Monthly Archives: January 2012

Doctor Who’s Difference

I just stumbled upon this post from American media scholar (and big Doctor Who fan) Derek Kompare, which fits perfectly with our Doctor Who discussions: “We Americans tend to fall in love with Doctor Who for not being American television. American … Continue reading

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Sherlock Vs. House

I am a longtime watcher of another modernized Sherlock Holmes television series, although this one is American and is more Holmes in spirit than in actual execution. The medical drama House plays off the personalities of both Sherlock Holmes and … Continue reading

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An Alternate Opinion

Like many others in the class, watching the two episodes of Doctor Who on Wednesday was basically my first encounter with British television (other than the one episode from Professor Holland’s class). I too was very impressed with the show … Continue reading

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First Visit to the Doctor

Although I have had a little experience with British Television (namely through the shows Sherlock and Misfits), I had never before had the opportunity to watch Doctor Who. Having heard great things about the program and its quirky style, I … Continue reading

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My first British TV experience

I’ve been closely following television since I was a freshman in high school, and have heard time and time again how good Doctor Who is. I don’t know what kept me from checking it out, but I never actually saw … Continue reading

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A culture of non-camp

I said in class on Wednesday that I don’t think Doctor Who would fly on American TV, especially American network TV. I had a hard time putting a finger on exactly why I thought that was, but I think an … Continue reading

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A Whovian Checking in from Utah…

Unlike most Doctor Who fans, (who refer to themselves as “Whovians”),  “Blink” isn’t my favorite episode.  It’s certainly well done, perhaps technically the best episode of the entire series, and as the previous posts on this blog can attest to, … Continue reading

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Family Programming?

Let me preface this post by clearly stating- as a child I was known to hide behind couches during episodes of the animated series Scooby-Doo. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that the Doctor Who episode “Blink” absolutely terrified … Continue reading

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Actors from the London Stage

I found today’s visit from an actor from the London stage to be riveting and thought provoking. I liked his genuine appreciation of our seemingly “normal” acting. After spending a semester in London and seeing a dozen theatre performances, I … Continue reading

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National Television Awards

The National Television Awards were held tonight in London. They’re sort of the equivalent of the People’s Choice Awards, voted on by viewers, not the industry, so basically these are popular choice selections. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan from Doctor … Continue reading

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Moffat Graffiti

Someone at Florida State is chalking Stephen Moffat-related graffiti on campus sidewalks. In addition to Sherlock references, there’s this:

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Doctor Who

Now this could be blatantly wrong, but please bear with me. I don’t have much (i.e. any) experience with British television. With the exception of a couple of episodes of Keeping Up Appearances and The Benny Hill Show, I came … Continue reading

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Soaps Ratings

A tweet about last night’s soap opera ratings from a UK critic I follow on Twitter: “Ratings: Massive for the soaps – #EastEnders averaged 9.1m; Emmerdale hit 8m, while #Coronation Street 10.6m and 11.2m (ITV soaps incl +1). Hoooooge!”

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How Not to Live Your Life

Wednesday’s guest plays the second Na’vi (the therapist’s partner) in part 2 of this episode of How Not to Live Your Life.  

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Welcome to Yanks Watching Telly

This site offers a space for students enrolled in FTT 40434 at the University of Notre Dame to post responses to the British television shows we’re watching for class and any other news, questions, or thoughts about British TV they … Continue reading

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