This last weekend saw the debut of the newest version of that venerable classic of sci-fi Dr. Who. The band took a break from rehearsing to watch the return of the good Doctor. We then spent the rest of our breaks for the evening argueing about how good or bad it was. Billie Piper was completely miscast as his sidekick, but Christopher Eccleston makes a rather good doctor. He has a bit of the Tom Baker about him and a whole load of blase intensity. The rest of the central characters including Rose, her mother and Rose's boyfriend had me wanting them to die. There was nothing at all redeeming about the trio.
In the first episode, in which the pair meets, the two of them face off against plastic aliens who want to conquer earth. It was nothing really special to be honest. The plot was weak and wholely dependent on the special effects. There are lots of elements of PCism which were bleedingly obvious and rather mis-placed.
Of course, in the end, we will all watch it, no matter how rubbish it is. It just one of those things. It is to sad to see that BBC felt the need to produce such a poor imitation of what came before. But then again that is the modern Beeb isn't it?