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OK, officially at the moment I am Too Busy To Post (but busy with exciting cutting-edge teaching that I shall write all about later, so that's OK). But I just had to drop by and share the love about a very exciting episode that's just been filmed for the next season of Doctor Who.

I can't really say much about why I'm so excited without spoiling those who prefer to remain innocent. I'm even going to keep the tags neutral until the episode in question has been screened. But let's just say they are pressing some particularly Pennyish buttons with this one.

*runs off squeeing loudly*

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 10:21 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow! you must be very excited!

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:02 (UTC)

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 10:39 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I'd heard about that on the grapevine. I shall have to go and rewrite a line or two in my 'Dr Who and the Classics' article, and expect a big blog post when it finally gets broadcast.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:04 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Darth blogging)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yes, indeed - I suspect I shall be joining you in that activity!

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:28 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, but yours won't end up in a book, will it?

Have you spotted the CLC reference?

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:38 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Pompeii sundial)
From: [identity profile]
Well, Caecilius Iucundus was a real Pompeian, so it needn't be a CLC reference - although I suspect that in practice it is.

As for a book - sez who? Roman urbanism is my specialist field, so who's to say I won't publish something on responses to it some day? I've already lectured and taken seminars on the subject, and am looking forward to including both this episode and (with luck) Polanski's film in those sessions in the future.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:50 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
True, true. I must remember to invite you if and when I put together an sf and the classics conference.

I shall check out that audio adventure Kharin mentions (warning: contains Bonnie Langford!). It's not unknown for RTD to borrow from audios or novels for ideas. There's a detailed synopsis here ( Lots of familiar names, but not from CLC (the fact that there's a Metella as well as a Caecilius makes the CLC reference in the new ep certain, I think).

AFAIK (,,2168059,00.html), Polanski is off Pompeii, and it may never happen now.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 14:27 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Penny Dreadful)
From: [identity profile]
Oh dead, that's depressing (about Polanski, I mean) - especially given the reasons stated in that article.

Someone else you ought to know about for your conference (and possibly already do) is Ika Willis (, who will be coming to speak to the Leeds branch of the Classical Association ( in May on 'Science Fiction and the Romans'. She is on LJ, but prefers to keep her professional and LJ identities separate.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:46 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, fantastic :D I really like the main guest star in that (P.C.), so I'm very excited about the episode indeed :D

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 12:00 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Daria star)
From: [identity profile]
I've not heard of him, but it's certainly a Good Thing that they've got plenty of known guest stars about the place - it does indesd speak of high ambitions.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:32 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry, you've not heard of Peter Capaldi? I bet you have (, you know.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:39 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Farnsworth don't aks me!)
From: [identity profile]
Having Googled for images, the best I can say is that he looks vaguely familiar.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 12:06 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This looks familiar...

- Kharin

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2007 12:39 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Leela Ooh)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, many thanks for the tip-off! In fact, after my recent positive experience with the audio CD of Shada, I have decided to order myself a copy in preparation for the TV version. After all, it counts as Classical Receptions, so it is practically like work... ;-)

Date: Thursday, 27 September 2007 20:03 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thought you might like that.

Will you be casting a critical eye on it for accuracy and then writing a letter to RTD to point out any glaring errors?

Date: Sunday, 30 September 2007 14:09 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Lee as M.R. James)
From: [identity profile]
Hee - I don't think I shall waste my ink writing to RTD, but you can expect a full critical analysis on these 'ere pages. :-)


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