I am still stuck here in the Antipodes, and Autumn is a-comin’ in – crisp nights with stars like diamonds, and frost beginning to outline the leaves in morning.
Meanwhile, my friends in the Northern Hemisphere write rapturously of Spring, and even Summer-like days of warmth and sun in Prospect Park (potato salad)…
Another asynchrony is forcing itself on me these days, and appropriately enough it involves a time traveler: the delay around new episodes of Doctor Who. In the United States, on BBC America new episodes are broadcast on Saturdays at 9pm. This Saturday, 8 May, they will be showing “The Time of Angels,” part 1 of a 2-parter featuring the return of one of the scarier monsters from one of the best episodes during the run of David Tennant’s Doctor, the Weeping Angels.
Meanwhile, over on the real BBC, home of Doctor Who, they have already shown the second part, “Flesh and Stone,” and Saturday will see a new episode, “Vampires of Venice.” BBC America is thus two episodes behind. Here in Australia, where for my sins I am currently staying, Doctor Who is broadcast by the ABC on Sundays at 7.30pm. This Sunday, 9 May, they will be broadcasting “The Time of Angels.” Thus, even though Australia comes first in the march of Helios across the heavens, it is the last to be visited by the last of the Time Lords. This is, bluntly, unacceptable.
Fortunately, on the internet, all things are manifest. The most recent episode can be found under a variety of awnings in the vasty digital souk, such as ONEDDL – One Stop Rapidshare Links | Doctor Who and DW – Doctor Who (a personal blog with streaming video, chat, and info).