Daily Archives: Sunday, 18th Sep 2011

Doctor Who – The God Complex

OK, this was written by Toby Whithouse, creator of the excellent Being Human, and writer of previous Doctor Who episodes The Vampires of Venice and School Reunion, and was well up to standard.

At one level, it could be taken as a fairly standard Doctor Who story that could have appeared at any time in the last mumble years. The Doctor and his friends accidentally arrive in what appears to be a slightly naff 80s hotel where Something Nasty is happening. Identifying the Something and attempting to save the remaining occupants of the hotel involved lots of the usual running down actual corridors, and trying to avoid the contents of the hotel rooms, what with there being a Bad Dream for everyone somewhere in the hotel…

Now that could have been a fun romp, albeit one with a suitably high body count, but it took a darker and more disturbing twist, when the Doctor totally fails to save Rita, a very sharp young doctor who he’d been shamelessly flirting with. That’s flirting in the “I like your mind, come and see the universe” kind of way, of course.

Finally realising that he’d got it wrong, the Doctor has to take drastic action to save Amy and Rory, in a more gentle version of what the Seventh Doctor had to do with Ace in The Curse of Fenric.

And after all that, the Doctor makes another drastic decision. No longer able to face the thought of Something Terrible happening to his friends, he leaves Amy and Rory on Earth, having somehow arranged a suitable house and car for them, for which he just happened to have the keys handy. I’m not at all sure how he managed that, but I suspect some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff may have been involved.

This is, of course, the setup for next week, when the Doctor will be visiting his old friend Craig, who may be surprised to see his former lodger. And after that, it’s the climax of the series, when we come full circle and return to that lake, and that Impossible Astronaut and the Doctor’s death, which is going to be a tricky one to get out of…

Weight and Stuff Report – 18 September 2011

Humph! Back up today, which is a bit annoying.

This morning, I actually got it together to get out early enough to get to the Tyne Bridge to watch something like 54,000 people take part in the Great North Run. You get an impressive mixture of world-class athletes, serious runners, not-so-serious runners, people who are just doing the best they can, people who manage to run in large, heavy and hot looking costumes, and coming up at the rear, this guy, who seriously impressed me:

Knight of the Road

Knight of the Road

Yes, that is actual metal armour he’s wearing, not lightweight plastic or fiberglass or anything like that – you could hear it clanking.

And of course, there was the usual flypast from the Red Arrows, in their “Missing Man” formation, following the loss of Jon Egging last month.

Reds

Reds

Once the runners, walkers and indeed clankers had passed, I walked over the Tyne Bridge towards Newcastle, when I suddenly realised that the traffic was still diverted, and that walking into the road was actually perfectly safe and legal, which allowed me to get this picture:

Empty Bridge

Empty Bridge

A rare opportunity to get this shot

After that, I walked down to the Quayside, where I saw the Millennium Bridge was open

It's open!

It's open!

I then started to walk towards the Spillers Flour Mill, intending to get some pictures there, then continue my walk up the Ouseburn. But at that point it started to rain quite heavily, so I decided to leave that for another day. I got a bus into Newcastle, and found that the rain had stopped, mutter. But I went home anyway, as it looks like there are going to be intermittent showers all day.

Today’s walk, according to Runkeeper. The Garmin wossname must have decided not to bother restarting after I’d been in the same place for about an hour…