The BAFTA awards…it’s always been the case that DW tends to get overlooked because it picks up Welsh BAFTAs, and that seemed to be happening here, though I still felt it was being eclipsed by Sherlock and wondered if critical backlash is working its way through. I never really expected Matt Smith to win the Best Actor award, in fact I would have been horrified if he had, but I was expecting Benedict C to pick it up. BC’s expression when the stage was taken over by a hoard of chavs from The Only Way is Essex was priceless! Anyway, brilliant to see such a nice, genuine guy as Martin Freeman do so well. (I have no problems whatsover with DW being eclipsed by Sherlock, BTW. Quite the reverse).
Couple of other DW-related things struck me. First, maybe because Scotland has its own BAFTAs, I was quite surprised that Single Father wasn’t mentioned at all. And when they did the tribute to those we lost in the previous year, lovely to see Lis Sladen but couldn’t they have picked a clip with the Brigadier in it as well?
Catherine Tate was there with her young daughter (who is very like her physically) – I thought that was very sweet.
The Doctor’s Wife has made me interested in Neil Gaiman’s other creative work and it seems that the Sandman series is the place to start, so I’ve duly started to work my way through Preludes and Nocturnes. I’ve never read a comic book or graphic novel before, other than the odd DW story in the magazine, so it seems rather odd to be starting now in my fifties. However, Sandman has a somewhat atypical audience – at least 50% female, apparently, and of those a fair number who have never read anything else in the genre.
It takes a while to get over the very dark horror. I’ve read that this does lighten up somewhat later on and that in some ways P&N isn’t the best one to start with anyway – Gaiman isn’t entirely happy with it, but the continuity is so complex to an outsider I’ve decided to stick to the publication order as far as possible. I’m intrigued by the many elements of myth that he incorporates and Morpheus/Dream does become a sympathetic character when you find out how badly his long imprisonment has affected him. So, not giving up yet (I like the idea of Death as a perky Goth girl kicking him up the backside, too – don’t these English fantasy writers love to deconstruct the old Grim Reaper, and has anyone ever done a PhD on Pratchett vs Gaiman’s concept of the character?). Would be interested to know if anyone else has tackled the series…
Also had a very spoilery thought about how The Almost People could tie into the series half-finale… it concerns a rumour based on the IMDB cast list…
So, we have a Jennifer who’s been duplicated and who seems to be getting close to Rory. And we have, apparently, a character called Jenny in A Good Man Goes to War. Coincidence? Just wondering.