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Sunday, April 03, 2005

First and second thoughts on the new Doctor Who

Having had two episodes and a week to reflect, the Wee Man from Strabane, he say Yes :-). Although there is dissent on the iO forum, I think that the new Who is shaping up to be fantastic, with both Billie Piper and Christoper Eccleston being excellent leads. In particular, Eccleston's ability to move from manic to nasty to portentous in a believably 'alien' way marks him out as a potentially great Doctor. This makes it all the more depressing that he's leaving after just a single season in the TARDIS. Billie Piper, on the other hand is staying, and I'm actually finding myself glad of that, since she's turning out to be a great companion. She's believably human, mostly sensible and not nearly as annoying as I feared.

In other news, the Pope is dead. I don't have any particular views on this. He was pope for my whole life, so I don't really have anyone to compare him to. I've heard it said that he was a very spiritual man. This may be the case, but he was also an arch-conservative and had an attitude to women in the church, contraception and other things that was incomprehensible to me. Maybe his successor will change things, but somehow, I can't see it.

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