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

You just think I'm nice or sensible, but really it's war. I'm always at war.

Jan 30 2019
You just think I'm nice or sensible, but really it's war. I'm always at war.

I took Monday off from working out, mostly by accident. I had intended to get on the treadmill over lunch but then got pulled away and was never able to make up the time. Tuesday, on the other hand, I tried Hot Yoga for the first time in several years. I gotta tell ya, an hour on the treadmill? No problem. An hour of hot yoga? Holy cow that kicks my butt. Needless to say, I am going back again tomorrow for another session. In the meantime, I watched the third episode of Class today.

Before I get into today's episode I want to talk about the opening title sequence. Check this thing out:

After the blah credits for The Sarah Jane Adventures and the painful theme music for K9, this title sequence is a real delight. I like the song, I like the imagery, and it takes on more and more meaning as you get to know the characters. I am definitely loving it.


(TARDIS Data Core recap)

This story was originally broadcast a few days before Halloween, and it is an absolute horror show (and I mean that in the best possible way). The crux of the story centers around Tanya on the second anniversary of her father's sudden death by stroke. Two years on and she still misses him horribly, more so than her mother or brothers who are certainly still grieving but who have all moved on a bit. In any case, in the middle of the night Tanya's dead father appears in her bedroom -- with a slimy tentacle running from his back and out the window. He spends most of the episode trying to convince her that it really is him, that he has come to remove her pain, and all she has to do is reach out to him.

At the same time, all over London, the same tentacles are running every which way and all seem to end in a PodPerson who claims to be the resurrection of a dead loved one. Anyone who actually makes physical contact is immediately dragged away, with the PodPeople being some kind of pitcher-plant lure. Poor Ram is visited by his dead girlfriend. Miss Quill is visited by her dead sister. It's just tentacles and PodPeople all over the damn place.

Not surprisingly, all of the tentacles lead back to a main trunk coming through the Bunghole of Time over at Coal Hill Academy. It is a singular alien that thrives upon grief, and it has fixed upon Tanya as being the perfect human through which to gain enough power to permanently plant itself and devour the planet. So, you know, same old same old.

Ultimately Tanya reaches out to PodPersonDad, but instead of grief she transmits righteous fury at her father leaving her and her family. That's not quite enough to defeat it, though, until the resourceful Miss Quill steals a double-decker bus and drives it through the trunk line.

Oh, and there was also a gay sex scene between Charlie and Matteusz. It was well done and surprisingly tasteful. That's not a first for Doctor Who, as Torchwood had blown through that wall years earlier, but it was a little bit surprising none the less.

Three episodes in, and I am loving this show. Having a singular writer certainly makes a big difference in story cohesion and character development from episode to episode, and the production value is light years ahead of the last two spinoffs I watched. I am kinda bummed I only get eight episodes.


Companion(s): Charlie Smith, Matteusz Andrzejewski, April McLean, Ram Singh, Tanya Adeola, Miss Quill
Episode(s): Nightvisiting
Steps Walked: 7,640 today, 4,350,677 total
Distance Walked: 4.12 miles today, 2,276.92 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 0 today, 10,400 total
Sit-ups Completed: 200 today, 4,665 total
Weight: 264.68 lbs (five day moving average), net change -42.62 lbs


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