Perfect Ten...nant

Pretty sure we were all on the same page (or rather, the same sentence of the same page of the same book) when the Doctor did a quick re-gen' and looked a lot less like David Tennant and a lot more like Matt Smith and our insides turned cold and desolate. Were all of you, like us, kinda hoping that the creators of the New Who had forgotten its entire premise of a time traveling doctor that regenerates? Because we were crossing our fingers AND toes for at least 10 more seasons of D10 with a solid argument along the lines of "Shut up!" if anyone came at us with the improbability of a Doctor lasting that long sans regeneration. We couldn't even look at Matt Smith for three years after that fateful day in January 2010 because we were in mourning.


But lately, we've been feeling a lil David Tennant rich because the Ten man has so many projects that we've been watching and/or waiting for. Is this what hope feels like? Is the universal pendulum finally swinging the other way in favor of joy, prosperity, and David? Is he singlehandedly slaying the Goliath that has been the 20teens thus far? The following pieces of knowledge candy lead us to believe "yes. Finally, yes."


In case you need another reason to feel justified in parking it on the couch in those cozy Christmas pajamas that you wear year-round because they're so so soft with an adult-sized bowl of Lucky Charms on a Saturday morning ("Saturday morning": noun, the time when you wake up on Saturday, typically around noon-1pm), we're going to give you one! David Tennant is currently lending that sexy Scottish voice of his to not one, but two cartoons: Duck Tales and Final Space. 

With the former, you get a massive dose of nostalgia plus the added benefit of recognizing that unmistakable Tennant tongue (as if we needed another example of a cartoon animal we find ourselves attracted to... ) to the role of Scrooge McDuck. The iconic trio of Huey, Dewey, and Louie is played by Danny Pudi (Community), Ben Schwartz (Parks & Rec), and Bobby Moynihan (SNL), respectively, turning this all-"star" ensemble into an iconic quad.

And with the latter, you get comedy, adventure, and, well, space. As we are writing this, only five episodes are currently available on TBS (you can also stream on Amazon Prime, should you be so inclined), but we are absolutely going to continue tuning in. We may have came for David Tennant (who voices the teeny tiny villain, the Lord Commander), but we are staying for the jokes and aliens. It surprised us how often we found ourselves laughing out loud just in the first episode. Our protagonist, Gary, is a prisoner sentenced to five years alone in Deep Space with robot companion KVN ("Kevin", perfectly played by Fred Armisen) to keep him from losing his sanity, but who is rather successful at doing the opposite. In your introduction to KVN, you learn that he loves cookies even though he has no mouth. He just smashes them into his "face" where one's mouth might be while Gary must look on hungrily and unsatisfied as he gets no cookie privileges. During some routine maintenance in space, he encounters the corgi puppy equivalent of an alien friend that he dubs "Mooncake". Mooncake is wanted by the Lord Commander, and there you have your plot. With the final sinister-y words of the pilot episode being "Let's play a little...", spoken by our favorite Mad-Eye Moody polyjuice impersonator, we found ourselves hooked. 10/Tennant will watch again.


Non-Cartoon TV Shows! 

Jessica Jones: We can't say that we weren't as into Season One of Jessica Jones as we were because of Tennant's portrayal of equal-parts-creepy-and-attractive Kilgrave. We might have done a little baby-ship of those two characters? Can we say that? Is that okay? Season Two was just released on Netflix, and we were shocked to learn that he was returning (Season One spoiler (if it can be a spoiler once the next season comes out): um, he died...or seemingly died?). We don't want to give too much away about Season Two so we won't confirm how many episodes he actually appears in or his part in said episode(s), but we will say that Jessica Jones is one in the Marvel monopoly worth watching. WARNING: If you do happen to risk opening that Stan-Lee's-multi-billion-dollar-wet-dream door, keep in mind that you may find yourself having to watch 1,003 other Marvel related movies and/or TV shows just to stay caught up with relevant storyline details of just ONE show that you initially chose to watch. (One, Stan. One.)


Camping: There's been some buzz for a little while now surrounding Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's sophomore HBO show which is set to star Jennifer Garner. BUT! Just a few days ago, it was announced that Tennant joined the cast to star opposite Jenny Gee. This took it from "some buzz" to full-on-Thomas-J-swarm to us. Lena and Jenni's Girls started strong and continued that way...for a while. The ending left much to be desired, but we can't imagine a universe (fictional or otherwise) that isn't made better (dare we say, perfect?) with the inclusion of our David. 

