One fat geek's SUCCESSFUL attempt to regenerate into a not-so-fat geek by watching the entirety of Doctor Who while walking on a treadmill

All Roads Lead to a Roman Holiday

All Roads Lead to a Roman Holiday

It may not feature Gregory Peck or Audrey Hepburn, but today's new story The Romans is the first time a major actor (Derek Francis) actually requested to be on Doctor Who. It is also the first story to have intentional comedic elements, although there is most certainly a dramatic plot as well. I know what you are thinking: British actors wearing togas and performing as ancient Roman characters? Will wonders never cease!

Let's talk about that.

So Much Entendre!

So Much Entendre!

Here's a bit of trivia for you: The second part of today's story, Desperate Measures was the very first episode of Doctor Who to become one of the ten most-watched shows of the week when it originally aired. In fact, it is one of the highest-charting episodes of the entire 50+ year run of the show. After the last story's farewell to Susan, this story introduces a new traveling companion -- Vicki (no last name, and not short for Victoria, just Vicki). It's a tight little tale that does everything it needs to and nothing it doesn't. It also had two unintentional moments that spoke directly to my inner twelve-year-old.

Let's talk about that.

Exterminate! Also: Mazel Tov to Susan and David!

Exterminate! Also: Mazel Tov to Susan and David!

Today marks the one-month anniversary of the start of this project. In that month I have lost more than 10 1/2 lbs, walked more than eighty miles, and watched ten complete stories spread across fifty one individual episodes. How's that for a successful venture? I am really quite pleased.

Also, today marked the end of The Dalek invasion of Earth, as well as the first departure of a companion as well as perhaps the single most defining monolog of William Hartnel's time as the Doctor.

Let's talk about that.

Madame Guillotine Takes a New Lover

Madame Guillotine Takes a New Lover

The last episodes of the last story of the first season! And, I forgot to mention, the first story I have watched that uses animation to replace missing episodes. In this case, episodes 4 and 5 of The Reign of Terror are still missing from the archives, although the complete audio recordings remain. On the whole I thought the animation was well done, although some of the rotoscoping seemed a bit off to me. Anyway, today was the big finish (in more ways than one).

Let's talk about that.

In and Out of Prison. Oh, and In Again.

In and Out of Prison. Oh, and In Again.

I really didn't want to get on the treadmill today. I had a very late night of work with a recalcitrant software release, and this morning I just didn't feel up to it. It is only out of my commitment to you, my imaginary readers, that got me up and walking. So, thank you. You may only be a polite fiction I have created in my mind, but you surely do keep me motivated. 

As for today's viewing, let's talk about that.

Savor the Sting of Madame Guillotine

Savor the Sting of Madame Guillotine

I will readily admit that most of my knowledge about the French Revolution comes from The Scarlet Pimpernel. I would  have said Les Miserables, but I am at least geeky enough to know that is set during the June Rebellion several decades after the Revolution. Given how much I have enjoyed the First Doctor's historical episodes so far, I was quite looking forward to beginning The Reign of Terror this morning. Happily, I was not disappointed.

Let's talk about that.

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