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Outland Open Thread: Episodes 1 and 2

Last week saw the premiere of a new Australian comedy, Outland, penned by John Richards and Adam Richard, which focuses on the lives of a club for gay sci-fi geeks (or “science fiction enthusiast homosexualists” as club member Rae would prefer).

Whoydensday: the perennial question

The Guardian’s got a casting thread for the 11th Doctor! […] It was suggested in comments to the Guardian article that the casting probably needed to be a bit left-field, pointing out that neither Ecclestone nor Tennant were the obvious choice to play the Doctor at the time they were cast. So, any more out-field ideas?

Whoydensday: Old vs New, strengths and weaknesses

As part of an excellent essay on the role of the Nostalgia Factor in the Russell T. Davies (RTD) era of Doctor Who, Iain Clark makes many excellent points about both the new and the old series of Who, why Sarah Jane Smith was really the only choice as a returning former-companion for the new generation of Who-watchers, and the differing emphasis paid to character vs story in each.

Clark is writing what purports to be merely a review of the one episode of the second RTD season, yet by the end he’s engaging in an analysis of the entire Rose Tyler era in counterpoint to what we see of the characters in School Reunion.

Whoydensday: Villainess edition

Anyway, now that the first episode of Doctor Who’s Season 4 has aired here in Oz, it’s time again for: Marry, Shag or chuck off a Cliff? As usual, you may match one and only one of the characters below to each fate.