Thursday, 31 March 2011

March of the Daffodils (just)

These are the daffodils outside my front door - photographed this morning in the rain. As you can see they are just bursting out, which is late even for here.

Meanwhile, not very far from here I saw cherry blossom out, which appears more on time.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Doctor Who - new 60 second trailer for 2011 episodes

As usual this asks more questions than it answers (especially with the inclusion of the 9th/10th Doctor TARDIS interior) but looking very good - watch out for it on the telly!

Meat to Please You - Suited Antonio x 2 - ADULTS ONLY!

Saturday, 26 March 2011

4 week countdown to 2011 Doctor Who begins!

With the release of this supernumery 'prequel' (yes it's technically not a prequel if it appears first) to the 2 part series opener the official countdown is on. Though it has been confirmed that episode one, entitled "The Impossible Astronaut", airs here and in the USA on Easter Saturday (23 April) the rumour that episode two follows on Easter Sunday has not.

This 'prequel' is a very glossy, very spooky sequence featuring what appears to be a young girl ring up President Nixon in the Whitehouse in 1969 with a warning ...

It's looking like this spring's slot will be a 6-something PM one again, preceding the current run of "So You Think You Can Dance" which kicks off tonight for 12 weeks.

Five further "Doctor Who" episodes follow on after before the series as produced gets split in two and goes off early on a "game-changing"* cliffhanger for the summer. My calculations surmise the return date to be Saturday 3 September for the remaining six episodes. Also by my reckoning that would follow the previous night's conclusion of "Torchwood: Miracle Day" which looks to be running from early July on both sides of the Atlantic.

Trivia fans - this will be the first series of "Doctor Who" produced under a non-Labour government since 1989.

* as the production crew have managed to swap episode 3 (pre-cliffhanger) with episode 9 (post cliffhangher) for purely tonal reasons you may want to be sceptical about that.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Radio Times: "The Naked Doctor"

At last, Matt Smith's portrayal of Christopher Isherwood in "Christopher & His Kind" is hitting the screens on BBC Two at 9.30pm this Saturday (19 March). This has, none too surprisingly, made the cover of the new "Radio Times". Just as well because the Royal Wedding has precluded a cover for the start of the new series of "Doctor Who" on Easter Saturday.

The news series begins the same day on BBC America, who have released promo shots including the one below.

Meat to Please You - Jack Dillinger - ADULTS ONLY!

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