iPhone Angst

June 17, 2008

I don’t own an iPhone. For whatever reason my fanboy status had not fully kicked in early last summer when the first revision of the phone that answers the question, “what would Jesus use?” came out to a largely adoring public. The reason I didn’t get one? Three words: AT&T. Or four words. Or something like that.

While I don’t have anything against AT&T as a massive, globe-spanning mega-corporation that sucks the souls directly from the hearts of human beings and rapes the planet sideways with a giant broom handle (metaphorically speaking, of course), I didn’t like the fact that the iPhone was going to be on the EDGE network. Edge, indeed – the edge of uselessness…am I right? Having a powerhouse productivity producer like the iPhone on a piece of crap network like the EDGE network is pretty much just like having a really fast something on a really slow something else. That sentence started out with some promise, but really kind of fizzled out at the end.

But now that the baby-saving and planet-loving Apple corporation and it’s sainted leader have seen fit to announce a new version of the iPhone, I have literally been forced to sit up and take notice. Indeed, I am sitting up as I write this meaningless diatribe – it’s that important. First off, the new iPhone sports a fancy new 3G chipset, allowing it to operate at speeds neatly unthinkable in 2004 or so when 3G was all the rage. Apparently AT&T missed that particular meeting of the telecommunications overlords garden club and went forward with a network that Alexander Graham Bell has been quoted directly as describing as “poopsky.”

If that wasn’t enough to make you moisten your stamps in excitement, there’s more good news from Cupertino. The new 3G iPhone is cheaper*, has GPS**, allows 3rd party developers to make their own applications***, and boy does it catch fish****.

* Cheaper: If you’re new to AT&T or near the end of the lifespan of your existing contract, you can get an iPhone for $200 (8gb) or $300 (16gb). But the data plan costs about $10 more per month, on top of a pretty hefty voice plan. So over the course of the next couple of years the iPhone actually will cost more than a current generation iPhone with the existing data plan. Zing! So when they say “cheaper,” they actually mean, “from a certain point of view.” The AT&T/Apple cabal see themselves as an ersatz Jedi Council, with more comfortable seating but a higher rate of dropped calls.

** While the iPhone does have GPS capabilities, the SDK agreement forbids 3rd party developers from using it to create real-time GPS solutions. So it can show you where you are on a Google map, but I already know where I am. Lost. I want to know how to get where I want to be. Somewhere where I’m not lost. Many have speculated that somehow local hero Garmin may be allowed to develop a GPS solution, but frankly if the 3G iPhone can’t help me find a route home from the Apple store on the day of the launch I’m not certain it’s worth the effort.

*** People that qualify for the development plan and agree to cut in Apple for a piece of the action can develop their own applications for fun and a portion of the profit. That’s cool though, I just thought I’d point this out.

**** Fishing with an iPhone is prohibited in Colorado’s protected streams and rivers.

So what’s a fanboy to do…go get in line with all the other fanboys on release day? Wait until something better comes along? Something else entirely? I don’t know. But I do know one thing…I haven’t been this deeply personally conflicted about a personal electronics purchase since the release of the first Apple QuickTake.


Apple TV – Day One

June 12, 2008

Yesterday I decided to pick up an Apple TV (160gb) at MicroCenter. I didn’t get to do much with it until this evening, but I thought I’d share some of my experiences.

First – and completely unrelated – my new DirecTV DVR…the one that replaced my previous box that was hanging…was hung up this evening when we went into the family room. I called DirecTV to log my problem and went ahead with a reset, which seems to have fixed things…for now. DirecTV == Crap. In a perverse way I hope that the unit dies again so I have good cause to just quit DirecTV entirely.

Anyway, back to the Apple TV. First off, there is no cable in the box (other than power), so I grabbed an HDMI cable after work and proceeded to hook the unit up to our receiver. Plugged the Apple TV into HDMI 2 (DirecTV is on HDMI 1) and then ran the receiver setup (which is an on-screen menu, very cool) to assign HDMI2 to “Aux.” I think I can relabel the Input but I don’t think the relabel will show up on my Logitech Harmony remote.

Apple TV setup is a breeze. Choose a language, then it detects Wi-Fi networks in range. Found mine immediately and I entered my key. Bam, done. The system gave me a 5-digit code to use in iTunes on the Mac to pair the Apple TV with my iTunes library. So I came upstairs and opened iTunes and sure enough – Apple TV now shows up in my devices list. I enabled the device and ran back downstairs.

