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Day 3: Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)

Hmm. I haven't really watched anything new this season. I suppose - New Who? Given that is has a new showrunner and all. It's strange: I live in the UK, I don't have sky or cable, and I haven't torrented anything for ages. Which basically means that I am limited to whatever terrestrial decides to show. Which brings be back around to Doctor Who.

The BBC gets unfarly slated for not producing any new programmes and living off repeats. I think that this is hidesouly undeserved. It's just that new programmes cost a whole bundle, and it is expensive to produce a whole bunch of them and then listen to everyone complain about how they're not as good as classic TV, and why didn;t they just show Only Fools and Horses or whatever. Which is why I think that bringing back Doctor Who was such a brave move - and why having a new showrunner is perhaps an even braver one. It's easy to stick to a formula that works, and a new showrunner isn't just a new season, it's a whole reimagining of the show. The Eleventh Hour was different in spirit and look from Rose, and not just because the actors and setting were different. It was a whole different show. I'm still a little uncertain about it at times - I have reservations over just how white this new show appears to be, and a few storylines have felt rather generic - but I am pleased to see it slowly finding its feet. This last episode, Vincent and the Doctor, was thoughtful and sad and interesting, without ever falling into being maudlin. That's not an easy feat to pull off in what is essentially the show's first season.
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My throat is feeling rather sandpapery. In fact, my throat has been feeling rather sandpapery for a few days now, which I attributed to a lurking hangover, but am now forced to concede may be due to something else. I am supposed to be having a lovely dinner with friends tonight, but am tempted to just head home and have some of my mum's home-cooked food and acquire magic health points. (Yesterday's raid on the parental fridge was a resounding success, with several meals and vegetable health-related items pilfered.) OTOH, dinner with friends, always a plus, and I haven't seen them for a while. (Saturday.) So I think gulping some paracetamol might be my best bet, and then possibly having a shorter (shortish?) day tomorrow.

In the meantime, I am trying to write a setof report guidelines that have grown from a sensible 3 pages to an unwieldy 7 pages. Nobody reads 7 pages of report guidelines. To the red pen of doom!

(Also, I watched Doctor Who 5.3 and wasn't impressed, especially as I am also currently watching The Talons of Weng Chiang. On the one hand, massive, massive race!fail. OTOH, plot and script and acting to blow you out of the water (and a companion to make me want to ship it liek whoa. Is there Four(/&)Leela out there? Preferably with her playing bodyguard?)

I probably have more to say on the subject of Who, but my overall (non-spoilery) impression is that the acting is spot-on for both 11 and Amy, but the last two scripts have felt rather under-developed, which is a shame. Maybe there is better to come as they get into the swing of it?)
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I watched The Arc of Infinity tonight, and it was cracking,

Green slime FTW! )
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Spoilery spoilers... )
So - not quite there yet, I don't quite see the Doctor has having settled down into a distinct persona. Some bits were great, some bits were quite week, and I don't think it was up to the level of last week's episode. But it certainly packed a basketful of ideas in!
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A very happy Easter to all those observing it. I've had quite a busy Easter weekend, all in all.

I met up with [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa on Saturday and we went to see Six Degrees of Separation (front-row centre complimentary seats, courtesy of the amazing [livejournal.com profile] athena25 ) which was wonderful. Snippety snip for review. )*

Later on that day, we went to the Retro Bar for a drink and to watch the New Who. To quote just about everyone: a mad man with a box. )

*

And on Sunday... )

Currently,  am watching Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which I hadn't seen before. It is... interesting.
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Ok,

So I watched The Five Doctors, and I realised I'd seen it before and really liked Five, coincidentally. I also watched The Curse of Fenric, which was brilliant, but I think I've figured out my issues there - I really like Ace, but don't like Seven much, mainly because he's so god-awful to Ace (especially in Fenric, right at the end, you know what I'm talking about).

Generally, I seem to get on quite well with Five and Ten, and not so well with One (or at least the version in The Five Doctors), Two or Nine. I wasn't too sure on Three. I think it's something to do with the level of fun I see the Doctor having - I like him more when he's happy and fun to be around, and not so much when he's crotchety. Maybe I'm watching the wrong things? And I haven't seen Four or Six (or Eight) at all.

So. Bearing the above first impressions in mind, what should I watch next? A lost gem that will change my mind about One or Two? The absolute classic story for Five? Seven being nice to Ace? Something else altogether?

In other news, I am going to Naples in a month or so. Pompeii and Vesuvius, here I come!

