matt Smith moves is nutty, but if anyone could pull it off, it would be Felicia Day. Man, I want to be friends with her...

9. Amy Pond: Alan Tudyk ('Ftizwilliam Pond' because I'm tired of coming up with names)

I have roughly the same reaction when I see these two. It has to do with smiling and fangirling. Seriously, if I was gay, I'd totally have a thing for skinny red headed ladies cause I kind of have a thing for skinny red headed ladies now. If either of my skinny red headed friends are reading this, know that I don't have a crush on you and I wish you well with your respective husbands.

I just like this switch up. Amy has a sultry appeal with a hint of nerd and Alan Tudyk embodies that. Although he'd probably play the role with more nerd and I'd be absolutely okay with that. Also, he wouldn't be 21 when he runs off with the Doctor.

10: Rory Williams: Kelly Macdonald ('Rory' cause it's a girl name too)

For some reason I'm getting really excited about Kelly Macdonald and Alan Tudyk being an on-screen couple. I don't see her nearly as often as I should. She could totally pull off the awkward, flannel-wearing season 5 Rory and the sexy, hipster season 7 Rory (Keep in mind I don't find hipsters sexy. Rory happens to be a hipster later on in the show and I happen to find him sexy as well). Am I the only one who finds that transformation a bit odd, by the way?

11. River Song: Lee Pace ('River Song' cause otherwise Melody Pond wouldn't make sense. Although Melody is definitely not a girl name... and Melody translated into Gaelic is Fonn and Fonn Pond is lame. As is Alaw Pond [Welsh for Melody]. Steven Moffat is obviously much better at playing on words than I am).


Another actor I just want to see more of. I figured he wasn't going to be in the first Hobbit movie and then during the preface I yelled, "THRANDUIL! THRANDUIL! THRANDUIL'S RIDING A FREAKING DEER!" Not out loud, of course, but I probably fist pumped at least. But this should give you an idea of how much I love Lee Pace. Cause I love him a lot. He and Bryan Fuller make for television beauty (go watch Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies right now if you haven't) and I'd really like to see Lee Pace in a role like this. Less like the Pie Maker and more like... well, River.

That post took me a lot longer than it should have. With the exception of not being able to come up with anyone for Jack Harkness, I feel good about my decisions.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Wonder Woman

Let's get a few things out of the way.

First, I love Wonder Woman. Always have, always will.

Second, Warner Brothers should kick themselves for all eternity for not letting Joss Whedon make a Wonder Woman movie way back when. I want to say it was 2004ish, but I could be wrong. He had an intriguing story planned out and he really would have been the best man for the job.

Third, I'm very interested in seeing who the CW casts as young Diana and I really, REALLY hope they do this well. My only experience with the CW is Supernatural and while I love that show to the point of obsession, it is definitely known for treating women poorly. Meaning they're either evil or they die. While it is an entirely different show, it does make me wary of how they'll write Diana. I haven't watched Arrow yet, but maybe Huntress will make me feel better.

Fourth, while it's not likely we'll see a Wonder Woman movie in the near future, she will (she better) play a major role in the Justice League movie. This both excites and worries me. I'm worried about how she'll be written. I personally have never seen any version of Wonder Woman that wasn't awesome (I hear the failed pilot wasn't so great in that regard and I've stayed away from DC's New 52 because I was that unimpressed with their initial Catwoman issue), but Hollywood is notorious for writing awful, terrible, one-dimensional women. Superheros notwithstanding. Just look at Black Widow in Iron Man 2 or Selina Kyle in Batman Returns.

There is reason to hope though. Black Widow in Avengers and Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises were both extremely well done. No surprise that Joss Whedon would write an awesome female superhero, but I was pleasantly surprised with Nolan's version of Catwoman. Hopefully we'll see more of that with Wonder Woman.

Okay. With those things out of the way, I want to talk about who I think Warner Brothers should cast as Wonder Woman (in no particular order).

Summer Glau

Give me the description of any strong and kick ass female character and Summer Glau will immediately come to my mind. There's just no getting around it. She's fantastic in anything she does and can do some incredible fight scenes and can do the all but impossible with her body. 

Jaimie Alexander


I know that this is cheating since she's already in the Marvel universe as Sif in the Thor movies, but she immediately came to mind as well. Looking at pictures of her she just looks like how I'd picture Diana to look in real life. She's got the poise, the build, the beauty, and I did like her in Thor. She might just be my top pick. 

Emily Blunt

I probably would have rather seen her as Black Widow (I'll never understand why she turned that down), but I still want to see her as a superhero and since I've loved Emily Blunt in absolutely everything I've seen her in, I have confidence that she'd be a great Wonder Woman. 

Morena Baccarin

I like Morena for Wonder Woman for two reasons. First, she'd be awesome. Second, when I was little I always thought it was weird that Wonder Woman was white cause she was an Amazon. I didn't learn about the Greek Myth until much later in life and I still remember the moment when it dawned on me that Diana was Greek, not Brazilian. Still, I'd love to see a woman of color play Wonder Woman. While I'm not sure if Morena is technically a woman of color (her dad is Italian and I don't know what her mother's ethnicity is), she was born in Brazil and that makes the eight year old in me smile. 

Zoe Saldana

Okay, no way of getting around the woman of color on this one. I've liked what I've seen of Zoe and I think she'd do a pretty good job as Wonder Woman. I think she's got the physical skills to pull this role off as well. 

Christina Hendricks

I can totally picture her wailing on some unsuspecting criminal mastermind. Plus I love her. So much. 

Milla Jovovich 

Because no action female lead list would be complete without Milla Jovovich. She could absolutely pull this off physically and I do think she'd do a good job in general.

And by the way, I am hoping to see some costume changes. Mainly, let's have the Princess Diana (a warrior, for those who live in a box) dress like a freaking warrior. Something like this, maybe?
(picture credit to Rahzzah on deviantART)

Seriously, who in their right mind would fight crime without proper support? At least give the poor woman some bra straps! 

But really, I can't get over how awesome this redesign is.