The Doctor Is In: Toys, Changes, And Cartoon Porn
Peter Tatara - April 1, 2007
The third season of the BBC's new Doctor Who began today on BBC One. It marked a big change in the Doctor Who Universe, with a new girl, Martha Jones, joining the Doctor after his previous sidekick became forever trapped in a parallel dimension during a war between the Cybermen and the Daleks. Also, the Doctor's sporting a new, blue suit. It was a spectacular start to the season, and the rumors and rumblings of what's to come -- Daleks in Manhattan and the appearance of another Time Lord -- were enough to make me spend several hours hunting down sonic screwdriver toys on eBay. There were two, though, sonic screwdriver replicas made in the past few years, with the second a considerable improvement over the first, and none of the currents auctions are clear on which screwdriver they're selling. I should note that the toys, in addition to serving as a flashlight and making buzzing noises, are also pens -- and I'd actually use mine as a pen, too.
I'll be stopping by Forbidden Planet in Union Square tomorrow. I know they've got a selection of Doctor Who playthings, but I also know they charge a steep price.
What's the moral of this story?
While it's not a moral, really, I do have a point. Change. Giant Robots Fighting God is changing. Something cool? Anything big? A flashy, kickass new interface? Will I be hosting a blurry recording of the first 58 minutes of Spider-Man 3 someone took with a camera phone during a preview screening in Tribeca? Nah. Instead, I've done some reorganizing. At the start of every month, I've been uploading site stats and traffic from the previous month; however, when looking through GRFG's Archive, I realized that these postings were every third or forth entry, and I didn't like that. I imagine I could have made a vow to write more so that there'd be more meat in the Archive; however, due to my rigorous schedule of playing Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, interrupted only by naps, I realized expending more effort wasn't likely to happen. Instead, I've deleted all the traffic data from the Archive, moving it to the About page.
I'm sure that if I didn't make this mention, the change would have gone completely unnoticed, and I'm glad. The change is a subtle refinement and should be invisible to everyone expect GRFG's most-loyal cabal of fans. (Mom.) The stats are worth a look, though. While mainly dry facts and figures, I include the most-used phrases people type into search engines to find GRFG. You'd be amazed by the number of people who stumble upon the site looking for cartoon porn. Or maybe you wouldn't. Why are you here, huh?