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Doctor Who Faces his Greatest Enemy

So tonight, Doctor Who comes face-to-face with his greatest enemy – FA Cup Football. The semi-final clash between Manchester United and Watford has been scheduled for late afternoon, so even if it is all settled within ninety minutes, it is a late start for Doctor Who. However if it goes to extra time or penalties, the BBC has announced that they will cancel the showing of Doctor Who as otherwise it will be shown too late for younger fans. With regards to the older fans, you only need to listen to this weeks Now Show, where Mitch Ben, an avid Liverpool supporter, and therefore genetically predisposed to loathing Manchester United has penned a song to encourage Manchester United to produce a decisive normal time win.

Having said that, my brother who has been a long-time Watford supporter seems to think we’ve got nothing to worry about. Although he’s headed off to see the game, he thinks that based on the two teams form mid-week, Manchester United will walk it – although of course if Manchester United themselves think that they will walk it, that might lead to a long battle of attrition ending on the penalty spot… There is also the added pressure that this years final will be the first played at the new Wembley Stadium – looking at the teams left in the competition, which combination do you think the FA would prefer, Blackburn/Watford or Chelsea/Manchester United?


Anyway, assuming the game finishes on time, what have we got to look forward to in Doctor Who? There have been a number of hints dropped that alongside the returning Face of Boe, there is the reappearance of a classic series monster. There hasn’t been any official announcement of who it might be, other than that it isn’t the Ice Warriors. There is some speculation that it might be the Macra, but we’ll have to wait and see if that is true…

Dawn Service

Sunlight and Shadow

So for the first time in years, we’ve actually had some sleep on Easter night. Beth went up to Church last night and led the vigil service, gave the Youth Group instructions on the readings, and then left the vigil itself to somebody else. We had a reasonable nights sleep, and then were back up at the Church for the dawn service considerably more awake and refreshed than we usually are on Easter morning.

Even better it wasn’t our responsibility to make sure the youth group didn’t snore too loudly during the service itself, nor were we responsible for clearing up the parish centre. We did however still help out with getting the fire going for the lighting of the paschal candle (in Beth’s case), and to fly the flag for Easter in mine.

This year we were treated to a beautiful dawn too. Quite often Easter morning is pretty cloudy and damp, however today we had clear skies on the top of the hill, and mist in the river valley below.

Later on we’re off to attend the first 11am Easter Morning service I’ve seen in six years, and the first Beth has ever attended. (We did make it as far as the 9:30am service one year…)

After that we can come home to tuck into Easter Eggs, all to celebrate (at least according to Somerfield) the birth of Christ… (Well rebirth at the second attempt, and resurection at the third.) Unfortunately the survey into British ignorance at the meaning of Christmas Easter that accompanied the Somerfield press release is now gone, however for the next week or so, The Now Show will helpfully recap some of the best of the questions for your enjoyment…