It’s been mentioned by the creators of the television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones that a central theme of this story is family. Indeed, the principal houses involved in the political scene of Westeros are families. Re-watching the series again recently (with my parents, who are hooked now! =P) reinforced this notion in my mind. There are different types of families featured over the course of this series–some close, some not-so-healthy, but at the end of the day, they’re family.
Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched the first season of the HBO series or if you haven’t read the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire!
Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)
It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.
He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.
Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.
The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…
Coming out of Series 6 feeling confused and letdown after the tightly-written and highly-entertaining Series 5, I didn’t have very high expectations about this Christmas episode. After seeing the first trailer with the obvious use of elements from The Chronicles of Narnia, I was left even less enthused. Nonetheless, I sat down to watch it with my family and was entertained enough by the episode. The following review contains some spoilers from the episode!
So as some of you may have noticed on my Twitter, I’ve recently gotten into watching Doctor Who. I started watching it in chunks because I was finishing up my thesis at the time, but I watched the episodes out of order (as we didn’t get the DVDs in order). I’m almost completely caught up, though I have a good chunk of series 3 to go. In the meantime, I got around to watching Matt Smith’s two Christmas specials as the Doctor today with my family =)
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (2010)
Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way the Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser, in a festive edition of the time-travelling adventure, written by Steven Moffat. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?
I don’t think I really post about television shows here on this blog, especially given as I don’t watch that much television these days beyond British TV and miniseries (and The Good Wife, but I’m not caught up with that show this season). But maybe that will change in the coming year ^_~
I’ve been a fan of Misfits since last year; I forgot how I came across it but I caught up with the show while I was in Trento. The balance between dark humour, irony and drama has been pretty amazing with this show, which is probably the reason why I like it so much. I was shocked about Robert Sheehan left and that a new and proper character was going to be introduced to fill his spot (unlike the new guy back in series 2 who could teleport—we all know what happened to that guy), but given the nature of some of the more prominent British television shows out there (Skins and Doctor Who), a cast shake-up made sense so I wasn’t going to write off the show or anything. And I’m glad I did tune in to series 3.
Major spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched series 3!