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May 21, 2008

In the news today

Filed under: geekery — lexifab @ 4:32 pm

Am recuperating at home after three successive weeks of doing bugger-all at work and – perhaps more pertinently – going the last three or four nights on less than four hours sleep. But that’s enough about my lame inability to surpass the frail human limitation of the need for adequate sleep.

What’s really important about today is that the BBC have confirmed the long-rumoured appointment of Steven Moffat to the position of Doctor Who show runner after Russell T. Davies departs next year. You may have heard of some of Moffat’s work. Back in the day he wrote the terrific kid’s series Press Gang (where Julia Sawalha got her start, bless her), and more recently the sitcom Coupling, upon which enough superlatives are simply unable to be stacked, and the creepy mini-series Jekyll, about which I would probably have more to say if I’d actually gotten around to watching it yet (I understand it to be pretty good, in fact).

But in fact all that may be set to one side, simply because Moffat also wrote the Doctor Who season three episode Blink (aka the one with the statues that scared the living shit out of every kid in the UK), which was simply the best episode of the entire series ever. Well, so far, anyway. And yes, that assessment is an objective fact and only stupid people would dispute it.

I’ve enjoyed the Russell T. Davies revival of the show. Adored it, actually. Worshipped might not be going too far. But there’s room for improvement, and I don’t think there could have been a better choice to make that happen.

Yay. My geek cup runneth over.

3 Comments »

  1. You’ll get no argument from me about it being the best ever. And before that, I’d have fought strongly for The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.

    So yeah, totally with you on the excitement.

    Comment by Andrew — May 21, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

  2. huzzah!

    Comment by emmajeans — May 21, 2008 @ 7:09 pm

  3. Actually, to be perfectly honest, TEC/TDD probably is a better Doctor Who story, inasmuch as Blink doesn’t actually have that much of the Doctor in it. But Blink has the Weeping Angels, which are marginally scarier than the little boy in the gas mask, Sally Sparrow, who is the best not-companion ever, and DI Billy Shipton, whose every line is complete gold (“Life is short, and you are hot”).

    Mainly I am excited because I suspect that Moffat will give in to self-indulgence a fraction less often than RTD has, in the past. Moreover, I get the distinct sense (with no actual evidence to back me up, mind you) that Moffat is a fan of the Philip Hinchcliffe era of DW, in which scaring the kiddies was the primary objective.

    Can’t say I’m unhappy about that, let me tell you. DW should totally be about the scares and the screwing up your delicate psyche and the hiding behind the couch.

    Comment by lexifab — May 21, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

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