Saturday, April 17, 2010

Doctor Who Series 5 Debuts Tonight on BBC America

"He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And...he's wonderful."
Doctor Who Series 3, 'The Family of Blood'

I don't watch a lot of TV, but since I'm so selective with my TV time, I tend to be very passionate about the shows that I watch. After The X-Files ended in 2001, I didn't have an appointment show, one that I never miss and will drop everything to watch. The X-Files was "My Show" and I didn't think I'd ever love another television series that much. That changed in 2007 when a friend recommended the new series of Doctor Who. I requested the first two seasons from Netflix and promptly fell in love. I had a show that I could call "My Show" again.

Doctor Who
has a bit of everything: It's quirky, witty, and fun but the show balances light and dark with quite a bit of dramatic and emotional storytelling. It would be easier for me to list off the few episodes that I didn't absolutely love than it would be to narrow down a single favorite episode. Since this is a book blog, I feel obligated to mention "The Unquiet Dead", in which Charles Dickens figures prominently; "The Unicorn and the Wasp", a sheer delight for Agatha Christie fans; and "Silence in the Library" / "Forest of the Dead", a two-parter that takes place in a planet-sized library. ("The Library. So big it doesn't need a name; just a great big 'the'", the Doctor notes.)

Tonight marks the US premiere of Series 5, which introduces Matt Smith as the new Doctor. I loved David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, but I can't wait to see what Matt Smith brings to the role. I am beyond excited for new adventures with the Doctor. If you've never seen an episode of Doctor Who, I'd encourage you to tune in. Even though this will be the fifth season since the series re-launched in 2005, it's said to be an accessible starting point to the show.

Doctor Who airs on Saturdays at 9/8 Central on BBC America. If, like me, you don't have BBC America but subscribe to Comcast, you can watch new episodes of Doctor Who the day after they originally air from the On Demand menu. Press the On Demand button, select TV Entertainment > BBC America > Doctor Who and you're good to go. (Thanks to Ruth Anderson, a dear friend, fellow book blogger and Doctor Who fan for that tip!)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday Salon: Happy Easter!

The Sunday
I hope everyone is having a pleasant Easter weekend. I'm enjoying a peaceful weekend while recovering from outpatient surgery. I think I mentioned a date for my surgery in my previous post. It was postponed due to the record snow we had here on the East Coast, and I finally got my surgery done this past Friday. The procedure went extremely well and I feel very thankful to have had such a positive experience.

This weekend has become sort of an unofficial Sherlock Holmes festival for me. I've watched the new Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey, Jr. (which I thoroughly enjoyed) as well as an old favorite, Young Sherlock Holmes. (Did you know that Young Sherlock Holmes, originally released in 1985, was the first movie to feature a completely computer-generated character?) I'm also reading the last half of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Veiled Detective by David Stuart Davies, which puts an interesting spin on the much-beloved Sherlock Holmes stories. Look for a review soon.

Speaking of Sherlock Holmes, I've had some inquiries about what I intend to do with The Baker Street Challenge, my Sherlock Holmes-themed reading challenge. I plan to get challenge blog updated for 2010 in the next few days. This year the challenge will officially run from May to December, but any books meeting the requirements read before May can be counted toward the challenge. I have a pile of Sherlock Holmes themed books waiting to be read. The hardest part is going to be choosing what order to read them.

My 5K training has been going very well. I've been taking longer walks lately, and have been pleasantly surprised to see increased muscle tone in my legs. For the first time in several years, I won't cringe at the thought of wearing shorts when summer comes around. My first 5K event takes place in two weeks and I'm eager to put all my hard work to the test.