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4th-Nov-2016 09:32 pm - Thoughts: The Moonstone (2016)

The BBC broadcast an adaptation of The Moonstone this week. Before I watched it, I wasn't sure why they felt the need to; the 1996 version seemed perfectly adequate to me. Now, having watched it... I'm of pretty much the same opinion.

This one was longer (almost twice as long) but still didn't reintroduce all the elements that were cut in the 1996 version. It strayed rather further from the text (for example, giving Lady Verinder a deathbed scene with Rachel; very Victorian-novel, but not in the book or the 1996 version) and felt a little padded here and there. Perhaps because they weren't able to realise Rosanna's death on screen, there was instead an interpolated scene with Franklin Blake nearly drowning that went on for ages and advanced the plot not one iota.

As to the cast... well, they weren't bad, but a lot of them weren't on the level of the 1996 version. Which, given the 1996 version had the likes of Antony Sher, Peter Vaughan, Lesley Sharp, Greg Wise and Keeley Hawes, perhaps isn't such a surprise.

(I haven't seen the 1972 version, but looking on IMDB I see that the wicked Colonel was played by Colin Baker. And that there was a 1959 version where he was played by none other than Barry Letts, but that's probably long been consigned to the flames).

11th-Oct-2014 09:57 pm - Mummy on the Orient Express
john_amend_all: (wiztardis)
I can hardly wait.
— me, 26 June 2010.

Well, it's happened, And I wasn't disappointed.

ETA: Spoiler )


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11th-Oct-2014 09:57 pm - Mummy on the Orient Express
john_amend_all: (wiztardis)
I can hardly wait.
— me, 26 June 2010.

Well, it's happened, And I wasn't disappointed.

ETA: Spoiler )

4th-Oct-2014 10:02 pm - 'Kill the Moon'

It was preceded by a trailer for Casualty. Standard stuff, vehicle crash with no sound and a woman's voice singing. Except I'm positive that at one point, the words she was singing were "Oooooh Naaaaasty".

Regarding the episode proper: spoilers )


This entry was originally posted at http://john-amend-all.dreamwidth.org/103864.html. Feel free to comment there or here.

4th-Oct-2014 10:02 pm - 'Kill the Moon'
john_amend_all: (gia)

It was preceded by a trailer for Casualty. Standard stuff, vehicle crash with no sound and a woman's voice singing. Except I'm positive that at one point, the words she was singing were "Oooooh Naaaaasty".

Regarding the episode proper: spoilers )

24th-Nov-2013 12:04 am - Anniversary Specials reaction post
john_amend_all: (crichtardis)

I was rewatching Silver Nemesis the other day. Strange to think episode 1's now closer in time to An Unearthly Child than the present.

Anyway, this constitutes a bundled reaction post to various of the anniversary programmes, in my usual hail-of-bullets style.

An Adventure In Space And Time ) The Day Of The Doctor ) After-Show Party ) The Five-Ish Doctors )

Also, today my copy of The Enemy of the World came. Yay!
This entry was originally posted at http://john-amend-all.dreamwidth.org/78369.html. Feel free to comment there or here.

24th-Nov-2013 12:04 am - Anniversary Specials reaction post
john_amend_all: (crichtardis)

I was rewatching Silver Nemesis the other day. Strange to think episode 1's now closer in time to An Unearthly Child than the present.

Anyway, this constitutes a bundled reaction post to various of the anniversary programmes, in my usual hail-of-bullets style.

An Adventure In Space And Time ) The Day Of The Doctor ) After-Show Party ) The Five-Ish Doctors )

Also, today my copy of The Enemy of the World came. Yay!

18th-May-2013 08:03 pm - The Name of the Doctor: Clara
I just watched The Name of the Doctor. And had some thoughts relating to Clara. Spoilers )
This entry was originally posted at http://john-amend-all.dreamwidth.org/67933.html. Feel free to comment there or here.
18th-May-2013 08:03 pm - The Name of the Doctor: Clara
john_amend_all: (ulkesh)
I just watched The Name of the Doctor. And had some thoughts relating to Clara. Spoilers )
9th-Apr-2013 11:09 pm - Big Finish: Zoe Trilogy

When Big Finish were having their sale of Zoe-centric Companion Chronicles (Echoes of Grey, The Memory Cheats and The Uncertainty Principle) a few weeks ago, I bought them, and I've been listening to them driving to and from work.

Overall thoughts (spoiler-lite) )

Below this point, spoilers for each CC.

Echoes of Grey ) The Memory Cheats ) The Uncertainty Principle )
This entry was originally posted at http://john-amend-all.dreamwidth.org/65791.html. Feel free to comment there or here.
9th-Apr-2013 11:09 pm - Big Finish: Zoe Trilogy
john_amend_all: (zoe)

When Big Finish were having their sale of Zoe-centric Companion Chronicles (Echoes of Grey, The Memory Cheats and The Uncertainty Principle) a few weeks ago, I bought them, and I've been listening to them driving to and from work.

Overall thoughts (spoiler-lite) )

Below this point, spoilers for each CC.

Echoes of Grey ) The Memory Cheats ) The Uncertainty Principle )
john_amend_all: (ironduke)
Merry Christmas, flist. Hope you all have/had a great day.

The automated Dreamwidth crosspost seems to have failed; I don't know whether it'll subsequently retry, but until it does or I manually repost it, you can find my first reactions to The Snowmen here (major spoilers, so don't click the link if you haven't watched the episode).
john_amend_all: (ironduke)

Merry Christmas, flist. Hope you all have/had a great day.

First thoughts on The Snowmen are below the cut. Major spoilers )

john_amend_all: (weeping angel)
I think my favourite new series companion departure story is still Doomsday. With this one, I got the feeling...

Disjointed thoughts and spoilers )
22nd-Sep-2012 08:14 pm - The Power Of Three
That seemed awfully familiar in some ways... Spoilers for The Power Of Three. )
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