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Oct 5

About bullying

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015 in My life, Other

About bullying

At the moment, here in Sweden, there’s a lot of attention focused on bullying in schools. Personally, I was more excluded and ignored than actually bullied, most of the time while I was still in school. The bullying came later. I’m not going to go into that now, because it’s far too painful, but as for my earlier experiences, I have a couple of ideas. Since I have been bullied later in life and was sort of ‘passively bullied’ in school I can easily imagine myself being ‘actively bullied’ as well.

First and easiest:

What I’m wondering is why these kids don’t delete their accounts on social media and get new ones under different names. When I’ve felt stalked and the target of uncomfortable attention online, I have been forced to delete my homepage, delete any accounts in social media etc and started over. How hard can it be? Naturally, I told my real friends where they could find me.

The second idea is this: I know that I’m different and of course that’s one reason why people dislike me so much, but there’s actually an upside to it. If someone had actively bullied me in school it wouldn’t have bothered me in the least having to move to another school and start over. Being who I am, which is also a pessimist, I wouldn’t really believe that would help, but I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to go. Far better to leave the bullies behind and be allowed to finish my schooling in peace.

Finally, and this is the most difficult aspect and the most expensive, but fortunately, most people won’t have to go through it. If the entire family is the target of harassment and bullying, somehow get the parents to agree to move to another town/city.

Yes, I completely agree that it’s a shame that the victim/s should be relocated, but staying stubbornly and suffering is very much like insisting on one’s right to drive first onto a bigger road, even when you’re heading straight for a truck with the breaks out of order. Sure, according to the traffic rules, you were right, but you’d still be dead and crushed if the truck runs into you.

Jun 4

Who will be the new Doctor?

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Fandom

Since finding out that Matt Smith is leaving Dr Who (and wondering why), I’ve been considering who I’d like to see as the new Doctor. I came up with a few ideas. Most people may not agree with me. Still, it’s been fun thinking about it.

First I’d like to add that I’m not in favour of a female Doctor. If we’re to have a female Time Lord (Time Lady?) it would be great to have a spin-off series, like The Sarah Jane Adventures or Torchwood, about the Doctor’s daughter, Jenny. I should also mention that I’m not an expert on the series since I’ve only been watching it since the beginning of the new Dr Who series. Christopher Eccleston was my first (and favorite) Doctor. If I’ve missed something that’s already happened, then I’ll be grateful if someone would point it out to me.

So here goes:

My first suggestion is a bit – different. I’ve often thought that it would be interesting to have a very young-looking Doctor, exactly because inside, he’s really very old. Since I don’t know of many English child actors, I’ll just suggest one that I have seen on tv in the past few years:

Harry Miles (Archie Arless in Lark Rise to Candleford). I don’t know exactly how old he is, but I imagine he’ll be a teenager by now and as such would be very suitable as this ‘young-old’ Doctor. Though I’m sure there are other equally suitable young actors, aged 12-15 who might look the part and be talented enough to handle the role. I doubt if this will happen though, so maybe there could be just one episode in which the Doctor’s regeneration takes a little longer and he ends up being a boy for a number of hours, before ending up the way he’s supposed to be. Or – since this is science fiction – there could be some other reason for the Doctor’s temporary rejuvenation.

Harry Miles

My second suggestion may not be very realistic either, but I can’t resist making it anyway:

Aidan Turner. As most people know he’s appeared in Being Human, Desperate Romantics and The Hobbit. He’s hot and if he can play a vampire, struggling to remain human and a hot and cute dwarf, he could probably handle playing the Doctor.

Next candidate is Allen Leech mostly known for his role in Downton Abbey, as Tom Branson, the chauffeur who fell in love with his employer’s daughter, lady Sybil. Sybil and Tom were, incidentally, among my favorite Downton Abbey characters along with Sybil’s grandmother, Violet Crawley and Sybil’s sister Edith.

Shaun Evans (Endevour) is a new acquaintance for me. I watched the last episode of the first season of Endevour only a few weeks ago and I must say I liked this series better than the original Inspector Morse series, probably because I’m crazy about historic series. I also like the young Morse better than the old one. And I think he’d make a good Doctor.

Finally, my main suggestions:

George Rainsford (known from Waking the Dead and Call the Midwife.) Something about him just reminds me of the Doctor. Of course it’s obvious that he looks a bit like the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. Plus he’s cute. 🙂

George Rainsford

So there you have them. My most serious suggestions to replace Matt Smith as Dr Who. I’m just briefly going to mention a few runners-up: Don Gilet and Shaun Parkes. They’ve both appeared on the show already and maybe that automatically disqualifies them, though a candidate I’ve seen mentioned a lot lately, Russell Tovey, has been on the show too, so why not? I would definitely like to see Russell Tovey as the Doctor if that’s what happens. In the meantime we can only wait and see.

Who would you like to see as the new Doctor?


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