Matt Smith is Leaving “Doctor Who” – WHO Will Be The Next DOCTOR?

Several months ago I became a “Whovian”, a rabid fan of the British television series “Doctor Who”. I had no intention of this happening, but thanks to a couple of friends who are die-hard fans and a shiny, new subscription to Netflix, I got dragged kicking and screaming into a world of time travel, companions, Daleks, Cybermen, and a blue police call box called the T.A.R.D.I.S. (Time And Relative Dimension In Space).

I didn't go all the way back to the beginning. I just started watching the reboot of the series starring Christopher Eccleston as the “Doctor” and Billie Piper as Rose, his traveling companion. At the end of that first season, the Doctor died. But not really. For those who don't follow the show, the Doctor is the last of a race of aliens called Time Lords. Time Lords don't actually die. They regenerate. Meaning they come back to life, just in the form of a different person with his own quirks and personality.

So Chris Eccleston became David Tennant, who a few seasons later became Matt Smith. Two days ago, the BBC announced that Smith has decided that after four seasons, he would be leaving the show. That means that show runner and head writer Steven Moffat needs to find a new Doctor. This has sent the Internet into a frenzy of people trying to guess who the next actor to pilot the T.A.R.D.I.S. would be. I've seen names thrown around from the absolutely ridiculous like Johnny Depp and Paris Jackson (yes, Michael's 15 year old daughter who attempted suicide this past week), to what I consider possible such as Rupert Grint. There is an ongoing joke in the show about how the Doctor has never been a redhead… Or “Ginger” as they usually put it. Some are saying that its time for there to be a female Doctor. Perhaps Helen Mirren or even the aforementioned Billie Piper. It's science fiction. I'm sure that Steve Moffat could find a way to make the former companion the Doctor that would be believable. Other names I've seen include John Hurt, Ben Whishaw, and Martin Freeman, fresh off the success of Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit”. I find the inclusion of Freeman intriguing, but I don't see it happening due to his role as Watson in Moffat's other BBC blockbuster, “Sherlock“.

I have my own theory as to who I believe will take over the role. And it's, admittedly, a bit out there. David Tennant. You may argue that David already played the 10th incarnation of the title character. How could he be the 12th? Like I said, this is only a theory… But… David Tennant is appearing in the show's 50th Anniversary episode set to air in November. In addition to this, there is another reason that I can see this happening. From what I understand, long ago it was established that the Doctor can only regenerate to number 11. Matt Smith is the 11th actor to play the iconic character. Technically, there cannot be another regeneration. My feeling is that the character will “Ungenerate” (my own invented word for the purpose of this article) back to Number 10. Think of it as sort of downgrading a version of your computer software. Like I said, this idea is kind of out there, but it is definately the type of curveball so,any of us have come to expect from Steven Moffat.

The rumor right now is that the BBC will probably announce the actor or actress stepping into the Doctor's shoes sometime next month. So we can continue to speculate until then. As long as Jenna-Louise Coleman is staying on as the Doctor's companion, I'll be a happy Whovian.

Who do you think should become the Doctor? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Apple is Dropping the Original iPhone

… And I’m not very happy about it.  It looks like my original 8gb iPhone is obsolete.

Last week, Apple announced OS4 for the iPhone.  It looks really cool.  There are going to be well over 1,500 new APIs for developers and over 100 new features for users, including Folders (which allows you to group like applications together), an integrated e-mail inbox, multi-tasking, which people have been clamoring for since the iPhone came out less than 3 years ago.

Another interesting feature is iAd.  iAd is Apple’s answer to Google AdSense.  iAd will allow developers to sell advertising within their apps.  I know that most people are going to complain bout advertising.  What you have to realize is most of the apps for the iPhone are either free or very low-cost.  Selling advertising is a way for developers to make some money and keep their apps at hat low price point.  During Apple’s demo of iAd, they mocked up some potential ads.  If you click on smal banner within the app, it will take you to a interactive ad site which could show the sponsor’s information, could potentially have games, or links t other sites.  And it all happens within the app instead of the browser.   quick click on the “x” will close the ad and bring you right back to the app.  As a marketing person, I’m really curious as to where this advertising platform will go.

After watching the full Keynote that Steve Jobs gave, I, as an Apple fanboy, got very excited.  Until Steve announced that not everything sill work unless you have an iPhone 3GS.  Most of (not all) the new features will work on the 3G.  He didn’t mention anything about the original iPhone (sometimes called the 2G).

Steve has recently taken to personally answering a few e-mails from Apple customers himself, always in very short (2 to 5 word) answers.  One of these e-mails recently showed up on TechCrunch:

Hey Steve!

