Neatly bookending the hottest bit of the year, we have the camp Eurovision Song Contest (written about elsewhere on this blog) in May closing it we had yesterday’s finale to the Proms season. Which was once again a rousing and magnificent triumph, as it is every year. I love the celebration of culture and history that is always in evidence and I also love watching the orchestra play, a mighty machine working in perfect harmony to bring about stirring music that captures the imagination world-wide.
The BBC gets a lot of stick from the public and press and rightly so in some areas, the top-heavy approach to management, instead of using that money for programming which is evidenced by some of its pretty substandard output, not to mention the lack of live sport. However, The coverage of the Proms is one of the corporations victories.
The vast Royal Albert Hall always looks beautiful on such a night, with its flag waving and panoramic camera angles showing off the enthusiasm of the public for such public artistic events. Founded by Sir Henry Woods back in 1895, who wanted to bring classical music to everybody and his noble intentions are now a staple of our summertime. One thing we can do well on this Sceptred Isle is tradition, which is why our trains are still rubbish, we always expect rain and we are so out of our depth when not queueing. Continue reading “The Last Night of the Proms”
Here we finally are in my odyssey through time and a bit of space to the current incumbent to call himself the Doctor. This is my seventh post today, so I appreciate you guys for putting up with me all over your news feed thingys and email accounts and also and most importantly for reading, but I digress: Matt Smith, the latest incarnation is a great actor but I didn’t really gel with his Doctor for a good while, perhaps it was the script writing or maybe I was just in a constant irritable mood but the high points from his Doctor came in fits and starts I thought.
He had some cracking episodes though, don’t get me wrong: Vincent and the Doctor, The Snowmen and The Curse of the Black Spot were my particular favourites but this one gets the metaphorical (and physical, just so you know) nod as it involves the longest serving companion and featured in a new guise to boot.
Neil Gaiman – the writer of the magnificent Sandman series as well as stuff I haven’t read such as Stardust, Neverwhere, Coraline and many others – was the creator of this particular adventure and he chooses to deal with an often overlooked relationship hidden in plain sight but rarely addressed. Continue reading “Doctor Who – The Doctor’s Wife”
The biggest Doctor Who fan I know is my cousin Cory, so what better subject to write upon for the penultimate post of my mammoth Whoxtraveganza than to showcase one of the people who keep the show alive and on form. Here’s some of the many awesome photos he has supplied me with and also his words…
For me, collecting Doctor Who merchandise is just an extension of watching the show. I have an obsessive personality, if I like something, I REALLY like it. It’s a great hobby, because even though there are bound to be disappointments along the way, when rare items slip through your fingers, it’s all part of the thrill of the chase!
It’s also great fun meeting the stars of the show, and even the ones I can’t get round to meeting, I write to…helping me build up an impressive autograph collection! Continue reading “Only Whoman”
Post Five in my Who Day extravaganza, I have decided to bill it is somewhat unsurprisingly a book. I assure you normal service of non Who posts shall be resumed shortly.
The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious – when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at U.N.I.T. The Third Doctor is sent to investigate – and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way.
Shamelessly piggy backing on topical news stories, if a bit belatedly, as this was tucked away in my drafts. I decided to review something old and new, that is also blue and just to complete the traditional saying I borrowed a pen earlier.
Mark Gatiss is the writer of such well crafted episodes as The Crimson Horror, The Unquiet Dead and Night Terrors amongst others, as well as various other Doctor Who bits and bobs including other Who books. This story is part of a set of fiftieth anniversary book set and it’s easy to see why this one was chosen above some other strong contenders for the third Doctor pick.
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So for my fourth Who post of the day, I had to pick this two parter featuring the tenth Doctor and probably most popular on an equal par with Tom Baker’s Doctor. I had to pick this as it contains a library and this library is a whole planet, so how could I resist?
The Doctor and Donna land in the middle of the biggest library in the Universe one that covers an entire planet. Yet it also houses a sinister set of foes that quickly send shivers up the spine, and that prove it’s wise to, as advised, “count the shadows”. Yet with the mysterious character of River Song, the equally intriguing Dr Moon and a small girl’s nightmares to consider, there’s plenty to unravel.
There is another reason for picking this episode and that is because it’s rare for the Doctor to be put off kilter for very long but when he encounters River Song a person (with spoilers) from his future, things are always going to take an interesting and dramatic turn and indeed story arc. Continue reading “doctor Who – Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead”
The Doctor takes Rose on her first trip through time to the year five billion, where they join a group of alien delegates preparing to watch the Earth being consumed by the sun. But there’s a traitor on board who’s prepared to kill them all.
A new Doctor, a new production, a new face and companion and most of all a new feel. Same old Earth though, ‘just’ five billion years in the future. It’s a huge concept to open the show proper with and one that is pulled off wonderfully with the right amount of emotion and humour.
After the first introductory episode which introduced or (reintroduced) us to and explained who and what everything and everyone was, it is this second episode that really gets things going. Aliens, future times, humour, feelings and the setting out of key character elements which will push the show on all coalesce to give a strong second episode. Continue reading “Doctor who – The End of the World”
Continuing my catch up with Who and the second post of the day so far…say welcome back for Doctor’s 9,10,11 and 12…so far.
After much manic – and probably dangerous to people in a ten foot radius – bouncing around, my first thoughts of the new Who was that it was all over a bit to quickly, gone were the days of the cliff hanger episode endings to, instead we were ‘treated to’ inclusions of previews for the following episode. the whole feel of the show was different and it worried and dare I say it disappointed me…for a while that is.
After focussing on what seemed like a whole lot of negatives (although not deal breakers in any way) I started to re watch more closely and think more deeply, as is my way, about Who and the present generation of children with short attention spans and all those e-numbers rolling around their systems. Time has moved on and so had my favourite sci-fi show.
Change always encounters opposition but thinking about how the original incarnation grew too familiar, this jolt became more pleasant as I witnessed of the new run. Some episodes did and still do take time to grow on me but I have decided that the new format, whilst initially off-putting to me as a veteran of the old Who way of life, became a richer experience as I began to look at the positives and then it all clicked for me and I welcomed the Doctor back. Continue reading “Doctor who – The Return, 2005-Present”