I set another personal record on the treadmill today, going 4.4 miles in my 55 minute workout -- a full tenth of a mile farther than my previous record. At this point I am up to 4.8 mph and it has not begun to cross over yet from a walk to a jog. Being 6'2" I have a pretty long stride. I expect that at some point soon I am going to hit the point where I am running instead of walking, which will be an interesting wall to break through. I am starting to ponder what I will do when I finish this project, and while initially I figured I would just move on to Torchwood and/or The Sarah Jane Adventures, perhaps I might take a break from the treadmill and switch to running while listening to Big Finish audio dramas. We'll see. I still have several months before I reach that point.
In the meantime, let's talk Doctor Who.
The Androids of Tara - Parts 1 & 2
(TARDIS Data Core recap)
Ah, the poor Doctor. Forever wanting to take a nice vacation, and forever getting roped into some local drama instead. In this story he tries valiantly, sending Romana off on her own to recover the fourth segment of the Key to Time on the bucolic planet of Tara while he heads down to the river to go fishing. Surprisingly, Romana easily finds the key segment right away (surprising not because of her skill level, but because every other story in this arc has had the artifact finally revealed at the end -- ten minutes into the new story, and the piece is already successfully located). Unfortunately, she promptly gets herself kidnapped immediately thereafter by the Count Grendel of Gracht. Meanwhile, the Doctor gets press-ganged into the service of Grendel's rival Prince Reynart. At first blush the setting for this story is roughly Medieval, except that these noblemen and knights have electric swords and operate androids, so the technology level is kind of all over the map.
Romana, as it turns out, is the spitting image of Princess Strella, whom Grendel already holds as a prisoner. There is a whole political drama thing about Reynart being on the cusp of becoming King, and Grendel plotting to kill him and assume the throne. Reynart has an android Doppelganger, which the Doctor is forced to repair, and initially Romana had been mistaken as an android Doppelganger of Princess Strella. By the end of the second episode the Reynart Life Model Decoy (LMD) has become king, and someone who might be Romana, or might be Princess Strella, or might be another LMD, has pledged allegiance to the new king.
The whole thing is clearly a riff on The Prisoner of Zenda, but with robots. Thus far it has been a lightly entertaining piece of fluff. Nothing very memorable, but well-made and engaging enough as it goes by. I gather by the end of the story Mary Tamm will have played four different roles, so that's entertaining in and of itself.
After yesterday's stupid space trial, I am more than happy to meander along with amusing fluff, It surely beats the alternative.
Companion(s): Romana, K9
Episode(s): The Androids of Tara - Parts 1 & 2
Steps Walked: 7,648 today, 1,704,123 total
Distance Walked: 4.40 miles today, 856.09 miles total
Weight: 252.26 lbs (five day moving average), net change -55.04 lbs