| "The Runaway Bride" & Other Xmas Telly
|So, for the third time in its history, DR WHO was broadcast on Xmas Day. More specifically it was the second christmas special.
The Bride, yesterday.
All in all it was enjoyable but it didn't feel as good as last year's and was a slight disappointment. CATHERINE TATE, I felt, was great and I would have liked to have seen Donna travel with the Doctor. Tennant was also superb as the Timelord, in particluar the moments when his attention turned to Rose - very well portrayed. The Spider Empress? A bit panto really, suiting for the day. The TARDIS chase scene on the motorway was very good and extremely well filmed - hats off. It also included the hilarious "Santa's a robot" line. The two mains worked well together and sparred in a unique way and as I just said, I was sorry to see this pair seperated. Annoyingly the whole reason for this event taking place was submerged in pseudo-technobabble-pseudo-fantasy-pseudo-science and, inexcplicably, poor old TORCHWOOD was roped in. All in all some great moments (the birth of the Earth) but a bit flat overall. Also, the fact that it was obviously summertime when they filmed it didn't add to the chrismassy feel. There was a trailer for the next season which didn't really give anything away - we saw the new companion Martha; Mark Gatiss; a cat guy (the same as from NEW EARTH); some kinda rhino soldiers, lots of explosions; Shakespeare; and, as Donna would say, blinkin' flip, there was the Black Dalek! Right at the end. Did not expect that. 'Citin'!
The Black Dalek, yesterday.
Earlier on that day, for the first time, DR WHO CONFIDENTIAL was broadcast on BBC1. it was also an hour long which was nice and concentrated on the music form the show and presented highlights from the CHILDREN IN NEED concert I mentioned a few posts back. They've even stuck the while concert online which is handy, click HERE for that. The viewing figures for that show were pretty good, almost hitting the 2 million mark, but THE RUNAWAY BRIDE itself pulled around 9 million. That's about a million or so down on last year. It was up against, ahem, EMMERDALE though. Does this mean the end to the xmas day special? We'll see.
The best bit, yesterday.
Still with WHO, sort of, TORCHWOOD delivered another excellent episode, this one wriiten by, none other than, NOEL "Mickeyity Mick Mick Mickey" CLARKE. I think it won't be long before he gets to write for who and I am sure he'll be writing more for TORCHWOOD next year. This one focused on OWEN and the WEEVILS in a story which had hints of FIGHT CLUB (in a good way). The actors are getting better too which makes me think that the next season will be significantly better. Hope so anyway, it has been somewhat hit or miss - still the finale is coming next week where they meet the original CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS!
Owen, being weird, yesterday.
Elsewhere on TV, there was: a very amusing xmas edition of NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS; a chrismassy DEAL OR NO DEAL where £500,000 was offered instead of the normal £250,00 (needless to say they didn't get it),; a very bleak, but still excellent, stop-motion animation version of PETER & THE WOLF; THE SNOWMAN which is always a hit with me; a rather average LITTLE BRITAIN ABROAD; and a very interesting RICKY GERVAIS MEETS CHRISTOPHER GUEST. Film-wise I saw HAPPY FEET which was ok but, to its credit, did use music in a very adult and imaginative way, not disimilar to some moments in MOULIN ROUGE. Life-wise, played at REVOLUTION again, this time as THE PORRIDGY. Pretty quiet in town but it did busy up near the end and we made a lot of new fans.
Did you hear about the guy who was arrested for shoplifting a calendar?
He got 12 months
Til the next time