Doctor Who – A Quick Review

Minor spoilers for Series 11 Episode 1

My interest in Doctor Who waned somewhat during Peter Capaldi’s tenure. I had nothing against him personally – he is a fine actor – but I just couldn’t take to him as the Doctor. When Jodie Whittaker was announced as his successor my first and immediate thought was absolutely not. Again, nothing personal, but a female Doctor? Not going to work. Nope. No way. How could a woman possibly take on this iconic role? How could she convince dedicated Whovians that she has what it takes to become our beloved Time Lord? I’d all but made up my mind that I was going to give Thirteen a miss completely.

Hours after the first episode aired, I began seeing comments about how wonderful she was. Social media seemed to be awash with praise for the woman who changed decades of Whovian history. I became intrigued. I needed to see what all the fuss was about for myself, so a few days after the original airing I found myself buying the first episode on Amazon Prime. An hour or so after that, I found myself eating my words.

The Woman Who Fell To Earth was an excellent opener to the new series. I’d never seen Jodie before (not even in the regeneration scene) so this was my first introduction to her amazing acting talent. I loved her from the second she fell through the roof of the train. She’s refreshing, quirky in a way that reminds me slightly of Christopher Eccleston’s portrayal of Nine. And her accent is just perfect. Again, a throwback to Chris Ecc and his, “Lots of planets have a north.” Love it. I think she is an awesome addition to this great show.

Equally awesome, are her companions. We have the recently widowed Graham, a lovable cockney that you can’t help but like; probationary police officer Yaz, unfulfilled in her career and yearning for more; and finally, the sweet, melancholic Ryan, coming to terms with the recent loss of his nan. They certainly are a great mix of characters and I can see a true family blossoming for the newest inhabitants of the Tardis.

Overall, a fabulously diverse cast, a brand spanking new Tardis (with built-in custard cream dispenser – how cool) and a Doctor that has defied my expectations. I am so glad that I gave Jodie Whittaker a chance as she promises to be up there with the best of them. If you haven’t seen it, give it and Jodie a go. I hope you won’t be disappointed.

Dr Who Series 11 New Cast - Copyright BBC

Happy 60th Birthday, NASA!

As a child, like many others, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut. The beauty and danger of space both fascinated and terrified me and I longed to journey amongst its stars.

Sadly, it was a dream not to be realised. But then, in 2011, my sister and her husband bought me the birthday gift of a lifetime. As I had just turned a certain age *cough* and knowing of my lifelong passion, they booked a place for me on the Astronaut Training Experience® at Kennedy Space Center in Florida! I couldn’t believe that I was going to spend the day training as an astronaut!

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A few pics of the day…

It was an amazing day. I met so many new people, became an ASCAN (which was awesome by the way!) and had the honour of meeting retired NASA astronaut, Colonel Robert Springer.

I may not have journeyed to the stars, but what I experienced that day is something that I will never, ever forget.

Happy Birthday, NASA!

NASA Unveils Sustainable Campaign to Return to Moon, on to Mars

In December of 2017, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-1, in which the president directed NASA “to lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.”

Source: NASA Unveils Sustainable Campaign to Return to Moon, on to Mars

The Mountains of Tomorrow – A Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alas, the Mercury Rapids trilogy has come to an end but what an exciting, action packed ending it was. I’ve said it before but it’s worth saying again, Steven Johnson is brilliant in the art of storytelling. He has a flair for characterisation and dialogue and a knack for keeping the reader engaged. This series has been an absolute joy to read and I certainly hope this is not the last we hear from such a talented author.

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