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[Geek] Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion

Those who know me well know that my one true, beloved fandom ever since I was a child has been Doctor Who. I have a little toy K-9 stuck to my computer monitor, and somewhere I have action figures of the Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Doctors. I own the giant reference book that has an episode summary of every single episode in the original 26 seasons, as well as a reference of all the alien races that the Doctor encountered. And while I'm generally not evangelical about it, the series has always had a special place in my heart. (DESPITE my father mocking me for years over my love of an incredibly low-budget British SF series.)

And now, I just finished watching 'The Christmas Invasion,' the first adventure of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), which aired on CBC tonight. I love living in Seattle and being able to get Vancouver stations.

I still do think Christopher Eccleston was an excellent Doctor, but David Tennant definitely has the Doctor's energy down. The manic post-regeneration confusion that struck (among others) the Fifth Doctor, the righteous fury the Doctor is capable of when moral lines are crossed, and so on. And he's a more vindictive Doctor in some ways, less forgiving than most have been, though the streak has always been there.

The special itself was wonderful. There were plenty of humorous moments at the beginning. Particularly the alien Santas with flame-throwing trombones and Jackie's horrified squeak of "I'm going to be killed by a Christmas Tree!" though also Jackie's querying of the Doctor with, "What d'you need?" "I... I need..." "Something simple? Cup of tea, bowl of soup?" "I NEED YOU TO SHUT UP!" "He doesn't seem to have changed that much t'me." Also the running joke of Harriet Jones introducing herself to everyone as 'Harriet Jones, Prime Minister' only to be told, 'Yes, we know who you are.'

The more serious moments were, however, also very much what we've come to expect from Russell T. Davies. Some very emotional moments as Rose looks at the Doctor laying in bed sick and, sobbing, comments, "The Doctor wouldn't do this. The right Doctor, MY Doctor... he wouldn't just lay there. He'd get up and DO something..."

The ending, however, definitely set us up for the next season. And the preview at the end -- the return of Sarah Jane and K-9, the return of the Cybermen, and Anthony Stewart Head looking unbelievably sinister, creepy and evil -- definitely makes me look forward to season 28 (or season 2, for those who count from the beginning of Christopher Eccleston's run).

Now, how to pass the time until the new season?! (When DOES that start? April? Gaaah!)
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And in case you hadn't checked, that 'Torchwood' bit the PM mentioned? I did a quick little Google search, in case it was something I'd missed from the 9th Doctor.

If it was or wasn't, either way it's apparently to be a Dr.Who spin-off (that'll hopefully do better than K-9 and Company), involving a sort've modern U.N.I.T.
Yep! When the new series was filming, Russell T. Davies didn't want people snagging the film en route back to the BBC. So he labeled all the tapes 'Torchwood' (an anagram of 'Doctor Who').

Around the time the previous season ended, they started talking about a spinoff series. Starring our beloved (and flamboyant) Captain Jack from this past season, set on earth, as part of an elite U.N.I.T. group fighting to prevent alien invasion and to capture fallen alien tech. And they decided to name the spinoff -- and the group -- Torchwood. :)
I feel deprived. I never saw any Dr. Who episodes! At all!
Hee, I can do spoilers now. I was good earlier!

one of the bits I truly loved was just after he emerged from the tardis in his pyjamas in the middle of the rather sinister Zygorax and started checking up on people like he'd just bumped into them at the supermarket.

The 'I can bring you down with six words' bit was great as well. especially as it was probably her worrying that brought her down even more than his words did!

One funny moment thanks to our family was watching the latest episode of Eastenders later on and it started to snow in corny British soap tradition and my mum comments 'That's just the remains of an alien spacecraft'.
'twas the night after Christmas,
and through the timestream,
not a villain was stirring;
'twas the Doctor's dream!

The Daleks were vanquished,
the Autons were dead.
Not even a Slitheen dared show its head!
When up on the console, there were energy tracks!
Earth was being invaded by the Sycorax!

The tree was a death-trap,
the Santas shot flame!
But the poor scrambled Doctor
barely knew his own name!

...I'll just stop there. ;)
Nooo! Continue! Continue! That's brilliant!
Yay for K-9! I hope you've told Claire ;-)