Saturday, 30 April 2011


Doctor Who
32x02 Day of the Moon
32x02a Prequel to The Curse of the Black Spot
Enjoyed that notably more than the first part. Might seem an obvious eventuality to like the concluding part more -- it's the one with all the answers and resolutions, after all -- but sometimes the setup is better than the pay-off (and that's happened a couple of times in nuWho, I think). Plus it was hardly overburdened with answers -- plenty left for the mid-season finale, and probably the eventual season finale too. And for the immediate time, that was a helluva cliffhanger! I'd guessed a few possibilities, but certainly not that one.
As for the prequel... much like the last one, it's little more than a scene-setting teaser trailer. But really, what did you expect? This is why the TARDISodes failed as well: if they added anything too significant, they'd have to be in the episodes themselves. Ah well, it's still atmospheric 'n' that.
[Watch Day of the Moon (again) in HD on iPlayer, and the Prequel to The Curse of the Black Spot on the official Doctor Who website.]

Doctor Who Confidential
6x02 Breaking the Silence
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

Five Minutes With...
(30/4/11 edition)
Entirely random and unintentional bit of viewing, this: I happened to turn BBC One on during their shared broadcast with BBC News as this episode was starting, and Patrick Stewart drew me in. Other interviewees were musician Plan B, film and theatre director Richard Eyre, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, and music producer Pete Waterman.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Game of Thrones
1x02 The Kingsroad
Some critics have been bigging up the notion that Game of Thrones contains complex characters which leaves the audience's opinions and allegiances shifting about who is good and who is evil. While I wouldn't disagree entirely, I think by this point it's pretty clear cut who are the heroes and who are the villains. Some characters have already committed the unforgivable, and I look forward to their punishment hopefully.

Yes, Prime Minister
1x01 The Grand Design

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

This week I've delayed the update to Saturday, thanks to the glut of Bank Holidays and consequent postal delays. Despite that, there's just one new title this week, but there's also the monthly running time update. Thrilling stuff.

Number of titles in collection: 1,302 [up 1]
Of which DVDs: 1,107 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 195 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 3,233 [up 1]
Number of films in collection: 1,369 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes in collection: 4,810 [no change]

Plus this week it's time for a running time update, so...

Total running time of collection (approx.):
231 days, 20 hours, and 23 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 1 hour, and 28 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.