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

Time travel's awesome, isn't it? I've got to do it more often.

Dec 29 2018
Time travel's awesome, isn't it? I've got to do it more often.

I did it today! I dropped back under 260! It will take a few more days of consistency in order to drop the moving average below that point, but I am very very pleased right now. I also did one hundred push-ups as per usual, the question is whether I can repeat on two hundred sit-ups tomorrow morning? Hopefully... Also, today I watched a particularly good episode of Sarah Jane Adventures that included a plot line with Lady Jane Grey, and you know I'm a sucker for historicals.

Lost in Time - Parts 1 & 2

(TARDIS Data Core recap)

The setup for this story has Sarah Jane, Rani, and Clyde checking out a mysterious shop where someone claims to have seen an alien. The whole thing turns out to be a ruse by the enigmatic Shopkeeper (and a parrot named Captain who may or may not actually be in charge), who proceeds to send the trio to different points in time in order to recover three different artifacts crafted from WhateverMetal forged from the time vortex and which threaten to destroy the Earth's timeline.

Sarah Jane gets the most boring story, a trip back to the late 19th century and a haunted mansion. Lots of blah running around with a random ghost hunter, there are a pair of children who are going to burn to death in the future, and the artifact turns out to be the key to the locked door that needs to be opened in order to rescue the children.jj

Clyde gets a pretty decent story, a trip to the English shore in 1942 with a secret Nazi invasion. The plot has some minor echoes with the excellent Curse of Fenric, but the similarities have more to do with setting than with any actual plot points. The artifact turns out to be a piece of the Nazi WhateverRadioWeapon.

Rani, though, gets the absolute best story, a trip to the Tower of London on July 19, 1553 on the ninth and final day of rule as Queen by Lady Jane Grey, a.k.a. the Nine Days' Queen. Rani strikes up an unlikely friendship with the Queen, as Lady Jane faces her own ouster when the Privy Council declares Mary as Queen instead. This is, to say the least, a pivotal moment in the history of England and exactly the kind of story that Doctor Who was created to tell in the first place. Amber Beattie is spectacular as the doomed Queen, and Anjil Mohindra gives her best performance to date in her role as Rani (having finally been given some real meat to work with as an actress). I loved, loved, loved this storyline. The artifact turns out to be the blade that is used in an attempted assassination of Lady Jane by one of her closest friends, and what at first appears to be a betrayal turns out actually to be a (misguided) attempt to bolster the strength of Lady Jane's Protestant supporters by turning her into a martyr. There is just so much packed into this plot line, and done so well that I kind of which that it had been its own story without having to contend with the other threads. Even so, it was very well done and exactly what I love best about Doctor Who in general.

So yeah, a good day all around. Tomorrow is the season finale for the fourth series of the show, and then I just have the three stories from the show's tragically-aborted fifth series. I have to say, where Torchwood became a real slog the Sarah Jane Adventures has for the most part been a joy to watch. I expect I will be shedding a few tears on Wednesday when it is all over.

STATS:

Featuring: Sarah Jane Smith, Clyde Langer, Rani Chandra
Episode(s): Lost in Time - Parts 1 & 2
Steps Walked: 7,362 today, 4,194,138 total
Distance Walked: 3.75 miles today, 2,195.62 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 100 today, 9,400 total
Sit-ups Completed: 0 today, 2,465 total
Weight: 261.40 lbs (five day moving average), net change -45.90 lbs


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