—and if we let go…That’s who I am

I knew that even after one episode of the Doctor Who marathon there might have to be a tweak. I’d hoped to convince Emily to watch with me from THE VERY BEGINNING but she was having none of it. She was only interested in watching colour, but much more specifically from the 9th Doctor onwards. Inside a little bit of me died, but maybe this is a way for me to watch ‘classic’ who (I’m dropping the quotes from this point on) by watching at my leisure, and also doubling up by watching ‘new’ who at the same time.

My memories of Rose are vast and all mixed up with the various excitements about a new series coming back on air. When they first announced it back in November 2013 it was a teeny few paragraphs in Doctor Who Magazine and so prosaic that it reinforced the notion that this wasn’t actually really going to happen.

When Chris Eccleston was announced as the Doctor, it was my wife that told me, on a Saturday when she was still working for the lottery, she managed to ring me up and tell me. Little bit gutted that I wasn’t on the ball enough to find out for myself but there you go. Can’t remember how I felt about his casting. I DO REMEMBER hearing about Billie Pipers’ casting and probably with a lot of old school geeks being quietly mortified by this. No one really knew how good an actress she was and to many of us it just reinforced the silly idea that the BBC weren’t TAKING IT SERIOUSLY.

And then we saw some of the first set photos…and I just forgot my worries. This show was going to be Fantastic.

Watching it again tonight I noted a few observations:
  • Why do the first autons Rose meet try to kill her by hitting her? Why aren’t they shooting her?
  • Emily said the autons coming to life reminded her of Night at the Museum
  • Love the blue light effect of the sonic. Wish they’d had the money to carry on using that.
  • No fatalities on the news. What happened to Wilson’s body?
  • Still don’t like burping bin or plastic Mickey
  • Dr Rhemborg living plastic
  • Why does Clive leave the front door open? My wife would have killed me if I left the door open for her to shut whilst carrying a washing basket.
  • Would UNIT be interested in Clive poking around?
  • Would have been easier to whack the back of Mickey’s head than fire a cork at him
  • Missing hand rail in TARDIS. Can’t stop noticing this.
  • Love anti-plastic
  • Love the chameleon circuit explanation
  • Love the transmitter joke
  • Jackie drops a carrier bag on the escalator. Hope it didn’t jam.
  • Why are there more explosions in the building once the anti-plastic goes in?
  • Why does the bride dummies head just fall off in front of Jackie? Were they Autons or just dummies come to life. I’m confused. Real shop dummies would have better attachments for the head.
  • Doctor looked helpless with the auton holding onto him. He’s been a bit wimpish.
  • Did he go off and have a load of adventures before picking her up that second time?
  • Love next time trailer

Emily got a bit bored at around 20 minutes and did some Doctor Who yoga, then sat and kind of half-watched with Harry whilst playing Lego.

Favourite quote:

Do you know like we were saying? About the Earth revolving? It’s like when you’re a kid. The first time they tell you that the world’s turning and you just can’t quite believe it because everything looks like it’s standing still. I can feel it. {he grabs her hand} The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. And the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty-seven thousand miles an hour and I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me. Clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go… {he drops her hand}. That’s who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler. Go home.