Not much changes on Doctor Who: alien planets mostly resemble quarries, aliens look like humans with a couple of cheap make-up additions, such as false teeth, and the sonic screwdriver, that portable deus ex machina, remains the lazy writer's best friend. Still, I was surprised to notice that the Doctor has discovered blogging. In last Saturday's episode, an exasperated Doctor snapped at his companions:
"You two! We're at the end of the universe, right at the edge of knowledge itself and you're busy... blogging!"
That's the first time I've heard the word blogging used to describe speaking rather than writing. It's also clearly derogatory, comparing blogging to gossip and all things unserious.
This new(ish) Doctor has some funny tastes - he spends an awful lot of time in Cardiff, for example, apparently because the place is built on a rift in time (which may explain why, the last time I went to Wales, the people appeared to be trapped in the early 1980s). However, I'm surprised by this antipathy towards the internet.
Perhaps it's one of the downsides of being a time traveller. Updating Twitter must be a nightmare for someone who exists outside linear time.