May 30th, 2010

One More Thing

Warning: Spoilers.

OK, one more thing about Cold Blood. If Rory has been wiped from the time stream so he never existed he wouldn't have been there to take a bullet for the Doctor and the Doctor would have been dead and Rory still alive. You can't take a character out of a story, retrospectively- as if you were excising an appendix- and have everything else remain the same. If Rory hadn't been around the Doctor wouldn't have had any reason to resist Amy when she tried to snog him and they wouldn't have gone on that "honeymoon trip" to Venice and- basically-  nothing we've seen in this season so far would have happened the way it did. Moffat plays with clever SF tropes, but doesn't think them through. There are no rules in his universe.

Oh, and another thing; how come Rory was obliterated by whatever it is that comes out of the crack, but the Doctor could stick his hand in it and not be hurt at all? 

RTD used to get his characters into situations where only the magic button would save them- which is another way of offending against the decencies of SF-  but I don't remember him dicking about with the logic of his imagined worlds the way Moffat does. 

Notes On Roland Garros

1.They don't pack the courts at Roland Garros- not like they do at Wimbledon- where the ticket queues stretch out onto the street and round the corner and the overspill sits on Henman Hill and watches centre court action on the big screen. Henin v Sharapova was a great match, featuring popular players, but there were plenty of free seats in the house.

2. I want to see Henin win the tournament. I like her. I like how intense she is.  

3. Venus went out this morning. I'm sorry. But at least it means there won't be another undercooked Williams on Williams final

4. Murray's another one who's intense. The French crowd seem to love him. Maybe it's all the existential suffering he seems to do.  Maybe it's got something to do with the auld alliance.

5. Among the corporate logos that cover the courts the only one I didn't recognise was Afflelou- so I looked it up. Alain Afflelou has a chain of shops selling eyewear. Or he did. His company, which only trades in France and Spain, is now owned by a UK investment firm.

6. British Eurosport, catering as it does for a clientele that knows there's a world beyond these shores, carries lots of travel ads. I like the one that goes (in a breathy, girly voice)

We are Turkish airlines; 
We are globally yours.

It reminds me of the jingle for the dairy product (I forget which one it was) that went

We are happy cows;
We eat the grass and browse.

I used to sing it to the cats (when we had them) only my version went

We are happy cats
We eat mice and bats.