Last night Prime TV brought us Kiwis the first episode of the new Dr Who. The original series were amongst my favourite watching while I was growing up, though I remember very little detail from them. That theme music though is always instantly recognisable.
I really enjoyed the first episode, Rose. It was fast paced and fun. The doctor’s simpleton grin is memorable and the “living dummies” were quite reminiscent of scenes from Buffy, as was the whole Nestene Consciousness and the underground pool of lava thing.
My favourite gag was where Rose asks the Doctor why, if he’s an alien, he sounds like he’s from the North. The Doctor responds: “Lots of planets have a North”.
It’s rather unsettling though that only an hour after the fictitious events of this episode had brought widespread destruction and havoc to London, with the presumably accidental explosion in the department store, the zombie-like shop dummies and the explosion in the underground cavern, we were seeing news broadcasts of real-life havoc and chaos in London, wrought, it seems by terrorists. Bombs in the Underground, bombs on buses: those things should be the work of fiction, not of reality.