Asian Cup Semi-Finals

The Asian Cup semi-finals, sans Australia, were played overnight. Saudi Arabia defeated Japan 3-2 in normal time, while Iraq defeated South Korea on penalties after the match finished 0-0.

Daleks in Manhattan

After a slightly dull episode, Daleks in Manhattan was a magnificent return to form. The four daleks of the Cult of Skaro have survived Doomsday and escaped via their emergency temporal shift to 1930's New York. They ponder why humans always survive, their city of New York is replicated across the Universe, while Skaro is destroyed and they are all that is left.

In a similar fashion, when the Doctor first sees a dalek during this episode, he laments that they always survive and he always loses everything.

Socceroos vs Japan

A tense, even game, punctuated by five minutes of mayhem, finished 1-1 before the Socceroos went out on penalties. However, we may be seeing the beginnings of a great football rivalry.

A big crowd was in at the Nags Head for the quarter-final. Japan was in good form, Australia might be - it's hard to tell. The game overall was very even. Japan looked better organised, had slightly more possession and created more chances. But for all that, they lacked the killer punch and Australia stayed with them. 0-0 at half time.

Socceroos vs Thailand

Australia finally delivered! A 4-0 win over Thailand overnight was sufficient to see us through to the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, as we finished second in the group, we will meet an in form Japan on Saturday. This has the potential to be a great game, with Japan out to avenge their World Cup defeat and Australia finding a bit of form.

Gridlock

The Doctor extends Martha's "one trip" to one trip to the past and one to the future. They travel to New New York (the second time we see this city). A rather unsatisfactory story based around an apocalyptic view of gridlock (taken to the nth degree) evolves to a rather dull ending. This is offset by some interesting bits: spotting a few guest stars, the Doctor reminiscing about Gallifrey and the final meeting with the Face of Boe that climaxes with his mysterious final words to the Doctor: "Know this Time Lord. You are not alone."

Socceroos vs Iraq

Our second round match and we needed a big improvement on our first match. I headed down to the Nags Head along with well over 100 other fans. And we left sorely disappointed with a diabolical performance from Australia. I can't believe I used up a night out for this.

Socceroos vs Oman

Our first game ever in the Asian Cup and I didn't get to watch it as it was only on pay tv. By the sounds of it though, I didn't miss much. We could only manage a 1-1 draw and we were lucky to get that. Tim Cahill came on as a sub and scored an injury-time equaliser, reminiscent of his starring role against Japan in the World Cup. After coming into the tournament as one of the favourites, we clearly have some work to do.

Tim Cahill now has an enviable record. He is the scorer of Australia's first goal at a men's World Cup and Australia's first goal at a men's Asian Cup.

The Shakespeare Code

The Doctor and Martha travel back to London in 1599 and land near the Globe Theatre. A rollicking adventure with three witches, William Shakespeare himself, many, many references to literature (past and present) and lots of humour ensues. An excellent episode even if the primary storyline (prominent literary figure) bears a strong resemblance to The Unquiet Dead.

Smith and Jones

Just two days after The Runaway Bride we get another episode. It's a more proper start to the series, reflecting the fact than in England several months (not two days) elapsed between the corresponding initial screenings, with Martha Jones, the new companion, joining in this episode.

The Runaway Bride

The Doctor finally returns in Series III. The new episode follows on immediately where the last episode left off. It was played as the Christmas Special in England, but we had to wait until the end of June. As befits a Christmas Special, it's big, loud and funny. Catherine Tate as the Doctor's companion (of sorts) is hilarious.

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