All of which sends me yearning for the Golden Age of trains. Except that BBC2 had an interesting run of programmes last week that seemed to hint that there was no such thing except in the Permanent Way of the general public's nostalgia. Still, I got to see a programme on British Transport Films, Ian Hislop's documentary about Beeching, and another about the bunch of people who built Tornado.
I thought The Next Doctor was by some way the best of the Christmas specials, although at the end it did seem that RTD had finally abandoned the Pertwee era, and taken inspiration from Robot instead. I'm afraid that highlights the inconsistency of his writing - the first part, concerning the enigma of David Morrisey, was clever. Rosita was such a bit-part character, and I wonder if that's supposed to portray the way the Doctor sees his companions, or whether it's the way a Victorian gentleman's mind interprets the information stream he receives from the Cybermen (or whether it's that RTD frequently writes rubbish that gets mixed in to the good stuff). strange_complex has more to say about the character here.