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Honestly? I wouldn't. I've mourned the loss of a few too many characters to think about offing any of them.

Now there are some I wouldn't say no to bringing back to life. Including possible spoilers ).
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So, it appears that the casting of Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor has been rather, um, controversial. Not sure why. For me it's more a case of, "oh, who's he?", seeing as I'm totally unfamiliar with his work (something I plan to put right by getting hold of a copy of Party Animals asap, and possibly The Ruby in the Smoke). The only real negative that I can see is he's not Chiwetel Ejeiofor (for whom I'd rather built up my hopes), but then that would have been true of most of the other actors who were mooted in the press, with one obvious exception. And hey, he may be not very well known, and fairly young and not terribly experienced, but he is an actor. ISTR back in 2003 when RTD was getting the new series off the ground, that some papers were suggesting that maybe Paul Daniels could be the Doctor. *ahem*

Oh, and Demons. Another case of building my hopes up. I don't know if it might have been better if Glenister hadn't played it with that bizarre pseudo-American accent, but quite frankly, that's an hour of my life I'll never get back...



Jan. 6th, 2009 11:52 am
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...get hold of a copy of this song from iTunes.

In other news, one of the rounds on UniChall last night was about Alma Schindler. Thanks to the works of Tom Lehrer, I answered the first one (Gustav Mahler) easily enough, and after much brainstretching, managed to remember the name Gropius for the second. Did better than the team who were actually answering the questions. Honestly, don't students listen to Tom Lehrer nowadays?

I've sometimes thought I'd like to go back to university just so I could be part of a UniChall team. That, or for Open University to have a team with a player called Dawes. Just 'cos it would make me unreasonably giggly every time Roger Tilling says "Open Dawes".
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Just watched a repeat of the Top Gear Polar challenge on BBC3 and...OMG. Absolutely hysterical, and also thrilling and thought-provoking. Not, I'll freely admit, one of my main fandoms, but nevertheless a great way of spending an hour. And very slashy they...realise???

Today's been another good day. Hopefully this is very much a case of starting 2009 as I mean to go on.

Sarah's still ill, but the Met line or Chiltern trains willing, I'll be popping up to Chorleywood to spend tomorrow with her. And then watching the Doctor Who Confidential special when I get home. And Demons.

Hopefully Sunday morning will be spent at Oasis for the first time in about 14 months...
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Jonathan Creek was...not as great as could have been. Spoilers. )

Quite enjoyed Three Men in More Than One Boat. I don't know who had the idea of teaming up Dara, Rory, and Griff for re-enacting Three Men in a Boat a couple of years back, but it was variously a stroke of genius and a recipe for disaster. Normally both at once. Fun viewing, and it reminds me how much I'd like to go on a water-based holiday with Sarah.

In other news, it's been a good start to the year. Well, apart from my video player (the one I use for importing tapes into the computer) deciding to die on me (for some reason the transport controls just wouldn't work when I went to use it this morning). So I had to go to Argos to get a new one. Hadn't really expected that.

Apart from that, though, I've actually, for the first time in a while, made proper resolutions for the year ahead (they're in a public post, although frankly I wouldn't bother reading them unless you want to be bored to death - I just fancy a bit of accountability; y'know, if a couple of really good friends can come to me at the end of January and say, "you know this world domination bit? Have you actually been making much effort in that department..?"), and although it's early days, today was pretty good - I've been fairly productive round the house, and even, for the first time in ages, written a couple of diary entries.

Oh, and as there's still about half an hour of January 1st, and as I forgot earlier,

Happy New Year, Flist! Have a great 2009!

Dai. (Yes, I'm experimenting. Sarah calls me Dai. I think it kind of suits me. I'm convinced I'm part Welsh, despite the absence of any evidence to support that theory.)
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  • Just finished watching Mine, all mine, which my mum bought me for Christmas, and it was rather terrific (although the ending was a bit of an anticlimax). I don't care what people say - Russell T Davies is rather an excellent writer. It's also got a young (virtually unrecognisable) Gareth David Lloyd playing a character called Yanto Jones. Which is cool. I'd like to go back to Swansea at some time.

  • Mamma Mia! tops all-time DVD list with sales of more than 5 million copies. And I still don't have one yet. Something wrong there, methinks. But anyway - yay.

  • Saw a bit of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year last night, it just me, or is James Corden really just wonderful, or what?

  • I've got a lovely fiancee. She treats me wonderfully (and I hope I treat her wonderfully as well). And I marry her on September 19th this year. *YAY*

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...and all I got was...well, nothing, actually...

Had a good weekend. Sarah and I went Christmas shopping on Saturday - went to Bluewater and picked up various odds and ends, then rounded it off with a meal at TGI Friday's before heading back to Chelmsford. Sarah stayed around until about 5:30 (we had a bit of a shnuggle) before heading back to her mum's.

Watched Merlin (disappointingly unslashy, IMO - almost like I was watching the wrong show or something), ordered a pizza, felt generally lethargic, went to bed.

Then Sarah came down mid-morning on Sunday and helped me sort out my wardrobe - chucking out the (many) clothes which are too small or in tatters or have bleach stains down the sleeves (my fault, shouldn't wear them when I'm cleaning). As a result of which, there is now a fair bit more room in my wardrobe but I still have quite a few clothes which still fit me and are in good condition. So *yay*!