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Preview for the 11th Doctor

At the risk of being spoilery, WHAT?! )

Also, I need an awesome Donna icon.

Whee!

Feb. 6th, 2010 09:03 pm
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I can has Curse of Fenric! *glee*

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Huh

Jan. 3rd, 2009 09:15 pm
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New Who.

I am already seeing the howls of outrage/dismay issuing forth from the flist and other places. Guys, calm down, ok? You can crucify him after he actually starts playing the part, not just for the mere idea of it. I know some people have legitimate reasons to be pissed off about the choice but, c'mon, threatening to never watch the show again? Threatening actual physical violence? Let's get some perspective in there, at least until he's had a chance to do an episode or two and let the David Tennant fans get properly murderous, ok?
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I still don't understand how I'm watching these as they air, and the Americans on my flist STILL get them a week beforehand. C'mon, fess up, have you set up a direct link through to RTD's brain?

Midnight )

And, next time on DW: spoilers for the preview )
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Today, I pootled. This makes me happy. I need to do a spot of cleaning a little later on but, otherwise, that's my day nice and free for more pootling. I may return some books to the library - the sun outside keeps tempting me with shininess, but I suspect that it is a RUSE to lure me outside and the RAIN ON MY HEAD. Hmmm.

Random meme from somewhere -

Only answer in Yes or No
You can't elaborate unless someone asks in a comment.

For brevity is the soul of... something. )

Well, that was nice and easy.

Last night's Dr Who was a bit up and down )

And, also, a book review -

This Thing Of Darkness
by Harry Thompson

page count:: 730 pages

*

You may have heard me raving about this book... )

Now. To the library, or to the sofa? Decisons, decisions...
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This occured to me when I was watching, but then I promptly forgot it.

cut for not very spoilery things at all )

I leave that to the Tolkein-knowledgeable amongst you.
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I'm going to second [livejournal.com profile] selenak's squee over the Doctor Who Xmas special. What better way to squeal over the holidays than to indulge in the Doctor?

Attack of the killer Santas! )

Casino Royale )


Also, I got many, many presents.

- Cash - always needed.
- The West Wing Season 7
- Elizabeth Arden beauty care lovelies
- Lovely, lovely books, including The Skeptical Environmentalist and The Guide to Elegance, and from [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky, The Art of Teese - mmmmm..... *purrs*
- Electric toothbrush-thingie which shall doubtless take me years to master (electrical appliances and me are unmixy things)
- seamed stockings & various other clothing lovelies

I also discovered various other bits and pieces that I'd thought I'd lost, including a porcelain lacquered jewellery box, inlaid with 24 carat gold and with beautiful gold-upon-copper etchings of a pavilion amidst falling cherry blossoms. The sales also yielded a beautiful Mucha calendar, and 40 degrees below, which is one of Kim Stanley Robinson's environmental books.

I am very pleased indeed. *glows*

Back home tomorrow, for to sleep some more. Yes.
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I am commuting to Kent and back every day for the next two weeks. It is taking, on average, between 5-6 hours of commute per day. Bleargh.

I also saw the VM S2 finale. Not impressed. Completely not impressed. Did they borrow the make up from '28 days Later' or what? Ick.

Other stuff...

Pre-conception care for all women - as we are all pre-pregnant. Link gacked from just about everyone on my flist. That's right, sports fans, women of child-bearing age are just that: child-bearing. Whether they like it or not. I can say nothing other than, hmmm, as someone who actually wants children, this actually puts me off the idea. Well done.

Is it just me, or is the new series of Doctor Who a bit... well... limp? I don't mean David tennant, who is lovely, or Billie, who is really great, or even Mickey (actor's names - pshaw!), who is growing on me. Rather, it just seems to be, er, a bit... limp. Going on what I saw of Chris E's turn and the storylines Nine got, anyway.

Latest House - squeee! That is all. (Other than - what, the ducklings are only allowed ten lines in total??) Also, if the people on [livejournal.com profile] house_cuddy could please stop spoiling key scenes, that would be great. kthnxbye

And -

My new boss is the cutest thing on two legs. I am crushing to high heaven. Mmmmmm.
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Let me just say -

SQUEEEEEEE!!

Aunty Beeb, oh dear Aunty, how much do I love thee? let me count the ways -

1. SQUEE!

2. SQUEE!

3. SQUEE!

*ahem*

*back to geographical perspectives revision*

ETA: semi spolery comments from the BBC kiddie 'fear forecast' panel here. Can I say again how fantastic the Beeb is? And those kids! *faith in humanity restored*

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