December 4, 2011

25 Days: The Christmas Invasion

Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion (2005) David Tennant, Billie Piper

My lovely friends Laura and Stacey joined me this weekend for a ladies night of TV viewing, including the Doctor Who episode The Christmas Invasion. Afterward we reflected a bit on how we feel about the episode now and how we felt the first time we saw it. Stacey told us the story of watching it for the first time when she was living in D.C. How it was her first-ever episode of Doctor Who, and how she fell instantly in love. Laura and I, who’d watched the show before then, talked about the experience of losing one beloved Doctor and gaining another. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 3, 2011

Christmas Bonus: Your Goose is Cooked

Here’s a Christmas bonus for you all. Stacey and Larry insisted on watching Adventures of Robin Hood: The Christmas Goose as part of my 25 Days of Christmas. I argued that there was no way I would be including it in my official 25 Days programming, but knowing that it would turn out to be awful, and that reading about awful shows is always more fun than reading about good ones, I invited Stacey to write a guest post about it. Here is that post. —DocSmartypants

Last night, Larry, Sonja, and I watched “Robin Hood: Christmas Goose.” I would tell you details about the year this was made and who starred in it, but truthfully it’s not important. Year it was made: Before the invention of things like “plot” and “witty banter.” Who stars in it: People from before the invention of “actors.” Read the rest of this entry »

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November 30, 2011

25 Days of Christmas

Every year ABC Family hypes its popular “25 Days of Christmas” schedule, during which it airs an odd grab bag of Christmas programs and generic “family friendly” films from December 1st through 25th. This year’s offerings include a bevy of non-Christmas options, such as Harry Potter, Finding Nemo, and Aladdin, as well as seasonal “favorites” like Holiday in Handcuffs, A Very Pink Christmas, and Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.

What they don’t seem to have is anything I actually want to watch. The classic films, the special episodes, the weird-yet-wonderful programs of my youth… Where is White Christmas? Where is Scrooged? Where is Miracle on 34th Street? Where is the outrage, people? Well, it’s here. This is me, as outraged as I am willing to get over this issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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