3 items from 2011
The critics can advise you on what's good and what's bad in all aspects of life – whether it's TV, music, films or food – but at the end of the day, it's the public view that counts. A TV critic can pick apart a really bad programme until the cows come home, but if the public likes it, who cares? How else could you explain the long-running My Family – Aka, the most depressing, mean-spirited excuse for a comedy in the history of telly – a programme that seems to be derided by every critic under the sun, and yet seems to have lasted for decades. See? If the public likes something, then a critic's job sometimes feels a bit pointless.
Still, as I weep into my computer keyboard, at least I can console myself with the fact that My Family's limping to its well deserved end this year. As for Doctor Who, »
“Mind blowing decisions causes head-on collisions”. So said 1970s funksters Heatwave in a notably laid back jazzy groove – but never a truer word was spoken when referring to a great Doctor Who story 30 years in the future. Yes, Turn Left, the bookend to Midnight in which the companion takes centre stage while The Doctor goes Awol.
Following the blockbusting Library two-parter and the equally impressive Midnight, it's easy to think that this Doctor-Lite story could be the weak link in the chain. In fact, it's no such thing and proves to be a tale that's just as amazing as its predecessors. A good factor in its success is that it's such a simple idea, and it works because of this. Basically, Donna is shown an alternative universe in which The Doctor doesn't exist any more – having chosen to turn right rather than left in her car en route to the »
Attention Shortarses everywhere. You have nothing to fear. Apparently the average height for a bloke in the UK is around 5'9”, although for some odd reason everyone seems to be taller than that even. And yet – despite the fact that media she-hacks still suggest that height is one of the most important prerequisites of a man – shortarses still seem to be doing spectacularly well. Pompous U2 oaf, Bono. Snarling tycoon monster Baron Von Sugar. Simon Cowell henchmen Ant And Dec – even Cowell himself doesn't seem to be the tallest guy on the planet.
So since this particular writer stands as tall as he can at 5'8”, this is pleasing news. Actually I've never had a problem with height – or relative lack of it. Unlike the poor old Sontarans, a race who always seem to have some massive inferiority complex. Look at them strutting around, looking like baked potatoes with eyes »
3 items from 2011
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