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Saw the Doctor Who Christmas Special this weekend and loved it. It was a marvelously bittersweet gem. Mr. Moffatt’s done it again. What made it for me especially was Katherine Jenkins. Such a lovely voice, and I nearly cried every time she sang. Take a listen via the YouTube link above.

Looking forward to next year, and seeing the Doctor in Utah, for real. Filmed there, doncha know.

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The Royal Albert Hall, shown during the 2008 BBC Proms season.

Way back in 1895, a music festival of sorts was created, centered around the Royal Albert Hall. Known initially as The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, it was shortened over the years to simply The Proms.

In 2008, the very first Doctor Who Prom was performed. And this year (this past weekend, in fact), another Who-themed Proms was presented. I found videos on YouTube of both of them, and put them together in an easy-to-listen to list. This one, in fact. You can listen to the entire 2010 performance on the BBC iPlayer here. But I dunno how long they’ll have it up there, it may be only a few days. So the YouTube list will likely be your best bet. Btw, if you’ve not seen this past season of Who, there are major spoilers mentioned by the hosts, so be warned.

The 2008 Proms videos actually show the concert, so you can see and hear what went on. The 2010 Proms hasn’t been televised. Yet. Supposedly it will be next month. Until then, you’ve got this.

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So it was neat seeing the return of the Silurians. I always had a fondness for them, and wish they’d been used more. As to what happened at the end, I’m torn. And confused. Because if what happened, happened, then it should have un-caused what caused it, and not happened the way it happened, but that would have made it happen, yet not. Oh, it must be that wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff.

Aside: That comes in a t-shirt. Cool!

Now I’ll really be interested to see how this season resolves. And maybe all the stuff that un-happened, will re-happen, if the cause of all the un-happenings is prevented from happening. Oi, I’m getting dizzy!

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I saw the premiere of the newest Doctor Who. Overall, I liked it. The new credit sequence I’m ambivalent about. The altered TARDIS interior will take getting used to, but I think I’ll get used to it. Matt Smith does make an energetic Doctor, rather like Tennant, which is a good thing. I really like the new companion, Amy Pond. Nice that they seem to be veering away from the companion’s family being so important. I hope they get back to the show being more about the Doctor and his companion. I think the show is in good hands, both in front of and behind the camera.

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Alright, the story so far. David Tennant is leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year. Because he was doing Hamlet and Love’s Labours Lost with the Royal Shakespeare Company last year, his last season is a foreshortened one, with only five stories. Two have aired in England: The Christmas special The Next Doctor (funny, sad, sweet and steampunky) and Planet of the Dead on Easter weekend (a good trad story). The Waters of Mars will air in November, and the final story will be a two-part Christmas special. This’ll be the first time that it’s been a two-parter. It’ll also be when Matt Smith appears as the Eleventh Doctor. I’m not sure about him, but I’ve not seen anything he’s done. Still, with Steven Moffat taking over running the show, I’m expecting good things.

Torchwood is doing a five-part story in July, called Children of the Earth. Dunno why Torchwood’s having a shorter season. *sigh*

At least it looks like The Sarah Jane Adventures will have a normal season this autumn. Plus it was recently announced that Tennant will appear on the show, doing a full story, not just a cameo, so that’s sneaking in an extra bit for him, which is terrif!

There’s also a cute mini-Who story courtesy of John Barrowman’s show Tonight’s the Night. You can see it here.

I think that about covers it for now. Stay tuned…

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