Today is the 48th birthday of a television show that I can truly say changed my life - Doctor Who.
TV may be primarily a means of entertainment, but its influence in shaping views can't be underestimated. It's a subtlety pervasive and effective way of changing social views, precisely because of its familiarity and entertainment value. I asked some friends if they had any TV show that had shaped the way they think, the things they do or the way they do them. The responses were fascinating.
It's getting very near the end, as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band once sang. The penultimate episode of the current bisect...
Amongst the guest stars is a barely recognisable David Walliams as Gibbis; a member of an alien raced famed for it's cowardice. It has become somewhat of a tradition to cast popular comedians in Doctor Who, with previous parts for Simon Pegg, James Cordon, Peter Kay and Catherine Tate, and Walliams put in a good performance. He was given some of the best lines in an episode whose gag rate was a bit hit and miss.
Torchwood has had its ups and downs from the very beginning. In its first two years, it struggled to shrug off the teatime adventure reputation of its progenitor Doctor Who by giving its viewers what it thought they wanted: sex and violence in equal measure.
You would have thought that Ms. Pond had spent enough time gallivanting around time and space to know that, when presented with the choice of pushing ...
It is about a year since my secret addiction started, a balmy Summer Saturday when, due to the sheer laziness of not wanting to reach down to the coffee table for the remote, I found myself doing something I hadn't consciously done for at least 20 years: watching an episode of Doctor Who.
A programme that brings together children, their nostalgic parents, grandparents and normal (!) women like me? That's pretty rare. A programme that does it all with an eccentrically sexy male lead? Even better.