|An odd episode of DR WHO last Saturday. Very odd. It was 'experimental' according to the production team and barely featured the Doc or Rose. The episode, LOVE & MONSTERS featured a stellar cast including: PETER KAY (Phoenix Nights); MARC WARREN (Hustle); SHIRLEY HENDERSON (Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire/Chamber Of Secrets); KATHRYN DRYSDALE (2 Pints Of Lager & A Packet Of Crisps) and SIMON GREENALL (I'm Alan Partridge). The story was mainly humourous in tone (Peter Kay played the Absorbaloff - the winning design in a Blue Peter competition) and centered around Marc Warren's (who was excellent) character and a group of people obsessed with the Doctor and ELO. They called themselves L.I.N.D.A. and were reminiscent of SCOOBY-DOO and his chums. All in all refreshing but it wasn't great. It has divided the geek community somewhat with some 'fans' calling it the worst piece of TV ever! Didn't they see HYPERDRIVE?
Scooby-Doo & the gang, yesterday
In other WHO-News, this year will see the release on DVD of the Pat Troughton story, THE INVASION. Now, as I am sure you are all aware, 2 of the 8 episodes in this story are missing but the clever people at, well wherever, have used the existing soundtrack and got COSGROVE HALL (Dangermouse, Chorlton & The Wheelies, Count Duckula) to animate the two episodes! It looks very good and exciting, 'cos if it works then it'll means that all stories can be brought to life in some way. See the full story HERE.
The Animated Doc & Zoe, yesterday.
Elsewhere on TV, STEVE COOGAN returned to out screens in his new comedy, SAXONDALE. The first episode was not that good, it gets one more chance and that's it. Also returning on the same night was STILL GAME and it was packed with laughs as always. BIG BROTHER-wise, as predicted last blog, LISA was evicted. Ha-f-ing ha. As for PETE, all the ladies love him. Well, they are nearly ladies.
Jack & Victor are back, yesterday
The World Cup continues, although poor little Michael Owen hurt himself and is off home. Just like GRAHAM POLL, an English ref who failed to send a player off after giving him two yellow cards. Check the story HERE. Sadly here in Scotland two people (one handicapped & the other a seven year old) were attacked for wearing England tops. At the cinema, it's been a busy old week. Went to see THANK YOU FOR SMOKING (excellent, very funny), HARD CANDY (excellent but not funny although I did laugh a couple of times), POSEIDON (Poor Richard Dreyfuss, I nearly walked out), THE LAKE HOUSE (featuring a magic mail box and paradox that would have the TARDIS in tears) and the abysmal ULTRAVIOLET (again I nearly walked out). So a mixed bag. The girl in HARD CANDY, ELLEN PAGE should have got an OSCAR, she was excellent and it makes up for the fact she appeared in X-MEN:THE FINAL STAND. CAMERON BRIGHT, another young star of the future, was also very good in THANK YOU FOR SMOKING but made me pay big time by appearing in ULTRAVIOLET.
Stars of the future, yesterday
How do you make a witch itch?
Take away her W
'Til next next time,