Oh dear look at the all the dust in here, man it has been a while since I wrote a proper post isn’t it? So how are things in the world of the Sandman? They are going reasonably well with a few trips to the cinema, work ticking over reasonably well and on the whole nothing unusual to report.
To go on my 7th Doctor role I decided to rewatch his first story Time and the Rani which was broadcast in 1987 and not only was it the first adventure of the 7th Doctor it was also the first story to use computer graphics and computer generated title sequence and the first to have Andrew Cartmel credited as Script Editor, although he wasn’t overly involved in the writing or editing having been appointed later in the day due to extensive behind the scenes problems. It was also a time when the series really needed a relaunch after a fall from grace and was in need of a solid, boisterous punch to the audience to prove it was back in business.
So what it is the verdict? In short, it is Awful!
From the botch job of filming the regeneration (Colin Baker refused to film the scene because he was pushed out of the role, so they got Salves McCoy to wear Colin’s costume and a poorly fitting blonde wig and threw some wobbly effect to hide his face) which should have been omitted and they just start with the new Doctor in Colin’s costume, to the cringeworthy pratfalls by McCoy in the opening scenes (fortunately he improves greatly by the time of his second story), the weird idea of Kate O’Mara pretending to be Bonnie Langford and a story which makes no sense make even less sense by the change of the depiction of the world, how does one become indolent from bountiful resources when your world is a clay pit, the original script specifies a lush bountiful jungle- a garden of Eden type which would at least give credence to the people’s laziness. There are a few saving graces: some good visual effects such as the sphere traps and the make people have done a good job on giving the cast an alien look, but it’s not enough to redeem the story. Still things could only get better…. There is marked improvement from the outset in Paradise Towers although the execution still isn’t quite up to speed.
We met outside the train station (well sort of) and headed for lunch at a great Mediterranean restaurant which was located in a little mews in Preston city centre which were it not for the rain the night before could have been a nice spot to eat outside. Kerry had a Pimms Cider to drink and a lack of proper beer lead me to drink a pint of Becks, we ordered a pizza each and some cheesy Garlic Bread to share. I had a meaty pizza while Kerry had a Hawaiian Pizza and they were some of the best Pizzas I have ever tasted, I strongly recommend the place, pity I never caught the name of the place. Once we left we discovered an old fashioned sweet shop where we purchased a selection of old school sweets including Strawberry Sherbets, nom. The plan was to have a coffee or two before seeing Ms Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children but there was a wait on the taxi so we had new plan, one I can honestly say I agreed on whole heartedly: go to the Pub! It was a favourite place of Kerry’s which was run by a pair of Scousers (no the walls were not decorated which a collection of hubcaps from over the years) and was quite a nice venue with an Alice in Wonderland theme to the décor, Kerry had a Bailey’s while I had a pint of a Pale Ale brewed by Marston’s.