Saturday, 25 April 2015

V is for Vote Voldermort

A to Z Challenge - V

V is for "Vote Saxon"
Season 3 of New Who (the David and Martha season), we repeatedly heard about a mysterious Saxon.  Sort of like "Bad Wolf" from the first season.  It eventually transpired that Saxon was the enemy/alien/bad guy for the finale, and it was a very exciting surprise for the loyal fan base (but you have to wait until Y to hear all about that).  I loved the tapping pattern that went along with the Vote Saxon theme - a series of four taps that got stuck in your brain.  I really enjoyed the finale episodes for this series - it gave Martha a chance to shine and showed her value as a companion - travelling the world for her own on a year, evading capture and spreading the Doctor's story.  More than anything, it's about the only quote I could find that starts with a V. :)

V is for Voldermort
He-who-must-not-be-named, You-know-who, The Dark Lord, Tom Riddle.  Lord Voldermort went by a lot of different names.  JK Rowling gave us an arch-villain with depth and power, a smart man with a loyal following.  Ultimately, however, Voldermort was evil and had no redeeming qualities.  Unlike Umbridge, however, he was fun to read, fun to hate, and never put me off the books.  Voldermort was played by 5 different actors throughout the film series - Richard Bremmer in the Philosopher's Stone (Voldermort's face on the back of Quirrell's head), Christian Coulson in Chamber of Secrets (Tom in the diary), Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (young Tom) and Frank Dillane
(teenage Tom) in The Half-Blood Prince, and most famously Ralph Fiennes (Voldermort) in Goblet of Fire onwards.  Ralph Fiennes was fantastically evil and creepy, however my favourite incarnation was Christian Coulson.  It's my teenage self getting the vote again (I was 17 when the film came out).

As you can probably tell from their names, Ralph Fiennes and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin are related - Ralph is Hero's uncle.  Although it helped that there was a resemblance between the two actors, director David Yates has officially said that it was not their relationship that landed Ralph the role.  After watching Half-Blood Prince I believe it - Hero is dark and disturbing and extremely creepy and perfect for the role.

Happy Stitching


  1. Fantastic posts :o)
    I am a huge fan of Dr Who (new and old)
    Thank you for your comment on my A-Z post - I couldn't reply directly as you came up as a "no-reply" comment
    Hugs xx

    1. You're welcome :) I've had other people say I come up as "no reply" and I have no idea why! Will have to do some more investigating

  2. That whole Master storyline was the only saving grace for the Martha eps (well, that and the ep that had Tom Ellis in it).

    1. :) I thought the Martha series had some good episodes in it - Blink is still my all time favourite, and Human Nature/The Family of Blood episodes were my second favourites for a long time. Note: Martha is only in Blink for about 5 minutes, and the Family of Blood episodes had Harry Lloyd in them being very very creepy!