Is Apple supporting/updating the iPhone 2G in the Future?

Cheers Niko

Sent from my iPhone

To which Jobs, in his usual style, responded:

Sorry, no.

Sent from my iPhone

I realize that technology moves at a blindingly fast pace.  And I know that at some point Apple would discontinue support for the original iPhone.  But here’s the thing… the iPhone isn’t even three years old at this point. I love the aluminum back that my phone has.  Frankly, 8GBs is WAY too small for me, but other than that, I love my phone.  I am also not working full-time and can’t afford to buy a new phone (let alone the iPad and 27″ iMac that I so desperately want) or the $20 a month increase that I would have to pay for the newer iPhone.  So it looks like I will have to stick with my current system or hope that the new OS will handle at least SOME of the new features.

Which iPhone model do you have?  Will the new OS encourage you to buy the latest iPhone?  Leave a comment below!

The BEST April Fool’s Day Prank

Being that it’s April Fool’s Day, I thought I would share what is probably the best prank that I was ever involved in.  It was either 1993 or 1994, and I was working as the Assistant Promotions Director and as a DJ at WKCI (KC 101) in New Haven Connecticut. Our morning show at the time was Glenn Beck (Yes… THAT Glenn Beck) and Pat Grey, weirdly enough, known as Glenn & Pat.

The prank went like this… A few days prior to April Fool’s Day, Glenn & Pat started talking on-air about how worried they were for their jobs.  Their contracts were set to expire at the end of March and nobody from management had approached them about renewing.  This set off a flurry of listener phone calls.

Here’s the thing… LOTS of radio stations and morning shows have pulled this exact same stunt, only to have the morning hosts show up as normal and shout “April Fools!”  We didn’t do that.  As a matter of fact, we went the extra step and actually brought back Chris Evans (known as Doctor Chris) to do the morning show that day.  Chris, was actually the morning host prior to Glenn & Pat and was fired to make room for them.  The phones went CRAZY!!!!

We had to set up a voice mail line to handle all of the calls to our General Manager.  After a while, people started thinking that this WAS an April Fools gag, and that Glenn & Pat would be back the next day.  We made the decision, and with Chris’s graciousness, to extend the “Dr. Chris” show one more day.  THAT did it.  People went nuts.  Threats were made, the local news picked it up… it was insane!

It wasn’t until April 3rd that Glenn & Pat went back on the air and spoke of it as an April Fool’s joke.

I wish I could say that I was the architect of this joke, but I wasn’t.  It was kept a secret from everyone in the building except for those who needed to know.  The only reason I knew about it prior was because I was on the air before the morning show, and I had to play dumb before the  “morning show” came on.

I think a lot has to be said for the teamwork that was involved in this being a successful stunt.  I also have to commend Chris Evans for agreeing to go along with it, since he was let go a couple of years prior.

The Rules of Unemployment

I have a friend from way back in high school, Jackie, who has a friend named Fred Kluth.  Fred and his roommate, Stepahnaie, came up with this list of rules for being unemployed a few years ago.  Being unemployed myself (some of friends call it under-employed, since I work part-time), I thought this list was terrific.  I want to thank Fred for allowing me to re-post this.

My favorite is #2:

#1 – Spend at least 1-2 hour a day looking for a job, making calls, etc. But really try to treat each day like you are working, get up, get dressed, take a shower. create and keep a ritual/schedule

#2 – Have Peanut Butter and Jelly Tuesdays. Do you know anyone else who isn’t working? See if you can get together for lunch on Tuesdays for PB&J. PB&J because its cheap and you don’t have a lot of money to spend on Brie or impressive food.

#3 –  No Drinking until 5pm

#4 –  You can allow only yourself one hour of television a day. Under no circumstances watch tv all day. TV eats your soul.

#5 – Go outside at least once a day. Go for a walk, go to the park… don’t stay couped up… lack of personal contact depresses people. Exercise is good and now you have time to do it.

#6 – Goof off Friday! Soon you will be working again and you will look back on those days of unemployment and say, “oh, I should have done that when I wasn’t working”. Take advantage of being off and have some fun. Make all your friends with jobs jealous! Go to a museum, go to the movies, see some friends. Do whatever you want this day is for you.

#7 –  If you find yourself on the internet reading about Lindsey Lohan – go to step 5.

#8 –  Practice acceptance, enjoyment and enthusiasm – you can’t force change, somethings need to take there own time, you can do all the leg work but you have to leave the rest to forces out of your control

#9 – Schedule informational meetings.