Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. I hope it's a happy, healthy and successful year for us all (however you personally define 'happiness', 'health' and 'success', of course). It would be nice if people could stop trying to kill anyone who doesn't agree with their world view, but I suppose that would be too much to ask.

We took a walk round Wandlebury Ring in the Gog Magog hills just outside Cambridge. The car park was packed but it was still nice to get out in the fresh air for a while. It was very cold and clear with a low sun that barely reached inside the woods.

We watched the second part of Doctor Who and the rather confused and mawkish farewell from David Tennant. Russel T Davies (who is also leaving) is credited with reviving the fortunes of Doctor Who, and that must be true to a large extent, but it is surely David Tennant who must have played the biggest part (so to speak). I actually think it is the writing (and this last one was a case in point) that most often lets the programme down. The plots bear very little analysis and are often unintentionally hilarious - I loved the idea that The Doctor and The Master seemed to have had these names since birth. We never got to hear what the other Time Lords were called: The Plumber, The Dimwit etc?

It is the acting that saves it. David Tennant managed to add both gravitas and humour to a role that was often very thinly written. The even more cartoonish role of The Master was brought to life by John Simm. He was superb and clearly had a great time making it.

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