John Ostrander

John Ostrander started his career as a professional writer as a playwright. His best known effort, Bloody Bess, was directed by Stuart Gordon, and starred Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, William J. Norris, Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna. He has written some of the most important influential comic books of the past 25 years, including Batman, The Spectre, Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Suicide Squad, Wasteland, X-Men, and The Punisher, as well as Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. New episodes of his creator-owned series, GrimJack, which was first published by First Comics in the 1980s, appear every week on ComicMix.

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10 Responses

  1. Peter David says:

    Why do you trust the Doctor? The Doctor lies. He said so himself.

  2. Just to play devil’s advocate: River is taking the Doctor to task based on what he might become. She has seen bits of his future that are completely unknown to him. She might know years or even decades of his future.

    Maybe she’s warning him that the patterns he’s establishing now will lead him to become a dangerous man in the future. Maybe the patterns he’s establishing in his life now will lead to … the Valeyard!!

    RTD would totally have gone there. Moffat might be a bit more restrained…though he did write a TV show called ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’

  3. Mindy Newell says:

    Yes!!!! Cablevision got BBCAMERICA this week!!!! I can watch Dr. Who!!!!!!!

    Gonna have to catch up. Did watch some of it last night, only there was a little girl in the neighborhood named Irene. What a bitch!

  4. Mindy Newell says:

    BTW, I have loved Alex Kingston since her stint on ER. Loving her even more as River Song!

  5. I think the thing with the Doctor becoming too much of a warrior is a somewhat reasonable gripe in the Who Universe. I think it’s also an acknowledgement by the producers that they need to change the direction a bit. The way the Doctor was being written up to Smith’s time, it was starting to be like they were making him almost a god. The stories were good to be sure, but the scope and scale of some of them were getting to the point of insane insofar as the “how do we top this one” factor. I think this is their way of giving an in-story reason to have more smaller scaled stories for a while.

    As for the death of the Doctor and what the secret will be… Easy one that. I think they gave the big clue away in the episode “The Almost People.” They made a fake Doctor that was the Doctor. Yeah, he died at the end of it, but there were a couple of very interesting lines there if you caught them.

    One of them indicated that the Doctor knew about his fate down the road. His double says something about this being his time to die and the Doctor makes a comment about the only difference being that this one they weren’t invited to. He also tells the double that his molecular memory might be saved and that it might not be the end.

    The double is brought back and it’s the flesh that’s killed. Now, who is in the suit is a bit trickier, but my #1 pick would be River. It would be at this point that she kills the greatest man she’s ever known.

  6. Lilburne says:

    I tried but I couldn’t make it through the episode. It was just awful. Just a bunch of facial ticks and quirk where the acting should be and plot holes you could drive a van through. Is it just a nostalgia thing? People are willing to cut it slack because it was a part of their childhood?

  7. Alexander says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Nu Who is full of the sort of ‘relevance’ John Byrne rains hellfire down upon and rejects a lot of what made the original series work. It’s more an exercise in the current British obsessions of celebrity, angst and superficial glamour.

    The Doctor should always be portrayed as a cross between Gandalf and Douglas Bader: A right difficult sod who is, nonetheless, a true hero.

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