Everyone has an opinion on everything these days and I am no different. It has been over a week now since the BBC announced that the 13th Doctor was to be Jodie Whittaker.

I loved the way they made the announcement. It has to be the only time where I was wishing the Wimbledon Final would hurry up and end. The anticipation around the world was immense. You should have read some of the tweets on Twitter.

13 Dr Who

Initially I wasn’t to sure about Jodie being Doctor 13, however this was not due to her being female. I was expecting a female Doctor since they introduced us to Missy (The Master in female form). I am just unfamiliar with Jodie’s work. Even though I have seen her in a few things I never took much notice of her. This however is probably a good thing because if she had been a truly terrible actress I would have remembered her.

Personally I think the Doctor now being female is an exciting prospect. The whole dynamic of the show will change. Both Jodie and the writers now have the opportunity to do something completely unique. The next series will hopefully be something to look forward too.

I also think it is great that little girls everywhere now have the opportunity to own the TARDIS key without having to be an assistant.

Doctor Who is one of my all time favourite shows. One of my biggest dreams, of course, would be to appear in an episode of Doctor Who, even if it was just walking in the background somewhere. I would just love to be on the set. I doubt very much if it would ever happen but it is always good to dream.

So, if you could be anyone in Doctor Who, who would you be?

Below are three female characters from the reboot in 2005, who I would have loved to have been.

Donna NobleDonna Noble (Catherine Tate) was an assistant to the 10th Doctor, David Tennant. After appearing in a Christmas Special entitled The Runaway Bride in December 2006.  In April 2008, she found The Doctor again in the first episode of Series 4 “Partners in Crime”.  I loved Donna, she was my favourite assistant of the reboot, for two reasons. 1. She did not fall in love the Doctor. Rose Tyler’s and Martha Jones’s infatuation with The Doctor did my head in. The fact that Donna Noble found the whole idea of fancying The Doctor as being disgusting was a welcome change. I really enjoyed watching Donna’s reaction to things and I was a little broken when The Doctor had to make her forget everything. The Doctor Donna could have been so good. I would love for Donna to return in someway to Doctor Who – Maybe her child could one day travel in the TARDIS. That would be cute! (Oh… Oh… I have an idea for Christmas Special)

Alex KingstonRiver Song aka Melody Pond (Alex Kingston) first appeared in “Silence in the Library” (series 4), a two part episode which lead to what appeared to be her demise in ” Forest of the Dead”.

Only there was more to River Song than any of us believed to be possible. Eventually we discover that not only is she the daughter of The Doctors married companions Rory and Amy Pond, she also transpires to a child of the TARDIS and The Doctor’s wife. Not that I would want to be married to The Doctor, I just loved the fact she was an archaeologist in space. Also, I love her hair… so curly!! River is also a strong character that was not afraid to show her vulnerable side. As much as I enjoyed River and all her exploits I was a little relieved when her time on the show came to an end. Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

Hey Missy“Missy”, The Mistress aka The Master (Michelle Gomez) first made an appearance in Series 8. To be completely honest she saved the series for me. I was getting more than a little bored  with Clara. I was not completely against Clara as an assistant I just found her very samey. Missy however swept into series and I immediately loved her character. Okay, she was more than just a little bit crazy but her character development has been a joy to watch. Also her hair – initially it was neat and well groomed but as the series’s have gone on it has got crazier… I love it! I really hope we have not seen the last of Missy.

So they were my three picks after much deliberation all female but all great. Who would you be?


Jane Austen Remembered

Today is the 200th Anniversary of the death of one of England’s most loved and favourite authors, Jane Austen. Jane Austen died in Winchester on the 18 July 1817 and is responsible for giving the world Pride and Prejudice and of course my favourite, Persuasion besides 4 other completed novels. To mark this anniversary the Royal Mint has released the first preview of the new polymer £10 note which will feature author.

Jane Austen 10pounds

The £10 note featuring Jane Austen will officially be launched in September. As well as the £10 note the Royal Mint have also issued a £2 coin depicting the silhouette of Jane Austen’s profile along with her signature. The £2 coin is having a limited distribution in Hampshire but I am hoping that eventually they will make there way north so i can get my mitts on one.

Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors. I love reading her novels and also watching the number of adaptations that have been made for TV and Film. I am also a fan of all the spin-off, inspired of and fan fiction that has been created over the years based on Jane Austen’s life or novels.

December 2017 will be Jane Austen month on my blog : what-is-hoped-for.com. During that month my whole blog will dedicated to the this great lady. I look forward to sharing my love for her works etc… with you.

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 5

The final part of my 101 Favourite movies. As I mentioned in my first post I’m sure I have missed some out but this is the list as it stands at the moment. I am sure it will evolve. I hope you have enjoyed it?

Part 5

Three Wishes (1995)

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Pay It Forward (2000)

Inside Out (2015)

Up (2009) – The Spirit of Adventure with Carl and Ellie

What Dreams May Come (1998) – I love the concept of this movie

The Notebook (2004) – This is a pretty movie

Little Women (1933)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

High Society (1956)

Kate and Leopold (2001)

Brave (2012) 

Letters to Juliet (2010)

The Snowman (1982)

Finding Neverland (2004)

Ice Age (2002)

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Hercules (1997)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – Even though I like the first one, I prefer this one. Both looking forward and dreading War of the Planet of the Apes.

