Speaking Confidentially

Russell T Davies explains time-travel.

Managed to catch a re-run of Doctor Who on BBC3 last night, followed by the Doctor Who Confidential (Cut-Down) episode that followed. The episode was Father’s Day in which the Doctor makes the strange decision (well, he is alien!) to take Rose back to see her father being run down by a car. For me, this revival has been the highlight of this, and may be many other, year’s output from the BBC and I’m sure I’ll spend more time talking about it soon. The Confidential show that follows each episode really shows what care and attention goes into production, and how much fun they all seem to have. Also a big crowd pleaser for the Beeb’s third channel. Last night, RTD made an interesting point about time-travel storylines in sci-fi. They all seem to have had a go, all the way back from from the City on The Edge of Forever back in the days of original Star Trek and through pretty much every TV show in the genre. The good Doctor, however, never seemed to feel the need to explore this until Father’s Day (some hardcore fan is sure to prove me wrong on this), and that’s where the episode seemed to stumble a little – it was a bit too sci-fi, given the story it was trying to tell.


Hugh in the House

Hugh Lawrie puts his feet up during an episode of House on Channel 5.

I’ve got a backlog of episodes of House clogging up my Sky planner at the moment. I kind of feel obliged to watch them because of the “one-of-us-doing-rather-well-over-there” syndrome, but there’s no denying it’s actually a rather good show. Hugh puts on, what I am assured is a very convincing American acent as he hobbles his way around an extraordinarily dull looking hospital set. Baffling medical speak hits you in waves as case after case of patients with problems varying in degree of sevirity from “really rare” to “really, really rare” get paraded before him. However, if you can overlook the Midsummer Murders Syndrome, it’s quite compelling viewing. It’s well acted and well written, and while it hasn’t got the edge of your seat excitement of ER, it does keep your interest throughout as the diagnoses develops and some good character development gets chucked in for good measure. The trouble is there’s always been something else I’d rather watch and I can’t shake the feeling that it’s same-y from week to week, which has led to my Sky Planner problem… to delete or not delete, that is the question.

Still on a Knife-Edge

Freddie watches another 4 crash over the boundary ropes

Eng 1st Innings 319-7 at stumps. Australia win on points (?)

Those who wax lyrical about such things, will rightly heap praise upon the performance of Mr Warne who fought hard all day for his five-for. Strauss too gave an exceptional performance to hold it together while those around him fell but, as seems to be the way of things in this series, the rollercoaster continues to plunge the depths (Vaughan’s soft dismissal) and reach the heights (Strauss and Flintoff’s 144 partnership) with regular abandon. I’ll miss the cricket when this series is finally over, it’s been the must-see TV of the summer. Who could predict what tomorrow will bring? Well I’ll have a go….

England to make it to 350 before the tail stops wagging, and Australia to find some form with the bat 240-3 at close.