No, not the latest DVD release, not the long-overdue end of series review, but five minutes of magic just shown on BBC One as part of the BBC Children in Need thingy, written by Steven Moffat.
Due to a slight error with the shields after leaving Martha at the end of the last episode, the Doctor finds himself meeting himself in his fifth incarnation, played by Peter Davison. It’s all good fun including such delightful silliness as
You’ve changed the desktop theme!
And a lovely bit of lunacy referring to the Master
No beard this time… well, a wife!
The Doctor soon goes his separate ways thanks to an inspired temporal paradox, and then we rejoin the action we saw at the end of the last episode.
Good stuff, and a nice bit of nostalgia for fans of the classic series.
Not bad. Not bad at all. Today’s weight shows a quite major drop. The usual disclaimers about daily variations, and probably being heavier tomorrow apply, of course. But even allowing for that, I’ve definitely got a good downward trend going. Woo hoo.
For anyone who likes numerical details, today’s weight is over eight pounds down since the beginning of October, and less than five pounds heavier than my lowest weight of the year so far.
I remember reading about the mystery of the missing diver many years ago. The link in the previous sentence covers it nicely, but in essence what happened was this:
In 1956, the leaders of the Soviet Union were on a goodwill visit to the UK. There was a bit of a row when Lionel “Buster” Crabb, a Royal Navy diver, “disappeared” in the vicinity of the visitor’s ship. It’s been argued about ever since. Was he on a dodgy espionage mission (well, duh)? Did he have an accident, was he killed by people who didn’t want divers getting too close to their ship? Was he taken away? There were stories that he’d lived for many years afterwards in the Soviet Union, but most people favoured the “killed” theory.
Anyway, now we may have the answer. According to BBC News, Crabb was indeed killed by a Soviet sailor, who has told his story to a Russian documentary. He alleges that Crabb was attempting to fix a mine to the ship. Now I can believe that British security services might well have been up to a lot of not entirely authorised activity in keeping an eye on our visitors, but the suggestion that they would try to blow up Khrushchev’s ship is more of a stretch. But who knows?
 Note: many years after the event, I hasten to add. I’m not that old