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Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Episode

By Devon Delfino, Staff Writer
@devondelfino

I am just about the last person you would expect to love “Doctor Who” (or at least I like to think I am). Nevertheless, the show’s cult following and the ridiculous amount of fan-girls out there are sure to tune in for the 50th anniversary episode entitled “The Day of the Doctor”, which airs Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on BBC America.

The trailer, released this past Saturday, gives a glimpse into the truly comprehensive nature of the special. There are new doctors, old doctors and, of course, the re-emergence of Rose Tyler (a personal favorite of the many companions the Doctor has traveled with; how they will explain her crossing over from a parallel universe yet again is beyond me).

Now if only we could bring back the Doctor Donna…

If, like me, you only discovered the show relatively recently, as the new series started back in 2005, then Netflix is your new best friend, offering live-streaming for the first six series’ as well as a few specials. Unfortunately, that means missing out on the current season.

This is the dilemma of a Whovian with a Netflix subscription but without access to a television on a regular basis: should I risk the spoilers, or wait almost a year to see the 50th anniversary episode (and try to avoid hearing about it, a.k.a. no more Tumblr)?

If you watch the episode, be sure to check out the mini-episode ‘prequel’ to it, entitled, “The Night of the Doctor”. I’ve yet to decide, but, one thing’s for sure: it will be epic.

Watch the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary episode trailer below:

Don’t fear your domesticated feline

By Margaret Waterman, Associate Campus Editor
@mw_journalist

Vindicating dog-lovers and cat-haters all over the world, the BBC World Service dropped this bombshell Tuesday Jan. 29:

Free-ranging cats on islands have caused or contributed to 14% of the modern bird, mammal, and reptile extinctions, according to a study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. PHOTO BY Lilliam Adan

Free-ranging cats on islands have caused or contributed to 14% of the modern bird, mammal, and reptile extinctions, according to a study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. PHOTO BY Lilliam Adan of domestic cat Onyx

Cats are responsible for between 1.4 and 3.7 billion bird and between 6.9 and 20.7 billion mammal deaths annually.

The BBC article went on to claim that our furry feline friends are not only vicious killers, but cumulatively are responsible for more animal deaths than road related accidents, animals’ collisions with buildings or animal poisonings.

Don’t worry, though–the article, while harshly critical of kitties, offered deeply insightful solutions to this furry flurry. An expert from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute suggested keeping domesticated cats indoors as opposed to letting them roam free out in the wild. A spokeswoman from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said putting a bell on your cat’s collar would decrease its chance of success while hunting by at least 33%.

However, the article also said feral and stray cats were by far the leading cause of mammal and bird deaths. The American Robin, in particular, is most at risk of all birds, while mice, shrews, voles, rabbits and squirrels were most likely to be kitty-killed.

After some (probably too much) thought, I suddenly had an epiphany and, amazingly, the answer to the problem.

Which leads me to believe there is only one solution, and it does not involve the disownment of your little Garfield, Crookshanks or Sylvester: instead of giving up our pets, we must get MORE cats.

It only makes sense that, if feral or stray cats are the leading perpetrator in bird and small mammal murders nationwide, that we domesticate them all and stick bells on their collars.

This solution, while stunningly brilliant, only caused me to demand answers to other questions. Why a study about the negative impacts of cats? More specifically and more importantly, what’s so wrong with your cat protecting you from rodents?

Either way, we should all take a minute to reflect upon the needless, tragic deaths of billions and billions of bird and small mammal deaths across the country by bowing our heads in a moment of silence.

British Invasion: Why Americans love British TV

By Heather Goldin, Staff Writer
@HeatherGoldin

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Let’s be honest. We all have our favorite British television show, whether we care to admit it. Why do we fall head over heels for these shows over our own American reality television shows? Is it the creative plot lines, or is it their brilliant British slang? Blimey! You would have to be a wanker not to love British TV. Whether its “Doctor Who,” “Sherlock,” “Misfits,” “Peep Show,” the list of our favorite British shows go on and on. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) always gives us a reason to watch.

However, our love of Great Britain spans far beyond TV. Take into account the famous “Harry Potter” series, written by British novelist J.K. Rowling. As you probably already know from BBC’s Twitter feed, the world of British television is colliding with popular British novels, courtesy of BBC’s decision to adapt Rowling’s newest novel ‘The Casual Vacancy” as a television series. Set to debut in 2014, the show is sure to join our list of British television favorites. Despite some poor literary critics’ reviews, possibly holding a grudge against Britain for their tyrannical history, the novel still ranks high on the New York Times best-seller list. Rowling will be working closely with the BBC network to make sure her literary vision is successfully translated to the television screen.

Keep your eyes on the telly for the premiere showing of “The Casual Vacancy.” I’d be gobsmacked if the show were anything short of bloody addicting.

Confused by some of my language? If you ever find yourself in Britain, this online dictionary of British slang might be useful. And if not, you can always talk like a Brit for fun!

The Casual Vacancy

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