Good Omens: 100% of HBP had a panic attack when we went to see Neil Gaiman speak over a year ago and he announced that he was working on bringing Good Omens to life on "the tube". And 100% of our hearts had to be revived when it was announced this past summer that Michael Sheen would be playing Aziraphale and David Tennant would be playing Crowley, the angel/demon (respectively) ultimate frenemy combo. Fan fiction couldn't have cast better actors to play these leads. Before Pratchett's passing, he and his assistant, Rob Wilkins, often discussed their dream cast for Good Omens. Wilkins said that when discussing their ideal Crowley, Tennant's name was in the mix. To be fair, he's in our mix for every role ever, so we're with you, Terry. We're with you. Since then, Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman have also joined the cast. Such a Dad feast!

Dream cast aside, there isn't a television show, movie, miniseries, last season of GoT, etc., etc., etc., that we are more excited to see. Good Omens isn't just one of our favorite books, it's just one of the best books ever written. Proving the age-old saying that two minds are better than one, GO brought together the brilliantly imaginative and comedic authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. They wrote long distance by talking on the phone, exchanging drafts in the form of floppy disks. Per Gaiman, the pair would stay up all night just trying to write things that would make the other laugh and would leave "forceful" voicemails between drafts regarding why the other was taking so long. 


GO is about the end of Time, the impending Apocalypse, the angels and demons and all that good stuff in between. It's like Dogma, but much smarter, funnier, and less crude. The only thing that could possibly make us more excited about its 2019 debut is literally nothing. 

Silver Screen!

Tennant has two upcoming feature films in the works, Bad Samaritan and Mary Queen of Scots

Bad Samaritan: Kid knows scary dude is up to no good and wants to prove it to his family, friends, cops, anyone who will listen. Okay so maybe it's been done before with films like Disturbia and Fright Night (1985), but it's never been done before with David Tennant. Err...nevermind, it has: Fright Night (2011). We will say this though: the only thing David does as perfectly as he does "good guy" is "bad guy". Or "both guy". Basically he's perfect in everything and this movie trailer did NOT disappoint.

Mary Queen of Scots: Lookit. Lookit. David Tennant + period piece + damaged queen and her beheading = sign. us. up. Any questions? *raises hand* Yes, um, can this movie just come out sooner? Also, we've watched a season and a half of Reign. After that wound (yes, wound... they had a sexy, brooding Nostradamus as a main character...), it would take nothing less than D to revive our historical interest in this particular storyline. 

An Expected Journey: Amazon Takes on Middle Earth

There and back...and there again. We find ourselves asking the age-old question: is it possible to have too much of a good thing? (Answer: Depends. Black Mirror marathon? Yes. McDonald's chicken nuggets? No. Middle-Earth franchise? TBD.)

Here's what we know: 

1. Amazon has purchased the television rights to Tolkien's Middle Earth franchise for an undisclosed amount of money (but probably in the 200-250 million dollar range) from the Tolkien Estate and Trust.

2. It will take place before the Fellowship of the Ring storyline.

3. The big sale happened shortly after Christopher Tolkien (J.R.R.'s baby boy) stepped down from his position as Tolkien Estate director.

4. We shouldn't expect to see anything on-screen until 2020 (mayyybe late 2019?) at the earliest.  The script hasn't been written yet, let alone cast and filmed.

Here's what the haters are saying:

John Rhys-Davies (you may know him as Legolas/Orly Bloom's bestie 'Gimli') is quoted as saying, "I mean, poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave." Those are some pretty big words for such a small character. (Get it? Small? Because he plays a dwarf?) While we see why he might be upset, we also find it difficult to take anything he says seriously considering he spent the entire trilogy with crimped hair and beard braids. 

More to the point, his main argument is that this whole thing is just for money. Um... we highly doubt he worked as an unpaid intern for Peter Jackson's LOTR. 

Some franchise fans are upset that this new series may cause Tolkien's work to be dragged on too long, in much the same way that The Hobbit's 300 pages were turned into an 8-hour-long trilogy. 

Many bloggers and journalists have also used the word "crazy" in regards to how much Amazon spent on the rights alone and for thinking it can compete with Game of Thrones. Oh, is it "crazy"? Crazier than purchasing the rights to an UNFINISHED book series because there's NO WAY he won't finish TWO BOOKS after SEVEN SEASONS? Yeah, let's keep our "crazies" to ourselves. 

Here's what we think:

First and foremost, we think it's the best decision Amazon's made since they purchased Whole Foods and made us subscribe to Amazon Prime to get a discount on our Thanksgiving turkey. Well played, Amazon.

While we understand the hesitation from a lot of fans, we can't help but yearn for more hairy hobbit feet. There is so much Tolkien literature that has yet to be touched upon that the source material is almost unlimited. Baby boy is now 93 and *just* stopped publishing his father's unfinished works. 

Other LOTR franchise stars have reacted much more positively than Grumpy Gimli. Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, and Andy Serkis have all made supportive comments in regards to the new series, to which we must reply:

If it's okay with Gandalf, fuck yeah it's okay with us.