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A special kind of Christmas

Here we are, on this third day of Christmas, and I finally got to see The Runaway Bride, since I'm sick with the flu and therefore at home and (mostly) abed instead of at the office, working.

I must say, it didn't disappoint; in fact, I thought it a lot more fun than last year's Christmas special. At first, with the RoboSantas and the Christmas tree, I thought 'oh here we go again', but then I got caught up in the action and the banter and I didn't really notice them anymore. The monster was a triumph of the makeup department and, in true new Dr. Who-fashion, ultimately vain and easily defeated (why do the baddies always insist on talking so much?). Catherine Tate's character turned out to be quite plucky and endearing, especially after her fiancé turned on her; and David Tennant's Doctor has become a sadder, much less shouty one, and after what happened to him and Rose, that can only be right.

I wonder if I'll watch the Sarah Jane-spin off on New Year's Day. I gave up on Torchwood after seeing two or three episodes, as I found I couldn't really care about any of the main characters, whether Owen snogs whatsherface or Ianto turns gay from one week to the next...but at least the trailer for the third Doctor Who-season looked interesting and I think I will tune in again.

Anyway, Christmas...what is there to say about Christmas? Mum had the flu, the kids had the flu, I've come down with the flu since - and this led to us having a quiet family Christmas, all without a tree, without presents, and without a Christmas dinner. It was different, and actually quite nice, in a way. Though I do hope next year, we'll have one with all the trimmings again.

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deborahw37
Dec. 27th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
Feel better soon

sorry you were ill over Christmas!
gamiila
Dec. 27th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
As it happens to be that time of year, I wonder how I've managed to stay relatively flu-free for so long. It's no biggie -- I get to have a few more days off that I hadn't counted on; shame I'm feeling miserable, but at least I won't have to go out into the cold and the rain and the sleet and stuff. Let's hope I'll be okay by New Year's, though. ;-)
spiralleds
Dec. 27th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
It took me about three times of reading paragraphs one and two to realize that The Runaway Bride was the name of the Dr. Who Christmas Special and that you weren't referring to the Gere/Roberts romantic comedy.

I'm such a dork.
gamiila
Dec. 27th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, of course! I'd quite forgotten about the Gere/Roberts flick of the same name, but now I can certainly see why you were confused.

Between you and me, as the title for the Dr. Who Christmas special, it isn't even that accurate, as the bride in question didn't actually run away, but was whisked away magically (or, as it turned out, magnetically) on her way to the altar. ;-)
spiralleds
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
You'd think if they were going to use such a familiar title, it should at least be accurate in some context. hrumph.
gamiila
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oh well, RTD -- not exactly known for his originality...But I agree with you on principle. ;-)
curiouswombat
Dec. 27th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry you are all feeling grotty - but I am glad that you had a good day anyway. Quiet for Christmas is really rather nice - but without the flu would have been better!.
gamiila
Dec. 27th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
A quiet Christmas was all we could muster this year; it was quite enjoyable but for the constant coughing and sneezing going on.
enigmaticblues
Dec. 28th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
*hugs* Hope you're feeling better soon!
gamiila
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear. I'm already much improved.
anonypooh
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:31 am (UTC)
Did the radio wake me up today saying David has announced this is his last season? I believe it did. Did you see Billie Piper in The Ruby in The Smoke last night .. with Runaway Bride's Lance too. I was disappointed in that (And miserable after that Born Equal drama I finally saw! :(!!) Tonight's BBC treatarama.. Dracula with Marc Warren CANNOT WAIT!!

Pants to the flu!

We need a holiday.

gamiila
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I missed it all: The Ruby in the Smoke didn't appeal to me and I can only stomach Dracula if it's Gary Oldman playing him.

Did the radio wake me up today saying David has announced this is his last season?

Maybe. The rumour has been going around for a couple of months now, fed by an interview in which he said that for himself, he knew when it would be time to go. Somehow the journo understood that to mean "DT quits at end of 3rd series!", and the fandom's been in a tizzy ever since. But if he goes, he goes, and good luck to him.

We need a holiday

We so do.
anonypooh
Dec. 28th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
More Drac for me then :)

.. you'll be checking out for Torrents of The Perfect Parents tonight instead I would imagine ;)
gamiila
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
I would if I knew what it was...I think tonight I'll just check out my flist instead. ;-)
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