First off, the interface is cool. I don’t use Front Row on my iMac, so this was a first time experience for me. I don’t have a whole lot of video on my iTunes (yet) except for some things I’ve downloaded from the store, and a bunch of those didn’t sync yet because the Apple TV was interrupted on the network…probably because I was busy watching HD movie trailers. Nice. I’ll re-sync tomorrow and get those cleared up.

Some pretty cool things that I’d thought I’d observe on:

  • The iTunes store video rental selection doesn’t seem to be that bad. Considering that I don’t have a Blu-Ray player, the ability to watch HD movies is quite cool. Jen and I want to see National Treasure 2 and what do you know, it’s right there as a top pick. Lots of other HD movies are out there. I think we’re going to throttle Netflix back to a single movie at a time, Apple TV just took a front row seat for us.
  • When is NBC coming back to iTunes? Soon, I hope, I really would like to be able to watch The Office and Earl on Apple TV. Of course there are probably other ways to do this, but I wouldn’t know about that.
  • The ability to link out to Flickr and view pictures was an unexpected surprise. The first thing we pulled up was our own gallery and it’s really quite cool. Of course you can also look at pictures on your own machine, but you have to configure Apple TV to sync with iPhoto through iTunes. It’s a little confusing to me, but I managed to get it done.
  • I’m not a video podcast fan, but I might just become one yet. I download a number of audio podcasts which will remain my companion for drive time listening, but the ability to download tons of original video content immediately at little or no cost is awesome. Onion News Network? Diggnation? Totally Rad Show? DONE.
  • Downside: I need to keep iTunes open to have access to the library, I guess. I don’t know if that’s just until my initial sync is done or if that’s a “forever” thing. I can live with it, but I’d rather not have to stay logged in all the time. I’m still learning about this thing, so I’m hoping I can eventually close iTunes and not stay logged in all the time.
  • Conversions are quick and easy with iSquint. Google it if you’re interested in converting AVI files to an Apple TV compatible format. I’ve got a ton of AVIs from places like TheForce.Net and the like that I would like to be able to expose through iTunes (TROOPS! Ha!) and this little utility is quick and easy. For some reason the “Add to iTunes” option doesn’t seem to work. Ah well.

So far I really think I love the Apple TV. If only – ONLY – there was a seamless way to use it as a real DVR. An OSX based HTPC would be “da bomb,” but I’m not really up on the whole Mac Mini HTPC conversion thing. It all seems a little too homebrew for me. Perhaps when the whole CableCard mess gets figured out…I hope.

Doctor Who Review: Forest of the Dead

June 7, 2008

Overview: The Doctor is trapped on a library planet with a team of archaeologists that is rapidly decreasing in number, while Donna seems to have been “checked in” to the library system. A little girl seems to be having nightmares about the events in the library, and Professor Song knows much more about the Doctor than she is saying.

Story: I am really, REALLY going to try to write this without spoiling anything. I don’t know if I’ll succeed, but I feel that I owe it to a story that so heavily featured the concept of “spoilers” to do my best not to spoil it.

The new revision of Doctor Who has had a hit and miss track record with multi-part stories. They generally start strong and then fizzle toward the resolution. The 3-part finale to last season is a great example of that – the genius that was Utopia ended up being the not entirely satisfying finale in Last of the Time Lords. So does Forest of the Dead live up to the promise of Silence in the Library?

I’m going to say yes. In fact, I’m having a hard time coming up with any huge criticisms of the story. I suppose one could say that the Vashta Nerada (I am probably spelling that incorrectly) end up being less of a threat throughout the episode, but the fact is that the real focus moves away from what seems to be a contrived horror story plot device and toward the nature of the library itself. The fact is that The Library is really the source of everything that has happened there.

Much of the episode takes place within the reality inhabited by the little girl from the beginning of the story, and it’s really quite satisfying. It’s an effective demonstration of what the situation could end up looking like from the inside, and the use of the data ghost as a somewhat creepy (if not slightly ridiculous looking) guide to the nature of existence in The Library is pretty effective. Personally I would not have had the data ghost remove their veil at all – it was much more effective when it was on.

The final resolution of the crisis in The Library is wholly satisfying, and I wish I could lay more spoilers out here, but I shan’t. The fact is that we learn very little of substance about the future relationship between the Doctor and Professor Song, except for one critically important thing that she says to the Doctor. A single thing that once spoken – and of course the viewer cannot hear – causes him to trust her completely. We do find out the nature of the thing she says, but not the word itself…and this throws the nature of the relationship between the Doctor and Professor Moon into a new level of conjecture. My guess is that the fanboys are going to be frothing over the real identity of Professor Song for a long time.

