Tv time travel

I appear to have a thing for time travel. Is this common?

While as a child, I, like well probably pretty much everyone, loved Back To The Future and it’s time travelling ways, It’s only recently that I’ve begun to think that if you involve time travel in a TV show, it can’t fail but win my heart.

For starters let’s take Crime Traveller. This shortlived BBC drama series was the first post-Eastenders outing for Michael French before the doors of Holby called. Also starring Red Dwarf’s Chloe Annett, it’s eight episodes told the tale of Detective Jeff Slade (French), police scientist Holly (Annett) and her late father’s Heath Robinson style time machine. The pair flirt a lot, but mainly travel back in time to help solve crimes. Although I’ve recently purchased the idea on DVD, I haven’t watched it yet, so can’t quite remember anything specific other than I loved the show. Unfortunatly it wasn’t very popular, and no one I ever mention it to remembers it!

More recently of course, we have the ace new Doctor Who. Admittedly I’ve only seen Doctor 9 onwards episodes and fell asleep during the only old story I was shown (Robots of Death). But the other great time-travelling success of last year was Life On Mars. Although I didn’t watch it live, I caught it a few months ago and loved it’s mix of crime and comedy. If you’ve not seen it, John Simms plays DI Sam Tyler, a police detective in Manchester, who crashes his car, falls into a coma and wakes up in the 1973. Why, is unknown, but we’ll no doubt find out. As he struggles to find a way back into his real life, Sam has to get used to the spectacularly different police world of the seventies very quickly with bullying boss DCI Gene Phillips and the only person he’s told about his predicament, WPC Annie Cartwright. I’m not really sure what else I’ve seen John Simm in, but I think he’s brilliant in this show. Alongside a great cast is an awesome set with a sense of the smoky, seedy sixties Manchester excellently created.

Today brings news that series 2 of the show will be it’s last. While I don’t want to spoil series 1 for anyone who hasn’t seen it, for me it ended a little unsatisfactory. Although I’ll be disappointed there won’t be more episodes, perhaps it is best to resolve the mystery in a decent time span rather than dragging it out for years.

Finally, of course, we have new Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood launching on BBC Three on October 22. A bus with the giant Robin Hood advert replaced with Torchwood drove past our house on Friday and we all squealed with excitement. I’ve no idea what it’s going to be like or whether I can get over the memory of John Barrowman snogging lots of girls in …Maria a few weeks ago, but I enjoyed the character of Captain Jack so am looking forward to it. Will it be the Angel to Doctor Who’s Buffy and end up way better than the parent show itself? At time of writing the Torchwood site requires a password to proceed but I don’t know what it is. Any ideas?

I *heart* Logan

Despite being about 40 episodes into the series, I’ve probably only mentioned my very favourite television show Veronica Mars very briefly on karinski.  Well you’ve been totally spared my normal bleating because I, like everyone who seems to be in the small minority of UK peeps who’ve discovered this show, go on about it to non-convertees at every possible moment.  Now it’s your turn.

Airing on UPN in America on a Wednesday night, Thursday morning brings oodles of glee and a new episode to my computer.  I started watching during Summer last year, when I read that all time god of television, Buffyverse boy Joss Whedon called it the Best. Show. Ever. Seriously on   Nearly at the end of it’s first season, the Veronica marathon began and I was rewarded with a real replacement for Buffy.  Quick, witted dialogue, action, tension, a cute blonde lead, pain, hot boys and girls, high school – it had everything Buffy had apart from a supernatural element.  This time round the lead, Veronica, was the daughter of a private investigator who liked to get involved in her dad’s cases.

I’m not going to go on about what it’s like, you can read the official ronny website for that.  Just bare in mind that it is AMAZING and get onto it as soon as you can.  Seriously I cannot go on enough about how good it is. I believe it airs on Living in the UK, but if you have a good internet connection then I’m sure you can get it an easier way. 

The second season is drawing to a close with 4 episodes left – it’s a good job Doctor Who has just restarted!

Deano’s After Dark

Tonight we hopped on the Victoria and the District lines, and waggled our merry arses over to the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith to see some comedy.   Former Perrier winners, Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness, and creaters of 2004’s Channel 4 cult show Garth Merenghi’s Dark Place were trying out new material for their forthcoming show "Deano’s After Dark".

