Has anyone else read anything by Jasper Fforde (a pseudonym)? His four novels about Thursday Next - the greatest woman detective - are a little bit Raymond Chandler, a little bit Douglas Adams, clever, funny and a great read. I am astonished they are not much more popular than they are. Get the first one in the series - The Eyre Affair. You will fall in love.
I haven't written any play reviews lately. The Rose Tattoo at the National was just awful and Pinter's Caretaker at the Tricycle was really, really stunning. I find Pinter so hard to watch sometimes and when it's well done in a small theatre it's overwhelming. The actors were killer. One of them was the guy James Bond stabs at the Bodyworks Exhibit in Casino Royale.
There's a thing going on in London theatre - plays either seem to be hyper-real - like written from transcripts of proceedings (Blair's indictment at the Tricycle now) or abstract - unreal. I think the great and the good tire of the standard Irish kitchen sink dramas.
In my opinion David Tennant is the best Dr. Who ever. The grace! The alacrity! The intelligent eyes! Also the writing and effects have improved dramatically since the days of yore. When I was a kid and visited England I always liked the idea of Dr. Who but the actual episodes could be quite boring. Not now.
Swann1719 wrote: In my opinion David Tennant is the best Dr. Who ever.
That explains it! Haven't had the chance to see Tennant's doctor as yet. We're getting the Christopher Eccleston doctor. While I really haven't the time to watch a full episode, if it looked promising, I would find the time (or tape it).
I agree the Baker stuff was kinda cheesy, but I enjoyed the simplicity and especially his portrayal. Davison's sets were better, but the storylines were plodding.
The best is an episode with DT as Dr. Who in England in 1600. It turns out the Globe Theatre has been built according to the specs of an evil alien race (who look remarkably like the three witches in MacBeth) as a portal through which they will come and destroy the earth. Dr. Who enlists the aid of Shakespeare. Great television.