To be honest, this episode just didn’t feel that long – it went by so quickly, was so tightly paced and well done that it just didn’t seem to take nearly as long as it should have. Perhaps I should be a little more cautious about my own reality, then…

Characterization: There really isn’t a bad thing to say about the entire cast of characters in this episode.

The Doctor manages to express so much through the entirety of the story, and he experiences an extraordinary range of emotions. In a previous episode he saw the birth and supposed death of his “daughter,” but the final resolution of The Library’s problems and the relationship it holds with Professor Song is so much more powerful. These two somehow – in the future – share some kind of relationship that seems to go beyond the normal Doctor/Companion scheme of things, and there seems to be real pain behind that.

Donna as well experiences real pain as she undergoes some serious shifts in her perception of what is real and what is not. Catherine Tate has really managed to bring Donna along and make her a much more sympathetic character – the scene in the bedroom (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it) is very moving, and rather than being shrill and forced seems heartfelt and genuine. You really believe that Donna has lost two people that she loves.

Professor Song shows an amazing amount of trust in and compassion for the Doctor, but the real nature of the relationship between them is – maddeningly, perhaps – not made plain by the end of the episode. We know that they have travelled together – possibly repeatedly – and that she seems intimately familiar with him as a person and as a Time Lord. Her description of their previous trip together was very powerful, and it’s easy to imagine the Doctor doing something as sentimental as that now that we have seem him grow as much as we have on an emotional level.

Thinking back, each of the Doctors from the classic series is generally described in a couple of words – the tetchy old man, the clown, the dandy, the bohemian, the cricketer, the…weirdo, the magician…and for the most part those Doctors were largely played against their definition in a writer’s bible. They don’t change appreciably through the course of their tenures, simply because they were mostly written against a standard definition of the character. The new series, and the Tenth Doctor in particular, seems to have changed that slightly. I don’t know if it’s part of a plan or it’s something that the writers are being empowered to do, but the Doctor is showing some real growth and change throughout the life of the incarnation. It’s not in the forefront – on the surface, the Tenth Doctor is largely played the same way in each episode, but the real hallmark episodes manage to add something deep and profound to the complexity beneath the surface that occasionally comes back – not always in explicit terms, but in shadows of past experience. The desperation that the Doctor expressed when he lost Rose is echoed in his reaction to the resolution of The Library, but in spades…if anything, Professor Song seems to mean more to the Doctor than Rose did.

The supporting characters – everyone – did a great job in adding depth to the story. The little girl? Scared and sympathetic. Doctor Moon? Helpful yet enigmatic. Mr. Lux? Much more interesting in this story, he’s more than a patent protector. Archaeologists? More than just chicken legs.

Overall: I want to watch the episode again before giving a really solid final rating, but I’d have to give this a very solid A. This was one of the most meaningful episodes of the series so far, in my opinion. The story was solid, the characterization was all done very effectively, and even the effects were well done. Some of the exterior shots during the chase scene were very nice.

Next Week: I couldn’t even begin to describe what actually seems to be happening in the next episode. I think the Doctor said something about being in a truck traveling across the surface of a diamond planet. What?!

Mass Transit in Kansas City

June 6, 2008

I would love to be able to get from my home in the Northland to my job in Johnson County. I’d much rather have someone else drive and I’d be happy to read, listen to podcasts or watch videos. I’d love it, love it, love it.

The problem is that it’s just not possible. I checked out the Metro site this morning and had it find me the “shortest” route from Barry at North Oak to Metcalf at 105th. The result?

Your trip will take approximately 2h29 min. You have 2 transfer(s) and the total walking duration is +/- 19 min.

2.5 hours to get to work. That would require me to be at the bus stop at 5:30am to get to work by 8. And then – assuming I managed to catch a bus around 5pm, which may or may not be possible – I could be at home by 7:30.

My morning commute takes around 40 minutes during rush hour. For the sake of traveling on public transit I think I’d be willing to double that, so that would be an hour and 20 minutes. But two and a half hours? I just can’t quite do that.

Review: Silence in the Library

May 31, 2008

Overview: The Doctor and Donna arrive at a library, or more specifically an entire planet that is a library in the 51st century. They encounter a team of archaeologists and – apparently – a little girl from present day Earth, all while trying to avoid the hunger that lurks in the shadows.

