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Penguin book/Doctor Who
Remember a couple of months ago I signed up for a free Penguin book? Well after the first month of not getting anything in the post I thought that maybe my being in Australia was the reason I didn't get it, and Penguin just hadn't made it clear that the free book thing was only for UK residents. I wasn't particularly bothered about it though, since I hadn't paid for the book.

sarah (in Belgium) recently posted asking whether anyone had got their book yet. Well, mine arrived in the post today. So there's hope! It's just a matter of waiting for the book to make it through the tangled web of international post. Even if it takes two and a half months.

So, Doctor Who this week. What of it?

I knew this would be good when Ten totally made a reference to The Romans, my favourite One serial. They even made an effort to give some historical accuracy to it, or about as much historical accuracy as you can have when the plot concerns stone aliens living in Mount Vesuvius. In any case, Caecilius, Metella and Quintus are actual characters (I saw Caecilius' house in Pompeii omg!!). Evelina is not, and nice try on naming her too, but that is definitely not a Roman name. ;p If they were going to go with the traditional Roman way of naming one's children, Caecilius' daughter should be named Caecilia, since Caecilius is his nomen and Roman women were typically named after their father's nomen. But eh, that's peanuts when you're dealing with a sci-fi show's depiction of the ancient world.

The writer seems to have taken his cues from a few previous stories in New Who; Donna's conversation with Evelina sounded just like the one Rose had with Gwyneth in The Unquiet Dead. And the whole 'seers turning into stone' thing sounds like it might have been partly inspired by the Ten/Rose novel 'The Stone Rose', which was also set in ancient Rome.

I think overall I enjoyed the episode, but the writing seemed a little flat in places. Phil Davis' character suffered from this a bit, though his first exchange with Ten was fun. The bit that really made the episode for me was at the end, when Quintus gave thanks to the Lares. ROFLMAO, if I was an ancient Roman I would totally worship the cult of the Blue Box and its (Celtic) occupants! It might have been unintentional on the part of the writer, but the worship of the Doctor seemed oddly reminiscent of a cargo cult too, which I also liked.

Plan on watching more Torchwood tonight. Largely because in its infinite wisdom, Channel 7 have decided to show the Miss Universe Pageant in lieu of Boston Legal. *FACEPALM*

Current Mood: amused amused

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sarah From: sarah Date: July 14th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
It is strange that Belgium is right next door to the UK yet someone in Australia gets it before me in Belgium. Maybe it'll arrive tomorrow.
ciliandis From: ciliandis Date: July 14th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still say Con!Jack should've been there. As the one who sold the Tardis. XD
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: July 14th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I for one wouldn't argue with Jack in a toga. XD
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