Sitting Tennant

Friday’s Sitting Tennant (week 17, 2010)

Erin C's Sitting Tennant

Rachel's Sitting Tennant

Rullsenberg's Sitting Tennant

Sister Chastity's Sitting Tennant

Toby: My mind to your mind
Dawn: My thoughts to your thoughts

Yes, the Sitting Tennanters have been sharing thoughts again and this week it’s the turn of Toby and Dawn to awkwardly slap hands on each other’s faces and send in the same piccie. It’s a good ‘un though so hopefully it’ll keep you occupied over the appropriately socialist May Day bank holiday weekend.

  1. Rullsenberg: 115
  2. Erin C: 105
  3. Sister Chastity, Toby: 95
  4. Rachel: 70
  5. Sabine: 60
  6. Karen: 35
  7. Dawn: 10

FYI, Odin, his ravens Hugin and Mugin and his eight-legged horse Sleipnir all compel you not to forget Tuesday’s caption competition.

Got a picture of David Tennant sitting, lying down or in some indeterminate state in between? Then leave a link to it below or email me and if it’s judged suitable, it will appear in the “Sitting Tennant” gallery. Don’t forget to include your name in the filename so I don’t get mixed up about who sent it to me.

The best pic in the stash each week will appear on Monday and get ten points; the runners up will appear on Friday (one per person who sends one in) and get five points.

You can also enter the witty and amusing captions league table by commenting on Monday’s Sitting Tennant photo, the best caption getting 10 points, everyone who contributes getting five points.

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Review: Gravity 1×1

Gravity on Starz

In the US : Thursdays/Fridays, 10pm/10.30pm/11.30pm, Starz/Starz Cinema/Starz Edge

And so Starz’s relentless quest to become the new “edgy but low-budget” channel continues. In the wake of Party Down, Crash, Spartacus: Blood and Sand comes Gravity, featuring the likes of Ving Rhames and Rachel Hunter.

Now, I have to admit, I had no idea what this was about before I decided to watch it, so for a good five to ten minutes, I was sitting there puzzled. Was this a supernatural show, in which a bunch of people die and come back as ghosts? A comedy? Some kind of hate crime against gay men?

If only I’d known the working title for the show was Suicide for Dummies.

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Review: The Companion Chronicles 4×7 – The Suffering

The-Suffering-cover.jpgFeminism and Doctor Who haven’t exactly been easy bedfellows. Most female companions are notable for their lack of character development, their tendency to scream and get captured rather than do anything useful, or having been hired mainly as eye candy. Even when the show has tried to embrace feminism through the companions, it’s not really worked – cf Liz Shaw (fired for being too independent and self-confident) and Sarah Jane Smith (marked tendency to scream, get captured and just hector people a lot about women’s lib rather than actually do anything).

So it was with an air of trepidation (and the idea that the play’s title would be only too accurate) that I began to listen to The Suffering, a Companion Chronicle featuring both Steven (Peter Purves) and Vicki (Maureen O’Brien) that’s set during the time of the Sufragette movement. My fears were calmed slightly by the fact that:

  1. It’s written by a woman, Jacqueline Rayner, who can do reasonably good Companion Chronicles.
  2. It’s a Hartnell Companion Chronicle and they’re usually better than the others

I’m not going to say it’s great and it does tread a very fine line between bludgeon-level subtlety and something a little deeper, but it’s okay. But did it really need to be two CDs-long?

No. It really, really didn’t.

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