The idea of the show is Deano (from Dark Place) hosting a chat show with his celebrity friends (all played by Matthew Holness).   According to one friend who we saw it with, it simply reeked of a bad Alan Partridge copy.  The material was very weak and it simply dragged.  An unexpected interval in the 70 minute performance was a huge relief.

Given I remember liking Dark Place (although I don’t think I saw it all), this was simply disappointing.  One can only hope that they find some good material before the show proper gets made.

Bad Wolf II

As mentioned here, the whole Bad Wolf saga in Doctor Who has been driving everyone crazy.

Paul has just let me know (and this isnt a spoiler) about a secret hidden message on the Bad Wolf website.

Go to the disclaimer and ctrl+a it.   

One thing that is really annoying me is how much the BBC seem to be spoiling their episodes ahead of broadcast.  People have been mad about the ‘coming next week’ trails for ages, but I guess we can just turn off before they come on.   However they released LOADS of details about special guest stars in ‘Bad Wolf’ about a month ago and some images of where the episode is set.  Thus giving a lot about the episode away.  And now this weeks update on the Official Site has gone up – if you missed the press releases don’t go anywhere near the official site or you’ll know a lot about next week’s episode already.

Are you my mummy?

I’ve been a bit remiss in not writing about how much I dearly love the reincarnation on the BBC of Doctor Who.

Never having seen the original series, I thought, much like Matt, it was going to be a crazy sci-fi fest along the lines of Star Trek, Babylon 5 etc [Not that I have seen these either, I’ve just prejudged them as rubbish :-)].   Housemate J showed me an old episode about 2 weeks before it restarted and I fell asleep about 15 minutes in, so my expectations weren’t too high.

But, but, but, but it was going to be written by Russell T Davies – he who wrote my favourite British series, Queer as Folk.  Anything written by him was worth a shot, and a  couple of months ago I enjoyed watching his excellent ITV drama The Second Coming on dvd (also starring Christopher Eccleston).  My next mission is Bob & Rose although it’s concept seems a little strange.  Anyone know if it is good?

And back to Doctor Who… The casting of Billie Piper seemed like it was going to be rubbish, but maybe interesting, and I’d liked Christopher Eccleston in the aforementioned Second Coming as well as ienjoying 28 Days Later.  So it was with a curious mind that I set to watching Doctor Who.

And boy o boy, did I love it!

To me, a girl who has grown up in the Whedonverse days of Buffy and Angel – tv series that were big, archy, fantastic and an absolute essential to see.  Shows that made me race home and hit the slowness of my internet connection as I tried to get the latest episodes as they aired in America, this, this BBC production of Doctor Who had really recaptured that magic.  One episode down, I was incredibly excited.   Billie Piper was excellent, Christopher Eccleston was mental and I wanted more right then.

And so it has continued.   Episode 11 airs tonight and then sadly there will only be 2 more episodes until the end of the series.  I’ve enjoyed every episode with Fathers Day (although full of flaws) and the ‘Mummy’ 2 parters as favourites, and End of the World and The Long Game as it’s lower points. 

It’s been said that the gas mask child from the last 2 weeks will be an image that will be remembered as a TV moment for quite a while.  I found the last 2 episodes pretty scary and even ran out of the room once.  Can any of us really hear or think of the word ‘Mummy’ without shuddering anymore?

I’ve learnt from my friends who loved old Doctor Who that because the old serieses were filled with multi episode stories, and the actual stories themselves didn’t really interconnect, that this is the first time the concept of a series long arc has been even possible within the series.  And boy isn’t everyone talking about it!  Bad Wolf might be a huge let down and be nothing more than a word of mouth marketing tool to make people talk about it (the BBC have been particularly clever here, creating spin off non bbc domained doctor who sites).  But I hope not – the theories out there are getting more and more interesting and I’ve stopped reading them for fear of spoiling myself!

Anyway there we go I’ve wittered and run out of steam, as normal, before writing a conclusion so erm…

Conclusion: Watch Doctor Who. It is good 🙂

The Official BBC Website
Mickey’s Who Is Doctor Who Site [run by the bbc]
Van Statten’s Geomectric as seen in Dalek [again bbc bbc]
BAD WOLF BAD WOLF [The BBC launched this, this morning. Now doesn’t that first wolf noise sound like the tardis]

[UPDATE: Via Plastic Bag don’t wear this near me unless you want to make me cry!  Kinda cool tho huh!  Want one?  Email gasmaskshirt at]