Teach the Bible using Doctor Who

Doctor Reverend WhoAn enterprising vicar down in Emsworth plans to teach the Bible to kids by dressing up as Doctor Who.

The Rev Tom Kennar says, “Any child who watches Doctor Who will be familiar with the idea of time travel, so they’ll understand going back in time to meet biblical characters. I can’t promise there’ll be any Daleks or Cybermen but we will be meeting some of God’s heroes of the Bible, and some genuine villains.”

About 120 children will get to watch daily episodes of Doctor Who alongside water play, cooking and craft activities at the club, which runs from July 25 to 28 in St James’s School in Emsworth. How fun does that sound?


First Born on the way, too

First Born on the Radio TimesYesterday, I was so excited by the impending release of Dark Season and Century Falls that I forgot to check the Action TV DVD news page to see if there was anything else coming out this month that would be worth watching. Turns out there is.

First Born was a 1988 serial that saw Charles Dance have sex with a gorilla. Hang on. That doesn’t sound right. Let me just check that. Ah. Let’s start again.

First Born was a 1988 serial that saw genetic researcher Charles Dance decide that the human race is just too nasty and aggressive and if, paradoxically, we still acted a bit more like our ape ancestors – or, better still, gorillas – we’d be a whole lot nicer. So he decides to create a human-gorilla hybrid using his own sperm.

Eventually, he succeeds and the rest of the serial follows the growth into adulthood of young Gor (short for Gordon as well as the obvious) as he braves the sorts of things we all have to when our mum’s a gorilla: not being able to speak, having colossal strength and being born with a fur coat.

Charles Dance was on fine form, despite the obvious eyebrow-raising potential of the script, and while it was at least thought-provoking, it lacked the punch of Edge of Darkness, say (while that particular masterpiece asked a whole load of important questions about the nuclear industry, as a result of First Born, I’m sorry to say no one campaigned parliament to ban human-gorilla cross-breeding, just in case the resulting children wouldn’t make good army officers). It also provided future Hollywood star Gabrielle Anwar with one of her earliest TV roles (her other most notable appearance being Press Gang, of course).

It’s out on the 24th and you can pre-order it from Amazon, if you like, or you can find out more from the IMDB.


The Office meets The Office

2offbkn05 There’s an odd sort of meeting being planned at The Office. This one involves The Office. Confusing, huh?

Let me explain. The makers of the US version of The Office, which stars Steve Carrell from The Daily Show and The 40 Year Old Virgin, have a special episode planned for next season that will feature cameos by some of the cast of the British original.

In an interview with the New York Post, US executive producer Ben Silverman is quoted as saying: “Expect some cameos from the UK paper company. There’s a lot of love between the casts and crews of the two versions of the show.”

No word on which cast members will appear, although Ricky Gervais is unlikely to be one of them. He is, however, writing an episode for the US series, of which he is an exec producer.


Dark Season and Century Falls out on DVD this month

Kate Winslet in Dark SeasonRussell T Davies has been around for a while and Doctor Who was not his first kids’ drama series. That honour belongs to Dark Season, which amongst other things (almost) introduced Kate Winslet to the world. It, and his follow-up series Century Falls, are coming to DVD later this month (wow, what with A for Andromeda and Adam Adamant Lives! coming out too, it’s like classic TV DVD month or something).

I only caught the second half of Dark Season when it aired back in 91, being at university and all and therefore not watching CBBC with any degree of regularity. But I do remember it had a cracking theme, a good plot and was reasonably creepy and fun – better, in fact, than most of RTD’s Who scripts. General thing is that it was essentially a story of two halves, set in a school, with a gang of three school kids foiling the evil villain(s). But better than it sounds.

Century Falls was a whole different matter. That I tuned in for especially. It was utterly incomprehensible mind – basically a village of psychic old people with no kids try to use two psychic twins who move to the village to recapture their halcyon days. But I guarantee that by the end you won’t understand more than about 50% of what was going on. Makes you realise how times have changed… Very creepy though and very well done.

If you’re curious, here are some Amazon links for you


David Tennant covering fire

To protect myself from any backlash stemming from my review of Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who, I thought I’d point you all in the direction of this not particularly pleasant piece in the Daily Mail. It’s about David Tennant on the beach and asks (because like Jeopardy answers, all Daily Mail headlines must be in the form of a question) “Is this the palest man in the galaxy?

Hmm. Someone who spends all his time in Wales, Scotland and TV studios looks a bit pale? What are the chances of that happening?