Saturday, 3 January 2009

Who Will be the 11th Doctor Who?

David Tennant - 10th Doctor Who

Well people tend to love or hate Doctor Who. My husband, children and grandson have never liked it but have to say I've always loved it, right from the first one, William Hartnell.

I know it wasn't as hi tech as Star Trek or Star Wars but I really enjoyed it. I never found the Daleks frightening but the Cybermen were a bit scary.

I did enjoy the Christmas Special this year on Christmas Day, luckily everyone had gone home and husband had fallen asleep by the time it came on so I got to watch it in peace.

I wasn't very sure about David Tennant as the Timelord, especially after Christopher Eccleston had resurrected the role so well. However he's been wonderful and I'll really miss him. He brought something a bit different to the character, there was a sort of wild energy about him, he was funny, quirky but also much more vulnerable than the others. He gave us a bit more of an insight into the character and his problems of outliving his companions.

David Tennant is leaving at the end of this year and the new Doctor for 2010 will be announced today. He'll be a hard act to follow. So who will it be? Will it be the first woman to pick up a sonic screwdriver? Catherine Zeta Jones name has been mentioned. Not sure about that one.

Will it be the first black Timelord? Paterson Joseph is apparently high up in the betting. He's brilliant and has been in loads of TV programmes, Casualty, Silent Witness, Soldier, Soldier as well as the film, The Beach. There's also David Morrisey from the Christmas Doctor Who Special and James Nesbitt (Cold Feet and lots more) and John Simm recently of Life on Mars fame. Any of these would be really great.

As David Tennant says whoever it is, their life will change and it's a really exciting role.

Well, all will be revealed at 5.30 pm tonight on the Doctor Who Confidential on BBC1. In the meantime we still have four David Tennant episodes to enjoy.


Well it's all been revealed. The new Doctor is Matt Smith. Matt who? Yes a young (26 year old) and virtually unknown actor.

I have to say I'm not impressed but then I wasn't last time so I'm not a good judge.

Well maybe that's a good thing. We have no expectations of him, so it'll be a surprise to us what he's like.

Want to see him and his interview? Take a look here.

New Year Resolutions are Bad for Your Health!

I never make New Year resolutions now and so I totally agree with this warning from MIND the mental health charity.

Apparently about 7 million people in the UK will make New Year's resolutions. Those which focus on the need to lose weight or job worries create a negative self image because if they fail to materialise they can lead to feelings of hopelessness, low self esteem and mild depression. Too true!

“In 2009, instead of making a New Year's resolution, think positively about the year to come and what you can achieve."

Their advice?

  • Being active - exercise releases endorphins and even a gentle stroll is beneficial for mental well-being

  • Going green - evidence has shown that connecting with nature can boost moods

  • Learn something new - it will keep minds stimulated and give confidence

  • Give back to the community - it can be just as rewarding for you as those you choose to help

Yes! Good practical advice based on common sense!

So what could I do?

  • Get back to the pool. I've missed a few weeks now due to the bug and the Christmas rush.

  • Visit the Washington Wetlands Centre that's just up the road from me and I've never been. Could get some good photos too.

  • Go to some quilting classes to learn more about it, play my Spanish lessons on my new iPod speakers and book some swimming lessons to learn to do the crawl.
  • I've been thinking about voluntary work for a while now and what I could do. I'm so tied up with taking and collecting my grandchildren from school and nursery that it's difficult to find the time. When Lauren goes to school next September, I'm hoping to help out at the school with craft or ICT lessons. Another thing I've considered is helping the Mission to Seafarers. So many people spend months at sea away from their homes and families bringing us our food and other goods. This is one area I'm going to explore, even if it's just knitting woolly hats for the moment.

Well these are positive things and they're all achievable. However I won't worry too much if I don't do them all. Whatever I do will be an achievement.