August 4th, 2013

Sunday Morning Thoughts

Woke up this morning feeling somewhat tired and drained.

I called the hospital, to check on how my mother is doing. The doctors are pumping her full of antibiotics, and she hasn't been allowed solid food yet since she went in, though they're giving her liquid foods - broths, ginger ale, and the like. While she's had the ultrasound, they haven't done the MRI on her yet.

In the meantime, I'm still feeling somewhat ill due to whatever's wrong with me, but I'll be running the game this afternoon on the Sunday group. They're actually going to be starting a new Primeval RPG scenario, so I'm looking forward to that. In the meantime, I've got a couple of other things to do this morning, so... onward, then.

And the New Doctor Is...

The new actor to play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who has been cast!

55-year-old actor Peter Capaldi has been selected as the 12th Doctor for the iconic BBC series.

Capaldi's credits are quite wonderful, and he will be seen in the BBC's The Three Musketeers before he appears on-screen as the new face of Doctor Who.

I think it's interesting that Moffatt has cast an older actor in the role of the Doctor this time around, after the three relative youngsters to play the role in New Who. Capaldi is the same age that William Hartnell was when he started to play the Doctor way back in the beginning. However, Hartnell was slightly older when he appeared, making Capaldi the second oldest out of the twelve. They are followed by Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, who was 50 years old when he joined Doctor Who in 1970. I I think the series will take on a new, different life with the older actor in the role. How the younger fans, who have only seen younger actors that they can relate to in the role, will react to Capaldi is another matter.

That said, here are Ten Things You Should Know about Peter Capaldi.

Fun with Sunday's Gaming Session

The Sunday gaming group had a pretty good afternoon of it today.

I started a brand new adventure with the group for the Primeval RPG, and had a good time with it.

One of the things I did that Tammy and spross rather enjoyed was starting the session off in media res, with the characters being chased by the monster(s) that will form the basis of the adventure. And then we jumped back two days to see how it all started. Lovely stuff.

Looking forward to next Sunday's game session.

Broadchurch Thoughts (No Spoilers)

I just caught the first episode of Broadchurch on Showcase Canada tonight.

All I can say is... WOW! I've been waiting to see this English series set in the small market town of Broadchurch, as I've heard good things about it, and tonight's opening episode definitely was terrific and intriguing. Well worth waiting for.

While David Tennant is more known for his work in Doctor Who, I found him much more enjoyable to watch in this episode than in the former series, as he was more focused, serious, and definitely a man on a mission in this one. He's playing the outsider in the series, and I'm looking forward to how this story evolves over the eight (8) weeks. His foil, played by Olivia Colman, was also very good in the episode and brought home the fact that the locals know each other well, and the crime committed in the seaside market town is heinous.

Showcase will be showing the eight episodes over the course of four weeks, airing new episodes each Sunday and Monday nights. I'm quite looking forward to the rest of this ride.