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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.

TV Heaven

Wow, three of my all-time favourite TV shows are on air at the moment: The West Wing, Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who.

The Chaser Tribute To Doctor Who

Andrew Hansen (who is a fan apparently) from The Chaser has done a wicked send-up of Doctor Who fans (shown on the ABC last night). I thought it was hilarious. However I do feel that Jamie laughed just a little too hard.

Naturally there's a Wikipedia entry on Doctor Who spoofs.

Playschool Turns 40

The venerable institution that is Play School turns 40 today. I watched it and loved it as a kid. And now my kids do too. The SMH has some coverage.

The Christmas Invasion

I'm not happy about having to wait until July to see the Christmas special, but it was worth the wait, just. David Tennant looks promising and we see the continuing mix of action and its impact, eg. The Doctor is wondering what sort of man he is, while Rose is freaked out about the whole regeneration thing.

Rose and the Doctor return to Earth, with the Doctor promptly fainting upon exiting the TARDIS. Jackie and Mickey wonder who he is. They take the Doctor to Jackie's flat where he rests. He emits some golden light from his mouth and it floats off.

The Parting of the Ways

Quite possibly the best ever final episode I've ever seen. The defeat of the daleks is not unusual of course, but it was the manner in which it was achieved. The secret of Bad Wolf is revealed and it is truly amazing. Series I is a welcome return for Doctor Who and this episode capped it off brilliantly.

Bad Wolf

The first part of the two-part climax to the new season, begins with a disoriented Doctor suddenly appearing in a house. From the conversations around him, the Doctor realises he's now a contestant on the set of Big Brother. From this bizarre and rather humourous beginning, we find Rose and Jack also on different TV shows. But the humour vanishes quickly when we discover they're playing for their lives, literally.

Boom Town

The TARDIS arrives in Cardiff to re-charge from the scar created by the closed rift in The Unquiet Dead. The Doctor, Rose and Jack are now a close-knit team. Rose has asked Mickey to join them, but it's clear he doesn't fit in. The team soon discover that one of the Slitheen did escape after World War Three. Margaret Blaine is now the Mayor of Cardiff and is opening a nuclear power station. But to what end?

The Doctor Dances

A very satisfying conclusion to last week's episode with a clever resolution to the empty child and the symptoms as plague, as well as lots of humour and clever spookiness and dialogue. And for once, nobody dies. And the Doctor is delighted that everyone lives; a reminder that death and destruction normally follow him around. All in all, a very good pair of episodes.

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