Now here’s something that slipped me by, Space and Time, the recent Comic Relief special. Given what I do for a living you would think I’d have a vague inkling there would be an episode of my favourite program (after Come Dine with Me and Snog Marry Avoid of course) on a show called “Comic” Relief. I really do love the specials as they work perfectly as a little link between one series finishing and the other starting. I have fond memories of showing Time Crash the special with David Tennant and Peter Davidson to my good friend Bethany Black in a Birmingham hotel before we went to see Marylyn Manson. To be honest, that was the highlight of the evening.
This basically is the same kind of thing, but just on Comic Relief and boy is it great. In fact, it’s the best special so far. There was a movie a while back called New York Stories that had short films made by Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppella. A friend of mine described the Woody Allen short as, “a little gem” and this is how I would describe this fun little romp. A little gem. Moffat must have had fun writing it and the cast must have had fun performing it AND it was FUNNY. Sometimes Comic Relief can be lacking in humour and I’m not talking about the footage from Africa. Some of the performances can be more embarrassing than watching yourself drunk on YouTube snogging your best mate. Apparently.
The story is simple enough, Rory doesn’t pay attention while helping to fix the TARDIS because he’s too busy looking up Amy’s skirt and who can blame him? Not me (here’s hoping the wife doesn’t read this). The TARDIS then appears inside itself just a few minutes into the future, then there’s the slightly ‘in the future’ characters running in and out of the two TARDISs explaining to the slightly ‘in the past’ characters what they have to do to get out of this predicament. In fact it’s all such a good idea it would make the basis for a full episode. It’s a much better idea than a blind giant chicken stuck in a church for half an hour. Anyway, this vignette shows that you don’t have to do the bare minimum “for charity”. You can still pull out the stops and make an old cynic like me consider getting his credit card out for a good cause.
The dialogue’s great, it’s well acted, well directed, it’s funny and a bit saucy. Where’s me credit card, I feel a pledge coming on.