December 19th, 2007


Doctor Who / Torchwood

I spent the afternoon and early evening watching Torchwood Season 2 Episode 1 and the Doctor Who Christmas Special at a special screening in London. Followed (and preluded) by drinks with various members of the BBC crew and other company reps who have licenses based upon the Whoverse brand (Hornby/Airfix, Character Options, Doctor Who Magazines, G E Fabri (?), etc).

I won't (and can't) talk about the shows themselves except to say that I really enjoyed the opening episode of Torchwood Season 2 - it has some great one liners and James Marsters is a great special guest. The script is really well written and certainly pays homage to a few things throughout (you'll know what when you watch it). The other great thing is that due to the success of Torchwood in the States it'll be screening over there a week or two behind the UK shows.

The Doctor Who Christmas Special is also a treat. David Tennant is possibly my favourite Doctor to date. He really grew on me - although I'm sad that Martha is no longer his companion, but we'll see how Season 4 pans out. Kylie, and a host of old British actors, are in the show which wll certainly keep people entertained next Tuesday evening.

After the show I ended up chatting to Richard Stokes, the producer of Torchwood, for quite a while about the series, our plans for the Doctor Who RPG and various odds and bobs and he was very interested in the RPG idea (along with many of the people from the series actually). He's also a past RPGer himself so knew exactly what we were talking about.

You can feel the buzz surroudning everyone involved with the Whoverse. All those involved with the shows - and the licenses - are so visibly keen and endeared to them it's really inspiring. The teams they have working on Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures really love their work and I think it shows through on the finished product.

A great afternoon and evening spent. I look forward to comparing notes with everyone once the shows have been screened :)
Old Friend


The downpoint of the day was returning home to find that our landlord is not renewing our contract in February. He's intending on moving in to the house himself so Dave, Jade and myself are having to move on and find ourselves a new place to call home.

We've all agreed we'd like to carry on living with each other - and in the same general location (Camden up to Woodside Park - preferrably Finchely Central or Highgate). So the hunt begins.

I'm going to talk to the landlord tomorrow to find out if February is an unmovable fixed date or if we might be able to stay for an extra month or two whilst we sort things out. If it's just a case of him moving in then it might be possible. If it's a case of his wife is pregnant and they want to be in before the birth - then obviously time is more of an essence.

It's going to be a real shame to leave this house. It really felt like a 'home' and, as anyone who's been here can verify, it's really large, warm and would be spacous if it wasn't for all my things in the living room :p

I've lived here for 4 years - which is a long time in the same place for me - and have some great memories here.

Bugger :(