Thursday, January 23, 2020


In case a reminder is needed, this year is Summer Olympics year, and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad are happening in Tokyo starting this July. To that end, international qualifying competitions for aspiring Olympic competitors have been going on around the world since last year and earlier still. In fact, a qualifying event for Olympic boxing covering Asia and Oceania was supposed to be held this month. The problem is, the venue is in Wuhan, China, ground zero of the pneumonia and novel coronavirus outbreak. It was understandable that the boxing qualifiers were cancelled, but it is rather necessary to get boxers for Tokyo 2020, so what is next?

JODIE WHITAKER Assures She Remains THE DOCTOR for One More “DOCTOR WHO” Series on BBC

In October of 2018, BBC did something momentous in their long-running sci-fi adventure franchise “Doctor Who.” After three series of the show from 2014 to 2017, Peter Capaldi would retire from his role as the Twelfth Doctor, the twelfth known distinct iteration of the time-traveling alien Time Lord known as “the Doctor,” who can “regenerate” from mortal wounds with a change in appearance and personality. This was the iconic plot mechanism used by the BBC to recast the character with different actors since the original 1960s seasons. But Capaldi’s replacement as the Thirteenth doctor was an actress, Jodie Whittaker, making the Doctor a female character for the very first time.

Since her technical debut in the 2017 Christmas special, Jodie Whittaker has carried the role of the Thirteenth Doctor of “Doctor Who” for the eleventh series and (ongoing) twelfth series of the show on BBC One from 2018 to this 2020. Fans have been very receptive to the character and thus it has been no surprise, as Entertainment Weekly tells us, that Whittaker has been confirmed to reprise her Lady Doctor role for at least one more series, the thirteenth.

“Yes, I’m doing another season,” Whittaker says in interview with EW. “That might be a massive exclusive that I’m not supposed to say, but it’s unhelpful for me to say [I don’t know] because it would be a massive lie!” The British actress of film, television and stage remarked on how she adored playing the playful but wise and fearlessly-exploring Time Lord, and is looking forward to keep on doing it for as long as she could, considering she at age 37 is one of the youngest Doctors cast. At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet,” she adds. “I’m clinging on tight!”

The Jodie Whittaker-starring “Doctor Who” series also features Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill as the main character’s current roster of Companions, different iterations have accompanied the many Doctors on their successive journeys across time, space and other dimensions on the TARDIS time machine, disguised as a retro UK police box. The current series premiered on BBC One on New Year’s Day 2020, and is already four of its ten episodes (plus Christmas special) in. It also airs on BBC America, and will join the other 11 series of the “Doctor Who” revival begun by BBC in 2005, on HBO Max later this year.

Image courtesy of Digital Spy

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


It seem very interesting that in the various live-action adaptations of the Japanese manga “Hana Yori Dango” in Asia, there is a good chance that at least one of the actors portraying the principal characters the “F4” boys would be a singer and recording artist, if not more or all of them (as in the case of Taiwan’s “Meteor Garden” from 2001). In the official KBS2 adaptation “Boys Over Flowers,” all the boys have music careers too, like Kim Hyun-joong who played Yoon Ji-Hu (Hanazawa Rui). He has been actively entertaining after finishing his mandatory military service, and this weekend he is dropping by in Manila for a quick concert.