Story: In a word, brilliant. In more words…Silence in the Library is another fantastic piece of work from Steven Moffat. Truth be told, very little actually “happens” in the story, which is pretty much told in real time. The Doctor and Donna arrive and are joined a very few minutes later by an arriving team of archaeologists. One of the team members managed to send the Doctor something of a distress call, along with a little “X” (for kisses) via his telepathic paper. Her name is Professor River Song, and she knows the Doctor…from the future. Apparently she knows him from his current regeneration, although that’s not entirely certain. She talks about his eyes being so young, but there’s a piece of me that thinks she could actually be referring to a future incarnation of the Doctor. She carries a diary of her experiences, with a dust jacket that looks amazingly like the exterior walls of the TARDIS – recessed blue panels. When she realizes that the Doctor doesn’t know who she is, she refuses to let him see her diary – “spoilers,” she explains. The recurring theme of spoilers comes up a couple of times in the episode, with Donna even exclaiming that traveling with the Doctor is like one big spoiler.

4022 people were on the planet 100 years previously, and they were all “saved” – but there are no bodies. Aside from the Doctor, Donna and the team of archaeologists there are no other humanoid life forms, but a million million other life forms…a swarm, the Doctor explains, of creatures that lurk in the shadows on practically every world in creation. For some reason they have swarmed on the library planet, and it’s no longer a quest to determine what happened on this planet a century previous, it’s a fight to survive.

It’s impossible not to compare this episode with last season’s Blink, but frankly this episode seems stronger in some ways. Professor Song is this episode’s answer to Sally Sparrow, and she has the added benefit of having a ton of mystery surrounding her. She’s carrying a sonic screwdriver – not just any sonic screwdriver, THE sonic screwdriver. When the Doctor says he wouldn’t give his screwdriver to anyone, she explains, “I’m not just anyone.” MADDENING.

The remainder of the team largely plays across the standard types you see in sci-fi horror movies. Steve Pemberton of the League of Gentlemen plays Strackman Lux, heir to the family that owns the planet and apparently the keeper of some kind of secret. His assistant, Miss Evangalista, seems to be little more than a pretty face that doesn’t know the difference between the loo and the escape pod but she becomes a key element of the story soon enough.

The construction of the feeling of dread through the story is solid and frankly creepy. The conceit of making the robot librarians bear the faces of dead library patrons is a little chilling, especially once the full import of what they are becomes understood at the end of the episode. The final words of the head librarian are given to the Doctor and Donna in a dispassionate voice, not unlike someone reading the transcript of a black box from a plane crash…but this crash is still happening. And like every really terrifying horror story, the bad guys are never really seen – just their handiwork.

There’s another element to the story that takes it from being a standard “keep out of the dark” horror tale and makes it truly unique, and that’s the element of the little girl living in what looks like the present day. She can see the library and the events within it when she closes her eyes and can even interact with the people there, but she has no understanding of what her role is. She appears to be undergoing therapy for her dreams or visions, but before the therapist leaves he gives her a frightening revelation – her dreams are real, and her reality may be a dream. This layer of subtext is quite fascinating, and my theory is that she is one of the saved, somehow…but we’ll see what that means and whether or not I’m right next week.

Characterization: It’s an interesting turn to see the Doctor a little off balance around Professor Song. She obviously knows him and speaks of events he hasn’t experienced yet, and it’s a fun trick to see her keep him from learning his own spoilers even though he does the same thing to Donna at the beginning of the story. The Doctor is in full-on histrionic mode, but his admonitions that things are bad don’t really add to the suspense…they just make the eventual realization of his warnings that much more satisfying when they do occur.

Donna continues to play things pretty subdued through most of the episode and manages to be the last witness to a very touching few final moments. The event in question (you’ll know it when you see it – remember Miss Evangalista?) is a pretty grim few minutes, and is a very inventive take on the technology of neural circuitry. The fact that Professor Song knows of Donna and has what can only be described as a look of shock and/or sorrow when Donna asks about her future leads the viewer to believe that Donna may not have a happy ending back home with Mum and Grandpa.

Professor Song as played by Alex Kingston deserves some mention as well. She is obviously devoted to and has some strong affection for the Doctor, but the nature of their relationship in the future is only broadly hinted at. Some wild guesses: a future companion? A future regeneration of the Doctor’s daughter? God help us, Bernice Summerfield’s younger sister? Hopefully we will get some more information in the next episode, but to be honest the “next time” clips really don’t tell us much at all.

