You have to love the South Park guys

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park and all-round comedy gods, are running into trouble with the Scientologists over an episode that took the Michael out of the money-earning con job religion.

First, Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef and noted Scientologist, resigned in protest. Tom Cruise has also brought his power to bear with various threats of legal action, etc, which caused a repeat of the episode to be replaced with another one from the first season.

But whatever you think of Parker, Stone and South Park, you have to appreciate guys who can withstand the pressure by issuing this official statement:

“So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!

”Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu.“



An offer you can’t refuse

Darren Day

Fancy being trained by Olympic athletes in sports like water-skiing, kendo, running, diving and cycling? Fancy getting really fit without having to pay for a personal trainer? How about a free holiday in Egypt?

Nah. I fancy sleeping in a car and playing snooker down the pub.

Because I am Darren Day.

Well, I’m not. But you know what I mean. Instead of turning up for training, the man decided to kip in his hotel room and do anything rather than lift his finger. The producers eventually had to throw him off the show.

Given all the opportunities afforded by The Games, how could you not want to take advantage of them, particularly when you’re up a certain creek like Darren clearly is? The man has problems.

I like The Games. I’m not a great sports fan. I’m not a great reality TV fan. But watching a bunch of people actually try to develop a talent – and sensibly, unlike all those dancing and singing shows that try to get everyone up to scratch in a week – is really uplifting. I’d much rather see someone rewarded for hard work, than see the likes of Chantelle rewarded for living in a house for a few weeks. Admittedly, the competitors are a little more C-list than last year’s, but it’s great to see Peter “Dib Dib Dib” Duncan on tele again. Plus the martial art this year is kendo: outstanding!


Totally Doctor Who lets in the teenagers

We’ve already have a few of our regulars and newcomers complaining that Totally Doctor Who, the show that CBBC is hoping will indoctrinate children into being obsessive about television from an early age, has too low an age limit. Well, the powers that be are obviously listening – and enjoy pissing people off – and have raised the maximum age to 14, which still rules out everyone who complained.

Let the birth-certificate-faking begin.

Meanwhile, trailers have been running in the US for the Christopher Eccleston season of Doctor Who, since it airs next Friday. Sci-Fi have already got a nice little micro-site up and running but clearly they reckon the new logo is far too naff and have created their own:

The Sci-Fi Channel's New Doctor Who logo

Like a gadzillion times better than the real one, isn’t it? Maybe the Beeb should take that to heart and use it for the next season? That would annoy the merchandisers no end.

That’s it. Nothing more to see here.

Still here? Oh. Of course.

Here’s a picture of David Tennant:

David Tennant in an Atari t-shirt