Doctor Who! I thought The Day of the Doctor was brilliant. I was sceptical at first, but in the end I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was reminded of how much I loved David Tennant, and John Hurt was fabulous too. As much as I do like Matt Smith, my enthusiasm has been waning over the past series of so, but now I am really excited to see where the show is going next. I also still need to watch An Adventure in Space and Time, and there is a lot of other Doctor Who content on iPlayer which will keep me entertained over the next few days. But overall I thought it was a great episode, and a fitting celebration of the anniversary.
Slightly late, but I just wanted to make a post about Ambassadors, the three-part comedy drama series starring Mitchell and Webb which was recently on the BBC. David Mitchell plays the British Ambassador to the fictional Central Asian state of Tazbekistan, while Robert Webb plays his diplomatic advisor. I am a huge fan of Mitchell and Webb, I love their various comedy series, so of course I was interested in watching this. It is however a bit of a departure from their usual material. It’s a 60 minute comedy drama, rather than a 30 minute sitcom, and it is definitely not a laugh-a-minute comedy with an emphasis on the jokes. Instead it relies more on the larger plot and character development, and ultimately it feels like a much more serious and grown up project. Nonetheless, it is still funny, and overall I found it to be very enjoyable viewing.
The Night of the Doctor
The Children in Need special episode of Only Connect this week was brilliant. I’ve said before how much I love this show, and I have very much been enjoying the current series. This is a nice episode to jump in on if you’re not a regular viewer.
Trailer for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. I had to watch it through twice to spot all eleven of them.
I finally had a chance to watch the new episodes of Legend of Korra after rewatching the first season. I really, really like this show. At the moment I don’t love it quite as much as Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I utterly love. But as I have said previously, I really like that this show is not just a rehashing of the original but a whole new take on it, with a setting that feels both familiar but also new and different. Korra is a good character and I like how she is different from Aang, older and with different concerns but the same overall purpose. I am not so impressed with the romantic plot lines in the show, but I do think the story is otherwise a good one. There are also some other great characters, by far my favourite is Aang’s son Tenzin, who is just utterly brilliant. Overall the show is not perfect, but neither was the original Avatar, which I thought got substantially better as it progressed, so I am happy to watch this one and I am glad that it returned after such a long hiatus.
I really enjoyed the finale of The IT Crowd, it was an excellent episode. I’ve been frantically rewatching the earlier series leading up to this finale but I didn’t have a chance to watch it all, so I will continue on with that. But certainly I thought this final one-off episode was as good as the original series. It is a bit sad to know that there will be no more episodes, but then again it had a good run compared to other similar shows (it made it past 12 episodes!). Plus it was off the air for so long that it had essentially already ended and this was just a nice way to take the sting out a bit. Overall it’s one of my favourite British comedies, and the fact that it had so many nice nerdy references makes it extra special. Really it’s like the anti-Big Bang Theory because it really does celebrate its geeky audience and of course it is actually funny. Anyway if you’re a fan of the show then do watch this final episode, you won’t be disappointed, and if you haven’t seen the show at all then it is highly recommended and you’re in for a treat.
I just noticed that a new series of Only Connect started on Monday. The last one just finished a couple of months ago. I’m not complaining though, I’m off to watch some excellent quizzing!
I recently rewatched Spaced. I had originally intended to watch this, along with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, as part of an Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost marathon in preparation for the release of The World’s End. As it happens I ran out of time and so I only managed to get through the movies at that point, but I finally got around to Spaced now. It’s a show that I’ve seen so many times now that I’ve lost count, but I was watching it with my boyfriend who had actually never seen it before, so that was an interesting experience. Anyway it really holds up to repeat viewing and it is still one of those quintessential British comedies that I would recommend along with the likes of Black Books and Father Ted. If you like that sort of comedy and for some reason you haven’t seen this show yet, watch it now!
I have been slowly rewatching Arrested Development recently, and then followed up on the original series with the new Netflix episodes. I maintain my opinion that this is one of the best American comedy series of all time. This was the third or fourth time that I’ve watched it, and it is still brilliant. There is so much foreshadowing and background jokes and running gags, it is fantastic to see it all come together, and it really rewards repeated viewing.
That being said, I was a wee bit disappointed with the new episodes. I think it was the format that made it a bit difficult to get into - following each character separately rather than the whole story together, it just didn’t seem to work as well. But it did improve as the story went on, and it came together brilliantly.
There is not much that I can say about this show that hasn’t already been said before, but I just wanted to say how much I love the show. I am definitely looking forward to the promised future episodes, and I hope it keeps up the high standards of the rest of the series.