Other notes: There is a lot of pleasing dialogue in the episode, from the ongoing discussion of spoilers to the Doctor’s claim that he never lands anywhere on a Sunday and the reference to the Doctor as being a “pretty boy” – there’s plenty of fun to be had, so pay attention. There are also some fun visual items, like the aforementioned cover to the Professor’s diary to a well-positioned Robby the Robot model in the little girl’s living room. Finally, the haunting image of a skeleton in a space suit is one of those science fiction cliches that never gets old, but it used to extreme effectiveness here.

One more note: I’m tying this review on the same keyboards they use in the 51st century library, the Apple Wireless Keyboard. It’s good to know that the hardware can withstand all those millenia and still maintain a bluetooth connection!

Overall: Each week just gets better and better, and Silence in the Library might just be the best episode of this season if not the entire new series so far. With so many dramatic layers revolving throughout the story there’s just a lot to enjoy, and here’s hoping that the conclusion next week will be as satisfying as the setup. With Mr. Moffat at the helm I’m hopeful that this will indeed be the case.

Late Edit: In rewatching the episode my wife and I noticed that during a pivotal scene with the Doctor and the little girl the symbol on the shutter of the security camera is the same as the shape and graphic design of the rug that the little girl collapses on back on Earth. There are TONS of little visual and audio clues throughout this episode that strongly warrant a re-watch.

How to Smoke a Tasty Rib

May 25, 2008

I have a confession to make. I love ribs. That’s not the confession – this is: I love Hormel extra meaty baby back ribs.

Why is that a confession? Because like much supermarket-grade Hormel product, the extra meaty baby back is “enhanced” for flavor and tenderness. Basically, it means that the meat has been brined in a salt solution to help retain moisture during the cooking process.

Unlike a lot of BBQ competitors, I don’t just shun “enhanced” meat out of hand. Instead I prefer to try it out and determine if it’s something I can work with – and in the case of these ribs, I can definitely work with them. They are in my opinion the best baby back rib that you can get outside of a specialty cut from a real butcher.

Most baby back ribs are not much bigger than the things you get at Chinese restaurants. They’re very thin and easy to overcook and/or dry out. That’s why most competitors use spare ribs for contests – they have a lot more fat, are generally thicker and definitely larger and are generally much more forgiving. But these Hormel babies are huge – they are very consistently thick from end to end and are at least as thick as a good spare rib.

So here is my version of the “3-2-1” rib method with a few recommendations for ingredients. Basically this is just a method, or perhaps a “rib cooking framework” that you can plug your own favorite ingredients in to.

Start with 1 or more racks of these Hormel baby back ribs. Look for the “extra meaty” label. They’re not easy to find – I know of two Hy-Vee stores in Kansas City that carry them. You can substitute spare ribs in this process without much difficulty, but if you use any other type of baby-back then you’re going to want to reduce the overall cooking time by 1-1.5 hours. Beef rib cookers should look elsewhere for ideas.

Remove the membrane covering the bone side of the rib. I find this easiest to do with a butter knife and a paper towel – use the knife the pry the membrane up from one end of the rib, then grab the exposed bit of membrane with the paper towel (for traction) and pull the membrane off. Watch out for tearing or problems if there are many gashes in the membrane. Some people don’t take the time to pull the membrane off of their ribs, and those people are called amateurs. Take an extra minute or two per rack and it’ll make a big difference in the overall quality of the product.

I like to apply a little something to the meat side of the rib to help the rub adhere. This can be something as simple as just a very thin coat of plain yellow mustard or a very thin wash of cider vinegar, or something more complex like a mustard slather. Make certain that whatever you use has very little sugar in it – these ribs will be cooking for upwards of 6 hours in your smoker and could burn if your fire flares up at some point. Sprinkle both the meat and bone sides of the rack with your favorite rub, but don’t be too generous. The “enhanced” label means that these ribs are a little bit saltier than natural meats, so if you’re using the extra-meaty baby backs you might err on the side of caution when applying rub.

What rub to use? Again, that’s entirely up to you. Most general purpose BBQ dry rubs are perfectly adequate. In Kansas City there are a lot of teams that sell their products at local shops, many of which are formulated specifically for pork and pork ribs. I’d recommend picking up a couple of bottles and trying them out. Good specialty BBQ stores will have open bottles that you can sample from.