After that, we had lunch at Chelmsford's branch of Loch Fyne. It's admittedly a bit on what I consider the pricey side, but you get what you pay for - good food, good friendly service. Can't recommend it highly enough if you've got a branch in your area.

After that, we drove (I drove) round to Antonia's (I had difficulty with parking...) and Sarah met Jakob, whom she's not seen in ages (he seemed pleased to see his auntie!) and Eleni, whom she's not seen at all. So that was nice.

Sarah went back to her mum's (she's a star, really, driving out to see me twice in the same weekend), and meanwhile I felt vaguely productive, or at least less lethargic than I had done on Saturday, and did a bit of tidying and cleaning. Also cooked up some chicken for dinner. I had been going to Nando it, but didn't have much sauce, so instead I just settled for grilling it and having it with some new potatoes (Somerfield do a lovely little pack of new potatoes with herbs and butter which microwaves in 6 minutes and tastes wonderful), peas, and salad cream. Really rather scrummy.

Also watched another couple of episodes of Buffy. I'm on the fourth season at the moment, and have reached Wild at Heart (and Spoiler for a seven-year old episode )) and The Initiative (which was all a bit unexpected).

Oh, and at various points over the weekend, I also watched The History Boys, which was better than I remember it being when I saw it at the cinema. I was trying to work out where I recognised Andrew Knott (Lockwood) from, and it must be from Spooks: Code 9.

We're currently on a closedown day at work for a Christmas celebratory lunch thing. Loads of staff are out the back watching Mamma Mia.

Thanks to Becky, I'll be going to see David Tennant in Hamlet at the weekend. Suffice it to say, I'm rather excited by that!

Also at the weekend, Sarah and I will be sorting out Christmas cards. Anybody who hasn't asked for one, please feel free to pop along and leave your address.


Dec. 1st, 2008 11:33 am
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This is just so wrong. The 1981 adaptation was absolute perfection. Adapting the sequel would make more sense, I'd've thought.


Apr. 9th, 2008 04:29 pm
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Over the weekend, I watched Beautiful Thing. I'd sort of been reminded about it last year after Hettie McDonald directed the Blink episode of Doctor Who. Despite having a copy of Beautiful Thing for some time, and despite having loved the stage version (this was back in the days when I regularly went to see every new production the Bush Theatre staged. IIRC, I went to see Beautiful Thing a second time, and then again when it transferred to the Donmar).

Got to be honest, both from the perspective of the film as an adaptation of a play I remember really adoring (even though I don't remember much of the detail of the play at this late remove) and from the perspective of having been directed by someone who demonstrated such flair on Blink, I found it really rather disappointing. Which is a shame. :o(

On Monday, I watched Drama Queen, BBC4's tribute to Verity Lambert. Didn't, unfortunately, stay up for or remember to record the Adam Adamant Lives! episode that was shown later that evening (or the Cult of... that preceded it), but boy, she produced some brilliant stuff in her career. I'd love to see The Naked Civil Servant again (I say "again" - I'm pretty sure I saw it once - there must have been a repeat in the late 80s), and GBH (which given that its first episode is named after a Pet Shop Boys song and film* and that it features a Doctor Who convention in a hotel, I'm kind of vaguely amazed that I've not already seen), and Shoulder to Shoulder (her series about the suffragette movement) looked wonderful. And I'd forgotten that Cinema Verity was responsible for May to December, which I remember being quite fond of, although So Haunt Me left me feeling a bit meh. And Jonathan Creek, of course...**

I've now started watching the second series of Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, on the grounds that it's got Russell Tovey in the cast.

Tim and I are off quizzing tonight, and then tomorrow I've got the day off work (nominally for a bit of spring cleaning, and then we're going up to London to see The Now Show in the evening. I'm rather annoyed to discover that Frankie Boyle is one of the guest stars on next week's show *narked*


* Well, possibly.

**Drawing a discrete veil over El Dorado.
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Wonderful question on UniChallPro* last night - "which Beatrix Potter book is the only one with a human in the title?"

Now, granted, I'm not au fait enough to know the right answer (The Tailor of Gloucester, apparently), but even so I was rather shocked to see two teams of intelligent adults guess at Peter Rabbit (which, as the name suggests, is about, um, a rabbit) and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (about a hedgehog).

I don't know - professionals nowadays. Tch.

(I bet the students would've got it right...)


*That's fast lane talk for University Challenge - The Professionals. Pass it on.

TV news...

Mar. 26th, 2008 08:00 pm
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Ashes to Ashes renewed for second series.

New series of Doctor Who starts on Saturday 5th April at 6:20pm.

Sarah insists that for the latter she'll be on a sofa somewhere.

On a sofa? Has the girl got no sense of tradition??!

<makes note to move sofas away from wall>



Mar. 26th, 2008 05:22 pm
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I haz HIGNFY tickets for Thursday 5th June.

That's definitely one for me and one for Tim. Anybody else who's interested, reply in the comments to this entry. First and second come, first and second served.

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...anyone on the Flist is interested, James McAvoy is in an episode of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries that's being repeated on BBC1 right now.



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