Saturday, 30 October 2010


Lots today, including Sarah Jane guest starring the Doctor. But first...

1x01 The Undefeated
Apparently Colditz hasn't been shown on UK TV for 15 years, and next month's DVD release is the first time it's been out on DVD too. And there I was thinking it was popular. Still, it makes it understandable why Yesterday have made such a fuss about this repeat run, currently showing weeknightly at 10.
Episode one (which actually features no scenes whatsoever at the titular prison) is very of its time in terms of pace and style. Though that's not necessarily a bad thing -- look how much I loved The Sandbaggers, for instance -- it'll take a few more episodes for it to settle in and for me to decide what I really think.

Due South
1x03 Diefenbaker's Day Off [2nd watch]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Have I Got News For You
40x03 (28/10/10 edition; extended repeat)
[Watch the extended version (again) on iPlayer.]

The Mentalist
3x03 The Blood On His Hands
[Watch it (again) on Demand Five.]

Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
2x06 Leeds [season finale]
Please make it 45 minutes again! Everyone was very good tonight, but all were cut off far too quickly.

The Sarah Jane Adventures
4x05 Death of the Doctor Part One
4x06 Death of the Doctor Part Two
I think it's safe to say this is the story everyone's been waiting for (and I'm sure it got higher ratings because of it), as the new Doctor meets not only Sarah Jane but also another former companion, Jo Grant, and Russell T Davies writes for the 11th Doctor for the first time.
And it certainly paid off, both in excitement and emotion -- Sarah Jane's speech at the end, about the fates of other companions, was (for this Who fan, at least) incredibly moving. It also ably proves why a) all Who fans should be watching SJA, and b) why, for all the Moffat-love, RTD's departure is a loss to the series.
[Watch parts one and two, or a compilation of both, on iPlayer.]