Once the ribs are prepped and seasoned, start up your smoker with enough fuel for at least 6 hours (plus a little extra for transition time). For my Weber Smokey Mountain smoker that’s about a half of a ring of unlit charcoal topped with about 3/4 of a fully-lit chimney of charcoal. Over the six hours the unlit charcoal will ignite from the top down giving me a good clean burn that lasts a long time – this is a variant of the “Minion Method,” named after a nice gentleman by the name of Jim Minion.

Once your smoker is up to around 225f go ahead and put the ribs in the smoker. In my WSM I like to use rib racks for this step. My favorite are a set of racks I got from Cabelas, they are “supposed” to be able to cook ribs and potatoes (!) but they work very well for thick and thinner ribs. I can get 8 racks of ribs overall into my WSM without having to get too creative.

What type of smoke wood to use? My personal preference is for a mixture of cherry and pecan, but your choice is as individual as you are. Other great options include oak, apple, pear and of course hickory. Other more exotic woods may be available in your area – just avoid softwoods like pine.

After the ribs are in the smoker, the smoke is going and the temp is stable around 225f or so (anywhere from 220 to 250 is just fine), let the ribs smoke uninterrupted for 3 hours. That’s right – don’t touch them. Don’t spray them, don’t baste them, don’t even look at them. Let them have 3 hours of good cooking time.

Once three hours have passed, you’re entering the “tenderness acceleration” phase by wrapping each rack of ribs individually in heavy duty foil. When you do this, go ahead and baste the ribs with something tasty. Some folks like to spray the ribs with apple juice, others use a marinade, baste or sop of their own make or choosing. Personally I use whatever I happen to have on hand – sometimes apple juice, sometimes Dr. Pepper, sometimes just a concoction of stuff I have on hand. Once the ribs are basted and wrapped in foil, replace back into the smoker for another 2 hours. The only thing you need to check at this point is temperature – try to keep the smoker from spiking too high, because you don’t want foil packets full of mush.

When that 2 hours of foiling time has completed remove the ribs and return them to the smoker. At this point I baste the ribs again and stoke the fire a little bit to get a little additional smoke to “kiss” the meat at the last few minutes of cooking. This last phase of cooking is intended to both finish the ribs and to get the exterior of the meat to form a pleasing color and texture. The ribs coming out of the foil are probably quite wet and maybe a little gray in color – this last hour or so can be all the difference in making really great ribs.

After that hour has gone by you can baste the ribs with some BBQ sauce if you so choose. Personally I always serve sauce on the side, but I definitely wouldn’t put sauce on ribs until they were essentially done to your preferred level of tenderness. And how do you check to see how tender a rib is? Use a toothpick and push it into the meat between a couple of rib bones, preferably near the center of the rack. If the toothpick slides through without any resistance, you should have a nice tender rib that shouldn’t yet be “falling off the bone.” The meat should be pulling back from the end of the bones by at least a half-inch and should have a nice burgundy color (but that could be different depending on what is in the rub and/or baste you choose to use). If you do want ribs that are really “falling off the bone,” you might want to leave the ribs in the smoker a little longer during the last phase of cooking. Don’t increase the amount of time the ribs spend in foil – 2 hours seems to be the limit, any more than that and they’ll be mush before you can really finish them.

The really nice thing about ribs is that – unlike pork shoulder and brisket – they can easily be done in a day. You can get up in the morning, decide you’ve got a hankerin’ for ribby goodness – and have ribs ready for an early supper. They don’t require a crazy amount of preparation and can be very, very tasty and tender…it’s as simple as 3-2-1!

Awesome News for Who Fans

May 20, 2008

Outpost Gallifrey is reporting today that Steven Moffat will be taking over as Head Writer and Executive Producer for Doctor Who with the fifth season in 2010. The BBC Press Office has issued an official release about the story. Moffat of course was written some of the best episodes of the new Who series, including The Emptry Child and The Doctor Dances from the first season, The Girl in the Fireplace from the second season, the fantastic Blink from the third series and the love letter to the fifth Doctor that was Time Crash. He is responsible for the upcoming fourth series two-parter Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead. See Wikipedia’s entry on Steven Moffat for more about this multiple award-winning author.

RTD has quite literally been responsible for resurrecting the franchise but I am excited to hope that Mr. Moffat can not only keep Doctor Who going but constantly improving as well.