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Let's be honest, 2005 is going to be the Who entry, isn't it. I can't really remember anything else anyway! This was the year when the BBC finally gave us our ball back, with Christopher Eccleston in the TARDIS this time. I have to be honest - I've never really been happy with New Who. I liked Matt Smith in the role, and I think Capaldi is great, but by and large the plots leave me cold these days. It's been so great though, these last ten years, watching kids playing at Daleks, and waving forks at each other and claiming they're sonic screwdrivers. The forks. Not the children. Doctor Who is popular! For those of us who don't really remember the alleged golden age of Tom Baker, let alone the sixties, when the show was really a phenomenon, it's quite remarkable. Our little show, with Christmas Day specials, and international interest, and toys on supermarket shelves.

This was also the year that Russell T Davies hit gold with another production - namely Casanova, which if memory serves came along at the same time as a major Hollywood version of the story, and blasted it good and proper. With a sonic blaster, probably. David Tennant and Peter O'Toole were terrific sharing the lead, all youthful exuberance from the former, and wistful but still sparkling old age from the latter. Episode one is a true highlight, and if anybody hasn't seen it yet - do so! Go on, hurry along. What's keeping you.

Filmwise, Zorro came back for a sequel, but I don't remember a thing about it. They had a kid I think? But if there was anything major in the cinemas this year, it clearly passed me by. Was Corpse Bride big? That was this year, but I didn't see it for centuries afterwards. It was very good though.

It was the year that Michael Sheard died - I read that on Wiki when I was looking for hints, and was very surprised. So long ago! He appeared on Doctor Who and Blake's 7 of course, upping his cult status (he may well have appeared on Doctor Who more than anybody else who wasn't a regular) - but he also did Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and a shedload of other culty things. His forte appears to have been playing Hitler, which he did at least three times! In Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, The Tomorrow People and The Dirty Dozen, without checking with the IMDb. There may well have been other times.

John Spencer died too of course this year, turning the end of The West Wing into something unbearably poignant. Poor Leo! That episode wouldn't have aired until 2006, I guess. Doesn't seem nearly that long ago.

Oasis brought out their Don't Believe The Truth album this year. This was their biggest hit from that one:

KT Tunstall hit it big with Suddenly I See from her Eye To The Telescope album:

Green Day continued their run of hits from the American Idiot album with two great songs that it was really hard to choose between (Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and Wake Me Up When September Ends). I eventually chose this one:

And, in celebration of my favourite bit of New Who, here's an old classic:

Incidentally, snuck in between the end of its first series and its first Christmas special, New Who also got its first Children In Need feature. So here's David Tennant's first proper outing as Ten:


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Dec. 22nd, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
I saw my very first movie in theatres that year! :D

Definitely wasn't fond of that Zorro. I was addicted to the '90s show as a kid, though, so nothing else could quite take its place in my heart. Love Corpse Bride! I saw it this year for the first time.

Doctor Who. <3 I was so excited to watch it again after years of shaky old VHS tapes and the brief '90s special. I watched until shortly after Matt Smith took over, then stopped. Every now I tune in but I haven't been fond of it since Moffat took over. :/
Dec. 22nd, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
I loved the first Banderas Zorro. I had no idea he was such a great swordsman, and the action scenes were terrific. Really don't remember the sequel at all though.

I didn't see the 90s series. The last Zorro TV series I saw was "Zorro & Son". Still Henry Darrow, but this time played for laughs. I remember loving it at the time, but we're talking probably thirty-one, thirty-two years ago, so I doubt I would still find it funny now!
Dec. 22nd, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
I remember Big Ben, that's my main memory of New Doctor Who!
Dec. 23rd, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
When Jack rescued Rose in his invisible spaceship. :) I like that scene! The SFX team were extremely apologetic in the "making of" feature, because they had used a still picture, so for the whole of that scene - Jack and Rose flirting, them drinking champagne during the air raid with Glenn Miller in the background - the clock stayed showing the same time! I know I didn't notice until they pointed it out though.
Dec. 24th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
I would not be able to deal with the type of person who noticed!!!

Big Ben featured some more too but I cannae remember any more details.
Dec. 23rd, 2015 10:54 am (UTC)
More Green Day! I really love that entire album!!! ♥

Doctor Who!!! ♥

Yes, I think Corpse Bride was big ... haha ... I did see it in the cinema at least!
Dec. 23rd, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
It really is a great album. :)
Dec. 23rd, 2015 12:15 pm (UTC)
'DW' being popular still feels weird to me!

'Casanova' is ace. I think they must have based it on the book because it shares similar plotlines with the 1920's french version. I wish that was in colour for the costumes.
Dec. 23rd, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
Heck yes, I've seen some photos of that. They really knew how to do good costumes in those days. Early Hollywood too. Just amazing costumes in their period dramas.

And yes, the idea that you can say you like DW without being laughed at takes a lot of getting used to!
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