Well it will surprise no one that I watched the Doctor Who specials on the TV last night, I am a life long fan who can boast having seen the original shows when they first aired, heck I even tried to have may appendectomy postponed so that I could watch the episode that was just beginning as i was being wheeled into theatre at age 9. I thought it was a great show full of a delightful sense of whimsy and fun which is precisely right as far as I am concerned.
I confess to some dislike for the later part of David Tennant’s sojourn in the Tardis but his reprise of the role saw him get back to the fun in preference for the angst and anger riven tortured soul that he was at the end of his tenure . Matt Smith, as the current doctor did not need any re-invention and I found the double act to be very funny. John Hurt as the “war” doctor was a good choice. Overall I think that the episode was most worthy and up to the task of celebrating the 50 year run of Doctor Who.
Likewise the program that followed it on the ABC about the inception and creation of the show was a delight to me on a number of levels. Firstly I have always thought that William Hartnel’s Doctor had tremendous depth and I loved that he was an irascible old curmudgeon who nonetheless stood up for his beliefs. But it was also a great piece of nostalgia about the world of my childhood. The way that everyone smoked incessantly is how I remember the early sixties, along with the hair, the cars and the clunky fashions it was very well done.
Doctor Who has always been about the imagination of the viewers and like so many long running shows it has had some great episodes and some real stinkers, frankly I think that if we were to see it like the curates egg we would have to conclude that it was only ever bad in very small parts.
- ‘Doctor Who’ The Day of the Doctor review: So many references to the past (examiner.com)
- Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary breaks World Record (itv.com)
- Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, BBC One, review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor (biffbampop.com)
- The Day of the Doctor (katsblogofstuff.wordpress.com)
As an unashamed petrol-head I notice the interesting or old motor vehicle,and today while I was out on a grocery run I came across this lovely old Austin A30, its lady owner was gracious enough to let me take a couple of pictures of her pride and joy. “Valdarie” is a 1954 model that she has owned from new and its clear that the car has been extremely well cared for its paint and jewellery does have a bit of patina that just adds to its charm.
I would have loved to find out more about the car’s history but having often seen it around Lawton and Strathpine I do know that its still a work horse rather than a pampered show pony. Of course this begs the question of how many cars of today will we see still serving their owners after 59 years?
How is this for a good news story?
I am a total romantic when it comes to the prospect of a new child coming into the world but sadly I expect the usual suspects will find reason to be be scornful and derisive instead of realising that even royalty have the right to be happy about this sort of good news.
Cheers indeed Comrades
When I saw this latest vid from Pat Condell my thoughts immediately turned to Damian Doyle who is always so quick to attack me every time I post something that is even vaguely critical of Islam. So it is to him and to all of those minions of the left who bend over backwards to defend the “religion of peace” with cries of “Islamaphobia” whenever it is even mildly criticised that I dedicate this post.
Just one more question Damian, do you have any Gay friends and how do you reconcile Islam’s murderous attitude towards homosexuality with those friends?
- Islamophobia… GIMMEE A BREAK ! (warsclerotic.wordpress.com)
- A Word to Rioting Muslims…by Pat Condell (shepherdspiehole.typepad.com)
- Video: Pat Condell eviscerates Hamas and the ‘two-state solution’ (ifaynsh.wordpress.com)
- Pat Condell: Peace in the Middle East (milkandcookies.com)