What did you watch this Christmas?

I’ll be probably be getting round to reviewing The End of Time – Parts 1 and 2 later in the day, so I won’t mention it just yet, but what have you been watching this Christmas past?

  • Gavin & Stacey: Saw the ending on DVD first, and it wasn’t bad. But Ness has been an arse all series and the characters, with the exceptions of Stacey and Gavin, felt a little watered down compared to previous years. I would have liked a few more developments for the supporting characters as well, but I can see the arguments against that.
  • Scrubs: Finally started to watching Scrubs: Med School and it’s not as bad as I feared it was going to be. The absence of Sarah Chalke and Neil Flynn is painful, but the carrying over of Denise from the interns was a good idea and most of the med students are okay. Not sure simply swapping out a girly male character (JD) with a girly female character adds anything. That Australian intern who used to be in Neighbours (Nicky Whelan) – she does though, as a Google image search will quickly reveal.
  • The Day of the Triffids: Still to watch that. Was it good? I hear not
  • Paradox: Completely pointless ending that explained nothing and was basically a big request for a new series so they can actually have a think about thinking about coming up with some explanations. I doubt it will be back though.
  • Outnumbered: I’m really not seeing why everyone’s so thrilled about this.
  • Never Mind The Buzzcocks: Where Are They Now? Beats having to sit through 12 episodes, I guess.
  • Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe Review of 2009: Alternated between excellent and contractually obligated. I’m pretty sure some of the dates were wrong (FlashForward in February?), but I might just have got the wrong end of the stick on those. Bit too grumpy, too, but some excellent bits, all the same.

I probably saw more things, but that’s as much as I can remember. Given the Sky+ signal was out of action for a big chunk of the time, the big hit for us was the BBC iPlayer channel on the Wii (it’s easy to install now – just go to the Shopping Channel and buy it for free!), which meant we could watch the damn thing on a TV instead of a laptop and was nice and easy to use. Couldn’t get the Top Gear Bolivia special to work though. Huh.

Also tried hacking the Apple TV with aTV Flash, and I just about managed to get the iPlayer working on that, but everything else is taking a bit of time with a hammer. But once Flash support gets restored this month (waiting on the update), it should be able to do 4oD, the iPlayer, ITV catch-up and more, which will be nice..

As always, no spoilers unless you’re going to use the <spoiler> </spoiler> tags, please


What do you want from the blog this year?

As usual, it’s the annual/whenever I get wibbles question for the readership – what do you want to see more of or less of on the blog?

  • We already discovered that a few people liked the reviews of the main Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays (Eternal Summer one coming soon) so they’re staying, but do you want reviews of other Big Finish ranges, assuming I can take it?
  • Daily News is staying
  • More Who/less Who?
  • More Sitting Tennant/less Sitting Tennant?
  • Weird Old Title Sequences?
  • Fewer/more Dick Heads?
  • More/fewer reviews of British shows (although how fewer would be possible, I don’t know)?
  • More/fewer reviews of American shows? Or timed to appear at different times?
  • Episode-by-episode reviews of any particular series?
  • More/fewer competitions or types of competitions (District 9 one coming up soon, maybe)?
  • More/less technology stuff?
  • Question of the week?
  • What have you been watching?

I’ll just say hands off Ali and Jo – they’re staying, although, if anyone wants, say, “Julie Benz on/and hedges”, that would be perfectly acceptable. Indeed, any suggestions for new features that don’t require an immense amount of work will be entertained.

Dick Heads

New Year Dick Head (from lsm71059)

Richard Armitage

“Hello, New Year,” says Richard Armitage.  

“Hello, Dick,” says you.

Poems, haikus, limericks – whatever inspiration you feel, let it out now.

Got a picture of Richard Armitage’s head, preferably wearing a hat? Then leave a link to it below and if it’s judged suitable, it will appear in the “Dick Heads” gallery.

Sitting Tennant

Sitting Tennant – The Caption Competition 2009 – The Results, and Sitting Tennant 2010 begins

Ms Rullsenberg's Sitting Tennant

Sister Chastity's Sitting Tennant

Toby's Sitting Tennant

First off, Happy New Year Sitting Tennanters. How have you been?

Secondly, although we’re announcing the winner of the caption competition today, we’re kicking everything off again on the picture competition with these three lovely pictures from our reliable competitors Sister Chastity, Ms Rullsenberg and Toby. Thank them nicely, particularly since it’s Sister Chastity’s birthday on Thursday – Happy Birthday, Sister Chastity!

Thirdly, I’m changing the rules to make it all a little easier and competitive and to bring picture-caption competition harmony. It’s now a straight five points for submitting a pic that gets displayed on a Monday and 10 points if yours is declared the best so far on a Friday (remembering that all pics that don’t get displayed are carried over to the next week). Does that sound fair? If so, here’s the leaderboard.

  1. Toby, Sister Chastity, Rullsenberg: 5

Fourthly, it’s caption results time. Despite fierce competition from Rullsenberg, Toby submitted the best caption for the final Sitting Tennant of 2010, which gave us the following final leaderboard.

  1. Toby: 241.5
  2. Marie: 222.5
  3. Rullsenberg: 192
  4. Electric Dragon: 121
  5. Jane Henry: 95.5
  6. Persephone: 45.5
  7. Jaradel: 38.5
  8. Sister Chastity, ecg: 30
  9. Rev/Views: 25
  10. Joe, George: 20
  11. Scott 2: 14
  12. Sabine: 5
  13. Scott: 3
  14. Aaron: 2
  15. almostwitty.com: 1
  16. Stu_N: 1

Congratulations to Toby, who wins a lifetime supply of David Tennant, and a great big thank you to everyone who took part last year – you made it great fun for everyone involved.

The 2010 caption competition will begin again on Friday. Hopefully, Marie will be off her sick bed by then to rejoin the fun – think happy thoughts in her direction to see if that helps.

Bon chance!

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.

Every photo displayed on Monday (one per person who sends one in) gets five points; the best pic in the stash each week will appear on Friday and get ten points.

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