Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East, West and Central London, Surrey and Northamptonshire (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 225 Saturday 6th until Friday 12th October 2018.
If you have read this over ramble over the last four years you may know I love Sci-Fi of, from million dollar movies to television shows filmed in a gravel pit in Surrey. My favourite programme which I have watched since the age of five is “Doctor Who”. I could go on for multiple paragraphs about how and why I love the show, telling you about the actors I have met, when I watched the programme actually being recorded, helped organised conventions and the piles of books and other merchandise which costs me a fortune in storage monthly.
“One day, i hope to meet the real 13“.
Last Sunday the programme returned starting Season 37(since 1963) or Season 11 if you discovered the show when it returned in 2005. Whenever a new series commences there is anticipation about what stories are coming, who is the Doctor going to meet and how many times they might save the universe with nothing but a spoon and / or the Sonic Screwdriver. But things get extra special when a new actor takes over the role, how are they going to portray this well loved established character that has been a staple of British TV since the early 60’s, that is now is a worldwide phenomenon.
“Jbomb, watching 13“.
All 12 (there are a couple of other incarnation of the Doctor, which I don’t count them among the main list. However I don’t want to wash “Whovians” dirty laundry here) actors up to 2017 were white men! That’s just who the Doctor has always been! Who else is going to play the character, a shop mannequin! This all changed on 16 July 2017 when Jodie Whittaker was announced as the 13th Doctor. While watching the short teaser film I became five years old all over again, so excited about the future of the programme I really do love. Almost immediately there were people venting on social media saying, “They will never watch again,” (I bet they watched last Sunday), “This is political correctness gone wrong” and “What were the BBC thinking of, and who sold them the drugs they were on when they made this decision?”. I have no right to judge anyone, but come on people give Jodie a chance. There has been talk of a female lead as far back as the 1980s, but it was just that, talk! These comments appeared in interviews probably conducted while propping up the BBC bar on the 4th floor of the much missed Television Centre I suspect.
“Having trouble with my droid”.
I’ll be honest; I have been looking forward to this series more than any other in recent years. The gender of the lead actor doesn’t mean anything personally; all I want is the best actor to bring the character to life. One thing that is so important is that half of the audience now have a lead actor that looks a little like them, someone that they can associate with. Girls and women watching the show will now see that a woman is as good as man running up and down corridors, fighting evil while saving planets. Admittedly my six year old niece would rather as she put its “Watch the boy Doctor” but in time I am sure she will come to love 13 as much as I already do after only one episode. They say that 13 is an unlucky number, I think for old and new fans 13 is going to be a very lucky indeed.
“Back seat driving up north”.
Last Sunday evening I sat on the carpet as if I was five years old soaking every second up. When Jodie as the Doctor said that name for the first time (at 51.00 mins, time code fans) I felt a wave of excitement I haven’t felt before watching the show. Sunday nights have always been boring, partly because of the thought of work / school the next day but for the next 10 weeks things are going to be “Brilliant”.
“Who puts a wet brolly on a seat. This fool does”.
And Finally Now For Something Completely Different……
“But which way”.
I am currently on antibiotics, because of a b’day gift. The prezzie in question was an additional piercing in my ear. Everything was good until the start of this week when the top of the ear started to glows brighter than a beacon in thick fog. Many of you including my mum (when she sees it this coming weekend) would say “take it out”.
“Early morning in East London”.
I’ve always had problems with piercings. My noses was pierced about five years ago, but before that there were a number of attempts including once having it pierced in the office by a colleague with a home kit. I just don’t heal well! Hopefully this time next week I’ll still have two ears and ill post a picture for you.
“Wondering if the shop would notice if this went missing”.
MOZ and I went for a meal at a fave London pub which also does great Thai food. Just before we left, I popped to the loo. When I returned there was a strange bag on the seat I had been sitting on and a women squeezing between the tables. It seems that the women had asked if we were leaving, but didn’t want to wait for us to actually vacate before starting to park her wide load.
“It would have been wrong not to!”.
I should have picked up her bag, replanted my cheeks against the material and left a smell that really would have put Thai food for ever.
“Writing this shiz, while watching Jodie”. My Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching:
“12 Monkeys”, (S1, ep 1). “Click”, (TX: 06/10/18). “Doctor Who”, (S37/S11, ep 1). “Drowning In Plastic”, (TX: 01/10/18). “Fraser”, (S1, ep 3, ep 24)(S2, ep 1 & ep 2). “Have I Got News For You”, (S56, ep 2, TX: 12/10/18). “Horizon 2018”, (ep 8, TX: 04/10/18)(ep 9, TX: 10/10/18). “King Of Thieves”, (2018). “Krypton”, (S1, ep 9 & ep 10). “Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World Of Maths”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 10/10/18). “MARVEL: Iron Fist”, (S2, ep 5 to ep 10). “Mediterranean With Simon Reeves”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 07/10/18). “Motorway Life In The Fast Lane”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 09/09/14)(ep 2, TX: 16/09/14). “Stacey Dooley Investigates”, (TX: 08/10/18). “The Apprentice”, (S14, ep 2, TX: 10/10/18). “The Apprentice: You’re Fired”, (S13, ep 2, TX: 10/10/18). “The Graham Norton Show”, (S24, ep 2, TX: 05/10/18)(ep 3, TX: 12/10/18). “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (S2 (S5), ep 7, TX: 12/10/18). “The Great British Bake Off”, (S2 (S9), ep 7, TX: 09/10/18). “The Great Model Railway Challenge”, (S1, ep 1, TX: 05/10/18)(ep 2, TX: 12/10/18). “The Last Leg”, (S15, ep 1, TX: 12/10/18). “This Country: The Aftermath”, (TX: 10/10/18). “Walking Britain’s Lost Railway’s”, (S1, ep 3, TX: 05/10/18)(ep 4, TX: 12/10/18).
This week I have mainly been listening to:
“Anti Social Show”, (ep 60, 05/10/18). “BBFC”, (ep 32, 03/09/15)(ep 54, 13/07/16)(ep 55, 28/07/16)(ep 62, 06/12/16)(ep 65, 28/02/17). “Chasing Earhart”, (ep 62, 06/10/18). “Griefcast”, (ep 54, 10/10/18). “Iain Lee (Bonus)”, (09/10/18). “Iain Lee (Highlights)”, (05/09 x 2, 08/10, 09/10, 10/10/18). “In Poor Taste”, (ep 39, 23/02/16)(ep 40, 08/03/16)(ep 41, 07/04/16)(ep 42, 25/04/16)(ep 43, 12/05/16). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (11/10/18). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (06/09, 12/10/18). “Quick Question”, (S2, ep 11 (ep 25) 08/10/18). “Skeptiod”, (ep 605, 09/01/18)(ep 606, 16/01/18)(ep 644, 09/10/18). “Soundtracking With Edith Bowman”, (ep 109, 08/10/18). “Strange Times”, (ep 279, 07/10/18). “Morrissey”, “Skunk Anansie”, “ELO”, “Lady Gaga”, “Lorde”, “Electric Six”, “David Gray”, “PJ Harvey”, “MGMT”.