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Spaceships and time travel

I see that Interaction has put the opening and closing remarks from last year's Hugo ceremony on-line (49 MB WMV file). To be honest I'm not sure that this was all that smart. It is, after all, in competition in the same category as "Dalek", "Father's Day" and "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances". While those who were there will remember it fondly as an entertaining and witty frame for a jolly good evening, it doesn't really improve on re-watching. Though Kim Newman's line about "the then-secret Grand Bombe Atomique, the weapon which allowed France to prevail in the Great War of August 1914 to later that afternoon in August 1914" still raises a laugh.

(I see the Nebulas are being announced tonight.)

While tonight's Doctor Who didn't pack the same emotional punch as last week's, and the plot was rather ripped off from Tom's Midnight Garden, I still enjoyed it. I thought Sophia Myles was superb. Only at one point, as the Doctor was pretending to be drunk, did I feel we had strayed into "Coupling" territory.

But next week there will be Cybermen!

Afterwards liberaliser and I went outside - and I brought Fergal downstairs - to see if we could catch the International Space Station, supposedly visible from 2154 to 2159 at our location according to the wondrous Sky and Telescope site. I'm pretty sure we were looking in the right direction but the sky was still too bright. Oh well, there's always tomorrow evening from 2219 to 2222.


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May. 6th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
I missed the start of Dr.Who as it came on early. Didn't take away from the show.

I enjoyed it and thought it was quite touching.

Really liked the horse. Thought that was suitably tongue in cheek.

And yes, Sphia Myles was excellent.
May. 6th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
I have to say that I loved the episode, although was it just me or was Mickey completely superfluous? Sophia Myles was fantastic in the role and the interactions were fantastic. Although being the big (sick!) sap that I am, I did shed a tear at the end when he saw her for the last time... As a character piece it was good. But no mention of Torchwood this episode?! Tisk Tisk!
May. 7th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
Mickey was relatively useless, though his interactions with Rose did serve to remind the Doctor that Rose doesn't really understand him. Like at the end, when the Doctor is morose in the Tardis, Mickey takes Rose's hand (last season that would have been the Doctor's job!) and leads her away. But he doesn't do much.
May. 7th, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
Rose: You are NOT keeping the horse!
Doctor: I let you keep Mickey.
May. 7th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was brilliant. The horse wins at life.
Thought the ninth Doctor did ask Mickey if he wanted to come... I don't know, I feel like with the tenth Doctor, the intense relationship with Rose is slowly eroding. Seeing as DT seems to be a babe magnet of sorts.
May. 7th, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
Mickey of course has come on a lot. When the ninth Doctor asked him, he was terrified at the prospect (and traumatised by the aliens).

And Rose, after all, is growing up.
May. 7th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm thinking the Doctor recovers from emotional trauma rather quickly. Suppose he'd have to. Last season Rose was the only thing keeping him safe, and he nearly destroyed the world for her, but this time he left her behind in the middle of nowhere to go save some girl.
And he left behind the TARDIS!
At least he took the horse. :)
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