Somewhere in Time (1980)

So that is the end of my 101 Favourite Movies. Have you thought about your 101 Favourite Movies? It is not as easy as I think.

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 4

The penultimate post…

As you may have noticed with the previous 3 posts that my movie tastes are fairly tame. I am not a fan of gratuitous violence, obscene speech or anything that I consider to be horror, I value my sleep far to much to watch anything too disturbing. I tend to stick with family features, comedies and musicals. The next 20 movies prove my point… lol! Sorry for being so dull…

Part 4

Mary Poppins (1964)

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) – The wonderful Robin Williams.

Guardian’s of the Galaxy (2014)

Clueless (1993)

White Christmas (1954)

Legally Blonde (2001)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Father of the Bride (1991)

Mean Girls (2004)

Pitch Perfect (2012)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The Burbs (1989)

Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure (1991)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Labyrinth (1986)

The NeverEnding Story (1984) – This was the first movie I saw at the cinema.

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Zoolander (2001)

About Time (2013)

So what do you think of Part 4? Let me know x

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 3

Well here we go again… Part 3 in no particular order.

Part 3

Titanic (1997) – I did love this movie so much when it was released. 

Never Been Kissed (1999) – Sadly I identify with Josie’s school days…

Men in Black (1997)

The Lion in Winter (1968) – Katherine Hepburn is one of my favourite actresses 

Great Expectations (1946)

The Goonies (1985)

Shrek 2 (2004)

Brigadoon (1954)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Rebecca (1940)

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Roman Holiday (1953)

A Knights Tale (2001) 

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Red Shoes (1948)

The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

Avatar (2009)


My Fair Lady (1964)

The Sound of Music (1965)

What do you think of Part 3 ? I have changed it several times…. Let me know?

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 2

Here is Part 2 of My 101 Favourite Movies List – 21 – 40

As I mentioned before they are no particular order…. enjoy!

Part 2

Independence Day (1996)  – Well I had to add it didn’t I…. Plus I love Will Smith in this. Shame the second one was a bit of let down. 

The Jungle Book (2016)


The Princess Bride (1987)

National Treasure (2004)

The Avengers (2012)

Star Wars – The Force awakens (2015) 

La La Land (2016)It was wildly over-rated but I loved the soundtrack. 

E.T – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

A Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves (1991) This is the movie that opened my eyes to the whole world of movies. Before I used to watch movies but after this I appreciated the costumes, settings, the art of the performance etc… I credit it with changing my perspective when I was about 12 years old. 

Les Miserables (2012)

Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 

Unbreakable (2000) I enjoy M.Night Shyamalan movies because his concepts are really interesting he just has trouble executing them. I think a lot would or do work better as novels however this is one that worked well. 

Frequency (2000)

Star Trek into Darkness (2013) Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch in the same movie… that is all I am saying. 

Phantom of the Opera (2005) 

The Holiday (2006)It’s just a great feel good movie. 

The Lion King (1994)I remember sitting at the cinema and the opening scene just gave me chills, it was so fantastic.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)  – My favourite Shakespeare comedy. 

So this is the end of Part 2… I hope you don’t think there are too many turkeys in there? Part 3 coming soon.

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 1

One of the items on my 101 Things in 1001 Days is to create a list of My 101 Favourite Movies. I have actually done it… I am almost 100% positive that I have missed out a number of movies that I really, really like but this is as good as it is going to get for now. Also if I listed all of my favourite movies I might have to make a 1001 Movies.

There are a number of reasons why I consider these my favourite movies, story line, special effects, performances etc… sometimes though it is because of the feeling I got when I watched them. They may have sparked my imagination, made me feel good or maybe sad. I suppose what I trying to say is that I cannot justify my choices, I just like them.

Where there is a series of movies that I enjoy I have just included the movie I have watched the most from that series.

As it is such a long list I thought I would split it into five different parts, four of 20 and one of 21 to make it easier to read.  I have not categorised the movies or put them in order of preference.

Part 1 

Ever After (1998)I love this movie so much.

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989) – I love Sean Connery

The Matrix (1999)to be honest this is the only movie I actually like in the trilogy. 

Casablanca (1942) – Here’s looking at you, kid!

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)This is a movie I put off watching for ages but it really is an interesting story with great performances. Out of all the movies on this list this is the only one I have only ever watched once, but I would watch it again. 

Lord of the Rings – Return of the King (2003) 

Jurassic Park (1993) – The original and the best. 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – How can anyone not enjoy this movie. 

Toy Story 3 (2010) – It broke me……

Beauty and the Beast (1991) – My favourite Disney Animation.

Back to the Future (1985)

The Prestige (2006) 

Singing in the Rain (1952)

Some Like it Hot (1959)

The Green Mile (1999) – This is a bit of a strange one because I really enjoy the concept.

Stand By Me (1986) 

Hairspray (2007)I love John Travolta’s performance in this. 

Grease (1978)and in this… nearly 30 years earlier… lol! 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) This was one of the first DVD’s I owned so I watched it over and over again, also with directors commentary, at a time when it was all new.  

So this is the end of Part 1… what do you think?