Wednesday, 6 April 2005

Cold Lazarus

The second episode of the new Doctor Who series, The End Of The World, has cemented my enjoyment. From Michael Jackson and Britney Spears to the 'Photoshop theatre' of the Star Wars prequels, the producers greedily excavate popular culture. The iPod reference was exquisite.

Billie Piper (Rose) continues to be a revelation and Christopher Eccleston captures the dramatis personae inherent in being a cosmic orphan (a knowing wink to Batman?). The look and feel of the series owes much to the Dennis Potter mini series Cold Lazarus (1996) and Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. The latter literary luminary worked on Doctor Who and penned City of Death (1979) as David Agnew. The complete series one DVD box set can't come fast enough! And here's a sneak peek (credit: Play).