With school, education and any kind of work being a distant memory, I can now put my summer to good use (a.k.a Radio Recordings, Lord of the Rings and Lego).

However, with so much time on my hands a lot becomes wasted and even more squandered on useless and pointless tasks. One example that immediately pops to mind is the three hours I spent building and Lego TARDIS…

Lego Tardis…although it is pretty cool.

The Time of the Doctor Review

So it’s the end of an era, the end of an age, the end of a Doctor. On Christmas Day Matt Smith put on his final performance in the role of our favorite Time Lord the Doctor, before hanging up his fez and handing the job over to Peter Capaldi. But what did I think of Smith’s final episode?

Doc-Who-time-of-the-doctor-4The Time of the Doctor was not only a chance for Matt Smith to bow out with a spectacular end but also an opportunity for the various story arcs surrounding Smith’s tenure to be wrapped up. Indeed we learnt the origins of ‘The Silence’, the truth behind ‘Madam Kovarian’ and who tried to blow up the Doctor’s TARDIS back in Series 5.

The storyline, like many of Moffat’s, was simple however pushed to the furthest limits of complexity. There’s this planet which is sending out a signal and for some reason every species in the Universe has come to see what the message is. Included in the masses are Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans and an old friend of the Doctor’s, Tasha Lem who helps the Doctor teleport down to the planet to find out what the signal is actually saying. And then “Wahay!” its the Time Lords, broadcasting a message from one of those cracks (Series 5). What’s the message? Well it’s ‘Doctor Who?’ of course (Series 6). And if it’s answered then the Time Lords will be back, just about ready to fight all the millions of monsters parked on the doorstep. Oh dear.

????????????????????????????????????????????????Well the obvious conclusion would be for the Doctor to get the hell out of there, before he starts another time war. But Moffat doesn’t work like that does he. Moffat is perfectly content to throw away hundreds of years of the Doctor’s life for him to spend sitting in a basement, occasionally coming out to kill a wooden Cyberman or something like that. So slowly Smith gets older, with the help of the BBC’s low budget makeup department. Clara pops in now and again, always managing to hitch a lift back with the TARDIS. It’s revealed to us that Smith’s incarnation of the Doctor is going to be the last (Hurt’s War Doctor and Tennant’s Meta-Crisis both counted as regenerations) and we see the attacks on the planet (now revealed to be Trenzalore) getting more and more explosive-y.

Without going into any more detail, I didn’t like the plot. I found it a bit long-winded and confusing, aimed solely at clearing up Smith’s story arcs. However I do believe that Smiths regeneration and Moffat’s solution to the regeneration limit were very emotional and the final scenes of the episode were a good send-off for a well loved Doctor.

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Peter Capaldi made a great entrance as the next incarnation of the Doctor, maybe not quite as good as Smith’s debut but the best he could do without the TARDIS falling to bits around him. What will next year bring for Doctor Who? We’ll have to wait another nine months to see!

Also, it’s nearly 2014, so Happy New Year ‘n’ all that!

Newsjack Recording – Series 8 Episode 5

156083_612439188771609_1176274895_nA few days ago I went to, yes, another radio recording. This time it was for Series 8, Episode 5 of BBC Radio 4 Extra program, Newsjack.

However there was one significant difference to this recording than the others I have been too, for it took place at the BBC Broadcasting House rather than the usual RADA Studios.

CIMG9009However it was a nice change for the Broadcasting house is many things that RADA sadly isn’t. Those are big, clean, bright and well-staffed.

There are floors upon floors of offices with people updating the weather or editing the news footage. The place was nicly furbished (having had a multi-million pound 296507_612439325438262_1306766627_nrefurbishment a few years ago). It also has life-size models of both the TARDIS and a dalek, which were quite fun to pose for pictures in front of.

However being big a new, the broadcasting house had a slightly artificial tone and was definitely not as friendly as RADA. The women on reception’s forehead reflected the light above and she spoke with an American ac164396_612439332104928_776312710_ncent! You have no idea how much I hate American accents.

The show itself was excellent however two famialiar faces were missing; Host Justin Edwards and actress Pippa Evans. Some great jokes were cracked including the workings of the new Pope’s mind and a ‘Mind the Gap’ CD.

Me, and some friends, and a TARDIS